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How to Maintain Healthy Habits on Vacation

Escape from the mundane, meals al fresco, the excitement of exploring new destinations, and unwinding from the daily routine… it’s all part of summer vacation fun! And while vacations go hand in hand with relaxation and renewal, they shouldn’t mean forgetting your healthy habits. Instead, they present an opportunity to embrace wellness in new and refreshing ways.

Whether you booked an exotic once-in-a-lifetime adventure, are vacationing with family, or enjoying local day trips, here are seven ways to maintain balance while enjoying your well-deserved getaway.

Plan Ahead

It’s okay to indulge in some special treats, just don’t make it a ritual for every meal. Research your destination or restaurants you’d like to try for local cuisines and available dining options that offer fresh ingredients and healthier menu alternatives. Planning your meals in advance can help you make nutritious choices while still savoring the flavors of your destination.

Snack Smart

If you are able, pack healthier snack options with you – especially on long travel or sightseeing days. Doing so will help combat cravings and the temptations to reach for unhealthy options in a pinch just to ward off hunger. Choosing healthier snack options like nut mixes or whole fruits might even allow you to feel more confident when it comes to meals, too.

Stay Active

Incorporating physical activity into your vacation routine helps to offset unhealthy tendencies. Whether it’s hiking through scenic trails (even those in your own neighborhood!), taking a morning workout class offered by your resort, or simply walking to/from your dinner reservations, find activities that resonate with you and make movement an integral part of your vacation experience.

Focus on Hydration

Staying hydrated is essential for maintaining energy levels and supporting digestion while vacationing. Carry a reusable water bottle with you (it might even save you a few bucks!) or order bottled water over a sugary beverage at meals. Aim to drink plenty of water throughout the day, especially in warmer climates.

Prioritize Rest

Vacations are chock full of fun, but they are also meant to help you recharge and reset. One of the best ways to do that is to prioritize rest! Amid fun and adventure, carve out enough time for adequate sleep aiming to maintain a consistent sleep schedule even while on vacation. Sleep may not come easy. It can be tempting to forgo sleep for fun instead, but stick to a relaxing bedtime routine, minimize screen time before bed, and set up your accommodations for a comfortable sleep environment.


Use your vacation as an opportunity to prioritize self-care and nourish your body, mind, and soul. This could be setting aside time for meditation, finding moments to pamper yourself, reading a new book, or enjoying hobbies and interests known to the area.

Protection from the Elements

Remember even if you packed the sunscreen this summer, odds are the sun’s rays are still stronger than you realize! Protect your skin with high SPF and wear appropriate, lightweight clothing like long sleeves and wide brimmed hats for shielding the sun.

As you bask in the joys of summer vacation, be sure to find a balance between healthy habits and fun in the sun. Rest assured you’ll be able to enjoy your vacation even more by incorporating healthy tips into your travel plans. Wherever your travels take you, you can nurture your well-being and return from your vacation feeling refreshed!