We all need a little relaxation from time to time, but if the thought of sitting on a beach doing nothing bores you to tears, then why not make your next vacation an active one? Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or you want to see the world from above, there are destinations and activities that will suit you. Not sure where to start? We’ve picked 5 travel ideas to inspire your next trip. Enjoy your adventures!
Take a Hike
The easiest (and cheapest) way to have an active holiday is to explore your destination on foot. This gives you the freedom to go wherever you want, whenever you want – and you may end up accidentally finding a hidden gem. From seeing the sights in the city to admiring panoramic views of pristine beaches, the world is yours to discover.
If you love nothing more than getting lost in nature, why not explore one of the world’s many hiking trails? There are plenty of hikes to choose from, but if you want to see as much as possible, the Tour Du Mont Blanc goes through three different countries (France, Switzerland, and Italy) and offers views of rolling valleys and snow-capped mountains. There’s something for all abilities, with shorter walks along different sections of trail and a longer tour — the famous 250 km trail.
Ride a Bike
Want to pick up the pace? A cycling vacation may suit you. You can set the speed, choosing whether you want to race along, or take it slow as you soak in your surroundings. Like walking, cycling gives you the freedom to explore your destination the way you want to, plus the endorphins and fresh air can be a real mood booster.
If you can handle the heat, South East Asia is very popular with cyclists thanks to its lush scenery. To see the biggest variety of landscapes, try starting your trip from the Vietnamese city of Dalat, where the weather is more temperate and therefore more suited to cycling. You’ll ride along beautiful stretches of coastline, find shade in the pine forests, get a taste of culture in the fishing villages, and finish your trip in the town of Hoi An, which is known for its delicious food. Cars and motorbikes are banned, so you (and your bike) will feel right at home.
Take the Horses on Holiday!
Whether you’re a complete beginner or a horse riding expert, exploring your destination on horseback is something a bit different, and you’ll still be able to stay active. No matter what your level of experience is, make sure you have a guide who knows the area — they’ll make sure everyone, human and animal, is well looked after, and they’ll be able to point out landmarks and wildlife as they lead you on your way.
National parks, like the Brecon Beacons in Wales, UK, often have opportunities to trek with animals, and some of them even have accommodation that welcomes both horse and rider.
Reach New Heights
If you can’t bear to settle on one single activity, your best bet is to go somewhere where you can try a bit of everything, either self-guided or on a tour. Micro Adventure’s weekend in the French Pyrenees is perfect for anyone who’s looking to get out of their comfort zone and put themselves to the test. You’ll try your hand at rock climbing and abseiling, explore the Canyon d’Héas, and see the French countryside from above as you navigate rope bridges and zip lines.
Visit the Adventure Capital of the World!
Queenstown, New Zealand, has a reputation for offering everything you could want from an active adventure vacation, and for good reason – you won’t ever be stuck for things to do.
If you have a head for heights, there’s paragliding, skydiving and canyon swinging, which starts with a freefall jump alongside a rocky cliff face. Those who prefer to remain closer to the earth can take part in kayaking, paddle boarding and mountain biking.
Less strenuous activities including tramping trails (the Kiwi way of talking about a trek) and scenic flights over New Zealand’s incredible countryside. Or why not hire a bike and explore it for yourself?
We hope these 5 ideas for an active vacation have inspired you to start planning your next active adventure!
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