How I Stay Active on Vacation

How to Stay Active on Vacation

Today’s the day! I’m off to Spain and seriously could not be more excited. I’m pretty good about sleeping on planes (as in I actually have serious problems staying awake while flying – would definitely not make a good pilot), but I have a Harry Potter coloring book in tow for my travel buddy to keep her entertained the entire way to Barcelona tonight. Yep, she’s an adult.

I do a fair bit of traveling (see: Disney World in January and Cuba in December), and one question I’m always asked is how I stay healthy while traveling. Short answer is: I don’t. I believe in trying everything (food and drink-wise) while traveling. But I do manage to offset the gluttony (a bit) and stay active on vacation. So I thought it about time I shared a few of my favorite tips and tricks to staying active while traveling.

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What I’m Wearing:

Sweater: Athleta, c/o / Top: Athleta, c/o / Sports Bra: Panache / Pants: similar / Sneakers: ASICS

First off, contrary to the appearance of my outfit in this photo, I typically don’t work out on vacation. And if I do, it’s definitely not at the level I do at home. My main trick to staying active while traveling is just that: staying active.

On one day alone when I was in Paris in 2015, I walked over 14 miles around the city. 14 miles, y’all. In a dress and sandals.

And it was a really cute dress.

When I’m traveling, I try to walk whenever possible. As a southerner, I have an innate aversion to public transit. So I just walk. Literally everywhere. Plus, by walking, you see so much more of your holiday spot. You find cute little cafés and you wander into shops. You meet interesting people and you take the best pictures.

Do it for the insta, y’all.

To keep track of my steps, I usually wear either a FitBit or my Chaps smartwatch (the latter being the more stylish option). When traveling, I try to walk 15,000 steps per day (about 7 miles). If I find that I’m falling short in my attempt to stay active on vacation, often I’ll find a park or a large museum in which I can walk around. And, if I’ve remembered to bring my sneakers with me, I’ll try to go out for a walk around a park or a lake with a friend.

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PHOTOGRAPHY BY VANESSA CHAVEZ.
  • Stesha

    you look so cute, keeping active on vacay’s are hard!

    xx,

    Stesha

  • Nataly Kimball

    Keep up the good work! It is so hard to stay motivated on vacation! xo, Nataly

  • I think it’s great to stay active on vacation. For me, that often involves actually *swimming* in a pool (rather than just tanning next to it), making use of a hotel gym (however small it may be), and yes of course walking! Great tips, girlfriend!

    Stephanie // SheSawStyle.com

  • Mollie Sheperdson

    These are all great tips for staying active while on vacay! It’s so important to get a little movement in!

    xx Mollie

  • Maggie Tate

    Great tips! I definitely need to get a smartwatch to track my progress!

  • I’m borderline addicted to counting my steps haha! It’s a great incentive to really SEE how active you are! I always try to do some form of exercise on vacation too!

  • Staying active on vacation is SO hard for me! Props to you!!

    -Morgan
    How 2 Wear It [] http://how2wearit.com

  • Great tips for staying active on vacation or really any time. I depended on my FitBit to stay active and fit when I was trying to lose my baby weight and it definitely worked!

    April | http://thebluehydrangeas.com

  • I definitely needed to read up on this, I’m traveling for some many things the next few weekends! Love all the cute gym clothes you linked.

    xo Amanda John / XO Strawberry Chic

  • Great to know that trick while on vacation! ???Enjoy you Holiday!
    Love CC – Courtney Bentley || http://www.courtneyvioletbentley.com

  • I LOVE to travel but it always ruins any normalcy I have in life! My sleep schedule and diet always suffer the most! Love these tips!

  • delhi85

    Love the whole look, enjoy Spain, Amanda????