Ideas to Stay Active while on Vacation

Do you struggle to stay active while on vacation?

I used to too! Until recently, I would never even think twice about working out while on vacation. However, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how much both my mind and body need to stay active . I’ve also realized, being active on vacation can actually be fun! It doesn’t have to be a hardcore, painful workout every day. I feel more like “me” when I give myself a little time.

I won’t workout every day while on vacation, but I do try to move in some way shape or form. We have traveled a TON the past year, both far and near, and these are some ideas of ways to stay active while we are on the go.

I suggest having a general idea of when you are going to get your workout or activity done. For me, especially on vacation, it’s easiest to get a workout done in the morning so the rest of the day doesn’t get in the way.

Smiling through the pain of finishing Koko Crater in the rain lolol

Good ole hotel gym workouts

Before you keep scrolling – hear me out! The reason this one is at the top is because it is honestly the easiest and quickest way to get a workout in while traveling. I used to make so many excuses for not utilizing hotel workout areas – they’re too small, they don’t have enough equipment, they get packed, I don’t even know what to do, etc. In all of the hotels we have visited, they have always had at minimum a treadmill (but usually they have much more). Heck- the hotel we stayed in the night before our flight to Hawaii, only had a single treadmill (no weights, no mats – nothing). Whenever I stay in a hotel, I do a cardio and ab workout in the gym. I know I can get this done quickly and will blast calories while I’m at it. To give you inspiration, I have saved my hotel workouts under the “FITNESS” highlight on my Instagram.

Also, if I am doing BBG, I find it pretty easy to do most BBG workouts in a hotel gym!

Plan a Hike

Hiking is something that I love to do on vacation because it doesn’t require any fancy equipment and can be done almost anywhere! If we have time on our trip to hike, Brandon and I will research nearby hikes and have a couple in mind to do. The nice thing about hikes is you don’t usually have to plan them in advance, but sometimes it’s helpful doing a little research so you can see how long the hike is and plan accordingly. While in Japan, we did a beautiful waterfall hike that is still something we talk about today.

Some of you may have seen glimpses of the hike we did in Hawaii (Koko Crater Trail). I swear this was the hardest hike I’ve ever done! I felt so accomplished when we finished it and loved that we were able to do it together.

Snap of me being a chicken and taking the safe route along Koko Crater instead of climbing the stairs that were super high… I’m afraid of heights!

YouTube Yoga

If you’re not super familiar with yoga and aren’t comfortable coming up with your own flow, YouTube Yoga will become your new best friend while on vacation. You can YouTube thousands of yoga videos for whatever you’re looking for. These are super easy can be done practically anywhere with wifi. My personal favorite is Yoga with Adrienne. I’m still a newbie when it comes to yoga, but I really love how easy it is to do no matter where you are!



We walked SO much in Japan. I mean – at least 25k steps a day. This is probably the reason I was able to eat literally endless bowls of rice and I lost weight on this trip. Walking is such an easy way to stay active while on vacation. While in Hawaii, we had a car rented for a couple of activities beyond walking distance, but for the short things around our hotel, we walked! In addition to getting a little extra exercise, we have been able to see different parts of the island on our walk we would have missed in a car.

I also really love walking on the beach. I know this isn’t ideal for every location, but if you are near a beach, scheduling an hour long walk on the beach is equally relaxing and a great workout. Take it up a notch by running on the beach and you’ll have killer legs!

A quick pic I took while strolling the beach one morning with Brandon

Fitness Classes

Another fun way to incorporate exercise while on a trip is to sign-up for a workout class. We did this when we visited DC recently and went to SOULCycle with our friends. None of us had tried it before and we had such a great time! Sometimes it’s nice to mix up your typical routine and take a workout class you wouldn’t have access to at home. I’ve also been to hotels (and cruise ships) which offer fitness classes as well, so be sure to check them out!

Water Sports + Beach activities

This tip is specific for if you are visiting a beach or lake! I really love going out on paddle boards or kayaks and exploring the water. Brandon also plays beach volleyball when we’re relaxing on the beach (I’m a spectator lol). It’s an easy way to add a little activity to an otherwise lazy beach day.

We rented paddle boards a few days and were able to see sea turtles!

Book an Active Excursion

If you are on a trip where you are booking lots of activities to do, consider booking things that will keep you active! We love to book snorkel trips, which is not only beautiful, but is an easy way to get a little exercise in while you are swimming through the water. This past trip, we also booked a two hour horseback riding trip with my brother and my sister-in-law (we booked at Kualoa Ranch)! It was the most magical and breathtaking horseback riding trip I’ve ever seen. It also gave me a huge urge to watch Jurassic Park (they have filmed so many movies and TV shows at this ranch). In addition to the amazing experience, it was fun being able to plan an active day amongst our lazy beach days!

This view is known as “Jurassic Valley” so amazing! My horse Frodo was seriously the best boy!
We ended up having a two hour hike with just our family! So nice!

And there you have it! I hope these ideas inspire you to plan a little activity in your next vacation. Which idea do you want to incorporate next?



Health Disclaimer:

I am not a physician or Registered Dietician. The purpose of this blog is to share my personal journey and experience with diet and fitness. As always, consult a physician before making any changes in diet or exercise. The author and blog disclaim liability for any damage, mishap, or injury that may occur from engaging in any activities or ideas from this site.

6 thoughts on “Ideas to Stay Active while on Vacation

  1. Jackie … did you ever share a post on where you ate, stayed, and visited while in Japan? I am trying to plan a trip to Japan for next year with my mom (we’re saving up on vacation and money for the trip … but I need advice on the places to stay/eat while there)!!


    1. Lindsay,

      I did not since I’m not a travel blogger, however I did save in my highlights on instagram a lot of what we did! It’s the last highlight, so scroll all the way back! We did a lot of airbnbs!

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      1. Understandable, Jackie! I just assumed with lifestyle blogging you would document those things just as a memory! But I will definitely check out your instagram stories! 🙂


      2. I wish I had the time to, but travel bloggers are the real MVP! It takes so much work and pre-planning!


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