13 Tips For Solo Female Travel In Europe 2019

13 Tips For Solo Female Travel In Europe 2019

13 Tips For Solo Female Travel In Europe 2019


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You have decided to make adventure your priority and finally scratch some of those legendary places in Europe off your list. You probably can’t wait to visit the iconic historical sites as well as marvel at the natural wonders the continent has to offer.

Whether you are taking a gap year after college or just taking off after some years of working and saving, this is the time you will spend learning and growing on your own terms.

More and more women decide to travel alone which has brought up many questions on how we can be safe and where the dangers are. As far as traveling to Europe goes, there has been a lot of bad press regarding the current and even past situations from terrorism to immigration politics. We all know that the media will deliver on bad news far more quickly than good news.

Unfortunately, this has painted a rather sinister picture of Europe which is largely underserved. Not to say bad things don’t happen, but they don’t necessarily do more than elsewhere.

I have recently traveled through some places in Latin America and Asia on my own but am originally from Belgium. I haven’t only grown up in Europe, but have also visited quite a lot of it. I can honestly say that I have never felt unsafe while traveling on my own through Europe and have never met a woman who did either. That isn’t to say that precautions shouldn’t be taken!

In this article, I will be providing you with an overview of some tips on how to travel safely, travel in a more interesting and fun way as well as some beautiful locations to visit. Perhaps some of them were never even on your list!



1. Be Open Minded


This is the first piece of advice I would offer anyone traveling to a new place. It is, of course, wise to be aware and careful wherever you go, but you should never let it stray into paranoia. Be open and allow the environment as well as the people to leave their mark and change you. You are, in part, traveling to learn and to grow, after all.



2. Inform yourself


One of the first things I research before visiting a new place is not only what gems are hiding further removed from the more touristy paths, but also whether there are unusual or unique traditions a country possesses. Europe has several of these and if you time your trip right, you will be able to experience some of them first hand.

When recalling some of the things we enjoyed doing as a kid, it is certainly creating a mess. Especially one we never had to clean up ourselves! Just so happens that Spain can help you relive these moments.

Every last Wednesday of August, the town of Buñol organizes the world’s biggest tomato fight, aptly named The Tomatina Festival. Tradition tells the story of a parade gone wrong near a market with vegetable stands in the summer of 1945, ending with a bunch of people pelting each other with tomatoes.

Some boys are said to have reenacted this event the following year and so an odd tradition was born. The number of tourists increases annually due to this festival but make sure to also stop by to visit the enchanting town itself. 

Informing yourself also means reading up on what is safe and what is not. Different countries will report on different locations best avoided by travelers and locals both. Make sure you are aware of these. Most people wandering into a bad situation, do so because they do not possess this information.



3. Simplicity in dress and gear


This I have found to be a key aspect of all of my travels. It is easier for yourself to travel light and simple and it also provides you with a feeling of safety when you choose your clothes in the same way. Dress simply and modestly, not with the intention to stand out but with the intention to make your travels safe and comfortable. In a lot of ways, safety also means not to stand out too much.



4. Common sense is your friend.. and a fake wallet!


It is, of course, possible to be in the wrong place at the wrong time when something happens, but most problems can be avoided by just using common sense. When traveling, don’t do what you wouldn’t do in some places back home either. Simple things like not wandering around the cities alone when intoxicated or walking home with strangers.

In other ways, it is nice to have a few tips on how to overcome a bad situation when it does happen to you. Take mugging, for instance. When you put yourself in the position of a mugger, you will realize some things. For one, they are afraid of staying in one place too long for fear of being caught. They will want the whole process to pass quickly.

During my travels, I always keep a “fake wallet” on me. This is a simple canvas Quicksilver wallet and it is actually empty of valuables, sometimes thickened with some paper or even a couple of dollars. But I keep it close to me so that should this situation arise, I can quickly give them this wallet and they would run off with it.

Read my tips on keeping your wallet safe when traveling here.

Another good tip can be to not keep all your valuables in one place and if you do, keep them in a money belt you wear under your clothes.

Here is a great money belt. But when you don’t have to, simply don’t carry certain items with you. I would, for instance, rarely take my actual passport and keep it safely inside a safe or locker at my hostel and instead carry a photocopy with me.

Common sense is your friend! Make sure you always keep this travel partner close to you. 




5. English speaking countries


Almost everywhere in Europe, you will find people can speak English, but the threshold might feel a little lower for you when you start your travels in the countries with English as a native language. In this, I would highly recommend Ireland and Scotland. Friendly, beautiful and definitely safe. The rolling hills and ancient castles will charm you as well as the local spirits and people themselves.

Even though you can also visit England, offering stunning countryside and history of its own, Ireland and Scotland are far cheaper to visit and even the larger cities will be less overrun by tourists by comparison.



6. Iceland and Scandinavia


Hypermodernity, otherworldly charm, fantastical creatures, and repulsive culinary traditions. These are the things that immediately come to mind when I think about Iceland and Scandinavia. I simply can’t get away from my sheer fascination for these places.

Known to be some of the safest countries in the world and blissfully void of any terror alerts, these countries can top the list for anyone wanting to combine safety with a fascinating history and unparalleled natural beauty.

When I was a child, these places spoke to me because in their legends they were home to creatures like trolls and elves. Now, admittedly, they still speak to me for that reason, but with the added thrill of knowledge and adventure.

They are a bit more expensive than your average European country but if you can budget for them, visit them. You will not be disappointed.



7. History and nature in typical as well as tucked away places


Yes. Europe is the right place for any history buff. With a history full of war and violence but also enlightenment and stunning works of art, you can pick and choose to visit whatever interests you or look to make an exciting combination of everything.

For me, Florence will always have a special place in my heart. I will never forget the first time I arrived in this city. It was late, it was raining, and the magnificent Renaissance buildings were all lit up, turning my mood from tired and grumpy to utterly captivated.

Florence is, of course, part of those rather typical Euro destinations anyone has on their list. But if you feel confident to try something new, don’t hesitate to visit the still largely ignored Central and Southeast Europe. From Transylvanian castles in idyllic landscapes to the tragic histories from recent memory in countries like Bosnia and Herzegovina, a similar diversity can be found here. Suitable for those on a much smaller budget, history as well as nature can be found in abundance.

Be sure to visit the Czech Republic. Home to some eerily beautiful national parks and the inspiring city of Prague. Expand your travels further towards the east and south, if you wish it. Pass through the countries of Austria, Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, and definitely make a stop in Croatia as well. Visit the distinctive Old Town in Dubrovnik, the coastal city known Split, draped over 4th-century Roman ruins and terraced lakes joined together by waterfalls, …

The best way to discover these countries, known for their rather expansive natural beauty and towns and castles tucked far away, would definitely be by car. You will be able to reach those more remote places you would otherwise find no access to and get the most out of your trip.




8. Couchsurf!


If you are looking for a great way to combine safety with an authentic experience, consider couchsurfing. You will be received by people who are passionate about their country or city and willing to show you their culture through a local’s eyes. This will be extremely valuable for obtaining some cultural wisdom a well as giving your wallet a bit of a break.



9. Hostels


If you are looking to forge your own little community while traveling, stay at hostels. Here you are far more likely to find like-minded people who also stay there just to find fellow travelers to share some moments with. This can also add greatly to your own safety and perhaps you can decide to visit more remote places with a group of new friends you met while staying here. 



10. What to pack…


I pointed out briefly before that embracing simplicity is the best way to go for any traveler. I have always been a light traveler and only take what I need for some basic comfort. Remember that as long as you have the necessities, you are perfectly fine as anything else you feel you are missing can always be picked up during your travels.

If you are a wise shopper, you can even do this in a way to help local communities instead of contributing further to mass production.

A budget traveler in heart and soul, I would cheap out on many things but never when it comes to hiking equipment or backpacks. I have had trips where everything broke but my hiking boots and backpack because they are the only two things of high quality that I own. They will be expensive, but they are investments worth making.

For those of you looking for tips in this, my backpack is a Deuter Aircontact (it is so comfortable, it literally feels like it is part of your body!) and my hiking boots are a waterproof Timberland ankle boot for women. Click the links to check them out!



11. Study abroad


Many students take advantage of the opportunity to study abroad for a semester or a year. If you can, don’t hesitate. If you are studying Spanish, study in Spain for a while. From here you can visit some other countries in your time off as well and experience the pleasure of making new friends on the other side of the world.

Studying abroad will contribute hugely to your education as well as personal development. You will have been exposed to diversity and an international environment at a young age, which will only benefit you in the future.



12. Work programs


If you definitely want to travel but want to immerse yourself in the local culture as well, look into work programs available in Europe. Many women opt for the job of Au Pair. A wonderful job and the children will certainly teach you a lot, but perhaps rather restricted if you are looking to be introduced to different classes and different types of people.

If would like to work in your own field or even pursue a passion, you should definitely try to find something in that. When I was younger, I was obsessed with horses. This obsession was passed on to me by my aunt. I remember her telling me stories about her travels and these around Europe were funded by her working on different farms and stables across the continent. I always found this very inspiring and have pursued some projects around the world based on my passion as well. 

If you find this sort of thing a little risky and would like something a bit more organized, look into internship options or maybe even seasonal work in tourism or fruit picking. Think about what you would most like to do and explore your options from there.



13. Just have fun


The most important part? Just enjoy yourself. Take the required precautions and always stay aware, but don’t let it keep you from getting the full experience you desire. Whether it is history, wilderness, a cultural immersion or all of the above, this is your trip and you should definitely make the most of it!


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How To Keep Your Wallet Safe While Traveling (Tips For 2019)

How To Keep Your Wallet Safe While Traveling (Tips For 2019)

How To Keep Your Wallet Safe While Traveling


wallet and money sticking out of front pocket of jeans


Keeping your money safe during your travels is something that could be a huge concern, especially when traveling to places where theft or pickpocketing is prevalent. Although traveling can be an amazing life-changing experience, it can also be unsafe and sometimes just cruel and unfair.

Protecting your wallet and the money inside is something you really need to focus on while traveling. It doesn’t matter if you are pickpocketed or robbed or perhaps you just misplaced and lost your wallet, this can lead to chaos and turn a fun and enjoyable trip into a horrible one.

Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. In this post, I have some great tips and helpful ideas that you can use to protect your wallet and keep your money safe while traveling.


So what is the best way to carry money while traveling?

There are actually a few ways you can go about doing this.

#1. Split up your money

Don’t keep your money all in one place. You should try to keep a mix of cash, credit cards, cheques, etc. in different places. You should never keep all the money you have for your trip on your body all at once. If you were robbed, you lose it all at once. You need to be smart and split up the money and take only what you need for that day.

#2. Use a travel wallet

You may want to consider using a separate travel wallet specifically for travel use only. Most likely you have an everyday wallet that is crammed with things like membership cards, gift cards, coffee cards, etc.. and what will happen is when you start to thin it out for travel, the wallet will be stretched out from all the items that were inside. This will make it easier for items to fall out and get misplaced or lost during travel. So make sure to use a separate travel wallet.

#3. Use a dummy wallet

Pickpocketing is a real thing and unfortunately, it happens far too often. If you are traveling in a place where it is known to have an issue with pickpockets, you can use a dummy wallet. Just pick up an inexpensive wallet that looks like a real one and put small or fake bills inside with a few fake credit cards. Make it look just like the real thing. What this will do is prevent the thieves from getting the real wallet and in the event of a real mugging, you can toss the fake one at them while you run away.

#4. Use Money Alternatives

If possible, use money alternatives like bus passes or tickets that are for multi-use purposes. This will minimize the amount of cash you need with you, and lessen the number of times you need to look into your wallet or pocket to pull out cash.


How To Hide Money While Traveling?


There are many travel security products that you can take with you on your travels. Actually, there are tons of travel gadgets in general on the market today. For travel security, stay away from pouches, bags, and wallets that have zero security measures built into them. These are very easy targets for thieves. You need to use something that will actually work. Here are some great options to hide cash on your body while traveling.

#1. Use an Anti-theft travel security belt
travel safety belt with inside zipper compartment
You can use an anti-theft security belt to hide your money inside them. They look just like a normal belt but have a zipper inside which you can store money and other items. These belts are a great way to hide your valuables on your body and not worry about them getting stolen.

Available on Amazon here. 


#2. Use hidden pockets
set of white zipper secret pockets

These are great as you can just sew them into the inside of your pants and use them to hide cash, passports and other valuable. They stay hidden from thieves as they are underneath your clothing.

You can get these on Amazon here.


#3. Use an undercover leg wallet

Easy access and more comfortable than a bulky money belt around your waist. Protect your personal information, credit cards and passport with the included RFID Blocking Sleeves.

You can get these on Amazon here.


#4. Use a wrist wallet
travel protection wrist wallet

These are really affordable option for securing your cash and other valuables. RFID-Blocking Wrist Wallet. Protects Against Identity Theft and Perfect for Travel.

You can get one on Amazon here.




Some other on body storage options for keeping money safe:


#1.  Neck Wallets 

Neck wallets are a bit easier to hide than a money belt. They will normally hang down inside your shirt to keep your valuables unseen. They work best with shirts and tops that don’t have a low neckline.

#2. Shoulder pouches

These fit over the shoulder and under your armpit to keep valuables close at hand. Some shoulder pouches are designed to be used under your jacket. If possible, look for ones that sit against your skin and can be used with pretty much any clothing. It just provides that added layer of security.

#3. Anti-Theft Wallets

As we know, any wallet can be an attractive target for pickpockets. You are even more of a target if you store your wallet in a back pocket or loose clothing. To keep thieves out of your money, look at getting an Anti-Theft wallet designed specifically for travel.


What Is The Best RFID Blocking Wallet?


According to Slate.com:

RFID-blocking wallets are designed to help insulate you from a very particular brand of electronic pickpocketing, called RFID skimming. The concern is that some credit cards, passports, and driver’s licenses now come with embedded radio frequency identification chips. When activated by an RFID reader, these chips transmit certain types of information wirelessly, so that you can verify your identity or even make a purchase without swiping your card. The downside: Anyone with an RFID reader can activate those chips and pick up whatever information they’re designed to transmit. And, if they’re sneaky about it, they can do it without your knowledge.

So do you NEED an RFID Blocking Wallet? No.

Should you get one? Yes.

RFID Wallets on Amazon here.


In Summary


Keeping your wallet and money safe while you are traveling should be taken seriously. It’s something that you and your family should plan in advance before you travel. Hopefully, I have given you some good advice and a few solid options to help you decide how you plan to protect your money and keep it safe during your next vacation.


Thanks for reading!

10 Best Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling

10 Best Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling

10 Best Tips For Staying Healthy While Traveling

Updated: Jan 2019

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We all agree that traveling can be amazing and we should do it as much as we can. However, this can be ruined by a simple case of sickness while on a trip. Staying healthy while traveling is very important. It is not a new thing for one to fall ill while visiting a new destination, sometimes our body just refuses to adapt to change.

  • Get Vaccinated
  • Restock your first aid kit
  • Carry enough water
  • Carry your medication
  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat the right way
  • Exercise
  • Avoid alcohol
  • Avoid heavy lifting
  • Stay active


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 10 Best tips for staying healthy while traveling



1. Get Vaccinated


vaccination travel

Most countries require you to be vaccinated for yellow fever before entering the country. It is also great to get a vaccination against diseases such as malaria, hepatitis A/B, cholera among many others in order to stay healthy while traveling.
Vaccinations ensure that you are protected in case of outbreaks. Vaccinations should be done at least a month before the traveling rather than on the final few days before traveling.
This is because most vaccines take a while before they are able to offer full protection. It’s always best to prevent sickness and disease before it happens.



2. Restock your first aid kit

If you are going to enjoy outdoor activities, maybe camping or hiking, go prepared with a well-stocked first-aid kit. This is the same for cases where you are planning to drive for long distances. This comes in handy if you are involved in minor accidents while on the road.
In your first aid kit, be sure to carry meds to take care of diarrhea, anti-histamines and something for motion or sea-sickness depending on your destination.
Other essential things that you should carry in your first aid kit may include hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes, and bandages.



3. Carry enough water


drinking water for travelers

Simple, stay hydrated during your travels. It is said that a human being can go for over 21 days without food but only 3 days alive without water.
Dehydration is very common for travelers and you should always carry enough clean water. Taking water will prevent cases of headaches and stomach upset.
If you are going to be spending a lot of time on the beach in the sunshine, water can be your best friend.
Avoid drinking river water, wells or lakes without boiling it first or at least purifying and treating it before you drink.
Our family uses and loves the Lifestraw Personal Water Filter. It’s perfect for all travelers, hiking and camping. You can get more information and reviews on Amazon here.

4. Carry your medication

If you are under any form of treatment or you sometimes require certain medications from time to time, do not forget to restock them.
For example, asthmatic individuals should always carry a spare inhaler in their luggage for use in case of anything. You can as well set a reminder on your phone to take the meds at specified times without failure.
Remember to carry your sunscreen as well if you are going to be spending a lot of time outdoors in the sun.



5. Get Enough Sleep


woman yawning with jet lag after a long flight on vacation

No matter how old or energetic you think you are, sleep has a way of rejuvenating us. Your body needs to rest to beat the jet lag or to adjust to different time zones.
You can read our article on How To Avoid Jet Lag Here. Enough sleep will also ensure that you have the most needed energy to make good use of your days.
Doctors recommend you have enough rest and sleep so that your body can repair and recharge well so that you can retain your travel health. While on the travels, try and get time to be alone so that you can recover and recharge as well.
Other than sleeping and resting enough, be sure to observe personal hygiene by taking showers regularly and washing your hands as many times as possible.

6. Eat healthy – But don’t just eat everything.

Fruits and vegetables are very healthy and you should consider taking more of these while on your travels. Its very important to reduce your intake of red meat while on the road.
If you have access to fresh supplies of fruits and vegetables, take advantage and stock up enough for yourself. just remember to wash these fruits and vegetables with clean water before consuming them.
Other types of advisable things to eat are the travel snacks, pack enough dry snacks, they will come in handy.



7. Exercise while on your travels

Being away from home doesn’t mean that you forsake your routine exercise. If you have access to a gym, go there and do your routine exercises, jogging or swimming.
Hiking is the best form of exercise while on your travels. Other ways to maintain your travel health might include travel yoga, which is very ideal exercise for both mind, spirit and body – if you are aware that the other forms of exercise might not be available, all you need to do is get yourself a yoga mat and you are good to go.
It is also important to stick to your normal routine of doing things.



8. Avoid Drinking Alcohol


tips for first time flyers alcohol

While traveling, try a much to reduce the amount of alcohol intake. Your body might be trying to adjust to new environment and that extra bottle might not be doing you as much good as you expect.
If you must drink at all, ensure that you keep it to the bare minimum. For avoiding Jet Lag, It’s a proven fact that drinking alcohol can actually act as a stimulant which is counterproductive to getting desired sleep.
Drinking alcohol during your flight is never a good thing to help you avoid Jet Lag.
Limiting alcohol consumption when traveling can be an uphill task especially for beer enthusiasts, those who love wine or people who like partying.
It may be difficult to stop completely but a good compromise would be to alternate alcohol and water. This assists with both hangover prevention and calorie count.
While traveling, try a much to reduce the amount of alcohol intake. Your body might be trying to adjust to new environment and that extra bottle might not be doing you as much good as you expect. If you must drink at all, ensure that you keep it to the bare minimum.



9. Avoid lifting heavy luggage

In order to travel healthy, avoid cases of lighting heavyweight. Instead, you should use suitcases with wheels that are easier to pull or push.
This will help you avoid unnecessary shoulder and back pains when you are traveling. The most ideal weight to carry is something that can easily be lifted with one hand, otherwise, it is way too heavy after that.
You would rather travel light or pay extra cash to the extra luggage rather than get yourself injured while on your travels.



10. Stay Active


stay healthy for travel

For you to be able to stay healthy traveling, engage yourself in activities that involve yourself in fun activities rather than be the boring dead weight that would rather stay indoors and binge.
There are a lot of activities you could get involved in like go on a safari, bird-watching, sightseeing, deep sea fishing, snorkeling, hiking, biking and many more.
Engaging in fun activities ensure that your body metabolism is also active to fight off any form of attack to might be looking to put you down.


How To Eat Healthy While Traveling


person eating healthy with travel book


When we think about eating on the road, there is a high chance that fast food is what crosses our minds. I know for me, sometimes it’s just easier to grab a quick meal at the drive-thru. However, this is not something you should focus on when traveling.

You don’t have to consume foods that will make you feel tired, bloated and depleted when traveling. Making better choices about food will positively affect your leisure time and make you feel better and enjoy your trip even better.

Athletes know how to eat healthy while traveling. They realize that drinking plenty of water and eating healthy food can sustain energy levels, help with quick recovery and fuels the muscles.

The food that you eat on the road functions as a traveling repair kit for the body. Knowledge of how to eat healthy foods during travel is essential to your wellbeing.


Insightful tips on eating healthy while traveling:



Whether you’re taking a vacation or traveling for work, if you have a healthy eating routine it can be impacted by traveling. Maybe you’re staying in a hotel or for some reason don’t have a kitchen, your only option to have breakfast might be your hotel’s buffet or a nearby cafe or restaurant.

Also, keep in mind that you may be more tired in the mornings as it can be easy to sleep less while you travel or vacation. Jet lag, hotel noises, and appointments at all hours of the day if it is for business can make it difficult to start your day off right with a good healthy meal.

Sometimes carrying your own food to eat for breakfast is an effective way to keep some control over your travel diet. For example, you can carry a box of whole-grain cereal or some protein bars with you to eat at any time of the day but especially breakfast if you are finding it difficult to start the day off right.

Or you can portion out some whole-grain cereal in zip-lock baggies, supplement this with one container of healthy Greek yogurt to add some protein.

At breakfast, consuming whole grains, protein, fruits, and vegetables will really make a big difference in your energy levels, fuel your body right so you can get over your jet lag quickly. Whole grains have lots of fiber, which will help to keep you full so you can focus on enjoying yourself and your surroundings, and it’s great for digestion and helps keep you regular.

Fruits and vegetables deliver essential vitamins and minerals and additional fiber. They are also low in calories if that is important to you.


Breakfast buffet

Everyone loves a free breakfast. If the hotel you are staying at comes with a breakfast buffet included, there are usually ways to find some healthier options there as well. First, look through all the food options before you start filling up your plate. As we stated above, try to find the protein, whole grains, and fruit and vegetables.

Some kind of eggs is usually available, with whole-wheat toast and a banana or apple. Also look for plain yogurt, oatmeal, and potentially some berries. Skip the breads like the pastries or muffins if you can, they aren’t typically homemade and can add on a lot of calories and added sugar to your breakfast.


Coffee shop or cafe


coffee shop

Flavored coffees like mocha, caramel or pumpkin-spiced drinks can have around 30 grams of added sugar that you don’t need. Skip the flavors and order a plain coffee. For food, most coffee shops will have some kind of oatmeal that is plain or unsweetened and have some nuts or fruit to go with it.

I have seen Starbucks offers an oatmeal that is made with whole-grains, which can really fill you up with the fiber the whole grain delivers. If you’re ordering a breakfast sandwich, try it on an English muffin instead of a bagel. This will accomplish the same thing for around 170 calories less.

On the road

If you’re awake early and need to hit the road in the morning and you need to grab breakfast on the go, either at the airport or in the car, pack healthy portable snacky breakfast foods. Grab some nuts or fresh or dried fruit. Take some granola bars or a biscuit. And don’t forget some drinks like water. You can even buy in bulk stuff like cereals and mixed nuts and pack them in ziplock baggies or small containers. These all make great mid-flight or road trip snacks early in the morning.

Speaking of Snacks

It is good practice to prepare for some hunger pains in-between meals by carrying healthy snacks of your own. Good options, in this case, would be small boxes of whole-grain crackers of packs of nuts with just a few hundred calories in them.

Furthermore, remember to pre-portion snacks into bags. This allows you to leave some snacks at your place of accommodation while carrying the ones you require with you. This approach will prevent you from overeating and saves on bag space.

This is an important tip on how to eat healthy foods during travel.


Staying Hydrated

Carry an empty water bottle inside your travel bag so that you can fill it after going through the security checks at the airport. Tea is good for hydration but since most airlines just serve black tea, pack tea bags of your own to use onboard.

Remember that fruits such as strawberries, oranges, and pears are very good for hydrating. Drinking plenty of water helps with the following:

• Helps with junk-food cravings
• Symptoms associated with overexposure to the sun or heat
• Helps in avoiding Jet lag
• Rids the body of toxins

It is not a secret that most of the unhealthy cravings people experience while traveling can be solved with refreshing drinks of pure water. Therefore, hydrate as part of your healthy food and drink while traveling routine.



Eating fruits and vegetables is very important. Fruits and vegetables offer us many health benefits and you should always make an effort to satisfy your daily requirement of vegetables.

This also helps in the sense that it leaves much less room for you to stuff bad food in your stomach. A good example of doing this is eating a salad prior to eating bad food while traveling. It will provide you with healthy fiber before fats and carbohydrates can be consumed.

More health benefits of fruits and vegetables include:

Fiber: Fiber will always help us go to the bathroom, but it also fills us up which is a huge bonus when it comes to portion control and maintaining a healthy weight. The more fiber we eat, the fuller we get, and the less we eat.

Antioxidants, Vitamins, & Nutrients: Many of these antioxidants, vitamins & nutrients help us maintain a strong immune system, and provide us with the nutrition we need to survive in a fit and functional manner.



Eat like the locals

Travelling entails experiencing the local flavor. The most important thing to note is that the local flavor has some amazing healthy options.

Look closely and you are bound to find a lot of lean protein, little-processed foods and plenty of vegetables that are rich in fiber. Do not limit yourself to dishes of your host country that are uber-famous, all regions of the world have healthy food especially Vietnamese food.

Here are some great reasons why eating like the locals are very beneficial:

Local Food is Part of the Culture
Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of traveling and trying traditional foods is a cultural experience you don’t want to miss. People are very passionate about their culture and you should embrace that.

Traditional foods are part of a country’s heritage and are strongly rooted in the memories of the local people. It’s the same all over the world and eating traditional foods is a great way to taste a part of that culture.

Local Food is Fresh & Tastes Amazing
When your food hasn’t had to travel halfway around the world, it’s fresher. Fruit and vegetables that have been for days in the back of a truck in transit aren’t going to taste like the ones dug up locally.

When you travel, you won’t always know which foods are locally grown, but buying from local businesses and markets instead of the chain supermarkets is a good place to start.

Local Food is Better for the Environment
Flying food around the world uses a lot of energy. The average distance our food travels is around 1500 miles give or take a few, and when you start adding that up it’s a lot of energy.

Locally grown food doesn’t have near as far to travel and most local farmers use sustainable farming methods. Buying locally also means you are supporting the farmland and green spaces in that area.

Local Food is Cheaper and Supports the Community
There’s no question that eating local foods is the cheapest option. It’s quick and convenient and it’s the food that everyone in that region has been eating for a long time. Usually, the best local foods can be purchased from a street vendor.

Street food is always the cheapest option, no matter where you are in the world!

Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. You can go anywhere in the world and walk into a fast-food chain, but instead of benefiting the local community, the money you spend at those chains are leaving the local economy.

In places where tourism is high and the demand for fast food is high, local food will become less and less popular.

If you decide to drink coffee in a local café, snack on street food or have lunch in a local eatery is a simple way to be a socially responsible tourist. Eating in local places supports local businesses and the local economy, and it also builds connections between the local people and travelers. Which is very important.

If you’re only staying in one place for a couple of days, you may think that it’s too short a time to build any relationships, but where you eat will constitute part of the local community’s perception of tourists.


Avoid feel-bad foods

Feel bad foods are those foods that we crave but leave us feeling depleted and sick after we consume them. It is wise to completely avoid foods that deflate your mood and drain your energy while on the road. The foods to avoid include the following:

• Simple carbohydrates also are known as high glycemic foods like sodas, fruit juices, sugary snacks or refined grain products.

• Deep-fried foods

• Sweeteners and nonfat desserts that are rich in chemicals, which the body cannot metabolize easily.

• Partially hydrogenated foods like packaged baked goods, nondairy creamer, etc.

• Excess alcohol. As earlier mentioned, excess alcohol is bad for you.


Lean protein

Chicken, seafood and fish dishes are a bit healthier compared to pork and beef. This is why most of your diet should be centered around these while traveling.

Fortunately, all countries and cultures have interesting methods of preparing these lean proteins so that you will not sacrifice flavor for health. Consuming the right portions of complete protein foods will allow for necessary essential amino acids for your activity level and weight.

This helps in stabilizing blood sugar, enhances concentration and keeps you strong. High-quality lean protein provides the body with the energy required for traveling thus preventing fatigue.


Eat rice instead of pasta

You should avoid eating too much pasta while traveling. Instead, people should eat wild rice, long-grain rice, basmati rice or brown rice. This is because most of the pasta that is bought from stores are processed and contain trace amounts of sugars.

Pasta is a popular meal for most travelers but you should avoid it if possible.



Learn about the quick-service restaurants that are available when traveling, particularly those that offer clients healthy food options.

Sometimes, this might mean having to go out of your way but your body will thank you for it. The best way to go about this is by speaking the locals as they are better placed to know such establishments.

The tips listed above are not exhaustive as there are many more ways to eat healthy while traveling. The tips above are mostly based on the psychology of eating, thus have a scientific basis.

Traveling should not leave a dent in your diet, adopt any of the tips above for your on-the-go nutrition.

Hopefully, you enjoyed our 10 Best tips for staying healthy while traveling guide.

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What Is The Best Way To Avoid Jet Lag?

What Is The Best Way To Avoid Jet Lag?

What Is The Best Way To Avoid Jet Lag?


woman yawning with jet lag on vacation


Being a victim of Jet Lag can have many side effects and health concerns for us. I have dealt with jet lag for many years, and can honestly say it’s one of the most difficult things to deal with when traveling.

Jet lag is very aggravating and can have you arriving at your final destination too tired to enjoy any of it. It’s important to understand how to avoid jet lag before setting out on your trip. Jet lag can make it extremely hard to think clearly and make quick decisions. It can also impact your health. There are a number of things you can do to minimize the effects of jet lag on you and your travel plans.


What are the symptoms of Jet Lag?

Symptoms may include:

  • General tiredness and fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Dehydration
  • Inability to sleep at night
  • inability to stay awake during the day
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Headaches
  • Feeling disoriented
  • Confusion


This list is not inclusive. Other symptoms are possible. Symptoms are worse when traveling West to East. You can refer to Medicinenet.com for more information.

According to MedicalNewsToday.com, jet lag is “a physiological condition that results from a disruption in the body’s circadian rhythms, also known as the body clock. It is seen as a circadian rhythm disorder”.


Here are some great tips for avoiding Jet Lag:



1. Prepare Ahead


One of the best things you can do to avoid jet lag is to be prepared before you get on your flight as much as possible. Before leaving, make sure you have all your pre-trip errands complete and in order. This would include things like personal banking, shopping, packing, instructions for family members, avoid doing anything last minute that would prevent you from being rested and ready to go.

Avoid late night going away parties, and any staying up late resulting in not getting a good night’s sleep the night before. Get a good full night of proper sleep the night before you depart.

As mentioned earlier, jet lag is worse on flights eastward rather than westward, as it can be much easier to force yourself to stay up a little longer than it is to fall asleep earlier than you are used to.

Did you know daytime flights cause less jet lag than overnight flights? That is why overnight flights are also called “red-eye” flights. It can be hard to get proper rest on these flights, and it’s recommended to bring along some travel accessories to help you rest. Please consider some of these must-have travel accessories for long flights. Making sure you take time to order them in advance of your trip will make a big difference not only in the quality of your flight but also your first days at your destination by shortening your jet lag as much as possible.



2. Keep Hydrated


how to avoid jet lag


It is very easy to become dehydrated on an aircraft. The longer the flight, the worse it can be. Drink lots of fluids, non-alcoholic ones, this will directly combat the dry air on your plane. Water is by far the best choice. Also, it is best to avoid coffee and teas if possible.

Alcoholic drinks have always been a poor choice for combating dehydration. And they have a stronger effect on your body in the thinner air at the cruising altitude of an aircraft.

And besides dehydration, I have seen it far too many times, someone will have a few drinks in the air and it always leads to a bad situation.


3. Exercise 


woman exercising to avoid jet lag


Try to exercise regularly in the days leading up to travel day and if possible to avoid exposure to people with flu or colds. You don’t want to get sick just before leaving for a trip.

While in the air, feel free to get up and exercise as often as you feel to. Try walk up and down the aisles or just standing up for a bit. Don’t be surprised if you see others doing some twisting and/or stretching exercises in their seats or the isle of the plane. IF you feel like it would help your body, or just help you stay awake, do some yourself. Moving like this will reduce discomfort from swollen legs and feet and prevents poor circulation problems and deep vein thrombosis.

Additionally, to prevent this, I highly recommend this pair of air travel compression socks. They will help prevent swelling and blood clotting on a long flight. They help keep your circulation going even with long periods of sitting still. They are perfect if you experience swollen calves and/or ankles.

Lastly, if you have multiple long flights, get off the planes when possible at stopovers, and go for a walk around the airport. It can really help how you feel and minimize the effects of jet lag when you reach your destination.


4. Increase Melatonin


There are many different products that can help you avoid jet lag as well. Melatonin, a hormone produced naturally by the body, can be taken in pill form to help produce sleepiness as a great way to help avoid and prevent jet lag.

If you plan to use a melatonin supplement, it is important to take it right on time or it could really throw your system off balance and make matters worse. When traveling east, on the day of the flight, take one dose of melatonin between 6 and 7 p.m. local time.

On the day of arrival and for the next four days, take a dose of melatonin at bedtime (between 9 and 10 p.m.) local time of your new location. If you are on a stopover and will be traveling further east, take one dose of melatonin on the day before flying onward, again between 6 and 7 p.m. local time, instead of at bedtime.

On the day of arrival at the final destination, take one dose of melatonin at bedtime (local time) and for the next four days.

For westward travel, melatonin will not help if you are going less than five time zones to the west. For distant westward travel, on the day of arrival, take one dose of melatonin at local time bedtime and continue to do so for the next four days.

If you wake up before 4 a.m., take a little more melatonin (half a dose) to get a complete night’s sleep. Dissolve this dose under the tongue, if possible, so it will be more fast-acting.

Another product, No-Jet-Lag, has been proven effective in a scientific trial of round-the-world passengers.

Also confirmed by long-haul flight attendants in a test conducted in cooperation with their union. Since it is a homeopathic preparation using extremely low dosages, No-Jet-Lag has no side effects and is compatible with other medications.

A second great product that is proven to be effective is Jet – Lag Rapid Reset. This Helps fight sleeplessness associated with jet lag by helping to reset your internal clock (also known as circadian rhythm). If you are traveling through multiple time zones, Jet – Lag Rapid Reset is what you need. You can recover from jet lag after just one dose!

Either one of the products mentioned above can be a great help.


5. Avoid Sleeping Pills


sleeping pills to avoid jet lag


Sleeping pills are not advisable, especially on the plane. They produce a drugged state which has little in common with natural sleep.

It can suppress natural body movement, not desirable in a cramped environment. Many over-the-counter sleeping pills are anti-histamines which tend to cause dehydration which is the opposite of what we are trying to accomplish.

This will create a parched, sore throat when combined with the already dehydrating atmosphere inside the airplane.

Instead, try bringing a sleeping mask or eye mask along with you. Also, a travel pillow and earplugs can help you get quality sleep while flying. If there are some spare seats on the flight, lay across them, since it’s easier to fall asleep laying flat than sitting propped up.


Try This Jet Lag Calculator

We know when we travel long distances across multiple time zones, our body’s internal clock gets thrown off. If you are going on a trip and concerned about jet lag, try a jet lag calculator.

This will help you by setting a schedule to determine the best time to seek light and darkness. This jet lag calculator will ease the adjustment period of multiple time zones and cut down on its effects.

jet lag calculator

Image credit Jet Lag Rooster.com


Here is a great video on how to beat Jet Lag and other valuable travel tips:


Hopefully, you found these tips helpful as ways to avoid jet lag. As always, feel free to leave a comment or send us a message anytime via our contact form.

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Tips For Flying With A Dog In Cabin

Tips For Flying With A Dog In Cabin

Tips For Flying With A Dog In Cabin

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By: Enid Kathambi

For people with pet dogs, traveling time can be one of the hardest times. if you are leaving your four-legged friend behind, the anxiety and sadness of leaving them behind might get to you even if you know they will be under the greatest of care.

Taking them with you, especially if you are flying, is not also as easy as it looks either. You need to be prepared and keep an open mind. A friend once lamented about how hard and expensive it was for them to take their dog with them on vacation.

However, if you prepare yourself early enough, you can avoid leaving your dog at home while you enjoy your vacation- like my friend.

Here are the tips for flying with a dog in an aircraft cabin:


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What is the size of your dog?

Unfortunately, a dog can only be up to a certain size for it to join you in the cabin. That said, before deciding to take your dog with you in the cabin, you need to be sure of its size. The right size is one that can fit comfortably under the seat in front of you. Mostly, dogs weighing around 15 pounds or so can fit under the seat in a cabin but it is advisable to check with the airline.


Choose an airline that allows dogs


tips for dog in aircraft cabin


Unsurprisingly enough, not all airlines allow animals in the cabin. Most importantly, the rules are also different for carriers that allow pet animals in their cabins. So, once you have decided to bring your friend along, call the airline to see whether they allow animals in the cabin. If they do allow dogs in the cabin, try finding out their restrictions and anything else that might be needed of you- and your pet.

Be sure to confirm the size of the dog with the airline, too. If the airline does allow pets in the cabin, it is important to point out that you will be bringing your pet along. It will cost you some more dollars, of course, but with the right planning, they will be worth it. Most importantly, book a seat in the middle since they tend to have a little bit more space. If you can get one close to the window, the better.

Pet-friendly travel website has a detailed list of airlines that allow pets in the cabin together with the policies.


Check if you need a passport for your dog

Surprised? Well, if this will be your first time taking your pet dog with you up in the skies be sure that your personal passport is not the only passport you will be needing. Countries have specific and sometimes different regulations and getting yourself familiar before getting there will save yourself any unnecessary hassle.

Once you are aware of all the documentation needed for your dog in your country of destination, keep them together and be ready to present them to the immigration officers when required to.


Keep an eye on your dog’s fitness


tips for dog in aircraft cabin


Since you have decided to take your dog with you, and you have checked with the airline, the next step is ensuring that your lovely friend is healthy enough to tag along.

Take your pet to the vet for a checkup and if possible, have the vet give you documentation as proof that your dog is healthy enough to be in the cabin. Additionally, while there, ensure that your dog is up to date with all its immunizations. It might not be required in some places but better to be safe than sorry.


Get a pet carrier that is suitable 

First of all, confirm the size of a pet carrier that is recommended by the airline you are using. Most of the airlines accept pet carriers that are 10 inches tall and 16 – 19 inches long (some could be less so be sure to confirm). Your pet carrier will also be your carry-on bag so be sure to put all the necessary items you will need during the flight. Most importantly, buy the pet carrier beforehand if you need to buy one and let your dog be accustomed to staying in it. This will in reducing its anxiety level during the flight because it will be accustomed to it by then.

This article explains airline approved pet carriers along with my recommendations.


Take a walk before the trip


tips for pets in cabin


To keep the dog asleep most of the time on the flight, take them for a walk before you head for the airport. A long walk for that matters. If the pet is tired enough, the less anxious it will be especially if this is the first time flying. This will also ensure you are comfortable for the flight too.


No feeding before the flight

This goes for the water too. It is not such a harsh rule, and your paw friend can survive. But to avoid poo and pee accidents in the cabin, avoid feeding your pet a few hours before the flight. However, you can ask for some water or ice cubes from the flight attendants and give to your dog. Just a little bit of it is enough, just keep him/her a little hydrated.

With the water, keep checking if your pet needs to make a wee-wee.


Be prepared for the cabin environment


aircraft cabin for pets


Some might be a little bit cold while others will be hot for the dog. Whichever one it is, be prepared to tackle the situation to avoid stressing your dog and making him/ her uncomfortable for the flight. It will be bad for both of you.

Bring a blanket or a cooling mat for either of the situations and you will both be happy.


Some dogs are not allowed in the airport, beware


Apart from the security check desks, most airports do not allow dogs or any other animals for that matter. Usually, just service dogs are allowed. So, make sure you do not let your dog out of the carrier, I am not saying that you suffocate him/ her in there. Make them as comfortable as possible. When it comes to stretching though, it is not recommended. Some travelers have tried it at the gates but it is a risky attempt. You can try if you are into taking risks but keep an eye on your friend just in case.

Have you taken your dog with you when flying? What was the experience like? Let us know.

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Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag

Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag


things you should not pack in your carry on bag



For anyone who travels on an airplane frequently, you know how important it is to pack your carry on bag properly. I mention in my post what to pack in your carry on bag, and luggage organization solutions, some really important information regarding your carry on. 

You would be surprised to know some of the things that are actually allowed to be carried on a plane. For example, you are not allowed to bring a bottle of water through security screening, but you can bring scissors. I know!

In my article 12 things you didn’t know are allowed on a plane, I show you some other items that are actually allowed on board. Check it out.

But In this post, I will show you some items that you should NOT pack in your carry on bag.


  • Fruits And Vegetables
  • Sharp Objects
  • Liquids
  • Lighters/Matches
  • Sporting Equipment
  • Guns/Ammunition
  • Razors/Blades
  • Tools
  • Self Defence Weapons


Things You Should NOT Pack In Your Carry On Bag


Fruits And Vegetables



There are many countries that don’t allow certain fruits and vegetables to be brought into the country. So if you are on an international flight, it’s important that you eat any of these items before you land. Or simply to bring them with you.

If you try to bring them through customs after landing, you risk the foods being confiscated and you can possibly be fined or even worse. I experienced this first hand and can honestly say don’t do it! 

If you are on a flight going to a different country, you will be asked to fill out a customs card while onboard. It will ask you if you have any fruits and vegetables with you. Don’t lie on this card! it will make it worse if you get caught. 


Sharp Objects


I mentioned in my article 12 Things you didn’t know are allowed on board a plane, that sharp objects are actually allowed. Well, only certain ones will be permitted. For example scissors with blades less than 4″ will be allowed. 

But other sharp objects like box cutters, ice picks, knives, cleavers will be prohibited. Don’t try to pack any of these in your carry on bag. You will not like the result after you get caught. 

If you are not sure if your item will be allowed, contact your airline prior to leaving or you can check out the TSA website where you will find out all the information regarding carry on items. 





Some liquids are actually on board a plane. One bag, quart-sized, with any liquids and toiletry items like toothpaste, sprays, creams, lotions, or gels are allowed in carry on bags.

Each item inside is restricted to the travel size containers of (3.4 oz-100 ml) or smaller. This includes alcoholic beverages of any kind. Alcoholic beverages higher than 140 proof are not allowed on carry on bags or checked baggage period.




Actually, some lighters are allowed on board a plane. I mention this in my article Can you bring cigarettes on a plane, that you can bring a lighter on a plane in your carry on luggage only providing they are a disposable type like Zippo or Bic. They are also allowed to have fuel in them.

What you are not allowed to bring are lighters like arc lighters, electronic lighters, and torch lighters. These are strictly prohibited. Same goes for your checked in luggage. Any type of lighter is prohibited unless they are empty, and even then you limited to 2, and need to make sure they are in a proper approved case. 

You are allowed to bring matches on board providing they are not strike-anywhere type matches. You are limited to 1 pack. Due to a fire hazard, matches are never allowed in your checked in luggage bags.


Sporting Equipment


For any travel golfers out there, you are probably wondering, can I bring my golf clubs on a plane? Good question, click the link to read my article where I explain the regulations on that.

For the most part, any sporting equipment that is either a bat, club, pole, etc.. is not allowed on board. You may be allowed to bring it as part of your checked in luggage, but always check with the airline first. You may also be subject to extra fees for heavy or extra luggage charges.

Basic sports gear like gloves, hats, shoes, is generally allowed and you won’t have any problems. Believe it or not, hockey skates are allowed on board. I couldn’t believe that my self!





This is really a no brainer but I thought I should mention it. No, you can’t bring any guns or ammunition on board a plane. But under certain conditions, you can put these in your checked in luggage.

According to the TSA, “Check with your airline if ammunition is allowed in checked bags. Small arms ammunitions must be securely packed in fiber, wood or metal boxes or other packaging specifically designed to carry small amounts of ammunition. Ask the airline about limitations or fees.”

“When traveling, be sure to comply with the laws concerning possession of firearms as they vary by local, state and international government.”




Razors are actually allowed on board a plane. Providing it is a disposable razor for shaving like a BIC or Gillette. These are permitted along with beard trimmers. My article here explains the best beard trimmers for carry on board

What is not allowed is any razor blade not installed into a cartridge. Also, box cutters with razor blades are prohibited. 




Most tools are not allowed on board a plane. There are a few exceptions but I would plan to pack any tool you have into your checked in luggage. Even certain items like drill bits, hammers, wrenches are not allowed.

Did you know that an axe and cattle prod are actually allowed in your checked luggage? But I guess if you can’t access them, then why not!


Self Defence Weapons


There are certain self-defense weapons like nunchucks, pepper spray, tasers, that people like to carry with them. But don’t plan to bring them on board a plane. Any self-defense items are considered a weapon and are not allowed. They may be allowed in your checked luggage, for example, pepper spray will be allowed as part of your checked in providing it is less than 4oz and you only have 1 of them. But as always, check with your airline first!


Hopefully, you enjoyed this article and it helps you be aware of some items that are not allowed on board a plane. The regulations can change periodically, so just confirm your carry on items with the airline prior to departing. You can also check out the TSA website mentioned in this article, as there are many other items listed there as well.

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