Let’s be clear, I 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.
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.
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:
- Scuba diving
- Bike races
- Skiing / Snowboarding.
Which have you tried? And how far did you go for them?