Sometimes, adventure can require an extra level of effort. How do we manage that while still making it fun?
For many of us, the ideal holiday will involve a lot of lounging around, sipping cocktails and getting massages. And there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, we are all about adventure travel for women. And adventure can be a little difficult to come by at the side of a pool. Just saying.
Many of our Brave Women Travel trips are made as enjoyable as they are because of the addition of hiking, biking, walking tours and more. This week, we’re looking at South and Central America, and many of our trips there involve these kinds of activities. Not that anything we offer requires you to be at olympian-levels of fitness, but you may be somewhat challenged at certain points. This is where the memory making lies, and no-one should pass up on a chance to challenge themselves a little.
But if you don’t work out regularly, or if you’re not sure what your fitness level is, this kind of thing can be a little intimidating. With that in mind, here are some basic tips to make sure that you are ready for an active adventure trip.
As I said, this is going to take a little effort. And there’s nothing like excitement for getting your ready to put that effort in. Focus on your adventure as your goal. Try making a wall chart or setting up a calender to count down to your departure date. Go make a Pinterest board about your destination. And think about how great it will be to use this trip as a way to improve your health!
Find out as much as you can about the trip before you go, so that you know what you will be aiming for. Example: if you are going on our Peru Multisport ladies tour package, one of your activities will be biking. If it’s been a while since you cycled, time to – er, get back on the bike. If you’re taking the Bogotá to Bogotá trip, you might want to start taking long walks to prepare for the walking tours.
Don’t try to jump right to the goal. For starters, if you haven’t exercised regularly in a while, you might not know when your body is telling you to stop. It’s important to learn your limits. Also, you will need to work on stamina, and the only way to do that is to build slowly. Use your departure date to place your overall goal, then work backwards. I’d say six weeks to a month before is a good time to start.
If you already go to a gym, make an appointment with a trainer and tell them what your goals are. They should be able to help you figure out how to achieve them. If you do not, and are simply interested in upping your stamina levels, it’s time to turn to Youtube. There are lots of online tutorials to help you work out at home at various levels of fitness. You should, of course, be careful about your form, as there will be no-one to correct you, and you don’t want to hurt yourself. But a few squats, lunges, sit ups, etc., could be exactly what you need. (If you are at all unsure about this, try speaking to your doctor about it first.)
Walking is an activity found in many of our women’s only travel tours. I am a big fan of walking, as by walking around you can really get to know the place you’re staying at. You also have the chance to talk to the people you’re traveling with, swapping stories and getting to know one another. Unfortunately, however, I have been on many trips where a day has been cut short because someone got tired too quickly or their shoes started to rub. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you don’t have a great deal of stamina for walking. However, it is possibly the most useful activity you can do in preparation for a trip. Try subbing in some of your driving time for walking, if it’s possible. Maybe take some more time than you normally would to run your errands and do them on foot instead. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes – speaking of –
There are two options here. One is to find the most worn in, soft and springy pair of shoes you have. Preferably more than one. These are the ones you have had for years, and that are practically shaped to your foot. These are a safe bet, and should cause you no discomfort, unless they’re about to fall apart. The other option is to buy a new pair and wear them in before you leave. Do not buy new shoes within a week of your departure. No matter how comfortable they are in the store, walking for hours in any new pair of shoes is risking discomfort. It can be good to use your preparatory walking activities to combine with your shoe-wearing-in goals. If you’re starting small and working your way up, you can gradually break in your shoes at the same time and have them ready to go by the time you board the plane.
While it will be nice to bring cute clothing, particularly for any evenings out, remember to prioritise comfort and suitability. If you are taking a sporty holiday specifically, you will need actual sports clothes. These might be activity specific – like our Ultimate Galapagos tour, for example. The kayaking will be a lot more fun if your clothing is suitable for getting wet! If you’re just going to be hiking or walking a lot (or perhaps taking a few dance classes) you might not need athletic gear. However, your clothing should be comfy and easy to move in. Remember to check the weather forecast as well. You may need more light and breathable clothing for hot weather, or a waterproof for wetter seasons.
If you’re going to be taking part in walking tours, you’re also going to need a good bag. Like your shoes, it should be worn in before you leave, as bags can also cause chafing when they’re new. A backpack is good, as it can carry water bottles and souvenirs without hurting your shoulders. If you are taking a purse, I’d recommend a cross-body one for better weight distribution. These two options are also good for safety. You don’t want to go exploring a city with an open-topped tote that could be dug into or snatched from your shoulder!