7 Tips for a Happy Holiday Travel
This is the time when all the shopping centers and the local strip malls are decorating the streets and stores with lights and Christmas trees. The supermarkets are filled with holiday goodies, turkeys and hams. It is also time for many to plan for road trips or flights to visit loved ones for Thanksgiving, Hanukkah or Christmas.
It is a busy time ahead and also a joyous time of celebration. Holiday travels can be quite stressful as roads and airports are crowded with holiday makers. We may be facing threats like bad weather, ice storms, heavy snowfall, flight delays and children getting the flu.
Here are 7 tips for healthy travels with your family:
Tip # 1 Planning and reduce stress
For busy moms and dads or grandmas and grandpas, the holiday season can be a chore or a dread. There is the buying of gifts, planning the road trips or air travels and endless things to do before the travel.
Write down your plans once you decide where and when you are traveling. A few questions to help you plan
• What mode of transportation am I taking?
• What do I need when I travel?
• What should I pack?
• Who is going to keep an eye on my house, pet or plants (if you have)?
• When am I stopping the mail or newspaper delivery?
Don’t sweat over small things. When you plan ahead you will know exactly what to do and expect and have a better physical, emotional and spiritual health. Remember your children’s health also depends on yours.
Tip # 2 Get plenty of rest
The lack of sleep and rest can weaken your immune system. Remember it’s a season of celebration with family, focus on the time of celebration not the hassle of travels. Because what you focus on will ‘grow’.
To aid with a good night’s sleep before and during your travels, you can get our free sleep eBook here. In this eBook we have outlined 10 secrets to sleeping well. Through experience, I find Lavender and Rutabala can help me rest and sleep better at night. There are other Young Living Essential Oils like Peace and Calming and Joy to help you relax throughout the day.
Tip # 3 Drink plenty of fluid
When we mention fluid, it does not include caffeinated drinks or sodas. It is pure water. Because of the hassle of bathroom stops or getting to the lavatory in the airplane most travelers drink less water when traveling. To avoid dehydration it is necessary to drink plenty of liquid.
Your body needs it even while you are traveling. Avoid over-indulging in alcohol while traveling.
Tip # 4 Be pro-active
Staying healthy does depends on our own habits and actions. We can choose to keep our hands clean at all times with sanitizers like Thieves Sanitizer or wash our hands before handling food.
When traveling with children, clean the airplane seats and food trays with Thieves wipes. Keep their hands away from touching floors and toilet seats.
You can also apply Young Living Essential Oil like Thieves on yourself and your children while traveling on a plane or on a road trip.
Watch what you eat while you are traveling. Be cautious about what you eat and drink. This is not the time to try a new drink at the airport or on your road rest stops.
Tip # 5 Nutritional Supplements
Traveling does not mean we stop taking our nutritional supplements. Plan ahead the amount and storage for your nutritional supplements before traveling. Airlines do not allow large container of liquids in your carry-on. Your bottled nutritional supplements may be mishandled in your checked luggage.
For example, if you take Ningxia Red everyday, you might want to get the convenient packets for air travels. If you prefer to travel light, it is best to have clean small containers available to store your non-liquid nutritional supplements.
Tip # 6 Foot swelling and body aches and exercise
If you have been traveling for hours on a plane or car, you may experience body aches and foot swelling. Inactivity and staying in one position does not allow good blood circulation.
Remember to wear loose fitting pants and shirts, comfortable shoes and take short breaks like walking on the aisle of the airplane or road rest stops to stretch and flex your muscles.
If you exercise regularly, continue to do so even while you are away from home. Bring your running shoes and get going once you are at your destination.
Tip # 7 Adjustments
If you live in New York and you are traveling to Oregon, there is a three hours difference in time. That is quite an adjustment for some of us. Your family members are ready to eat and you were about to go to bed.
So how do you adjust? Some of us can adjust easily but some can’t and there is nothing wrong with both. If you can’t adjust to a slight time change, you can slowly help your body makes small changes few days before traveling.
Imagine those who have to travel across the world where the night and day are completely opposite. Have fun and make little adjustments and enjoy yourself.
Practice caution and plan ahead and you will have a good time.
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Claudia Looi is a copywriter, travel, web content writer and manages blogs for several businesses. She has lived and worked in Kuala Lumpur, Auckland and New York in the travel industry for over 12 years and has had the luxury of traveling to almost 30 countries. Currently, her works include writing for tour operators, hotels, real estate, wellness and immigration consulting companies.When not working, you will find her reading or planning her next family trip with her husband and two teens. You are invited to download her free report on How to live out of your suitcase for a week! (Five EASY packing tips).