You may be asking: Why health and travel? What in the “world” would be the connection (no pun intended)?
There are two reasons why I focus on both health and travel on this website and in the coaching I do. One is because they really do go hand in hand– you have to be relatively healthy in order to enjoy traveling. On the other hand, seeing new places and doing new things can be great for your health.
The other reason is that, when it comes right down to it, both living a healthy, vibrant health and traveling the world are my two passions in life!
I bet if you are checking out this site, these two topics are your passions as well!
We All Love to Travel and We All Want to Be Healthy (and we can do both no matter what our age!)
Who doesn’t want to be healthy? And who doesn’t harbor a dream about that getaway to a special faraway place? In fact, according to a study conducted in part by the Ketchum Global Research Network, 83 percent of people have TRAVEL at the top of their must-do bucket list!
On the other end of the spectrum, you may be a person who has to do a lot of travel for business. Or maybe you have adopted a nomadic lifestyle, but you still have to earn a living or even raise a family while you are on the road. In our ever-increasingly mobile world, it is estimated that Americans log about 462 million one-person trips per year, almost half because of far-away business meetings and events.
It is no mystery that we are a traveling culture. For fun, for business, to visit family on the other side of the country or the world, because our lifestyle or circumstances demand it– we are always on the go.
But let’s face it, we are also a stressed out culture. According to the American Psychological Association, Americans in particular are living with more stress than is healthy, according to a 2015 report.
Stress and sickness often go hand in hand, especially as we get older. As we age, our lives get more and more complicated. There’s a lot more “stuff” we have to deal with that we didn’t have to deal with when we were young vagabonds.
Getting older, having health challenges and having to deal with other stressors may make travel a little bit more challenging, but it doesn’t have to stop you from getting out and getting going! In fact, unless you are recovering from major injury or are under your local doctor’s daily care, travel may help lower stress, give you a fresh perspective on life and may even improve your health.
My Traveling Story
I have been a nomad since basically the time of birth—my parents were hippies and we were always going off to the mountains or to some rendezvous with a bunch of other good-natured, fun-loving, bell-bottomed young folks. My childhood memories are filled of scenes of me traipsing through mountain meadows with other “hippy kids” and watching the world go by from the top of my family’s cab-over camper.
In my 20’s, I got political and so did my traveling experiences. In 1992, I participating in the Walk Across American for Mother Earth to bring about awareness for native rights and the environment. In my late twenties and early thirties, on my vacations from teaching, I made several jaunts to Latin America for academic study and also as a human rights activist. I even lived in Mexico City and then Oaxaca City for a spell. I went road-tripping, attended conferences, went to gatherings and even did a little hitch-hiking. I mean, Jack Kerouac did it and came away with a best seller. Why couldn’t I?
Then I hit my forties. And a number of health situations that I had been able to keep “at bay” when I was younger began to rear their ugly heads. You can read more about that story HERE.
I’m in my late 40’s now and I still keep on trucking. I travel around the US and the world pretty much all the time as a blogger and professional housesitter– and also just for fun. Yet at the same time I have made some changes along the way to put my self-care first while I journey.
I stopped making “being on the road” an excuse for not exercising and eating like a 1960’s trucker (I actually have no idea what truckers ate in the 1960’s, but you get the point). I have gotten older and hopefully wiser…but that hasn’t stopped my sense of wanderlust! I have learned how to not just survive, but thrive, on the road and at home, and this includes doing all the things I have to do to keep myself healthy naturally wherever I am.
Along the way, I have learned hundreds of hacks, routines and health disciplines which have kept me healthy and engaged in life, and I am so happy to be able to share all of them with you!
Some of them have to do with eating right and keeping stress low while you are away from home. Many others focus on ways to keep yourself balanced and flowing energetically no matter where you are.
Have I done any traveling since I hit middle age? You bet! Since 2011, I have:
– been a crew mate on a 9-month cross-Atlantic voyage;
-worked as a manager of a resort high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado;
-toured around the Hamptons, Long Island, and New York City;
-visited the “Land of Mickey” in Orlando;
-trekked to Tulum in Mexico;
-hiked, biked and RVed my way up the Northern California and Oregon Coast;
-completed numerous housesits from coast to coast, including Florida, California, Colorado and New Mexico;
-visited Scotland, Paris, Florence and places in between;
-spent a quarter of a year housesitting in the UK.
I love this traveling life. I love being healthy. Most of all, I love helping people be able to do both safely and with a lot of fun! Be sure to check out my BLOG to learn more!
Here’s to Your Healthy Travel!
Nikki, aka The Gentle Traveler
PS Not all of what I do has to do with travel. Please CLICK HERE for more information about integrative nutritional health coaching and energy medicine healing sessions. Remote and (of course) traveling/on-site sessions are available for coaching and energy medicine. Free consultations via telephone or Skype are always available as well.