I’ve been in Melbourne for over two months now, and this is the first time I’m really getting out and doing the ‘touristy’ thing. Sure, living somewhere lets you see a lot more than if you we’re just visiting, but it’s also easy to fall into a routine and forget to get out there and see the unique sights. I didn’t even really realize how much I’ve been getting a bit stir-crazy in this urban setting until the campa’ was booked last week. Now I’m just itching to get out of the city.
The plan is to see the Great Ocean Road over three days. I’m heading onto the road with my boyfriend, who is an avid cyclist. He’ll cycle and I’ll drive. I plan to stop often to relax, hike a little and soak up the natural setting. We’ll be stretching the 6.5 hour drive over two days, so there will be plenty of time to unwind and explore the area. I’ve been really busy these past couple of weeks, so it’s going to be a much-needed getaway. I know what I need right now is some time to unwind and ground myself.
I also know that I want to make sure I feed myself restorative foods to help my body feel relaxed and supported, so I’m finally sitting down to figure out a meal plan. I really love planning what I’m going to eat on shorter trips because I know that it will help me stick to healthy foods and will take all the guess-work out of meals when I could be exploring or just doing nothing.
The main considerations when you’re planning your meals for a trip are the tools you’ll have on hand, the activities you’ll be doing, and of course how many meals you’ll need. If you want to eat a meal out, plan for it. Look up healthy restaurants in the areas you’ll be in so that you can stick to your good eating habits.
In this case I’ll be travelling with a camper van. I’ll have an element to cook on, a small refrigerated cooler, and some utensils. Pretty basic. Here’s a rough idea of what I plan to eat:
Breakfast: At home before we head out. Will probably blend up a smoothie.
Lunch: Veggies with hummus. Going to keep this one simple as we’ll be driving a lot the first day so I don’t need anything heavy. Will bring carrots, celery, broccoli and cucumber.
Dinner: Fajitas without the shell. This is one of my favourite fast, easy recipes. Simply cook up fajita fixings in coconut oil (onion, peppers and if you like, some chicken or shrimp), top with a bit of cilantro and serve with freshly chopped pico de gallo and avocado. Filling and oh so good.
Breakfast: Quinoa and baked apples. Quinoa is so great for travelling because it’s so easy to make and stores well. I just ‘fry’ a few sliced apples in coconut oil and with some cinnamon and then mix it up with the quinoa for a hearty breaky.
Lunch: For lunch I plan on eating out today. Because sometimes you just need a break.
Dinner: Noodle salad. Some fast-cooking rice noodles and a bunch of chopped veggies make this easy. I will make the dressing ahead of time so I don’t have to bring all the individual ingredients.
Breakfast: Mango with homemade ultra-healthy ‘granola’. I eat this often here in Australia, partly because the mangos are so damn good, partly because I feel amazing when I start my day with this powerhouse.
Lunch: Quinoa salad. With the leftover quinoa I made yesterday for breakfast, I’ll add some chopped fresh veggies, most likely green onions, lettuce, sprouts and cucumber. Then I usually make a simple dressing out of lemon and olive oil, which can also be made ahead of time.
Dinner: We’ll eat dinner at home…and will probably just throw something together quickly or even eat at one of our go-to healthy restaurants in Melbourne.
Have you ever lived out of a camper van for a few days? What did you find yourself eating? I’d love to hear about your adventure.