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Breaking Out of the Beach Rut

Vacation season is just around the corner. For most of us, that means no work and no distractions—just lots of time to have fun without worrying about what’s waiting for you back at the office. But taking the same old trip to the beach every summer gets kind of boring. Why not try something different this year and spend your vacation time getting active?

An active vacation is planned around physical activity—no lazing around on the beach for you! From walking tours across Europe to full-fledged adventure vacations, active vacations do your body good! If you’d like to try something different this year, here are some trips consider:

Walk This Way
Walking tours are excellent ways to discover the most beautiful places in the world. While you’re exercising at a comfortable pace, you can drink in the sights and sounds of your city of choice. Why not traipse around Tuscany and mingle with locals, or pause in Paris for a treat at a corner bistro? Besides visiting the shopping districts, your days could be filled with vineyard visits, cooking demonstrations and tours of historical monuments. Taking a walking tour gives you a glimpse of how it really feels to be a native. Besides burning hundreds of calories a day, you will immerse yourself in local culture and come home with memories (and photos) to last a lifetime.

Climb Every Mountain
If walking is not your speed, you could boost your adrenaline level by going mountain climbing! There are many companies that offer climbing education, so you can learn as you go. There’s a climbing adventure for everyone, even if you’re an absolute beginner. While you can stay within the United States and discover the beauty of our local mountain ranges, maybe you’d like to expand your horizons and visit the volcanoes of Mexico, which is the ideal place to start if you have never climbed before. Prior backpacking experience is recommended to ensure that you have the stamina needed to complete your climb.

A River Runs Through It
If you’d like to be close to the water without hitting the beach, then whitewater rafting across the rapids is sure to get your heart pumping. There are river expeditions on every major river across the country—all geared to different experience levels. Challenging the rapids is a unique way to combine beautiful scenery with breathtaking excitement. Most companies offer half-day trips, as well as full day and overnight trips for those looking for the most exhilaration possible. And don’t forget about kayaking. One or two-person kayaks are available, so you can paddle on your own or share one with a friend.
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    My dream vacation is hearty exercise, seeing new places, and eating and drinking wonderful food at the end of the day. Organized bike trips are my favorite because the pace is just right for me - you get to really experience the country. - 2/21/2014 7:24:06 AM
  • Wow. The author lost me with the "same old beach kind of boring" opening. Like everything else, a beach is boring if you make it boring. I know people who think hiking in the woods is boring. The point is to be active wherever you are. And for the record (at least in MHO) the beach is different just about every day you go, and there's always something to explore (tidal pools), sports to try (surfing, parasailing) or things to find (beachcombing). - 1/6/2014 12:44:36 PM
  • I have different places to exercise when I go on vacation. It's keeping it real. Doing different things make it more fun. - 9/17/2013 7:08:53 PM
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  • My vacation includes several hikes Rocky mt park Garden of Gods the Denver zoo and who know what else DB has planned. - 8/7/2013 12:40:45 AM
  • @2DAWN4 - that's just what i was about to suggest! i unfortunately dont have the time or funds to actually vacation, but there are so many worldwide that im dying to get. plus collecting the souvenirs is a great way to remember your travels! i still cherish the one i was able to find while studying abroad in korea. its a great excuse to get out and explore your surroundings! - 7/14/2013 12:10:00 AM
  • I love to geocache and actually plan vacations around great spots to cache in. Great way to keep moving while on vacation! - 7/13/2013 11:14:39 AM
  • Come to Ormond Beach, FL !! Five miles north of Daytona, if you like the racing stuff. We have just added a wonderful new beach front park, totally free, with playground equipment and a splash park, outdoor grill area with shaded picnic tables, spacious changing stations and showers, and a beautiful wide beach that is great for walking, sunning, surfing, swimming, hiking, biking -- nearby there are many other activities to stay active with your family. Come on down! - 4/9/2013 11:11:13 AM
  • If the author of this article thinks that regular beach vacations are boring, she needs to pick another beach. I never get bored on Waikiki. People are swimming, walking up and down, stand up (SUP) paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking...I wonder where she's going that she's so bored. Bored at the beach = lack of imagination. - 3/3/2012 8:11:01 PM
  • When I win the lottery......... - 8/11/2011 4:47:40 AM
  • When I was growing up my old man's vacation was going moose hunting in the fall. I miss those days even though I wasn';t old enough to join him. - 6/15/2011 11:14:45 PM
  • I am in a wheelchair now but my good idea is that active people could go around picking up litter. As it is, I "actively" clean my house. - 6/15/2011 8:44:29 AM
    This is a good article. last year me and some of my friends took an active safari in kenya through a tour operator called masimba safaris and we had a great time. Trekking through mt. longonot in the wild, we walked in the maasai mara and also watched game on foot, it was a good experience. we ate healthy with the support of our tour operator, it was great i would hightly recommend an active tour to anyone, it is good for all the family. - 6/15/2011 7:30:28 AM
  • Last Aug my hubby and I took our anniversay /vacation trip to Seattle,WA. The catch was no rental car. We took public transit from the airport to our hotel and then spent the next 5 days walking all over Seattle. I think the farthest we walked roundtrip was 4 miles one day. Its the 1st vacation I came home from that I had lost weight....5 whole lbs....... - 6/18/2010 10:59:56 AM
  • Living in Colorado, I am fortunate to have the chance to walk, hike, bike, and even go white-water rafting. For us, getting the chance to go to the ocean is anything but a rut -- it's a major treat!

    I liked the social action ideas, too - 6/16/2010 6:09:30 PM

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