As you start to think about your next vacation, combining both activity and relaxation components can be beneficial for your mind, body, and soul. Gone are the days of lying on the beach, drinking unlimited pina coladas, and lining up for the buffet line if you’re looking to maintain your body weight and vibrant health. There are still many ways to enjoy an active vacation with that will allow you to experience the great outdoors, savour local food & wine and take in the local culture without packing on unnecessary weight.
Consider a trip with your best friend, mom, aunt, sister, or vacation with a group of women to ensure your purpose of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Here are my top five ideas for active trips for women.
1. Run Wild in South Africa
Rated by Forbes Magazine as one of the ‘top 10 Marathons Worth Traveling For’, The Big Five Marathon attracts runners from all over the world. Its popularity of magnificent surroundings, Big Five wildlife, and its adventurous limitations from the animals makes this marathon a sell out every year.
This is a great opportunity for a group of women to travel together who not only enjoy running but if you’re looking to cross off a bucket list item such as a marathon, it will not only inspire you but take your breath away. After your race, take in the sights & culture of Cape Town, take a cable car to the top of Table Mountain or visit one of the many beaches or wineries that South Africa is known for. Start planning your active wildlife getaway now for 2015.
2. Play, Stay & Drive in Ireland
A great mother and daughter experience can be as simple as a self-drive vacation, staying in some quaint B&B’s and exploring the Wild Atlantic Way in Ireland. One of the most scenic drives in Ireland, a stretch of coastline that runs from the north western tip of Ireland right down to the southwest is known as the Wild Atlantic Way.
Stop and enjoy Achill to take in the tall sea cliffs, the bare mountains and the sweeping sandy beaches. As you drive further south on the coast, stop in Galway to admire the culture and sample some great fresh seafood. Journey south to the famous Cliffs of Moher, hike trails around the Ring of Kerry and rent a kayak in Donegel to complete your active trip.
3. Wine, Dine & Adventure in Napa Valley
Discover Napa Valley and its charming villages and wineries. Stay at some lovely B&B’s or relax on the private patio at your boutique inn before enjoying a fabulous wine country dinner. Walk from your inn along a beautiful country lane and enjoy seeing the vineyards of rural Napa Valley. Add to your visit a chic downtown spree or enjoy a spa treatment at your lodging before a fabulous wine country dinner.
To stay active, enjoy a bike tour of local wineries to experience a blending seminar where a mixologist will help you as you sniff and taste wines from the tank and make your own blend of delicious Napa wine. Afterwards, enjoy a prepared lunch by a master chef from a local winery paired to your own blend of wine. Finish off the day with a champagne hot air balloon ride over Napa Valley.
4. Food, Wine, & Wheels in the Loire Valley
Enjoy a relaxed ride through a truly charming corner of France, renowned for its architectural masterpieces, beautiful rolling countryside, exceptional vineyards, and picturesque villages. Each and every detail is planned out for you on a self-guided cycling tour of this region or you can hire a guide to ensure a peace of mind vacation.
Spending time with your mom or best friend while savouring the wonderful local flavours during lazy lunches can lead to memories that the two of you will remember forever. Go at your own pace while visiting Chateaus along the banks of the Loire on your bikes. What better way to stay active while enjoying the local food & wine and learning about the local culture.
5. Hike, Drive & Exlore in Costa Rica
For those women who are a little more adventurous, this is a trip for you! Start your drive from San Jose where your stay at a volcano lodge allows you to take in the fiery activity of a volcano at night and experience some world class rafting during the day. Spend some time mountain biking through some of the most lush rainforest that Costa Rica has to offer to finish off your day with a guided nocturnal hike.
If you like food, experience a lodge in the middle of a lush rainforest where you can finish your day after a long hike with some organic gourmet local cuisine. Explore the wonderful cloud forest of Monteverde and fly over the treetops by zip ling through nature. Finish off your vacation with a stay at one of the many incredible scenic beach resorts in Costa Rica to take in a private surfing lesson or simply relax on the beach before departing to go back home.