The Last Plane Home

S1 Eps 5 - Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling

January 18, 2021 Guy Guyton Season 1 Episode 5
The Last Plane Home
S1 Eps 5 - Tips to Stay Healthy While Traveling
Show Notes Transcript

In this episode, we speak with Nutritionist and Personal Trainer, Brandon Wyrsch, about common pitfalls travelers 

Brandon left a life of being a traveling salesman to go back to school as a nutritionist.  Brandon's helped several travelers and non-travelers alike on building healthy routines in situations where you don't have full control of your environment. 

In this episode, we talk about: 

  • Travel pitfalls and routine breakdowns
  • Challenges with common travel routines that you're definitely doing wrong now and
  • What changes you can make to get the most of your trips and build a routine while you're on the road


Want to ask Brandon a question? You can reach him on IG  @brandonwyrsch

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Until next time travelers, Peace!

Guy Guyton:

Hey there, welcome to the last plane home podcast, we talk about all things travel and how to get there to keep you up to date on the latest themes and what's going on outside of your own bubble. Today, we have a great show for you where I sit down with Brandon, where's the nutritionist and personal trainer on several common travel pitfalls, and how you can build better routines while on the road. As a full time traveler, I know I fall victim to several of these. So super excited to have Brandon on the show. Hey, Brandon, thanks for joining.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Thank you for having me. Appreciate it.

Guy Guyton:

I'm excited to be here. pumped to have you. It's a long time coming to PR excited.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yes, very much. So we've been talking about this for a long time.

Guy Guyton:

So why don't I jump right in. Maybe before we get a little bit more into your background? I think we thought about this. One of the things is I told you a story about how back before March 2020, I was traveling 40 or so weeks, a year. And one of those common situations for me is flying from New York to San Diego, like an 830 flight, you get to the airport, around seven 730. You get a text or you know, whoever whoever gets to Jamba Juice first sends a text to the rest of the group of people who are struggling to get to this plane as quick as possible. And it's like, what's your order, and you know, you have a six hour flight ahead. He didn't need anything. So you get like what sounds super healthy, like a protein protein shake or a Jamba Juice, get an extra banana, you'd always fruit and then you kind of just sit there for six hours. on that flight, you might get some cookies, some some chips, I'm actually a fan of the pretzels, delta, they're really good shout out to you guys. And then time you land, it's like 1230. And you basically have two options, you get to the rental car, and you're thinking about going the office and you're like, should we go in and out first? And the answer is yes, you should go in and out first. It's It's so quick, it's there. Or when you're feeling really aggressive you order like Chinese food ahead and it's sitting for you at the office waiting. And that's a start your week. And then you work until you just got there at 1230 you work until eight, nine o'clock. And then obviously ever wants to go out for dinner and drinks and kind of goes downhill from there you go to sleep, I'll get six hours of sleep, whatever it is, wake up the next morning, and then you like your embrace, you're fully in travel mode. And that's how you start your week. What are your What are your thoughts there? How are we How are we doing? We got we got healthy stuff, we didn't have a healthy meal we had Jamba,

Brandon Wyrsch:

there's there's a lot to unpack there. And the first thing is, I get it when people start traveling, the first thing to think of is like what's easy and something quick, I can grab on the go. So they think you know, smoothies. And Jamba Juice is a perfect example of what I wanted to talk about. Most people don't realize, because they don't openly display the nutrition labels of a Jamba Juice. So you're thinking like, Oh, this one is a strawberry wild, or this one's high in antioxidants, you're like antioxidants are good, I should drink that. But what they don't realize is that, that strawberry wild has 60 grams of carbohydrates. 52 of those grams are sugar. And that's for a standard 22 ounce. So if you're just getting like the regular 22 ounce size, that's how much sugar you're getting first thing in the morning. That's like having to Coca Cola for breakfast. And there's a lot of problems with that. One is you're going to have a massive spike in blood sugar, which means that you're going to have an inevitable crash, about an hour or two later, in which you're going to be reaching for another cup of coffee and energy drink some sort of stimulant to keep you going because all you want to do is take a nap or you're going to be hangry and craving more carbs. And you need more junk food, which is where you gravitate towards the cookies and the chips. Well the

Guy Guyton:

coffee's free on the flight. So I definitely get that

Brandon Wyrsch:

black coffee, are we putting creamer in it?

Guy Guyton:

Well, I'm not a savage, of course, I'm gonna put some sugar in it.

Brandon Wyrsch:

See, that's what I'm saying. Like, most people don't realize that the amount of sugar that you would consume while you're traveling is very different than how much sugar you'd be consuming at home. Right. And if you pair that with, like, let's say like a bagel, which is like really common thing to grab on. That's like another 30 grams of carbohydrates right there. So you're just slamming your body with all this sugar to deal with, and it's hurting you cognitively. It's gonna hurt you in terms of like energy levels throughout the day. And most of the time when we're traveling first, especially for traveling for work. We have some sort of reason to be there. We want to be sharp. And that's probably the worst thing you could do for like mental acuity. And just, you know, having that energy to be able to deliver on whatever you came there to do.

Guy Guyton:

And one of things I do on Jamba Juice is the Dunkin move. So similar isn't bagel, toasted with butter, maybe a glaze Stick. I'm feeling feeling good. And Tropicana orange juice. Ugly stick those are like those long doughnuts.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Oh, it's just,

Guy Guyton:

it's just dough and frosting, basically.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

yeah. Yeah, that's all I want. That's only one day a week though.

Brandon Wyrsch:

It's fine. But if you're doing this week after week, month after month and you're traveling year round, you can start to see how those types of decisions can really start to add up over time. And really, when it comes down to long term health, it's how do we make better decisions? How do we automate those decisions, be a little bit conscientious of like what we're putting in our mouths, so that we're protecting our health, you know, 10 1520 years down the road, because live fast, Die Young, that whole motto, it really does apply for people that are in the business world that are traveling, you know, frequently. And we can definitely dive into that. But I definitely see a lot of people making quite a few mistakes when it comes to just simple things like hydration, you know, or making bad choices or the excuse that they're traveling. And that's all that was available, right? How did you prepare it ahead of time, then you could have avoided some of those common pitfalls that people fall into bad sleep, you know, when you get to the hotel room, especially if you're going from the west coast to the east coast, I always found it super hard to be able to go to bed. And I wasn't falling asleep until two o'clock in the morning. And I had meetings at 7am 8am the next day. And I was exhausted. Just like how, how can we prevent that? You know, and sleep is a big, it's probably one of the biggest things that we can manipulate while we're traveling to to help with our overall health and well being.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I think that makes sense. And I want to unpack one of things you said because there are things that we can control and things we can control. And I try to spend most of the time focusing on things you can control and making adjustments based on that. And I want to bring in the kinds of of just accessibility, right when, when I'm when I'm not traveling for work, if I'm on a local project, I'm able to do things like meal prep, and you know, bring my food to work, and I can't do that. I mean, maybe I do that one day, or maybe the first day. But I'm not I'm certainly is someone's traveling Monday through Thursday, I'm not gonna bring, you know, 12 meals on the plane with me, what do you what, you know, what are the some of the things we can do to avoid some of these pitfalls from from what's accessible?

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, one of the biggest things is planning ahead. So you can't meal prep, obviously. But bringing snacks. For instance, for me, when I'm traveling, it's a lot of nuts. I was on a ketogenic diet for many years there. And what that allowed me to do was be able to take in more healthy forms of fats. So what does that look like cashew nuts. Being able to take in, you know, high protein, high carb, almonds or pistachios or Brazilian nuts, you know, there's a bunch of different forms of nuts out there that you can throw into your own trail mix that does not include m&ms, or dried fruits like raisins, which are just sugar bombs, in which you can have something that you can bring on your carry on and be able to snack on and avoid the temptations that you might have in the airport, or the temptations that you get when you first show up at the office. You know, six hours later, after your flights done with instead of going for the Jamba Juice, or the Chinese food that you ordered in, you have that healthy snack, or you can choose the alternative, which is my personal favorite of intermittent fasting. If you've never tried time restricted eating, that can be a really powerful tool that you can start to implement in your life before travel. So like the weeks coming up to a trip, you can spend the next two weeks building up the routine of starting your eating window at noon, and stop your eating window at 8pm. And that way, when you're taking those early morning flights, and you're flying out there, you're already acclimated to not eating anything in the morning and having something for lunch, where then you can make a more powerful decision. like going to a healthy alternative saying Hey, good, I'm, I'm good off the Chinese food. I'm gonna go pick up something for myself, you know, or order something for myself.

Guy Guyton:

Okay, so you're saying that, you know, if I use incorporated your manifesting and maybe help us explain, you know, what a what a Windows look like or what some of the common uses are, but you know, I'm waking up for trying to be at the airport, maybe it's six o'clock. So maybe that means a five o'clock wake up something like that an hour away, you know, land six hours later, and then still be good or how does how would those windows work?

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, it's great question. So the standard most traditional way of intermittent fasting is the is the 16 eight. So you're essentially fasting for 16 hours, and then you are consuming all of your calories for the day. In an eight hour window. You can count To choose and manipulate that eight hour window to whatever works best for your schedule. But this is a really powerful tool not only for weight loss, but just managing overconsumption. And there's actually been a lot of studies longitudinal studies that have shown that people that restrict the the window in which they're eating time restricted eating, also known as intermittent fasting, live healthier and much longer lives. cognitively, they're a bit sharper into older age, and they tend to manage a healthier weight range, the way that that would work would be, you can either start eating at noon, and you would finish eating at eight. So if you got to the airport, and you wanted to get some coffee, that's totally fine. You can have green tea or coffee, that's not gonna break your fast, but you cannot add any milk or creamer or sugar or anything like that, you have to have a plain just black coffee or regular green tea, okay. And then when you get into the office around noon is when you can have your first meal. Now, if you're doing intermittent fasting, you can be a little bit more lenient with your diet. Intermittent Fasting is just one lever that we can manipulate in terms of maintaining, you know, healthy weight, and a healthy mind while we're traveling. Then at dinner, maybe you're going out to dinner with colleagues, in which you can go to the restaurant, we could talk about what healthy options would look like on the menu, how to order a well balanced meal, and then also how to control portions because as you know, here in America, our portions are monstrous. Yes. And we have a tendency when we go out with others to drink, consume alcohol, and we lose all inhibitions. And we feel like the meal is done when the plate is cleared. You know? Yeah. So that's another pitfall that I see too. But that would be how you would set up intermittent fasting is you've kind of structure your day around having two meals, maybe some snacks in there, that's where you bring in those healthy nuts. And you kind of set yourself up by building out the routine of intermittent fasting before you you sawed off on your on your travels.

Guy Guyton:

Okay, so basically I can, I can change the timing, and it doesn't mean I can just eat whatever I want. But I can be a little bit more looser, because part of the part of things is traveling for business is the connections you make over meals and things like that. And if you have if you're, if you add in a lot of restrictions, it ruins some of the travel back component of it. And if you're traveling for fun and pleasure, experiences experiencing other cultures in ternary, things might be part of why you're traveling in the first place. So seems like a couple of just quick things you can change without restricting the types of as you know, without as major triggers as to what the types of things you're you're consuming.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, I'm not going to tell somebody that's going to Italy, not to live off of pasta, gelato and wine. Right? If you're going there. And that's a big reason as to why you're going there. Then please enjoy yourself while you're there.

Guy Guyton:

I just want to know that. New York pizza is the best pizza. I don't care what any Italian tells you. I don't care what anyone from Chicago tells you. You're going Italy get the pizza just so you know that it's not as good as New York.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Okay. Okay. I mean, I've never been to either place. So

Guy Guyton:

I don't even eat pizza. I'm just talking from a travel experience of my colleagues.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Mostly, mostly tap. Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

mostly Tap. Tap. Yeah, I've been with tap Yeah, in New York, in Chicago and Italy. And I've watched him eat all three in New York is the best.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, I lived with a guy for a short while there. And he pretty much lives off of pizza. Yeah. He's much better now. He's much better than he's grown up. Yeah, sure.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, don't tell him. I said that, though. Don't tell him. I won't, I won't.

Brandon Wyrsch:

But in terms of like levers, if you want to be smart, and think of like principles that you can apply while traveling. And this can just be in your everyday life when it comes to eating healthy. there's basically three levers that you can be pulling on caloric restriction, time restriction, and dietary restrictions, you should always be pulling on one of those levers, I recommend pulling on at least two of those levers. So then you kind of have one that's gives you a little bit of freedom. So if you don't want to restrict your dietary habits, and pull on caloric restriction, now back how much you're eating, and then play into that time, restrictive. That intermittent fasting that we talked about. And that right there is is a great place to start when it comes to eating and being healthier, especially while traveling.

Guy Guyton:

Okay, I think that makes sense. But I also know that the diet is in all the components What are your some of your tips you think travelers especially could benefit from? Just keep up the routines or smaller changes to that aren't necessarily from your diet.

Brandon Wyrsch:

So once you get to wherever you're going, right, so we've already knocked out the intermittent fasting thing, that's probably the biggest one, then it's how do you set yourself up for a good night of sleep is for most of us when we're traveling between time zones, especially if you're going to do drastically different time zones, being able to set up your circadian rhythm, which is your day and night cycles. If you guys didn't know, your body has an internal clock, it is heavily reliant on sunlight, and the day and night cycles to be able to orient itself and know what hormones to release. And when, most importantly, when. And you have two hormones, cortisol and melatonin, melatonin you guys are probably familiar with it's really popular sleep aid that people take to help them fall asleep. It's also a hormone that your body naturally produces. So some of the tips that I'm going to give you are going to be oriented around the circadian rhythm and how to reset your internal clock to wherever you're traveling to, and as quickly as possible. So the first tip would be taking a hot shower, if I was traveling to the east coast. And let's say I took, you know, a noon flight out there, I got into the hotel around for I wanted to be in bed around nine or 10. For the next day of meetings or for the next day of festivities, wherever I'm traveling, a great way to help set off the cascade of hormones that will help you sleep is by taking a really piping hot shower before you go to bed. And the reason for that is because your natural drop in core body temperature, when you come out, your body is going to be you know, steaming, you're going to let off all this heat, that drop in core body temperature is actually going to send a cascade of hormones like melatonin, that's going to help you actually get a really nice sort of night of sleep. That'd be one of them.

Guy Guyton:

So you're saying a hot shower, which I've been doing to wake up is going to put me to sleep?

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, I mean, you've heard of taking like a hot bath before you go to bed, you feel relaxed.

Guy Guyton:

That's actually one of my favorites. When I when I flew to China, I think it was 15 or 16 hours of travel and then another like hour and a half to like navigate to the airport and customs and all other stuff. So it's pretty big. And one of the first things took a hot bath and just I think I basically took the L I got there midday and took the owl and just took the rest of the day to build that routine out. And then woke up super early the next morning to just start to explore from then

Brandon Wyrsch:

I think that's it, it's a really powerful tool that you know, you throw the hot shower in there, you know, maybe some exercise first thing in the morning, you know, 30 or 60 minutes of just whatever you can get in whether that's a run, you know, that's something really easy to pack is just like running shoes, wherever you're traveling can be a really powerful tool to reset your circadian rhythm, just 30 minutes of exercise, whether you can do it in your hotel, some push ups or crunches, some calisthenics, some yoga, you know, so many different yoga instructors out there, you can watch a quick video or bring a yoga mat with you or just do it on the floor in the hotel. And getting, you know, 20 minutes of sunlight on our skin. First thing in the morning, all of these things are going to stack you up to like help reset that circadian rhythm and wherever you are. So if I'm traveling to, you know, China, or if I'm going to down to Australia, right, that's a really drastic change. You take the hot shower, you do 30 to 60 minutes of exercise in the morning, and then you do a little bit of sunbathing first thing on the day. People that have fair skin require less time in the sun in order to get the vitamin D levels that we're looking for people with darker skin, darker pigment are going to require much more time in the sun to reach those same vitamin d3 levels that are going to you know, produce things like serotonin, which makes us feel good, which helps us feel relaxed, you know, so a lot of our mood is based on whether or not one we're physically active, but to also getting adequate levels of sunlight. And then this actually leads me into something that I see a lot of people make a mistake of is relying on sleep aids. When we're traveling, I see people with like Ambien, Tylenol PM, melatonin. Yeah,

Guy Guyton:

if you look at any consultant, travel bag, there's definitely that little pouch of just a few key aids and the Z coil is always there for sure. And you know, Advil, things like that it to go to it's a staple.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, and those forms of pseudo sleep are not real sleep. So just because you go to sleep, doesn't mean that you're getting quality restorative sleep. And what I mean by that is like, there's different waves, right? There's different levels. There's REM there's deep sleep, like if you guys have you know, bootstrap or something like that, that track sleep. You guys are probably familiar with some form of sleep cycles. When you're taking Ambien or Tylenol PM, you're only staying in those lighter stages of sleep, and you might wake up the next day being like Oh, I got like Eight or 910 hours, you still feel extremely groggy the following day. The reason being is because you're not actually getting sleep. It's a pseudo form of sleep. So relying on those to be able to help reset your circadian rhythm is actually hurting you in the long run. versus doing some of these these tips that I mentioned earlier. Some healthy alternatives, if you guys are looking for sleep aids, and you don't want to get rid of a little baggie of treats that you can,

Guy Guyton:

no consultants can get rid of entirely.

Brandon Wyrsch:

I would look to alternatives like taking melatonin but taking it responsibly, realize it's a hormone, don't become dependent on it, don't be taking it every single night. Otherwise it loses its effect, and you become desensitized to it. So using melatonin responsibly is really important only use that when you're traveling. And when you absolutely need to. The other thing would be taking something like reishi mushroom.

Guy Guyton:

So receipes PCs seven her

Brandon Wyrsch:

reach ratio reishi mushroom, ri sh reishi mushroom. This adaptogen is a really powerful sleep aid that will not only improve the speed at which you fall asleep, but also the depth of your sleep. So you can look it up. I'll give a free plug here for sig matic.com. I am not affiliated with them in any way shape or form.

Guy Guyton:

company but could be

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, it could be a shout out for SIG Matic love their products. And they have little travel bags, in which you can have individual containers and then the coffee pots that are in every single hotel room. Just pump out some hot water through the coffee pot. And you can put the reishi mushroom right into the water it mixes in you don't need to add anything to it. It tastes great. And you drink that 30 minutes before bed. Right? That would be a healthy alternative to the consumption of these these other sleep aids that we talked about. You know, there's a lot of other teas out there nighttime sleep type teas, but that's the one I found to be the most effective. That was the hot shower is like, then I go to sleep by

Guy Guyton:

now what about what about like, and I think the latest trend is like CBD, things like that. Does that help? Does that hurt? Are those healthy alternatives?

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah, CBD is, is a really powerful anti inflammatory. It's it's two times as potent as Advil with little to no side effects. I'm a big fan of CBD, I have a hard time prescribing it, I guess or like recommending it to people because of the fact that it's not legal in all states, it's definitely a very healthy alternative to a lot of the other sleep aids out there. It's not intended to be asleep, it it's actually like just like a relaxing and an anti inflammatory. So I think because it helps just like calm the muscles relax, people find it very therapeutic, and it allows them to fall asleep. But it's not necessarily directly correlated to sleep or improving sleep, there's still a lot more studies that need to be done on whether or not it impedes our sleep. We know THC does, but we don't know if CBD does.

Guy Guyton:

Got it. Okay. So there are there are several alternatives we can think through than just, I think a lot of it from a traveling perspective. And ultimately, for some of the consultants, it's it's ritual, it's accessibility, you know, everyone kind of has the same travel hacks, and you kind of learn those and go through it over time. But I think a lot of consultants fall into that same pitfall of building the bad routines, and then kind of doubling down on them in these situations. And then you have a lot of, I would say not social pressure, but social commitments, right from eating and from the amount of time you have and things of that nature to things can be hard. So I think the tips you laid out are definitely going to be helpful, something I'm looking forward to implementing. Once we get back to normal layers here,

Brandon Wyrsch:

it's stuff I would say, building out a routine at home. First, I'm just going to set you up for the most success when traveling because then you can implement those same routines wherever you travel. So if your morning routine is wake up, slam some water, do you know 10 minutes of yoga, and a little bit of journaling, then doing that wherever you're going, is automatically going to help synchronize that circadian rhythm that we were talking about before, because those are the habits that you're that you've already programmed into your body, in your daily routines, but then also having an evening routine. You know, a lot of people when they're traveling, they have a tendency of wanting to turn on the television in their hotel room and stay up until you know, one two o'clock in the morning. Not realizing that the blue light that's emitted from their TVs is zapping them Have a good night asleep or they're on their cell phones, you know, and vice versa. That's actually another thing I wanted to bring up blue light blocking glasses. That's been a game changer for me. So if you don't have a pair of those, I highly recommend it. So if you do have to do some late night work like you said, You know sometimes your schedule Not your own, when you're traveling, you have a lot of work commitments, whatever, having a pair of that so that when you are up late at night, the blue light that's emitted from your screen isn't altering your circadian rhythm. Because if you didn't know, the blue light mimics that of the sun. So it's basically signaling to your body that it's still daytime. And so you're not emitting those those nighttime hormones like melatonin to help you sleep. So if you think TV is actually helping you sleep, it's not it's, it's hurting your sleep.

Guy Guyton:

It's exactly why we don't have a TV in the bedroom, and I try to go screenless, the, you know, the hour before I'm going to bed and just journal, spend some time in the journal, spend some time reading or listening to a podcast. The last point home, it's available every week. But every hour before bed, you know, you get sorry, listen to

Brandon Wyrsch:

also check out F dot L UX, you don't have that app on your computer, it's completely free. And it'll actually remove some of the blue light from your devices, specifically your computer. So if you do have to work at night, I recommend downloading that app to super helpful if you don't want to buy the glasses.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, I mean, I think the the glasses are getting more and more accessible. So it's definitely the one but I've been using flux forever as well. I only recently stopped using it here. It's interesting enough, a lot of my monitors actually have some that built in and you can test the timing and things like that. So there's probably a few a few options as well.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Absolutely. And I think the blue light glasses are becoming a little bit more stylish. I think that was the big foe paws orange lenses. And they had not the best designs so they

Guy Guyton:

look. What do you mean those are styling? So I would still rock those don't? Don't you get it twisted my next next Instagram photo right? Blue Light glasses. Watch me. Here we go.

Brandon Wyrsch:

I mean, now they are but back then they weren't?

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, no, I'll go find one little pair. I'll make that a thing again.

Brandon Wyrsch:

You let me know cuz you rock glasses way better than I do So Alright, so I have a question for you. Because we've been talking a lot about traveling lately and getting a passport and what that would look like, Where Where would be a good place to go? Like my first trip out of the country? Because I'm sorry for all the listeners of the podcast. I actually don't have a passport. I know, I still have not traveled out of the country. I have done a lot of traveling in the United States. A lot of traveling in my backyard, but I have not traveled outside the country. Where would you recommend I go,

Unknown:

I would lay that out in a few different ways. One is being in California, when you talk about your backyard. And this is one of the greatest states you can be in to just explore your backyard. There's so much to do here. People I know been here for 1020 years still haven't even broached that. Right? So I would ask you two questions, right? What do you do if you had 24 hours in yours by yourself? So you know, would it be concerts, music food would drive you the most? If you were to go on a trip? Would you want to over the experience? Or would you want to go to adventure and activities or to relax in value? I would probably have to say relaxation. Just because the stress of everyday stuff. I kind of like an escape from that. Yeah. So that would probably be the primary motivator. So going somewhere in which I'd feel like I'm on a vacation would be like the most exciting for me. That would be the big driving factor. Yeah, so 22 2021 one of the things that's going to open up the quickest is Thanksgiving Mexico, in Cancun, wanna so I travel, obviously travel every week for work, then try to do like an international trip every month. And I do owe it to domestic trips in a month to you know, one of them subbing out, but International. So it's a lot of trips is a lot of volume, and you kind of get tired and worn out. So my favorite spot to go is coming every year toward you know, little break between Christmas and New Year's and do it often. That is my favorite spot for going to an all inclusive location where there's a lot of adventures and things you can do culturally outside of Cancun. So, to finito is just one of the new Seven Wonders of the World is also in Mexico City, you can get a day trip there, there's a lot of beaches, traveling spots to do the food, the cuisine is fantastic. And the coolest thing that I explored there as a sidenote, a giant sinkhole where you jump in, and it's just mineral water it's supposed to do. So, you know, if you travel and you get Jamba Juice in the morning, every week, but then, you know, you add 20 years to your life. I think that's a statistical fact. I'm going to ask my producer to double check that but they're awesome. I mean, there's a lot of them have rope swings, you can jump into or jump from and they're, they're definitely worth it. And there's a lot of like underground caves and things too. So if you're a little bit more And if you're if you're training for an Ironman for per se, and you have the lung capacity, you could do a little underwater spelunking, too. So there's, I think there's a lot of mini adventures you can do. But also one of the cooler spots for an all inclusive, which is my kind of go to for getaway vacation and roll that Dominica Dominican Republic, you can get a lot of that I would say less, less on the side adventures unless you're planning it ahead. And you kind of know the companies because there's some things that are some of the resorts, if you're staying on the resorts, they really pride themselves in on the quality there and the value. So those are the two quick, low hanging fruit for your first time trip out of the country.

Brandon Wyrsch:

But that would be like traveling on training wheels, right?

Guy Guyton:

It would be it would be your speed. I mean, my first trip international was Brazil, I went to for Carnival, so about as extreme as I think you can get. And this was a time during the 2016 elections, and all that other fun stuff going on. I think Brazil was going through the World Cup and Olympics in the same year. Yeah, so there was a lot of development, a lot of things are moving on. And when you go to a different country, and you don't know the language to it can definitely be a challenge. So think about Mexico, obviously, Spanish is the primary language, but you will always have the ability to have someone near you speak English for some time, but a lot of natural language is Portuguese. And a lot of folks study it's a couple years of Spanish in school, very American thing to do or taste entirely different language. People will often think oh yeah, it's really close. It's not. So getting lost and reading and things like that. It's a lot harder. Mexico, you don't have that. So I wouldn't call it training wheels. But definitely a good first time trip.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Okay, I'm definitely gonna check that out then. Because I know you've been pressuring me for a while now to do this. So I mean, I'm down. I'm excited.

Guy Guyton:

Well, the other I mean, honestly, it's obviously our first trip. I think it's gonna be to Canada. I would love to go to bam. And I think all those mountains up there would be fantastic summer or winter, I think. I think the debate would be if we go summer winter.

Brandon Wyrsch:

I mean, I'm down for either because I love snowboarding. So anywhere up in Canada would be sick. I would love to check out some of the ski resorts that they have up there. But also, in the summertime after seeing Peter McKinnon going up to Banff and taking that photo. I was like obsessed with that area. I want to see that mountain range in that lake. So that would be a really cool place. Plus, I love the mountains. So

Guy Guyton:

I'd love to get some drone shots up there. Some smooth, smooth, buttery B roll. Oh,

Brandon Wyrsch:

yeah. Amazing Sony that you have there. I mean, gaming for Tahoe.

Guy Guyton:

Tahoe is gonna be pretty epic this year to season passes.

Brandon Wyrsch:

I mean, that's like one of those things where, like, if you guys aren't checking out your like, backyard. And we talked about this earlier, like, this is one of my favorite things to do. I love California, I take a bunch of camping trips all throughout California. And like Tahoe is just a hidden gem. Most people grew up in California. I've only been to Tahoe once or I've never been there. Yet people travel all the way around the world to check out this one spot. So it's like if you haven't checked out your own backyard is like, you know, what are you doing? Especially here now? Now's the time.

Guy Guyton:

Now's the time we're all locked up California is I mean, I've I've kind of living living in New York. town was probably my number one destination when I come out here. Yep. Right. The thing I like about it. It's like do you go, especially in the Bay Area to build on? I don't think I don't think people always understand that in the Bay Area. It's kind of the middle of state geographically. It's not really north.

Brandon Wyrsch:

And it's always something with North Cal. Maybe a lot of people that would be mad at you saying that, by the way. If you consider if you consider the bay area to be central California .Those are fighting.

Guy Guyton:

Yeah, it's not I get it. It's geographically near the center of this. Yeah,

Brandon Wyrsch:

I would I would agree. I would agree.

Unknown:

But I mean, Tahoe, it was only a couple hours north, right. It's a really easy trip. And you don't get a lot of snow in the bay, but you get snow up there. So every time you see snow, it's like this choice. And it's great. And it's so I'm excited for more trips up there this year. I mean, I've gone. I don't know three or four. I feel like I go two or three times a year. And now that I'm here and I'm season past again, it's it's a recipe for a lot of fun, exciting things.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Oh yeah. Another Kirkwood trip, a little bit of pow pow.

Unknown:

Mm hmm. We just we just need that rain. We just need that. That's next storm to come. So some of you do a rain dance, man. We need some rain out here.

Guy Guyton:

Oh, that'd be a great idea. We need rain. Can we just get like a group tribe of like the five of us? Well, you know, our group would be down to do that. That'd be so funny.

Brandon Wyrsch:

100% Yeah, we got it. We gotta make that a reality. No doubt, man.

Guy Guyton:

So Randy, how do you learn all these Travel Tips all these helped him and how can we find out more about you if you're curious if we have questions?

Brandon Wyrsch:

Yeah. So I kind of got my My chops, I guess you could say back when I used to work in software sales was traveling to the east coast a lot is out there at least like once or twice a month, visiting different brokerages and stuff. So that's where I got a lot of my traveling in, was traveling to New England, that area spent quite a few months out there. And once I hit the age of like, 2526, my body was just starting to wear down, I also blew out my knee. So I tore my ACL. And that caused me to really reflect on, you know, my health and my age and what I wanted to do and what I was passionate about. And one of the things that I really wanted to do more of was help people and be an educator. And so I decided to go back to school, I quit my job, and I'm currently working to get my master's in nutrition and dietetics become a registered dietitian. And really, over the last three years, I've just been self taught, you know, I went back to school, but outside of school, I've been doing a deep dive into this world of nutrigenomics and how our habits and lifestyles diet plays a factor on us and as we age and so yeah, that's that's really my passion. You know, my, I would say that's my purpose in life is to help people live healthier, more fulfilling lives, by teaching them how to be healthy, healthy, and well. So if you guys, you know, have any questions or want to reach out to me, you can follow me on Instagram at Brandon Welsh, that's why Rs, ch, I also have a YouTube channel, where I put out content, just a little 810 minute videos about certain things that I'm interested in, that might help you out. And yeah, you can also follow me on Facebook. I'm going to be having a blog pretty soon here on the new website, which I'm excited about. So stay tuned for that at Brandon works calm. And yeah,

Guy Guyton:

that's awesome. Yeah, it's been a minute fan of the channel for a while I love the YouTube videos and things, a lot of great content and great detail. But I'm super excited for how you make that shorter and condense it for for Instagram to just some of the Quick Hits. And if you want to get more detailed to go to YouTube to definitely would recommend I would highly encourage you that way. And you know, Brandon, it's been it's been great talking to you, man. Appreciate it.

Brandon Wyrsch:

Thank you, brother. And likewise, you're a huge inspiration for for me and a lot of our friends. I love the work that you're doing. And I love the how creative you are with the content. I'm a big fan of yours big fan of your content. And you're a huge inspiration for all of us. So thank you so much for moving out to California. To you, I get to absorb some of that energy and keep doing what you're doing, man. Love it.

Guy Guyton:

And I really appreciate it. And obviously I don't think I don't think the world's ready for what's coming out this winter. We I think we'll we'll bring you back on the show to talk more about that. But more more to come for sure. Man, I'm excited. All right, well, hey, travelers, that's our show for this week. We really appreciate Brandon providing some insights into our traveling pitfalls. And you know, feel free to reach out to him. Say hi for me, leave a little love. We'll leave all this info in the show notes below. And hey, if you have any questions about the episode or travel tips and travel hacks in general, reach out to me as well. You can tweet me your questions at travel with guy underscore or feel free to shoot me a DM on Instagram at travel with God. If you haven't already, make sure you subscribe so you don't miss any of our episodes. We post new episodes weekly. And if you like what you heard, please leave a rating and review. It really helps if you're looking for any of the tools that Brandon or I talked about in the show. We'll also make sure those are in the show notes below for you can just download the week's recap. Alright, so until next time travelers peace