How Should I Wear My Hair on the Road?

by Alex Schnee
( July 22nd, 2014 )

Hair Waterfall Travel

It may seem like a superficial thing, but you would be surprised how often the topic of hairstyles comes up while traveling. Thinking about some of my own future trips coming up soon, I recently had the urge to chop my hair off to a much more manageable shoulder-length style that I absolutely love. Here are some questions I have found online that women have asked when they are on the road and a simple ponytail will not suffice.

What Kind of Traveling Do You Do?

I think this is one of the most important aspects of traveling in general—identifying what your traveling style is and how much work you want to put into appearances can change how you approach each journey you take. A luxury traveler probably would want a much different look than a backpacker. As a Generation Y traveler who might or might not have access to shampoo at the youth hostel, having an easy hairstyle can make the whole process much quicker and simpler.

What Do You Want When You Get Home?

However, if I were going to entirely go the “easy and quick” route, I would probably go for a full-blown pixie cut—and I am very aware how bad this would look on me (senior photos in high school were not my best). Finding that middle ground of knowing what I can pull off and what I will feel comfortable with when I am home helps me feel good about myself both when I am on the road and when I have a night out with my friends back in the States.

Pull it Back or No?

When you are backpacking or doing some other kind of adventure traveling and you feel the need to have hair away from your face, being able to pull it back is essential. I like to go hiking up in the mountains, and it would be very frustrating to have my hair a length that gets in the way. It’s up to you whether you want it long enough that you can tie it up or short enough that you don’t have to worry about it at all.

Final Verdict?

It’s your hair, and knowing the way you like to travel and whether you want to spend a ton of time on it can help you to decide what you think can work for you. If you know you are the kind of girl who will immediately regret taking the scissors to your locks, then you might want to look up some fun ways to keep it out of the way instead. If you don’t care, maybe think about doing something daring. I personally love that I won’t have to think about combing my hair when I’m on the road and whether or not I need to blow dry it.

What do you think? Have a favorite hairstyle when you are traveling?

Image courtesy of rplzzz.

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Keep Running: Staying Healthy on the Road

by Alex Schnee
( July 17th, 2014 )

Gym Health Travel

I think one of the hardest things we face on the road as Gen Y travelers is maintaining a healthy lifestyle. It’s hard enough moving from culture to culture without feeling like you are knocked off balance a little bit, and sometimes the last thing we want to think about is whether we are eating good, clean foods or if we are getting our daily run in. Traveling and acclimating to a different culture can be hard on your body and your psyche—sometimes the last thing I feel like doing is strapping on my tennis shoes and going for a jog. Here are some things I’ve found help me out when I want to stay fit while traveling.

Do the best you can.

Even professional athletes usually arrive at their destination a day or two before so they can rest up before an event. Sometimes Olympic athletes arrive weeks in advance. Though most of us are not headed to Rio in 2016, the same basic principle applies. When you are traveling long hours, expecting yourself to run a marathon the day after is not realistic—your body is still recovering from being cramped on a plane for hours and the time differences. Take it easy on yourself! Give yourself a day or two to rest before hitting the gym, otherwise you might find it harder to get back into your usual routine.

Watch what you eat.

You probably know this already, but long international flights serve some of the saltiest foods you will probably ever consume. While you may not mind the extra flavor, it can also mean more bloating and swelling while you are flying—and the effects can last for days. Thinking about how much you consume of it and whether or not some options in the airport would be best can help you when you want to adjust a little easier. Also, drinking a lot of water can help to assure that you will be ready to slip on those workout clothes a little faster than if you dehydrate yourself.

Exercise on the road.

This isn’t the perfect solution if you have a routine that you like to do, but sometimes it’s just not possible to do some weight lifting while you are in South Africa or in the middle of the Asian continent. Taking advantage of what physical activities an area has to offer can help you to feel like you are getting the workout you need. Look into river rafting in Croatia or kayaking in Cinque Terre. It may not be exactly what you are used to, but in some ways it can be a lot more fun.

Image courtesy of Health Gauge.

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Headed West: Things to See in Montana

by Alex Schnee
( July 15th, 2014 )

Montana Mountains Sunrise

When you have been away from home for a long time, it’s easy to forget and appreciate where you have originally come from. (Or you remember it all too well and the bouts of homesickness are stronger than ever!) I recently arrived back in my home state of Montana, where I will be for the next few weeks before I head back to Europe in the fall. After growing up there for the entirety of my life, I tend to find that I forget how beautiful it is a location and what all home has in store for me. If you are thinking about visiting Montana, here are some things you must see when you reach Big Sky country.

Glacier National Park

I live about thirty minutes from this “crown of the continent” and some of my fondest childhood memories are hiking the Trail of the Cedars or dipping my toes into the chilly Lake MacDonald. If you are thinking about visiting, you might want to consider coming a little later in the season—the park is packed in July and August and it’s hard to find parking. September can be the best time to come since the weather is still nice and flights are easier to come by. Make sure you bring a can of bear spray and hike with some people you know—the grizzly bears will be out and about and already preparing for winter.

Skiing in Bozeman

If you are a snowbunny and you are thinking about heading to the Montana mountains, Bozeman can be a great place to enjoy the slopes and the surrounding area. It’s also a great place to hole up when you are planning on having a winter where there will be plenty of snow. It’s a quaint town with an awesome downtown area where the bars are open late—there is one right after the other on the main street. Even if you just want to ski and enjoy a steaming cup of hot chocolate, Bozeman is a great place to do it.

Yellowstone National Park

Our second national park to the south is not only the first national park in the world, but it also holds some of the most iconic sites of the American West. Like Glacier, going earlier in the year or a little later can help you when you don’t want to deal with tourists. You’ll see all sorts of wildlife that might be harder to find in any other location. Don’t forget to attend the eruption of Old Faithful. Though it doesn’t operate on the clock as much as it used to (plate tectonics—the world is always changing), it’s worth the short wait in order to see one of the most photographed images of the Western United States. Also, watch out for bison! They can be moody and temperamental and you don’t want to make one angry.

Have you ever been to these places before? Anyone into camping?

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