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Are You Up To The Challenge of Being a Tourist? – Consider Your Personal Fitness

You have found the type of vacation you want, researched the tours, booked the flights and hotels  but have you thought about your personal fitness level? Are you really up to the challenge of being a tourist?

Travel can be hard work and very stressful. Long flights, jet lag, disrupted sleep, a tropical climate, unfamiliar food, standing on your feet for long periods of time and carting your luggage around, all places stress on your body.

Personal fitness, like all investments needs research, planning and regular contributions to make the outcome worthwhile.

In this case, you need to be fit enough to take advantage of all the activities on offer while you are on vacation.

If you are thinking of joining a professional adventure racing group or trekking to Mt Everest, then you really need to hire a personal trainer, do some serious gym work-outs and get into shape – months before the trip. For most of us however, a moderate fitness level is good enough to scale the ruins of Ankor Wat, snorkel The Great Barrier Reef or do some serious shopping in LA.

If you do not already have a regular fitness program in place then now is the time to start, not tomorrow but TODAY, as it is important for beginners to start a regular habit. A thirty minute walk around the block  each day will not only start to do wonders for your personal fitness but also your wellbeing.

Are you traveling overseas or have a pre-existing medical condition? Then you really should consult a medical practitioner and dentist at least 6 weeks before departure.

Safe Travels.

About Penny Frederiksen

Penny enjoys writing for a variety of blogs and magazines where she hopes to inspire readers to travel and explore the world. She is a regular contributor to publications in Russia, The United Kingdom, and South East Asia. Penny lives in rural Australia and her love affair with travel and photography started at a very young age..the National Geographic Magazines at her local dentist! ” I loved the wonderful stories and photographs – they brought history and culture alive.” Penny’s independent, solo travel started about 10 years ago when she realized all her friends had no interest in photography and getting into the backstreets and villages of Asia. She enjoys traveling to exotic locations each year both on photography tours and by herself, showing other women that with planning and confidence, they too can visit worldly destinations on their own. Some of her most recent destinations include Sri Lanka, Cambodia, Vietnam, UAE, Turkey, India, Nepal, and Myanmar. “Travel makes me step outside my comfort zone and get a better perspective of the world around me”

2 thoughts on “Are You Up To The Challenge of Being a Tourist? – Consider Your Personal Fitness”

  1. Hi Penny!

    I’m certainly in agreement with your POV re fitness – especially given the unpredictability of many trips. It always helps to have a little extra gas in the tank!
    All the best, and thanks for writing,
    PS – if you remember, please tell me where you got the glasses. They are quite becoming.

    • Thanks David for your comment – I could have done with a little extra gas climbing that glacier the other day!
      Glasses were bought in Australia, “Sleek Geek Gear”

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