His work is to travel the world but that doesn’t mean Tyson Mayr slacks off. The seasoned traveller’s daily routine is as regimented as a military operation.
Who hasn’t fantasised about chucking their job in, buying a one-way plane ticket and travelling the world so they can be one of those envy-inducing influencers who post a stream of amazing travel photos?
Tyson Mayr not only followed through on that impulse 13 years ago, (and has travelled to more than 60 countries since), but he’s made a career out of it, turning his passion into a series of TV shows, including I’m A Celebrity … Get Me Out Of Here!, National Geographic’s Only In Oz — and a 900km stand-up paddle board adventure for Bear Grylls’ Eco Challenge.
For a bloke with so much on the go, it’s no huge shock to learn that Mayr’s daily routine is as regimented as a military operation.
“Within three minutes of waking up I have brushed my teeth, chugged 500ml of water and am outside walking towards the beach with my dog Willow,” he says.
“We walk for a couple of kilometres, followed by either 500m of beach sprints or a one-kilometre light soft-sand jog. This is followed by a 10-minute mobility routine I have developed for my specific needs, a quick ocean swim and then a coffee at home while I write my morning journal.”
Besides new fitness goals (beyond trying to convince his dog to ride at the front of his paddle board (“I plan on incorporating stand-up paddle boarding into my morning routine twice a week, as I find it to be one of the most mind-emptying activities that also provides a full body workout”), Mayr also has plans for — you guessed it — more travel adventures.
“I have a travel company that I have been developing for many years now, one which will provide truly life-changing experiences for travellers across the globe, while helping make the world a more equal and sustainable place, but especially for those communities and parts of the world that need it the most,” he says.
“Covid provided me the first opportunity to sink my teeth into this project and while I am still building my team and have a lot more work to do — I am beyond excited.”
Tyson Mayr on…
“Turning my phone off at 9pm and reading a good book in bed has been the best sleep routine I have found. I prefer inspirational memoirs or lighter reading before bed, something which doesn’t require too much brain power, but that still allows for a positive or inspirational message to seep in before I rest.”
“Being active provides a foundation to my life in so many ways. It is the days when you want to work out the least that are the most important. It’s those days you remind yourself that you showed up even when you were tired, and therefore you can show up to any challenge that is thrown your way. I am also no longer focused on how I look, but rather building a body that will best serve me now and well into the future. I want to be this active for decades to come.”
“Apart from fitness, journalling is perhaps my most effective mental health tool. The simple act of writing out your thoughts has immense power and although it can be confronting at times, it truly allows for you to declutter your mind and process everything bouncing around inside of your head. Practising gratitude is also something I strongly believe in and a tool which I aim to get better at.”
Best advice he’s ever been given
“Don’t try to make everything perfect; just do it, then do it again, then keep doing it. I live a life that leans more towards quality over quantity; from the work I aim to put out to the time I spend with people. But perfection as we think of it, kills creativity. So, this is a tightrope that I am constantly balancing along.”
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