Looking to change up your vacation? Then head to a place where your favorite activity headlines the itinerary. Here are eight destinations where fitness is the name of the game.
1) Surfing Camp in Costa Rica
Whether you’re a die-hard surfer or a Barney (novice), the Kalon Surf Week at the Kalon Escuela de Surf could be for you. The trip includes rooms, meals, surf coaching and video analysis, Pilates for surfing and professional photos and video.
Can you say Cowabunga!?
2) Kenai Peninsula Multisport Adventure Tour in Alaska
Want to see Alaska up close and personal? Backroads Multisport Adventure Tour will show it to you while you cycle, hike, kayak, raft and camp.
MoneyCrashers.com cautioned that this trip isn’t for the faint of heart. There are no spa services or comfy beds. So plan to rough it.
What you do get are meals, campsites, bikes, kayaks and expert leaders to keep you safe while traversing the Alaskan wilderness.
3) Trail Running in Dolomites, Italy
See the Italian mountains in a whole new way. Imagine running in the gorgeous landscape during the day and enjoy phenomenal food every evening on a Holimites Tour.
You’ll experience 10,000-foot spires, rollicking trails and cushy huts within solid running distance.
4) Ski Camp in Alta, Utah
The Alta Lodge Women's Ski Camp is for intermediate and advanced skiers. Challenge yourself, improve your techniques, and meet new ski buddies for three days of instruction and four nights of lodging and meals. Instructors come from the Alf Engen Ski School.
5) Ride Camp in Mallorca, Spain
Trek Travel’s Mallorca Ride Camp makes it easy. They provide the carbon-frame bikes, water bottles, luxury accommodations, meals, and support vehicles for the daily rides, according to MoneyCrashers.com.
Expect to ride about 40 miles each day across the beautiful Spanish terrain and stretches of vineyards, and along the Mediterranean Sea.
6) Horseback Riding in Greenough, Montana
Giddy up! Experience the Cowgirl Spring Roundup at the Resort at Paws Up. The retreat includes educational workshops, trail rides, clay shooting, campfires and herding cattle on an authentic cattle drive.
You’ll arrive as a City Slicker but return a Cowgirl! Check the website for 2017 dates.
7) Rock Climbing Clinic in Colorado Springs, Colorado
Is learning to scale giant rocks on your bucket list? Then a First Ascent Mountain School's Women's Climbing Clinicis perfect for you if you’re a novice or wannabe rock climber.
The Clinic gives you the chance to conquer the Garden of the Gods and Pikes Peak, and local faves like North Cheyenne Canyon and Red Rock Canyon Open Space.
8) Swimming in Tulum, Mexico
Tulum is one of the best destinations to swim in Mexico. If swimming pumps you up, this could be one of your best vacations. It’s a twofer! Not only can you swim in the stunning ocean and see ocean life at the same time, but the Mayan ruins are nearby.
Check out Trip Advisor and other travel guides to plan your trip.
Your ideal fitness destination is out there. Research online, read reviews, talk to friends, and you’ll discover the perfect vacation for you.
Reviewed July 13, 2016
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith
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