When you picture being on vacation it almost always involves being someplace sunny where you can be completely stationary in a lounge chair whilst staring at Instagram-able scenery with an ice cold cocktail in the foreground. Let’s go right now, right? It sounds perfect!
Give yourself at least one of those completely lazy sun-baked days, but keep your body moving, too. An active vacation is far more memorable, gives you less to feel regret about upon your return home, and is your truest way to experience a new place. Build in as much time for moving around as you have planned for lounging. You’ve earned both, it’s just all in your perspective!
#1 Share a Bike — Find a bike share station near your hotel or Airbnb and use that for commuting around town and between local attractions. They usually require a nominal fee and give you a chance to experience the city in a new way.
#2 Shop the Farmers Market — Every vacation should include a trip to the local farmers market, each is its own unique experience. Plus, you get to rack up your steps per day count while shopping for fresh, local produce, honey, salsa, and other edible souvenirs.
#3 Run a Race — Point to a spot on a map and you’ll find a place having a 5K, 10K or fun run. Check with your concierge or local events calendar and hop into a weekend race before you take in a hot brunch spot.
#4 Take a Dip — Whether you’re at the beach, the mountains, or Grandma’s hometown, find a local watering hole and swim a few laps.
#5 Paddle Your Way — Where there’s a swimming hole there’s a place to grab a water craft. Try standup paddle boarding, canoeing, kayaking, surfing or another water sport that is as much a workout as it is a seriously fun sport.
#6 Take a Hike — From nature trails to forests and mountains to beaches, you’re rarely someplace that doesn’t have a hiking trail. Convene with nature, really get away from it all, give yourself a most memorable workout far from home.
#7 Shake Your Groove Thing! — If the nightlife is calling while you’re away, then don’t forget to pack your dancing shoes. Find a salsa club, local dance studio with open nights, hit the local club, or grab a concert — all will leave you drenched in dance floor sweat!
#8 Just Workout — No matter if you’re into CrossFit, yoga, Pilates, Spin, or strength training, there’s a gym to suit your style in any town you’ll visit. Check out the local offerings and try something new.
Doesn’t that sound like much more fun than just sitting? That’s because it is fun! Once you’ve spent even part of each day checking one of these items off the list, you’ll be ready for the cocktail on the beach in a lounge chair with that book club beach read you’ll be to napped-out to actually read! Pack your Enell — which takes up minimal space in your luggage — and you won’t have to sit the sideline for any activity that pops up!