You have a lot of choices when planning a vacation. Will it be a family trip? Just you and your spouse? Solo? How long will you go for — a weekend getaway, or a ten-day excursion? And perhaps the most important questions of all: where will you go, and what will you do?
While you could always catch up on some R and R, you can’t have an unforgettable vacation if you don’t do something memorable. Create memories that you’ll think about for years to come — here are eight reasons why you should make your next vacation an adventure.
1. Check something off your bucket list
What is something you’ve wanted to do for years, but just haven’t gotten around to doing? Maybe this is the trip to do it. Are you a thrill-seeker? You’ll never forget the first time you go skydiving. Sit back and try to relax on an exhilarating zip line ride. Or, return back home and show off your photos to your co-workers that you took on an aerial tour or hot air balloon ride. Whether once is enough or you want to go back again and again, turn an item on your to-do list into a full-blown experience.
2. Feel good about yourself
While you don’t have to spend your vacation running a marathon, you can feel a little less guilt about all that dining out if you still get in some fun physical activity. Feel the burn while mountain biking on steep trails. Scale some heights by rock climbing, or get your steps in by hiking. An adventurous vacation means getting out there and getting dirty, so pick a destination that provides ample opportunity to play and get a good workout in, too.
3. Learn something about different cultures and histories
Visiting a new city doesn’t just mean breaking out the GPS and navigating unknown streets — it means learning about the place’s history and immersing yourself in the local culture. Peruse a history museum, catch a musical performance or tour an art gallery. Go in with an open mind and you will leave with a newfound appreciation for culture and knowledge about an area’s history.
4. Do stuff you can’t do at home
Find the destination that offers plenty of unique opportunities that you won’t find in your own state or city, and you’ll end your vacation knowing you got the most out of your trip. Take in the breathtaking sights of a national park, with scenery you won’t find anywhere else, or take a guided tour to learn things straight from a local.
5. Get some great photo opportunities
Whether you love sharing photos with family on social media or hanging prints on the walls of your home, exhilarating vacations can provide the best photo ops. Take a selfie while skydiving or a family photo while horseback riding. Sneak in a quick photo at the golf course in between holes before teeing off a cliff. Take some great photos to cherish for years to come.
6. Become one with nature
You could stay in a fancy resort, or you could truly experience the great outdoors by breaking out the tent and sleeping bag. Find a campsite for a fraction of a price of a hotel room or, if you prefer something in the middle, find a place to park your RV for the night after a day of exploration. Enjoy a night under the stars at the campfire, surrounded by natural beauty.
7. Learn a new skill
Who says you can’t learn new things just because you’re on vacation? If you have an adventurous spirit, you can. Learn how to aim at a shooting range or have a guide show you how to ride horseback. Join an outfitter to go canyoneering for the first time, or work with rock climbing instructors to learn how to climb safely and competently. You’ll leave with the memories of having tried something new and the skills to show off on your next adventure.
8. Adventure Passes are a thing
Whatever you’re looking to do — travel with the family, soak in the local arts scene, get your adrenaline pumping — Adventure Passes are something that can provide you with perks, savings and inspiration for your vacation to-do list. Reserve one of these before you go and you’ll certainly get the most out of your trip.
Your next vacation should be an adventure, and that adventure should be in St. George, Utah. Whether you’re enjoying the views from a hot air balloon or the peak of a mountain, getting your blood pumping by mountain biking or zip lining, the endless trails and breathtaking views will provide a trip you’ll never want to end and memories you will treasure forever.