With the simmer knocking at our door, it would be a smart idea to start making plans for the summer holidays. We live busy lives dealing with a lot of stress on a daily basis, so a summer holiday seems like a perfect solution to relieve that stress and use that free time to work on physical and mental health.
“Where to start” and “What to do to relieve stress?” are just some of the questions that you possibly have. It is not that hard to plan an active summer holiday once you know what your options are. Going on an active vacation is a great way to lift up your spirits and improve your health.
To help you out, we decided to share with you some of the active summer holiday ideas. Let’s jump straight into it.
Trekking is Always Nice
Many people are under the impression that you need some kind of special gear and plan to turn a vacation into an active one. What if we told you that you already have all that is necessary? All you need is a nice pair of shoes and a bottle of water. Most people think that trekking involves going into the wild and spending some time away from all those sights they want to visit.
Well, urban trekking is a thing and you should embrace it with all your heart if you want to get the best of both worlds – physical activity and traveling. Instead of renting a car or using public transportation, focus on experiencing the destination on foot. You will need to do some extra planning for this one. Research the destination and use Google Maps to plan your route.
Don’t forget to bring a bottle of fresh water and your digital camera. Focusing on architecture, people, and details around you will help you forget your worries. On top of that, all that walking will definitely improve your cardiovascular health.
If you are more interested in classic trekking, there are some destinations that offer great sightseeing while trekking in nature. Some of these are the Inca Trail in Peru, Tibetan trails, and the Ciudad Perdida trek in Colombia.
If you truly want to turn your summer vacation into an escape, then a wellness retreat is your go-to option. Wellness retreats are designed to promote relaxation and well-being in general. They provide this perfect balance of activity and rest all of us so desperately need.
The travel industry has recognized this need, so you won’t have to worry about ending up in some godforsaken destination to experience a true escape.
There are many campsites across the world, some on the mountains and some on the seaside that offer wellness retreats. Staying close to a popular tourist destination is a smart choice, as it leaves you with many options. Once you feel that craving for activity and stimulation, you can always go for a walk and experience the destination as all other travelers do.
Don’t worry about the means of staying physically active. Modern wellness retreat centers feature gyms, pools, and other convenient ways to keep those muscles working. You will be able to find a lot of these in India, Thailand, Italy, Bali, and Spain.
Enrich Your Cycling Experience
Peddaling that bike in your room or in a local gym won’t get you far. Why not get or rent a bike and take it on an adventure with you. Cycling is a great outdoor activity, especially when you are cycling across the destinations you have never seen in your life before.
Cycling is good for your joints, cardiovascular health, and agility. Meeting fellow bikers and taking on new adventures with them is good for mental health as well, not to mention the sense of accomplishment after beating your old record and the effect it has on your self-esteem and confidence.
If you are wondering how to pack all those things and transport them to your destination, the answer is quite simple. Why don’t you research biking tours and biking destinations? The chances are that you will get all the equipment on the spot.
Whether you love cycling on asphalt or on the dirty country and mountain roads, we are sure that you are going to have a great time.
Great Kayaking Destinations for Fun
Kayaking is perhaps the most demanding activity on our list in terms of physical preparedness. But, on the other hand, it is so rewarding. Whether you are inland or at the seaside, there are countless Kayaking opportunities waiting for you to discover them.
Plus, you are going to have quite some fun while learning it. If you decide to bring your friends or just go with your significant other, you can kayak together, once you learn how to balance properly that is. You are probably going to get wet.
Travel agencies offer a number of kayaking tours all across the globe – some are more and some less requiring. You don’t need to worry about the gear if you decide to go on a tour, as it will be provided to you on the spot along with the training if necessary.
Yoga Retreats Are a Viable Option
Yoga retreats have become very popular these days. There are agencies offering them as a standard part of travel arrangements. If it is too much for you, the weekend yoga retreat is always an option.
Yoga is great for both physical and mental health. It will help you improve strength, posture, flexibility, and lose some weight. On a mental health note, yoga will help you breathe better, reduce stress, and make you feel energized.
There are plenty of ways to turn a summer holiday into a healthy activity. We decided to share with you several very different options, as we are all different. Choose the one that resonates the best with your personal preferences. We wish you a great time and plenty of stress relief.