How to keep fit whilst travelling

Most people work towards that “bikini body” before they go on a trip. I do not necessarily agree with this mentality, but I do agree with keeping fit and healthy, and just because you are away from ‘home’ doesn’t mean you can slack. Keeping fit whilst travelling is key to stay happy and healthy. There are many ways to get that body moving whilst you are on the road – you just have to get creative.


Skip the taxis

Not only will they chip away at your budget, but also walking instead of grabbing a taxi means you will be walking everywhere.

Warning: be sensible with this tip – if you are alone, in a foreign country and it is dark: get the taxi.

Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic
Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic // taxis can’t take you to these breath-taking views.



Visiting a place of natural beauty? Get your hiking shoes on and get outside. It’s free, the views are great and you get your sweat.

New Zealand is a fantastic place to try out this tip.

Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia // it took two hours of hiking in the dark to get this shot.


Take a swim

If you are somewhere tropical, there’s probably a beach. Sometimes hostels have swimming pools. If you are in a hotel, the chance of there being a pool is high.

For any long trip pack your swim suit because you never know when you will come across a pool – even during the colder months.

Gili T, Indonesia
Gili T, Indonesia // who wouldn’t want to swim in that water.


Walking tours

One of my favourite ways to see a city is by going on the FREE walking tours. You learn and get an added workout.

These are very common in European cities, so even if I go on a three-day break I have no excuse to not exercise!

Prague, Czech Republic
Prague, Czech Republic // learning from my guide by touring the city on foot.



Yoga is very universal and is offered almost everywhere. Most classes are taught in English, but even of they aren’t I’m sure you get into the flow of things even with the language barrier.

Google some yoga studios in the area before you go; but keep in mind this tip involves fees. Or better yet, take a travel mat with you and do it in the hostel for free.

Gili T, Indonesia
Gili T, Indonesia // get sweaty with a vinyasa class.



From the USA to Ireland to England to South Africa to Indonesia to Australia: a lot of big backpacker destinations happen to be some of the best places in the world to surf.

Even if you are a bigger, take a class or get someone to teach you the art of surfing.

Bali, Indonesia
Bali, Indonesia // people hitting the waves in Kuta.



Parties are not only fun, but also a great way to burn calories. Now you have an excuse to hit the dance floor.

Warning: just watch the beer and munchies consumption or the sweating will be for nothing!


Take a class

If you are in South America, learn to tango or salsa. If you are in Ireland, learn Irish dancing. If you are in Thailand, learn Muay Thai boxing.

Again, not free, but a great insight to culture too.


Scuba dive

Those tanks look heavy, so it’s just like lifting weights. Underwater. Whilst swimming.

Get certified in stunning places such as Thailand or Indonesia or Australia.



If you are too afraid of scuba diving, snorkelling is the next best thing. Once you get into it, you will be in the water swimming for hours.

You can always rent gear, but it’s not always top-notch. So invest in your own mask if you plan on snorkelling often.



You can rent bicycles pretty cheaply all around the world for a few hours. It is a popular form of transport in Europe, such as in Copenhagen and Amsterdam.

You can even go on biking city tours – learn and move!


Ski or snowboard

If you’re heading to Europe, the USA, Canada or New Zealand think about hitting up the slopes for a few days of intense body workouts.

Even learning how to ski or snowboard will make you aware of muscles you never knew you had.


Have a circuit routine

Unlike all the other tips, this one will actually make you feel like you are working out and not just having fun (although exercising is fun!). Have a routine you can do in your hostel or hotel room, or in the airport lounge, or in a park.

Body weight toning moves would be best – don’t go sprinting or doing bunny hops in an airport.


As you can see there are plenty of ways to keep fit whilst on the road, so there are no excuses to neglect your body. 90% of the time you won’t even realise that you are working out as you will be having too much fun learning and exploring the country you are visiting.

Backpackers aren’t lazy – we like adventure. Therefore we are fit.

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