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If you’ve started the year off right with healthy habits, the last thing you’d probably want to do is travel somewhere that’s going to make it difficult to stay on track. The good news is there are some great places to enjoy that can have the opposite effect. These destinations across the globe are especially ideal to help you stick with your New Year’s resolutions and have fun while you’re doing it.
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Pacific Grove is the starting point for the legendarily scenic 17-Mile Drive that travels the Monterey Peninsula to Pebble Beach, hugging the coast along the way. It’s one of the best roadways to bike with magnificent scenery, and after a long day of cycling, there are many restaurants serving delicious healthy foods. Passionfish is just one, a premier pioneer in Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch and Restaurant Partner program serving sustainable seafood. You’ll find plenty of spectacular beaches for strolling and enjoying water sports, like Lovers Point Beach with reliable waves for surfing and launching spots for kayaking too.
The Inca Trail is a travel bucket list experience and it’s the perfect way to help you stick to your goals if you want motivation to maintain or achieve better fitness as it’s sure to test your endurance while bringing the chance to witness the “lost city” of Machu Picchu. The hike of a lifetime, it travels over mountains and through the heartland of the Quechua people before reaching the mist-shrouded Picchu Mountain, which soars nearly 1,000 feet above the remarkable stone ruins, plazas and terraces. Multiple outfitters offer this trip, which includes camping, a porter to help carry gear and expert knowledge of the area.
Hawaii not only offers endless breathtaking scenery but opportunities for all sorts of outdoor adventures on land and water. Oahu is a surfing mecca, with big surf during the winter, but if you don’t relish getting up on the waves, you can always enjoy snorkeling, paddle boarding and other water sports. The north shore is especially ideal for paddleboarding during the summer with calm turquoise waters at Sunset Beach. You can even paddle the four miles to Waimea Bay. Of course, you’ll find plenty of healthy cuisines here too, from poke to exotic fruits.
There are plenty of ways to get a good workout while surrounded by incredible scenery by heading to Bryce Canyon National Park. This is the heart of Southern Utah’s canyon country with unique rock formations along with opportunities for world-class hiking and mountain biking with miles and miles of scenic trails for all experience levels. Horseback riding, canyoneering and rock climbing are just a few of the other activities here.
Bali is not only a great place to take your yoga or meditation practice to the next level, but it’s also one of the top year-round destinations for a variety of activities, including paddleboarding with its consistent glassy aquamarine sea. You’ll find endless hiking opportunities with trails that wind through wildlife-filled rainforest and mountains as well as passing through rice fields and even heading up to a volcano. If you like to dive this is also one of the best spots on the planet with abundant marine life, and you’ll find lots of tasty organic foods too – in fact, Bali is a lush vegan and vegetarian paradise with loads of healing fruits and vegetables.
The red rock region of Sedona has long been a hot spot to come for health and wellness. Many people visit for the chance to improve their physical, mental and spiritual health, as a center for energy vortexes that are known to promote healing and spiritual awakening. You’ll find Reiki masters, massage therapists, spiritual counselors and opportunities for guided hikes and yoga on the rocks. Of course, there are lots of great eateries to choose from too like The Secret Garden Cafe and the Local Juicery.
From yoga retreats and holistic therapies to a wealth of recreational activities all surrounded by gorgeous tropical scenery, it’s easy to stick to your healthy habits in Thailand. You can also look forward to enjoying its rich culture, history and incredibly welcoming people. There is an abundance of locally grown foods, including exotic fruits, and resorts that offer all sorts of healing experiences and special programs like yoga and meditation. Traditional Thai massage is renowned, providing the perfect way to soothe sore muscles and relax, eliminating every last ounce of stress.
India is the birthplace of yoga which began more than 26,000 years ago during the Golden Age, known as a time of abundant blessings and everlasting peace. It’s considered the ultimate destination for improving mental and spiritual health, with countless meditation and yoga retreats, including options in the Himalayas where you’ll be surrounded by jaw-dropping mountain scenery. Of course, the hiking opportunities are endless, and the delicious dishes you’ll enjoy are often focused around lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Vancouver Island is stunningly beautiful and the town of Tofino on its west coast is one of the highlights. There are wellness retreats frequently hosted here, and it’s a surfers’ paradise too, with remote beaches and outstanding waves. Hike dramatic mountains, soak in geothermal pools, marvel at waterfalls and all sorts of wildlife from whales to bears. There are many eateries serving healthy delicious fare that’s often whipped up by innovative chefs who forage for the freshest ingredients.
Just an hour north of Cabo along the Pacific coast of the Baja Peninsula, the colonial town of Todos Santos is the place to go for yoga retreats or just pop in for a yoga class. It’s also popular among surfers with fantastic swells, and hikers can enjoy treks through the foothills and into the mountains nearby. If you’re into horseback riding, an excursion can be arranged right on the often empty beach that stretches for miles. There are indigenous healers, massage therapists and naturopaths along with restaurants serving a bounty of fresh mouthwatering foods, often grown or caught right here.