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Your Healthy Holiday Travel Survival Guide3 min read

Santa at the airport

Have you seen the classic 80s movie Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Unlikely travel companions Steve Martin and John Candy get stuck making their way home for the holidays and navigate a bunch of stressful and hilarious situations. Fun to watch on screen; not so fun to experience in real life.

The mega-holiday that spans Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day is upon us. If you’re like millions of others across this great nation, you’ll be going somewhere to celebrate the holidays with family and friends. Whether you’re traveling one mile or several thousand to get there, you’re sure to encounter a mishap or two worthy of your own moment on the big screen.

Here are my tips for surviving hectic travel experiences in one piece so you’re ready to enjoy the holiday cheer once you get there.

Tip 1: Carry-On Only

Restricting yourself to a carry-on bag only is a good rule any time of year, but especially during the holidays. Keep your sanity intact by packing light. You’ll avoid the long wait at the baggage claim and also know exactly where all your stuff is at all times.

Bonus Tip: The carry-on only strategy can be tougher for families with kids, but I’ve made my son roll his own smaller sized carry-on suitcase since he was five years old. Kids love a job, so give them ownership over their bag.

Tip 2: Ship It, Don’t Schlep It

Nothing will kill your ability to follow Tip 1 faster than trying to bring gifts with you on the plane. If you buy them early enough, ship your gifts to your destination. Even Santa would ship if UPS and FedEx could make it to the North Pole. You can choose a different shipping destination through your favorite mega online retailer, which makes shipping super simple.

Bonus Tip: I pack a duffle bag in my carry-on for all of the gifts my generous family and friends are sure to give me. While this may mean I have to check a bag on the way back, it’s always nice to have the space and the option.

Tip 3: Keep It Charged

Your phone is your lifeline while you’re traveling. It helps you keep track of your tickets, travel confirmations, and receipts. It will also get you out of a jam when the inevitable monkey-wrench gets thrown into your plans. Charge it before you go, and keep your charger in your carry-on or personal bag so it’s nearby when you need to recharge.

Bonus Tip: Everything is getting smarter, including suitcases that can now charge your phone and do a whole lot more. Check out the 5 Gadgets All Travelers Should Have for 2018.

Tip 4: Safety First On the Road 

If you’re traveling by car instead, safety should be your top priority. While your phone can be your lifeline while flying, it can be deadly on the road—so don’t text while driving. It’s also a good idea to get your car in tip-top shape. Prioritize tires (treads and inflation), fluids (antifreeze and oil), your battery (replace if older than three years), and an emergency kit that includes food, blankets, water, and a snow shovel if you’re traveling where it’s cold.

Bonus Tip: I like to leave early to get a jump on commuters. I start my trip in the pre-dawn hours (we’re talking 3 a.m.!) to avoid sitting in rush-hour traffic.

Tip 5: Keep a Level Head

Yes, things will go wrong when your travel. I’ve always found it helps to repeat a few key calming phrases when the going gets tough. You can also practice meditation if you have a few spare moments while waiting to board the plane or at a rest stop.

Bonus Tip: The mind-body connection is strong, and you can trick your brain into relaxing by calming your body through breathing exercises. Breathe in for a count of five, purse your lips, and slowly exhale for a count of seven to 10. This will slow your heart rate and make you feel better.

Safe travels and happy holidays!


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - December 22, 2017 at 02:22

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A Holiday Gift for Your Healthy Traveler

jump without limits

starter-set-birdseyeI look forward to Thanksgiving every year. This year was no disappointment as I happily realized that the gravy and stuffing that I crave all year are actually worth every calorie. But finding the energy to tackle my shopping on Friday was a little tough. So I went to the basement and picked up my handy Crossropes and got to jumping!

If I had to identify the best thing about Crossropes, it would have to be convenience. It’s a great cardio activity that can be done inside or outside, and requires very little space and only one piece of equipment. This convenience is further enhanced by the handy guide book that coaches you to “jump without limits.”

The second best thing about Crossropes is that the mere appearance of them gets the whole family inspired to exercise! When my kids see me jump roping, they want to as well. And since I have the Crossropes in two different weights, there is an option for them and an option for me. The handles switch quickly and easily so it’s easy to pass the fun around.

The workout you create using the Crossrope system can be great for the core, the legs, the arms and the heart. You can go with a heavier rope or a lighter one depending on your goals: they range in weight from 1 oz to 2 lbs. You can take this workout with you wherever you travel.

With packages starting at $ 59, it’s a nice item for your holiday list – either to get for others or for others to get for you. Happy skipping!


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - November 29, 2016 at 17:24

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Why a Wellbeing Holiday Doesn’t Have to be Boring


In the popular imagination, meditation retreats can be uncomfortable and silent places. Meditating for hours on hard floors and not exchanging two words with anyone is certainly the experience some retreats offer, but this isn’t the whole story. If you simply want a boost to your wellbeing rather than dedicate a week to intense spiritual advancement, there’s plenty of retreats that not only offer you meditation, but fun and relaxation as well.

For example, if you’re planning a city break to London but would like the opportunity to recharge your batteries as well as experience everything the capital has to offer, you could head into the Sussex countryside for a Vedic retreat with London meditation company Will Williams Meditation. Set in a beautiful country house, you can enjoy the pool, meet new people, and bask in English nature.


You don’t even have to plan for meditation to be a major part of your holiday if you don’t want to. Simply do a little research to find out where the local meditation centre is and plan to spend a couple of hours with them. In fact, if you are visiting somewhere like India, this could offer a great insight into the culture and history of the country that you otherwise may have missed. Other services like Reclaim Yourself offer luxury yoga holidays all over the world, from Iceland to Ibiza, that promise a fun group atmosphere and inclusive attitude.

Holidays by their nature were always intended to improve people’s wellbeing, but a combination of jet-lag, over indulgence and hectic sight-seeing schedules can leave people more burnt out than before they left. By ensuring that healthy and tranquil pursuits are a key part of your trip, you can get all the relaxation you need.

Guest Author: Holly Ashby is a content writer and illustrator who has a passion for blogging, with interests from travel to film. She is also a member of creative collective ShellsuitZombie, who aim to represent the young voice of the creative industries.


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Posted by Lustige Bilder - October 23, 2016 at 01:18

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