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MCLV Travel Diary | How to Beat Jetlag

I still remember my first terrible jetlag experience. I flew to Tokyo for work and didn’t get on local time for the entire trip. It was awful. Though getting back on San Francisco time was a breeze…

Luckily I’ve done a lot of traveling since then and I’ve picked up some great tricks and tips to help beat jetlag.

Today’s essentials.

Flights:

For international travel I highly recommend an overnight flight. Arriving at your destination in the morning is a great way to give yourself a fighting chance to get on the local time. If that’s not an option, try to schedule a flight that arrives during the day. Which leads to my next tip…

Light:

When you land in your destination – Go outside! The most basic way that your body knows what time it is, is light. Your body is used to being awake when it’s light out, and asleep when it’s dark. So head outside for a walk, sightseeing, or laying on the beach/pool deck. Let your body know what time it is after all those hours in the clouds.

Exercise:

Getting in a sweat session once you land in your destination is a must. You’ve been seated forever for a while so the movement will help get your blood moving and loosen your muscles. Walk, run, swim, gym session – Whatever you have the time and energy for! Even 10 minutes of stretching can be super beneficial. I love to travel with booty bands since you can do so much with them and they take up zero space.

Hydrate:

It’s so tempted to start the flight with champagne or start drinking coffee the moment you wake up. Fight the urge and order water. Staying hydrated will help you in so many ways – Keeping your muscles from cramping, helping you fight off what the guy coughing next to you has, hydrating your skin… It works wonders. I like to pack a water bottle on my travels and refill it throughout the day so I’m not relying on single use plastic.

Stay Awake:

Naps are SUPER tempting when you’re in a new time zone, but don’t give into the urge. In fact, try not to sit down! If you sit on a comfy hotel bed you’re toast. Try as hard as you can to stay up until a reasonable “bedtime” in the local time zone. I always have a plan for after I land to help me stay moving. On our recent trip to Australia we had a field trip planned for as soon as we unpacked our suitcases!

Magnesium:

You’ve gotten light, you’ve worked out, you’ve stayed awake – Now what? Now you have to try to sleep through the night! Melatonin or magnesium can help you stay asleep once you’re down. Working out will also help wear you out!

What’s YOUR go-to jetlag tip?

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MCLV Travel Diary | Healthy Preparation Hacks

While it may be a little TMI, we all know how quickly an upset stomach or digestive issues can ruin a trip.

Real quick.

And since I have a finicky system to begin with, I take a lot of care when I’m traveling. I also have a few tried and true healthy hacks that I start before I leave for a trip, that I thought I’d share. Any and all of these tips can be started a few days before a trip and continued through the trip if you’d like.

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Water:

Drink ALL the water. Travel is dehydrating. Flying is dehydrating. Hot locations are dehydrating. It will help your skin, your digestion, and your jetlag. So drink up. And sadly, that doesn’t mean coffee or champagne. Water is where it’s at. Can’t make yourself drink water? Try adding fruit for a spa water treat or a sugar-free electrolyte mix.

Liquids:

Another way to get and stay hydrated is enjoying smoothies and/or low-sugar juices. I tend to favor smoothies since you’ll get all the great fiber from the fruits & veggies, but to each their own!

Probiotics:

I always start taking a daily probiotic a week or so before a trip. A non-refrigerated variety is great since you can bring it along on your trip.

Ginger & Lemon Tea:

Nothing soothes an unhappy tummy quite like ginger tea – And bonus points for a lemon ginger mix. I frequently have a tea at night so before I trip I just swap whichever herbal tea is on rotation for lemon ginger.

Magnesium:

I’m a huge Natural Calm fan and it’s especially helpful for travel. Magnesium is calming and helps your body prepare for bed, which is extra helpful if you get thrown into a new time zone. I take it every night and bring packets with me when I travel and even on the plane. You can also try magnesium-rich foods in the evenings – Nuts, dark chocolate, spinach, tofu, avocados, and legumes are good sources.

You can see more about how I stay healthy while I travel here:

Do YOU have any travel tips?

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Wanderlust | Caribbean Adventures

What’s a Friday without some daydreaming? This year my Wanderlust is taking me down to explore the Caribbean to search for new experiences.

While I love traveling and still have tons of places to visit, the last few years have been focused more on diving trips than visiting new cities or hiking through ancient ruins. Hopefully I’ll get some of those on the calendar in the next few years, but for now I’m enjoying tropical destinations, exploring the oceans, and seeing new plant and animal life.

After Costa Rica and Cozumel, this year’s destination is the furthest south of the Caribbean islands, Bonaire, in the Dutch Antilles.

Boneaire Caribbean Wanderlust Travel Diary Traveling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Beach Tropical{Is there anything that makes you think of vacation more than crystal clear water?}

 

 

Boneaire Caribbean Wanderlust Travel Diary Traveling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Beach Tropical

{The diving is supposed to be INSANE. Lots of undisturbed areas and beautiful plant and animal life. I’m hoping to find Atlantis.}

Boneaire Caribbean Wanderlust Travel Diary Traveling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Beach Tropical

{Isn’t this insane? It’s salt. Salt pyramids. So crazy}

Boneaire Caribbean Wanderlust Travel Diary Traveling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Beach Tropical

{Beach me please. I love jumping off of cliffs into water and tide pools, but sometimes a beach is just what the doctor ordered. Even though I hate sand. :)}

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{I’m beyond excited to take my diving to a new level on this trip – We’re going to level up and get our Advanced Open Water certification while we’re on vacation.}

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

What’s next on YOUR travel calendar?

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Wanderlust: Summer Vacation Mode

I don’t know about you, but I start getting an itch to take a vacation when it’s been a few months. Especially this time of year. Summer has become one of my favorite times to travel – Whether it’s a long weekend away or a full-on international adventure.

I love everything about traveling. Packing your bags, getting a carry-on ready for an adventure, planning out a trip… I even love luggage and train stations and airports.

Visiting new places, making new memories, exploring new cultures, eating new foods, and meeting new people… What’s not to love?

So far, I’ve traveled to cities and countries in South East Asia, Western Europe, and both Central and South America. I tried to count them and I think I’ve tackled 12-13 countries to date.

Definitely time to try a new one. 🙂

To get you in the mood, here are some amazing shots of beautiful locations, ninja packing skills, and all sorts of stunning wanderlust inducing images to fuel your Friday day dreams!

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Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

Vacation Traveling Packing Travel Wanderlust San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

Needless to say, it’s time for me to plan my next vacation!

Where are YOU going on your next adventure?

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Wanderlust: Hawaii Adventures

I haven’t had the chance to do much in the way of traveling in recent months, much to my dismay, so it’s time to sate my wanderlust by looking towards my next big adventure – Hawaii.

I’ve been to Hawaii a few times – Each time with a different group of people and each time with a different adventure in mind. Snorkeling, hiking, sight-seeing, SCUBA diving… Always different, and always an absolutely wonderful time.

So what does my next Hawaii adventure hold?

Who knows!

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{Waterfalls and ziplines – That’s quite a day to have on the big island}

Hawaii Wanderlust Kona Travel Diary Traveling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Ocean Water Vacation Vacay

{Sunset is nothing short of magical in the islands, with an endless number of activities that you can do. Surfing, enjoying a view, cliff jumping, snorkeling… I’m ready for any of the above!}

Hawaii Wanderlust Kona Travel Diary Traveling San Francisco Bay Area Fashion Food Fitness Lifestyle Blogger Ocean Water Vacation Vacay

{I’m always game for an adrenaline rush – But always keep it safe. I probably wouldn’t do a standing back off a cliff. You know, unless I checked the water depth first…}

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{One of my favorite ways to relax and enjoy myself on a trip is by sitting outside and enjoying the local cuisine. Fresh produce and delicacies on the beach. Yum!}

{Images from Wanderlust Pinterest Board}

What YOUR next trip?

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