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How to Take Advantage of Active Travel For a Healthy Vacation

Many people look at a vacation as a time to sit back, take it easy and enjoy a restful time by the pool with a good book and a drink in hand. For others, a few days of this routine leaves them restless and looking for something to challenge them.

If you find yourself in the challenge category, you should consider active travel as an outlet for your need to keep moving.

If staying healthy and fit is a strong motivator for you, active travel options can be a perfect way to enjoy time away from home while keeping your mind and body challenged.

There are a number of starting points for this type of travel experience. The first is to focus on a particular type of activity. Walking tours and programs are quite popular, providing a chance to see areas which are difficult to get to by car or other transport. The next level would be to consider a cross country type of travel experience, such as snowshoeing or skiing for winter travel. The ultimate would be considering a mountain climb or similar level of exertion.

If sports are the motivator for your travel experience, consider a sports camp that specializes in your favorite activity, including tennis, swimming, golf, or bicycling, to name a few. Each can provide a unique experience, while giving you the chance to hone your skills in a sport that you love.

As with any vacation theme, you can organize your own activities, or hook up with a tour or camp operator. There is every level of service available, from bare bones to ultimate luxury. You need to decide what your budget and schedule will allow. There is a convenience factor to having someone else handle a lot of the details, just be sure you understand the costs of any tour package, and what is expected of you with respect to the activities planned.

Another key factor in active travel is being honest with yourself about your ability to undertake the exertion planned in the activities. It can be a thrill to push yourself to the limit, but if you get sidelined due to an injury or accident, the joy of the vacation will vanish, and you will just be counting the days until you return home. It is best to pace yourself according to your stamina and strength. Remember, the purpose of the vacation is to relieve you of stress, not create new stresses!

Active travel is now a significant option for vacationers worldwide. If your idea of a getaway involves physical activity for relaxation and stress relief, consider making your next vacation an active travel vacation!