7 sick reasons to be fit to travel
I usually try to get fit when I travel and even when I don’t, I just do walk all the time when on the road as it burns a lot of calories. There are days when I can walk up to 20 or 30 km per day. Yes, it is necessary to stay in shape.
I am sure that you, as a good traveler, do the same (or at least I hope so). But why are we all trying to be fit? Do we need it to travel or is it just a healthy lifestyle or we want to look good? Or it is just necessary to see as much as possible? I guess all the four.
Check out the 7 sick reasons why to be fit to travel (just for more fun while traveling).:
1. You can’t get to the top of the pyramid with 150 kg of fat jumping on your bones without a crane to get you up there. And I bet you want to get the view from the top and see the jungle around. Or just have fun looking at the other travelers trying to climb up the pyramid and trying to catch up their breath already from the first step up while you are already safe and sound relaxing on the top.
I would never visited 14 archeological sites in Mexico, such as the largest pyramid in the world Cholula, colourful paintings of Bonampak or still pretty unexplored ruins of Guachimontones among others, if I was not fit. The photos are from Nohoch Mul pyramid which is part of Mayan ruins of Coba.
2. Mile High Club? You can’t have some intimacy with another traveler seated next to you on the plane, nor in the toilet. You need to be able to move easily, enter the little toilet both and close the door after you and most of all, do some athletic poses then. Unfortunately, even two years of my life of a cabin crew were not enough to try Mile High Club. Sorry to disappoint you at this one with no photo as an example!
3. Be fit is a must. You don’t want to get sick on the road – it is the waste of time to go to the hospital. And it is expensive to pay for the medical examination and the travel insurance may not pay you back the money you spent on it. You know how it all works, or let’s say does not work. Anyway, the time spent in the hospital/trying to recover is the time you could spend in a much better way, e.g. at a secret beach with that lovely person of the opposite sex you just met on the bus, and not just thinking of the person when on the hospital bed and not able to do anything. Thankfully, I have never been so sick on the road I had to visit a hospital. I just had a lot of little injuries, such as the one on the photo below – a big cut on my left leg in Playa del Carmen.
4. You can swim to that deserted island no one knows about just a kilometer from the overcrowded shore and have the whole island with white sandy beaches and turquoise water for yourself only. Or being fortunate in the unfortunate situation, to get the hell away from the shark following you, you could not when not fit.
5. You know those disgusting toilets I don’t even want to remember the name of, those with the hole in the middle of the ground, with no proper toilet, just a simple hole where you have to aim at when taking a pee (unfortunately, it is impossible to forget the squat toilets!) … A good traveler has to be fit to not to fall down in one of those toilets as sometimes you need to use the toilet over-packed with your backpack on the back, a camera bag and another bag … I mean, it would be another great story for your blog for sure but probably less funny to you than some fun burning calories and getting fit at a disco.
6. Maybe Eiffel tower has the lifts to get you up to the third floor, but Mt. Everest does not. And sure it would not be enough for you (as a good traveler) to see Mt. Everest just from the bottom. It’s much better to be one of a few ever on the top. Or even just to visit the highest mountains of my home country Slovakia, High Tatras, you should should definitely include some hiking in your visit. And logically, to climb the beauty all up and around you need to be fit.
7. Travel is not just about the great moments when we have fun, but unfortunately can be about stealing, too. I bet you don’t want that to happen but think logically … at least being fit you could run after the guy to get the handbag/phone back and surprise him with your extreme fitness like in the movie White Chicks. Once in Barcelona, an Arab guy wanted to steal my camera and also my friend’s valuables but his bad luck was (and our good luck) that my friend is one of the best in Taekwondo so we got our things back. Being fit did help.
Do you think we have to be fit to travel? Is it better? How do you stay fit on the road? Any special recommendations? Please share in the comments below.