The Active Vacation Destinations You Need to Travel To This Year

There’s always that one person on vacation. The one who finds laying out on the beach fun for about two seconds before they begin feeling restless. The one who would prefer to set an early bird alarm than sleep in at the hotel. The one who manages to fit a workout in, no matter what state or country he or she is in.

If that person sounds like you, then consider this a sign to take your active vacation up a notch. We’ve rounded up the top destinations to visit if you’re looking for an adventure and we promise, you won’t be disappointed. Get those suitcases and frequent flier miles ready.  

1. Rock Climbing in Belize

Afraid of heights? Keep moving. But for the totally fearless, this rock climbing adventure at Black Hole Drop, Belize, has been well reviewed by many. You embark on a vigorous hike through the mountains, then descend over 300 feet.

2. Hiking in the Grand Canyon

An oldie, but a goodie. The Grand Canyon deems itself as one of the Wonders of the World (casual) and for good reason. Besides simply being a sight to see, the canyon offers hiking opportunities that will keep your legs busy all vacation long. Prepare for the most epic Instagrams ever.

3. Kayaking in Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

Known as one of the best destinations for discovering wildlife, the Galapagos Islands are even better explored by way of kayaking. Plus, who doesn’t want to take in views while getting an arm, core and back workout? 

4. Skiing & Snowboarding in Montana

If you’re in the mood for something a bit on the chillier side, try taking up skiing or snowboarding in Montana. Big Sky Resorts is one of the most popular ski resorts in the state, with nearly 6,000 acres of snow to ski and snowboard on.

5. Surfing in Costa Rica

Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, going surfing in Costa Rica should be on every adventure traveler’s bucket list. Costa Rica boasts over 300 beaches, so the opportunities are endless (as are the views).

6. Mountain Biking in Moab, Utah

Your work to rank on the torq board in cycling class can be put to good use if you visit Moab, one of the top mountain biking destinations in the country. There are trails for all levels, but all of them have one thing in common: they have epic scenery on the way.

7. Paddleboarding in the Florida Keys

Say SUP to the Florida Keys next time you visit to make a beachy vacation into a more active one. Paddleboarding is a great way to get your feet in the water while also working some muscles (most don’t realize the sport is a full body workout, requiring strength, balance and endurance).


Stephanie Limiti is a born and raised New Yorker living out her dreams of palm trees and sunshine in Los Angeles. When she's not zenned out in yoga class, she's reading biographies and volunteering at dog rescue shelter. Follow her on Instagram.