5 Traveling Tips for a Safe & Healthy Trip for Yoga Teachers
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Traveling can present a whole host of amazing opportunities for yoga students. If you combine it with your practice on the mat, it can provide you with experiences that you just can’t get in a yoga studio.
At the same time, you need to take precautions both to preserve your health and make sure that you come back safely. After all, there is no experience in the world that is worth risking your safety for, and no amount of stress relief is worth damaging your long-term health.
Let’s clarify this one nice and early – no, you do not need to be on a diet! If you’re traveling or on vacation, it would be downright cruel to insist that you stick to a diet at all times.
That being said, it will protect more than just your waistline if you at least pay occasional attention to what you’re putting into your body. Unless you want to really do a number on your overall health, then simply being away traveling is not an excuse to stuff your face every day.
Yes, by all means, enjoy yourself – just perhaps try to show some moderation. You could, for example, aim for a healthy breakfast and lunch every day, both packed with veggies and lean proteins. Then for dinner, you can have what you like. Two healthy meals out of three is a decent compromise between enjoying yourself and not coming back from your travel weighing 300 pounds.
Protect your phone
Smartphones are one of the true tech wonders of the 21st century, and it is highly unlikely that you will be traveling without yours. Whilst it cannot be denied that they come with a myriad of benefits, especially to a traveler, they also pose some risks to you and to your safety.
For one thing, there is the sheer volume of data they contain. It’s even possible these days to use your phone to easily pay for financial transactions, like a credit or a debit card. Just like bank cards then, you need to take steps to protect your phone and the data it holds.
Always have password protection enabled – and make it a tough one! Even better, try to find a phone that only unlocks with fingerprint or face recognition software. That way, should the worse happen, it will be harder for them to mine your data like bank card details and e-mail accounts.
Second, just be sensible about how you use it. Don’t meander around a part of town you don’t recognize with your phone glued to your ear. If you need to use it as a map, keep it in a pocket and only periodically pull it out to check directions.
If you rolled your eyes at the “diet” heading above, I dread to think of your reaction to this tip.
The simple fact of the matter is thought that if you are going to be healthy on your travels there is no big secret to it. If it keeps you healthy at home it will keep it you healthy when you’re away too – and regular exercise, as everyone knows, is a great way to stay healthy.
Don’t worry, it’s not all bad! There are many forms of exercise, and being away traveling is a great time to take up something new. Try canoeing or hiking or mountain biking and really get out and about and see all the sights of your new country.
Even if you’re staying in a city, get out for a brisk walk every day. You’ll get great exercise and explore at the same time. Perfect!
Stay safe on social media
Yes, quite naturally you will want to post cool pictures to your Insta account and contact your friends on Twitter and Facebook to show them how much fun you’re having on your travels.
It is, however, a good idea to behave responsibly on social media during your travels. For one thing, rub it in too much and you may not have any friends to come home too.
A second and more pressing reason is that it can pose a significant risk to your safety. For example, it’s estimated that only 20% of people disable the geotagging feature on pictures they post to social media. This can make it easy for people – potentially including criminals – to track your movements. In addition, if you post a lot of selfies by yourself, it is a red flag that you are traveling alone and could be vulnerable.
Just be sensible and post pictures a few days after you take them, or after you have moved to a different location and avoid posting too many of you by yourself.
Learn the Language
No, we’re not saying you need to be fluent in the language before you go away. However, the more of the native language that you can pick up before you arrive, the better this will assist you during your stay.
By learning the language, you can interact with the locals better, which can help in situations such as ordering food in restaurants and cafes – even finding out which ones in town are the best. In an emergency situation, the more of the local language you have at your disposal, the easier it will be to resolve the situation.
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Sarah Jackson is a guest author from SmileTutor.