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Interview with Jeff Johns

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Jeff Johns is the co-founder and editor of Latitude 34 Travel Blog. Through 65 countries on 6 continents he has accumulated a seemingly endless stream of odd information, interesting stories and helpful tips and tricks to better travel. Jeff’s goal is to visit all 204 countries on Earth before he is too senile to remember them all. His true passions lay in honest visual storytelling, documentary filmmaking, Thai food and a good laugh. Together with his girlfriend Marina, they run Latitude 34 Travel Blog as a source of helpful information for those who love to travel or those who simply dream of it. If you’d like to get ahold of them, send them an email at hello@latitudethirtyfour.com and they’ll respond super fast!

 

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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

I always feel better when I have a good routine, and traveling is one of the best ways to ruin that! While traveling can be unpredictable, hectic and exhausting, it is possible to make your fitness a priority and make sure you feel healthy and energized during your whole holiday. The biggest challenge for me is finding the best time of day to work in a quick workout. Usually I opt for an early morning jog, which is the best time for me to workout – unless of course we are out late the night before! If running is not an option (but seriously, you can run anywhere), there are some easy in home workouts you don’t need anything but your own boy weight to complete.

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

While I do not follow a vegetarian or vegan diet, some of the best foods I have eaten on the road have been vegetarian or vegan, such as in Nepal and India where most of the population does not eat meat. I think that the most important thing to staying healthy on the road, or at home, is to know your body, eat when you know you need and make sure that it is of high quality.
 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

I love playing basketball, but rarely am I able to find a basketball court while traveling. I stick to running, as you can really do it anywhere, and it is as easy as stepping outside. Running is great because it allows you to get some exercise and explore the surroundings around you. Before we moved to Phuket, I registered to run the Phuket International Half Marathon, which was a blast and helped me stick to my running routine during the first three months living abroad.
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4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

Mental and spiritual strength is very important when staying fit, where you’ve got to put mind over matter. Especially while traveling, maintaining mentally strong is critical to staying fit. Plans easily change, your diet can go out of the window and it is really easy to throw it all out and loose your momentum. While I don’t meditate much, I do make certain that I spend portions of each day without technology. While we work online and it takes a lot of work to run Latitude 34, our travel blog, I have to take a time out away from the articles, posts, tweets and all that to breathe in the fresh air and realize where I am.

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

For me, the most important things to help me stay fit on the road are to always bring my running shoes, to wake up early no matter what and to make sure I find yogurt wherever I am to start my day out with a healthy breakfast and help my tummy manage the change in diets.

 

Interview with Jessica Festa

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Jessica Festa is a full-time travel writer who is always up for an adventure. She enjoys getting lost in new cities and having experiences you don’t read about in guidebooks. Some of her favorite travel experiences have been teaching English in Thailand, trekking her way through South America, backpacking Europe solo, road tripping through Australia and doing orphanage work in Ghana. You can follow her adventures on her travel websites, Epicure & Culture and Jessie on a Journey.

 

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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

It depends on where I am. When I’m in a place where I have access to a lot of fresh, healthy foods I find it easier than, say, when I was in Peru and the food consisted of a lot of starches and multi-course meals. The biggest challenge for me is staying on a budget while still eating healthy. Many times the cheapest option — which is usually what I would like to go for when I’m backpacking — isn’t the healthiest option. Sometimes it’s worth it to spend a little extra to eat something healthier.

 

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I was a  pescaterian  for 10 years, although now I eat meat. I think these diets can be healthy when done correctly and with a varied diet; however, as someone who writes heavily about food I think it’s important for me to be able to try all kinds of dishes in the places I visit. For me, I feel best when I incorporate meats into my diet that are sustainably and morally farmed.

 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

Some of my biggest active passions – both home and on the road – are running, cycling, hiking and kayaking. When you’re in a city, cycling and walking can allow you to see more and really feel the beat of the city. It also helps you stay fit. Runseeing — or sightseeing while running — is another trend that can help you explore a city while staying fit. Additionally, getting outside of a city to hike or paddle is a great way to explore a more natural side of a destination while staying active.

 

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

Absolutely! I try to meditate when possible, although it can be hard to fit in time to do this everyday. I’m working on it, though. This can be an excellent tool for helping you to evaluate your health and listen to the needs of your body without distraction.

 

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

For my top 3 tips, I would say:

1. Explore local culture in a more active way by taking classes that incorporate movement: dance classes, martial arts courses, horseback riding, sailing, walking tours, etc. Try to do something that really pertains to the destination, for example, samba classes in Brazil or karate in Okinawa, so you’re also getting a truly cultural experience.

2. Book an accommodation with a kitchen. This will allow you to purchase fresh, natural ingredients from local markets and cook your own healthy meals.

3. Travel with a Thera Band. These elastic workout bands take up essentially no space in your luggage and allow you to exercise almost any part of your body. This is a great tool for a workout you can do in your hotel room.

Interview with Brian and Noelle

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Brian and Noelle are an Irish couple set out to explore new places, have amazing adventures and live a life of travel! They have built their lives around the idea of visiting as many countries and experiencing as many different cultures as they can. Through their website they share their travel stories, photos and tips with you as they continue wandering on.

Brian and Noelle after hiking to the top of Indonesia's tallest volcano, Mount Kerinci in Sumatra.

after hiking to the top of Indonesia’s tallest volcano, Mount Kerinci in Sumatra

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

It is always a challenge to stay fit when travelling but if it is important to you, you can always find a way. When you’re travelling every day is different, one day you could be sightseeing in a city, the next day all day on a bus or a train and the next rafting or hiking somewhere. While this variety is what we love about travelling, it can also be one of the biggest challenges to exercising, you have no fixed routine and so you have to take your chances when they come.

 

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

We have no problem with vegetarian or vegan diets but we don’t follow them. We think we could quite happily live without meat and have done for extended periods before, particularly in Nepal. There are power outages everyday and so refrigeration of meat can be an issue, to avoid any chance of getting sick we stuck to a mostly vegetarian diet. In that part of the world it’s really easy to eat vegetarian as a lot of the locals follow a vegetarian diet for religious reasons and the food is really good!

 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

We like to keep as active as we can when we travel. We love to go hiking which is a great workout, Brian surfs any chance he gets and Noelle practices yoga when she gets the opportunity. Just being on your feet all day, sightseeing, waking to view points, exploring a new place, it all helps with staying fit and healthy. If at all possible we’ll walk rather than taking a taxi or a bus, it keeps costs down and you see things you otherwise wouldn’t.

 

Brian and Noelle at the top of the Cho La Pass during the Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

at the top of the Cho La Pass during the Everest Base Camp trek, Nepal

 

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

Meditation is something we’ve never really gotten into, practicing yoga would be the closest thing we do in terms of a mental side to exercise. Getting out in the mountains and hiking is a great way to switch off and be in the moment, a kind of meditation in itself.

 

Brian and Noelle at the summit of Hallasan, South Korea's Highest mountain, located on Jeju Island, South Korea

Hallasan, South Korea’s Highest mountain, located on Jeju Island, South Korea

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. Be mindful of staying active. You don’t have to get up and run everyday but if an opportunity comes up to do a yoga class, go rafting, do a hike or whatever, then go for it. Working out doesn’t have to be a chore; it can be a lot of fun, especially when you’re travelling.

2. Eat healthy. Often when travelling on a budget, people will eat whatever local food is cheapest and a lot of the time this is deep fried, unhealthy rubbish food. Spend a little more on the healthier option and enjoy what you’re eating. Go to local markets to buy fruit and vegetables, they are usually super cheap and you can mix with the local people while you’re at it.

3. Drink plenty of water. Be extra mindful of this in hotter climates, when the weather is warmer you should drink even more to stay properly hydrated. Carry a reusable water bottle to save on money and do your bit for the environment too.

 

Interview with Agness Walewinder

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Agness Walewinder is a Polish travel blogger who has been travelling and living in different Asian countries since 2011. She is well known for travelling the world for less than $25 per day and she shares her tricks and tips with the readers of her blog called eTramping.com. Moreover, she is a food lover obsessed with Chinese cuisine, yoga passionate, life enthusiast and photography freak.

 

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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

I’m a real foodie. I love to eat, but at the same time I want to be healthy and fit. It’s hard to combine those two things especially when you travel so I must admit that being in a good shape on the road is difficult for me. I am not able to cook my favourite healthy meals on my own so I often need to rely on local food which is mostly deep-fried in China. There is not much time to do my daily workout either when I am busy with sightseeing and blogging. Thirdly and most importantly, there are so many temptations around (cakes and fatty food) and your friends screaming “C’mon! You gotta try it!” while licking their sticky fingers are not helping at all! However, there are always some local markets from where I can grab some fresh fruits and veggies and have them for my snack so it’s not too bad.
Right now I’m working and living in Dongguan, Dalang in China. My job as an English teacher in one of Chinese kindergartens requires me to do a lot of jumping and hopping with my students so I burn a lot of calories every day and I can catch up with local sweets and delicacies without gaining any extra weight when travelling :).

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

Although I don’t eat much meat weekly, I love raw fruits (bananas, mangoes, kiwi fruits) and veggies (chopped carrots with hummus and pumpkin sticks) I would probably never go 100% vegetarian/vegan or follow the raw diet. The reason being, I strongly believe that my body needs and craves different types of food, all in moderation of course, in order to function properly. I used to restrict myself from consuming carbs and ended up binging on food so I’ve learnt my lesson and I keep my current diet well-balanced. Fruits and veggies will be always my best friends and they play a major role in my busy daily schedule, but I can’t imagine my week without indulging in a freshly baked salmon or grilled chicken breasts.
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Collage 1 – Top left – sliced banana, dried kiwi and plums with some cashew nuts sprinkled with cinnamon, Top Right – Steamed carrot and eggplant, Bottom left – gluten free pancakes with goji berries and sliced grapefruit, Bottom right – a plate of fresh fruits
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Collage 2 – Top left – porridge with dried fruits, nuts and cinnamon, Top right – Bananas with peanut butter and goji berries, Bottom left – gluten free fruit cake with goji berries, Bottom right – banana and mango smoothie.

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

I am a runner and I go jogging very often (at least 4 times a week). That’s definitely the easiest cardio workout for me and most convenient when traveling. You just put your shorts and top on, turn on your mp3 player and start running – as simple as that. I also do a lot of yoga in the morning before having my breakfast. I stretch all my body and get physically and mentally ready for a busy day in Chinese kindergarten.
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4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

Of course it’s important! Your body often follows your mind so you need to make sure you stay calm and positive throughout the day. There are so many health benefits of meditation scientifically proven such as:
  • It appears to boost immunity in recovering cancer patients.
  • It helps you keep emotional balance.
  • It increases fertility.
  • It lowers blood pressure.

I’ve been practicing meditation for over a year and I’ve seen many benefits in my own life, such as an improvement in key relationships in my life, as well as my overall health improving. I have definitely more ideas for my blog and new posts on how to travel the world for less than $25.

 

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5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

1) Drink a lot of water and try to eat 5-6 small meals throughout the day. It’s gonna be much healthier and cheaper for you, believe me!

2) Stick to fresh fruits and veggies ( local fruits shakes are amazing), nuts and lean fish/meat. Eat as clean as possible, but don’t forget to treat yourself with some nice local delicacies.

3) Do at least 20 minutes of cardio every day and practice some yoga before going to sleep. Try to move as much as possible, so forget the cab, walk everywhere!

Interview with Inma Gregorio

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Inma Gregorio runs Aworldtotravel.com , a travel blog where photography, music festivals, design, great outdoors and budget flashpacking get featured on a regular basis. Follow her travels on Facebook,InstagramTwitter and YouTube!

 

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

I’d say it’s not the easiest thing in the world but it’s far from being hard. When travelling, I usually can’t stay still. Cities or great outdoors are better discovered on foot and there are big chances of some adventure activities being included in my travels.
The biggest challenge for me would be to follow a specific routine because I am really bad at that. Even when I am home, my working hours differ from the majority of my friend’s. Maybe it’s because I’m more of an afternoon /night person…

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

I eat pretty much everything. Loving food as much I do, I’ve never followed any diets at all. Although, I have to say, since living with veggies and vegans; it’s something I’d love to give a try at some point. There are huge misconceptions about it!

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

Swimming, hiking, biking and skating could be among the easiest and cheapest (many times free!) ones. Then, if I get lucky, I might get involved into kayaking, snowboarding or practicing any other adventure sport.
I forgot jumping and dancing when attending music festivals. You do exercise a lot there too! 🙂
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4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

I believe in the need of finding a balance. Creating your own luck may be very demanding sometimes and stress, fatigue and long hours are part of our daily life. That’s why keeping a good mental health is essential.
About meditation, I’ve tried it before leaded by someone else but never practiced it on my own. Should I?

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

1. Be aware of your body and its needs. You need to eat and sleep as much as you do when you are home. Quality is also important and it tends to be overrated. Your health and safety should be your first priority when traveling.
2. If you feel you should practice a sport on top of the exercise you do when traveling long-term, do it! Pick something you can do everywhere (running, yoga, resistance band, swimming…) and develop a daily routine.
3. Stay away from bad habits and drink lots of water instead of caffeinated drinks and alcohol. You can’t stay fit properly if you are hangover!

 

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raw vegan Lifefood energy bars and crispbread

Those who know me remember I am a huge chocolate freak and also Mexican cuisine lover. Since I changed my diet to raw vegan back in July 2013, I did not want to say no to neither of the above.

The good news is I do not have to. I found the best replacements ever. And most of all, they are both raw vegan choices and even tastier than the original ones.

Now I munch on different kinds of chocolate and energy bars from Lifefood – all raw vegan made of organic ingredients. I found them when I was checking out how to stay fit in Prague a few months back and now cannot imagine my life without them 🙂

I tried different Lifebar energy bars already, such as coconut lifebar (made of 17% coconut, virgin coconut oil, dates, almonds and raw kesu nuts), or guarana lifebar (made of dates, Brazil nuts, almonds, virgin coconut oil, 4% guarana powder and vanilla powder) and some other flavours are still waiting for me there on my shelf. My favorite one so far is chocolate with hemp seeds in the dark brown and green package.

 

Lifebar Brazil guarana

Lifebar Brazil guarana

my favorite raw vegan Lifefood chocolate protein energy bar

my favorite raw vegan Lifefood chocolate protein energy bar

 

 

And how about my love for Mexican cuisine? I can still make guacamole – just smash avocado, with fresh lemon juice, tomatoes and himalayan salt. Easy and tasty. Instead of unhealthy tortillas now I eat Lifefood crispbread which is handmade and slowly dehydrated at low temperature below 42 Celsius degrees to keep all the nutritional properties.

The last time I tried the Italian crispbread made of herbs, flax seeds, Brazil nuts, carrots, sundried tomatoes, garlic, onion, buckwheat and basil. Yummy! The crispbread does not contain gluten, conservants, aromas, added sugar, soya. Basically 100% healthy.

 

raw vegan Lifefood energy bars and crispbread

Lifefood energy bars and crispbread

Lifefood crispbread with guacamole and veggies

Lifefood crispbread with guacamole and veggies

 

Lifefood products are sold in more countries around the world. Check out Lifefood in Czech Republic where they first originated, Happylife in Slovakia or other International Distributors of Lifefood.

 

 

Interview with Laura Genutis

Laura Genutis is a 30-something living in Pittsburgh, PA. who travels often for both business and pleasure. On her website Eclectic Travel Girl she shares photos and stories from her adventures. Aside from travel and photography, she enjoys the outdoors, yoga, biking and reading all of the Internet.

 

1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

I find it incredibly challenging to stay fit while traveling. In addition to leisure trips and vacations, I travel 30-50% of the year for business. Between long days sitting in meetings, big group dinners and of course drinks and happy hour, it’s nearly impossible to make time for exercise. Especially since I’m not a morning person, I only have the short window between the work day and dinner with clients to try and squeeze in a workout at the hotel gym, a workout in my room or a run outside. It’s a challenge but it’s definitely worth it!

 

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I have heard amazing things about these diets but have never followed any of them. However, as part of my Year Without challenge I’m going to be giving up meat for the month of April. It will be interesting to me to see how it goes, although I typically don’t eat much red meat in general.

 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

I love to do yoga, run or rent a bike to explore when I’m traveling. I also try to walk as much as possible when exploring a new city. In addition to those, anytime I go on a business trip I try to add on a day for an adventurous local activity. I’ve been diving in the Florida Keys climbed Camelback Mountain in Arizona, went surfing in San Diego, and went biking through the Grand Tetons all while I was in these locations on business trips. I always recommend trying a local sport or activity when visiting a new location. It provides an opportunity to something new and unique to the area, and for me it provides something to look forward to on an otherwise strictly business trip

 

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’ve gotten into meditation through my yoga practice. With my hectic schedule and sometimes stressful travel days, my yoga and meditation practice have helped me to stay in a calm and happy frame of mind. It’s an amazing way to manage stress and stay sane, and it helps me cope with difficult things in life. I hope to expand my meditation practice in the future and meditate daily.

 

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. If you’re in an inactive office job like me, you have to make time to do something active every single day.

2. Listen to your body while traveling. You’ll begin to feel sluggish if you’re overdoing in with too much unhealthy food or drinking, and not enough exercise.

3. Don’t give up your routine just because you are traveling. Establish a diet and exercise regime that you can use while on the road and you’ll feel so much better because of it!

 

Interview with Christian Eilers

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Christian Eilers is a twenty-something who started the Dauntless Jaunter Travel Site three years ago; originally, it was a travel blog simply for him to document his travels, but since then it has evolved into more of an all-encompassing travel site, with destination guides, reviews, news, and educational material.

 

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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

It depends on where I go; for instance, if I travel to the Caribbean, the warm air and proximity to green-colored sea seem to invigorate me and give me energy, so I want to hike all day outside and see the sites. When I go to Warsaw in February, when it is -30 C, I want to take a taxi just to cross the street. That’s a challenge enough, I’d say, since the cold makes me not want to be so active, but then it is compounded when the foods I crave when it is cold are heavier, fattier foods.

 

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I have many friends that do, but I need some kind of meat/fish almost daily 🙂

 

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

Hmm.. not so many sports of the organized variety. Like I mentioned before, I get my exercise from walking until my shoes have holes in them.

 

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’m not such a spiritual person, and I wish I could meditate, but your mental state is definitely most important when staying fit, especially when abroad. When you are in a foreign city, you might tend to justify letting go of your diet or exercise regime. “I’m on vacation,” you may say, “I’ll work out and go back to my diet when I get home.” This is dangerous thinking, because we all know how hard it is to get back into the daily life routine once the trip is over.

 

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. Use everything at your disposal; use your imagination to locate a pull-up bar on a tree limb or curling a gallon of milk at the supermarket for a few sets.

2. Be overly conscious of what you eat while abroad; not only are you probably going to relax your normal diet rules, but you also may not be sure of the ingredients and how heavy they are on your body.

3. Sleep well. It’s often not associated with fitness, but good sleep sets the pace for the following day. You may already start off at a disadvantage if you are experiencing jet lag. A good night’s sleep allows you to feel more energy the next day, helping you to stay active; metabolism is also not affected when you get your normal sleep, therefore helping to burn all those extra calories you might consume while on your trip.

 

 

Interview with Colin Wright

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Colin Wright is an author, entrepreneur, and full-time traveler who moves to a new country every four months based on the votes of his readers. He blogs at Exile Lifestyle and tweets a lot.

 

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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

Some times more than others. Kolkata was tricky, because the food is cheap and delicious and there isn’t a great public infrastructure for working out (jogging isn’t really a thing there, and the sidewalks wouldn’t support it even if it was). On the other hand, many places I go make it pretty easy — there are healthy options available, and it’s not too much trouble to work out in the morning, and maybe a little during the day away from home.
The biggest challenge tends to be in places that are very polluted, because then I don’t feel like working out — it’s as if the air itself is trying to keep me from breathing correctly, and my nostrils are lined with soot when I come home at the end of the day. The way around this is just to establish a habit in the morning that’s easy enough to follow through with, even if you don’t feel like it, and to adjust according to your surroundings (no jumping jacks if you’re on the second floor of a flimsy building, so maybe do more crunches, instead).

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

I think they’re all really nice ideas, and I take part in them from time to time, when possible.
I don’t find them terribly practical every place I go, however, and it’s my policy to eat as healthy as I can 90% of the time, which then allows me to do whatever I like the other 10%. If I was going to do one of those full-time, I would apply the same rule, giving me some wiggle-room, so that I don’t accidentally offend a host or miss out on something important about a culture I’m visiting.

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

None regularly, but I played intercollegiate Ultimate Frisbee in college, and I’ve been known to do the same when I spot a pickup game while on the road.

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

I’m not a spiritual person, but I do take 20 minutes a day to sit quietly and do absolutely nothing. This ‘meditation’ allows me to untangle my thoughts and refocus on what’s important. A lot of deep-diving can be accomplished in a short period of time, so long as you allow yourself to do it regularly, and get accustomed to letting go in that way, if only for a short period of time.

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

1. Come up with a routine that works for you (don’t try and force yourself to copy someone else if it doesn’t work for your body or your schedule).
2. Make passive exercise a part of your routine (take the stairs when you have the option, do some jumping jacks or pushups every half-hour when sitting at your computer, etc).
3. Don’t eat horribly and expect exercise to cover for you. Combine a decent diet with some regular, light exercise, and you’d be surprised how effective (and painless, and flexible) it can be.

Interview with Jeremy Albelda

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I am starting a new series of interviews with travelers, travel bloggers and just anyone who has some tips on how to stay fit when traveling. The first one is with Jeremy.
Jeremy Albelda is the creator of The World or Bust.com, a travel blog about his frequent travels around the world. He holds a BS Ed. in Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami and is also a certified personal trainer.
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1. Honestly, do you find it hard to stay fit when traveling? If so, what is the biggest challenge for you?

 

I don’t find it too hard to stay fit while traveling because I make it a goal to get in really good shape before going away on a long adventure so I can just focus on maintenance, which is much easier. Now a days, gyms are pretty ubiquitous and chances are you’ll find one with minimal searching. I try and go at least once or twice a week and just do full body workouts.

2. What do you think about vegetarian/vegan/raw food diets? Do you follow any of them?

 

I’m not personally a vegetarian, but I have friends who are travel bloggers as well and while it might be a bit harder to find quality vegetarian restaurants, it’s doable.

3. What sports do you practice on the road?

 

My favorite sports to do while traveling are mountain biking and surfing.

4. Do you think mental or spiritual side is also important when staying fit? Is meditation close to you?

 

I’m an atheist and not spiritual either, but knowing yourself, how to calm yourself down, etc. is important for not only mental health but also physical. Stress releases cortisol, a hormone that is not good to have in your body all the time.

5. Your top 3 tips for other travelers to stay fit when traveling?

 

1. Walk. Not only will you see more of a place you’re visiting, but you’ll burn way more calories and save yourself money on transportation.
2. Don’t drink in excess. Drinking too much will quickly make you gain weight and also make you lethargic and more prone to eat crappy food.
3. Stay Hydrated. Flying a lot or spending time in air conditioned buses and trains will suck the water out of you and not only make you more tired, but will depress your immune system as well.