Get Fit: Ditch the Gym and Take an Active Trip Instead

Story by BikeHike Adventures

Posted: January 15, 2014
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Vancouver, B.C. - For those who plan to get fit in 2014, active adventure travel provides a creative twist to accomplishing one of the most common New Year's resolutions. Every January thousands of people set fitness resolutions that are doomed to fail because they revolve arou

nd going to the gym, which is hard work and boring to many. Active adventure vacations, on the other hand, are rarely considered work and are never boring.

There are many variations of active adventure vacations, including hiking, biking, kayaking, rafting, snowshoeing, dog sledding and multi-sport tours (combining a variety of these activities). Trips range from easy to strenuous and can be anywhere from one day to several days, taking place in both local and international destinations.

Vancouver-based BikeHike Adventures has seen a significant increase in interest for active adventure tours over their 20-year history. Trish Sare, BikeHike's founder, explains, "Adventure travel is experiencing rapid growth in the tourism sector with more and more people moving away from cookie-cutter all-inclusive resort and bus tours. Travellers are instead looking for active trips that steer clear of large tourist crowds and provide the opportunity to truly experience local cultures."

Booking an active adventure vacation helps keep those New Year's resolutions of getting fit with a two-pronged approach. It provides something to train for and keeps the momentum going while on vacation. People return home renewed, fitter and oftentimes make lifestyle changes that keep activity as a part of their daily lives.