Some days the tour itinerary requires prolonged airplane or bus or train hauls from one place to another. I get tired of sitting for too long. Besides, extended inactivity creates health problems. That’s how I stay active during my travels:<
- International passengers have to check-in at least 3 hours before the flight. It is just too much time for me to sit before I board the plane.
- The boarding areas are usually not spacious. That’s why I start walking as soon as I arrive at the airport. I try to get the major part of my walk before I go through the security. Since I have only a small carry on with the wheels and a small backpack which I attach to the carry-on, I can walk for an extended period without getting tired.
- After checking in and passing the security most passengers flop in the chairs and stay there until the boarding time. I start walking as soon as I arrive in the boarding area. By the time I board the plane I have walked for an hour or longer and am eager to sit down.
- During flights, I often leave my seat and walk down the aisle.
- I get up early, and before breakfast, I walk near the hotel.
- Most good hotels have a gym, and I try to use it whenever it is possible.
- When the tour company schedules a free time, I prefer to walk the streets of the city and see something new. Of course, I can do it only in the safe areas. When I was in India, we stayed in 4-5-star hotels which have spacious grounds. I walked only on the grounds of the hotel. I did not feel safe walking outside the hotel perimeter because of the beggars and crazy traffic.
- During pit stops, instead of going to the souvenir shops, I walk around the store and the parking area.
- When we were in Rio de Janeiro, instead of going on the optional tour which would require several hours on the bus (and quite expensive too), we (my husband and I) walked on all three beaches (Leblon, Ipanema, and Copacabana). We saw Disney parade, hot air balloons launching, people dancing, swimming, playing soccer and volleyball, and, of course, we enjoyed the beautiful views of the ocean and mountains. We returned to hotel completely exhausted but proud of ourselves. We were even more pleased when we found out from the receptionist that the distance from our hotel to the end of Copacabana beach and back was 12 miles. That’s why we were so tired!
- Now I use Fitbit to count the distance of my walk, trying to make at least ten thousand steps a day. On all my walks I always carry a small backpack with a water bottle, umbrella, hat and sunscreen.