boarding passIt’s time for a Spring Break. The fresh energy of the season makes travel more tempting. Even if a school vacation schedule is long in the past, you may be day dreaming of zipping down mountains of powder or feeling warm sand between your toes on a tropical beach.

There are reams of reports extolling how to travel but what are some of the easiest and most natural ways to ensure that you arrive ready to play?

Start out well: Leave time for a little pampering. The stress of getting work, family and home settled before scooting out of town can sabotage a smooth take off. Indulge in a luxurious aromatherapy massage! It’s recommended by the Council of Maharishi Ayurvedic Physicians.  They suggest a massage oil in ratios of 19 drops of coconut oil to 1 drop of Sandalwood or Rose oil.

Stress free flying: Low cabin humidity on long flights can suck the moisture out of your skin and lead to complicating sinus problems. Carry your own water bottle and don’t hesitate to ask for refills from the flight staff. The Ayurvedic Council also suggests that infusing your water with spices like licorice, ginger, cardamom and cinnamon will help to unclog channels and keep you calm throughout the journey.

Take care of the traveling tummy: Delicious new tastes and menus wait at your destination. Too many trips have been derailed by indigestion, which can also impede peaceful sleep. If you eat your largest meal at midday and a smaller dinner later, your digestion will have time to recover before your head hits the pillow. Don’t forget to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The Ayurvedic Council suggests that eating sweet, juicy fruits helps to maintain balance. If you’re traveling in especially hot climes, sipping pomegranate juice is cooling, nourishing and easier on your system than soda or dehydrating alcohol.


Elaine J Masters, Travel writer, travel wellness coach and author of Drivetime Yoga and Flytime Yoga – Get where you’re going feeling great! Books, audio and travel ease products at