So, you’ve made it to my “About Me” page and are now wondering how I would describe myself. Shucks. Going on and on about my personal life is not a strong point of mine. Through my 22 years of life experience, I’ve figured out that I’m much better at asking questions than telling stories. Here is what what I will say: if you’re interested in how and why to stay healthy while traveling, this is the blog for you.
My goal is to help every single one of my readers maintain a sense of vibrant energy while on the road. I want to make sure each reader is ready to take the world by storm. And I want my advice to be flexible enough so that traveler can live a healthy lifestyle no matter the situation: business traveling, backwoods backpacking, nomad traveling, weekend road-tripping or expat living.
Conquering your personal health will help you to always have clarity of mind and loads of energy! There are three important keys to a healthy lifestyle: nutrition, exercise and stress management. Tackle these and you'll be well on your way to personal wellness.
Why should you listen to me?
I’m not someone with loads of academic background in health and decades of travel experience. In fact, I’m just a 22-year old recent graduate with a bachelors degree in tow, living in Izmir, Turkey and teaching English at a private high school. I didn’t formally study anything health related in college - instead, I focused on reading, writing, and building ideas by double majoring in business and history at a small liberal arts school in West Michigan.
I am, however, someone who is deeply passionate about both health and travel. I read extensively on both topics and, more importantly, live a daily existence that combines the two. Ever since going on my first trip to Disney World at the age of five, I’ve traveled at least a couple times every year; and ever since my Dad refused to let me drink coke, instead forcing me to eat almonds after soccer games (okay, a bit of an exaggeration), I’ve been clued in to the world of nutrition.
So head on over to my blog and check out it out for yourself! Take that first step in improving your health while on the road today!
Want to know more about me? Here are a few random facts:
I played violin for twelve years, from age 7 until age 19
My favorite ethnic cuisine is Thai
I’ve traveled to sixteen different countries: Mexico, Canada, Costa Rica, Tanzania, Ireland, Romania, Turkey, Greece, Austria, Slovenia, Hungary, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Italy and THE VATICAN!
I am a follower of the Ancestral Health movement
I played college soccer for a small Division 3 school in West Michigan, Hope College
I climbed and summited Mt. Kilimanjaro in 2010
I absolutely love to read – I typically read about two books a week
I did my senior research project on Robert E. Lee’s post-Civil War life
My favorite type of beer is an IPA (India Pale Ale)
Hello SETT Community Members, and all other visitors, and welcome to my Travel ‘n’ Wellness blog. The following is an introduction to what I plan on writing about in the future:
In my eyes there are four types of travelers: business travelers, traveling nomads, outdoor enthusiasts and expats living abroad – come along as I provide a little insight into each experience and how it relates to personal wellness.
Business travel can be extremely difficult on one’s health. It’s commonplace for a business man or woman to be raving hungry, desperately searching for food. What’s usually the first option? Fast food! Remember that feeling after indulging? It’s the feeling of incomplete satiety with a nice side dish of bloating, heartburn, or any other number of symptoms that come from eating a fast-food meal.
I’ve been at the University of Missouri-Columbia (Mizzou) for a week and a half, and I’m already more involved in the school’s culture and institutions than I ever was in my high school.
As I find myself getting involved with The Maneater, my residence hall, and the Missouri Students Association (MSA), I recognize that I need to take a moment and outline my goals. It’s easy to submit numerous applications and plunge into every opportunity, and I’ve had a blast doing it, but it undoubtedly necessary to stop and consider what I’m doing, where I’m headed, and where I want to be.
Here are some goals I’ve set for myself. For now, I'm going to focus only on my fitness goals. This is because I believe this to be the area of my life most swinging in the balance right now. I’m going to outline them as tediously as possible. Broad goals, I’ve found, are not very effective.
Run a marathon by April 1, 2014