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.
Co-Owner & Director of Wellness and Sustainability at Utopia Village
most recently in: Nicaragua & Ireland
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is...
As a Registered Dietitian, my homemade goodies are always my first choice. My granola bars made with organic oats, sunflower seeds, almonds and dried fruit accompany me on all my flights along with a bottle of water. Both keep me satisfied and energized throughout the flight.
Tell us your in-flight rituals.
Once on board I always say hello to the person beside me. At times that leads to an intriguing conversation that can occupy a lot of time in-flight. There is always plenty to do on a flight and it really depends on how I am feeling. I can easily sleep on a plane so if I am tired I will take off my shoes, put on fresh socks and listen to my favorite music and have a nap. I also find once on board that my flight time is my relaxing time, I get my thoughts together for the trip. It’s a time that I reflect and read about my destination and drink lots of water and green tea.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived?
Luckily, jet lag has never been a real problem for me. When I arrive if I am tired I take a short nap then shower; the goal is to stay up as long as possible before retiring for the night. I spend that first day exploring my destination, sitting in coffee shops and watching the local interaction.
Which fitness icon best describes your 'workout on the road' style?
Coming from a farming background, I am an outdoors person. I love adventure, nature, exploring and hiking, so Bear Grylls would be the fitness icon that describes my workout style.
How do you keep sickness at bay?
I drink lots of water, eat fresh fruits and vegetables, get plenty of rest and wash my hands regularly.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item?
I always choose the local healthy cuisine favoring seafood and green salads.
What do you do to stay grounded?
I spend the first moments of the day in a park or on a dock to meditate and if possible catch a sunrise, that and a cup of coffee in a small café to take in the local environment and set the tone for the day.
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones?
I use Skype, preferably with video so that I can see my family and animals.