Traveling is a piece of cake, right?! If you had a dime for every person who told you that your glorified vacation was easy, you’d be a millionaire. Look, nobody is going to debate the lifestyle – it’s one of the reasons you love to take breaks as much as you do. However, it’s by no means a walk in the park.
For starters, there’s plenty of walking involved! As a bona fide traveler, you understand there are times when you’re not energetic enough to pound the pavements of a new city and see the sights. However, you shouldn’t let your lack of energy be an an excuse. After all, some methods will increase your enthusiasm and allow you to soak and enjoy your surroundings.
Change Your In-transit Game
The toughest part of traveling is the traveling itself. If you want to reach distant places, you have to board a plane and spend hours sitting in a tiny seat hoping the stranger next to you doesn’t fall asleep on your shoulder. Anybody who flies with a partner or alone tends to take the same approach – stay in your bubble and avoid conversation.
However, this is a surefire way to deplete your energy levels. When you’re bored, which is inevitable on long-haul flights, your body will start to feel sleepy and your eyelids will be heavy. Before you know it, you’re catching flies. It does make the time go much faster when you’re catching those zzzzzz.
While this is true, you instantly feel lethargic and sluggish. All you want to do when you arrive at your accommodation is jump on the bed and settle down for a few hours. By resisting the urge to sleep, you will be more alert. After all, it’s not often you drop off in the middle of a conversation. Talking to yourself works, too!
No matter how exhausted you are after a flight, you should try and go about your day as normal. Jet Lag is intense, yet resting at weird periods will tweak your body clock and ruin your sleep patterns for the long-term, making it harder to summon the energy to get out of bed.
Eat Breakfast Strategically
As the saying goes, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Sadly, not everybody prescribes to the notion, either because they aren’t hungry in the morning or prefer to sleep in. When you travel, you don’t have much choice because a morning meal is a perfect way to boost your energy levels.
However, there are levels to your breakfast game. A piece of toast or a bowl of fruit are healthy, delicious options, yet they revolve around sugars. Fructose and carbs are short-term boosts that make you feel great for an hour or two only to cause you to crash later. The key is to set yourself up for the day by eating food with slow-releasing capabilities.
Create A Playlist
Next, let’s think about working out. Do you have a go-to playlist you use to keep you motivated and in the zone? Most people do since the right tunes enhance physical performance and keep you energized throughout a session. The same logic applies to traveling as you spend extended periods walking.
It makes sense to create a soundtrack, similar to how you would for exercise. Pick the songs that make you want to pick up the pace, or maintain it and blast them into your ears on a constant loop. You’ll find that a couple of hours will have passed before long.
You’ll require a handful of gadgets, most of which you already own, but some are less common. Just don’t forget your earbuds and a of course, you’ll have your phone with you. It’s also smart to invest in a portable charger. That way you can give it some juice while listening to motivating music should your battery die.
Wireless headphones may be more suitable as the lack of wires makes sure your comfort comes first.
Visit A Different Destination
Returning to places you love isn’t wrong. Everybody has spots they want to visit again and again, and there’s plenty of leeway for a nostalgic trip as a traveler. Still, you don’t want to be the person who stays at the same hotel, goes to the same beach, and eats at the same restaurant year after year.
Apart from being boring, the monotony makes it easier to fall into bad habits, like sitting around doing nothing! By picking different locations, you benefit from the rush of planning the sights, researching where to eat, and stumbling across new experiences. The novelty is an energy boost.
With so many cities and countries to choose from, it can be tough to figure out where you should travel this year. A fantastic tip is to try somewhere out of your comfort zone. The culture and customs should encourage you to dive headfirst into an experience that you will remember for a lifetime.