Lifestyle Travel Tips


Eating healthy and travelling? Those are two words no one ever wants to hear. You have spent months saving up for this trip and on top of that you have been eating healthy to ensure you are in your prime for those beach photos on the Gold Coast… but deep down you know that you probably should keep up the healthy diet, just how do you do it whilst travelling?

Book accommodation with a kitchen

Not only will you save a fortune on eating in rather than the expense that comes with restaurants and cafes but you have the option to prepare and cook healthy meals. This is not only our number 1 tip to eating healthy on the road but also one of our top money saving tips to implement whilst travelling. Either book an Airbnb or ensure you have a hotel room or hostel with a kitchen or kitchenette.

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Use the HSR rating system

In Australia there is a national Health Star Rating system which makes it so easy and simple to identify the nutritional value of packaged foods. If you are already a bit upset on skipping the room service you are more than likely looking for a quick and easy meal.

So finding a healthy meal needs to be both quick and easy right? Well nothing is as simple as checking out a 1/2 to 5 star rating label on the front of packaged foods. We have personally used this system when travelling and also when trying to find meat-free alternatives for our vegetarian diet.

Look out for the HSR system next time you are in your local shopping centre!

Plan ahead

As fun as heading out on an adventure and going off the beaten track is, you need to plan where and when you are going to eat. At the very least if you aren’t going to find a pre-planned restaurant with healthy food options make sure you take slices of cut up veggies (carrots or fruit) as a snack to prevent that hunger leaning you towards the first place you see which is almost always a fast food joint.

Eat every few hours

We have all had that feeling when you get back to your hotel room and you feel like you could eat an entire buffet which ultimately leads to you over indulging at dinner. A simple packet of nuts or a banana goes a long way when you are on your feet exploring all day.

Skip the Alcohol

We know there can be this urge to celebrate and get drunk in this brand new place, but skipping excessive alcohol consumption will benefit your health and how you feel during the following days of exploration. Just remember: drinking a lot of alcohol is stealing happiness from tomorrow!

If you are going to drink excessively – drink plenty of water

You should already be doing this if you are out and about exploring the world. Drink water people!

Let us know your healthy eating tips below 🙂

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Thank you to Health Star Rating for sponsoring and supporting Flying The Nest. Our opinion is, as always, our own.


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  • I always have the best intentions of eating healthy while traveling, but then I walk by a local bakery. Great tips though! As long as I eat well most of the time and walk from place to place, I feel like I accomplished a healthy trip.

  • Road trips are a challenge with mainly fast food options. It’s mostly about willpower for me.

  • Robin Rue

    I try hard, but it’s definitely not easy. I usually try not to worry too much while I am away and work it off when I get home.

  • Candy Kage

    We have booked our trip and all the places have kitchens. We don’t drink so no problem. We will splurge and find some great restaurants.

  • We are about to take a long road trip and this is great advice. I like to snack all day but hubby doesn’t. Maybe I can get him to eat some fruit during the trip

  • blm03

    We are lucky in that we have a timeshare that we use when traveling. We get to grocery shop and we have a full kitchen that we can use while there. It really helps us eat better.

  • Totally agree with the kitchen! When we travel we always get something with a kitchen – a way to make simple meals. Plus it helps save money too!

  • Pam W

    We always try to stay at somewhere with a kitchen when we travel. It’s so important to help save money.

  • Annemarie LeBlanc

    Excellent tips! I try my best to pick healthier options when I travel but I bow down to temptation. LOL. I think small frequent meals would prevent binge eating. I’m trying that next time we travel.

  • Heather @ Kraus House Mom

    I love it when there is a fridge when I travel. I like to drink lots of water and eat grapes.

  • These are great tips! Planning ahead is so important. I just got back from a cruise and ate way too much – at least I was moving more though!


    I actually eat BETTER when I am on vacation. Crazy, but so true. I eat junk at home and snack way too much!! I usually end up losing weight on vacation!

  • David E

    I’m going to have to read your meals to make while traveling to accompany this. I know that it’s always the best to make your own food and there are some good little hotels with kitchens.

  • These are great tips! When we travel I always try to find a place with a kitchen, at the very least we have a pretty good breakfast and lunch. It is also a life saver when traveling with kids.

  • Oyinkan Ogunleye

    I sooooooo love your london flagged fridge!!!

  • Great tips! I always feel like I want to indulge when we go on vacation, but that tends to leave me in the hotel room with a belly ache.

  • @weareofficially

    I love your tips because that’s totally what’s lacking during out trips. We tend to dine in fastfood all the time because it’s cheap and easy to bring along. I’ll follow your tips for our upcoming roadtrip this summer! I just wish we have some sort of Health Star Rating system in the US too. Maybe I’ll Google. 😀

  • OhNikka

    Great tips! I can’t wait to put them in motion when I travel more this year!

  • Adriana

    These are SUCH great tips! I always find myself eating pretty bad on vacation, and I try not to, too! It’s difficult but definitely doable. I’ll be using this for my next trip!