Whether you’re traveling by plane, train, or car, moving at a pace faster than naturally intended can trigger the erratic tendencies of Vata dosha imbalance. Vata dosha governs movement, and when aggravated leaves your body vulnerable to travel anxiety, muscle aches, dehydration, sleep challenges, skin dryness, joint stiffness, hard stool, restlessness, erratic thoughts, zoning out, and even jet lag.
Traveling involves a lot of sitting or standing in the same position for long periods in congested arrangements, which can trigger the underactive tendencies of Kapha dosha imbalance. Kapha dosha governs structure, and when aggravated causes depression, grogginess, toxin accumulation, lethargy, and stagnation, especially in the gut.
The stress of planning your travels, experiencing the climactic & temporal transitions, munching on excitable foods, and of course, trying the local delights is enough to fire up our energy levels yet overheat our physical and mental functions, triggering Pitta dosha imbalance. Pitta governs transformation, and when aggravated can cause sensitive skin, stinky sweat, inflammation, agitation, hot flashes, fever, negativity, diarrhea, and dehydration
General Tip Before You Go:
As we always say, remain observant of any changes in your body before, during, and after your travels to soothe any dosha overreactions and experience more than just a stress-free journey.
P.S. For more, listen to Vaidya Jay’s Podcast On Travel Care Part 1 & Part 2.