By Michele Smith
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Here’s the deal. When ANYONE goes on vacation, they need a vacation. I am talking no phone calls from my agent and on that note, even from my Italian grandmother (don’t get me wrong – I love, love, love her, just need a phone break).

I get asked a bunch of times how you should stay healthy on vacation. Well, I have to be honest. I will splurge and have a hamburger and even spend the day at the pool bar. Shhh. It happens, but there are a couple of things I do on most of my days off to actually keep my figure in check despite the occasional happy hour Pina Colada.

I always bring tennis shoes with me. If you are headed somewhere that is safe and does not have a gym, I walk, hike and whatever else i can do. You name it. I love this form of exercise and the cool part is that I take photos on the way. Again, I am not answering my phone, but I do take cool pictures along the way.

Also, I always ask the concierge if there is hiking trail or map I can have. When the weather is nice, I head outdoors. When it is not so nice, I head indoors. Yes, unfortunate the hotel gym has a bunch of lookie-loo’s but you know what? I have a cool trick to share. You should always bring headphones with you – whether you are listening to music or not. If you have headphones plugged into your ears, the less chance you have some creepy dude talking to you while you work out. After all, I am there to work out not to get hit on, but I am pretty sure you get my point. I also research my lodging destination prior – if there is a pool, I bring a bathing suit. This is also a great form of exercise even if I cannot do laps, but even hang on to an edge and kick away.

What do I eat is another thing people always ask me. I always limit my carbs to the a.m. I think everyone needs to eat according to their body type, but the only time I ever eat toast is in the am. Or, tortillas for that matter. It’s actually less bread (well maybe according to me). The rest of the time I am all about meat and veggies/fruit. And, by meat I mean chicken or fish.

Don’t get me wrong … I love a medium rare steak with blue cheese topping, but unless you want a recipe for a heart attack this is not an everyday meal. Last, and certainly not least I try not to eat after 6 p.m.  or 7 p.m. at the very latest. In my book, late eating is totally bad for you. The other option I choose is to simply have small snacks throughout the day. I actually pack snacks when I travel and especially when I travel abroad. I think you need to do what works for you, but this pattern certainly works for me.