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Hey! I'm Emily - a NC based outdoor lover whose goal is to share enjoyable movement and free fitness spots, pet-friendly adventure spots, and highlight small businesses both near and far that are worth visiting. I spent 4 years in Asia as a child and since then have traveled to 38 countries and 33 states, so I'm generally more comfortable traveling than staying at home.
About 2 years ago, I decided to combine two of my biggest passions (travel and wellness) to create my blog, The Planking Traveler. Over the years, many of my trips have been ruined by my own sickness because I would throw “healthy” out the window once I left for vacation. Though everyone needs some time to indulge, I realized that being healthy is a lifestyle to embrace and not something to abandon while on the go.
I love sharing about fitness and health - this post of mine is currently ranking near the top of page 1 on Google: https://theplankingtraveler.com/2019/01/03/fitness-motivation-getting-paid-to-be-active-a-review-of-the-stepbet-app/
A few of my other featured articles on travel and health:
I enjoy collaborating with brands, fellow bloggers, and small businesses who share my focus on healthy living and healthy travel, optimal nutrition, and non-toxic products. I am open to working with tourism boards, hotels, brands, and small businesses and can offer a number of different promotional packages tailored to meet the individual needs of you or your client. My media kit is available upon request.
Services offered include:
Product Reviews Guest posts Proofreading Sponsored/collaborative content Giveaways Social media campaigns Event attendance and coverage
*All posts containing sponsored content of any kind will be marked with a disclaimer within the post. Any reviews or content created by The Planking Traveler will reflect the honest and unbiased opinion of the writer, hence no guarantee will be made of a positive review.
Thanks to my United Explorer Card, I get 2 free United Club passes immediately upon approval for the card and upon each card anniversary. If you’ve never been to a United Club Lounge, they offer you free food, drinks, wifi, plentiful charging stations, free newspapers and a quiet place to avoid the hustle and bustle of the airport. My husband got me this water purifier for Valentine’s Day this year and I’m so thankful we will have it for our trip since the water in Ecuador is not safe to drink. We didn’t want to keep buying single-use plastic water bottles, and this allows us to have the water filtered in only 8 seconds, with no waiting on pumps or gravity bags.
Something I'm realizing more and more as I get closer to 40 - my body aches and feels sore a lot more after exercise! 💪💪💪😒😒😒😒😧😧😵☹️😧😧😧🏐🏐🏐🏐 I also have a lot of neck and shoulder tension from my job, so I'm thankful that @brazilianmenthol sent me their Muscle #PainRelief Roller. #BrazilianMenthol is a new naturally-effective topical pain reliever. The proprietary formula of Natural Menthol & Epsom Salts create a non-greasy, cooling relief that goes deep to relieve pain fast! I've been putting it on at night before bed to help with pain and it has helped me to relax and sleep better 😴 💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤💤 I've linked this product in my profile if you're in need of some relief for your own sore muscles!
a cruising aficionado, have never cruised, or are just looking for ways to make more sustainable choices when you travel, I hope all of you will enjoy this informative guest post from Julie M. Smith of Go, Green Mamas! That’s why I believe that it is crucial to have this guide to green cruising in planning your next vacation at sea. In 2019, it was found that Disney Cruise Lines gets the best grade overall by far when it comes to environmental practices. Once you’ve chosen your best cruise ship option for green cruising, there are numerous additional steps you can take in planning and preparing for a cruise that is gentler on the environment.
Fast forward about 8 years, and I was thrilled to find out there was a salt cave near me in Winston-Salem, North Carolina called Himalayan Hideaway. Thankfully, this time I didn’t have any breathing issues, but my husband and I booked a session with a friend of ours who was having some respiratory issues after being around mold. The salt cave can accommodate up to 8 people at a time, and you can reserve the entire cave for private events. We thoroughly enjoyed our time at the Himalayan Hideaway and our friend who had breathing issues noticed a marked improvement after we left, which was such a blessing!
Road trips are the best, aren't they? I often get off track with my nutrition when stopping at gas stations because I'm hangry and just want all the junk food. I hope you enjoy today's post on how to find healthy options at gas stations. Link is in my profile. What's your go to snack for the car? #healthysnacksonthego #gasstationsnacks #healthytravel #fuelyourbodywell #eatingwell #nutritionfirst #foodismedicine #healthyeverywhere #holistichealthcoach #healingfoods #goodfoodchoices #linkinbio #nutritionblogger
When I select my snacks, I look for high protein content (helps with muscle building and repair, satiety, and weight management), no refined sugar and no artificial preservatives. Here is an excerpt from Kalahari Biltong’s website about how they discovered this amazing healthy snack: Kalahari Biltong was started after the adventure of a lifetime – where three best friends traveled to South Africa to race a total of 175 miles in an Ironman and Ultra Marathon, all within 6 days. Imagine the tenderness and texture of prosciutto, the lean protein of jerky, and the beef flavor of steak tartare. From that point on we knew there was no going back to endless gnawing on dry, damaged-by-high-heat, and pumped-full-of-artificial-ingredient jerky, that we have been suffering from in the USA.
Cruises are SO much fun, but at what cost to the environment? After learning about how Carnival has continued to blatantly ignore regulations and polluted the ocean, I resolved never to cruise with them again. (Granted, many other cruise lines do this too, but this just hit me the hardest because I had been on 4 cruises with Carnival before I found out about their practices) The good news 🌏💚💚💚💚 I enjoyed learning about many other eco-friendly and greener cruising options thanks to this guest post from @gogreenmamas Be sure to check it out at the link in my profile or head over to www.theplankingtraveler.com. #livinggreen #greenlifestyle #greencruises #cleantheworld #letsguide #ecofriendlytravel #voluncruising #sustainablecruise #sustainabletravel #travelfar #bekindtotheearth #knowmoredobetter