5 Best Vacations Spots for Fitness-Minded Travelers

By: Jessica Thiefels

image from www.healthytravelblog.comRelaxing is important while you’re on vacation, but for some people, relaxing means moving around—exploring, hiking, swimming and more. If that’s you, then the best way to make sure you’ll have an active vacation is to choose a spot that provides plenty of opportunities for the activities you love most—and these five locations definitely fit the bill.

 

Cape Town, South Africa

Cape Town is famous for its breathtaking scenery, and it also has plenty to offer for fitness-minded travelers. To stay active and enjoy panoramic views, take a hike up Lion’s Head. If you’re with a big group, head to Table Mountain instead, where you’ll find a number of trails for all levels:

“Hiking trails abound in the Table Mountain National Park and routes of varying distances are available to visitors, from quick loops to the Hoerikwaggo hiking trails which allow visitors to overnight on the mountain,” according to Cape Town: Discover South Africa’s Most Charming City.

If you’re not into hiking, cycle around the base of Table Mountain, go windsurfing or kite surfing in the bay, or spend the evening dancing at De Waterkant, Green Point and Sea Point.

 

Acadia National Park, Maine

If you love to hike, don’t miss this destination. Acadia National Park has 125 miles of trails to hike, with historical landmarks to explore along the way. With the tallest mountain on the east coast, these trails will challenge even the most experienced hikers. One of the most famous landmarks in Acadia is the original lighthouse built in 1958.

Travel and Leisure’s local expert Brian Kevin recommends the following day hikes:

  • Cadillac North Ridge Trail
  • Jordan Pond Path
  • Acadia Mountain Trail
  • Gorham Mountain Trail
  • Beehive Trail

 

Cancun, Mexico

Mexico offers some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, making it the perfect spot to enjoy sunshine and beach sports. Choose from sailing, windsurfing, snorkeling, kayaking, or even hiking and running on the beach. If you stay at an all-inclusive resort, you’ll likely be offered an even wider variety of activities to choose from at a great price.

Combine all your favorite activities on a one-day excursion. There are a number of boat trips that take you to islands off the coast for paddleboard, snorkeling scuba diving and more. In most cases, they also serve lunch so you can truly enjoy yourself with nothing to worry about.

 

The Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is the mecca of adventure, with travelers being able to enjoy a wide variety of sports and activities in and around the canyon. For inexpensive adventures, check out their many trails, including the South Kaibab trail, which takes you seven miles down into the canyon. You can turn around at any point, making it shorter if you prefer.

If you want to step it up, book a white water rafting vacation or take a biking vacation. There are dozens of companies that take groups for one to two weeks—with everything included, from accommodations to food.

 

Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand

This trail covers more than 1,800 miles split into 160 tracks. That may be why National Geographic says this trail is not for the faint of heart. If you’re an accomplished hiker and looking for a way to see an amazing landscape, including seascapes, alpine ridges, and jungles, this should be on your adventure vacation bucket list.

Along the way, you’ll take in unforgettable landscapes ranging from ocean to forest. Check out Te Araroa’s FAQs to find out best time of year to visit, how long it will take to walk, and much more.

 

Bonus: Competitours

Not exactly a single destination, Competitours is an adventure company that sets up daily challenges all across Europe. In each one, you compete against other teams for a monetary prize. The challenges are fun and creative but don’t require exceptional physical fitness, allowing you to enjoy with those who may not be as fit as you. In between your challenges, there’s ample time to rest, relax, and explore the destination, so you get the full experience.

 

BIO: Jessica Thiefels has been writing for more than 10 years and is currently a lifestyle blogger. She’s written for Reader’s Digest, AARP, Lifehack, Tripping and more. Follow her on Twitter @Jlsander07 for money-saving ideas, health tips and more.


Need to Use Your Travel Insurance? Here’s a Step-By-Step Guide on How to File a Successful Claim

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Filing a claim to receive your travel insurance benefits may not be a fun procedure. After all, you’ve already been through a stressful situation that led you to file a claim. Perhaps it was a logistical issue in your trip, such as a flight delay, which required you to book a hotel room for the night. Or even worse: maybe it was an accident or injury while on your trip which required you to be evacuated back home.

Adding to this strenuous process is ensuring you have all the right details together before you file your claim. It can be overwhelming if you put in all of that hard work, but don’t receive the benefits you were expecting.

The issue, often times, is simply that travelers aren’t aware of what it takes to make a thorough claim. This is why we’ve put together a step-by-step guide to take you from the moment you purchase your policy, to the moment you return from your trip and get all your materials together, and file a successful claim!

 

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5 Iconic United States Landmarks Where Women Made History

March is a popular month for a plethora of reasons, including St. Paddy’s Day, as well as the start of spring in colder areas. Women’s History Month is also celebrated in March.   Women’s History Month rejoices in the achievements and contributions women have made throughout American history, and include contributions in the areas of the arts, sciences, or social movements.

There are many museums, monuments, and memorials that showcase the achievements of women in the United States. Wouldn’t it be even more of a mesmerizing experience if you could be in the very locations where these famous women actually engaged in these memorable acts?

This is why we’ve put together a list of 5 iconic landmarks in the U.S where women made history. Enjoy!

 

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Pre-Existing Conditions Exclusion Waiver:
How Do I Become Eligible for One?

image from www.illinoisobserver.netTravel insurance provides benefits to help protect your travel investment, whether it’s compensating for lost time, luggage, or the inability to attend the trip due to an unforeseen emergency.  Many travel insurance policies include a pre-existing conditions exclusion. If you have a chronic health condition, this could impact your travel plans and potentially impede you from getting the coverage that you need.

Because many travelers have pre-existing conditions, travel insurance companies now offer a pre-existing conditions exclusion waiver. This waiver, as the name suggests, waives the exclusion on many chronic, but well-managed health conditions. However, there are specific requirements that travelers need to meet in order to be eligible for this benefit. What are some of the most common eligibility requirements? Let’s find out!

 

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