holiday travel essentials

A trip abroad doesn’t necessarily have to mean leaving behind your healthy habits. Indeed, when you travel it can more often than not mean visiting somewhere much healthier than home. Cleaner air, a more relaxed lifestyle, fresh, organic food – all can be found overseas. But where to go?

Why not take a quick trip around the world with Express Travel Clinic, as we guide you through our picks of the globe’s healthiest places to visit?

For a lot of people the prospect of lounging on a beach and soaking up the rays for a week or two is crucial to what we term “R&R”. It’s great for de-stressing, catching up on lost sleep and very possibly good for the soul. Of course, hand in hand with relaxing and unwinding for many Brits comes the problem of too much food and too much wine (not to mention an acute case of sunburn). Studies have shown that between 20 and 50% of us experience what has come to be termed “traveller’s tummy”.

If the idea of rich cuisine overloading the digestive system turns your stomach, head for California’s Santa Barbara. With 80 percent fewer fast-food restaurants, almost 40 percent more farmers’ markets and four times as many organic-food producers than the average city, Santa Barbra has been credited with dishing up some of the globe’s healthiest dishes and promoting a foodie culture. And hey, even if you do indulge in the odd ice cream now and then, a roller blade ride along the beach is the perfect way to maintain your healthy habits.

On the other hand, there are many of us who love nothing more than an adventure holiday and a chance to set pulses racing. For fitness fanatics, being active abroad is much more desirable than lounging around on a lilo. If this is the case, you’ll have to go a long way to find a better holiday location than Copenhagen.

Ranked as one of the healthiest places to live based on its exercise and activity ratings alone, the city has much to offer for the energetic traveller. Copenhagen showcases a range of activities from yoga in the park to running tours, and what’s more many of these can be taken up for free.Staying healthy and saving money at the same time while on holiday: what’s not to love about Denmark’s capital!

But what about environmental issues? Where’s the cleanest place to visit in the world? Well, you’ll have to go a long way to find somewhere more pollution-free than Vancouver. Home to a strong public transportation system alongside mile upon mile of bike lanes, Vancouver is moving further away from being a culture of cars every day. Indeed Sadhu Johnston, Deputy City Manager says it’s the “most walkable city in Canada”. As well as this, Vancouver employed the Greenest City 2020 Action Plan in 2011, which focuses on making the Canadian metropolitan area the most environmentally friendly city in the world.

The low levels of air pollution in Vancouver dramatically reduces the risk of heart disease, strokes and lung cancer, as well as any number of respiratory conditions associated with smog. So if you’re looking to take a breath of fresh air while travelling, this could be the perfect place for you.

Wherever you plan to visit, make sure that you have thought things through from a health perspective – especially if your destination has a history of easily transmitted diseases. If you aren’t sure what precautions are necessary, contact Express Travel Clinic today and get professional advice from our highly trained travel clinicians at