Yes! I'm back from the longest (unintentional) blogging break I've had to take so far due to the craziest travel schedule. Since March I feel like I've been living out of a jumbo suitcase and carrying on a long-distance relationship full of Skype dates and coordinated WhatsApp messages thanks to the terribly inconvenient 9+ hour time difference of the US and Europe.
Over the past weeks we've spent a quick weekend trips to Switzerland, London, France. Then I went transatlantic celebrating a girls weekend in New York City and then further west for a worktrip to Portland followed by a visit to see my family in Sacramento, California.
While I feel really, really thankful to have such a mobile life, the fact that I slept like a rock for nearly 15 hours on Thursday was a clear indication that I need to sloow down and spend downtime in one place for a while. (That spot being our current home in the Hague, the Netherlands.)
While I was travelling, I think it's a miracle I didn't get sick over multiple timezones and disgusting stale plane air. To be honest I was almost expecting to be warding off a bad cold at this point. Here are four little things I did each trip which I think helped strengthen my immune system.
1. Green Juice
My family has been drinking green juice way before juicing became the the latest fad and at 26, not much has changed. Each morning when I was home, I (along with my mom, dad and brother) would drink a heaping serving packed with blended spinach, blueberries, oranges, apples and wheat grass. I felt more revitalized afterwards than any espresso!
2. Stock up on travel sized essentials.
I'm the crazy one who carries a small medicine cabinet in my purse. Travel staples include chewable Airborne (I hate the sweet, fizzy capsules you have to dissolve in water), Advil PM or Melatonin to help me sleep and babywipes to wipe down my armrests. So many germs hiding there!
3. Drink plenty of water.
It may be annoying for your seat mate but I down at least one big glass of cold water each hour during those transatlantic flights. Flush out the yucky toxins.
3. Skip the in-flight caffeine and alcohol.
This is more of a vanity precaution, but I feel these two always leave me bloated and foggy getting off a plane. Not the ideal way to start a trip.
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