The day is finally here! Later today, I am leaving on a jet plane for Wellington, NZ to embarking on my 15-day journey through the South Island. Among other exciting stuff, I will be touring the wine country and hiking glaciers. No big deal. Updates to come!
But two full weeks of travel poses some challenges to my healthy lifestyle. Lack of routine and eating-out will ‘trip’ up my healthy eating and exercise habits, fo sho. But it doesn’t mean I will completely fall off the wagon! There are some easy ways to work in some exercise an obtain some healthy food that will not only keep me on track – they’ll save me a few bucks! Here’s the plan:
- Hiking – Basically the purpose of our trip. The reason we are going to the South Island is to hike around the amazing landscape, so hopefully we’ll be doing this most days. Plus, unguided hikes are FREE!
- Walking – Walk everywhere possible. Luckily, we don’t have a car so we will probably have to do this! Also, FREE transport!
- Biking – Great way to explore the area we’re visiting, especially the wineries
- Yoga practice – Obviously the best thing I can do for my body, anywhere, any time at all! (yes, that’s the Spongebob Song). I will do a daily set asana of at least suryanamaskara (sun salutation) A and B, plus navasana (boat pose), five time each. This is just like my 20-Minute Kick-Butt yoga routine
- Yoga Tourism – If it’s easy, it would be fun to visit some yoga studios in the various places that we stay!
- Running – Early morning runs will help to get acclimated with the area and maybe notice a few places I want to explore later! Plus, it’s a great way to kick-start my metabolism.
Self-catering: The first thing I will do when we get to a new place is to locate a market! Hostels are equipped with kitchens, so we’ll be able to make a lot of food for ourselves, the best way to save money and maximize the nutritional value. Ideas of foodstuffs that are quick, easy, cheap, portable, and (mostly) non-perishable:
- peanut butter
- pasta sauce
- instant oatmeal
- canned soup
- frozen dinners (such as pizza or pasta)
- snack bars
- Dried fruit
I can easily make healthy breakfasts and dinners with this stuff, plus have lots of on-the-go snacks.
Eating out: My plan is to make breakfast and dinner in the hostel as much as possible, while only going out to eat for lunch, which tends to be lighter and cheaper. Our travel guides (the Lonely Plant and GOOT) always have inexpensive, even vegetarian!, suggestions of places to eat. When all else fails, I know that Subway can give me a filling, healthy veggie sub–for really cheap. Also, some Starbucks have healthy-cheap smoothies and wraps.
Drinking: ONLY ONE DRINK per bar! This is safest, cheapest, healthiest way to go. It also helps that we aren’t going on this trip to explore the night life of the South Island, so this won’t be a big problem. I am also bringing my water bottle so I won’t have to buy H20 and I will stay hydrated.
Let’s see how well I stick to the plan. At the end of the day, this is vacation, a once-in-a-lifetime one at that, so I will allow myself to relax and indulge as I feel necessary.
Any healthy travel tips?