You probably know the saying that says that in a healthy body also lives a healthy mind. The well-deserved holidays are not only ideal for rest and relaxation, but also to do something good for your own health and to exercise. Hop on a bike, hike up a mountain and experience nature firsthand.
The destinations New York, Bangkok, Dublin, Bali and Manila offer countless opportunities for sports enthusiasts.
Kayaking on the Hudson River
The cold winters and hot summers should not stop you from enjoying New York to the fullest. In the warmer months, you can get to know the city from a whole new perspective by kayaking on the famous Hudson River. Do not forget to pack your bathing suit and head to Pier 40 (72nd Street) or Pier 96 where you can rent a kayak, oars, life jacket and some tips for successful paddling. Discover the city in this special way!
Ice skating in every season
You are already a skating fan, or you still want to become one? New York is the ideal city to put this project into action. In the metropolis, a variety of skating rinks are spread all over the city, the New Yorkers of all ages, are great lovers of skating. No matter what time of year you are in New York, the Sky Rink at the Chelsea Piers consists of two skating rinks that are open 24 hours a day, all year round, and covered.
Address: Chelsea Piers, 23rd St. & West Side Hwy.
The oldest roller coaster in the USA
If you want to visit a truly authentic part of New York, do so on the Coney Island peninsula. There you have the opportunity to take a ride on the Cyclone wooden roller coaster, the oldest roller coaster in the USA. It was built in the 1920s and is still in operation today. You can combine the trip to Coney Island with many other great activities, treat yourself to one of Nathan's famous hot dogs.
Day cycling tour
Be curious and get to know the capital with a guided bike tour from a completely new side. You cycle through Bangkok's diverse streets, narrow lanes, streets, plantations, canals and swamps, while your guide will personally introduce you to the area with informative details. Experience pure nature, just minutes from Bangkok's city limits and enjoy the variety.
Address: Bangkok by Bike, 161/1 Somdetprapinklao Road. Soi 17 | Arun Amarin, Bangkok Noi, Bangkok 10700, Thailand
Like Tarzan & Jane
Once in a lifetime swinging like Tarzan and Jane through the jungle and be enchanted by nature is a dream of many vacationers. With a Zip Line you can realize this dream in Bangkok or Pattaya. In incomparable surroundings you can fly through the trees in the tropical forest with the zip-line and with a bit of luck you can admire the native Gibbon monkeys. At Khao Kheow Open Safari Park you will also experience the tropical wildlife with over 300 species of animals in all their glory, a great experience for the whole family.
Address: Flight of the Gibbon 65 Sukhomvit Soi 1, Bangkok 10110, Thailand
Another way to explore Bangkok in a conscious way is through a hike. There are several walking routes of various lengths that pass through the city. For the first exploration tour, choose a simpler route, for example in combination with a boat trip on the Chao Phraya River. After the tour by boat, which you can take for example from a park such as the Santichaiprakarn, visit the temples of Wat Arun, the famous Reclining Buddha in Wat Pho and the Emerald Buddha in the Royal Palace.
Address: Bangkok Walking Tours, THE SEED, Krungthonburi Road Klongtonsai Klongsan Bangkok 10600
The Burren National Park, County Clare
Among Ireland’s six national parks, this one is the smallest yet covers a spectacular area formed around 350 million years ago. There are various marked trails in the Park that take you through many fascinating and beautiful habitats. Entry is free, and a free bus service is available from May-August. Free guided walks may also be arranged during the summer - contact Information Point for details.
Address: Clare Heritage Centre, Glenquin, Corofin, County Clare, Ireland
Climbing in Beaufort, Killarney
If you like to challenge yourself, climbing the real mountains can be your number one outdoor activitiy to do in Ireland. It's a perfect location for climbing enthusiasts of all levels from the Easy to the Extreme! A good idea can be to hire a mountain guiding company of the region and have a great day conquiring unbelievably beautiful mountains with a knowledgeable and informative guide.
Suggested area: Carnahone, Beaufort, Killarney
**2-Hour Liffey River Kayaking Adventure, Dublin **
One of the best things to do in the heart of Dublin City Centre both during the day and in the evening for those striving for adventures! Take a tour to discover Dublin from the water by single or tandem kayak and see landmarks like Ha’penny Bridge and the Jeanie Johnston from the river. Make a journey fun calling your friends or family! Dedicated instructor/guide and small group ensure a safe experience.
Book with City Kayaking company
Bali, the Indian Ocean island, is one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world. If you are looking for a suitable season to enjoy Bali's waves almost undisturbed then this is from October to April. Bali guarantees you perfect waves, offshore winds, warm sea water and sunshine all year round.
The best surf spots in Bali are mostly found on the southern shores of the island and around the Bukit Peninsula. However, these beaches are only suitable for advanced surfers, as there are mainly imposing waves breaking into the reef compared to the popular and leisurely beaches of Kuta and Legian. On Padang Padang beach regularly large surfing championships are held.
An exciting white water rafting tour against a backdrop of wild, virgin jungle, towering gorges and scenic rice terraces is sure to be an unforgettable vacation experience. These tours usually take three to four hours with the option to freshen up and have lunch. Go to Alex in the "Wanderland" for more information on the offered white water rafting in Bali.
Address: Br. Rendang Karangasem, Telaga waja, Menanga, Karangasem, Kabupaten Karangasem, Bali 80361, Indonesia
Snorkeling and diving
Although you should not just expect white sandy beaches and turquoise waters on the island in the Indonesian Ocean, Bali still has a rich selection of beaches. From large rocks created by coral or lava to beaches with white or black sand. Due to the sometimes enormous waves, some of the beaches along the south coast are not suitable for swimming, but on the north side there are good places for snorkeling. For diving you should visit Nusa Lembongan, Amed and Pemuteran.
Taal Volcano Trekking and Horse-Riding
A must-see when visiting the Philippines for sure is the Taal Volcano, one of the Philippines' most active volcanoes. You will be picked up from your hotel and arrive after a roughly 90-minutes drive in Tagaytay City, located on the edge of the 19-mile (30-km) wide caldera.
Enjoy a picnic lunch, before going to Taal Volcano Island via a boat ride across the lake. Afterwards, enjoy a guided horseback ride along black lava flows. Make your way up to a viewpoint and relish the atmosphere at the crater lake!
Pagsanjan Falls Tour
Lush scenery, fascinating wildlife and going on an adventurous trip sounds like heaven to you? Your day trip starts with pickup at your hotel for the 2.5-hour drive to the town of Pagsanjan. Once you arrive, you will hop on a dugout canoe for the ride toward the famous Pagsanjan Falls. After 20 minutes, you will reach the first fall and afterwards the main falls. When experiencing the rapid descent downstream “shooting rapids”, this is where the real fun begins!
Santa Inez Waterfalls Mountain Bike Tour
You love to explore remote places and mountain biking? Enjoy the picturesque landscape of Santa Inez as you pedal your way to Kinabauan Waterfalls. Do not forget to bring your bathing suit, as there are a lot of river crossings and you will be able to take a swim in the reservoir of Kinabauan Waterfalls to complete your mountain bike adventures. Don’t worry, the rivers here are refreshing and clean. Also, bring your camera or smartphone, because of plenty of photo opportunites in this area!