Food

Unplanned travelling can mean improvising a routine but your do not have to give up a healthy lifestyle while you are on the move. Here are a few ways to ensure you still eat healthy while travelling.

Pack your own snacks: Pack foods that don’’t spoil — trail mix, biscuits, and energy bars are durable and make a healthy snack if you get hungry while travelling. You’ll save money at airports and always have something to munch on.

Avoid fast food chains: While familiarity can be comforting and relatively safe, especially in another country, trying the local food is healthier than resorting to chains like McDonalds and Burger King. Aim for small restaurants that have good ratings and a wide variety of cuisines. If you are unsure about the local food, find some standard fare like seafood and make sure your meals are served hot.

Travel appliances: There are many kitchen appliances that come in a travel size such as electric kettles, slow cookers and coffee machines. With a few trips to the local supermarket, you can make small but healthy meals within you hotel room. A snack of steamed vegetables is preferable to the calorie-heavy snacks that a minibar has to offer.

If you have rented an apartment, make your own food: If stating your food preferences is an option, always make use of it. Better still, if you choose to live in rented apartments or homestays, you can be more specific about what you choose eat, or make your own meals.

Water is your best friend: Of course you’re allowed to have a drink or two at the local watering hole but during the day water is your healthiest option, especially if you are exploring a place on foot. Stay away from sodas and other sugar based soft drinks as these do not hydrate you and just add on calories. Don’t overdo the alcohol either, quite apart from the painful physical effects of a hangover, it leaves you severely dehydrated.

Avoid the mini bar: In fact, if the peanut MnMs in your hotel mini bar are too tempting, you can ask for the contents to be removed and use it to store your own snacks.

Download Apps: Find and download apps that tell you your culinary options in an area. There are several apps that rate restaurants, map local supermarkets and farmers’ markets and have information about healthier eating options.

Make use of hotel freebies: Save up on any freebies like packets of ketchup, mustard or tea bags from your hotel room, as they become your travel sized packeted condiments that you can use while on the move.

Don’t skip on important meals: Many hotels offer a free breakfast so always eat well before you begin working for the day. Make lunch an important meal as well, whether you choose to make your meal or eat out. With two  solid meals during the day, along with healthy snacking while you travel, your dinner can be light.

Eating healthy while travelling can be combined with physical activity in many ways. Choose to walk around or rent a bike of that is an option. You can work out for the day while exploring new places. If you have to take local transport or for any reason cannot commit to walking around, take some time off from working to exercise. If your hotel has a gym or pool, use it. Staying fit while travelling is always possible.

Hardcore digital nomads tend to have some very interesting birthdays while traveling. Birthday meals at local haunts are always a different experience but some chains give out great birthday deals. There are some restaurants where you can get some great birthday offers, whether its just appetisers, desserts or a full fledged spread. Mix up some offers below to have a great birthday meal:

Appetisers:

Outback Steakhouse: They have excellent offers on appetisers; the more appetisers you order, the higher your discount.

Joe’s Crab Shack: This chain has a straight up free appetiser on your birthday so by default it’s an amazing offer. They also have half off on certain days and even big discounts for big parties.

Entrees:

Hooters: If you celebrate your birthday at Hooter’s, it means 10 free wings and if you join their eclub, you will get to know more offers the run through the year.

Red Robin: You can get a free burger at Red Robin on your birthday and team it up with some super cheap offers on appetisers.

Firehouse Subs: Signing up to Firehouse Rewards before your birthday means you get a free medium sub on your birthday. The offer is valid for the following 6 days.

IHOP: Like signing up for something called a Pancake Revolution doesn’t sound good enough, celebrating your birthday here would mean free meals including items apart from pancakes too.

Souper! Salad!: Being a member of the Souper! Salad! eclub gets you a coupon for a free buffet on your birthday.

Johnny Rockets: You get a free hamburger just for signing up to the Rocket club. Once you’ve joined it, get another free burger on your birthday. Enough said!

Ponderosa Steakhouses: Sign up for the Ponderosa Steakhouses Club Sign Up and get offers all through the year, with special birthday offers.

Denny’s: Not only do you get free coupons by joining Denny’s Rewards, you can get value meal selections beginning as low as $2. They also have an all you can eat pancakes offer for $4.

Desserts:

A number of places like Chili’s, Applebee’s, Baskin Robbins, Jack in the Box, TGIF and Buffalo Wild Wings offer a portion of free dessert.

Arby’s and Del Taco offer free shakes on birthdays if you sign up to their rewards programmes.

Cold Stone Creamery and Dairy Queen have buy one get one free offers so if you don’t have company you can have two desserts all to yourself!

Wish you a great celebration folks!

Songs have been written on it and movies have been centered on it, such is the street food of India. Like the culture of our country the food here too is diverse. If you’re a digital nomad, one of your biggest expenses is definitely food. Digital nomads usually survive of affordable, local food and what would fit better in that category than street food. Continue Reading

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