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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 4th decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

Tips for Staying Healthy while Traveling

Jason Petro

Traveling is a great way to explore new places and experience a new culture, but it can also be challenging to maintain a healthy lifestyle while on the road. That's why it's essential to take extra precautions and be aware of the risks involved in each destination. Consider how much your destination will change your daily routine when traveling so that you can know if an activity is safe for you to do during your trip. Here are the best ways to stay healthy and well while traveling.

Plan Ahead

Planning for your trip helps you figure out where health concerns might arise and also help you know what significant risks are associated with your destination. When planning your trip, talk with your doctor about any medications or prescriptions you need while traveling. Also, be aware of any safety precautions you must follow on the road with you. Research the types of foods available in your destination and any public health information and contact information that may be important for you. Execute a thorough exploratory trip to familiarize yourself with the area and ensure you know where all the dangerous areas are in case of emergency.

Stay Active

There are always new things to check out when traveling, and it's easy to get sidetracked. To combat this, ensure you have time built into your daily schedule for physical activity. Walking tours with a local guide or a bike tour are great ways to experience your destination while staying active simultaneously. Many fitness clubs let members use gyms in Bakersfield and other cities when traveling. With this in mind, consider joining a gym with multiple facilities spread over several different locations. That way you can stop in and get some exercise before resuming your adventures. 

Stay Hydrated

One of the most overlooked aspects of staying healthy is keeping yourself hydrated. Dehydration has been proven to affect many things, including your physical and mental health and your ability to perform well at work or on a project. It's simple to become dehydrated when traveling on the road for long periods without refilling your water bottle mid-trip. Hydration helps keep the body functioning correctly, so it's essential to stay adequately hydrated during your trip. The best way to stay hydrated is by drinking water throughout the day and at least 2 liters daily. You will also have to consider things like time spent outside, temperature, and humidity.

Get Enough Sleep

Lack of sleep is another common occurrence when traveling, and it's easier to become distracted and sleep-deprived while on the road. If you're getting enough sleep, you can stay healthy, alert, and energetic throughout your trip. Make sure you have enough time in your daily schedule to get good rest every night by avoiding late nights, traveling in rush-hour traffic, and staying up all night at parties. This is especially important if you have a sensitive diet or are more prone to getting sick because insufficient sleep can increase your likelihood of catching a case of the sniffles.

Make Healthy Meal Choices

It is essential to keep healthy meals in your diet while traveling. Many restaurants cater to vegetarians and other food options, so ask a local what places they recommend and look up their menus online beforehand. Keeping away from junk food can be a challenge while traveling, but you will perk up and be more alert if you eat healthy food that's full of energy. Proteins and fruits can help keep you alert and energized to do fun activities during your trip.

Schedule a Consultation Before Your Trip

Consulting with a doctor or a nutritionist ahead of time can be helpful when you're traveling. Many people may worry about getting sick from eating the wrong food or not having access to essential health resources in the area. Discuss everything your trip will entail, how much travel you intend to do, your personal and dietary needs, additional health items like colostomy bags, CPAP machine parts or spares, or other apparatus you need and if you will pick up any new medical conditions or prescription medications on the road. If your trip includes more than a week of driving, you should talk to the doctor about taking any medications on the road, especially pills and liquids stored in cooler temperatures.

Your health is essential to enjoy the best experience possible when traveling. Keeping your diet full of healthy food and maintaining a good sleeping schedule can keep you alert and on top of all the experiences the destination has to offer. Plan so that you have time built into your schedule for exercise, and be aware of any special health precautions you should take while traveling, like bringing along extra water or medication and knowing what resources are available in the area.

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Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on

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