If you are planning a gap year or simply some extended travels around the globe, you have no doubt read numerous articles about the best advice for gap years. In fact, the web is saturated with them.

Sound Gap Year Advice

Most guides give very useful information about the best companies to use for your insurance, the hottest new locations and how to manage your cash when globetrotting, and quite rightly so. This is all sound advice and information you should definitely be taking in before you embark on one of the most interesting years of your life.

However, one piece of information that these gap year guides always seem to neglect is fitness. Fitness? I hear you thinking! Well, yes. Depending on what part of the world you are planning to visit on your travels, there is a strong chance that you need to get in shape. For all the preparation, equipment and precautions you are going to take, nothing will get you through the world’s oceans, deserts and jungles better than simply being in good health. Ignore this and you could spend the best parts of your gap year in more than a little discomfort.

Get Into Shape

Getting into supreme shape before your travelling begins not only enables you to deal with the rigours of global travel better than most, but it will also enable you to be that little bit more promiscuous when you are out and about. You don’t want to be in Mexico missing out on Tequila and Fajitas or in Thailand saying no to some of the culinary delight they offer, now do you?

This may all seem like too much of a commitment, especially if you are currently celebrating the end of a hard academic year but it could be easier than you think. A well thought out and crash gym regime, with the right diet and safe supplements could well help you to shed that weight and head for the hills looking better than you ever have in your life. You can either seek the advice of a fitness instructor or nutritionist or if you pay a subscription to your local gym, they will most likely be more than happy to help.

If you have any advice for budding travellers, then why not join the discussion by tweeting us at @youngacademic or even better, you can send your articles into us at [email protected]

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Charles Whitworth is the Editor of the Young Academic publications. Graduating from the University of Liverpool with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism in 2008, Charles learnt his trade in newsrooms such as IPC Media and Sky. He has now developed as a top sports, music and current affairs journalist and has been printed in a range of publications including The Guardian. His interests include Cricket, Football, Rugby, Music and Current Affairs. Fresh from the editorship of Student Times he now takes the reins at Young Academic - the premier student news portal. Connect with me on Google+

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