For some people, the term “vacation” invokes blissful thoughts of lounging poolside or tanning on exotic beaches. But now that summer is (finally) upon us, you may be thinking about where your next trip will take you. Why not think outside the box and consider an active vacation instead of a beach week?
Active vacations benefit the body and mind by keeping you moving, while also giving you the chance to explore new places and experiences. You can build one of these getaways yourself or browse all-inclusive packages that focus on yoga, running or bicycling. Check out our picks for some inspiration.
Wanderlust festivals are multi-day events that combine yoga, music, and adventure. Attendees eat healthy fare, go on hikes and runs, practice yoga in a variety of forms and locations, mountain bike and listen to a series of inspirational speakers including business leaders, health experts, yoga teachers and musicians.
Whether you’re a seasoned half-marathoner or browsing your first pair of running shoes, destination races are great excuses to travel. If you’re thinking about signing up for a 5k or half-marathon, consider looking for an event in a city you haven’t visited like New York, Nashville, Dallas or San Francisco. Running with the locals will let you explore the city on a personal level, and you can take time before or after the race to do some sightseeing.
Stuck on where to go? The following races are ranked among running’s best and take place in locales that might already be on your bucket list: Hollywood Half Marathon, Walt Disney World Disney Princess Half-Marathon, Oakley New York Mini 10K, Surf City USA Marathon or South Carolina’s Kiawah Island Golf Resort Half Marathon.
Rafting and camping at the Grand Canyon
Every single person I have ever spoken with about the Grand Canyon has used the phrase “pictures don’t do it justice.” This was pretty frustrating until I went to the iconic Arizona landmark and found it to be true. The Canyon is a prime spot for a week of activity. When you’re not staring at its immense beauty, you can hike down to the bottom of the Canyon and camp, sign up for a whitewater rafting tour of the Colorado River, and walk the Skywalk, which is a small walkway that’s completely clear so you can see down into the cliffs below.
Hawaiian adventure in Maui
In addition to exploring Maui’s rich wildlife and history, you can use time in Maui to snorkel alongside beautiful aquatic life, hike the dormant Haleakala volcano, learn to surf at Hookipa Beach or take up hula dancing. When you’re not sweating it out, you can pack a picnic lunch and enjoy the views on any of Maui’s beaches.