6 Tips for Staying Active When You Travel

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Some people use traveling as an excuse to just lay on the beach and not lift a finger. Others can’t wait to get active in another country. Whichever side of the fence you’re on, these tips will help you increase your activity levels when you travel. You may even get back home feeling healthier than when you left!

Man running
Man running

1. Drink loads of water

Water acts as an antioxidant and gives your body valuable nutrients and minerals. By ensuring you drink plenty of water each day, you refresh and energize your body, and ensure that you can go for longer. This is even more important if you are traveling to a country that is really hot and humid. One of the best things you can do is invest in a water filtering bottle like the LifeStraw Go, so you can drink water wherever you are.

2. Take the stairs

It’s tempting to think of pampering yourself a little more when you are traveling, but this isn’t necessarily going to help you keep fit and healthy. Got a hotel room on the top floor? It can be tempting to take the elevator. However, taking the stairs as much as you can is one of the best things you can do to remain active and work off some of those calories.

3. Extreme sports

Another of the wonderful ways of keeping fit during your travels is to look at taking up some extreme sports. There are plenty of opportunities for this in the world, and this can give you an exhilarating and active experience. Often, activities like white water rafting and bungee jumping will be covered as part of your insurance plan meaning you can just go ahead and do them! What could be more fun than jumping off a bridge, attached to a bungee cord? The adrenaline is sure to get your heart beating fast.

People on flow during daylight
People on flow during daylight

4. Sightseeing

Sightseeing is one of the best things because it allows you to check out the tourist attractions in the area, and you can also be a little active at the same time. A good example of this would be looking at visiting an active volcano. Climbing an active volcano, such as Mount Etna or Kīlauea, is a breathtaking experience and a great way of staying active. It won’t even feel like exercise when you have those kinds of views.

5. Track your steps

A good way to keep your active focus is to ensure that you track your movement. Wearing something like a pedometer or Fitbit is one of the best ways of doing this. You can track your progress and see how well you are doing, and know when you need to step it up a bit. This will help put you in the zone and inspired to keep moving.

6. Get moving!

Try to avoid public transport as much as possible, and instead try to walk or run everywhere. Walking when you travel is a great way to burn a lot of calories, and an even better way to explore your chosen destination. Don’t fancy walking or running? Even dancing around your accommodation will get that blood pumping in the mornings.

As you can see, these are some of the best ways of staying active while you travel, and getting that health kick while you see the world. If there is anything we’ve forgotten to include, please let us know in the comments below.

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Emily Scott

Emmy is a freelance travel writer residing in the UK, juggling looking after her 5 and 2-year-old boys with her writing. With her work spanning from how to look after your family to travelling with them, she writes from experience to provide authentic and useful tips to parents across the world.


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