Location location location!
For the active individual on holiday, choosing the right place to stay can make or break your attempts to keep fit on holiday. Use this guide to help you choose your ultimate vacation villa.
1. Look for a pool or gym. When choosing an ideal place to stay, check to see if the hotel has a pool or a gym on site. This way sneaking in a workout is easy as you have a few great resources directly to hand such as swimming laps in the morning or lifting weights to keep up with your routine.
When Nick and I travelled to The Gambia, Africa in March, we narrowed down our hotel choices based on which locations had a gym on site. Knowing that it was unlikely that we would be able to go for a run based on the climate and location, we needed to ensure that we could find our outlet through other means.
2. Keep it in the Kitchen. Having an in-room kitchenette is key to staying fit on holiday. Not only are you able to make some of your own meals, but you are also able to keep food cold, warm food up and prepare food for journeys or outings.
If where you are travelling to doesn’t afford you the option of a kitchenette, look for a fridge and kettle instead. This way you can keep health(ier) options on hand such as lean sandwich meats, low-fat milk, fruits and veg. As for the kettle, use this badboy to make green tea, oatmeal or even eggs*.
3. Physical location. The physical location of where your hotel is situated can be a key factor when deciding where to stay. Case in point is our current trip to Santorini. We are staying in a lovely family run place called Agnadi Villas located on the outskirts of Oia. Our view is stunning, the private balcony is actually private because there aren’t 100 hotels surrounding it and it is only a 10 minute walk to the centre.
The best part? It is also on average about £30 less per night to stay here than right in the middle of the hustle and bustle. Plus the walk to Oia is a nice little workout as well as everything here is hills which is great for your legs!
Look for locations on the outskirts of the main touristy areas. Chances are you will pay significantly less for higher quality and the walk to and from the action adds a little extra calorie burn to your day.
4. Do your research. Properly researching your holiday hotel options before you depart seems like a given but be sure you are looking for the right information. Keeping your desired location in mind, look a reviews of “to-do’s” close to your hotel.
For example, if you are a fitness enthusiast and runner, read reviews of other like-minded individuals online to see if where you are travelling safely accomodates your lifestyle. Here in Santorini, it is not uncommon to find runners jogging up and down the hills first thing in the morning. However in other locations (like parts of Africa) it’s not advised that you take off for a solo run and as such you will need to plan on more than just packing your running shoes.
Also check out reviews for fun, fitness related activities that you can do on holiday. Are there any amazing hikes worth checking out or water sports that aren’t worth missing? Knowing how you can fit in a fun workout that is close to where you are staying can significantly up your chances that you actually keep fit whilst abroad.
I hope you found these tips useful. If you have any advice of your own, please feel free to share!
*eggs, stay tuned to more info on this in an upcoming post!