Keeping things healthy when you travel – incidental exercise

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Whether it’s taking a city break, visiting your favourite national park or embarking on a multi-week trip overseas, experiencing new places enriches your mind, body and soul. Likewise, it can be incredibly easy to go overboard on the indulgence when travelling – no judgement! Here’s one tip that will keep things healthy when you travel.

Resist catching a cab or Uber: Walk and use public transport instead

One of the best ways to maintain a healthy lifestyle when travelling to cities and regions both in Australia and overseas is to get as much incidental exercise as possible – and it’s quite easy to work into your daily holiday schedule.

Heading to the Palace of Versailles outside Paris? Heading to midtown to check out the Empire State Building in New York? Heading to the Po Lin monastery in Hong Kong? All these sites – and countless others – are accessible via public transport systems in their respective cities.

Walking to and from railway stations, (as well as catching connecting services within a station), bus and tram stops, as well as walking to restaurants, bars and other tourist sites will nicely boost your daily step count – and combining walking and public transport as your main method of travel in a destination will provide a handsome amount of incidental exercise.

When you’re deciding on what you want to do on your holiday, take a little extra time and familiarise yourself with any public transport system that’s available – your step counter will thank you for it.

Also, always buy travel insurance when travelling overseas

And remember to build it into your overall travel budget. Our Federal Government has agreements with some countries that provide medical help when Australian citizens need it overseas but for that extra peace of mind, always buy an appropriate level of travel insurance cover. Of course, you want to enjoy every waking moment of your holiday and that may include adventures which take you well outside your day-to-day comfort zone. However, knowing you’re covered for that unforeseeable family or medical emergency while you are overseas is worth the few hundred dollars it costs to buy travel insurance.

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