Ideas for Happier Travel

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Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.
(Margaret Lee Runbeck)

Travel is a big event for some people and commonplace for others. Some people have tight geographical circles. Home, friends, family, and work are all within a short distance from each other. Then there are people like me who have moved around a lot, with family scattered across the map, and work that takes them all over.

Fortunately, I enjoy traveling. In fact, two of my top priorities in life are to spend time with loved ones and experience other parts of the world. So far this year I have been to four states and two countries. Along the way, I gathered a few ideas for easier, healthier, and happier travel.

Pack light
Limit yourself to no more than three pairs of shoes (dressy, casual, workout). Plan outfits that are versatile and weather-appropriate. Try different packing techniques to find one that works for you. I prefer to roll my clothes, but my fiancé is a fan of the bundling method.

Bring your essentials
Bring vitamins, supplements, and medicine when you’re on the road. Pack sunscreen and any other toiletries that are essential to your personal health. Remember your glasses, extra contacts, and contact solution.

Eat light
Traveling usually leads to eating larger portions of not-so-healthy foods. Instead of overdoing it with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, try to eat just 2 restaurant meals each day. Or split meals with a travel companion – especially if you want to experience the local cuisine.

Stay active
Pack your exercise gear and schedule time to workout. I make room in my suitcase for a travel yoga mat (it folds up for easy packing) and running shoes. Bring your music and headphones, go for a walk in your new surroundings, or try this 15-minute workout that you can do anywhere.

Keeping a few routines in place can help you find happiness whether you are traveling a short distance or across the globe. Think about the creature comforts that bring you joy. If you like to start your day with a cup of tea, bring some with you. If you always finish the day by telling someone you love them, make sure you text or call before going to bed.

Do you have any travel tips or tricks? Join the conversation by sharing them in the comments. Wishing you safe and happy travels on your next adventure!

Image via Kaileen Elise en route to LCY (London City Airport)