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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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Reception Primary School Year

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The Kiddies started reception last Sept, and they are still loving it. I have previously written about how excited they were to finally start primary school. They grew out of their pre school quite quickly and got bored with the routine there. I guess partly because they are the older kids (they are November babies), and partly because there wasn’t much to do over there.

 

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I thought the love of primary school would have worn off by now since they started in September 2018, but it hasn’t. It is good to know they like school and learning as much as they do. They are both very academic. My daughter is a great reader, and is free reading properly already. My son loves reading as well, but he prefers numbers and is really good at it. It makes me very proud to see how quickly they have settled in and how much they love education.

Dealing with kids not loving school would be hard. I am glad I don’t have to deal with crying kids at the school gate. I was not a big fan of primary school when I was their age. But I knew I had to go so I just got on with it. Good to know they didn’t inherit that side of me, but then again I can see why they love going to school. I would love going to school if my school was as good as theirs.

 

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Right now, the twins are learning about cities all over the world in primary school, and they are loving it. They are forever talking about New York and London in particular. We visited New York last year but they were not aware it was “New York” and want to visit again. They are hoping for a school trip to New York but they now know that is not happening. They have also  been to London many times but can’t remember being there, so we are looking to plan a visit into city so they see for themselves all what they are learning in school.

Travel is important to us as a family, and that is why we always make time and money for holidays. I think travel is an important gift to give our children, and that is why we go for as many trips as possible. So far the kiddies have been to Düsseldorf, Paris, Algarve, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Amsterdam, Milan, Dubai, Oman and Dublin. We are hoping to do more travel this year, especially now that they are learning about the world around them.

 

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Is your child all settled into the new school year? Do you think travel is an important gift to give a child?

 

 

 

Great Winter Holiday Destinations

The weather in the UK is now wet and sort of chilly. I hear some parts of the country will be having some snow, which tells you how cold it is at the moment. I find the weather miserable. It is the season where I find myself staying indoors the most thanks to the gloomy weather. If you are in the UK, and are in search of somewhere warm and sunny to explore this season, here are 3 holiday destination ideas for you.

 

Dubai

 

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The Middle East is a great holiday destination all year round, especially now that we are experiencing cold weather. It is usually nice and warm in Dubai. I have visited Dubai several times with the family, and the best time to explore Dubai is between November and March. The weather is warm but not boiling warm during these months. And it is a great place to escape to during the chilly winter months.

 

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There are various activities for everyone in Dubai. We have visited Dubai as a couple before the twins were born, and we have travelled to Dubai with the kiddies twice. It was great fun every time.

 

Muscat, Oman

 

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We visited Muscat Oman last summer. It was boiling hot so we didn’t really enjoy the trip. So I won’t recommend you visit during the summer months. But the weather is a lot cooler this time of the year (just like in Dubai), which makes it another great holiday destination.

There are various family friendly activities, both indoors and outdoors. I would love to go back with the kids during the winter months in future.

 

Algarve Portugal

 

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Algarve, Portugal is another great place to visit this season. We visited in October half term, and had an amazing time. The weather was warm and sunny all the time we were there. We explored the beach and all the city had to offer. The kids loved it. There was a lot to see and do, and we will definitely be visiting again.

 

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It is definitely a city to explore, and get a break from the chilly winter weather. I just checked the weather forecast at Algarve now, and it is a lovely 15 degrees with some sunshine. That would be amazing to have now compared to the miserable 7 degrees with rain here.

 

What do you think of these places? Have you visited any of them before? If I had to pick a favourite, I would pick Dubai for luxury and fun., Algarve for proximity and Muscat for a more relaxed holiday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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