OMG, last week I traveled to Edmonton and can I tell you I am STILL tired? I’ve been in bed by 7:45pmevery night!
I came home with a bit of a headache, feeling slightly feverish and I could barely think straight.
That story has played out a few times this year. It’s almost like my body is changing. (Women, you know what I’m taking about, right?) I also think I get super dehydrated going back and forth between different time zones.
So I’m not just talking about when I travel on biz. I’ve felt this way after personal trips, too. Sometimes I feel like I need a vacation after my vacation! Land-crash-burn. Know what I mean?
Now, I travel a lot. (Geez, I probably spend half my life getting where I need to go.)
Some of my longer trips are made up of short stops in several places. It’s not unusual for me to fly into a different city every day.
Last fall I was in Europe for 8 days. During those 8 days I visited 3 countries. I was in a different country every other day!
Wanna know my number one defense against travel burnout? It’s super simple and it minimizes a ton of stress.
I make sure to know my schedule well in advance so I can handle as many details as possible before I leave home.
Here are a few of my challenges and solutions:
Getting enough rest when I am changing time zones
I make rest a priority. I try to not schedule anything before 10am when traveling—or even 11. That gives me the rest I need in the morning.
Finding the right kinds of foods (I’m vegan)
By checking out local food sources in advance, I know where I can meet my dietary needs. A bag of chips at the airport isn’t going to cut it.
So I pack healthy snacks for times I am unable to find what I need. And speaking of packing….
Yeah, right. I’m a clotheshorse and I accessorize. But I try to coordinate as much as possible so I don’t have to pack as much.
You only need ONE pair of shoes that works for everything. Or wear a comfy pair and pack the heels! You can wear the same pants with a different top. Yes, know one will know. Change the jewelry or add a scarf!
Taking time out for ME
Listen in … this is sooooo important!
Whether I am working at home or traveling, I make time for ME.
Okay, so not always.
But when I skip this self-care step, I pay for it.
Exercise and yoga are a huge part of my day; two things I do for ME. Along with my essential oils regime, they keep me balanced.
But trying to maintain an exercise routine from 10 different time zones would be crazy so I don’t plan to exercise on huge business trips. I would rather sleep and catch up on work.
I get my exercise fix in the day after I get home and make sure I’m in top shape prior to departure.
Stepping out of my balanced home life and into a whirlwind of travel begins with anticipating what I will need and planning ahead.
So I make it a priority. My vacations are vacations now.
Do you ever feel like you need a vacation AFTER your vacation? How can you plan ahead when you travel?