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If your vacation goal is to relax and unwind, some activity will be necessary to shake off the stress of life. However, if you’re focused on fitness, finding a way to put exercise and travel into one exciting bundle is an even better vacation choice. You can focus on your current favorite sport or try something totally new.
Is there a part of the world you’ve always wanted to see? Look for a hiking or trekking trail package that will allow you to see the sights while you get in a week’s worth of amazing leg days. If you’re able to go overseas, consider the Camino de Santiago to the cathedral at Santiago de Compostela. You’ll start in the French Pyrenees mountains and hike across northern Spain. For those who plan to stay stateside, famous thru-hiking trips in the United States include the Appalachian Trail, from Maine to Georgia the John Muir trail in California the Wonderland Trail in Washington State the Lone Star Trail in Texas
Of course, you can also find local trails that loop back around to start your trial training regimen. For those that prefer a staycation, check out local parks with hiking trails that offer a variety of challenges.
You don’t have to live near an ocean to get in some serious paddling. Treat yourself to an inflatable kayak and good quality safety gear for a trip to one of the many Michigan state parks that offer lakeshore access. While you’re in Michigan for your summer water adventure, make sure you check out local farm stands for sweet corn, tomatoes, berries, greens, and all the other bounties of a northern summer. You’ll burn it off!
Consider a cycling trip to one of the many destinations that offer great cycling trails. You could take the rails to trails across many states in preparation for a race in your state.
You could also take your mountain bike up to Crested Butte, Colorado for a hard ride on one of the earliest mountain bike race trails. Park City, Utah and the Tahoe Trail in California also offer some great riding, beautiful scenery and lots of fresh air.
For anyone who needs to stay local, consider investing in a tandem bike that you can enjoy with your partner. Switch places to allow the power pedal person in the back lots of time to look around while the lead cyclist watches for hazards.
There are cruises for folks of all fitness levels and interests. If you love yoga and want to expand your practice, consider a yoga cruise to allow you to stretch and strengthen your body in the warm sun on a soothing body of water. For those who’ve never cruised because they worried about being bored or cramped, it’s important to note that cruise ships are actually remarkably comfortable. A room with a view is nearly always an option, and there are many rooms that even offer a balcony. Yoga, great food, exciting destinations and a butler mean that your yoga cruise can be healthy, relaxing and rejuvenating.
You can also build a great vacation trip all on your own. Start choosing your camping gear so you can plan a hike out to your own rustic camping site. Most state parks offer some rustic camping, so why not book your site near water load your gear onto your back hike out to your campsite with everything you need ignore the rest of the world for a week or two?
Your vacation doesn’t have to be expensive to be relaxing. You can recharge in a tent as well as in a hotel. Start the day with a few sun salutations, go on a great hike, paddle your kayak until you’re ready for a swim, and enjoy the fitness as well as the chance to disconnect.
Everyone has their own goals for their vacation. Some may want to connect with loved ones far away, while others may not want to deal with people at all. Those with a more competitive soul may prefer training for or participating in a race, either on foot or on a bicycle.