How much do sporty backpackers actually exercise?

In this page we keep stats of our sporty activities, and publish monthly summaries. Like backpackers in general, we tend to walk a lot, but don't count that as actual exercise so it's not visible in the activity list. We get our heartbeats up by running, hiking and going to gym, and also utilize the outdoor gyms whenever running into one. On top of that we carry a pair of rubber exercise bands to be used for strength training when there is no gym available.

Being sporty while travelling is not that hard, you just need to find your motivation, and of course start with packing those running shoes with you! Surely you won't regret going for a run, and the feeling after completing one is so rewarding. Depending on the location, running can also be an awesome way of sightseeing, so why not give it a try!


During the first week of November we suffered from slight flu with sore throats and thus didn't do any sports. After gathering back our strength there were 12 sporty days in Macedonia and Albania. We hiked twice in Matka Canyon near Skopje, Macedonia and went to gym and running in Tirana, Durres and Vlore in Albania. Weather was getting colder and rainier, so there was less outdoor exercises in November than before. Luckily we found some great fitness centers and could also run indoors.

Totally 84 km of running and hiking and 260 km measured in steps during the month. All in all we exercised almost 20 hours during November, so not that bad taking into account that one week was reserved for recovering.

7.11.2017Skopje, MacedoniaHIKING2:3010 KMHiking in Matka Canyon
9.11.2017Skopje, MacedoniaRUNNING3:1520 KM
11.11.2017Skopje, MacedoniaGYM1:22Gladiator Gym in Skopje
12.11.2017Skopje, MacedoniaRUNNING0:507,5 KM
13.11.2017Skopje, MacedoniaHIKING3:5012 KM
14.11.2017Skopje, MacedoniaGYM1:20Gladiator Gym in Skopje
18.11.2017Tirana, AlbaniaRUNNING1:009 KM
20.11.2017Tirana, AlbaniaGYM1:20Working out in a small gym close to our apartment
22.11.2017Durres, AlbaniaRUNNING1:0010 KM
24.11.2017Durres, AlbaniaRUNNING0:356 KMShort run along the beach
28.11.2017Vlore, AlbaniaRUNNING1:3011 KM
30.11.2017Vlore, AlbaniaGYM1:15Nirvana Fitness Club
November 2017 chart


October was quite nice exercise month for us. Weather was mostly good for running and hiking and we found some great gyms with good value for the money. The most awesome gym / fitness center was in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), it was opened just about a month ago.

Totally 125 km of running and hiking and 370 km measured in steps during the month.

2.10.2017Odessa, UkraineRUNNING0:559 KMRunning along the beach
5.10.2017Odessa, UkraineGYM1:11
6.10.2017Odessa, UkraineRUNNING1:4417 KM
8.10.2017Odessa, UkraineGYM1:22
9.10.2017Odessa, UkraineRUNNING0:507 KM
11.10.2017Zatoka, UkraineRUNNING0:458 KM
12.10.2017Zatoka, UkraineOUTDOOR GYM0:45Fitness session on the beach
12.10.2017Zatoka, UkraineRUNNING0:457 KM
15.10.2017Constanta, RomaniaRUNNING1:0510 KM
19.10.2017Bucharest, RomaniaRUNNING0:508 KM
21.10.2017Bucharest, RomaniaGYM1:18Stay Fit Gym
21.10.2017Bucharest, RomaniaRUNNING0:405 KM
23.10.2017Bucharest, RomaniaGYM1:22Stay Fit Gym
26.10.2017Apriltsi, BulgariaHIKING6:2011 KMDay hike in the Balkan mountains
27.10.2017Apriltsi, BulgariaRUNNING2:2018 KMHard run with 755 meters ascent
29.10.2017Plodiv, BulgariaGYM1:22Perfect Fitness Gym
30-31.10.2017Rila, BulgariaHIKING7:204+16+4 KMLong two days hike in Seven Lakes of Rila
October 2017 chart

Hiking in Bulgaria
Hiking is one of our favorite sports


Have to say that we are not too satisfied with this month fitness results, since compared to August, our stats went down. There were more hiking days (5), but we went running only seven times during the month. On the other hand, we really needed some days rest after the demanding hikes. Gym training count dropped down to 3 events, when not counting in some occasional, short training sessions in outdoor gyms.

Totally 128 km of running and hiking and 412 km measured in steps during the month. 

1.9.2017SlovakiaHIKING3:158,5 KMFew hours hike in Slovensky Raj national park
4.9.2017Hungary, SzecsenyRUNNING + GYM2:008 KMRunning in countryside and gym training
7.9.2017Hungary, BudapestRUNNING + GYM2:0010 KMRunning through the city. Not really pleasant environment.
10.9.2017Hungary, EgerRUNNING1:1516 KMLong and sweaty run in countryside in Eger
12.9.2017Hungary, EgerRUNNING0:569 KMAnother run in Eger. This was better one through vine fields.
14.9.2017Romania, ApuseniHIKING5:3014,5 KMHiking in Romania, part 1Somesul Cald tour hike to the Radesa cave.
15.8.2017Romania, FagarasHIKING1:454,4 KMHiking in Romania, part 2First hiking day in Fagaras mountains.
16.9.2017Romania, FagarasHIKING7:2017 KMHiking in Romania, part 2Second hiking day in Fagaras mountains.
17.9.2017Romania, FagarasHIKING4:4014 KMHiking in Romania, part 2Hiking back to the car from Fagaras mountains.
20.9.2017Romania, LerestiRUNNING0:548 KMRunning to a hill and back.
25.9.2017Moldova, ChisinauRUNNING1:0511 KMRunning around a city park.
26.9.2017Moldova, ChisinauGYM1:10-Good strength training in some bit too expensive gym.
28.9.2017Moldova, ChisinauRUNNING1:0210 KMAnother run in the same park in Chisinau.
September 2017 chart


These are our first FinnsAway fitness statistics.

160 km of running and hiking and 470 km measured in steps.

2.8.2017Finland, JärvenpääRUNNING-8 KMLast run in Finland before FinnsAway life
5.8.2017Estonia, KuresaariRUNNING-17 KMHot and sunny weather in Saaremaa, Estonia
7.8.2017Estonia, PärnuRUNNING-11 KMNice run along the river in Pärnu, Estonia
8.8.2017Estonia, PärnuRUNNING & GYM100 MIN10 KMRunning to the gym and back in Pärnu, Estonia
10.8.2017Latvia, CesisHIKING7 H & 25 MIN26 KMHiking in Gauja national park in Latvia. Path was partly quite challenging because of fallen trees and overgrown bushes.
12.8.2017Lithuania, KaunasRUNNING-11 KMWeather was awesome in the morning. We tried to find a path around the lake but failed to do that.
15.8.2017Poland, WarsawGYM65 MIN-We were lucky because we got free entry to a fitness center close to our hostel in Wola.
16.8.2017Poland, WarsawRUNNING & EXERCISE-5 KMShort morning run in a park and some exercising in a outdoor gym.
18.8.2017Poland, WarsawRUNNING & EXERCISE-8 KMMorning run in a park and some exercising in a outdoor gym. Nice weather.
20.8.2017Poland, KatowiceRUNNING-8 KMEvening run after a working day. Not the best route in the suburban area.
22.8.2017Poland, KatowiceRUNNING-10 KMNice running in the huge Silesia park. Recommended place to run.
25.8.2017Slovakia, Banska Bystrica
GYM60 MIN-Cheap and okay gym in central Banska Bystrica.
26.8.2017Slovakia, JasenieHIKING8 H & 30 MIN28 KMWow. First hike in Slovakian Low Tatra Mountains. Route was quite boring at first (about 9km) but after that it was just amazing. Route was little bit too long for one day hike. Highest peak was 1955 m, Chabenec.
30.8.2017Slovakia, Tatranska LomnicaHIKING6 H & 30 MIN16 KMFirst day in High Tatra Mountains; hike to the mountain hut and highest peak near that. More of this hike in the post
31.8.2017Slovakia, Tatranska LomnicaHIKING8 H & 30 MIN20 KMHigh Tatras hiking trip continues (day two)
More of this hike in the post
15 DAYS6 COUNTRIES~ 160 KMLots of great feelings and nice scenery 🙂
August 2017 chart