Watersports, hiking, biking, and more for your next vacation.
To listen to this podcast episode, CLICK HERE. To watch it on Youtube, CLICK HERE. Adventure and travel go hand in hand. An adventure can be just the vacation itself, if it’s the first time you’ve experienced that location or type of trip, or it can be some type of extreme experience. I think traveling these days is definitely an adventure, but let’s talk about some specific types of adventure that we like to do on vacation, including watersports, hiking, biking, and other types of vacation adventure.
Some examples of fun watersports on vacation are snorkeling, scuba, snuba (a combination of snorkel and scuba), surfing, parasail or kite surfing, stand-up paddleboarding, windsurfing, flyboarding, and jet skiing. Many all-inclusive resorts have some type of watersports included with your stay. Non-motorized watersports are usually included, but if you want to jet ski or do something motorized, there is generally a rental cost involved.
I know of a non-resort watersports adventure in Lake Tahoe which includes not only kayaking and and stand-up paddleboarding on the lake, but also rafting on the Truckee River, inline skating or biking, and also hiking in the beautiful Sierras. This trip has a couple of guides included, all dinners and breakfasts, your hotel stay, and all of the equipment you’ll need. Let me know if you’re interested in more information.
Hiking ranges from day trips where you only need to carry a day pack, to multi-day treks which use porters, horses, or other animals like yaks to transport your gear. Hiking is a great way to experience out-of-the-way places in our beautiful world!
One amazing hiking adventure that I love is called Yellowstone Winter Adventure and involves snowshoeing, the “all-terrain vehicles” that strap to your feet. Yellowstone is an incredible summer tourist destination, but in the winter it’s a magical place.
This 4-night adventure has public tours that you can join, or can be booked privately with a group of at least 4 people minimum. The highlights are: seeing wildlife such as bison, elk, wolves, fox, coyote, bighorn sheep, antelope, and bald eagles in a season that most people don’t; taking a private snowcoach into the interior of the park along the rim of the Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone; and experiencing Yellowstone's amazing thermal features at Mammoth Hot Springs and Norris Geyser Basin, while using the cute town of Gardiner at Yellowstone’s north entrance as your home base. Ask me if you’d like more info!
Another grand adventure is biking. Biking has been called “the perfect speed to see the world.” It’s fast enough to get you from one place to another, and slow enough not to miss everything along the way. Even non-bikers can do just great with multiple routes, van support, and e-bikes.
I have an amazing biking adventure available in Switzerland. This trip has scheduled departure dates, as well as being able to be booked as a private tour for your group. There is a 12-person minimum for a private group; it would be so fun to do with a group of friends, or a couple of families with teens or adult kids! Contact me if you’d like more info, or want to schedule this adventure.
Other travel adventures
Other adventures include things like horseback riding, ziplining, canyoning, whitewater rafting, skiing, kayaking, fishing, safari-ing, and a variety of other activities.
One adventure trip I love involves a variety of activities for the whole family, and takes place in Stowe, Vermont. This vacation includes hiking on the Von Trapp family property (from Sound of Music), riding a gondola up to Mount Mansfield, canoeing on the Lamoille River, trying some stand-up paddleboarding, and doing a ropes course challenge. There’s plenty of time left for the pool, eating ice cream, bowling, and playing mini golf. This adventure has some scheduled dates, but if you’d like to schedule your own group, be sure to have at least 10 people. The best ages are: all adults ages, plus children ages 5 and up. Let me know if you’d like more details!
Are you feeling inspired to get out and have some adventures the next time you travel? Planning adventures doesn’t need to feel overwhelming, or take up all of your time. Between having me as your #1 helper, and going on a guided adventure like I’ve detailed here, all you need to do is decide what and when, who you’re taking, and then get ready to just have the most fun ever!