Some people prefer to spend their vacation days relaxing on a sunny beach or enjoying all-you-can-eat buffets on a cruise ship. Others, however, prefer to use their time off learning new hobbies or challenging themselves actively. If you fall in this latter category, you might be interested in booking one of the following “active” vacations.
Attend a Surf Camp in Costa Rica
Have you always dreamed of carving a “gnarly” wave or shooting through a perfect tube? Then head to Costa Rica, where you’ll find excellent waves, warm waters and a laid-back attitude — three attributes that are all prized by surfers. Costa Rica also boasts numerous surfing camps and schools that cater to all levels, from beginners to advanced riders, as well as specialty camps, such as women’s-only retreats. Some Costa Rica camps also offer other activities, such as yoga, in addition to surfing. Don’t own a surfboard? No worries. Many camps supply their guests with a board. Of course, if you do own a board, you are always welcome to bring it.
Bike through Tuscany
You could sit in a car and drive through Tuscany, or you could ride a bike and really savor and get to know this breathtakingly beautiful region. There are many types of bike tours available in Tuscany, including self-guided, guide-led and group tours. Only in Tuscany for a few days? Then you might want to book a short one-day bike ride. Or, if you’d prefer, you could spend several days cycling from one inn or hotel to another. Most tours of Tuscany will include a visit to a winery and a taste of the local fare and olive oils. And why not? You certainly will deserve to indulge in a delicious glass of wine and a satisfying meal after having burned hundreds of calories during your bike ride.
Horseback Riding From Inn to Inn in Ireland
If galloping across Ireland’s verdant fields in search of a castle sounds like a dream come true, then consider booking a horseback riding vacation to the Emerald Isle. The Irish have a well-known love affair with horses, so it’s not surprising that there are quite a few operations that offer equestrian vacations in Ireland, including inn-to-inn rides. Depending on the horseback riding vacation you choose, you could find yourself visiting amazing castles, such as Portumna Castle or galloping along the Connemara Trail. And you won’t have to worry about carrying your luggage. Each night when you arrive at your next inn, you’ll find your luggage already waiting for you, as well as a comfortable bed and a delicious meal.
Preparing for an Active Trip
Active trips have at least one thing in common — they all involve a certain risk of injury. It’s entirely possible, for instance, that you might fall from a horse or get hit by a car while riding a bike. One surf camp in Costa Rica even offers a Surf Survival Camp, where you can learn how to treat yourself for injuries, including jellyfish stings and scrapes from close encounters with a coral reef.
Of course, not all injuries that you might suffer on one of these “active” trips can be fixed with a bandaid or an ice pack. That’s why it’s important that you consider purchasing medical evacuation insurance. This policy will give you peace of mind, knowing that if you should become injured in a foreign country, you can be transferred to a hospital or care facility closer to your home and loved ones. A medical evacuation policy can also save you a lot of money in the long run because in most cases, your health insurance will not cover healthcare expenses you incur in a foreign country. So the sooner you can get back to the United States, the better.