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Hol­i­days don’t al­ways have to be about sun, surf, snow or sleep: sport-ori­en­tated trav­ellers are now plan­ning their breaks around fit­ness.


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.­ford­


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 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.sea­


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.)


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.shreyas­re­

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