While some people enjoy nothing more than relaxing on a lounge chair or floating in the pool during their vacations, others are all about seeking out active travel activities that add to the memories, and keep the heart rate pumping.

The good news is there are tons of fun activities you and your travel companions can enjoy while you’re on your next trip. It never hurts to get a little bit of exercise, plus you might find a few new activities that you can’t wait to enjoy when you get home.

Stand Up Paddleboarding

hawaii-stand-up-paddleboardingStand up paddleboarding, also known as SUP, has been taking the world by storm over the last few years. If you want a way to burn a ton of calories, be out on the water, and not need hours of lessons, well paddleboarding is it.

And, while you may think you have to be hitting the beaches of San Diego to try stand up paddleboarding, this sport is growing all over the country, from oceans, to rivers, and lakes.

Rock Climbing

Sedona Rock ClimbingWhat used to be a niche activity, rock climbing is growing in popularity. While most people aren’t prepared to take on the walls of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park, there are¬†plenty of parks around the the country that are getting known as prime rock climbing destinations.

So, if you’ve been wanting to try it out, be sure to see if you can stop by a local rock climbing or bouldering hot spot near your next vacation destination.

Disc Golf

Disc Golf BasketSure golf is still pretty popular, but it’s getting blown away by the competition: disc golf. Also known as frisbee golf, this growing sport has a massive following that includes not just courses all over the United States, but associations, tournaments and meetups as well.

With courses everywhere, it has never been easier to plan a friend getaway that involves some epic games of disc golf than right now.

Skiing and Snowboarding

Ski LiftFor the snowbunnies out there, you can hardly find a better active travel activity than hitting the slopes for a few hours of fun on the mountain. Most mountains offer an amazing experience of outdoor activities, plus cozy loges, great food, and a fun atmosphere.

From the Green Mountains of Vermont, to the epic snow in places like Breckenridge and Aspen, Colorado, you can now chase winter all year round.


Yoga at the BeachIf you’ve never tried yoga before, give it a shot and you’ll see it’s quite the work out! That’s why more and more hotels and resorts are offering special yoga activities and events for their visitors. With so many people wanting to combine an active lifestyle with healthy eating, “yoga-cations” are the perfect fit.

As yoga has become more popular around the country, there are hundreds of yoga based retreats that specialize in getting your fix in some incredible natural settings.

Did we miss any of your favorite active travel activities? Let us know how you get active on vacation in the comments!