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Ageing Traveller Series

The Ageing Traveller series is written by Rose Howell, who has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club. Her passion for travel is documented on her website www.ageing-hipsters-travel.com.

Click here to find out more about Rose.

How to stay healthy whilst travelling

My daughter Angie doing yoga on the South Australian coast. Photo by Angie
My daughter Angie doing yoga on the South Australian coast.
Photo by Angie

1. Indulge in a spa.

When checking into your hotel, find out if they have a day spa or are linked to one. When we were in Kuala Lumpur recently, the hotel offered a discount voucher for a massage and it was well worth it.



Getting ready for spa treatment. Look a bit like a sumo. Photo by Rose Howell
Getting ready for spa treatment. Look a bit like a sumo.
Photo by Rose Howell


2. Get a health check


from your doctor before you leave home. This may include vaccinations and specific medications.




3. Pack a first aid kit

that includes antiseptic crème, pain killers, diarrhoea medication, travel sickness medication, bandages, eye drops, ear plugs etc. Include compressions socks or stockings if you have trouble with your legs (you can purchase medically approved ones from the Chemist). Go to Smart Traveller for excellent information travel health.




4. Find a gym.

Most hotels have a gym and pool for guests to use and they are free. This helps to ensure you stay fit whilst away.

My grandsons in the gym. Photo by Angie
My grandsons in the gym.
Photo by Angie

5. Go for a run or walk

I like to find a park or better still a botanical garden to go for a walk. (I don’t jog and neither does my husband pictured here)


My husband walking. Photo by Rose Howell
Photo by Rose Howell

6. Check the menu.


Do they have healthy eating menus? It’s ok to eat whatever you want most of the time but sometimes you just feel like something healthy. I am not suggesting dieting whilst away as that can spoil a good relaxing holiday. Diet before you go if you have to.



Kangaroo Island healthy breakfast. Photo by Rose Howell
Kangaroo Island healthy breakfast.
Photo by Rose Howell

7. Meditate

find a nice quiet spot to get away and clear your head and mind. Some hotels now offer meditation with yoga.


8. Yoga

Yoga rooms are becoming the latest must have additions to airports the world over. You will find them across the US and in London’s Heathrow, San Francisco International is home to the worlds first airport yoga room. www.flysfo.com Find a nice spot to practice your yoga and meditation.

My daughter Angie doing yoga on the South Australia coast. Photo by Angie
My daughter Angie doing yoga on the South Australia coast.
Photo by Angie

Angie (second from left) at her yoga and meditation class. Photo by Angie
Angie (second from left) at her yoga and meditation class.
Photo by Angie

9. Jetlag

check out Six Senses for information about the sleep monitoring app.


10. Head over to LA.

It is one of the world’s bona fide wellness hotspots. Not only is it an amazing place for hiking, if you are looking for a yoga class, you will be overwhelmed by the options.


11. Mindfulness

– cruises are creating mindful programs offering guests a holistic spa and wellness experience. www.seabourn.com




12. Qatar Airway

has teamed up with spiritual guru Deepak Chopra and his Centre for Well being to design a customised program of Ayurvedic techniques that passengers can use during flights to maintain a state of Zen. QatarAirways.com

  • Inflight meditation
  • Soothing self massage
  • Modified version of yogi sun salutation

13. Go on a wellness cruise

  • Tailored healthy menus
  • Onboard nutritionists
  • Health seminars
  • Fitness activities
  • Spa treatments

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Staying healthy on a cruise

People do get sick on ships. Why? Many reasons which include:

  • Sea sick
  • Too much booze
  • Too much rich food and drinks
  • Existing conditions
  • Gastro

You can play your part in preventing gastro or other highly contagious diseases by:

  • Washing your hands often and well
  • Use sanitisers before dining
  • Don’t cough or sneeze near food or people
  • Take a break in your room if you are unwell
  • Take care patting wild animals when on shore breaks in particular stray dogs, cats and monkeys. Monkeys and dogs can carry all kinds of disease including rabies.

Check Smart Traveller for more information.

I have only covered the areas of staying healthy that I follow. Well to tell you the truth, I don’t do yoga or meditate but it is on my list of things to learn this year. My daughter has been doing yoga and meditating for many years so I will get some tips from her.

Hopefully I have given you some ideas to follow to ensure you stay healthy whilst away so that you can enjoy your trip.

Rose Howell Biography

Rose has been traveling the world for over 40 years, beginning with New Zealand and then the ‘Hippy trail’ in the 70’s. Her travels have taken her to; Asia, Middle East, UK, Europe, Africa, South America, USA, Canada, China and the Pacific Islands. In total she has visited 67 countries plus all the states of Australia except Western Australia, and her goal is to make the century club.
She has taken all kinds of transport and accommodation from budget to luxury. She has travelled through war zones, survived a bus accident in the Andes and visited areas that are no longer available to tourists, such as the Khyber Pass and Bamiyan Statues in Afghanistan.

Rose wants to inspire others to travel and offers free advice to all travellers in particular those who are embarking on their first travel experience. She has a passion for travel and since retiring from an Adult teaching position with TafeSA, has recently resumed clocking up kilometres interstate and overseas.
Her daughters have inherited the travel bug from their parents. The eldest daughter is a travel journalist/documentary maker based in a beautiful area called ‘Byron Bay’ in New South Wales and with her husband, has two globetrotting toddlers who at the age of 5 and 2 also love to travel. Her youngest daughter and fiancé have recently returned from 2 years working and traveling in the UK and Europe. They have only been home a couple of months and are already getting restless. Oh the travel bug!!!!

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