Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Keeping Healthy on the Road – 3 Activities to do

cycling in Bagan Myanmar

Staying Healthy on the road! I went cycling recently in Bagan in Myanmar!

As we travel, keeping healthy is the most important thing. It can be gruelling on long bus journeys and hikes to get your energy back but here are three activities you can do while you travel to keep you in good shape. Cycling, hiking and ski-ing. I’m a big fan of the first two at present and recently been researching ski-ing as a new thing my girlfriend and I hope to do at some point!

cycling in yangshuo

My girlfriend and I cycling in Yangshuo recently. Loved it. Post to come!

1. Cycling

I love cycling and recently my girlfriend and I have got into tandem cycling. Hiring a bike between two means saving money and a more enjoyable experience. We have done this in China recently at Yangshuo and Zhuhai and always feel great after it. Cycling is one of the best ways to see a city, I have cycled so many times on my travels and you can get to places that walking won’t reach and even bus routes don’t go on.

zhu hai china ye li dao

Stay healthy on your travels by cycling – the pair of us in Yi Li Dao island off the coast of Zhu Hai in China.

Hiring bikes can be cheap enough too. Plus it’s very good for your body, especially your leg muscles. I’d totally recommend it. I’ve a few other posts on cycling on here, here’s my Montevideo one and one from Soweto in South Africa.


2. Hiking

No backpacker can go without hiking. In order to see some epic sights you need to go hiking. Get your backpack on, forget about the internet and head off into the mountains. You can check out my recent stuff on the Inca Trail, Upper Trail Hike and Mount Kinabalu to get you in the mood for hiking on the move.

hiking in Yunnan China

Another great way to keep fit on your travels – go hiking! Here I am in the Yunnan mountains of China.

I love getting out there and hiking on my travels. It’s the whole experience – the keeping fit element, the views on the way, the stop offs to rest, the random accommodation and the things you get to see…

mount kinabalu view

Quite simply immense – loving the views from the top of Mount Kinabalu in Malaysia. Amazing!

For those of us who would like to do something that gets the adrenaline pumping, going skiing is one of the best possible sports to take up. Given its nature, it’s also one of the best for those of you who want to combine relaxation with a bit of exercise, especially if you find doing a cross-country run impossible because of the weather at home.

3. Ski-ing

Right this might comes as a surprise to you all, as although I love the snow I have not yet indulged in ski-ing, however recently it’s crept onto my list of things I want to do!! And I’m including it.

san marino

Up in the mountains of San Marino a few years back – without skis!

OK so while I backpacked in Antarctica we were too busy to get our skis out, but you know how it is when you travel…Don’t overlook ski-ing (or snowboarding as you venture around the globe and I’ve done some research into it recently, ski-ing is a good way to keep fit. I’ve been to Switzerland, Italy and San Marino all during ski-season when I was a really cheap backpacker and I was basically there admiring the views, as you can see from the photos on these posts.

san marino

Admiring the views from the mountains of San Marino.

There are a few types of ski-ing you can do. Cross country ski-ing is one for those who really want to be tested. It can be risky, but it’s also a lot of fun to do, and is apparently better for you than snowboarding. The terrain for this particular form of skiing is supposed to be rougher, making your body work harder to get it right, while there are also more obstacles to overcome.


The time I went to Antarctica!! Oops I forgot my skis…

But don’t fret, it’s not all hard work. I feel I’ve done enough healthy hiking and biking to have deserved a cold beer! The girlfriend and I are keen to ski at some point in the next year or so!!

jonny blair drinking

After a hard day of ski-ing, you’ll probably just find me in the bar you know 😉

Safe travels and stay healthy folks!!

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2 thoughts on “Tuesday’s Travel Essentials: Keeping Healthy on the Road – 3 Activities to do

  • Jonny, make it your goal to try both skiing and snowboarding! I skied a lot with my family growing up, but tried snowboarding a couple years ago. I haven’t had a chance to get back on the slopes since, but snowboarding is definitely a more grueling, yet exhilarating workout than skiing. Every skier will tell you the same after they have tried both!

    And don’t forget! You don’t necessarily need to be on a mountain to do either. You CAN ski and snowboard on sand dunes, you know. 😉

  • Good advice Ray – I’m definitely wanting to do both ski-ing and snowboarding at some point. Until now, I’ve just done hiking and cycling. Well besides white water rafting, bungy jumping, sky diving, zorbing etc. I’d prefer mountains for the views though – not a fan of sand dunes or fake ski slopes at all! Safe travels, Jonny

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