Getting Travel Ready

by Stephanie on April 29, 2011 · 0 comments

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Well, my big work trip to Brazil is coming up! I leave on Sunday and I’ll be out of the country for two weeks. I’m pretty excited since I’ve never been to South America. It’ll mark my 3rd continent and my 12th country. Not bad! I’ll also be knocking my 34th US state off the list in the next couple of months, but more on that later. Back to Brazil.

There are lots of things to get ready before I go and I don’t have a lot of time. Last night I ran around refilling my prescriptions, running errands, doing laundry, and gathering stuff to get ready for packing. All the bills that are due while I’m gone are paid. My awesome roommate, Steve, is taking care of my dog while I’m gone so that’s one less thing to worry about. I even made a stop at the AT&T store and found out that my iPhone will work while I’m there! I don’t plan on using it much since calls and texts cost more (and data is hella expensive!) but it will be nice to have just in case. And I can still use the data portions on WiFi networks for free so I can update you on my travels via Twitter!

Now, travel can be deadly to healthy habits but I have no doubt that I’ll be able to stay on track for this trip. There are two main elements that will factor into how well I stay on track: Exercise and Nutrition. Here’s my plan:

Exercise

I’m slowly working back in to exercise as my injury heals and I’m going to continue that while I’m in Brazil. I’ll be careful not to overdo it. I need to get my leg feeling strong again and hopefully I’ll ease back in to running over the course of these two weeks away.

  • I know that 2 of the 3 hotels I’ll be staying in have fitness rooms.
  • The third place I’ll be staying is a small town in which it is safe for me to run outside. I’ve been assured this by people who have lived and visited there in the past. If I feel uncomfortable, one of the women I’m traveling with said she’d be happy to run/walk with me.
  • Walk as much as possible. It’s the best way to see a new place, cheaper than a cab or bus tour, and adds some easy activity to the day.
  • I also plan on doing body weight exercises like core work, pushups, squats, lunges, yoga poses, and all those other fabulous exercises in the comfort of my hotel room. I’ll be doing some variety of these exercises every day!

Nutrition

As is common when traveling to certain areas, I have to be a little careful about what I eat in Brazil. No fruits I can’t peel, only bottled watered, and be wary of raw vegetables. Despite this, I hear they have fantastic food (lots of red meat, rice, and beans) and I can’t wait to take part (in moderation of course)!

  • Drink lots of water and avoid high calorie drinks like coffees, juices, and alcohol.
  • Watch portion size! This will be the hardest and maybe the most important.
  • I’m packing healthy snacks to take along – nuts, dried fruit, and granola bars. This way I won’t opt for Brazilian chocolate if I get the munchies at the hotel or in the airport!
  • Focus on culture, sights, and experiences and not on food. I will enjoy the cuisine but eating will not be a main focus of the trip.

This trip will be primarily to work and getting to know my Brazilian colleagues is my main focus. Secondary to that is experiencing a new country. I love that I’ll be meeting locals and visiting smaller areas that tourists would never see. It will deepen the experience of Brazilian life and culture.

I’m sure that this will be a great experience and I’m sure that I can have a fantastic time and still be active and healthy.

Have any of you been to Brazil? Any travel pointers for me?

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