What is your biggest fear?
Forget spiders, snakes and empty toilet paper rolls. I want you to take a minute and think about this. It’s a tough question because we all have minor insecurities; but our ultimate fear must be recognized for our own personal growth.
My biggest fear is finishing my life cycle without seeing the world around me.
Kids, careers, house payments—I get it. There are plenty of justifiable reasons why we can’t just flip a coin and jump on a plane. But for the sake of adventure and imagination, let’s flip. Heads we got to Spain, tails we go to Missoula (short trips can be fun too!).
Heads it is! Damn, Missoula sounded fun too.
Anyone who’s done some major traveling knows that anxious/excited feeling that rushes in as your mouse pointer hovers over the “Pay Now” button for your airline ticket. Once the flight is paid for, take a minute to collect your thoughts and realize that it just got real. I would consider myself an experienced traveler and one of the most important things I learned early on was to create a list of basic necessities. Here’s my Top 6:
-Reusable water bottle
-Travel power adapter ( Spain uses a 220v system)
-Towel (Most underrated item in your suitcase)
-Local Currency (Exchange BEFORE you leave the U.S.)
In Spain, water and sunscreen are the most overpriced items; beer is one of the cheapest. If you like to eat you’re in luck because Tapas bars run rampant here so anytime you order a drink, a small plate of food is included. It’s a win-win! If this sounds like your kinda fiesta, do some research on Tapas Crawls. This is one of Europe’s most popular pastimes.
But what if you’d rather stay fit instead? Don’t expect to find an Access Fitness or some Kettlebell’s anywhere. You’re going to have to get creative if you want to keep up on your #fitlife while you’re here.
Contrary to what many will tell you, fitness should not be confined to a gym. It’s all around us. It’s the playground equipment at our kid’s school. It’s the hill at Lawrence Park or the mountains that surround us. I want to share my personal travel workout with you. It is the same one I use whenever I’m roaming about the planet and if you can find some floor space in your hotel room or at a community park, you can do it. Drum roll please…
Dan’s 25-min Travel Trainer
Here's How To Do It:
I know what you’re thinking… 25-minute workout that’s done 20 seconds at a time? Piece of cake. I’ll be the first to say that this program is not as easy as it looks but it’s not excessively difficult either. I like this workout because it requires zero equipment, uses quality full-body movements and does great things for your heart and lungs. If any of the exercises are confusing, a quick internet search should clear things up.
For a warm-up run I suggest Running with the Bulls in Pamplona, Spain.
--Taken from a camera mounted to my head during my run.
Day passes at local gyms in Madrid can be expensive and honestly, who wants to spend their time at a sweaty European gym when you could be touring the Museo del Prado (famous art museum) or enjoying a five-star meal at the world’s oldest restaurant, El Sobrino De Botin? (Founded in 1725).
Side Note: Both places are incredible! At the Prado, all of the Spanish greats are on display(Picasso, Dali, Goya). Sobrino is famous for their Roast Pig. I ordered it. I ate it. I loved it.
The way I see it is that you have two options when it comes to staying in shape during your travels.
Option 1: Do Everything I Say.
-Wake up a little early before the days adventures and treat yourself to 25 minutes of cardiovascular righteousness.
Option 2: Do Nothing I Say.
-Realize that you may never return to this place therefore spend every single second indulging in foreign cultures and activities because life is short and you are meant for adventure!
I’ve always been torn between working out while I travel because part of me wants to break free from daily habits however I know that if I don’t find a way to get my blood flowing, I’m not taking full advantage of this beautiful gift of life we’ve all been given. If you have two healthy arms and legs use them. Do not take them for granted. Run, walk, climb, swim and dance every chance you get because life is for the living.
Wake Up and Live!