(Carol with the guide, Luther is the photographer!)
You’ve probably already figured out I love to eat and cook…and eat. That’s why we try to include exercise in at least part of our itinerary when we travel. Last fall my husband Luther and I took a trip to Southern Spain to visit our daughter Katie (who was studying in Córdoba that semester). Using the charming hill town of Ronda as a base, we hired an excellent guide to take us biking through the picturesque hill towns in Andalusia.
There’s something about being on a bike that allows you to feel more a part of the countryside and the small villages. We watched the locals drink their coffee at tables in the plaza, and were intrigued at the “usual” breakfast of toast with grated tomato pulp and drizzled olive oil…an acquired taste. And, we enjoyed the countryside as we compared the steep ascents to another bike trip we had taken in the Tuscan hill towns. This picture was taken from the top of one of the hill towns we visited on our bikes. And yes, we did bike up those hills!
One of my best friends, Kathy W., has another motivational exercise travel tip: a nifty little device called “Fitbit.” You clip it on your clothing in the morning, and it keeps track of how far you’ve walked during your travels (we all know how much more we walk on a sightseeing vacation than we ever do sitting at home in front of our computers…). When Kathy created her photo album after a trip to Rome, Florence and Venice, she noted her mileage on each page. Evidence of fitness, along with the great shots of family and bistecca fiorentina, pasta and chianti!
Do you have suggestions to share for ways to stay fit and healthy while travelling? Please email me today to share your ideas.