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6 Tools for Integrating Walking into Your Travels

This is a guest post by Sherry Dryja. Sherry blogs at Jet Planes and Coffee  and is most at home when traveling the globe, meeting new people, and exploring their communities. She and her husband spend half the year visiting places near and far. Each location is experienced to the fullest by taking tours, eating where the locals eat, and soaking in as much culture as can be found in museums, theater offerings, markets, and festivals. Jet Planes and Coffee documents her travels while sharing what she learns along the way. I have truly enjoyed reading her articles and have gained both knowledge and inspiration from reading them! 

Forget about renting a car. Book your stay in the heart of a city and get walking! Walking is one of the best ways to learn about a place and get fit at the same time. Below are six tools to make it easier to choose walking when you travel.

1. A well-placed hotel or vacation rental: This will make or break it for you if you’re trying to integrate walking into your travel plans. For a more local experience, try a vacation rental. Both VRBO.com and HomeAway.com can help you connect with property managers and home owners with condos or houses near the places you’d like to visit. Save some pennies by eating in for breakfast and lunch. There are lots of options available, both domestic and international, which fit all types of interests and budgets.

2. A map app: This probably goes without saying, but a good map app on your smart phone or computer goes a long way in strategizing integrated walks.

3. FitBit or other step-tracking device: Pedometers are great motivators.

Step tracking device

Knowing how many steps you take or don’t take in a day can help you make little decisions that have a big impact on your fitness goals. I choose FitBit because it not only tracks my steps, it helps me keep track of calories I’ve eaten and burned, and hours of sleep I get.

4. Good shoes: In the summertime, I recommend sandals by Naot or Ecco. The soft leather straps and cork footbed on the Naot sandals are a little better than Eccos for keeping blisters at bay.

My recommendation for excellent winter footwear is any boot by Aquatalia by Marvin K. These boots are truly meant for walking in any weather, rain, snow, or shine, and they are are built for comfort and durability. They’re also surprisingly stylish.

For the guys out there, my husband swears by Hush Puppies slip-on loafers with Zero-G technology. For casual summer outings, he reaches for OluKai slip-on sneakers for a smart, comfortable look.

Pack clothes that transition well from the sidewalk to the theatre

5. Clothes that can take you from the sidewalk cafe to the theater: My go-to brand for travel wear is Eileen Fisher. They move easily from one situation to another. Plus, they pack easily, hardly wrinkle, and layer well.

For budget shoppers, try eBay to pick up deals on pre-owned Eileen. Her clothes stand up to abuse and time, so don’t be ashamed about seeking out the pre-owned stuff. I do it all the time.

Hubby finds Original Penguin to be a good brand for mid-range-priced items which can be dressed up or down. For the summer he’s living in Original Penguin shorts and graphic tees he finds on Zazzle.com. When he wants to dress that up, he throws on a dark pair of jeans or dress pants, keeps the graphic tee, and adds a lightweight blazer.

SpiBelt!

6. Cross-body bag or backpack: A good, lightweight cross-body bag or backpack is a must. Cole Haan’s Jitney Ali Crossbody is great for accessing ID at the airport quickly and tooling around town with all the essentials, including cell phone and Chapstick. The brand “Picnic Time” makes an insulated backpack I’ve been eyeing for trips to the farmers market or grocery store. It could double as a carry-on. I also own an elastic belt called the “SPIbelt” that hides pockets beneath loose-fitting tops when I don’t want to carry a purse. Trust me. It’s not your grandmother’s fanny pack!

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5 responses

  1. Reblogged this on Jet Planes and Coffee and commented:
    It’s here! My article “6 Tools for Integrating Walking into Your Travels” has been published on Traveling Chicha’s blog! Be sure to check it out, but don’t forget to return to her blog–follow it even–for lots of helpful tips and ideas for those of us who call the road (and sea and air) home.

    June 12, 2012 at 7:21 AM

  2. Pingback: 6 Tools for Integrating Walking into your Travels at Traveling Chicha | Jet Planes and Coffee

  3. Thank you, Natalie! It was a thrill to be a part of your blog. Hope you’re gathering lots of fun things for us to read about when you get back. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got planned. 🙂

    June 12, 2012 at 7:38 AM

  4. It is a joy to feature you here! Outstanding article, you are awesome! Hong Kong has been an incredible experience….stay tuned 🙂

    June 12, 2012 at 9:23 PM

  5. Thanks for the tips! Great tips you have given and I’m seriously gonna check out the fitbit! Cheers!

    July 4, 2012 at 9:38 AM

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