Going on holiday doesn’t have to derail your health and fitness goals. Stay in shape or put your fitness to the test on your next vacation with these active destination ideas. Not ready to sign up this summer? Start training now and plan ahead for next year!
Pack Your Running Shoes
Trail running meets slumber partying at the Trans Rockies Run, a 6-day team or solo event that covers the 120-mile distance between Buena Vista and Beaver Creek, CO. You’ll tackle 20,000 feet of elevation gain during the days, and arrive nightly to pitched tents, mobile shower trucks, and organic meals at planned campsites.
Not ready for all of that mileage? Choose your own adventure on your next vacation by clicking over to All Trails. There you can find a scenic route near you, and run or hike at your own pace! Or, if road running is more your speed, consider City Running Tours. You’ll get in a sweat session and still be able to snap selfies in front of all the local sights.
Jump On Your Bike
Check out the mother of all bike tours, on the mother continent! The Tour d’Afrique pedals more than 12,000 kilometers through 10 countries—Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa—over 90 days. You’ll cross deserts, climb biblical mountains, and cycle next to elephants on what would truly be the trip of a lifetime for you and your bicycle.
Can’t take 3 months off work? DuVine Cycling & Adventure Co. offers weekend and week-long options around the globe for cyclists of all abilities. A few great ideas: Pedal with your buddies on a tour of Napa & Sonoma, take the family on a spin through Tuscany, or get the full roadie experience—complete with a top-tier bike and a cycling coach—in the Alps.
Bring Your Clubs Along
Leave the cart at the clubhouse and you’re guaranteed to rack up hundreds of thousands of steps at Nullarbor Links, the world’s longest golf course located across the South and Western states of Australia. You won’t see much green on the the 18-hole, par 71 course, which stretches over 850 miles from tip to tip, but you will run into rabbits, kangaroos, and snakes over the 3 days it takes to complete a round.
Want to practice your swing first? Known for it’s breathtaking terrain and spectacular weather (300 days of sunshine a year!), Central Oregon boasts more than two dozen golf courses within 45 minutes of each other. Call for a tee time at the formerly-private Pronghorn Club and try your best at a birdie on the 7,379-yard, par 72 Jack Nicklaus-designed course.
Mind Your Mat
Discover a whole new level of relaxation as you gently bend and twist your body at Amansala, an eco-chic resort and spa on the Mayan Riviera in Tulum, Mexico. Their signature Beach ‘N’ Bliss yoga retreat includes morning power walks, twice daily yoga sessions, and indulgent spa treatments.
Want your om closer to home? Plan your own yoga retreat itinerary at Miraval Resort & Spa in Tuscon, AZ. Vinyasa, aerial, restorative, mindful instructors lead classes for all levels and abilities. Plus, they offer guided off-property hikes in the beautiful Sonoran Desert for those in need of a step-counting fix.
Going on vacation? Share your fitness plans in the comments—and use #vacationfit for photos on social media!
This article is not intended to substitute for informed medical advice. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, altering your sleep habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.