Why Health and Travel?

There is a super simple reason why I love to focus on both health and travel in writing and coaching. When it comes right down to it, these are my two passions in life!

And I bet if you are checking out this site, these two topics are of great interest to you as well!

We All Love to Travel and We All Want to Be Healthy (and we can do both no matter what our age!)

 Who doesn’t want to be healthy? And who doesn’t harbor that daydream about a dream-come-true getaway to that faraway place? In fact, according to a study conducted in part by the Ketchum Global Research Network, 83 percent of people have travel at the top of their bucket list!

On the other end of the spectrum, you may be a person who has to do a lot of travel for business. Or maybe you have adopted a nomadic lifestyle, but you still have to earn a living or even raise a family while you are on the road. It is estimated that Americans log about 462 million one-person trips per year, almost half because of far-away business meetings and events.

It is no mystery that we are a traveling culture. For fun, for business, to visit family on the other side of the country or the world, because our lifestyle or circumstances demand it– our lives demand that we are always on the go. But let’s face it, as we get older, we have to deal with health challenges, aches and pains, financial obligations, stress. Our lives get complicated. There’s just a lot more “stuff” we have to deal with in the “real world” that we didn’t have to deal with when we were young vagabonds. Sound familiar?

Getting older may make travel more challenging, but it doesn’t have to stop you from getting out and going! In fact, unless you are recovering from major injury or are under your local doctor’s ongoing care, getting older and even having health issues does not mean you have to give up your traveling shoes!

My Traveling Story

I have been a nomad since basically the time of birth—my parents were hippies and we were always going off to the mountains or to some rendezvous with a bunch of other good-natured, fun-loving, bell-bottomed (but rather stinky) young folks. I have childhood memories of traipsing through mountain meadows with other “hippy kids” and watching the world go by from the top of my family’s cab-over camper.

When I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I got political. I participating in a walk across the country (The Walk Across American for Mother Earth 1992), went road-tripping around the US on many occasions to conferences, gatherings and just for the “heck of it.” I mean, Jack Kerouac did it and came away with a best seller, why couldn’t I?  I made several jaunts to Latin America for academic study and also as a human rights activist. I even living in Mexico City and then Oaxaca City for a spell.

Then I hit my forties. And a number of health situations that I had been able to keep “at bay” when I was younger reared their ugly heads (read more about that story HERE).

So, while I still kept on trucking around the US and the world, at the same time I knew I had to pair it down. I had to grow up, stop smoking the clandestine Camel cig just because folks around me on the train were doing it and stop making “being on the road” an excuse for not exercising and eating like a 1960’s trucker (I actually have no idea what truckers ate in the 1960’s, but you get the point). I wasn’t about to settle down, so I decided that I had to look these health conditions which had the potential to debilitate me and bring my traveling fun to a halt for good, square in the eye.

Over the last decade, I have gotten older and hopefully wiser…but that hasn’t stopped my sense of wanderlust!  I have learned how to not just survive, but thrive, on the road, and this includes doing all the things I have to do to keep myself healthy naturally while being on the go.

Along the way, I have learned hundreds of hacks, routines and health disciplines which have kept me healthy and engaged in so many adventures. I am so happy to share all of these tips and tricks with you in my BLOG as well as in my training videos and with my CLIENTS. Many of them have to do with travel hacks for eating right and keeping stress low. Many others have to do with ways to keep yourself balanced and flowing energetically as well.

Have I done any traveling since I hit middle age? You bet! Since 2011, I have:

– been a crew mate on a 9-month cross-Atlantic voyage;

-worked as a manager of a resort high in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado;

-toured around the Hamptons, Long Island, and New York City;

-visited the land of Mickey in Orlando;

-trekked to Tulum in Mexico;

-hiked, biked and RVed my way up the Northern California and Oregon Coast;

-completed numerous housesits from coast to coast, including Florida, California, Colorado and New Mexico;

-visited Scotland, Paris, Amsterdam and Italy;

-spent a quarter of a year in the UK (where I am at the date of this writing).

I love this traveling life. I love being healthy. Most of all, I love helping people be able to do both safely and with a lot of fun!


Here’s to Your Healthy Travel,

Nikki Lyn Pugh, MFA, INHC 

Aka The Gentle Traveler

PS Not all of my coaching services have to do with travel. Please CLICK HERE for more information about integrative nutritional health coaching, life purpose coaching, creativity/author coaching and energy medicine healing sessions. Remote and (of course) traveling/on-site sessions are available for coaching and energy medicine/reiki sessions. Free 30-minute consultations are always available.