Healthy Travel Tips |

I spent several years in outside sales, selling mutual funds. At times it was difficult to maintain my health properly as I traveled. It’s very easy to get caught up in eating unhealthy meals and be inactive on the road. Don’t be this person. As a former business traveler I found my job performance always improved if I was maintaining a healthy life on the road. Listed below are simple, effective tips to maintain your proper health as you travel.

  1. Find fitness friendly hotels – Look for hotels with quality workout equipment. You certainly can get a great workout without using a ton of equipment, but finding a hotel with good equipment helps your motivation.
  2. Increase your exercise knowledge – One of the reasons people don’t spend more time exercising during their travels is because they don’t know what exercises are available to them. People often run, which is great, but weather or injury may limit your ability to run. There are a plenty of great cardio and body weight exercises that can easily be done in the comfort of a hotel room. You just have to learn them. The link to my website below provides effective cardio and body weight exercises you can perform in a small space.
  3. Increase your nutrition knowledge – You don’t need to be a nutritionist, but understanding the positives and negatives of different foods is an important part of living healthy on the road. This will make your food choices significantly easier, if you know what you are doing to your body.
  4. Stay motivated – Write down reasons why you want to be healthier or maintain your health and keep the list close by. This will add to your motivation and keep you from venturing on a “slippery slope” to bad health.
  5. Don’t overeat – It’s easy, when you are eating out, to overeat. This is one of the biggest causes of obesity in our society. Stop when you are full and if you are at a restaurant ask the server to remove your plate to avoid continuous picking.
  6. Remove half the bun – This is one of my favorites. If you are eating a sandwich, take away half the bread. If you have ever noticed, a lot of places give you a whole lot of bun with your sandwich and only half the bread is generally still sufficient.
  7. Walk when you can – If you are going to a meeting, and it’s a mile or less walk there (weather permitting), don’t drive. A 1 mile walk at a moderate pace (3 mph) could burn roughly 70-80 calories for a 120lb female and 115-125 calories for a 200lb male.
  8. Pack a lunch – If you are traveling and don’t have lunch plans, pack your lunch. This can save you time and money, plus, you’ll avoid unhealthy chain restaurants.
  9. Get your sleep – Not getting enough sleep can lead to eating high sugar foods for energy and result in sedentary days because you are so tired. Getting a proper night of sleep (consistently) will do wonders for your health and, if you are a business traveler, your job performance.
  10. Shun the mini bar – Hotel mini bars are tempting and chock full of delicious yet unhealthy snacks. Sometimes people are so hungry they have to eat something. If you are this way, plan ahead and take healthy snacks with you when you travel.
  11. Pack your equipment – This may sound obvious, but have a checklist of items you need to exercise with, such as, gym clothes, shoes, a resistance tube, weights, and anything else.
  12. Enjoy your new surroundings – Finding local parks and recreation areas will help you get away from the confinements of your room and clear your head of stress. Plus, they are fun and can be a great experience.

Just because you travel doesn’t mean you can’t lead a healthy lifestyle. It just means you may have to think differently. One of my favorite quotes about good health is from Zig Ziglar, who said, “You pay price of bad health; you enjoy the price of good health.”

Best Yearly Rates for Travel Insurance – 3 Tips |

Travel for pleasure or business is something that most people engage in not more than a few times a year – if at all. Whether it be domestic or international travel, the vast majority of folks do not have the need to make frequent trips.

However, there is a special class of people who do travel on a regular basis. Most are business travelers, but some travel for personal reasons, as well. These people may find themselves traveling 2-3 times per month or more.

When considering buying travel insurance as a way to mitigate the potential financial risks of travel due to unforeseen situations such as a sudden illness, injury, flight delay or tour cancellation, most people are fine with buying travel insurance on a per-trip basis. However, for very frequent travelers, an annual plan may make the most sense.

If you are looking for yearly rates for travel insurance, here are 3 tips for making an informed decision about whether to purchase this type of plan:

1. If you travel more than 8-10 times per year, consider the benefits of an annual plan:

The value of buying an annual travel insurance plan usually comes in if you are traveling at least 8-10 times per year. The great thing about this type of insurance plan is that, for the duration of the plan (one year or more), you are completely covered for any trip you take. Not only will you save money in insurance costs over the course of the year, but with this type of plan you will be able to avoid the hassle of buying insurance each and every time you travel.

2. Annual plans cover you for the most common – and costly – travel mishap situations:

While plans vary by carrier of course, your plan will cover you for any and all of the same types of situations that are covered by a traditional plan. For example, it will cover you if you:

* miss a flight and have to stay in a hotel near the airport

* lose your luggage

* need to buy personal items to use while you await the return of lost luggage

* fall ill or experience a medical emergency while away

3. You should compare rates with at least 2-3 providers to make sure you are getting the best rate on your plan:

To get the best rate on such a useful and money-saving plan, make sure to get quotes from at least 2-3 providers. You will benefit from getting apples-to-apples quotes by asking for the same types of coverage and coverage amounts from each provider, so that you can easily compare rates.

Take these 3 tips into account as you find yearly rates for travel insurance.