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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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.