As an Olympic skier, Gus Kenworthy has traveled quite a bit around the world. And in his travels, the聽LGBTQ+ activist聽has picked up a few tricks to ensure that you have the best time when you聽hit the road. He recently teamed up with Marriott International to launch Marriott Moments, a new platform that features expert recommendations and itineraries聽for your travels from celebs like Lea Michele, to world-class chefs like 脡ric Ripert of Le Bernardin. We spoke to Kenworthy to get the scoop on what he聽personally聽does on the road, and here are his top tips!

1. Bring healthy snacks.聽As an athlete, Kenworthy is always conscious about what he鈥檚 putting into his body. 鈥淥ne thing I definitely bring with me are protein bars. Sometimes it can be hard to find healthy meals, and I鈥檓 not necessarily saying protein bars are the healthiest meal substitute, but in order to do sport and to keep your body from atrophying, you definitely need protein,鈥 the recent GLAAD Media Awards presenter tells us.

2. Try to find a grocery store.聽If you鈥檙e really interested in eating clean while you鈥檙e on the road, Kenworthy also suggest that you hit up a local market. 鈥淚聽try to find a grocery store wherever I am,鈥 he says, 鈥渂ecause it鈥檚 definitely easy to prepare your own meals and have something healthy.鈥

3. Don鈥檛 be afraid to try the local fare.聽However, when in Rome (or anywhere else for that matter), Kenworthy is also avid about sampling the cuisine. While he tries to stay fit, he鈥檚 quick to add, 鈥淚 love eating food in other countries and experiencing their food, so I鈥檓 not too much of a stickler.鈥 In fact, during his recent trip to PyeongChang, the 26-year-old took a few days to explore Seoul with his family, and got to taste what he described as 鈥渁 spongy, soft bun that was filled with sweet red bean paste.鈥 鈥淚t was so incredibly delicious鈥 he聽confesses, 鈥淚 could have eaten about a dozen of those with a coffee.鈥

4. Work out everywhere.聽And to stay in tip-top shape,聽Kenworthy also fits in his聽exercise sessions whenever and wherever he can. 鈥淔or staying fit, I think that鈥檚 really just motivation,鈥 he says. 鈥淚 mean, you can work out anywhere in the world with as much equipment or as little equipment as is available.鈥 Adding聽that to our fitspo mantra. 鈥淪ometimes it聽鈥榮 really easy when you鈥檙e traveling, and you can look on Marriott Moments for a group fitness class or a gym that has drop-ins, and that鈥檚 really great,鈥 he advises. 鈥淏ut other times, when there鈥檚 not something available, it鈥檚 super easy to just do a bodyweight workout in your hotel room.鈥 For example? 鈥淵ou can pushups, you can do lunges, you can do air squats, jumping jacks, you can do handstand pushups against the wall, or you can just go for a run,鈥 he suggests.

5. Bring something that reminds you of home.聽While at the Olympic Village in Korea, Kenworthy staved off homesickness by bringing a couple of聽mementos that reminded him of his home and loved ones. Something he always takes with him is actually a travel candle. 鈥淚 often travel with a candle, and I have this really great-smelling聽candle聽that I get here in New York. It鈥檚 in a mason jar, so it has a lid and聽it鈥檚 easy to pack, and it kind of just changes the atmosphere of wherever you鈥檙e staying,鈥 he says. 鈥淚t gives you a nice, cozy ambiance, it makes the room smell good, and it feels like home rather than being in a sterile apartment or hotel room, especially when you鈥檙e there for a long time.鈥 The other token that he brought from home was a teddy bear from his boyfriend,聽Matthew Wilkas. 鈥淢y boyfriend bought me a stuff teddy bear, a little crummy one from CVS, but it was really cute and I packed that with me because I thought it was really sweet,鈥 Kenworthy says with a chuckle. Unfortunately, after the Games, the bear didn鈥檛 make it home with Kenworthy. 鈥淎ctually, I left him in Korea 鈥 don鈥檛 tell my boyfriend that 鈥 but he served his purpose and I couldn鈥檛 pack him on the way back!鈥

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