This year, we’ve been racking up the air miles. We know this isn’t the most sustainable way to travel, so we use a lot of our energy thinking about how to continue to make EcoChic Lifestyles as sustainable as it can be, and that leads us right back to our own mind-body connection and the ways in which we keep our own micro-ecosystem–our bodies–running sustainably, as well.
Traveling is hard on the body, so here’s how we do it.
1. We get as much exercise as possible, before we fly. If our flight’s not leaving until the late afternoon or at night (usually true of our inter-continentals from Los Angeles), we’ll go for a long hard hike during the day, top it off with a good yoga session, and then take a relaxing shower before we get on the plane. The idea is to condition your body, because you also need to…
2. Get as much sleep as possible. Once we get on the plane, after the safety announcements and after the closing of the cabin door, we put on our eye mask, dab a little soothing lavender essential oil behind our ears, put in our ear plugs, and go right to sleep. We like a window seat for this–it helps to have something to lean against, especially if you jerk awake because you’re feeling peckish, since everyone likes to…
3. Have a little snack mid-flight. Somehow, the feeling of being on a trip can make you want to try a little something of everything, even if it’s just dodgy airline or airport food. So we try and pack something healthy to eat, fruit or nuts or even these vegan spring rolls from 101Cookbooks, which are a great, easy-assemble-and-pack option.
4. Once we land, we get right on the local time schedule. We try the best we can to stay awake through all of the ensuing day. We don’t take naps. Doing something active can help.
5. In the hotel room, we make sure we have a little corner of things that remind us of home. It helps us to get over the “being in a new place” feeling.
6. We meditate a little each day. Some things shouldn’t change no matter how different of a place you’re in. And remember, meditation can take many forms. Even taking ten minutes to write in a diary or just sit quietly and pay attention to your body can count.
7. Build your own little natural first-aid kit. This can include things like Arnica gel for muscle aches, chamomile or ginger teabags for upset tummies, the aforementioned lavender oil for restlessness, and aloe vera gel for light burns or small cuts. Just knowing you’re prepared can help ease the inevitable travel stress.
So there you have it. That’s how we keep our bodies running sustainably at EcoChic Lifestyles. What travel tips do you want to share?