Holidays don’t always have to be about sun, surf, snow or sleep: sport-orientated travellers are now planning their breaks around fitness.
Trekking MILFORD TRACK (NEW ZEALAND)
New Zealand might be the Mecca of skiing, wine and health retreats, but it is also home to one of the most beautiful walking treks in the world. Traversing the Milford Track takes stamina, but you’ll be rewarded with views of stunning glaciers, mountains, waterfalls and ancient rainforests. www.milfordtrack.net
Swimming NOOSA (QUEENSLAND)
As an island nation it is no wonder Australia has the best ocean swim events. Noosa’s annual triathlon is the biggest of its kind in the world and is a fab sporty pit stop you can do as a relay with friends on the way north to explore the Great Barrier Reef, or south to soothe the soul in Byron Bay.
Running VANCOUVER (CANADA)
Running is the best way to see a new city, and with half and full marathons now taking place in major destinations around the world, it’s simple to pack your sneakers and set off to see the sights. Try the Lululemon Sea-Wheeze half-marathon in Vancouver for a picturesque race around the harbour. www.seawheeze.com
Cycling THE PYRENEES (FRANCE)
Take a bike excursion along the Tour de France cycling route while enjoying the stunning surrounds of the French Pyrénées mountain ranges and feasting on French culinary delights along the way. (This is one for the more dedicated who can cope with hills, valleys and travelling with your bicycle.)
Yoga BANGALORE (INDIA)
While many resorts these days host sunrise yoga sessions, head to India for a more authentic experience. The Shreyas Yoga Retreat in Bangalore explores traditional Ashram yoga practices and offers massage and mindfulness, and even sources the evening’s vegetables from its organic garden. www.shreyasretreat.com