Tips & Tricks on Eating & Travel + Interview with EgerFitness

Hello,

I remember the best meal I had abroad was a pasta in a walnut sauce and some pesto. That was while I was in Munich. We sat down at this restaurant called Wirthaus after a day of discovering new bands, shopping, seeing a devil’s foot. It was a great meal. It was small and fulfilling with some great conversation thrown in.

Food is a universal language. No matter where you live, what language you speak, food brings people together. People go to events for the promise of free food. When you travel the glory and magic of food don’t change. That’s why it’s important to try the local food in a place.

In Weimar, we were told to try the bratwurst in that specific region. It was white and if you put ketchup on it, it was a sin. In Rothenburg, we were told to try the strawberries because they were fresh, untouched by GMO’s and absolutely delicious. These are just a few examples.

When you travel there are things everyone always tells you about packing, hotels, and the airplane trip, things they tell you about sites to see and people to meet. Something that isn’t as in the limelight when it comes to travel: food. This is especially true in America. When I tell someone where I’m traveling I almost never get a suggestion about what foods to try. But food is one of the top ways to immerse yourself in a culture.

My friend Mitch is a fitness guru basically. He has a saying “you eat right, you feel right” this is usually accompanied by a picture of his Chipotle because I don’t think he eats anywhere else.  His saying definitely applies to eating while traveling. When I have traveled in the past we are walking up mountains, climbing hills, soaring through salt mines. None of those are activities I could have energy for without food.  I’ve collaborated with him on this post to help answer some questions around food, hydration while traveling.

  1. What is recommended for food intake while traveling? only all three meals or more than that? You can maintain however many meals you were eating before you started traveling. However, keep in mind sometimes it may be hard to find the time so snacking will probably be key (also you get to try all the cool little food shops that might be around)
  2. Hydration is key. But many other countries don’t have the flat water & the mineral water might upset some people’s stomach. What’s a good way to keep hydrated with limited options?  Yes, water is key, so making sure you’re hydrated is important. For the most part, you can always find some places that have bottle water. If you are having trouble finding water, don’t forget you also get water through the foods you eat. For example eating fruit will help keep you hydrated while you’re on the go.
  3. Have you traveled overseas before? What advice about food do you wish you had received before you went? Yes, I have been to a few countries in Europe. I would definitely say try everything that you find interesting because you never know if you might like it!
  4. How do you feel your saying “you eat right, you feel right” applies travel? I think that saying is very general but so true. If you focus on fueling your body well, you’ll be more energized and be able to get more accomplished throughout the day. That is massive when there are so many great places and things to see out there.
  5. On an overnight flight, they provide you with meals, usually, they aren’t the greatest. What in terms of food do you recommend having in your carry on as a backup?  I would always have some kind of energy bar (cliff bars, nature valley, and other protein bars). For their small size they pack a bunch of nutrients that you can eat to help you feel satisfied.

I want to thank Mitch from EgerFitness for helping me out with this post and I hope you all learned something from this post. You should definitely go check out Mitch’s website and his gear. I bought leggings from him and they are so soft 10/10 definitely recommend.

~Britt

4 Ways to be Aware When Traveling

Hello,

No matter your gender you need to be aware of your surroundings when you are traveling. Being a fairly seasoned traveler I have some tips and tricks to help you be aware while traveling.

  1. Read up on the place you traveling to. When I was in Prague the day before we toured the castle the prime minister stepped down from his position. You should keep up with the news in the countries you are traveling to. There may be changes that impact your travel.  Reading up on the countries is also good in terms of following the culture’s customs and traditions without offending anyone.
  2. Always, Always look around you. As a girl I am trained from a fairly young age to be aware of my surroundings, to double check no one is following me, to be cautious anywhere I go. This especially carries over into travel. Always know what’s going on around you, not in a paranoid way but just a cautious way. If you feel like something isn’t right, trust your instincts.
  3. Learn some basic phrases and words. This is helpful not only to get around but if someone is trying to swindle you or harm you can pick out some key words and phrases. This actually came in handy once in Poland. These two girls from our trip had a Polish man come up to them, offering them a magnet. Another kid in our group saw this and heard some keywords that indicated the man was trying to get them to take the magnet and then take them.
  4. Split up your money and cards into different pockets or even keep some money at the hotel. This way if you get pit pocketed or mugged, you will still have a way to get around and survive.  I got pit pocketed in Chicago once and I really wish I had done this.

This is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of how to keep yourself aware and safe when traveling. Just remember to trust your instincts and you’ll be fine.

~Britt

Why Travel is Important for Young People + My Experiences

Hello,

As you probably know or can figure out, I am a fairly young person. I’m only 19 and I have been lucky enough to have some amazing travel experiences already.  I’m so lucky that my parents have trusted me and the programs I’ve traveled with in the past to let me go on those trips.

My parents valued travel for us. My parents actually took my siblings and on a cruise way back in 2005 when I was only 8 years old because they wanted us to experience cultures and understand other people. In my school district, there was an alternative middle school that started its day at 7:45 and ended its day at 4:45.  It was created and run by teachers who felt kids should understand what they were learning and not just be able to spit it back out. My siblings and I applied to the school and it was a lottery. So if your name got pulled you were in. They had a system for multiples; As you learned in my 10 facts about me post I am a triplet. There were fewer boys applying to the school so if my brother’s name got pulled then my sister and I also got in. My brother’s name got pulled, we got in.

The teachers there made it very clear from day one that they believed in experiential learning. Which means they believe students should be able to learn outside the classroom and about stuff they were passionate about. They had several programs set up that reflected that but one of them was a trip to Chicago in seventh grade. Now most teachers would be terrified to take about fifty 13-year-olds to another city and stay for a week. These teachers were not only encouraging each other, teachers would be excited to go. Going to Chicago was an experience my friends and I still talk about. It was an amazing trip. What made it more amazing was the school wanted us to go and also you were basically on a vacation with your friends.

My middle school does something else that is foreign to any other middle school in the district, every other year they have an overseas trip that current students and alumni can go on. It’s usually a 10 day trip in June to different countries (typically in Europe). Another daring task for middle school teachers, fifty kids for 10 days in a whole other country. I didn’t get to go on the overseas trip they had while I was attending the middle school but I did go after my freshman year of high school on this trip. It was an absolutely amazing trip. It was WWII based but the teachers had such an amazing time interacting and talking with the students. I got to meet some amazing people and I wouldn’t trade those experiences for anything.

I know my personal experience may not be enough to convince your parents, guardians, etc that your dream to travel can start at a young age but you can always refer them back to my benefits of travel post. I am actually going on another one of my middle school’s overseas trips this June. We are going to Spain and I’ve never been more excited.  Being a young person overseas wasn’t scary or even really difficult. It was a life changing experience that I wish everyone gets to have.

~Britt

What to Pack for Spring Break If…

Hello,

I know when most people think of spring break, they think of going down to Mexico, Punta Vista, or Florida to experience some more tropical weather before going back to school or work. I know people that do that and that’s fantastic. But I also know people that go someplace colder or even stay home. With spring break less than a month away, I thought I’d put together packing lists that can accommodate anyone for any temperature.

For Tropical Weather – Mexico, Punta Vista, etc.

Tropical Weather means tans and light clothing. I think a nice strappy cotton dress is a good night out dress or a swim cover-up. I’m also a big fan of the one piece high cut swimsuit trend that’s happening in swimsuits right now. I added some Birkenstocks to the collage because I personally own a pair and these are great for walking all day or just heading down to the beach. These big hats, backpacks and reflective sunglasses are all perfect accessories to a flawless beachy look.

 

Warm Weather- LA, Orlando, Nashville, NC, SC (at this time of year)

Warm Weather is the perfect weather. You are comfortable all day long. For this look, I thought the ripped jeans would be a good look because it’s edgy and fun but also breezy so you don’t sweat that much. There’s a cardigan for the cool nights. The rose gold backpack and sunglasses work really well for walking through town.

 

Cold Weather- (Canada, Ohio, The New England Area)

I know what you’re thinking…why would anyone stay up north for spring break? Well, I have for pretty much my entire life and I’ve survived. But I do have a friend that goes up to Canada and all these cold places over spring break. This collage is for her. This camel colored coat is the perfect one because it’s stylish and warm. I’m a big fan of blacks and grays for winter. That satchel bag is too cute too!

 

Happy Packing!

~Britt

Five Life Changing Benefits of Travel

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I’ve been lucky enough to travel in our country and out of the country. Going on these trips have taught me some life skills and given me memories that will stay with me for the rest of my life. I know travel can be expensive but I believe that the benefits of travel out weight the cost.
  1. You dip your toes into money management. Everyday, you pretty much have a budget that you have to stick to.  Whether it is set by yourself or an external source,  you still have to learn where and when you want to spend money.
  2. It is generally not cheap to travel. It teaches you to save up your money for something you want. This is a lesson I am still working on. This is great for little kids as well. If you are going to DisneyWorld or visiting Grandma let them know they have to save a little money to buy something they want.
  3. You will learn how to navigate. Whether you are with your friends or family or a travel group. There will be a point where you probably have to navigate somewhere. How to get across Disneyland, or get back to the meeting place, etc. GPS might not be an option; you might have to read a map and it might be in a different language.
  4. Another Language.  Living in America usually means to other countries that we won’t know another language. Which most of the time is true, BUT going to another country that doesn’t speak your language can be great for you. It’s almost a crash course in some phrases and terms to get where you need to go. When I was in Germany, Austria and Switzerland I had to learn the basic phrases, to be polite and ask things like where the bathroom was, how to get somewhere and of course, do you speak english. Those kinds of phrases are essential to know in another language. Most of the time the locals are more willing to help you if you try to speak their language.
  5. How to pack light and do hotel laundry .  I don’t think I’ve ever been on a trip where we had washers or dryers readily available for us to use. This means you have to learn how to pack light for the trip you are going on and how to do hotel laundry if you are staying there long enough. You get a packet of detergent and use the hotel sink. Honestly, when I was on trips where I had to do this, my roommates and I had a great time. We would just get all our clothes together, fill the sink or tub, put on some music and jam while doing laundry. It was a great time.
These are only a few of the benefits of travel and there are so much more. Travel is such an amazing experience and I want everyone to be able to experience it. It changes your life.
Have a great day!

~Britt

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