Vacation: a time to relax, unwind, let loose, and recharge.
Sure, this is how the average traveler thinks of their time off, but as a fitness fanatic, for you, getting away also means engaging in exciting activities and maybe even taking your workout game to the next level.
You’re all about exploring new areas on foot, learning how to exercise like the locals, and embracing new adventures.
These days, almost every resort and hotel has a fitness center, but working out in a gym is what you do while you’re at home. You have no need to travel far just to hop on a treadmill or pick up some weights.
You’re looking for a destination that can offer an exhilarating escape from your daily workout routine. Maybe you’re in search of a challenging hike or perhaps you’re after a sanctuary where you can re-connect with your yoga practice.
No matter what type of destination you’re itching to visit, and no matter what your favorite way to work out is, you can easily combine your passion for both exploration and exercise at one of these top fitness-focused vacation spots.
Las Vegas Ski & Snowboard Resort
Located about 45 minutes north of the Las Vegas Strip, this high-elevation resort (it sits 8,510 feet above sea level in Lee Canyon) provides exercise-loving guests with an array of outdoor activities to choose from, and not only during ski season. Popular outdoor activities include hiking in the nearby Spring Mountain National Recreation Area (home to 51 miles of trails) and disc golf games amidst Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest. The first hole of this popular course has an elevation of 9,300-feet, and while there is a chairlift that will take you to the first tee, exercise enthusiasts are welcomed to hike their way up as well.
Boracay in the Philippines
Brendan Lee, creator of the travel blog Bren on the Road, recommends this island, which is world renowned for its pristine beaches, as a top-tier destination for martial arts training. “I trained at a martial arts gym called Legacy Gym, and the training was world-class," he said. "Some days we would start with sprints on the beach at 8 a.m., before the unforgiving Boracay sun came up." Even though it may sound like an experience for intense athletes only, Brendan says he encountered exercisers of all levels during his stay. “[There were] kids, men, and women of all ages and all levels of experience,” he said. “Complete beginners were very common and they loved it.”