5 Ways to Stay Healthy When Traveling in the Caribbean
By Kal Kennard
The Caribbean is a dream destination for most travelers because it offers the chance to experience a stress-free lifestyle in one of the most comfortable climates on the globe.
If you are heading to that part of the world and want to maintain your wellness, read on to learn five ways to stay healthy when traveling in the Caribbean.
1. Believe that it is possible to stay healthy while traveling.
For many people, staying healthy while traveling seems like an impossible feat. While trying local foods is often a highlight of exploring the globe, too much of a good thing becomes not such a good thing when you are trying to watch your diet and maintain your health.
While you want to treat yourself while traveling, you also don’t want to return home with 10 extra pounds to have to deal with. The best way to stay healthy is to do a little bit of research prior to landing in the destination, so you can have a game plan and feel prepared to remain as healthy as possible.
Luckily, when traveling in the Caribbean, you will find that the local cuisine is generally healthier than the offerings in other parts of the world. Dishes here tend to be comprised of foods that are on the leaner side with less fat, and your plate will always be filled with fresh ingredients.
As there is a multitude of opportunities to find healthy and delicious alternatives in the Caribbean, you won’t find it too challenging to ignore the majority of the unhealthy treats.
2. Know the healthy options to look for.
Instead of touching down in the Caribbean and having no idea what you are going to eat (and therefore running to the nearest fast food spot out of hunger), it is best to have some knowledge of the area you are in and healthy options that you can order.
Some of the most popular healthy local dishes include mango-shrimp salad and coconut-spiced sea bass. Additionally, healthy mango is infused in a lot of Carribean dishes, from sweet sauces to nutritious smoothies, so that is a food you can certainly indulge in.
Additionally, see where the closest grocery stores are to where you are staying so that you can stock up on fruits, vegetables and healthy snacks to keep you from falling prey to bad decisions when hunger strikes.
3. Embrace the fish.
With easy access to the water, fish is a staple of Caribbean cuisine and therefore should be a significant part of your diet when traveling in this part of the world. After all, it is healthy, tasty and incredibly fresh.
In local restaurants, you will find a variety of dishes featuring top-quality fish including sea bass, swordfish, tuna, wahoo, snapper, and grouper. Additionally, if you prefer your fish without bones, you will also find other options on the menu, such as conch and other shellfish.
Depending on where in the Caribbean you are traveling, you may find other fish dishes such as tacos or creative adaptations of traditional Spanish paella (a seafood stew made in a garlicky broth with rice).
4. Limit the amount of rum you consume.
There is no denying that rum is the main alcoholic beverage in this part of the world, and the price of rum drinks can be incredibly appealing. However, if you want to maintain your health and wellness goals while traveling, it is is crucial that you limit the amount of rum you consume.
The sugar in alcohol is an easy way to rack up a lot of empty calories in a short amount of time. Therefore, help your body, your mind, and your wallet out and only have a couple — or none at all.
5. Just keep swimming.
When traveling in the Caribbean, it is easy to squeeze in some active movements because you can always choose to swim in your hotel pool or (preferably) in the sea! After all, it would be wrong not to take advantage of the 83-degree year-round water temperature!
Have you ever been to the Caribbean? Do you have any tips for staying healthy while traveling? Let us know in the comments below!
Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.