I have a rather interesting question. I don't see a lot of talk on the internet about, how one could physically prepare for traveling the world. I've always been fascinated by the idea, that I won't die, when I stumble on a cliff and have to pull my body up to safety. (Cheap movies make it look easy!) Joke aside - has there ever been made a real - training / workout plan (lasting a year) for someone before going on a long journey?
It would only seem logical, that this has been made, but I am having trouble finding info on it.
You only live once - dude
[ Edit: Edited on 13-Sep-2014, at 15:56 by Yolodude ]
Personally, I don't see the logic. I do (almost) the very same things in my daily life that I do when I travel. I don't instantly become another person just because I'm travelling.
This sounds like some particularly intrepid travelling! I expect there are plans others have come up with in preparation for long distance hikes, climbing Everest, cross-country cycling trips, etc but otherwise it doesn't really seem a necessity. What cliffs are you thinking about stumbling on?
I suspect you have an unrealistically 'romantic' idea of what world travel entails. The idea with cliffs is not to stumble. So, if there's anything to train, it would be watching your footing, being aware of your surroundings. When deliberately approaching a cliff edge, watch your center of gravity, so you can fall backward rather than forward if you have to fall. (Having stood on a couple of dozen cliff edges, I've never fallen or even been close to, though; and would fully expect to die if I do.) If you've never done any Judo, take a beginner's course so you can learn how to fall.
Oh, and expect the vast majority of cliff edges that you'll actually encounter to have fences / railings keeping you away from the very edge, or at the very least signs warning you that the edge could be unstable, and to keep back from it. Or, for example, if visiting the Látrabjarg Peninsula in Iceland, where the entire point is to look over the edge of the cliff (at the puffins which nest right below), the signs will tell you that the puffin tunnels makes the cliff edge unstable, and so you should lie flat on the ground to approach the edge in that way.
Travelling the world, for me, involves a lot of long hikes, frequently up and down mountains. That's something I probably should physically train for (I'm always rather out of shape when starting a trip). Never, do, though, and then it takes me about a week of getting very tired and sweaty (due to heavy-ish backpack with some liters of water and a not-lightweight camera + lenses) on shorter hikes (starting with 2-3 hours, building up to 5-6 hours) before I'm up for the longer ones (8-9 hours). But really, it's only a week of truly pushing myself before I'm comfortable again with those long hikes. So that's about all the training I effectively ever need.