Travel to Sweat

Let’s be clear, don’t personally travel to sweat, but I know a whole load of people that do and I’m fascinated. A retired colleague is currently away in glorious Switzerland running up a mountain. For fun. I kid you not, I’ve seen the course map. He’s literally running 42 km uphill. The marathon ends at the summit.

High on life at a colour run. Photo credit: memories_by_mike (Flickr)

High on life at a colour run. Photo credit: memories_by_mike (Flickr)

This is me shuddering.

My personal feelings aside, I know a lot of people who will travel abroad for runs, triathlons, Tough Mudders, the Electro Dash, etc. I suppose if my triathlon were taking place in Hawaii, the gorgeous scenery might push me through kilometre 25 (assuming I survived that long – false assumption).

Now, the most popular travel-related form of exercise has to be scuba diving. Am I right? How many people plan their vacations around diving off the islands in Thailand, Indonesia or Mexico? It’s a major contributor to tourism. Me? I like water in the laid back form of snorkelling.

Chilling out on the slopes: Photo Credit Trysil

The adrenaline-pumping exercise that I take most for granted? Skiing and snowboarding. I am lucky enough to live next to the Rocky Mountains. It is nothing for us to hop in a car and grab a random snow day whenever we want. Canada, USA, Switzerland, France, Japan – even. These are major travel destinations for people to get their powder fix.

Here’s a few sweat-worthy activities that people will travel big distances for:

  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Marathons/Triathlons/Runs
  • Bike races
  • Sandboarding
  • Skiing / Snowboarding.

Which have you tried? And how far did you go for them?

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2 Responses to Travel to Sweat

  1. dianacranstoun September 23, 2014 at 7:43 pm #

    Cycling in France has always appealed to me. I’ve never tried it, but maybe one day.

    • vscot848 September 24, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

      But Quebec is so much closer 🙂

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