Kay is a Middle School Spanish World Cultures Teacher. She first traveled with EF to Costa Rica in 2009 and has been leading student groups every summer since. Kay believes that students should experience travel to help broaden their perspectives and allow them to see firsthand how tolerant, global and open-minded we should all strive to become.
Exploring a new destination is both exciting and slightly tiring. While it is normal to want to squeeze in as many activities as possible, it is also extremely important to take care of yourself when you are on the go. Follow these six tips while traveling to keep yourself healthy on tour!
Eat breakfast. Even if you are not big into eating breakfast at home, don’t skip this meal while traveling. The food may be different from what you are used to, but it is important to fuel up for your day full of activities and sight-seeing.
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated on tour helps to ward off headaches and any nasty jet lag you may experience while trying to adjust.
Get enough sleep at night. Traveling demands a lot of energy! It is important to get enough sleep at night so you can enjoy the following day’s activities. Only you know how much sleep you need, so listen to your body and get some ZZZ’s!
Put your feet first. Take care of your feet by wearing comfortable walking shoes. Chances are your tour will be fast paced and will include at least one walking tour. PSA: Don’t bring brand new shoes or sandals! Instead, break them in before you go. It will make a big difference.
Keep your hands clean. Bring hand sanitizer or wet wipes with you and avoid touching your face after taking public transit until you’ve had a chance to properly use it – trust me, you will be thankful you did!
Use plenty of sunscreen and bug spray. The last thing you want to have to deal with on tour is a nasty sunburn or one too many bug bites. Set aside ten minutes in the morning to apply both products before you leave your hotel and bring a small bottle with you to reapply every few hours.
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