Five tips for an active vacation – and where to stay

Would you like to experience something different on your next vacation? But can’t figure out what it could be?

Would you like to experience something different on your next vacation? Can’t figure out what it could be, though? Here are five tips to inspire your travel plans for the coming winter season.Try

horseback riding in Bali.

Bali, the famed Island of the Gods, with its varied landscape of hills and mountains, rugged coastlines and sandy beaches, lush rice terraces and barren volcanic hillsides all providing a picturesque backdrop to its colourful, deeply spiritual and unique culture, stakes a serious claim to be paradise on earth. One of those must-see destinations on pretty much every listing.Why don’t you skip the guided walking tours and tourist buses exploring the paradise on a horse? You get a good exercise, as well. Children are able to participate and you can choose the package according to your riding skills. Start from half an hour or spend the whole day riding a horse – you decide!When traveling to Bali you might want to check out this hidden cottage for two people – only 90 euros per night and you live at a walking distance from the beach where you can enjoy surfing and supping as well.
Horse riding on a beach in Bali

Go mountain biking in Austria.

Travel through outstanding landscapes in pure mountain air and scenic routes in the most beautiful surroundings with a well-signposted network of cycle paths. Choose Austria for its unrivalled cycling and mountain bike routes – a cyclist must experience Austria!The Vienna Woods holds mountain biking trails for every level of skill and every taste: There are 46 trails with three degrees of difficulty– Family (light), Fun (medium), Power (difficult)–which are very well marked with more than 1,000 guide arrows. Either traveling with friends or family, you might want to check the availability for this modern two-bedroom apartment in Vienna. 167 euros per night for maximum four people. Not bad, huh?
Moutain bikers riding a trail in Austria

Give snowshoe trekking in Lapland a shot.

Finnish Lapland is a true winter wonderland. The hustle and bustle of towns and ski resorts is just minutes away from the peace of the wild wilderness. If you’re lucky enough, you might even see the Northern Lights.In case you’ve gotten too familiar with cross-country skiing and downhill skiing, why not try snowshoe trekking instead? It’s a great form of exercise and, in the meantime, you get to see amazing views. Afterwards you definitely want to enjoy some sauna time as a part of your Finnish experience. Here’s a classy suite in Ylläs for four people,starting from 140 euros per night. Be sure to pack enough warm clothes for your stay!
People enjoying active vacation snow shoe trekking in Lapland, Finland

Spend a day or two hiking in Madeira

While Madeira isn’t really a beach destination it’s all about mountains. Whether it was trekking, hiking or Levada walks that you wanted to do, the island offers it all. You can easily choose a route that fits your preferences: either something comfortable to enjoy with the whole family or a challenging physical activity. Nevertheless, the views are breathtaking so be sure to bring your camera!For the accommodation you might want to stay in this two-bedroom apartment located in Funchal for only 50 euros per night. Make sure to try some of those amazing seafood dishes. You won’t be disappointed!

People hiking in Madeira enjoying sea view

Take it to the next level by rock climbing in Romania

Authentic, natural and cultural are the words that best capture the essence of Romania, a dynamic country rich in historyarts and scenic beauty. The best time to go rock climbing is from May to September, though it is best to avoid June, as this is the wettest month.Stay, for example, in this cozy apartment for four people in Cluj Napoca  – only 47 euros per night so you can spend your money on wining and dining after the climbing. Recovery can’t be neglected, right? Some of the local culinary specialities include: sarmalute (meat and rice rolled in boiled cabbage), mici (grilled rolled meat), tochitura (stew from internal organs), ciorba de burta (tripe soup) and papanasi (cheese doughnuts with cream and jam).
Rock climber in Romania