Sitting on a quiet, sun-drenched beach in the tropics sipping on a colorful drink is many people’s idea of a perfect vacation. While this does sound enticing, it’s not how everyone wants to spend a holiday. The growing popularity of Fitcations, combining relaxation, fun and exercise target active people who want more from their down time (source). The possibilities for making a standard vacation into unforgettable fitcations are nearly limitless, with options for every fitness level.
Fitness as Lifestyle
Traditionally, there is a distinct line between everyday life and vacations, but in our 24/7 world it is often convenient to combine aspects of these. Wanderlust is an example of a company that offers people comprehensive fitcations in exotic locations like Oahu, Hawaii, Auckland, New Zealand and Guadalajara, Mexico. You can be as active as you want to be – enjoying activities like yoga, swimming, hiking, boot camp and kayaking. These holidays are shaped in a holistic fashion with a lot of attention paid to relaxation, nutrition and exercise. Socializing and bonding with like-minded people are also a big part of the experience. For some of these destinations, the journey is extensive such as New Zealand, but will appeal to the more adventurous.
Fitcations on a Budget
The more glamorous fitcations can be pricey, but this doesn’t have to prevent you from enjoying all the benefits they have to offer (source).
One of my favorite trips is a camping and hiking trip to places like Yosemite National Park in California and Zion National Park in Utah. Surrounded by some of the most beautiful scenery in the world, you can relax and exercise as much as you want all while snapping photos of a wide range of park residents including deer, bears, coyotes, mountain goats and bobcats. Investigating and booking your own local excursions will be a lot less expensive then traveling halfway around the world, but can still give you and your family an experience you’ll never forget.
Add fitcations to your bucket list. See the world, stay active, and you could even come back in better shape then when you left!