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Active Vacation Ideas

Breaking Out of the Beach Rut

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  • Trail maintenance work is a great way to be active and give back and you get your meals and lodging paid for. If you like the great outdoors you'd find it hard to beat. It is hard work but you meet great people and they feed you well. Contact a trail association like the Pacific Crest Trail Association on the west coast or the Appalachian Trail Association in the east. - 6/15/2010 8:45:41 PM
  • Love the idea of vacation places that have nice trail and offer bicycle renting services. Unfortunately, when I was younger, my family tend to find places more to resting, not moving, haha. Luckily, quite near with my home, there's this one place good for cave exploring - Niah Cave in Sarawak or Borneo Island. I think only take about 2 hours drive. - 6/15/2010 8:16:03 PM
  • Very practical advice at a time when so many people are struggling just to pay the bills. NOT.

    For those on a more modest budget, I suggest a trip to your local municipality office or chamber of commerce. I've discovered to my delight that they often have ideas for for local walks, hikes, cycling trips, and other activities that are free or very low cost. They often provide maps and pamphlets too. Check it out. - 6/15/2010 11:20:38 AM
  • These all sound so cool! This definitely makes me wish I could afford a vacation, haha. But since I'm getting married this fall and we're not honeymooning right away, I can plan our honeymoon with ideas like this in mind. We're planning on visiting several spots in Western Europe... maybe we'll do a pub-to-pub ride in Ireland, too!! - 6/15/2010 5:44:22 AM
  • Our vacation this year is walking college campuses to help our daughter choose where to attend school in a year. When we are done with the campus, we will walk around the town in which they are located! - 6/16/2009 9:39:49 PM
  • MCTICK
    The idea of an active vacation is terrific, and I enjoyed the jumping off points here. I do think it is important to note, however, that if you're trying a new and higher-risk activity, such as cycling, white-water rafting or kayaking, that safety must also be a major concern. You should be sure you have the proper equipment, have taken all necessary instruction, and don't try to exceed your abilities the first time or two out. - 6/15/2009 12:28:10 PM
  • NIGHTSTAR777
    I love all ideas. My husband and I use the same for our weekends. I live in NY. There is beach on the shore Atlantic ocean. We go there on working day to swim. But on weekend we go away.

    There are boat trips around Manhattan, Governor Island, where one may walk around( I think it is possible now) looking at the skyline of NY, NJ, Brooklyn and listening the waives beating, Bettery Park or Central park. Just get around.

    There are beautiful Hudson river. Take trip on boat from NY to Albany. Call to the Commander and take trip by boat to the West point. Or another boat around mystic island.

    Really it is not cost too much. It is not important where to go, far away or in the local trip. Just go. - 6/15/2009 6:57:20 AM
  • I loved this article. I'm actually planning on a 3 day cycling "expedition" in the mountains next week... Looking forward to it! :) - 5/21/2009 9:29:00 AM
  • Your article reminded me of Colin and Julie Angus who are making a human powered journey from the northern tip of Scotland to Syria on 2 bikes pulling 2 sculling boats on a trailer. While this is too ambitious for most of us, making a smaller journey in the US on the Erie Canal, or off the coast of British Columbia on boat and bike sounds fabulous and is now on my dream list. My change wold be to use a bicycle mechanisms t0 paddle the kayak; it is faster and you are always facing forward and your hands are free to take pictures. You can follow their journey on Angus Adventures. - 9/6/2008 6:51:48 PM
  • Volunteer vacations are wonderful! I have spent two spring breaks working with Habitat for Humanity, which is a fabulous thing for college students to do - it's cheap, fun, and you're helping an organization that really needs it. They have trips all over the country. I'm also involved with a group that organizes trips to Brazil, just outside of Rio, called Task Brasil. They offer amazing ecovacations where you help at their homes for street children and learn about sustainable farming. The possibilities are endless! - 6/16/2008 4:31:54 AM
  • This article sounds exactly like what my husband has planned for the family for next summer! Kayaking, white water rafting, the works! This is one of the main reasons for my weight loss, so I can enjoy everything with my family, like it should be! - 6/15/2008 1:32:05 PM
  • loved the idea about sea kayaking with whales and around ice bergs. I just wish there was more information on how to book a trip like this. - 6/11/2008 7:12:10 PM
  • BDHEISLER
    A wonderful article that really makes you want to have an adventure. A vacation should be something to excite you and get you away from your everyday life. - 4/29/2008 7:42:25 AM
  • For the past 12 summers my family and I have participated in Nature Summits. With a focus on loving the outdoors etc, these are family friendly week long confrences that have something for everyone. If I sound like a commercial it's because i truly love these. I've made great friends from all over the country. We hike, raft, kayak, rock climb, etc depending on the location. This year it is being held in Mt. Hood Oregon. Check out www.familynaturesummits.org for more information. - 1/8/2008 10:42:20 AM

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