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TravelHaven Tips – Easy Ways to Beat Holiday Travel Fatigue

To find out how you can create a more enjoyable travel experience for you and your loved ones this holiday season, Katie Rosenbrock at MSN.com talked with two experts well versed in travel and wellness. Joshua Duvauchelle is a NCCA-accredited personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise who holds a nutrition certificate from Cornell University and works as a wellness consultant. Bo Parrish, is a semi-professional triathlete and speaker.

Katie put thirteen tips for staying healthy and level-headed on the road and in the air this holiday season in a slideshow. Here are our favorites.

Prepare in advance
One of the simplest and smartest ways to reduce travel-related stress is to get everything you’ll need ready ahead of time.

Keep your sleep schedule on track
Make sure you allow for your regular amount of sleep the night before you depart, even if you have to alter your sleep time. The first night at your destination, make sure to get at least eight hours of sleep and try to avoid alcohol for twelve hours after arriving to give your body time to adjust without chemical interference.

Hydrate
Proper hydration will allow you to adjust to time and environment changes much more quickly. Studies have shown that a very small decrease in hydration can slow down your metabolism. Try drinking extra water a day or two before you travel in order to keep all of your body’s essential functions on track. Then continue to drink water throughout your travel (2.2 liters for women, 3.0 for men). Hydrating properly also helps keep your joints and tendons lubricated, prevent insomnia, and eliminate toxins from your body.

Avoid caffeine and alcohol
They may stimulate you and make you feel better in the short term, but they can worsen adrenal fatigue and cause even more exhaustion as soon as the stimulating effects wear off. Take a short nap instead of reaching for a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.

Stay active
For every hour of flight time, spend five minutes walking the aisle (if allowed), and walk around in the gate area during stopovers. If you’re driving, schedule rest stops to get out of the car and walk at least five minutes. This gets the blood flowing, especially to the lower extremities, and provides a quick burst of energy.

Exercise on arrival
If you have the opportunity when you reach your destination, get in a small workout in as soon as possible. This can be a trip to the gym or a brisk walk in a nearby park or even on the city streets (make sure such areas are safe).

For the rest of the advice Katie gleaned from Joshua and Bo, hit that slideshow.