One of the most prevalent trends in fitness today is wearable devices that track bio-data like heart rate, step count, GPS location, calories burned, and more. From the Fitbit, Misfit, Apple Watch, Garmin, and Jawbone, the fitness tracker market is flooded with wearable device options to match every style, price range, and functionality desired. It is now easier than ever to track your fitness goals and work toward getting in those American Heart Association recommended 10,000 steps a day.
The real question is, can fitness and vacation co-exist? Absolutely! You won't have to worry about all of the fabulous food and regional wine selections when vacationing in some of the most "step-friendly" cities in the world, as you'll burn up those calories and hit a new step record with ease! Walking also gives you an amazing opportunity to see foreign cities with a whole new point of view - you'll probably find yourself easily walking more than just those 10,000 steps a day when getting lost and exploring.
Take a look at the following luxury travel destinations that will enrich your life, expand your worldview, and even help you to attain your fitness goals.
Getting lost and walking around for hours is inevitable in Venice
From the Eternal City of Rome to seaside Porto Ercole, the timeless beauty of the Italian Renaissance is everywhere you look. Each city is filled with its own rich culture, historic monuments, and unforgettable sights. Whether you're interested in the picturesque views of Florence or the high fashion of Milan, there's no better way to experience the local culture than by walking through each city. Though you will most likely be consuming delectable pastries, pastas, and coffees, you'll find yourself burning more calories walking between cafes and historic monuments. Each step allows you to fully explore the Italian lifestyle as well get closer to your personal fitness goals.
MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Hiking along the Inca Trail in Peru
Peru is another great destination to track your 10,000 steps a day while experiencing some of the most iconic and stunning sights in the world. You'll feel swept away by the ancient history of Machu Picchu, the monuments of the Incan Empire, and all the breathtaking views of the Andes Mountains. Before you walk up the preserved hilltop ruins of Machu Picchu, don't forget to strap on your fitness device so you can track those valuable steps. Be sure to also stroll through Cusco, the former Incan capital, and the Sacred Valley for a closer look into Incan culture and traditions. This destination will leave you feeling inspired, while the high altitude walking will help you develop stronger endurance.
MT. KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA
Summit of the tallest peak in Africa
What better way to get in your steps than by visiting the highest peak in Africa, and one of the tallest mountains in the world? Mt. Kilimanjaro rises 19,340 feet above sea level and towers over the stretching savannahs of Tanzania and Kenya. As an inactive strato-volcano, Mt. Kilimanjaro is a stunning geological formation that features dramatic climate changes and unparalleled views from the summit. Since there is a significant amount of physical exertion involved, this expedition is for the ultimate adventure seekers and risk takers. All of your steps and cardio work will earn you the privilege of seeing the sunrise over the rooftop of Africa, taking fitness tracking from a goal to an experience.