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How to Plan an Active Vacation in 6 Easy Steps

drinks and books by pool

Why yes, I did have a few days penciled in with nothing but fruity drinks and books by the pool. And I enjoyed the heck out of it.

Step 4: Plan it out

Here’s where things could get a wee bit tricky. On some islands, we had more activities than days available, but we were able to plan several days where we had, say, a hike in the morning and a massage later that afternoon. Just make sure that, as you’re doing this, you’re also taking your actual travel time into account. When we flew between islands, we tried to get early morning flights so we’d have most of the day available when we arrived, but we still didn’t book anything earlier than late afternoon in case of a delay.

And remember, as awesome as it is to be active, and as much as we all might like to plan ahead (it’s not just me, right?), try to plan for some time to relax or be spontaneous. Unless there are truly restaurants you just have to try every night (like this and this!), leave a night or two free to explore some local treasures. You might even stumble into something fun like a weird food festival!

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  1. Sarah says:

    Great tips, Kristen, thanks for sharing! Do you have a template you could share that you used for your planning? My husband and I are going to Germany this fall, and I would love to use your ideas for our trip!