Top 10 Tips for Dealing with Travel Fatigue

by Kim on June 15, 2017

  1. Eat Healthy & Don’t Abandon Your Diet

It’s easy to be tempted to eat all sorts of crazy foods when you’re traveling.  You may be vacationing, and want to ease up on your diet and enjoy all of the amazing delicacies of wherever you’re visiting.  Or perhaps you’re too busy and only have time to grab something quickly.  Either way, you should try to stick to your diet as best as you can while you’re traveling, because the few minutes and few dollars you save won’t make up  for your body feeling yucky later on.

  1.   Exercise & Try Yoga

If you’re typically someone who works out a few times a week, you should do the same thing when traveling. Here are some awesome ideas for keeping up with yoga on the road (if that’s your thing!).

Almost every hotel now from the five-star down to the budget motel has some type of exercise room.  If they don’t, there are nationwide fitness chains that you should be able to take advantage of.   Or, you can put on a YouTube exercise video on your computer, or try something simple you can do in your room, like yoga.

  1.  Avoid Too Much Caffeine & Stay Hydrated

It’s easy to be tempted to drink double the coffee while you’re away.  You have double the amount of stuff to do each day, it takes you longer to do it because you aren’t familiar with the area, not to mention you’re probably jet lagged. However, coffee will only make things worse, eventually.  It will throw off your sleep patterns even more, keep you from being able to fall asleep at night, and worst of all- will dehydrate you.  Try tea instead, and make sure you drink plenty of water throughout the day.

  1.  Go For Quality over Quantity when Sightseeing

We’ve all been on that business trip or vacation where literally every single second was planned months in advance. There was no time to stop and rest, and playing it by ear was not an option.  If you have 12 things a day planned, you’d be better off just trying to hit the top 6, and seeing where the day takes you.   Shoot for quality over quantity and everyone will be a lot happier and feel a lot better physically.  And if you have a travel partner who wants to do things entirely different from you, remember, it’s your trip as well- it may be best just to split up or take turns so that you get to do what you’d like to do and you don’t stress out over doing things you may not even care about.

  1.  Relax

With that said, if you feel like you need an hour nap in your room, go ahead and do it!  If it’s going to ruin the rest of the day or week, it’s not worth pushing yourself.  Allow your body to have the same, if not more, leeway that you give yourself at home.   If you’re tired, sleep.  If you’re hungry, eat.  If you want to relax, see what’s on the hotel TV.  You can even try out yoga on the beach,  the hotel spa, or anything other relaxation activity that’s available to you.   When I’m traveling in a hotel that’s in the middle of nowhere, sometimes I’ll bring my own relaxation kit.  It has a few magazines, some facial scrub samples I’ve been wanting to try,  nail polish,  hot stones, etc.   It’s always a wonderful way to kill an hour if I have some down time or if I’m feeling super stressed out by my trip.

  1.  Stay Connected with People At Home

They say “absence makes the heart grow fonder” and that’s so very true, but it can also contribute to our stress levels. Make sure you’re keeping track of friends and family even if it’s just sending a few quick texts or logging into Facebook or Twitter a few minutes each night.   You can talk to calming voices as well, perhaps even before bed.

  1.  Stick to Your Regular Routine

If you normally go to bed at 11pm, and wake up at 7am, I understand if having a travel buddy or a tight itinerary may adjust that slightly, like maybe you go to bed around 10 and wake up at 6.  But if you’re staying up until 4 and sleeping in until 11, or going to bed at 9 and waking up at 5, your body is not going to know what hit it.  Make sure you stick to your regular routine as much as possible.   Also, if you’re used to brushing your teeth a certain amount of time before bed, taking a bath at night, or wearing a certain style of pajamas you should do that as well to make sure you stay well rested.

  1.  Recognize it’s Only Temporary & Stay Positive

Regardless of what happens, this situation is only temporary!  Stay positive, optimistic and don’t let yourself stress you out.  Try to focus on the bright side, and continue to let yourself be uplifted and not aggravated.  In no time, you’ll be back in your own home and in your own bed!

  1.  Get to Know The Hotel Hospitality Crew

For extended stays especially, it’s super helpful to learn the maids, concierges, hotel desk staff, and anyone else you see on a regular basis.  They can give you tips for where the locals go, and can even help you out around the hotel, perhaps by finding a quiet place for you, switching your room if you’re in a noisy spot or have noisy neighbors, or even comping you some spa credits.

  1.  Bring Your Own Gear

Above all, sleep is going to be the most important part of your trip.  If you need to bring your own pillow from home, you should do so. According to The Sleep Advisor, stomach sleepers are the most negatively affected if they don’t have a properly sized pillow. This is because many hotels carry thick pillows; this is a belly sleepers worst nightmare. I know it’s tough to pack a full-size pillow, but the benefits might just outweigh the costs.

A t-shirt from a significant other or stuffed animal from a loved one can also be some good ideas of things to pack in your suitcase.  You can also try a white noise machine, ear plugs, or noise canceling headphones.  The bottom line is you want to make sure you have everything with you to feel as at home as possible.  Sleeping position is important, as is breathing.  I travel a lot, and am a pro at falling asleep in under 20 minutes.