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Next year my wife and I, and possibly my dad, are going on a vacation for 8-9 days to do the River-to-River trail in Shawnee National Forest in southern Illinois. 160 miles or so of moderate to difficult terrain. Some vacation lol. We're excited for it though.
Some of my vacations centre around activity - i.e. a week-long hiking expedition in a rainforest or a cycling trip through/around some faraway country. But if I'm on vacation-vacation, I don't exercise. And I pay DEARLY for it when I get back into my regular routine once I get home. Ouch.
I did a Minnesota Boundary Waters Canoe trip this summer and it was the epitome of 6 days of primal bliss. Lots of rowing, portaging the canoe and heavy backpacks over rough terrain, catching and eating fish, snacking on jerky, nuts, raisins, falling asleep at dusk and rising at dawn, taking a dip in the cold water, etc. Very few other people too. Though the area was rich in mosquitos that can bite right through clothing and 100% deet. Highly, highly recommended to anyone that loves the outdoors.
We tend to let the formal workouts slide, but we replace that with a lot of active fun. Our holidays usually involve lots of walking and hiking, snorkelling and SCUBA, climbing ruins and steep mountain trails, zip lines and cave exploration, horseback riding and cycling, swimming and boating, and sometimes things like high ropes courses. I see it as a chance to break out of the usual routines of scheduled, planned exercise that tend to be the norm in our day-to-day lives and just go out and enjoy a lot of active play instead.
I figure I get a lot of my strength training in just by hauling my pack on a lot of our trips. I have a great photo from our trip to India taken in a town in the Himalayas. It was near the end of our trip, so I had picked up a lot of treasures for people back home, and I was loaded down with my 60L pack, plus my daypack worn on my front and my camera and small shoulder bag slung off each side. Walking uphill to our hostel from the bus stand with that load was definitely work for the legs, with the added challenge of the high elevation.
“If I didn't define myself for myself, I would be crunched into other people's fantasies for me and eaten alive.” --Audre Lorde
I JUST got back from sailing in the Caribbean and this is the first thread I read. It was definitely a very active, as well as a very relaxing vacation. We got nipped by the outer, outer bands of Ophelia and our sail from the base to the island we were going to caused everyone except me and my iron stomach to get seasick in 6 to 8 foot seas. That meant I got to do all the sailing by myself while others were hunched over the lifelines losing their breakfasts. My husband, who is in real life a licensed captain who works on private yachts, was included. I found it exiting and kind of fun, plus I was proud of myself for being able to take care of the situation.
Once we got to where we were going there was lots of fishing, snorkeling, swimming, laughing, cooking, exploring, and beach combing. I think I might have suffered a bit of whiplash when I was trying to body surf a wave into shore and got knocked silly by it instead. But it was super fun.
I cannot even imagine a vacation spent passively waiting to be entertained.
Oh, and hey Al, nice video. I was so excited to share (brag) about my own story I forgot to mention how cool it was that you managed to work in your reps even though you were on vacation. I'll bet you had some funny looks by the people who only get exercise by signing their names to their bar bills. I didn't get any "structured" exercise, but I did manage to keep up with my 100 push up challenge which was even more challenging on a floating/moving boat.
i don't "work out" on vacation, but I do tend to take active vacations. Usually, we walk an average of 12-15 miles a day, when we are out and about. Much less now that Hawk can't manage those distances, but still active enough to keep us happy.
i also do yoga to relax and stretch out while on holiday.