I went to Hawaii for the first time about 2 years ago. My boyfriend and I went for a Spartan Raceâ€¦ the perfect excuse for a Hawaiian vacation, for us at least. Before we went, I looked at activities in the area that would suit our interest. While I love the beach, Iâ€™m not the type of person that can lay in the sand for 8 hours and be happy about it. I came across a hiking tour and booked it instantly. The beau and I love to hike, very California-clichÃ© but I am so content on the trails, so why not do it on vacation? The hike was about 4 hours round trip, up hundreds of man made stairs, and ending on a summit with the most amazing 360 degree view of Oahu. The hike wasnâ€™t the hardest Iâ€™ve done, but it was challenging; we even lost a hiker half way up. No, she didnâ€™t dieâ€¦ she just chose to sit at a picnic area until we came back down. At least she tried. The next day we ran the Spartan Stadium Sprint. They were two amazing back-to-back days of being active on vacation.
We visited some beaches and volcanoes, went to a Luau, and got to Pearl Harbor, but what I loved most about the vacation was being physically active and taking on more adventures than what you typically would on vacation. I remember my family saying, â€œYou vacation differently than most peopleâ€ when I told them what we did while we were there. When you think vacation you think of sitting on your butt all day drinking fruity drinksâ€¦ but planning “Adventurecations” can be just as relaxing, but more enriching. I think what we all need to realize is that instead of taking vacations as the opportunity to turn-of, we should take them as an opportunity to turn on! Work and life and our day-to-days make us shells of ourselves, your vacations should allow you to be yourself again, let loose, and feel alive again.
The next time youâ€™re planning a trip, think about the activities you like to do in your normal life and see if you can do them on your vacation. Are you a runner? Find a race you can sign up for? Love to swim? Go snorkeling. I love planning out my activities ahead of time because I wonâ€™t fall into the â€œIâ€™ll just go to the beach againâ€ routine. Life is meant to be lived, find amazing things to do on every vacation. Build memories from out of this world experiences. Maybe a 4-hour hike isnâ€™t your thing, but what about a pirate ship tour of an island?! This world has so many things to offer. Donâ€™t settle for any old vacation.Â Â Plan an “Adventurecation”.