More than fun: 5 tips for planning a healthy vacation

(BPT) – Taking a vacation is more than a fun getaway from the daily drudges of life. Turns out, travel has a multitude of benefits that can impact your health and wellness, too.

Beyond stress reduction, vacations can improve heart health, mental health and personal relationships. In fact, men who take annual vacations are 32 percent less likely to die from heart disease, according to The Journal of the American Medical Association. Women benefit too: Those who take vacations twice or more per year are ‘less likely to become tense, depressed or tired, and are more satisfied with their marriages,’ according to the Wisconsin Medical Journal.

Wellness travel is growing 50 percent faster than travel as a whole, according to a survey from the Global Wellness Summit. This includes spas, adventure and fitness-themed trips. But that doesn’t necessarily mean you need to go on a yoga retreat to get the healthy benefits of travel. Consider these five tips for adding a healthy dose of wellness to your next vacation.

Intentionally disconnect: A whopping 42 percent of employees feel obligated to check email during vacation and 26 percent feel guilty even using all of their vacation time at all, according to Randstad. Make it a point to focus on the present and ignore your phone or limit checking it to once per day. If email or social media is hard to resist, sign out of those apps for the length of your vacation.

Relax by the water: Water is a natural element that inspires relaxation, but also provides lots of opportunity to play. For example, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, offers visitors an incredible 60 miles of ocean to explore, including the famous Intracoastal Waterway. Go to to learn more about how to relax on the sand by day and fall asleep to the calming waves of the ocean by night.

Try a new activity: Trying something new can have positive mental and physical benefits. Never tried kayaking or paddle boarding before? Give it a whirl. Want to take a yoga class? Sign up for an introductory lesson on the beach. Feeling brave? Go skydiving, zip-lining or parasailing. Whether you end up discovering a new hobby or just have a one-time adventure, you’re sure to fully enjoy the experience.

Get into nature: Many health studies show the benefits of being outside, so make sure to plan plenty of time to explore Mother Nature on your trip. In addition to fresh air, take a hike at a local park and explore new scenery. When in Myrtle Beach, for example, you can take a morning jog through Huntington Beach State Park, meditate at Brookgreen Gardens or plan a family bike ride at Myrtle Beach State Park.

Eat well by eating right: Going out to eat is a fundamental part of vacationing for most people, but that doesn’t mean you need overindulge so much that you feel sluggish throughout your trip. To eat well, plan sensible meals that feature fresh local ingredients, such as fruit, vegetables and the daily catch of fish. You’ll enjoy regional flavors that tantalize the palate without the heavy foods that drag you down.

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Livelies, I’m back from vacation and fully recovered – ha! If you’re following me on Instagram or Facebook you probably saw the vacation unfold with all the pictures I posted.

Yes, it was great. But my struggles during this vacation actually inspired today’s coaching call. I tell you alllll about my slip-ups and how I found myself emotionally eating (and drinking) more than I have, in a very long time.

…As always, I share my “lessons,” and how I could’ve set myself up better so it would have been more enjoyable. My hope is that you learn from my mistakes.



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Honesty time. My recent vacation was really hard on me. Truth be told, I emotionally ate more than I have in a very long time. Now that I’m home, I’m clearly seeing 5 things that would have prevented my late night binges. It would have ensured that I’d have a better time on vacation, too. If you have a vacation coming up, you gotta hear this!

What I shared in this coaching call:

2:00 – You really need to think about this before you leave, so you don’t hide out and eat in the middle of the night.

5:05 – Where I totally missed the mark. I really regret it.

6:28 – Three things to do on vacation that make it soooo much more enjoyable.

10:23 – Giving yourself permission to do this, can completely change everything.

11:55 – One VERY IMPORTANT thing I forgot to plan for, that practically put me into a depressive state.

Honesty time. My recent vacation was really hard on me. Truth be told, I emotionally ate more than I have in a very long time. Now that I’m home, I’m clearly seeing 5 things that would have prevented my late night binges. It would have ensured that I’d have a better time on vacation, too. If you have a vacation coming up, you gotta hear this!Topics that I coached on:

5:11 – Wildly Alive Sister, Berline shares with our sisterhood that she is DONE letting “Helga” tell her she looks dumb. She is putting herself first!

18:37 – Susan is getting ready to take a 3-week vacation. Listen in, as we set her up to have a great time.

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