During the winter, many people tend to get less active, usually due to the weather. Maybe it's cold and snowy where you live, or sometimes it's always rainy and cloudy. If you live in a northern climate where sports and recreational activities are not as easy to do, then you need to consider going on a winter vacation. Not only can you get out and get much needed exercise, but you can also have fun. Here are a few ideas for winter vacation adventures.
Skiing and Snowboarding
A ski or snowboarding vacation is ideal during the winter. Chances are, no matter where you live, that there is a mountain or ski resort either with short drive or a short plane trip from you. You can save money by choosing a convenient ski package which includes air travel, rental car, hotel stay and even lift passes. Talk to your travel agent about ski packages that include ski lessons if you are a beginner. Or maybe you want to learn how to snowboard? Book your adventure at a resort that specializes in snowboarding.
With skiing and snowboarding, you are wooshing down a hill, and it does qualify as a strenuous activity. However, if you really want to get active, try snowshoeing. It's an underrated activity which is easy to pick up and can be a great way to exercise. Bring along your camera to snap great photos of wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Indeed, there's nothing quite like snowshoeing through the snowy wilderness. Make sure to bring along a guide though, as you do not want to get lost!
Can scuba diving serve as a winter activity? Certainly it can! Just book your vacation to a tropical climate instead. Try the Caribbean, Hawaii, Australia or Thailand for great scuba diving destinations. You can even find travel packages which include scuba adventures and guides. Scuba diving is fun but also a very active exercise. It's so peaceful under the water that you forget you are engaging in a healthy activity!
Winter is a great time to book a few days or a week at a retreat. Retreats are available in all types of genres. You can choose a yoga retreat in Hawaii, or a kickboxing retreat in Thailand. How about a karate retreat in Okinawa? Maybe you want to concentrate on weight loss instead? There's a myriad of options available for that, including weight loss retreats which feature chefs cooking you healthy food. You can also concentrate on wellness activities like meditation, massage and spa treatments. There are even retreats specifically designed for people who are going through a difficult emotional time, like grief, loss and depression. If you're feeling like you want to be pampered though, there are options for that, like luxury retreats. At luxury retreats, you get 5 star accommodations and all the extras that go along with it, like a personal butler, personal chef, private pool and private lessons or coaching for a variety of activities.