Photo courtesy of New Zealand Tourism (100% NZ)
I've always been active, and enjoy some form of activity when I travel. Not "uber" active, extreme sport active, mind you. It is vacation after all. I'm more of the soft adventure active. I love exploring areas I visit, whether its a walk through town, a short hike, eating at local cafes, getting away from the crowds, seeing wildlife, just experiencing the more authentic side of things. Of course starting and ending my day at nice accommodations makes the experience that much better. Based on recent travel trends, I'm not alone.
60 is the new 50 these days, right?
Trips that include hiking, biking, kayaking, paddle boarding, snorkeling or getting out on a skiff matched with cultural immersions and learning opportunities are growing in popularity, especially with the boomer population. But not just this group - families and multi-generational groups are onboard as well. Nothing like fun activities to bring family groups together!
Some companies have been in the active travel space for quite some time; other companies are getting ahead of the trend (or jumping on board) by adding active options to their existing itineraries. I for one am excited to see this. While I enjoy creating my own adventures, when I look at these trips, I would be hard pressed to create the same experiences.
Read on to explore some of my favorite active vacation options.
For The First Time In History, More Than Half Of U.S. Travel Agents Are Home Based
This was the headline and article on January 30, 2017 in Travel Market Report. I'm not at all surprised and find it rather exciting, but this may be a surprise to many who are unaware that travel agents still exist. There have been big changes in the travel business over the past twenty years, exponentially so in the last five, and this is just one of those industry shifts.
Travel professionals are still in the business and doing very well!
I changed my career from corporate life to travel entrepreneurship a few years ago and never gave it a second thought of having a home based business. A good
Photo courtesy of Australia Tourism; taken by Lincoln Fowler
The Whitsunday Islands are off the central coast of Queensland, an hour and a half flight from Brisbane and on the Great Barrier Reef. This group of 74 islands is often described as being synonymous with paradise, well deserved with its beautiful white and sunny beaches, incredible marine life, stunning coral reefs, great food, drink and luxury resorts. A perfect spot for a little (or a lot) of romance and down time!
If you love to walk uncrowded beaches, snorkel, dive, sail or just plain unwind and relax, the Whitsundays offer plenty of options for you.
Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder