It’s a common theme that you don’t start feeling all of your aches and pains until you finally slow down and take a holiday. That effect can become even more pronounced when you actually start to physically travel. For example, traveling on planes and buses as well as sleeping in strange beds can create sore muscles, and you can easily find that your discomfort is taking away from your ability to enjoy your South America luxury tour. Luckily, you have various options to cure the “illness” before it’s too late; and they don’t involve medication or drinking three pots of coffee and popping aspirin every day.
Develop an Exercise Routine
First of all, prevention, as always, beats a cure. When you’re traveling to Cusco and Machu Picchu, you are going to be walking up and down a lot of stairs. Starting some kind of exercise routine, whether that means joining the nearby gym, riding your bicycle, or even just active stretching can get you in great condition for your journey. Being in good shape will alleviate the extra pressure traveling puts on your body.
Before you hop on the plane, try to find time to get a massage. Travelling can be stressful. It’s important to be relaxed when departure time for your tailormade trip to Peru approaches. Try to get some massages throughout your private Peru tour as well. In fact, you may want to do some research ahead of time, if possible, or ask your Kuoda Travel Designer for suitable recommendations.
Being comfortable is key, whether that means going ahead and getting that pampering spa treatment, or allowing Kuoda to book the luxury hotel that’s right for you.
Be at Peace
Finding a way to relax and clear your thoughts is vital. Meditation happens to work for many people, as can taking a walk in a serene park or laying out on a nearby beach. If you practice yoga regularly, you know it’s not a matter of where, but when you can include your yoga practice in your personalized travel journey to Peru. Don’t just drop your practice; your body and mind will thank you for it. If you are looking for a class, you might be surprised at how many cities around the world offer yoga classes. In fact, in the heart of Cusco, you can get both massages and take yoga classes at the Healing House located in the famous San Blas neighborhood of Cusco.
If yoga isn’t your thing, at least allow yourself to do some stretching between train and plane rides. Even a few minutes in the morning when you get up and before going to bed at night can make a huge difference. Don’t worry about not knowing the “right” stretch for a particular muscle. Move your body around until you feel like you’re activating the parts you need to.
Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate. Hydration is one of the most important things you can do for your entire body. The best ways of staying hydrated are drinking pure water, sports drinks, and coconut water, and even eating fruits. It’s an odd phenomenon that although Cusco is very dry, you don’t tend to feel thirsty here, so you need to remind yourself to drink, especially as it will also help to prevent and alleviate altitude sickness.
Do what YOU WANT to do
Many people have noticed that while they are on their private Peru holiday, they find themselves doing what they “should” be doing. They feel that they “have to” visit that colonial church in the morning, that they “must” try the native dish at the central market, etc., etc. If you are experiencing the travel fatigue bug, focus your energy on the things you enjoy and feel like experiencing, even if they may result in being less “cultural”. This is your private Peru vacation. You have nothing to prove, and everything to gain, by enjoying yourself, even if that means missing an event or not stuffing in another archaeological site.
Most importantly, don’t ignore aches and pains. Try not to overdo it, no matter how tempting it is. It’s better to miss out a little bit for one day then to miss several days in their entirety because you’re “pushing the envelope”. If you start feeling truly severe aches and pains, that don’t go away with rest, than seek medical help as soon as possible.
Travel journeys can be a source of great personal pleasure. However, when travel fatigue becomes a factor, our minds can begin to play so-called “mind games”. Fatigue may make us prone to negativity. Instead of allowing your mind to dwell there, ponder what a great opportunity you have to experience new destinations and cultures. Make a choice to favor positive thoughts over negative ones. Think about how each and every experience you are having is unique in its own right, and just try to smile. Studies have shown that even when your smile is only physical, you send signals to your brain of optimism and hope. Having trouble adjusting to the food? Remember you won’t be eating it forever, and you’ll have great stories to entertain your friends with back home.
Every travel experience can have its ups and downs. Using these Kuoda Travel tips will imbue both your mind and body with the right attitude to make the most of your Peru luxury tour. If you have any questions, contact us for even more useful advice.