It is very easy to find yourself leading an unhealthy lifestyle when you are traveling long-term. Eating a balanced diet can quickly become a chore with the wide availability of easy and cheap street food. The temptation to overindulge in exotic cuisines can become overwhelming. You may find your alcohol intake increasing and lack of sleep becoming a normal part of life due to partying with fellow travelers and sleeping in uncomfortable dorm beds at hostels. The result is a decrease in energy levels along with the unfortunate expansion of your waistline. I managed to gain five kilos (eleven pounds) during my travels in China last year due to excessive noodle consumption and the absence of exercise. I am currently making changes to my lifestyle to do something about it.
Here are some guidelines to taking care of your body while traveling: