Travel bloggers’ secrets: Staying fit while traveling

travel bloggers secrets staying fit while traveling

With sites to see + places to go + people to meet, breaking a sweat’s often the last thing on my mind. And for a foodie like me who travels to taste, I can end up back from a trip feeling in worse shape than when I left.

How’s a vagabond to choose between staying fit and seeing the world? Trick question! There’s no need to choose between your fitness and your wanderlust.

Check out these travel bloggers’ easy and applicable tips to staying fit while traveling. Staying in shape doesn’t have to be boring, and it definitely need not detract from your adventures.

Wander With Jo

“Staying fit on the go is crucial.I jam pack my trips with a bunch of mixed activities. Like, I would always walk or bike around to explore a new place. I try to book hostels with swimming pools or go to the beach for a swim (provided I am close to the beach). I also try out adventure sports – Kayaking, Surfing, Hiking, Muay Thai etc – Where I can learn something new, have fun and stay fit on the side. All these activities add up to help burn calories on the move. Honestly,I feel more fit while traveling than in a gym. So, there you go!”

– Jo from Wander With Jo [Psst! Check out Jo’s other fitness tips here]

Sarah Harding

“After spending the past year training in the gym 5 days a week I was a bit worried about what would happen when I traveled. I really wanted to carry on training but I knew it would be hard. I was lucky enough to find a decent and reasonably priced gym in Chiang Mai, Thailand and in Hoi An, Vietnam. I have cut my training  down to a few times a week but it still makes me feel a lot better to be working out. I am also using the free app called Freeletics when I can’t access a gym. It consists of workouts made up of body weight exercises which is great when you have no space or equipment!”

– Sarah from Hopping RTW


“My number one tip for staying fit while travelling is to start each day with a quick workout. I use videos on YouTube and lay out my travel-friendly yoga mat to do Pilates, yoga or interval workouts. The best thing about this is that you don’t need any equipment, and you don’t have to rely on your hotel having a gym – which is especially important now that so many travelers use websites like Airbnb instead of booking typical hotel rooms! FYI – My favorite YouTube channel for workouts is Tone It Up.”

– Kelly from Kelly Ella Maz

B Travels Better

“Most travelers walk a ton, especially budget travelers like myself. I nearly always choose to walk over taking cabs or public transit for a couple of reasons. First, it’s free. Second, you get to see more of the city or town you are visiting. You would never wander past the cute antique shop in the alleyway if you were riding a bus. The average person burns about 100 calories per mile while walking. That doesn’t take into account the amount of weight you will be carrying if you have your backpack with you, either. The next time you are planning to take a tuk tuk from point A to point B, opt to walk instead. Your thighs will thank you later.”

– Becca from B Travels Better [Psst! Read more of Becca’s fitness travel tips here]


“When traveling I make always sure to have my swimsuit and my runners packed, both are things you can do 365 days of the year and don´t need much equipment. Before I travel somewhere new I look online to find tips and hints on where to go and where to see the most. Sometimes I even find running clubs who offer a sight seeing running tour thru a city with a guide who tells you all about the sights. Sometimes I´m surprised how many cities offer something like that. The best part about those groups is that they meet before all the other tourists are up and block the sights. When some of those attractions are on a mountain I hike up to see them and when they are in walking distance (in my mind up to 5k) I will walk. When I lived for 6 months in LA I bragged so much about how easy the hike to the Hollywood sign was and how beautiful it is, that every time friends came to visit and I had to take them. I believe I went up there 7 times or more.”

– Daniela from Vienista


“My favorite way to stay fit and healthy while traveling is to integrate travel by bike into my vacation. Traveling by bike is great because it doesn’t feel like you’re trying to make time in your tight travel schedule to work out. The exercise becomes a part of your vacation, and, in my mind, it only adds to the experience! It’s the perfect balance of covering more ground than you can by foot but still going slower than you would by car or tour bus. I did my first bike trip with DuVine Cycling + Adventure Co. a few years ago. Before that first trip, I was terrified of the idea of a bike trip. But the DuVine guides are so awesome at supporting you with snack and water stops, help with flat tires, or a lift in the van if a hill is a little too challenging. It’s so great to end your vacation feeling like you’re a stronger cyclist and returning home feeling like you accomplished something other than just sitting on a beach all day!”

– Kelsey from Hipstorical

How do you stay in shape while traveling? Sneaky workouts? Walking everywhere? Let me know in the comments below!

P.S. How to stay fit while traveling: Anytime, anywhere travel workout and Why I hate the term adventure travel

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17 comments on “Travel bloggers’ secrets: Staying fit while traveling”

  1. Jo says:

    I am a true blue fitness freak – Thanks for featuring me here. I learned some new tricks from fellow bloggers as well – great tips ladies!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Thank YOU for sharing your tips with us!

  2. Great post! I find that I tend to lose weight when travelling, because of sun and sweat and constantly moving around. I like the idea of packing sneakers as a must – that way you can’t make any excuses!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Very true. Even with just all the extra walking of exploring new cities, I feel like I end up working out more.

  3. Cassandra Le says:

    I couldn’t resonate more with this post! I am NOT a fitness person and to be honest, I hate working out… but I realized how important it is to stay fit while you travel, because traveling REALLY takes a toll on your body if you let it. Thanks for the tips!!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      So glad you liked them Cassandra! A typical “workout” is so not high on my list either, but traveling makes it fun. 🙂

  4. Stephanie says:

    I like to do a quick run when I am traveling. Either along the coast or through a park. It’s a great way to check out parts of a destination! I ran so much on my 5 week Australia trip!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Australia! Wow – that does sound like fun. Were there many local runners there?

  5. Jasmine says:

    I love hiking and exploring nature and mountain destinations so that’s one easy fun way to stay in shape. Dancing in clubs can also be a good workout too! I read an article once on a hotel room workout and realized it’s easy to adapt things in the environment to use to keep in shape so I’ll just google workouts using body weight exercises or use an app.

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Great idea! I know – travel workouts seem much more fun than boring gym workouts.

  6. Tonya says:

    Great compilation of tips! I find it’s so much easier when I’m traveling as I’m not chained to a desk and out exploring more.

  7. Those are beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Thanks Melissa! Glad you liked them 🙂

  8. Anne says:

    I always intend to get some workout in, I actually plan it all beforehand. And then I get there, and I’m having so much fun doing stuff, that I totally forget to do anything!! At least I did think about it right?!

    1. Take Me With You says:

      That’s half the battle! Gotta count for something 😉

  9. Esther says:

    I’m a runner and a climber and had to quit during my last trip, since taking all the needed equipment was too much for my backpack and I wasn’t sure to have enough time to be worthy to take it. I did some trekking around national parks and I walk around cities everytime I can. But I missed a lot sweating hard some times a week and, of course, I was crazy for climbing every wall I saw. So, next trip I will have to manage better to keep my sports hobbies active 🙂 Thanks for sharing this discussion topic and to all the contributors for their stories and tips!! 🙂

    1. Take Me With You says:

      Glad you enjoyed it!

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