Do you often get sick while travelling? Find yourself feeling drained, moody, or unproductive after a long trip? I’ve been there. The hustle and bustle of travel can take a toll on our bodies and minds, leaving us feeling less than our best.
In this blog post, I’m excited to share my top 6 tips that have helped me on my own travel journeys — aka: biohacking!
1. Try Intermittent Fasting
First on the list is intermittent fasting — a powerful biohack that can supercharge your energy levels and even improves brain function, not a bad tradeoff when you’re visiting faraway places. Intermittent fasting may sound intimidating, but it’s actually pretty straightforward: simply eat your meals within a set window of time each day, say 8-10 hours. For example, if you have an early morning flight, stick to water and black coffee, then plan to have a nutritious meal when you arrive at your destination. You’ll be surprised how quickly time goes by!
And if hunger really strikes while outside of your designated meal time? There are always healthy snacks you can keep handy. The idea is to skip out on big meals when you’re on the go — it can make a world of difference in your overall energy levels and health.
2. Stay Super Hydrated
As you probably already know, airplanes have very dry air, which can lead to headaches, fatigue, and brain fog — none of these are ideal when you may need to make a quick decision or navigate a new place. Keeping hydrated may sound like a no-brainer, but it’s so easy to neglect your water intake when you’re on the go. So, make sure you’re drinking plenty of water, especially if you’re flying or visiting a hot, dry climate. Carry a refillable water bottle with you, and refill it whenever you can. If you’re traveling somewhere with questionable tap water, consider investing in a water filter.
Guzzling a litre of water before you fly can give you a running start on your hydration game. Trust me, your immune system will thank you later!
3. Prioritize Sleep
I know, I know. You’re on an adventure, and you want to make the most of every moment — even being stuck in the airport is exciting when you know you’re headed somewhere new. But hear me out: getting enough sleep is one of the most important biohacks for your wellbeing, especially when hopping time zones. Try to adjust your sleep schedule before, during, and after your flight. Get to bed earlier the night before travel, pop a melatonin on the flight, or anything else that may catch some extra shut eye. Another hack is to reset your watch to your destination’s time zone in advance. This can trick your mind to start doing regular routines like eating and sleeping at the time you would when you arrive.
So, get lots of sleep wherever and however you can!
4. Take Supplements
Supplements…an extra layer of travel support! When we’re on the go, our bodies can sometimes need a little extra TLC, and that’s where these guys come in. They’re like a little boost of vitality in a tiny, convenient package. Whether it’s vitamin C for immunity, magnesium for relaxation, or probiotics for gut health, supplements can give you a boost no matter where in the world you are.
5. Practice Mindfulness
If you’re going to biohack your way through travel (and life), mindfulness is the ultimate hack. Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness may enhance the perceived value of our travel experiences. Being mindful allows us to take a few moments to truly appreciate the present moment and take an opportunity to pause and reflect. It also helps bring clarity, focus, compassion and creativity into our lives – all of which are essential when travelling or adjusting to a new destination.
Mindfulness doesn’t need to be complicated either; just start by setting aside some quiet time each day (even if only fifteen minutes!) and use this time to meditate or practice simple breathing exercises. The more regularly you practice it, the more you’ll feel empowered and connected with your environment.
6. Get Grounded
Navigating a new culture is thrilling, but it can be overwhelming, especially in the first few days or weeks. That’s where a little practice known as grounding comes in. Believe it or not, there’s a physiological need for the earth’s energy that often gets forgotten about when we’re far from home.
Whenever you find yourself in a new place, try walking barefoot on the grass or sand, or find a quiet spot to meditate with your feet planted firmly on the ground. It may sound simple, but getting grounded can be a game-changer and remind you of why you’re traveling in the first place!