A lot of time spent working for AVFTI has us on the road. There are lots of days and nights spent piling into the van and going to great places like AliveFest, a show for a band partner, or events like Take Back the Night on university campuses. Last year, Jamie spent an amazing summer traveling the country on Vans Warped Tour.
Sometimes it can be hard to practice self care, that’s especially true on the road. Readers Digest shows that one flight could have you experiencing dehydration, gassiness, and low circulation. And of course once you arrive at your destination, you don’t simply stop. You’ve arrived and plans have begun.
Some great tips for practicing self care while traveling:
Take a shower
Airplane/bus/car smell is THE WORST and will make you feel horrible. Sometimes, your destination is really warm and you’ll sweat a lot. Feeling overwhelmed or exhausted by the day? Take a shower. Your body will thank you.
It’s easy to not get enough sleep at night when you’re in unfamiliar territory. But rest is very important– especially when you’re experiencing extreme stress or jet lag. WebMD says that losing a half hour sleep at night can reduce daytime alertness by a third. This adds extra stress to the body and can lead to extremely poor performance during the day.
Take some beautiful photos of the area. Go sketch something, write something, make some locally styled art. Listen to local music. Create something you can take home with you and remember. Focusing on a project can help with anxiety and depression and give you something to be proud of.
Take some time away from the group
Traveling with a group is EXHAUSTING, even for an extrovert. It’s a lot to be in a vehicle next to someone, going to group dinners, deciding on excursions. Some trips I’ve even had a roommate or two sleeping in the same room as I am. If you can, find a way to take yourself away from the group, even if it’s for an hour or two. Find a new place or read a really good book. It’ll help you recharge your batteries and make you a better traveling partner.
There are a lot more tips I could share. You fellow travelers have your own I’m sure. Share them below!