Our Travel Tuesday series cozies up to fabulous entrepreneurs who spend countless hours away from home in the name of their passion. Here we asked them to share some of their secrets for staying well on the road.
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...
Water is the one thing in my carry on (purchased after security of course). I prefer not to carry snacks because it generally adds calories to my day, and I end up eating them even if I am not hungry
Tell us your in-flight rituals.
I dress in layers and prefer all natural fibers like 100% cotton. I always have a warm scarf that I can throw around my neck, a pair of socks and usually my jean jacket, which doesn’t wrinkle. Then I am ready for whatever fluctuations in temperature might arise– and there are usually many. On a long distance flight I always bring my plush eye blinders that block out any light but are roomy enough so my eyelashes don't get smooshed. I generally wear very little make up when traveling and take my earrings off for maximum comfort.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
Part way through a flight I set my watch to the arrival location time so I can click into gear with that time zone immediately when I arrive. If it is breakfast time, I eat breakfast...if it's time for bed, I go to bed, etc. I don't think back to what time it is at home at all. There are three things I use to help me ease into the new time zone more quickly: a cup of coffee in the morning, as much sunlight as I can get during the day, and one half of a sleeping pill to make sure I get a full night's sleep. This routine works for all of my travel–this past year it really was tested since I had to go back and forth to India, then to Hong Kong and then to Morocco, all within about 60 days!
Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?
I would have to say I am more of a Bruce Jenner when it comes to working out on the road. I like to mix it up, depending on where I am and what mood I am in. If there is a pool, I swim. In a beautiful setting, I walk. If there is a gym I do treadmill and weights. If I don't have a lot of options or am on a busy schedule, (usually the case), I will throw down a big towel on the floor of my hotel room and do squats, sit ups and push ups.
How do you keep sickness at bay?
Sleep, sleep, sleep. For me the best predictor of getting sick is lack of sleep. So as much as I possibly can, I try to go to bed early and get a good night's sleep.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
One thing that I love, which is also healthy, is Greek salad. Fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, lettuce, feta cheese and a dressing with Greek oregano...yum! But I have them hold the olives; I’m just not a fan.
What do you do to stay grounded?
I travel with an inspirational booklet called God's Promises. Small and easy to pack, it has a table of contents that lists various life situations and then gives Bible verses and a prayer. It always calms me down and reminds me that I am not in charge of the universe. The verse, "When I am weak, then I am strong", is always a welcome balm.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
Email is best for me. I rarely go more than a few hours without checking my email so that is what keeps me connected. While messaging, tweeting, facebooking, phone calls and Skype factor in here and there, it is email that is the most constant. For staying connected with my husband, I like the FaceTime app these days.
Having released the Spafinder Wellness 365™ 2014 Spa & Wellness Trends Forecast today and just announced the 2014 Global Spa & Wellness Summit for September in Morocoo, Susie is staying busy. You can keep up with her Industry Insights blog or follow her on Twitter for the latest wellness news.