{WELL ON THE ROAD} Linden Schaffer



Linden Schaffer
Founder and Director of Pravassa

Most recently in: Thailand and Vietnam

The one snack you can always find in my carry on is: Justin’s Classic Almond Butter squeeze packs. I carry a few of these single travel size packets in case of emergencies - they pack a protein and fiber punch. Plus I always have a refillable water bottle, which I’m constantly sipping from.

Tell us your in-flight ritual: I almost always travel with a carry on only, which means my under the seat bag has to be efficient. The first thing I do before I fully settle in is use a lavender wipe to cleanse my entire space: arm rests, tray table, window, seat belt, even the overhead air vent. I then apply a salve to my upper lip and hands. Next I take some doTERRA On Guard essential oil, which is a blend of orange, clove, cinnamon, eucalyptus and rosemary, to help boost my immunity. Then out comes the eye mask and cashmere scarf, which doubles as a blanket and pillow barrier before I settle into sleep.

How do you conquer jet lag once you've arrived? My conquering jet lag routine starts at home before I board the plane. I make sure to eat a nutrient rich, protein heavy meal before I depart. I do not eat airplane food, which gives my internal system a rest and means I’m hungry by the time I arrive at my destination. If it’s morning upon arrival, I shower, eat breakfast, and spend the day being as active as possible. If it’s evening, I’ll have a light healthy snack and head straight to bed, being sure to keep the curtains open so that I can rise naturally with the sun.

Describe your workout on the road style: At home my routine is a mixture of cardio, strength training, and yoga. On the road, I follow the same principles, but the activities will take different forms depending on where I am. Since I’m always scouting wellness travel opportunities or on the road with Pravassa’s wellness travelers, I get my exercise by bike riding, climbing mountains, hiking, participating in city walks or in a yoga class. If for some reason I cannot do any of these things, I take 20-minutes and turn my hotel room into a fitness studio.

How do you keep sickness at bay? Washing your hands is the most important thing you can do. In addition to that, I take or eat probiotics daily and make sure I get plenty of sleep. Sleep is key for keeping your body healthy and for getting it back on track should you come down with something.

What's your 'go-to' restaurant item when traveling? My diet is mostly vegetarian so I stick with this on the road as much as possible. The first thing I do is ask about the specials, which is the freshest food available and go from there.

What do you do to stay grounded? I try to spend as much time outdoors as possible. Luckily I tend to travel to warm places, which makes it easy to spend the majority of my day’s outdoors. Feeling the sun on your skin and breathing in fresh air always helps to keep me present, grounded, and with a smile on my face.

What is your preferred method of staying connected with loved ones? FaceTime. It’s the best invention for someone who travels a lot. Actually being able to see your loved ones while you’re away makes it easier to connect on a deeper level and feel like that person is there with you.

When not traveling for Pravassa, Linden is based in NYC. Her first book, Living Well on the Road, with foreword written by actor and author Andrew McCarthy is out March 16th. You can follow Linden’s journeys via Instagram.