We are finally getting some flashes of summertime weather over here in the UK, and Lindsay and I are soaking up as much as we can. Summer is my favorite season in England— the days are long and if you’re lucky it gets warm but not too hot, so it’s perfect for day-long outdoor escapades. But my favorite part about summer is taking the time to travel. Lindsay and I both have some exciting trips coming up, so we thought we’d do a series on how to take care of your voice when you’re on the road. Here are some quick tips for good vocal care while traveling:
- Stay Hydrated. This one is important all the time, but especially if you’re traveling on planes, where the altitude and dry recycled plane air can really dry out the vocal folds. Choose water over sugary drinks or tea/coffee. Alcohol is always dehydrating but is especially so on planes. So if you decide to imbibe, make sure you also drink plenty of water.
- Take care of your body. To take care of the voice, you have to start by taking care of the body. Traveling, particularly when it involves sitting for long hours at a time, can be hard on the body. It can cause extraneous tension and pain as well as swelling, none of which is great for having the loose, free alignment you need to produce clear, healthy sound. So once you arrive, make sure you take some time to stretch your body, even if just for 5 minutes. (We have some lovely body sequences in the Voice For Beginners section you could use as a guide). It’s also a good idea to take care of your body while you’re in transit, particularly if it’s a long journey. Yoga with Adriene (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHTcr7F1QiY) has an excellent airplane sequence which you can do while sitting in a chair. No one will even know you’re stretching— it’s amazing! I did this sequence several times the last time I flew back to the States, and it made a huge difference not only in how I felt on the day of travel, but in how quickly my body recovered from the travel in the days that followed.
- Find 5 minutes a day to do a brief Vocal Warm up/check-in: It can be hard to find time when you’re traveling to warm up your voice, but doing something brief each day will keep you in the zone and keep your voice strong and healthy while you’re traveling. I tend to stick with things I can do while I get ready for my day, like a lot of humming up and down my range and making fricative sounds while checking in with support. (Check out some of our voice warm ups if you’re not sure what I’m talking about!) I do these while I’m showering, dressing, getting my hair ready, etc, just to check in and warm things up a bit. It means I don’t totally get out of the habit of warming up my voice, and my voice feels better while I’m on vacation.
Do you have any other tips to maintain a healthy voice and vocal routine while traveling? We would love to hear them. Until then, happy and safe travels!
Take good care,