Travel Tips – 8 Ways to Increase Stamina When Sightseeing

Taking an exotic vacation can be the highlight of someone’s life. If you’ve saved up your money for an incredible trip to the destination of your dreams, it’s important to make sure you have the necessary stamina required to see as much as you want to. Depending on your age, your destination’s climate, and your fitness level, you may need to do a few things ahead of time to prepare. Here are eight ways to help increase your stamina’s potential for long days of sightseeing.

Travel Tips Increase Stamina

Get Ready Before Your Trip

Months before you leave, it’s essential to evaluate your current fitness level. If you have trouble climbing stairs and walking long distances, you’ll need to make some adjustments to your daily routine. Begin by adding some walking time to your day. Start off with short distances around the block of your neighborhood, and work your way up to longer times of walking. Add hills and other inclines to your route to get your endurance ready for your trip.

Plan Each Day Ahead of Time

Another important way to help make your trip easier for your body to handle is to plan out each day’s schedule. Before you arrive at your destination, be sure to conduct extensive research about the sights you plan to visit. Be realistic about the number of places you can cover each day. Calculate distances for each stop of the daily schedule using Google Maps with their walking directions.

Schedule Multiple Breaks

When you’re creating your itinerary for your days of sightseeing, be sure to schedule multiple breaks each day. If the weather is hot, you may need to add extra breaks from the sun and heat. Giving yourself a few rests each day will help you continue your sightseeing into the later hours of the night. It may even be a good idea to take a longer break after lunch to return to your hotel room and take a nap.

Bring Plenty of Water

The next helpful way to get more each day from your schedule is to bring plenty of water to drink. Staying hydrated can help you reduce the instance of feeling tired while you’re going from place to place. If the water is safe to drink at your destination, bring a reusable plastic water bottle to refill at various stops. For places where the water is not safe to drink, you’ll have to prepare ahead of time by purchasing several bottles of water.

Avoid Steep Inclines

Next, make sure your route is free from steep inclines. Some international cities have long, steep staircases and challenging hills winding through the streets. Try looking for an alternative route, like a nearby elevator in a shop or a gentler sloping pathway to make it easier on your body. If it’s not possible to find another way to get up to where you want to go, consider transportation, like a taxi or carriage ride, to get up to the top of the neighborhood.

Skip Touring During the Hottest Time of Day

The busiest time of the year to tour a new place is during the summer. One good rule to follow to help conserve your energy for your trip is to skip sightseeing during the hottest times of the day. That time usually falls between lunch and late afternoon. That’s when the sun is at its peak and when people feel at their most sluggish point. Instead, go out early in the morning and back again later in the dinner hours.

Bring Protein Packed Snacks

It’s important to also bring some high-energy snacks during your travels. Munch on items that are packed with protein to help give you an additional boost of energy. Try peanut butter cookie dough rolls made with Just Cookie Dough from HamptonCreek. Instead of paying high prices at tourist shops, you’ll save on your homemade snack.

Focus on Your Goal

Finally, focus on getting through each day with that little burst of adrenaline and excitement that you get when you are in a new place. That way, you can go a little bit longer each day and see the wonders you’ve always dreamed about. An ambitious touring plan for an exciting new destination can take its toll on your body. Follow these tips to get more out of your next dream vacation.


About Christa Thompson

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Christa Thompson is the Founder and Senior Editor of The Fairytale Traveler. Christa has been traveling the world since 2003 when she attended a summer abroad study at the University of Cambridge in England. Since then, her wanderlust has been fierce. Her three passions in life are her son, traveling, and being creative. The Fairytale Traveler brand gives Christa the opportunity to do all of these things and to live intentionally every day. "It's never too late to believe in what you love and to pursue your dreams." -Christa Thompson

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