How to stay healthy whilst travelling

Last modified on February 12th, 2014 at 11:27 am

June 18, 2013

Do you sometimes feel like you’ve let yourself go because you are always on the run? Backpacking is certainly a fun and exciting lifestyle choice but in which there is no place for food plan or regular exercise.  In this article HI has put together some easy to follow, simple tips about how to stay in shape whilst travelling.

1. Always choose a hostel with kitchen facilities!

It is a really important if local cuisine doesn’t look or taste appealing to you and you refuse to eat in chain restaurants.  Cooking gives you the full control of the quality of used food products and, additionally, is a money saver when you’re travelling on a budget. If you can’t cook or you don’t know any healthy recipes, the Internet is full of healthy 5-ingredient recipes or go for a salad.

2. Ask the hostel receptionist!

Insider knowledge of a local area and its food is a one of great value.  By asking the receptionist or staff member of the hostel you are staying in, you will not only have the chance to meet someone new, but you can also get recommendations and information about:

-          Restaurants known only by natives with divine food and that are good value for money,

-          Fresh vegetable, fish and fruit markets,

-          Good quality brands, grocery shops,

-          Bike rentals, extreme sports activities and gyms.

3. Avoid fast food chains.

This one is pretty obvious. If it’s not 4 a.m. and you’re not starving you just shouldn’t go for fast food restaurant chains. Wherever you are, local cuisine is always going to be the healthier option and tasting the foods of different cultures are one of the reasons to travel in the first place.

4. Take your running shoes with you.

Though carrying a backpack is an exercise itself, sometimes everyone needs to take up a recreational sport of some kind. Running is the easiest way to get exercise your body is craving after 10 hour train journey.

5. Make healthy choices.

You don’t have to have a trolley packed with vegetables to stay fit.  Simply choose the best options from variety of products on offer, e.g. buy wholemeal bread and pasta rather than white, brown rice instead of white and try to make your own dressing rather than buying a ready one.

And why is it important to stay healthy whilst travelling? Well, so that you can enjoy the experience itself fully!


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5 Comments. Leave new

I agree with the points here. But hostels in India (YHA) most of them don’t have kitchen facilities or even online booking. Online booking would have been of great help.

on the shoes people may be interested in Vibrams these shoes are much smaller that conventional running shoes, are designed to improve form & ability, and can be chucked in the washing machine. Just wear them in a lot before you go away as your feet / muscles will need to get used to them.. to check the out:

Marta Kurczab this is really important to choose a hostel that’s have kitchen facilities. Runing is one of the best exercise that’s a good point.

With the kitchen facilities at hostels, I sometimes try the local cuisines by buying the ingredients (such as marinated meat with local spices) at the supermarket, and cook at the hostel. Another way of trying the local cuisines with lower budget.

Even if you keep it simple – when I visited France I found the supermarket, and invested in a 12pk of croissants, a small wheel of cheese, and a chorizo sausage. Basically I would stay in France for 3/4 days, so the idea was to divide what I had to fit the amount of meals/days – ie I think I may have had 2 croissants per meal for example, the breakfasts were usually included, and then there was one or two meals where I tried something local. The benefit of this 1) I paced myself, 2) I ate local food 3) cheese tastes better unrefrigerated (I didnt have access to a fridge) 4) I could pre-prepare it and eat on the run, 5)and I didnt feel like I was staving myself.
I was also getting plenty of exercise doing walking tours and dashing from place to place on the train.

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