Vacation Exercise: Thinking Outside the Box

Vacation Exercise

Not sure how much exercise this tour provides, but a beer tour of Indianapolis while pedaling has to provide some cardio.

Do you ever find yourself on an exercise regimen only to be on a trip and skipping out on a week of workouts? Unless you’re training for a marathon or triathlon, skipping four or five days of workouts doesn’t matter. Trust me. It. Does. Not. Matter if you skip several days of exercise as you enjoy a destination. But as a former competitive runner, I do know the importance of getting in some quality vacation exercise. And as a parent, I know how hard it can be to get in vacation exercise while enjoying a destination and watching the little ones. So here are a few ways I’ve managed to break a sweat while traveling. And I’m not talking about 12-ounce curls. I’ve tried all of these alternative ways to get in some vacation exercise.

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2013 Travel Year in Review

Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta

This past year has brought so many great travel experiences and discoveries, not to mention wonderful people I’ve been able to meet. Trips By Lance was launched in 2012 as a travel-planning business, but in February 2013 I switched the focus to a travel blog to share the wonderful experiences we are discovering in this great world. 2013 exposed me to new ideas, experiences and places. Here are some of my favorites in this 2013 travel year in review.

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Celebrate Special Occasions With Travel

Robert Indiana's LOVE sculpture sits on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. (Photo Courtesy Of: Kevin Foster)

Robert Indiana’s LOVE sculpture sits on the grounds of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. (Photo Courtesy Of: Kevin Foster)

I can’t imagine how much money Hallmark and other businesses roll in when it comes to couples celebrating Valentine’s Day, wedding anniversaries and even birthdays. Obviously people can buy whatever gifts for their loved ones that they choose. I’m not here to judge. The mission is simple: convince you to at least consider traveling together instead of buying a box of chocolates, dozen roses, cards and an expensive meal at a forgettable steak house. Here’s why I believe it’s important to celebrate special occasions with travel.

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Rainy Day Beach Activities With Kids


A brief pause in the storm at Panama City Beach.

Beach trips are supposed to be about sun, waves, laughter and relaxation. As a parent, I’d say it’s one of the best trips with children in tow that allows mom and dad to still have some sanity. But what happens when it rains and the whole family finds itself cooped up inside? I wasn’t on a mission to find the answer, but a recent beach trip in Florida and a monsoon of more than 20 inches of rain forced me to find out what rainy day beach activities with kids we could come up with.

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Deep-Sea Fishing off Panama City Beach

Fishing 8

Living most my childhood in rural Arkansas I’ve been fishing too many times to count. But it typically was from the banks of a pond or lake, and never at the ocean. I’ve been to Panama City Beach 11 times now, not to mention several visits to other Florida and Alabama beach communities. I knew now was the time to finally get out in the Gulf of Mexico for some deep-sea fishing.

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