Holiday Tripping – Tips for Groovy Travel
Holiday travel doesn’t need to be a health disaster or a drag. You don’t want to be one of those irate passengers taking the whims of Mother Nature out on the gate agents do you? And it is better to save the calories for delicious holiday foods at the family house than to eat junk food at the airport. You know what I’m saying?
Enjoy a few tips for “Feeling Groovy” even when the plane is delayed.
Best Snack Foods while Tripping
The Gas Station:
- Cheese sticks
- Nuts and dried fruit
- Baked Chips
- Humus snacks
- Granola Bars
- Turkey Jerky
- Glass bottles water
- Honest brand ice teas
“I request on my rider that each show I have a nice assortment of all kinds of berries. I love berries. I recently discovered Perky Jerky. It’s a great snack. It contains guarana, a berry found in the Amazon that’s in a lot of energy drinks.” — Orianthi, singer-songwriter-guitarist
- Yogurt and granola
- Cheese and Fruit plates
- Hummus and Vegie plates
- Salads with lean meats and proteins
- Burritos and Tacos
- Remember to drink lots of water while travelling to prevent dehydration and jet lag.
I guess you can say that I am a “foodie”. I also travel a lot. I may be on the road with bands, for speaking engagements, for making movies or just for adventure. I found it extremely hard to find healthy alternatives to the general fast food fare. My business partner, Peter Glatzer, and I developed the “FOOD TRIPPING” app as a tool for people to find alternatives to fast food while out on the road. The options range from being healthy, local, and smaller establishments to mom and pop joints and places off the beaten path. This way we can support the local economy and connect with people that have unique cultural experiences. “FOOD TRIPPING” facilitates a lot of the interconnections between health and travel such as health of spirit and mind, economic health of the community, and healthy relationships to people and food. It is an interactive tool. “FOOD TRIPPING” allows the user to contribute favorite new finds to the database. It has definitely enhanced the quality and experience of my travels. I hope it will for you too. FOOD TRIPPING App can be found at http://www.shft.com/foodtripping
Free your body while Tripping
- Walk the airport instead of taking the escalators and conveyor belts. This is a good way to get in some extra miles. Definitely add in the stairs when you can.
- Get a chair massage, foot massage or some other mini-relaxation at the Airport Relaxation Kiosks.
- Do any online fitness workouts that you have memberships for such as online yoga and dance classes. My favorites are My Yogaworks, My Yoga online, and Yoga Glow. Or bring workout videos for fun.
“It’s hard to stay committed to one specific routine when you travel. My trick is to tell myself that I’ll just do half the workout, even if I don’t feel like it, and by the time I’m halfway through I’ve got enough energy to finish. When I’m not traveling, I work out every day. That’s something you have to force yourself to do. If you’ve got a couple of hours, you have to do it. It’s a negotiation and if you start strong, you’ll finish. When I’m committed, it’s easier to tell myself, okay the next two weeks are really hectic on the road, I’ll give myself a week off, but then jump back on. When it’s your lifestyle, it’s easier to take breaks. You learn that when your goal is to take care of your body every day, one week off won’t hurt. Breaks are good for you, your body needs them so you can’t feel bad about taking them.” — Julia Haltigan, singer/songwriter, Julia Haltigan & The Hooligans
“After my last tour, I got really into Pilates and that’s probably been a good thing to keep up on tour, since all you need is a DVD and maybe yoga mat if you feel fancy.” –Nina Elisabet Person, singer, The Cardigans
Free Your Mind while Holiday Tripping
- Take miscellaneous work to do on flights and airports so that you can enjoy more quality time when you are with family.
- Bring books and journals that you have not been able to read because you were so busy.
- Use Delayed flights and waiting time for mediation and mindfulness exercises. Be sure to practice breathing too.
- Get Caught up with phone calls to friends and family during the waiting times, taxi rides and delays. Be sure to use a headset.
- Talk to a fellow traveler and make a new friend.
- Be kind to the Airport agents and workers that you meet on the road. Remember that they are working long hours and they have no control over the weather.
“I do total silence for 10 minutes right after a show … as my ears ring out and all my energies start to come back to earth, I find peace in that 10 minutes then it’s time to partyyyyyyyyy!” — Tommy Lee, drummer, Motley Crue and Methods of Mayhem
“You have no control over your environment when you’re on the road. You’re traveling in a van with 10 people and there are going to be some stressors. It used to be a problem, but I’ve realized you have to accept that there will some discomfort and inconvenience on the road, so you can either suck it up or you can go home. For me going home isn’t an option. I’m not going to chuck it over this. I deal with things now in a different way. I’m a realist.” — Del Stribling aka “Binky Graphite”, guitarist-emcee, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
- Drink lots of water.
- Put 1-2 emergency’s in your water
- Drink electrolyte drinks such as soups and coconut water.
- Jet zone homeopathic formula-link to HA site
- Melatonin- 3mg one hour before bed while travelling. And for first 3 days in new time zone.
- Try to sleep at the evening time in the new time zone.
- Get Acupuncture when you arrive in the new city.
- Take an Epsom salt bath in the new city.
“ I have made a recent discovery every travelling person should have and I keep it with me at all times. I call it ‘The Snake’. Ditch the crappy round the neck travel pillow. They got nothing on The Snake, which inflates and wraps around you, allowing fully up-right supported sleep. It is made by Travel Rest … If you have trouble resting while in transit, this will hook you up!” — Jordan McLean, trumpeter, Fire of Space, Antibalas, Charles Bradley