I hear it all the time from my friends and family: Their latest trip totally sabotaged their current health fad. One of my best friends returned home from an incredible study abroad in Barcelona, Spain in a state of horror that she had gained a whopping 10 lbs.
To these complaints I always have the same response; “You’re doing it wrong!” If you are healthy, willing and able, the best form of transportation abroad is your own two feet. Now, I’m not saying that you need walk the 30 miles from your hotel to a must see destination. I hate blisters as much as the next person. However, hopping off the metro a stop early to find a small cafe and then walking the short 3 miles is not only manageable but more fun! Wandering your way there will prove a worthy adventure (or a story to laugh about later) and a much healthier option.
Slaving away in a gym is not necessary to remain active when you are away from home. By exploring new cities afoot or on bike you will be privy to hidden gems along the way plus you don’t need to feel guilty about having that dessert. Strawberry gelato, please!