5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy While Travelling

29
Sep
2014

One of the cool things about living in a place like Grenada, is you get to meet people from all over the world.  A couple hardcore travel bloggers have been here for the past few months and I’ve had a great time getting to know them.  They’ve been on the road for the past 5 years and never plan on stopping.  It’s very inspiring and exciting.

Today, Nick from Goats on the Road is here to tell you about:

5 easy ways to stay healthy while travelling

Whether you’re going on a vacation, or on a round-the-world trip there’s always the risk of becoming unhealthy. Those beach bars, hammocks and lounge chairs can be all too tempting when you’re on the road, which is why so many people gain weight, eat junk foods and become lazy.

So, how do you counteract the backpacker belly? How can you get motivated to work out while on holiday? What steps can you take to keep your body in tip-top shape?

Take Your Vitamins

Some places in the world simply don’t care about a balanced diet. You won’t find beef in India, you’ll be eating a lot of greasy food in China, loads of carbs in Italy and no vegetables in Mongolia! If you’re planning to go to a country where you know your diet will be lacking some essentials, take some supplements with you. Heading to India? Consider bringing some iron pills. Planning a trip to Mongolia? Pack along some omega, vitamin A and vitamin C pills. Another idea is to pop some probiotics as well, these help immensely when it comes to fighting off stomach and digestion problems.

People always talk about mental culture shock when they visit a new place, but your body doesn’t need to experience physical culture shock as well. Take some supplements to try to balance your diet. Make sure you’re getting everything your body needs to stay healthy.

Assortment of vitamin pills

Trek

One of the great parts of travelling is having the opportunity to get out and go for a good hike. Instead of just lying around your hotel’s pool or sipping margaritas on the beach, consider exploring your destination on foot. You don’t need to go for a multi-day trek (although they are often highly recommended), you just need to get out and go for a walk. In Grenada, and many other parts of the world, you can take part in a Hash. Hashes are a social run/walk, where lots of locals and travellers meet up and head off into the hills to get some exercise. This is a great way to meet new people, get a good workout and see parts of the country that you would otherwise miss.

Do Yoga

Yoga is possibly the best exercise that you can do while on the road. You don’t need much, just a few minutes a day and some will power. You don’t even need a mat! If you’re heading somewhere on the beach, considering hitting the sand in the early morning or during sunset and stretch it out. Don’t want to be in public? Even if you have a tiny hotel room, you should still have enough space to do some classic yoga stretches. A great way to keep up with yoga on the road is to check out YouTube for some free classes from beginner to intermediate. Follow along and get your stretches in every day, you’ll feel much better for it.

Sunset Yoga

Eat Well & Cook For Yourself

It’s not always easy to eat well while on the road. In countries like Mexico and England, the national cuisine isn’t exactly the healthiest. Think deep-fried meat pockets, fish’n’chips and a ton of beer! But you don’t always have to eat the fattening local food. While you should definitely try all of the best national dishes, consider renting an apartment so that you can cook some meals for yourself. Head down to the docks and pick up the fresh catch of the day and prepare a delicious fish meal! Loving The Bike also has some great recipes like this one that can easily be cooked in a hostel or apartment kitchen. Not only will cooking some meals for yourself be good on the waist band, it will also be good on the wallet, as food bought in grocery stores is much cheaper than at restaurants.

Travel On Your Own Steam

Probably the best tip for staying healthy while on the road is to travel by bike or on foot. Consider a cycle trip so that instead of taking a bus or taxi, you can ride your bike from point A to point B. If you don’t want to pack your bike on the plane, consider renting a bike at your destination. There are usually dozens of places for bike rental and you can get out of the city, town or village and really go exploring.

backpack for trekking mongolia

Make sure your backpack’s comfortable! This was an exceptionally heavy day of trekking in Mongolia.

Another great way to travel is by foot. Pack extremely light and just carry a small backpack from one place to the next. Walking around on foot is a great way to see a country, meet new people along the way and get some exercise while travelling.

Stay Fit, Stay Active & Stay Travelling!

There you have it… 5 easy ways to stay healthy while on the road. It may not be the most enjoyable thing to think about when you’re planning for a trip, but along with the beaches, swim-up pools and spas, consider adding some fitness to your travel plans. Staying fit and eating well will not only make sure that you don’t gain unwanted weight while on the road, but it will help your immune system to stay strong and fight off any viruses and bacteria that your body may not be used to in a new country. As always, keeping active and eating well is a great way to stay happy and healthy on the road!

Author’s Bio:

Nick and Dariece are the couple behind goats on the road Goats On The Road, a website designed to inspire others to live a financially sustainable, location independent lifestyle. Masters at making money abroad and turning their travels into a way of life, they’ve been on the road since 2008 and have explored some of the least visited places on earth, finding adventure wherever they go. They’re also full time contributors at Travel Pulse and Credit Walk where they share their stories and expertise of long-term travel. Check them out at Goats On The Road and follow them on Twitter, Facebook & Google+.

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5 Responses to “ 5 Easy Ways to Stay Healthy While Travelling ”

  1. Thomas on November 29, 2016 at 10:56 pm

    A good health will ensure the great trips. I truly enjoyed your post. I’ve discovered you combine all kinds of cool material things in healthy travelling. Thanks for sharing
    Thomas

  2. Chris on October 1, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Hey guys, great suggestions. We always, whenever possible, walk everywhere when we visit a new place. We rarely catch public transport, even if tuk tuk drivers in India and SE Asia can’t believe we’d actually want to walk from one place to the next! Now that we’re housesitting in France we’re back to eating healthily and my wife has started doing yoga again. Travelling is great, but it’s hard to stay healthy which is why we’re enjoying our downtime, getting back on the straight and narrow.

  3. Ryan Biddulph on September 30, 2014 at 3:04 pm

    Hi Nick and Dariece,

    Amen to this.

    We walk for 5 miles each day here in Savusavu. Some days we do 10 miles. Why? We like eating 🙂 1 way into town, via foot, and since we prefer to eat, we walk and exercise. We do the same thing in most places we visit and if we rent a bike in Thailand or Bali we still walk for 45 minutes to an hour daily.

    We agree so much on preparing your own food. In most spots dinner is from the local market, rich with vegetables and then we have a fruit dessert. We eat sweets but walking for the equivalent of 6 marathons while we’re in Savusavu, these are merely fuel for our exercise sessions.

    Tomatoes, potatoes, garlic, canola oil and spinach every night for months, along with papaya, bananas, apples, passion fruit, coconut and other fruits. Toss in beans or veggie dahl for lunch, for months, and we’re both fit and high energy, which carries over into our blogging and heck, every aspect of our lives.

    On the flip side we saw a cruise ship of 3,000 land in Savusavu last week. 98% of the folks were *really* overweight, and most seemed pretty unhappy. If you don’t take care of your home you’ll be miserable….now you know why I’m always smiling 🙂

    Thanks guys, fab tips!

    Tweeting soon.

    Ryan

  4. TagAlongDeb on September 30, 2014 at 10:33 am

    All great suggestions. My husband and I go for a run wherever we travel. Other than our running shoes and clothing, there is no special equipment required. I remember years ago, folks thought we were odd to worry about exercising while travelling. But to us, not exercising would be the equivalent of saying let’s take a holiday from brushing our teeth. It’s just part of taking care of your body. Besides, we’ve seen things and gotten to places we never would have if we didn’t run in the places we visit.

  5. Dariece on September 29, 2014 at 8:56 pm

    Thanks so much for having us featured on your awesome site! Hopefully we’ve inspired others to get out there and stay active and healthy during their travels 🙂

    Cheers.

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