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Life and living: The facts on fitness vacations

Have you thought about taking a fitness-oriented vacation? If so, now may be a great time to do it. You can take advantage of warmer weather in some of the typically cooler parts of the country, and up your fitness level in the process. 

However, before you book that biking or backpacking trip, consider whether a fitness trip is really right for you by reviewing the statements below. If the majority of these are true for you, use that insight to plan the perfect personalized fitness vacation: 

I’m an active individual who loves exercising and trying new things or I’m looking for a way to jumpstart a healthier lifestyle. 

  • My family will enjoy a fitness vacation as much as I will. 

  • I hope to meet some new friends on my vacation who are also into fitness. 

  • I want spa treatments included with my trip. 

  • I want food and drinks included with my trip. 

  • I want the trip to focus on a single form of exercise or I’d like a mix of activities and classes. 

  • I want to stay in the United States or I’d like to travel abroad. 

  • Now that you’ve considered some of the things you want from a fitness vacation, get inspired by these potential fitness destinations. 

New Life Hiking Spa

Killington, Vermont

This spa offers all-inclusive vacations ranging from two nights to two weeks. Most hiking spa packages include a room with a private bath, three gourmet meals each day, instruction in a nationally renowned hiking program, access to all exercise programs—including stretching, chi kung, strength training, water aerobics, yoga, core, Pilates, Zumba and more—and one massage or facial for every three nights at the resort.

Red Mountain Essential Retreat

Ivins, Utah

When you want to enjoy a rustic vacation without roughing it, head to this resort. The Red Mountain Essential Retreat package includes a deluxe room, three meals daily, guided morning hikes, unlimited fitness classes, healthy life classes, and access to hotel fitness amenities such as pools, bikes and strength training equipment. Due to the flexibility in program selection, the Red Mountain Essential Retreat may be a good fit for families, too.

Trek Travel Mallorca Ride Camp

Mallorca, Spain

If you want to be active abroad, consider cycling with the Trek Travel Mallorca Ride Camp in Mallorca, Spain. All you have to do is show up ready to ride. The camp provides carbon-frame bikes, water bottles, luxury accommodations, meals and support vehicles for the daily guided bike rides.

Momentum River Expeditions

Oregon, Idaho and Northern California

Here’s an all-inclusive river rafting destination that offers three meals a day, including a gourmet three-course dinner at the end of each day’s paddling…which spans the entire day. As part of this kayaking adventure, you’ll set up camp and sleep in a tent. However, you can unwind with a glass of wine at the end of the day, too.

Backroads Alaska Adventure Tours

Alaska

Discover the unforgettable sights and landscapes of Alaska via hiking, biking and kayaking on these spectacular adventure tours. Hotel accommodations are included in the price, but spa services and other luxury amenities may not be available. 

Kalon Escuela de Surf

Costa Rica

Looking for a surfing adventure and a vacation all rolled into one? The Kalon Surf Week at the Kalon Escuela de Surf in Costa Rica is the ticket. A seven-night vacation includes transportation to and from San Jose, a private room in a mansion with an en suite bathroom, meals, snacks and drinks prepared by a private chef, five days of surf coaching (three to four hours each day), surfing video analysis, a one-hour massage, Pilates for surfing class, professional photos and video, sunblock, a rash guard, and your own mobile concierge.

Sivananda Ashram Yoga Retreat

The Bahamas

For devoted yogis, spending vacation connecting to your own self and the inner energy of others is likely to be high on the list of amazing vacation opportunities. Practicing yoga on the beautiful beaches of The Bahamas makes it even more amazing. This destination also offers beachfront access to activities such as snorkeling, kayaking and beach hikes. 

As you explore some of these amazing opportunities for adventure and fitness, make a plan to add one of them to your 2022 travel plans. Or, if timing and funds don’t allow, put them on your bucket list as a near-term goal. Either way, it gives you something to look forward to! 

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