The Queen’s travel tips

9th Mar 2012
Written by: Macca Sherifi

The Queen's travel tips

If you're going to get advice from the Queen, you're probably going to take it. In fact, there aren't many people who have travelled as much as her. If she was a member of the message boards (and she might be), she'd be an uber gapper. Anyway, she's given some top travel tips on how to stay healthy while travelling.

Apparently, never eat salads, shellfish or watermelon. Those are her tips after travelling to some of the most far-flung places over the last 60 years.

Parliament's 'Father of the House' Sir Peter Tapsell once asked a royal courtier how the Queen managed to cope with the demands of travelling. According to the Daily Mail, Sir Peter said: "The bedrock of her (the Queen's) success has been the constitution. Not our constitution but hers because she has always had the most astonishing stamina.

"In 1953, accompanied as always by the indomitable Duke of Edinburgh, she travelled 53,000 miles. In 1977, the year of her Silver Jubilee, she travelled 56,000 miles.

"I once asked a courtier how she did it. To which I received the characteristic reply: ‘By not eating salads, shellfish and watermelon while travelling'."

2012 is of the course the year of her Diamond Jubilee (60 years on the throne) and it is just one of the reasons to travel in the UK this year.

What are some of your travel tips for staying healthy on your gap year? Any shared secrets?

Also, if you want some advice and information on how to avoid one of the most common gap year illnesses, traveller' diarrhoea, then read our advice guide.

Photo of Queen Elizabeth II taken by Michael Gwyther-Jones (via Creative Commons)


City Slickers Plus 2 Week Hostel Package

from £1125

14 days

Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Netherlan...

This Interrailing Roundtrip from London takes in lots of European highlights including Amsterdam, Rome, Budapest & Lake Bled whilst staying...

Unearthed Expedition And Social Entrepreneurship Course

from £2600

30 days

South Africa

Track Rhino on foot. Live in a Zulu village. Snorkel with Sharks in the warm Indian Ocean. Build confidence, leadership...

Language Assistant in Italy

from £700

28 - 84 days


Breathe in the Italian culture whilst you learn the language, embark on new adventures, meet new friends, and help your...

New Zealand Mountain Bike Tour

from £2365

16 days

New Zealand

The best of the North. The best of the South. They both come together over an epic 16 days to...

Become an Accredited Safari Guide

from £3580

90 days

South Africa

Join our three month, fully accredited guide training program. This is a lot more than a safari guide training program,...

Rhino Conservation in Africa

from £1695

14 days


Join a rhino conservation project in Uganda, before heading off on a 3 day safari to see other African wildlife

Volunteer at an Elephant Sanctuary in Thailand

from £779

7 days


Care for elephants in an amazing sanctuary just 3 hours from Bangkok

Elephant Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £965

7 days


Help to give elephants a chance to live in the wild on this inspirational project in Thailand

Conservation Volunteering in Thailand

from £1125

14 days


Join a marine conservation project on a remote Thai island. Far from the crowds of backpackers and tourists, experience real...

Africa Overland Coast to Coast

from £1695

56 days

Botswana, Kenya, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa...

Travelling overland from Kenya to the Cape, this trip is for adventurous travelers who are willing to be part of...

[contact-form-7 id="4" title="Contact form 1"]