But isn’t Travelle all about acing travel rules? You bet. Yet after years of living in the beast of the city of New York and spending a third of my time on the road for work, I reached my limit and no hacks could save me. The constant strive for flawless complexion, tight butt and a blowout that thrives through a redeye took over the last joys I had left while traveling.
What I’ve come to realize though, is that sometimes letting go while traveling can be the healthiest thing to do.
While I hate to discount the importance of taking care of yourself as you jet around the world, there is no denying that sometimes, you have to put your sanity first and meditating on your flight to the West Coast may not cut it. And so I went as far as creating some gloriously anti Travelle rules. Enjoy!
No Make Up, No Problem
A scary one for someone who is never seen without mascara, but one that I found incredibly liberating. Rubbing your eyes whenever you feel like it turns out to be pretty awesome. I also realized no one notices your imperfections half as much as you do, and your inner glow shines through making you look and feel younger and hotter than ever if you simply stop caring so much.
If You Feel Like It, Eat It
Nutritional neurosis and calorie counting is vogue more than ever. Here’s the thing. When your body is happy and relaxed, your food sensitivities can suddenly disappear. I never drink milk back home, but guess what, there is no soymilk in Tayrona National Park in Colombia and I stomached that café con leche just fine. Eating well is one of life’s great pleasures. If that burrito will make your day, your spirit will thank you and you can deal with the slightly bigger butt later if you choose to. The beauty of jiggle is that it’s not forever!
If You Don’t Know If You Like It Yet, Eat It Too
If I didn’t try that seven course breakfast in Istanbul, I would have missed a big part of my Turkish cultural experience. If they offer you granola with yoghurt in a remote location, send it back and try something you can only get where you are. While seafood porridge wasn’t my favorite at 7am in Hong King, the expression I had on my face when trying it is one of my family’s favorite memories from that trip.
Focus On The Other Stars
When is the last time you saw people dancing in the lobby of The Plaza? Or laughing their hearts out in a restaurant at the Ritz Carlton? You’re right, never. Fancy doesn’t have to be boring but when at five star hotels, we often dress to impress your (equally stiff) neighbors, and resort to whispering to not disturb them while they enjoy oysters. I stayed in an awesome hostel for the first time last month. I took naps in a hammock, walked around barefoot, practiced salsa with a random French couple, and had activity buddies for just about anything I chose to do in the area. All for $30 bucks all in for my own private room. Now, that’s what I’d call luxury for the spirit.
One Day At A Time
I’m all about building an awesome itinerary in advance, but sometimes, you just don’t feel like following a schedule. If you choose your destination well, chances are you will find something you feel like doing on a whim after you finish breakfast. If all the fun activities are booked up days or weeks in advance, reroute immediately. You’re at a crowded place overrun by tourists where you likely won’t be able to have a proper time out.
Being mindful of your safety is one thing, going around paranoid is another. You’re likely safer from a kidnapping in Brazil than getting hit by a fast approaching car in New York City. Trust me, not everyone is out there to get you. Don’t do anything too stupid, ask locals for safety tips, and chances are you’ll come out of your trip alive and well (and much better than that!).
Dancing is Exercise
I’m all for in-room exercises, travel yoga and a whirl on the elliptical in your hotel gym. But sometimes, you just don’t feel like putting those leggings on. Letting go means recategorizing your speedwalk to that café in Paris. A tango lesson in Buenos Aires. A walk up and down the Spanish steps in Rome. There. You got your moves on.
There’s Airplane Mode For That
You need Google Maps to get around and WhatsApp to coordinate dinner plans with your new local friends, but going MIA on your friends back home brings you to the present like nothing else. You can’t stop messages from coming through, but you can control when you see them. Turn that data on when exploring only when feeling lost, otherwise, limit phone use when out and about to take some great snaps to show your peeps after your trip.
And now…exhale. You're on vacation.