Having a relaxing break doesn’t always mean lazing on the beach all day. But if you’re the sort of person who doesn’t go away without packing your yoga mat or running shoes, then you'll need to find a holiday to fit. So if your idea of downtime involves catching the morning surf, keeping up your daily yoga practice, or going for the occasional mountain hike, then here are some breaks where you can do more of the activities you love, not less.
So now you’re thinking of making more of your holiday, we’ve pulled together some of the best places to do the sports you don’t always have time to do at home. Keep your fitness levels up in more exotic locations, whether it's surfing in Hawaii, admiring your form, and the view, from your yoga mat or teeing off at one of the best golf courses in the world. When it comes to being active on holiday - think of us as your personal trainer - we’re here to spot you.
Our top ten diving destinations are sure to get you reaching for your wetsuit or snorkel. It doesn't matter whether you’ve never dived before or are looking for something a bit more advanced. From the beauty of the Great Barrier Reef to something closer to home in the Mediterranean - you’ll be wanting to take to the water as soon as possible.
We’re the first ones to admit we long to spend time lounging on a beach, but cooling off and learning a new skill can be equally relaxing on holiday. You might fancy a sailing holiday, so grab your captain’s cap and head to the likes of France and Greece. You can really get up close to the coast on a kayak trip, and the coastlines of Norway, New Zealand and Scotland definitely warrant a closer inspection.
Breezy beaches are perfect for a spot of kitesurfing, so the likes of the Canary Islands will soon give you the wind in your sails. This will also come in handy for windsurfing, and you can add Spain and Morocco to your list of places as well. Think about going paddleboarding and glide over the waters of Costa Rica, Cornwall or California.
Now we have videos on our phones, surfing has never been more popular for those wanting to make a splash on social media. There are loads of cool places to try and catch some waves, from surfing specialists, Australia and the USA, to super spots closer to home such as Cornwall and France.
Hiring a bike is probably one of the best activities to do during your summer holidays. It’s super cheap, gives you a great workout and means you can see more of the fabulous country you’re visiting. City breaks such as Amsterdam and Dubrovnik are great places to start if you want to take it easy. However, if you have aspirations to hold your own version of the Tour de France on your trip, the French Alps and Italy’s Amalfi coast will have your head, and wheels, spinning. There are also some great mountain bike locations to really get off-road while you're off the grid.
Tee time will take on a whole new meaning for you on a golf holiday. Rather than sitting with your feet up and sipping a cuppa, you could be trying out the links of Scotland or some flawless courses in Dubai and Portugal.
Holidays are the time to take a breath - and it might as well be a lung-busting big one. Nothing is going to relax you more than a yoga retreat in an exotic location. The likes of Thailand and India now have huge yoga scenes, while upcoming destinations for doing the downward dog include Costa Rica and the Azores.