Healthy Holiday Hopping

[trip style = active & adventure + beach + sun + budget conscious + ski + spa + weekend getaway]

It's hard to stay healthy during the holidays with bonbons and baked goods assaulting us from every direction.

Everyone has different priorities and schedules during the Christmas break. For many, it's the one time of year when everyone has a few days or a week off at the same time. And when the vacation time stars align, so does the opportunity to holiday hop. So why not do the holidays a little different this year with a mind, body and/or soul detox and refresh for 2012?

Sometimes I write for other travel publications. Last month I was working on Healthy Holiday Getaway Ideas for the NY-Based foodie publication, The Daily Meal, and I just found out it published this week! Here are some of the getaway options I wrote about in the article. I hope some of the ideas inspire a one-night, weekend or week-long healthy holiday trip style for you. Bon voyage! Read the full article here!

Surf's Up - Learn to surf like pro rider Kelly Slater, kinda. Where/How - Safari Surf School, Costa Rica or Monty’s Beach Lodge, Nicaragua.

Let It Snow - Escape to a winter wonderland of activity. Where/How - Whistler, Canada and Portes du Soleil, a collection of 12 connected ski resorts in the French and Swiss Alps.

Digi-Fast - Go off the grid, where you can't be reached. Where/How - Wilson Island, Australia; Yelapa Casa, Mexico; Rolling Huts, Washington.

Voluntourism - Travel and do good. Where/How - Travelocity has a section devoted to voluntourism, otherwise, check with your preferred charity for local and international opportunities.

Spa - Ring in the New Year with bliss. Where/How - Scottsdale, Arizona at Sanctuary Camelback Mountain Retreat and Spa, the Fairmont Scottsdale or the Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale.

The 100-Mile Retreat - Go local and eat local within 100 miles {161km}. Where/How - Search airbnb, VRBO or HomeAway for a vacation rental with a kitchen to cook up a locally sourced feast.

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