Travel Tips

HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WHILE TRAVELLING

“Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live” – Jim Rohn

We find it important during our travels to keep fit and healthy. Here are a few tips we find useful to stay healthy while travelling.

1. Get proper nutrition

Eating out comes naturally with travelling, but this does not mean you have to gorge yourself on takeaway and all you can eat buffets. Start your day with fresh fruit, yogurt and cereals rather than fried breakfasts. Don’t overeat, especially at buffets and avoid junk food snacks. Drink lots of water – it is so important to stay hydrated. We try to only drink water while away to ensure we are getting enough water intake on our adventurous trips. Also, pack your multi vitamins to make sure you top up on any vitamins you miss while away.

2. Meditate and get enough sleep

Meditation is a great way to reduce stress that you may feel during a long adventure. It will also help sharpen your mind and keep you focused, giving you that 15-20 minutes a day to just sit, relax your mind and reflect on your time spent away. Just as exercise is important while travelling, so is rest. Getting enough sleep is crucial for you to stay physically and mentally healthy.

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3. Bring along a fitness DVD

Got some spare time in the morning or night and your hotel doesn’t have a gym? Bring along an exercise DVD you can view on your laptop.

4. Pack small workout tools

Along side your fitness DVD, why not bring along an easy to pack fitness tool such as rubber resistance bands.

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5. Stock up on healthy snacks

Move all those chocolate bars in the mini fridge aside and pop in some healthy snacks, like fresh fruits, yogurt and salad ingredients. You are then all organised with some healthy treats when feeling peckish.

6. Explore by foot

If you are going to explore new neighbourhoods and cities why not explore by foot? We find this helps us so much in keeping fit and getting the daily sunshine we need. You may also stumble upon a new place you never would of seen.

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Do you have any tips on keeping healthy while you are travelling? We would love to hear in the comment section below, Tweet us or leave a post on Facebook.

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  • I agree with all of these tips! The most important for me was workout DVDs, as it’s not always appropriate to go running or to the gym, especially in a new place!

    • do you have any favourite workout DVDs you can recommend?

      • Yes! Anything with Jillian Michaels is great and usually work well in small spaces :).

  • I do most of these things as well 🙂 I don’t bring a DVD but have a workout routine that’s easy to do at the hotel (there’s always a table, a chair or the back of a sofa that can be used to do a good workout). Besides from that I like to go running – I find it a great way to explore a new area. To start the day I like to ‘drink my greens’ but so far that’s obviously easiest to get a hold of when you are in a bigger city 🙂

    • ohhh you will have to give us some of your green drink recipes 🙂

      • Haha yes, for sure! – I have plenty 🙂

  • I always watch YouTube fitness videos like Blogilates, which require little if any equipment, while I’m traveling. The hotel’s wifi and your iphone or laptop is all you need!

    • Great idea! Never heard of blogilates…will have to check them out.

    • I do the same Anna, except I use tone it up youtube videos 🙂

  • Katie McGrain

    I always bring a jump rope and find a park or corner somewhere I can do some circuit training!

  • Once of the things I miss the most when traveling is my nutribullet. I drink at least two veggie/fruits smoothies every single day, and although I try to eat lots of fruits and vegetables when traveling I def don’t get the same amount.

    • This is exactly the same for me!! We are going on a big trip beginning of next year and I was weighing up the pros and cons of just packing my nutribullet along with me!!! haha

  • Explore by foot is my favourite way to keep fit and explore a new place! It’s the best workout because it never gets boring walking around a new place.

  • WHONEEDSMAPS

    There is apparently an app that is great for like 10 minute workouts that you can do in your hotel room, that might be easier than a DVD! 🙂

  • When travelling I consider walking tours are good exercise, but talking about food I eat any local food that’s my down fall I never diet when away

  • I do the walking and the sleeping, but it’s the food (and the drink!) that always does for me!

  • Mindi @ 2foodtrippers

    We like to walk a lot when we travel, both to get a feel for the area and also to burn calories.

  • I love the explore by foot bit! We don’t get much exercise when we’re at home (unless we hit the gym) because the streets in Mumbai aren’t exactly made for walking. However, I remember a 4 hour walk on our first night in Paris. So yeah, bit thumbs up on the walking bit.

  • Kristen Sarra

    Great tips. I always make sure when travelling to a new place that I get in at least one hiking day in each place. There’s normally something to hike anywhere you are whether it’s a mountain, sand dune, or glacier!

    • hiking a glacier would definitely be a great workout… and a fantastic story to tell once you arrive back home 🙂

  • Christine Messina

    It is VERY hard for me to stay healthy while I travel. Thanks for the great tips!

  • Sumit Surai

    Great tips! I personally walk a lot while traveling as its the best way to know a new place.

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  • Allison

    I always try to only walk while I’m traveling, but it’s so hard for me to force myself to workout at the end of the day while traveling. At home, I love doing kettle bells, but sadly I can’t bring those with me 🙁 I always bring Chia Seeds though to add to drinks, and they help keep me full and energized!

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