8 Great Reasons Weight Gain Is Acceptable When You Travel


Here’s 8 great reasons right here.  But I don’t think this is what you were looking for.  So continue on.

1.  Haggis, Funny Fries & Chicken Paprikash

You HAVE to sample the local food, and let’s be frank here–it’s not like you have a huge choice anyway.

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I am talking real honest to goodness comfort food made with 12 sticks of butter and fried in batter.  Not the healthiest choices I know, but you have to try it.   I haven’t met a Mac ‘N’ Cheese I haven’t loved.   Fries and Mac ‘N’ Cheese seems to be one of those universal dishes you can get anywhere.

These “Funny Fries” from Prague (yep they are really called Funny Fries).  Delicious yet sinful at the same time.  I think they were drenched in cheese flavored lard–but man were they DELISH.

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You can try looking for the local all natural vegan cafe in a town of less than 7,000 people—good luck with that.

2.  You Can’t Out Exercise A Bad Diet

So why bother. Of course you will do miles of walking, hiking and trekking, but you will never match the calories ingested on your trip.  Well, unless you are one of those crazy runners who gets up at dawn and jogs around a strange city?  Uh who does that? Not me.

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3.  Call It A Diet ‘Vacay’

Take a diet vacay. Who doesn’t need one of those? It reinvigorates you when you get home.



Let’s look at the big picture here–2 weeks, 5 weeks, or 6 months of not dieting while traveling is nothing in the big scheme of your 30, 40, 50, 60 years of life. It will not be the end of the world, I promise.  Just make a vow to go back to real life, like healthy food and exercise when you get back home.


4.  Try Finding A Zumba or Spin Class In Bratislava

Or cross fit, or treadmill, or gym, or getting up at 6 am after 12 hours of sightseeing the night before. Forget about it—sleep in.

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Rest is way more important on the road.  It is the great rejuvenator in my book when traveling and we take it totally for granted.  Get 8 hours of sleep instead of 5 hours, so you can take a cardio class at the crack of dawn.

5.  It’s 5 O’clock Everywhere!

One of the best cultural experiences on the road–is the local watering holes at happy hour.  You get to meet people, chat and soak in the local culture. It also gives you time to unwind, discuss your day and plan for the next. Not to mention sample the local wines, whiskies, cocktails, coffee drinks….


Did you know liquid calories do not get canceled out on holiday? Sad face.


6.  You Brought Your Stretch Pants

Don’t laugh—you know you did! Everyone packs their comfy clothes when they travel. The kind that have a little ‘stretch’ in them for the extra ‘lbs’ on the road.   You prepared for this…don’t lie.


7.  Scales Take Up Too Much Space In Your Luggage

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Leave it at home, use the weight allowance for your souvenirs, biscuits, chips, and candies.

This scale was actually in our hotel room Budapest!!!   There was also one in Vienna and Poland.   Why ruin a perfectly good vacation with reality.

8.  It’s Not The Numbers On The Scale

It’s the not numbers on the scale that matters on a trip at all.

It’s the number of people you meet…

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The number of experiences you had ……

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And MOST IMPORTANT–it’s the number of times you laughed!

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Now that’s the numbers you should count on vacation !!!!        


4 comments on “8 Great Reasons Weight Gain Is Acceptable When You Travel”

  1. Love this light hearted blog post. Totally agree! Try to local food, treat yourself to the wonderful delights, have fun. We just came back from Bali with Bhudda bellies. No stretchy pants there, as it was way too hot. But loose, cool clothing did the trick 🙂


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