Whether it is practising Yoga in Mumbai, sea kayaking in the Whitsundays of Australia or trekking in the Tatras of Poland, we always try to ensure that we have active holidays and we walk everywhere. Just look at this week of steps spent in Paris.
Not only because it is invariably fun for all , but because we want the boys to view being active as a norm and also because we think that the best way to enjoy a region, as a family, is to explore and experience it in as many ways as possible (wee Jack especially enjoys his personal human water taxi).
One of the ways that I especially enjoy is running. Or, at least, I used to and hope to in the future (injury and ill health have kept me away for too long).
You might have read my posts about my active holidays and my running in the streets of Rome and Sorrento and I might have once or twice mentioned that I once ran a marathon in Copenhagen, but I also try to take steps (literally) to ensure that I can run in every country and city we visit.
My running shoes and kit are always the first packed (can’t forget my Garmin charger) and while Teresa is scouring hotels and flights, I am researching races and events. More than once, I have abandoned my family on the beach to go off running and while this might seem selfish, please check out the size of the bling (and I still had time to sunbathe).
Finding races within holiday dates can be a bit hit and miss (I missed the Hvar Half marathon by two weeks), so a quick search on the internet will provide you with an abundance of tested run routes on sites like mapmyrun and sometimes, the best runs are when you just lace up and head out and have no idea what to expect at the end of the road.
However, as I become more experienced (and more conniving), I am learning that influencing Teresa’s hotel choices can make my plans for a run easier.
A hotel with good facilities close to a race or a recognised run route means that I can disappear for a few hours, usually early in the morning, safe in the knowledge that my family will not miss me too much (or at all, knowing the boys) as they sleep soundly in their beds or relax by the pool or beach. I get to see the sun rising, cities coming to life and countryside yet disturbed by hordes of tourists.
This has worked to my advantage in countries all over the world and when Expedia approached me to write an article on City Hotels for Outdoor Running for their new Expedia Hotel Edit site, I did not have to think long or hard about the wonderful hotels that I have stayed in and the amazing runs on their doorsteps. The only difficulty was picking five. The Expedia Hotel Edit page is full of quirky hotel ideas for sun lovers, view lovers and even yoga practitioners. Our Danny was especially intrigued by the aeroplanes converted into hotels.
Have a wee look at my five recommendations and let me know how you plan your running or active holidays and adventures abroad or at home.