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Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Asia.
Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Asia.
Whether you are among its followers or not, I’m sure the keto buzz has reached your ears somehow. It is a very popular, low-carb, high-fat diet followed by many people trying to lose weight or simply improve their overall health. And like most diets, it requires a certain planning and preparation.
When you add travelling to the equation, things get even trickier. But not impossible.
These travel tips can help you eliminate a lot of roadblocks and make low-carb travel less difficult than you might think. Reducing the carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat is definitely achievable, even on the road, and this article is here to prove just that!
To help you get the most of the keto diet, at home or when traveling, get inspired by our 14-day meal plan and recipes that will make ketosis fun and tasty!
Eat well before your departure
When you’re hungry nothing feels right. The weather’s not good enough, the company is not fun enough and so on. That’s why it’s always important to be nourished and satisfied whenever you plan on starting something. Like a journey.
A satiating low-carb meal before your departure will set the mood for the beginning of your trip and it can consist of something easy and quick. Hardboiled eggs, Greek yogurt with berries and nuts or beef jerkies are great ways to fill you up.
Stay away from airplane snacks
Obviously, this is not valid for all airlines, but generally, the things they provide as free or purchasable are high in carbs, sugar and salt. Either stick with the first recommendation and eat well before your departure or bring your own low-carb snacks likes mixed nuts or low-carb crackers.
Pack nutritious snacks
If you haven’t had the time to eat at home before leaving on your trip, it might be a good idea to at least pack some nutritious snacks.
Snacks that don’t go rancid or deteriorate are the best option. You can either consume them on the plane, car or the like or keep them for a later use throughout your trip. You never know when you might get hungry.
It’s also a good way to resist unhealthy and processed temptations and trade them for the delicious foods in your carry-on.
Drink coffee to promote ketosis
Coffee is great in boosting your energy by increasing the ketone levels in your blood. If you mix it with the right fats you not only get a satiating and energizing drink but also quite tasty and healthy, releasing caffeine slowly throughout the day. Exactly what you need to keep you active when traveling.
Generally, keto coffee consists of black coffee and butter (preferably grass-fed), coconut oil and MCT oil. MCTs (medium chain triglycerides) get you into ketosis like no other fat, so including it in your coffee should practically be a must.
Research the menu
An important and key part of a successful traveling is sampling the local cuisine.
Most restaurants have fairly decent low-carb options on their menu but even if they don’t, by researching the menu in advance you will surely find some keto substitutions. You can order the foods that they do have and that fit with your dietary needs and requirements. Get creative!
One ground rule when ordering – say no to all types of bread! I guess you know it’s not really the type of food to get you into ketosis. And avoid dessert!
Opt for water instead of alcohol, since it can pack quite the calories or, if you’re really dying to try the local beer or wine, consume in moderation.
Another great way to discover the local cuisine of a place you’re visiting is to take a trip to the grocery store and check out local ingredients and items. It will not only help you find new things you could incorporate into your diet but also save you some money from preparing your own food instead of going out to a restaurant.
Most grocery shops have quick cook items so you can easily prepare them on your own without spending too much time cooking instead of sightseeing. Deli meats, pre-cut veggies, pre-cooked chicken or bacon, sausages are only a few of the things you could buy for your low-carb meals.
Fasting is usually part of a low-carb routine, so if you’ve also experimented with it, you can use it strategically and simplify your trip. How? Well, since you’re already fat adapted due to the keto diet, your body will not likely need you to eat as often.
This gives you the perfect opportunity to plan your trip and consequently your eating based on your flights or travel schedule without getting the chance to get hungry. Or be able to adapt to any situation that might require to delay your meal due to unforeseen circumstances.
Rail travel in Japan is a joy. It’s about grabbing ekiben boxes chock full of delicious treats from station concourses, smiling as blue-uniformed conductors deliver 45o bows, and then levitating internally to the g-forces of Shinkansen bullet trains that blur rice-fields and maple forests into abstract shades of greenness. It’s about fast, modem trains with timetables you can set your watch to. Continue reading
Sri Lanka is one of the best places in Asia for seeing wildlife. It is also one of the best all-round wildlife destinations in the world thanks to the mix of big game, marine life and varied landscapes. It is a country rich with endemic wildlife packed into a compact area. A very good tourism infrastructure helps too. Continue reading
Since 287 foreign travellers set foot in previously off-limits Bhutan in 1974, tourism has flourished -numbers topped 209,000 in 2016. The Buddhist kingdom is keen to protect those Himalayan landscapes and cliff-perched monasteries through regulated tours. But more of Bhutan is opening up soon, thanks to new Drukair flights linking the main hub of Paro with the lush eastern area of Yongphulaand. Continue reading
I stared wide-eyed at the two bridges. The first was made of bamboo and the second of rusty iron cables; both had steel wires to hold onto for support. A board read “Don’t shake the bridge”, but despite my best efforts to adhere to this instruction, it shook and swung as I walked over it.
Goa’s backwaters and hinterland are stunning, historical, authentic and still completely unchanged. Discover the nature trails by taking a guided boat tour of the area. Visualize a 360 degree picturesque scene and colourful parallel shores on either side as you experience both sunrise and sunset.
Sometimes getting the plans wrong can ruin a perfectly good holiday. Maybe it’s time to turn to professionals, experts who’ve been long and experienced enough in the business of travel, both at home and abroad, to help get those logistics right.