January is a month of resolutions and while there's been a lot of talk about health and fitness—and some big travel roundups too, it's not often that we consider the role of health in travel.
It's clear that travel can derail plans, whether that means catching a cold after a transatlantic flight or interrupting a healthy diet. But there are ways to explore distant countries without breaking from the healthy routines of home entirely.
Perhaps instead of making vague resolutions to improve health or to travel more, we should be thinking about these goals specifically. Lofty goals are met by making small step by step plans and resolutions are no different. To help your grand health and travel plans come together, we’ve put together a list of tips that will help you travel healthier and smarter.
Take Advantage of Busses and Trains
Whether it’s the recirculated air in the plane or the germ-ridden surfaces, flying can be hazardous to your health. If you’re planning on taking a short flight consider traveling by bus or train instead—though there’s always a risk you might get sick, the air system is different and you have the option to open a window (on buses) or move to a different car (on trains) when someone starts sneezing. Buses and trains are almost always cheaper and less of a hassle too. Use this great website, rome2rio.com, to find out which route is best.
Don’t Fly During the Day
There are a handful of benefits to flying at night—typically lower rates, less crowded airports and the potential to sleep through the flight—but what many people don’t realize is that there are also fewer delays during the morning and night. After analyzing 6 million flights, experts recommend avoiding flights between 11 a.m. and 11 p.m. to dodge delays that get worse as the day goes on.