Ayurveda on the go: 6 travel tips for more balance and well-being

As someone who frequently finds herself on the move, I’ve had so many situations where I sidelined or sacrificed my well-being while traveling. I mean yes, it is so exciting to travel and to go new places, but I find that a certain routine and a couple of routines during travelling really help immensely in maintaining my health and well-being when I am on the go. Since integrating these Ayurveda Travel Tips and practices into my journeys, I’ve experienced a profound shift– feeling better, more recharged and balanced.

In this article, let’s uncover travel tips and delve into the holistic wisdom of Ayurveda, understanding why prioritizing self-care is not just a luxury but a vital aspect of our journeys.

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Understanding Ayurveda and Traveling

Ayurveda views health as a delicate balance between mind, body and spirit. As we embark on journeys, our bodies are exposed to various stressors – be it changes in climate, different time zones or the physical strain of taking long flights or uncomfortable trains or ferries. Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of maintaining this delicate balance even while on the road.

The vata dosha is associated with movement and change, and is particularly prone to imbalance during journeys. I’ve become familiar with the effects of travel on my own vata dosha: Long hours of travel, especially on flights, have the potential to aggravate Vata dosha due to the constant movement, dry air and exposure to different climates. The cold temperatures on airplanes and the erratic schedule of travel can manifest in symptoms of Vata imbalance, ranging from restlessness and anxiety to digestive issues and skin dryness.

Recognizing the impact of travel on the delicate balance of Vata dosha, I’ve learned firsthand the importance of taking intentional steps to nurture and care for the Vata dosha during journeys.

Self-care is crucial

Acknowledging Vata’s sensitivity to change and movement, incorporating Ayurvedic practices becomes not just a luxury but a necessity. By understanding and addressing the impact of travel on Vata dosha, we can shape a journey where the movement is balanced by mindfulness and challenges are met with tranquility. Embrace the dynamic nature of your travels while cultivating a sense of inner calm that stays with you long after the journey is over.

6 Ayurveda Travel Tips to maintain balance and soothe the Vata dosha during traveling

Here we go: 6 tips that work really well for me.

  1. Stay hydrated: Traveling can be dehydrating, but fear not! Keep your body hydrated by sipping on warm water and ginger tea throughout your journey. Ginger adds warmth and aids digestion. Here’s a tip: Pack a thermos for your travels and kindly ask for hot water on the plane or at a coffee shop in the airport. If you don’t have fresh ginger: Bring ginger powder and stir it into your hot water.
  2. Stay oily: Fight the dry air of planes, trains and cars by massaging your hands, feet and neck with a few drops of sesame or almond oil. These are your ultimate travel buddies for skin nourishment. Pro tip: Before embarking on a long flight, take your travel self-care to the next level and add a drop of oil to each nostril to moisturize and protect your nasal passage throughout the journey.
  3. Stay nourished: Can’t bring your own food? Choose warm and light food like soothing soups, fluffy rice or wholesome kitchari during your travels that comfort your stomach. Take an ayurvedic spice mix with you and sprinkle over your food to enhance digestibility. Tip for night flights: Keep sipping water and avoid a heavy dinner. This helps maintain hydration and aids in digestion, ensuring you reach your destination feeling refreshed.
  4. Stay energized: Long hours of travel can lead to stagnation and a sense of fatigue. Keep your energy flowing! Counteract fatigue and stiffness by incorporating simple stretches and movements into your journey. Little movements can do wonders: Whether it’s a quick walk down the aisle, seated leg stretches or shoulder rolls, these mini-exercises contribute help to improve circulation and  maintain your vitality.
  5. Stay warm: Feeling the chill in airplanes, trains or cars? Ayurveda teaches us the importance of maintaining our body’s warmth, so let your layers be your shield against the travel chill. Whether it’s a cozy scarf, sarong or your favourite oversized sweater: Pack layers to stay warm during your journey. And: never underestimate the power of socks (seriously, it’s a game-changer for me).
  6. Stay grounded: Don’t forget to prioritize rest: Ensure you get enough rest to rejuvenate your body and soul. During your travels, find moments to take a break, ground yourself and give your nervous system the break it deserves. Upon reaching your destination, resist the urge to dive straight into activities but allow yourself a moment to unwind – take a short stroll, enjoy a quiet cup of tea or simply sit and soak in the new surroundings.

In the hustle and bustle of travel, taking a moment to integrate Ayurvedic principles can transform the experience from merely reaching a destination to a journey of holistic well-being. By acknowledging the impact of travel on our doshas and adopting mindful practices, we not only nurture our bodies but also cultivate a deeper connection with the essence of our travels.