Most recently in: New Orleans & Dublin
The one snack you can always find in my carry-on is: I try to keep my carry-on snacks as healthy as possible so usually I pack a Kind bar, a snack-size bag of popcorn, and a piece of fruit. I also always pick up the biggest bottle of water they have near my gate to keep hydrated on my flight.
Tell us your in-flight rituals: As soon as I get on the plane, I try to get as comfortable as possible. I take out anything I think I’ll need so I’m not constantly reaching for it throughout the flight. I trade my shoes for socks, since my feet are always cold, and use my scarf as a blanket. I’ll usually read for a little while, settle in with one glass of wine, write if I’m feeling inspired, watch a movie or two and then try to sleep for the rest of the plane ride. I also try to moisturize my hands and face throughout the flight so I arrive at my destination looking as rested and refreshed as possible.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? I used to nap as soon as I got to my destination, but found that it only threw me off more. Now, I drop off my bags wherever I am staying, freshen up, and head out to explore. Even if I didn’t sleep as much as I should have on the plane, I find that just getting right into the day no matter how tired I am actually helps. Then I go to sleep at a normal time that night and usually feel great the next day.
Describe your workout on the road style: I don’t really separate travel from fitness, so I tend to walk everywhere while traveling and find an outdoor activity to get involved in. I try to include a hike in all of my travels or find a bike tour if I’m in a city. If I can’t find the time for that, I’ll practice yoga in my hotel room during any free moment I may have.
How do you keep sickness at bay? I’ve usually been pretty lucky at keeping healthy while traveling. I try to load up on vitamin c, get enough sleep, use hand sanitizer, keep hydrated, and eat vegetables and fruit with every meal.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item? I try to stick with the cuisine the country is best known for. I’ll try just about anything, so will usually ask locals what to try. If I’m traveling for a long time, I may crave something from home and search for something similar, but for the most part, I try to assimilate into the culture as much as possible.
What do you do to stay grounded? At home, I try to practice yoga and meditate daily, and the same goes for when I’m on the road. It isn’t always possible, though I think I am actually more grounded when traveling. For me, just walking down the streets of a new city or people watching at a cafe are enough to stay in the present moment. It’s usually harder for me to keep grounded while at home, which is why I make time for yoga and meditation.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? Facetime and WhatsApp, but my mom always jokes that as long as she sees that I’m posting on social media, she knows all is well. Social media is probably the easiest way to keep in touch with all my friends and family at once, so it’s usually what I use most.
About Erin: Erin now takes her day job lecture skills as an elementary school teacher to the realm of blogging where she leads courses in NYC and soon-to-be around the world. Stay connected with her adventures via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and on her own travel blog, The World Wanderer.