11 Active Vacation Ideas: SparkPeople SlideShow
11 Active Vacation Ideas
Just because you're on vacation doesn't mean it's time to lie around. Get up, get out, and get moving! Here are 11 ways you can see the sites while working up a bit of a sweat.
Climb Every Mountain
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.
A River Runs Through It
If you’d like to be close to the water without hitting the beach, then whitewater rafting or kayaking is sure to get your heart pumping. Most companies offer half-day trips, as well as full day and overnight trips for those looking for the most exhilaration possible.
Cycling for Excitement
Taking part in a cycling tour is a challenging way to catch the sites while enjoying the company of the rest of your group. Biking gets your heart rate up and lets you enjoy a region's beauty along the way.
Hit the water and take a lesson in sailing. More than just steering a boat, you'll learn to tie knots, manage the sails – and work up quite a sweat in the process.
Walk This Way
Walking tours are excellent ways to discover the most beautiful places in the world. 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.
Snorkeling is a great way to get up close and personal with magnificent sea creatures while getting in some exercise. Whether you're scuba diving in deep water or snorkeling along a sandbar, there's plenty to see while you swim.
A Whale of a Time
Want to get up close and personal with a whale? You can, with a sea kayak adventure where you'll paddle along with the whales, become an explorer, and soak up a little history while you exercise.
Get Active with Social Activism
Some people prefer to spend their down time helping others. There are many charitable organizations that need volunteers. Swinging a hammer or digging a ditch for others will warm your heart as well as give it a good workout.
Surfing lessons can be had at practically any beach. Learn how to paddle out, and test your core strength by trying to stand up on a board. Surfing might seem challenging, and it can be, but it's also a great total body workout.
Hit the Slopes
Whether you're a daredevil heading for the black diamond slopes or sticking to the bunny trails, it's easy to find an affordable ski vacation. Not keen on steep slopes? Cross-country skiing over flat terrain is great exercise. Or try snowboarding for a great core and lower body workout.
Take a Hike