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How to keep a healthy lifestyle when you travel for work

What if I told you that the quality of your life drops when you travel for work?

I was completely taken aback when I came across a study that people who travel often end up with symptoms of anxiety, depression, obesity and high blood pressure.

As a frequent traveller, I must admit that there is a tendency to slack on my healthy lifestyle when I travel. Just like many people who travel for work, it can be a challenge to do simple healthy activities like exercising and making better choices with your meals. Of course, the change of time zones destabilizes me leaving me sleep deprived.

What I observed is that when you make the decision to make healthier choices irrespective of which country you find yourself in, it’s extremely possible to keep a healthy lifestyle when you travel for work.

 

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Here are some healthy and simple lifestyle choices you can make when you travel for work.

 

Switch your means of transportation

It’s so much more convenient to move around a new country or city in a car or taxi. However, convenience doesn’t always guarantee a healthy lifestyle.

Instead of hailing for a cab or renting a car, why not start walking to your destination? Walking is a healthy physical activity that will keep you fit while you’re in another country. The best part about taking a walk is that you get to soak in the scenery and explore the city you’re in.

 

Be conscious about what you eat

There is a tendency to be a little lax in your choice of food when you travel. And it’s understandable. You won’t be able to cook your own meals and since you’ll only be staying for a short time it won’t hurt eating poorly for a couple of days.

But those are just excuses. You should be as conscious about what you eat when you travel as you are when you’re home. Take time to carefully examine what’s available to eat. Choose food that is balanced and not too fatty.

Another tip is to practice intermittent fasting. Intermittent fasting has a lot of health benefits and it’s perhaps one of the most ideal steps to take when you want to stay healthy.

 

 

 

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Don’t stay stuck in a gym

Although it’s great to know that most hotels have gyms now, there’s nothing spectacular about working out in one. I’m not saying that gyms are bad. It’s just that all you’ll see are big equipment, weights and sweaty people.

However, you’ll get to enjoy the full benefit of your travel when you do your workout outside. Take a jog in the nearby park, cycle through the neighbourhood, or do some other outdoor sports. This way you not only give yourself a good workout, you also get to appreciate your new environment.

 

Get creative with your happy hours

There’s nothing like unwinding after a long day of work. You could go for a drink with some of your colleagues at a local bar or eat out at some restaurant.

But what if you think differently and add some culture to your hangouts? Instead of grabbing some drinks after work, why not go to the museum with your colleagues. This would not only help you get to know the culture of place you’re in, it also helps you relax and stimulate your mind as you learn new things.

 

How do you stay healthy when you travel for work?

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Best Family-Friendly Restaurants in Williams, Arizona

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Williams, Arizona is truly one of the quirkiest little towns in the American Southwest.  This tourist-friendly town is full of charm, from the many shops and eateries to the old-fashioned train that shuttles to and from the Grand Canyon.  For folks traveling with little ones, Williams is the perfect place to stop, as there are tons of family-friendly restaurants to choose from when hunger strikes.  Whether you plan on staying in Williams for a few days or are just passing through on your way to Phoenix, here are some of the best restaurants your family is sure to love!

Red Raven

135 W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ

Red Raven is one of the most quaint restaurants in all of Williams.  With a menu offering just about anything and a quirky atmosphere, Red Raven is a must-try for anyone visiting Williams.  Popular menu items include the Salmon Cilantro, a charbroiled salmon fillet topped with cilantro pesto, and the Chicken Parmigiana, a breaded chicken breast topped with marinara sauce, mozzarella and parmesan cheeses.  

 

Pine Country Restaurant

107 N Grand Canyon Blvd, Williams, AZ

The Pine Country Restaurant will make you feel like you’re in your grandma’s kitchen!  This adorable spot is known for their “down home cookin’” and famous homemade pies in a variety of delicious flavors.  The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, with American favorites like hamburgers, spaghetti and meatballs, and country fried steak.  If you go, be sure to stop by the gift shop and pick up some Williams souvenirs!

 

Goldie’s Route 66 Diner

425 E Route 66, Williams, AZ

Walking into Goldie’s Route 66 Dinner feels like stepping into a 1950s time capsule!  This gem of a restaurant features classic American dishes, like biscuits and gravy, chili burgers, and milkshakes.  Goldie’s is a great spot if you want a bit of nostalgia with your meal, and families with small children will love the kid-friendly menu (especially fussy eaters!).  If you’re in Williams, don’t leave without stopping at Goldie’s- poodle skirt and saddle shoes optional.

 

Station 66 Italian Bistro

144 W Historic Rte 66, Williams, AZ

If you’re in the mood for delicious Italian fare, Station 66 Italian Bistro has got you covered.  The restaurant features an extensive menu of classic Italian dishes, as well as a great variety of wines, beers, and cocktails.  One of the restaurant’s coolest features is the rooftop deck and patio, where patrons can dine and look out at Route 66 below. The hotspot also regularly features live music and entertainment, perfect for an exciting night on the town with the family!

 

Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe

137 W Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ

The Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe, also known as Anna’s, is the perfect little breakfast spot for those mornings when you just need a cup of coffee.  The cafe serves classic breakfast favorites like omelets, eggs, and hashbrowns, as well as some Mexican and Oriental dishes. The Grand Canyon Coffee and Cafe also features a pretty large kid’s menu, so your little ones will have no problem finding something they like!  

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Our Stay at Hilton Hotel Metropole Birmingham

We spent New Year’s Eve and New Year in Birmingham. There was a circus show we were interested in watching on New Year’s Day, so we headed off to Birmingham on the 31st. It was a fun 2 hours drive. The kids love road trips, so they were excited about heading off to another city for the holiday. We spent 2 nights at Hilton Hotel Metropole Birmingham.

It was our first time at this particular Hilton Hotel, and we were immediately overwhelmed as soon as we step into the hotel lobby. It was jam-packed with so many people. There were all sorts of events going on at the hotel on New Year’s Eve, so people were everywhere.

 

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What went well

We finally made it to the check in counter and we got our room. There were some initial hiccups. The beds for the kids were not laid and we were short on bathroom supplies. But all that was sorted within the first hour of us checking in.

The room was a decent size for a family room. I liked the fact that the bathroom had a tub and a shower room. It meant we could dress up quicker with the extra space. The heating also worked great, which was a blessing, when I remember the hotel we stayed prior to this one. Overall, the room was generally ok.

 

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What went wrong

Apart from the chaotic check in, the beds for the twins not being made, and the lack of bathroom supplies, the WIFI was also very bad all though our stay. I couldn’t do anything with the hotel’s WIFI. It wa so frustrating as I had some work to finish up for a client on the 31st. I had to log on to my personal hotspot to get anything done. This was very annoying and expensive. The Phillips TV in our room was also quite old with no high-definition. The quality of the TV was really poor if I am being completely honest. I was shocked to find it in a Hilton Hotel. There were only a few channels available and none of them was for kids. The TV didn’t even have a Cbeebies channel. We were very disappointed with that.

Another issue we had was with the Executive Lounge. On our first night at the hotel, we were told kids were not allowed into the Executive Lounge until 8pm. We were trying to go in for around 7pm. I found it weird that they had such a rule but didn’t worry too much about it. But then I found it very annoying when I found other kids in the lounge the next day around the same time. I think the lady at the Executive Lounge just came up with an excuse to not have us bring the kids in because it was very busy on the New Year Eve night.

There was also no fridge in our room, and there was no ice machine around as well. We found that pretty frustrating.

 

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What we loved

We had the opportunity to watch the fireworks on New Year’s Day from the comfort of our room. The fireworks display was right behind our room, so we got to see the entire display from our windows. It was so beautiful. That was definitely the highlight of our stay at the hotel.

Overall our stay was just ok. I won’t recommend the hotel to anyone and I won’t go out of my way to stay there again, especially with the kids. I don’t believe it is child friendly enough, and the attention to detail is very minimal.

 

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What do you look out for when booking a hotel?

 

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