Vacations mean a change of pace, a gentleness with ourselves, a time of rest and renewal, and a time to stretch ourselves and encounter new people, new lands, new ways, and new options – Anne Wilson Schaef
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Forget the standard hangout by the beach or sightseeing through a city vacation. Hiking, walking and biking are less common ways to explore a destination, according to Susan Sparks, a travel adviser at Points of Interest Travel in Aspen, Colo., who specializes in customized active trips. “When you take an active trip, you’re out in nature and get a perspective on a place that most travelers don’t. Plus, you’re moving a lot and burn plenty of calories to balance out all the eating and drinking that are typical on vacations,” she said.
But she cautions that all active getaways aren’t created equal and offers tips on planning one that’s best for you.
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Your idea of an active vacation could mean waking up early to embark on a full day of heart-pumping movement. For another traveler, however, a half-day of leisurely walking with breaks built in for long lunches and cultural tours constitutes activity. Pick a trip according to your definition of active.
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