Love or Loathe-travelling with your gym kit

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Last month’s poll has given us a clear cut winner; it would seem that most girls of the go variety prefer not to happen across reminders of home when they’re exploring new lands. But what about keeping fit while you’re away? This month’s poll asks whether you’re the type of traveller who always packs your gym kit, even if it means sacrificing space in your bag that you could have dedicated to a whole week’s worth of clean underwear.

Do you love to work out and know that even a weekend away from home without a spot of huffy puffy would leave you feeling blue and possibly spoil your trip?

Do you like working out while traveling? Photo from

It was while travelling that I first discovered the joys of the gym. I was touring the world with a fitness freak (and that’s the politest name I can find for him!) who assured me that a workout would make me feel better and might even enable me to get more from my travels, and he was right. We then went on to find gyms in most places that we visited, always looking for good deals on short-term memberships. They were great places for meeting people too — locals and fellow travellers alike — and I even worked out next to a particularly dishy Australian soap star in one Sydney gym. Now how’s that for an underwhelming claim to fame?

That said, if I was off for a romantic weekend away with my husband or even a fortnight in the sun with the girls, I think I would be quite happy to leave the gym kit at home and concentrate on finding other ways to feel good and enjoy myself.

So, do you hate leaving your gym kit behind when you travel and become crabby if you’re forced to deviate from your usual fitness routine? Or do you like to forget about the chore of regular exercise on your travels and look for other ways of releasing those endorphins?

Check out our Facebook poll and tell us whether or not you’re a travelling gym junkie!

Love it: I always pack my gym kit — working out is a part of my life wherever I am in the world!
Loathe it: There’s no room in my travel bag for a gym kit — a work-out can wait!

Kate Blanchard
Kate is an English woman currently living in rural Morocco with her husband, Ben, and their mischievous mongrel, Douglas. They moved out there three years ago after Ben was offered employment as the manager of a large fruit farm, and although life can often be challenging for them both with cultural differences and language barriers, they see this as more of a reason to stay, than a reason to admit defeat and leave. Kate tries to find humour wherever possible in life, and finds herself blessed (or as her husband would say, ‘cursed’) with an irrepressible desire to see the beauty and the positivity in what others may see to be ugly and negative. Most of all though, she has a zest for travel and exploration and finds it incredibly satisfying to share her stories of adventure with others, even if it does nothing more than transport the reader to a distant land for a few minutes.

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