15 Fit Trips You Should Take This New Year from 15 Fit Trips You Should Take This New Year
15 Fit Trips You Should Take This New Year
15 Fit Trips You Should Take This New Year
Use of vacation days is at the lowest point in four decades. More than 222 million such days remained unredeemed in 2015, according to the U.S. Travel Association. Doing your best to reverse the trend should be your primary resolution for 2017. The adventure of seeing a new place, meeting new people, and trying new food are always alluring ideas. Getting fit at the same time is a dream come true.
Ride & Seek
Ride an Ironman bike course
With tour operators Ride & Seek and Big Island Bike Tours, ride the roads of Hawaii’s grueling and windy Ironman bike course, through coffee plantations and up the world's largest active volcano, the 13,677-foot Mauna Loa. You’ll also get to soak away any muscle soreness in the heated tide pools of Kapoho.
Explore the Amazon Jungle
Home to one of the largest and most complex ecosystems in the world, the Amazon Rainforest is a marvel that has captivated travelers for decades. The forest, still full of mystery and stunning scenery, is far from easy to navigate. Outfitters offer a variety of trip options. Most tours include hikes, wildlife viewing, and camping. Take jungle walks, explore the river’s edge at night with spotlights, and navigate in canoes through Anavilhanas National Park.
Snorkel and kayak in Thailand
Bike down the “Death Road”
This will be one of the craziest adventures in your life. Widely called the most dangerous road in the world, and informally named “El Camino de la Muerte” by locals, Bolivia’s North Yungus Road has been attracting fearless mountain bikers for years. The 40-mile stretch descends more than 11,000 feet over unpaved, tight roads, which overlook sheer drops, often without guardrails.
Climb the world’s highest volcano
Nevado Ojos del Salado at 22,615 feet is in the Andes on the Argentina–Chile border. The hike to the top can be strenuous at certain parts, and you may need a rope, but the views will be worth it. You’ll see a crater lake that is one of the highest on the planet. Ojos del Salado is still active which makes the hiking experience even more exhilarating, and has fumarolic activity, but there are no confirmed historical eruptions.
Cycle an alpine road in Romania
Surf at Surf Simply in Nosara, Costa Rica
Nosara is one of the coolest surf cities in the world and Surf Simply is one of the best surf schools. Try its one and two week, all-inclusive courses. Instructors like to say that they teach you how to teach yourself how to surf. You will work specific skills behind the sport and then break down the mechanisms. Standing up on the board is almost like science.
Ski steep and deep in Montana
Rent a cabin in the Moonlight Basin community and ski the steep, open terrain of Montana’s Big Sky resort. You’ll have access to 5,800 acres and 4,350 feet of vertical, and with a private guide from Moonlight you can ski the famed North Summit Snowfield and areas normally closed to the public. Other activities include guided Nordic skiing, snowshoeing and fat biking on winter trails.
Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
The Inca Trail in Peru is by far one of most famous hikes in the world. Adventurers, who don’t mind crowds, hike 26 miles in about 4-5 days, conquering taxing ascends and descends. The rewards come in the form of getting close to ancient ruins, exploring the jungle, being inspired by gorgeous mountain scenery, and seeing the iconic Machu Picchu.
Travel Vision Journeys
Hike and photograph Northwest Argentina
With Travel Vision Journeys, hike and photograph a variety of landscapes in Northwest Argentina, including the Gorge of Arrows, Seven Colors Mountain, the Enchanted Valley in Los Cardones National Park and the Salinas Grandes salt flat. Along the way, you’ll also sample some of the country’s finest wines from high-altitude vineyards.
Fat biking in Wyoming
The fat bike phenomenon has taken hold in the past few years, prompting seasonal cyclists to make the switch and ride year-round. The Wyoming wilderness offers some of the best opportunities for the adventurous sport. Roll the big wheels on the trails around Turpin Meadow Ranch in Moran and on the snow-covered roads of Grand Teton National Park.
Try waterfall kayaking
Gondwana Eco Tours