How to prepare for an active vacation

Some travelers love to spend their holiday reclining in a sun lounger – to others, this is a recipe for boredom, as they would get restless after five minutes of lying still. If you are part of the second group, you’d rather spend your trip hiking, swimming, paddling, skiing – basically engaging in any sport or type of human movement available to you.

In this article, we’ll share what you should do if you are about to take a vacation where you plan to partake in athletic activities – check them out below.

Get a travel insurance policy

As a fit traveler, you may be confident in the current state of your health. As a result, many choose to take a pass on travel insurance, as they never see themselves falling ill or getting hurt (despite, ironically, engaging in high-risk activities). This is a dangerous misconception, as ending up in a foreign hospital without coverage can end up costing you tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have the money in your account to pay your bills, you’ll be reliant on family back home to bail you out – how embarrassing would that be?

So, you’re convinced of the need to be covered while abroad – how do you get it done without spending more than needed?

There are sites on the web which allow you to easily compare travel insurance quotes; just figure out what your needs/budget is, and check out the best possible deals that are available. This way, you can push the envelope on vacation with the peace of mind that insurance gives you.

Practice movements similar to planned activities

After reading about your destination, you might intend to engage in a full slate of activities during your holiday. If your everyday routine is mostly sedentary, though, jumping back into intense exercise on holiday is a recipe for overtaxing your muscles and ligaments. If you are heading to the Alps to go hiking, start by going for walks after work; eventually, you should trek some local nature trails to get your legs into game shape.

Plan on doing more than your share of kayaking on a visit to Vancouver Island? Get on the water as close to your home and get your paddling technique down and your upper body muscles trained. This way, you’ll ensure your active vacation isn’t derailed by muscle aches and pains which can occur when you suddenly engage in a ton of movement in a short amount of time.

Stay healthy throughout your trip

It’s hard to enjoy a hike or a day on the slopes when you are as sick as a dog. Warding off illnesses on the plane is the first hurdle to overcome, as they are basically a petri dish for germs. Throw in extremely dry air (it dries out your mucous membranes, which help protect our bodies from foreign invaders) and you have the perfect environment for virus transmission.

To combat this, wash your hands frequently, avoid touching your face, and drink plenty of water, and you should be fine. In your destination, ensure the food you eat is prepared properly. This doesn’t mean you should avoid street food, but if there are hardly any customers and flies crawling all over lukewarm dishes, it is a sign you should avoid eating at that establishment.

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