Author & Professional Tree Hugger
Most recently in: Augusta, Georgia (man that sounds so exotic)
The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: Bananas or LaraBars
Tell us your in-flight ritual: When I first get seated, I pull out my journal and use that first 15 minutes do some gratitude reflection. The headphones go on too. I find that I can avoid the tension of boarding an airplane by putting on music that puts me in a happy, peaceful state. Once I'm up in the air, I pull out my laptop and use that time to work on my books, send thank you letters, or just journal more random thoughts. If it's a long flight, I usually always take a nice nap. For my food choices on the plane, I almost never eat what they give out, even if I'm in first class. As a vegan, there is NEVER an option for me, so I just bring my own stuff. The bottom-line for me on planes: plane time is my game time; I've literally written entire books by using airplane time effectively.
How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? Immediately upon landing, I chug 20 ounces of water, sometimes with a packet of Amazing Grass added in if I have one. Once at the hotel, I move my body by taking a short walk, a short run, 25 push-ups or if anything that moves me. Moving definitely decreases the effects jet lag.
Describe your workout on the road style: Growing up as a pro cyclist, I love biking. However, on the road it's pretty tough. Up until 2 years ago I was still racing actively, so I'd rent a bike if I were able to. Nowadays I'm more of a runner. The first run in a new city is always really fun for me. I put on music, lace up and head out to explore what's around. I love finding new parks, new restaurants, cool museums and always make the first run just a complete surprise. If the weather is bad, I do a short run on the treadmill, and some weight training. Truth me told though, I hate gyms so I also do push-ups in my room, step-ups on chairs, wall sits etc. Music is always a must for me. My hotel neighbors probably hate me.
How do you keep sickness at bay? Hydration is huge for me. In the morning I do 40 ounces of water or liquid green drink before my coffee. If I feel like my body is just really tired, I do supplement with zinc and vitamin C. Staying away from sugar is key. I meet with hundreds of people each weekend, so washing my hands is huge too. When we sick on the road, I think that we build up a stronger immunity to things, yet I've very, very rarely been sick in 6 years of travel to hundreds of locations.
What's your 'go-to' restaurant item when traveling? Being vegan an awesome salad is great, but veggie burrito is definitely a favorite.
What do you do to stay grounded? I have a pretty specific morning routine, which really grounds me for the entire day: waking up with gratitude journaling, working out, and a short meditation. I also love to take short power naps!
What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? I really like to video chat. It offers a feeling of greater connection versus just texting or talking for a few minutes on the phone. It definitely can be hard. Sending funny messages and laughing even though we are in different places is really great too.