Why You Should Be Active On Holiday
12 May 2017
It sounds crazy, you’re on holiday and that means lazy days poolside with a cocktail or curled up next to a roaring fire with a good book or movie. That being said, as much as we take holidays to relax we also take them to recharge our batteries and clear our heads before heading back to work and the daily grind. Keeping active keeps those good endorphins flowing and our positive energy up!
Great way to bond
In our day to day lives, it’s often challenging to get everyone in a family together at the same time. With everyone so busy with work, school, sports, and hobbies, it often seems impossible to coordinate schedules and spend quality time as a whole family. Holidays are a great way to bring everyone together. Family members are able to catch up with one another without the usual distractions of daily life. What better way to reconnect than while canoeing down a river, cycling through the bush, or zip lining through the Drakensberg?
Go off the beaten path
When you run, kayak, climb, swim, or bike away from town, you get away from the tourist scene. You see different stuff, interact with people differently and have unique experiences.
Different way to learn about the region
Anyone can pick up a book and read about a destination, but to truly learn about the history and culture of a country you must experience it first-hand. Travel opens the doors of discovery for families to explore and learn together. Visit the sites you’ve read about, talk to the local people, go to markets and festivals and visit museums full of artefacts that are over hundreds of years old. It’s real, live history and geography lessons. And with the added bonus of active adventures, you’ll be able to see the country in a different way than most average travellers do.
Exercise releases all kinds of happiness-producing chemicals in our brains. What better time to take advantage of these than while on holiday? Exercise can enhance the whole holiday experience: food tastes better, drinks go down a little smoother and you’ll definitely sleep more soundly.
A typical holiday can see us putting on an extra kilogram or two. Partaking in activities that require some form of fitness and physical activity allow participants to at least maintain, and sometimes, even lose weight.
All ages can participate
Choosing destinations with a wide variety of activities makes active travel perfect for the whole family. Everyone can participate, from young children to grandparents! And, if something happens to be challenging for some family members, there is always something else they can try. There’s so much to choose from, you’re certain to find the right fit for your whole family.
Never get bored
As with most families, each member has their own preferences and enjoys different activities. Traditional travel sometimes makes it difficult to keep everyone happy and entertained. With active travel, there are so many things to do that nobody will get bored. Biking, hiking, canoeing, ropes course and zip lining, just to name a few, will provide an endless supply of fun activities to keep everyone outdoors and active. Once you finish one activity, there’s always something new to experience. Everyone in the family will enjoy the variety and excitement of participating in these adventures together.
Come back better
Traveling as a family can be an amazing experience. Active travel makes this experience even more incredible by creating new ways to bond and learn about each other while truly discovering the destinations you visit. These are just a few of the countless reasons why families love active travel. What will your reasons be?