5 Tips To Look And Feel Your Best After Travel

5 Tips To Look And Feel Your Best After Travel

Arrive and shine! However many hours and time changes later, my plane has taxied to the gate and then, before I know it, I’m in the hotel lobby, checking in. Now what? 

1. Unless it’s midnight, the first thing I do is change into my exercise clothes and have a quick workout – even if it’s 6:30am! If my time is limited – say, I have to meet a client in an hour – I’ll do ten to twenty minutes of floor exercises, some push-ups, sit-ups, and a few good stretches. If I have an hour or more, I’ll squeeze in twenty minutes of cardio. My goal is simple: to get my blood pumping. Remember: airline passengers have usually been dozing on the plane for the past several hours. During that time, the body’s most vital organs have been at rest, too. Now is the time to for a wake-up call. I’ve also found that exercising before a meeting gives renewed authority and self-possession, not to mention a certain confidence. (This technique also works fantastically well before you step out onto the beach.) Stomach pulled in? Check. Color in your cheeks? Check. Vitality? Check.

2. Whatever my fatigue level may be, I try to adapt to the local time zone as quickly as possible by going to bed at my usual time. If I arrive at dawn, I try to stay awake as long as humanly possible because I’m determined to be on track the next day. Sleeping pills help a lot here. I take one pill the first night, a half pill the second night, and possibly another half the third night. I repeat this formula when I return home, and my jet lag is minimal. As always, you should consult your doctor before taking any medication.

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3. If I’m hungry when I arrive, I’ll hunt down something to eat – ideally, high-protein meals or snacks with lots of fiber. I avoid heavy carbohydrates (they tend to make me sleepier, and they clog the bowels).

4. In the hotel or guest room, I make my environment as much as possible like home.  I always bring my iPod. If for some reason I’ve forgotten it, my music library is on my computer, so I have familiar sounds no matter what. I bring a fragrant candle, which allows me to warm, and add a spirit to, my room – not to mention hide the potential hint of smoke from the previous guest. (Note: If the room smells of smoke, you are entitled to ask the hotel to provide you with a nonsmoking room. If they don’t have one, ask if they have one in a different category of room. A good hotel will give you the upgrade to keep you happy and make sure you come back.

5. Lastly, the bathroom. I place a washcloth or face towen on the vanity, to maintain cleanliness. Who knows how efficient the housekeeper was after the last guest? Bathroom vanities can be among the most germ-infested places on earth, no matter how talented the housekeeping staff is. I unpack and neatly place my toiletries on the towel. This little setup looks neat, it’s clean, it ensures that you can find everything, and it means there’s no reason for the housekeeper to touch any of your personal things.  

-Colin Cowie

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