After three months of non-stop travel, I crave stability and routine. But my stay in Europe is far from over and the show must go on. On my recent trip to Athens, I was afraid I would lose myself again like I did in Budapest (the 4AM walk back to my hostel is not exactly what I consider a grounding technique). Sticking to healthy habits was a challenge, but I managed to follow a vegetarian diet, meditate and workout every day. I want to share with you how I did it because although it was hard, with a bit of planning and prior knowledge, you, too can make it happen. 


I have no idea where to find a healthy meal


Conduct prior research  

It took me about an hour to understand the layout of Athens relative to my hotel, locate affordable vegetarian restaurants and nearby hiking trails. This one-hour investment helped me arrive in the I'm-so-focused-on-working-out-and-healthy-eating-here-that I-already-know-where-to-go mentality. The last thing I want to do is to aimlessly walk around the city while I’m hangry.

*Keep in mind that you may be far from your hotel when hunger strikes. Diversify the location of your restaurants to avoid the"it's too far from where I am let me eat a baklava instead" logic. 


I don't want to spend money on a gym


Try running & outdoor workouts instead

I made it a point to go on a hike every day because the views in Athens are breathetaking. I suggest to figure out what makes the city you are visiting unique: perhaps a beachside boardwalk, or a park in the middle of the city. 

Running is my go-to while traveling because

1. I familiarize myself with the layout of the city

2. Global warming makes sure I sweat out all the toxins in my body while trotting along in 80 degree weather making me feel renewed and fresh

3. Easy to measure improvements within a short amount of time

(ex: run 1 mile today, 1.2 tomorrow, next day 1.5 until you reach a goal of two miles)

Outdoor travel workout routine

30 minute run at a pace of around 8 minutes per mile 

jump squats *30 seconds 

15 second rest 

Jumping lunges *30 seconds 

15 second rest 

Tricep dips *30 seconds 

15 second rest 

Plank *30 seconds

15 second rest

Mountain climbers *30 seconds 

(repeat 3-5 times) 

Sprint a mile 


You’ve worked out most major muscle groups: glutes, arms, abs in less than an hour without equipment. 


I feel anxious when traveling


Meditate in nature 

Post-workout I enjoy finding a pleasant spot under a tree or on a cliff overlooking the Aegean Sea (when in Greece) to appreciate the country I’m visiting. I choose ten things to be grateful for and close my eyes for ten minutes to breathe and take it all in. Being in a new country is exhilirating. Expressing my appreciation sets the tone for the rest of my day and puts me on the best vibe. I now feel ready to socialize, venture out of my comfort zone and explore Athens, baby! 


I am my own worst enemy

When I want something, I go out of my way to get it and when I don't I sabotage myself into thinking I don't need it. This trip showed me that with a bit of knowledge prior to arriving to a city, there is absolutely no excuse to discontinue my healthy lifestyle. Additionally, it is interesting to see that every city has it's own type of health and wellness culture, each with it's own style, unique dishes and cool, down-to-earth employees. 


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