Go Back   Horizons Unlimited - The HUBB > Planning, Trip > Staying Healthy on the Road
Staying Healthy on the Road Medical info, e.g. malaria, vaccinations, travel medical tips, medical insurance, where to find a doctor.
Photo by George Guille, It's going to be a long 300km... Bolivian Amazon

I haven't been everywhere...
but it's on my list!

Photo by George Guille
It's going to be a long 300km...
Bolivian Amazon

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Poll: How much weight do you gain or lose while on the road ??
Poll Options
How much weight do you gain or lose while on the road ??

Like Tree11Likes

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 28 Jan 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Sheffield
Posts: 994
I expected to lose weight but was in pretty good shape when I left (had been 'training' for the trip). I popped on nearly 2 stone in weight and the constant vibrations sent my moobs south. Def did not look like the 'all-action hero' when I got back!
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Jan 2011
*Touring Ted*'s Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Wirral, England.
Posts: 5,656
Well after five months in Africa and JUST arriving in Capetown, I can report..........

I put weight on in Europe then lost it in Egypt and Sudan. Getting to Ethiopia (and cheap ) and put a bit on again then put even more on around lake Victoria with all the chicken and chips about..

I lost that weight in Tanzania and kept losing it in Malawi and Mozambique because food and drink were SOOO expensive.

So, im now the same weight I was when I left the UK but the next few weeks on Braai and in South Africa will probably turn me into a bloater
Did some trips.
Rode some bikes.
Fix them for a living.
Can't say anymore.
Reply With Quote
Old 30 Jan 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: in our 15th year on the road-only half way- now in Panama
Posts: 269
..dont come to Thailand!

OMG - dont come to Thailand if you want to loose weight! the food -boy its yum! everything and anything is so good.
its quite healthy - but you just want too much of it.
and the Thai's just love their food. 5 meals a day -allbeit small - but they also love to socialise so we keep on getting invited out and fed.

groan - I must ride more!
Reply With Quote
Old 19 Feb 2011
Sime66's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2004
Location: Wild West (of Crete)
Posts: 283
Africa - thin. Mauritania in particular. (Rice and fish every day.)
South America - sleek, like a healthy pig. (Steak 'n' seafood, tortillas)
North America - near-spherical. (Pizza & wings.)

NB - intake of a constant, therefore irrelevant to results.

London-Cape Town 2004-06
Buenos Aires-Vancouver 2008-10:
Reply With Quote
Old 12 Apr 2011
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Australia
Posts: 103
stones, not bricks and mortar

Originally Posted by Robbert View Post
1 stone = 6.35 kg

Thanks for the stone conversion. Most riders, as well as majority of all people, live in metric countries, the diehard measurements are sometimes a bit hard for us to comprehend.

Reply With Quote
Old 13 Apr 2011
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: London
Posts: 404
Think my experience in Africa is about the same as reported by others, steady loss of weight the further south you go from Egypt.
Until Namibia, and onwards to S. Africa - where it all came back again - Oh dear. Bit of a disappointment that!

But as HU also caters for bicycle trips, I'll mention here the longing I'm now feeling to do another one. Because the lightest and fittest I've ever been in my whole life was at the end of a 4-month bicycle trip from Calgary via the Columbia Icefield, Canada, to Nogales, Mexico, and finishing in El Paso.
I felt a million dollars!

That was 10 years ago and the effect has long ago completely disappeared - and is much missed!

And it was nothing to do with diet, control of food, , or anything like that. It's down to one thing - physical activity - of an enjoyable nature. A few hours a day but no need at all to wear yourself out - a few days per week. Brilliant.

I didn't keep any particular track of what I ate or how much I spent on it. But early on in the trip (like Canmore, not far out of Calgary, where I'd been advised that the best ice cream store in the whole of North America could be found), I realised that ice cream would feature heavily in the daily menu.
And I was not alone.
Near the end of my ride I read the blog of a Canadian cyclist who had just crossed Canada, east-to-west. He'd kept a detailed record of his spending, being a student on a tight budget. And it showed him that his total spending on ice cream was the single most expensive item in his accounts! There's just something about bicycle touring and ice cream!

That's why I'm leaning towards another decent and leisurely bicycle trip - my craving for ice cream is steadily rising and pedalling is the perfect antidote!

(Have never used stones, nor pounds, for tracking weight, just belt notches. And kgs are still meaningless to me ).
TTR250 - London to Cape Town
Reply With Quote
Old 2 Jun 2011
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: May 2011
Location: Thailand
Posts: 10
There's a question, I've now been on the road three years, I lost weight till I got to Australia and New Zealand, then put far to much back on, now I'm in South America and hopefully lose it all again! Much to do with the diet I think and hospitality I received in those two countries!
Reply With Quote
Old 4 Jun 2011
monsieur's Avatar
Gold Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: England
Posts: 115
I've been known to put on weight on the expedition to my local supermarket - what hope would I have going further afield?
Reply With Quote
Old 14 Jul 2011
BikeGrrl's Avatar
Registered Users
New on the HUBB
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: London, UK
Posts: 13
self catering is best!

We're just 10 weeks into our first major trip, we've taken an 8000mile route across the USA (Montreal - Maine - Buffalo - New Orleans - Big Bend, Texas - Colorado - Las Vegas and LA in the next few days). In the first month we put on some weight as we were eating all those interesting new goodies and sampling all the fantastic regional foods. We stayed in some motels and ate out quite a lot! as we settled into a bit of a routine we started camping more and more and getting into the budget frame of mind (That took a while too!! we're travelling, not on holiday!). With camping more, we've cooked more healthy meals in smaller portions, and made sandwiches for the road. If you don't have lots of fun stuff to put on sandwiches you're not going to eat very many! My husband and I have both lost a couple of kg's and bike gear is fitting nice and comfortable, which does make the heat **slightly** easier to cope with.
oh and nowhere to keep your s cold makes you drink fewer of those too, avoiding those calories!
Reply With Quote
Old 19 Jul 2011
brclarke's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 1999
Location: Vancouver Island, Canada
Posts: 812
I usually lose 2 or 3 pounds a week when touring.
Bruce Clarke - 2020 Yamaha XV250
Reply With Quote
Old 20 Jul 2011
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Aus. Qld. Mackay
Posts: 474
Lose !!!!!!!!!!
....rather Die Living.....than Live Dying !
Reply With Quote
Old 15 Jan 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Kamloops, BC Canada
Posts: 109
Before I got my electric vest I used to lose weight on trips. Now I either stay the same or gain a little. I figure that without the vest, the calories to keep me warm came from fat... now they come from the vest.

The trade off for me is that while I eat more on the road (sampling local food is one of the joys of traveling, woo hoo!) I walk several hours a day... way more than I ever would at home. I tend to ride only until about 1 or 2 in the afternoon, get off the bike and explore... mostly scouting out a place to have dinner it seems. In some places, I may wind up walking for 4 or 5 hours.

A big part of keeping the weight up, however, just seems to be better self health care and modern medicine. While not fanatical, I do use a SteriPen for questionable water and take Ducoral before I head out. I haven't been really sick on a trip for a very long time. When I went to Nepal for 6 weeks in 1975 I was sick nearly the whole time and at 5'7", came home weighing 107 lbs. That was scary. Had a great time though!
Samuel Longiaru
Kamloops, BC Canada
1975 BMW R60/6
Reply With Quote
Old 18 Jan 2012
Registered Users
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Everettt, Washington, USA
Posts: 278
After 8 months on the road

I went from 218 pounds, to 194lbs. 24 lbs total weight loss. Just under 11 Kilos. Or 1.7 stone..

Most of my weight loss was due to a lack of physical activity on my trip, along with the fact that I was generally eating only 3 meals a day versus 4, or 5, or 6 like I did prior to my trip.

My before and after photos are quite hilarious.

You can see what I mean.

This was the effect of working 6 days a week for 6 months straight. Delivering and Installing Appliances in Alaska.

This was the effect realized after 7 months on the road, 3 major accidents, and 3 meals a day versus 4-6...

My Dad called it the South American diet...

Reply With Quote
Old 18 Jan 2012
MountaineerWV's Avatar
Contributing Member
Veteran HUBBer
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: West Virginia, United States
Posts: 90
I tend to stay the same weight....it is just distributed differently.
West Virginia University 2006
Beta Theta Pi - Beta Psi
Ride Report: TAT...and Beyond
Reply With Quote
Old 22 Feb 2012
Registered Users
HUBB regular
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 90
Packing it on!

We both got fatter, can't you see why?!!

Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Learners To Lose Right To Ride Alone? tommysmithfromleeds The HUBB PUB 38 29 Jul 2009 19:08
Extended health ins for Brits? Thunderbrit SOUTH AMERICA 0 12 Jul 2006 17:05
Copy documents if you lose them... Wheelspin Trip Paperwork 3 25 Aug 2005 20:11
Catalytic Converter - should I lose it? GregM BMW Tech 4 19 Oct 2004 23:51



Thinking about traveling? Not sure about the whole thing? Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video Trailers and then get ALL the information you need to get inspired and learn how to travel anywhere in the world!

Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? We did too - and now here's the list of Circumnavigators!
Check it out now
, and add your information if we didn't find you.

Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.


Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details

World's most listened to Adventure Motorbike Show!
Check the RAW segments; Grant, your HU host is on every month!
Episodes below to listen to while you, err, pretend to do something or other...

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook.

"Ultimate global guide for red-blooded bikers planning overseas exploration. Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." Recommended. (Grant)

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance.

Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers.

Led by special operations veterans, Stanford Medicine affiliated physicians, paramedics and other travel experts, Ripcord is perfect for adventure seekers, climbers, skiers, sports enthusiasts, hunters, international travelers, humanitarian efforts, expeditions and more.

Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes!


What others say about HU...

"This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." Greg, Australia

"Thank you! The web site, The travels, The insight, The inspiration, Everything, just thanks." Colin, UK

"My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) on what we have learned from this site." Phil, Australia

"I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." Brent, USA

"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" Jennifer, Canada

"Your worldwide organisation and events are the Go To places to for all serious touring and aspiring touring bikers." Trevor, South Africa

"This is the answer to all my questions." Haydn, Australia

"Keep going the excellent work you are doing for Horizons Unlimited - I love it!" Thomas, Germany

Lots more comments here!

Five books by Graham Field!

Diaries of a compulsive traveller
by Graham Field
Book, eBook, Audiobook

"A compelling, honest, inspiring and entertaining writing style with a built-in feel-good factor" Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon.com, Amazon.ca, Amazon.co.uk.

Back Road Map Books and Backroad GPS Maps for all of Canada - a must have!

New to Horizons Unlimited?

New to motorcycle travelling? New to the HU site? Confused? Too many options? It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps!

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S.

Susan and Grant Johnson Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - help keep us going!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

All times are GMT +1. The time now is 16:35.