Staying healthy while you travel.

Why you’re gaining weight while traveling

It’s not uncommon to come home from a trip and feel like you’ve gained a bit of extra weight. Almost everyone does it, if you’re not very careful with what you eat and you try to exercise daily. But to be honest- who has the time to do so when all you want is to eat that pizza, down a few cocktails and lay on the pool all day long?

But still, if it bothers you that you always seem to be gaining weight when you’re traveling, here’s a few reasons why.

You overeat

“Treat yourself” is something you constantly think when you’re on vacation, so you order that extra side dish, you eat ice cream every evening and you love trying all the new snacks. But before you know it, you’ve gained those extra vacation kilos that you were trying to avoid. It’s easy to overeat when you’re on vacation, but if you want to avoid gaining weight, you have to start thinking about what you’re ordering. You should definitely treat yourself, but perhaps not do it every day. Instead, make a plan and decide to perhaps order whatever you want to once or twice per week instead of every day. Just that small change will make a big difference.

You’re stressed

Stress is a huge factor to why you gain weight and most people who are traveling has felt stress at some point when they’re on the road. Stress wreaks havoc in your metabolism. Stress may cause your body to burn less of the fat you’re eating, so aim to include some healthy fat in your meal. Try to

You don’t drink enough of water

When you’re on vacation, it’s easy to forget to drink enough water. This might result in you overeating. There’s many times when we feel hungry, but what we’re missing is water. Hunger can mask dehydration. So make sure that you hydrate, always bring a bottle of water with you and remember to drink, drink and drink! Especially if you’re in a tropical country where you’re always exposed to the sun.

You drink a lot of alcohol

Who doesn’t love to party when we’re abroad? Especially when the alcohol is so much cheaper than at home and you can buy as much cocktails and beers as you want to without breaking the bank. But alcohol contains a lot of sugar, so you’ll definitely gain weight if you keep drinking every day. If you’re going to keep drinking a lot, make sure that you at least try to exercise, or give your body a few breaks from alcohol from time to time. You don’t always have to drink alcohol just because it’s cheap. There are other ways to have fun as well!

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What to see in Berlin

The most touristy things to see in Berlin

Most people are trying to get away from doing the most tourist things in place. People want “authenticity”, they want to find the hidden gems and they want to be the people who’ve found the places where there are no tourists. But people also forget that the places that are frequently visited by tourists usually are important landmarks that has made the place to what it is. So when I visited Berlin, I knew I wanted to go to the most touristy spots in the city because I was genuinely interested in seeing all the main attractions. And I’m so happy I did! Because it showed me that Berlin is quite a beauty. Here are the three most touristy places you must visit when you’re in Berlin.

Brandenburger Tor

Perhaps the most iconic spot in Berlin, the Brandenburg Tor (or Brandenburg Gate in English) is a military monument that symbolizes peace and unity. It is here where Berliners gathered to celebrate the fall of the Wall. The gate stands for reunification of East and West Germany in 1990. Although it got heavily damaged during the Second World War, it withstood it and is still standing strong. Close to the Brandenburger Tor is the Memorial for the Jewish who were killed during the war.

Berliner Dom

The Berliner Dom is located in the heart of the city in Mitte, surrounded by other iconic monuments. It’s an evangelical church that dates back to the middle of the 14th century, but was only completed in 1905. The church got damaged during the Second World War but reopened again in 1993. The Berliner Dom nowadays also serves as a venue for concerts and readings – yes, that’s right! It’s never been a traditional church in any sense, and perhaps that’s what makes it such a fascinating place to visit. Besides, it’s an icon for Berlin and one that’s pretty hard to avoid seeing. It’s massive! And there’s a park just in front of the church where both locals and foreigners alike sit and relax after a day of walking around Berlin.

East Side Gallery Wall

The East Side Gallery Wall is located a bit outside of the first two sights, but you could walk it if you feel like you’re up for the challenge (it’s about a 40 min walk) or you could take the metro or bus. It’s the world’s longest open air airt gallery and is a remaining piece of the Berlin Wall. What’s now filled with colorful graffiti used to be grey. It was the most visible symbol of Germany’s partition into two separate states. But when the wall fell, artists from 21 different countries went to Berlin to turn a section of the wall into a celebration of art and freedom. Nowadays, travelers love to walk around the wall and look at all the art that’s displayed here for free. It’s a beautiful reminder of what has happened in the past and how the Berliners has moved forward from it. Even if you’re not a big fan of art, it’s still an incredibly important place to visit. It’s touristy – that’s for sure – and it’s great.

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