Planning Your Next Adventure Even When You Cannot Travel

February 11, 2021

Whether you were planning your next great escape to another continent, or merely exploring the wonder and wilds near you, now is not the time to become complacent or have pandemic fatigue. 

I know it has been difficult for everyone, but the sooner we do what is responsible, the sooner this all can fade, and we have the chance to resume all our regular activities. 

Having said that, it is impossible not to dream about all the places, the food, the culture to explore once we can. 

Once things open up again and we are free to get together and travel, do not forget that it is essential to maintain our health. While I want to feast on all the Kushari in Egypt or try all the street vendors’ delicacies, or fritangas, of Nicaragua, it may not be enough nutrition. 

Do Not Overlook Your Nutritional Health

The reality is that if you are like me, you tend to get so caught up in all the newest delicious discoveries that we can easily overlook our nutritional health. 

I mean, it is easy to overlook our nutritional health while we take in all the sights and sounds during our travels. Falling short of our nutrition can lead to some health issues, though. 

From Vitamin C deficiency that can lead to fatigue, muscle aches, and pains typical of magnesium deficiency, to other malnutrition deficiencies are just a few issues that may impact our health and limit our time enjoying our trip.  

As you know, I recommend having a plan for my trips, including planning for vitamin deficiencies and normal planning and packing. Supplements such as magnesium powder and multivitamins are great ways to maintain your overall nutritional health while traveling. 

Plan Every Aspect Of Your Nutritional Needs Before You Travel

Another way we fall behind in our nutritional needs while traveling is that we forget to drink enough water, especially when we are more active than we may be at home.

It is easy to forget to drink enough fluids, especially water when we are out sampling all the best wines and coffee from around the world. But just like maintaining healthy nutrition, staying hydrated will help you in the long run. 

Whether you plan on visiting some of the top destinations to travel to in 2021 or whether you are planning your getaway, it is time to think about the future of a post-pandemic world. 

The beauty of planning your trip is the excitement you feel about all the food and activities you want to do while still being responsible and safe. In other words, there is no harm in dreaming about the future.

While planning your next adventure, make a plan of what you would like to do and see, the type of weather and terrain that you will be in, and how often you plan on being away from home base, whether that is a hotel, campsite, or another place you plan on sleeping. If you plan to pack through your area, know the towns and villages, you will visit your itinerary. You want to know if there are places in the area to replenish your gear, food, and water, if necessary.

Drink Enough Water

It is really easy to become dehydrated when you travel. Most people think about dehydration as being thirsty, but it can also affect digestion, energy, and muscle strength, as well as your ability to think clearly. 

While it is obvious in a dry, desert climate that you need to drink more water and keep your mouth clean, most people forget to drink enough water when at the beach or in a more humid environment. In more humid climates, we are sweating a lot more. 

Still, that sweat does not evaporate as quickly as in drier regions, meaning we need to drink more water than we think, especially if we are going to be physically active. 

This experience was especially true when I hiked through Morrocco. 

Many of the trails took me through peaks and into small villages with various traditions and customs. Between the physical exertion and excitement of being immersed in the local cultures, it was easy to forget about staying hydrated. 

Looking back, thanks to a lot of tea drinking, I was lucky nothing terrible happened, but the experience of being sore and tired reminded me that I needed to drink more water on those types of adventures.

Whatever your next adventure holds, I am sure it will be exciting. Keep in mind that while it is exciting to plan your trip, it is essential to prepare to maintain your health and drink plenty of water so that you can continue to enjoy your time!

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Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.

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