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Plan an Active Vacation

Hispanic family sitting by stream

Getting away from it all on a summer vacation doesn’t have to mean getting away from living an active lifestyle. Think about planning an active vacation. It could be a chance to explore a new interest or hobby, and might end up taking you to places you never thought possible.

The great outdoors offers many options. Try planning your vacation around a specific activity, or choosing a spot and exploring activities nearby.

  • Headed toward the mountains? Camping, climbing, and hiking are great ways to spend time in nature and get a lot of exercise.
  • If you’ll be near water, try canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, or snorkeling.
  • City destinations can also offer ways to stay active beyond the hotel gym. If possible, try to stay in an area that’s easily walkable. Consider renting bicycles or signing up for a walking tour of the city.

No matter what activity you choose, be sure that you have the proper equipment and training, and work with reputable outfitters and guides to stay safe. Having a guide to help you through an unfamiliar area can also ensure you’re getting the most out of the experience. You can find adventures appropriate for any experience level, but if you plan to tackle some of the more physically demanding activities, be sure you’re up to the challenge before you go.

Check with your doctor about your plans if you have health concerns, and with your health insurance company to be sure you are covered, especially if you are traveling to another country. Even though you’re on vacation, don’t forget to eat right, drink plenty of water, and protect your skin from too much sun exposure.

Taking an active vacation is just one way of fitting fitness into your life. Regular physical activity can significantly lower your lifetime risk for heart disease, diabetes, and cancer.

The American Cancer Society medical and editorial content team

Our team is made up of doctors and oncology certified nurses with deep knowledge of cancer care as well as journalists, editors, and translators with extensive experience in medical writing.