PHOTO: Machu Picchu in Peru. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)
It almost goes without saying that, as the New Year rolls around, everyone is looking to improve themselves in some way. As January comes to a close, however, keeping that motivation going gets tough.
Why not plan something to look forward to and use it as a goal?
An active vacation is the perfect way to do that—in fact, it’s proven by science. Researchers have found that people score 50 percent higher when it comes to creativity and problem-solving abilities after they unplug and spending time outside, according to a report in USA Today.
“Although the evidence is far from all in, the brain appears to have kept its old capacities, its channeled quickness. We stay alert and alive in the vanished forests of the world,” Pulitzer Prize-winning entomologist Edward O. Wilson tells USA Today.
If you are looking to escape and get back to nature, Tracks & Trails offers adventurous RV vacations that will keep you both active and reconnect you wilt the great outdoors.
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Its Yellowstone and Grand Teton experience is one way to achieve outdoor enlightenment.
The 10-night trip begins in Billings, Montana, and is one of its most popular RV adventures. The journey combines the national parks of Yellowstone and Grand Teton as well as cowboy towns such as Jackson and Cody.
You can spend your days hiking, biking and fly fishing and add on scenic float trips, while camping in an RV at the park campsites.
Hike Life on the Inca Trail
Further afield, gear up for the Inca Trail. Hiking Peru’s Inca Trail is an adventure travel bucket list item that is almost guaranteed to keep you motivated to achieve your fitness goals through the winter.
With On the Go Tours, the Trek the Inca Trail itinerary is a seven-day journey roundtrip from Cusco, Peru, and includes the Sacred Valley, a four-day trek on the Inca Trail, Machu Picchu, and guided tours in Cusco.
Head to the (Tuscan) Hills
You can also stroll through Europe with Peregrine Adventures in Italy. The Walking in Tuscany journey loses the tour bus and explores Tuscan villages on foot. In addition to walking three to five miles a day exploring the countryside as well as historic galleries, ancient villages and tasting local wines.