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How To: Avoid Getting Wrecked by Travel

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This summer has been a blur of planes, trains, and automobiles. While travel can be wonderfully fulfilling, it can also throw your body completely out of whack. I love scouting out all the best pastry shops in Paris and food souvenir-ing my way through Barcelona, but I hate the feeling of returning home exhausted and wrecked. 
As I gear up for back-to-back trips to Los Angeles and Europe (lucky, I know!), I’m arming myself with key tips on staying healthy, courtesy of my friend and wellness expert Tammy Walker. 
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate
That giant water bottle isn’t just for the plane. Walker says to start every day with a big glass of warm water with lemon. “It’s an old Ayurvedic tradition, and it has tons of benefits: stimulates digestion, hydrates, provides alkalizing benefits, and delivers vitamin C.”
Get Moving (ASAP)
"If possible, get a workout in (even if it’s just 20 minutes) as soon as you arrive. It helps immensely with jet lag, bloating, general plane ickiness," says Walker. I love exploring cities by foot, so I’ll definitely be breaking out my running shoes (and trying not to get lost). Walker’s a fan of Tracy Anderson online workouts for travel, and I’m also using this Tara Stiles travel yoga routine. 
Ask the Interwebz
Here’s one tip that’s right up my alley: Use social media to gather recommendations for a good local yoga studio, spinning place, or best/scenic routes for a jog. On that note: any Barcelona natives out there with fantastic fitness studios?
Start with the Familiar
Walker says, “For breakfast, it’s great to eat as similar as possible to what you eat at home and with the same timing.” She travels with packets of unflavored instant oatmeal and then adds dried fruit and nuts. For me, this makes total sense, and is a good excuse to hit the local grocery stores and explore all the different options. 
Keep Calm and Carry On
"You can’t ignore that stress goes hand-in-hand with travel. If you already have a practice of mindfulness—yoga, stretching, journaling, meditation—take it with you on the road. And if you don’t already do something along these lines, well…no time like the present! Try 10 to 15 minutes a day and see how it goes."
I’ll be giving these a whirl over the new few weeks. Have any other tips for me? Leave them in the comments below!
In the meantime, here’s what’s in my carry-on: Glee Gum for popping ears and freshening breath; Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream for my perpetually dry hands; and Hail Merry Chocolate Macaroons for a low-sugar treat.
 
—Mollie
Read Walker’s guest blogger series here and learn all about fake-healthy foods and much more. 

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