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101 Reasons to Travel Now: Get Active

We've scoured the globe in search of hidden gems to experience around the world. Here are the best experiences to get you moving.

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A couple enjoys sky biking above the Andean cloud forest in Ecuador.


From the October 2015 issue of Traveler magazine

Reasons to Travel Now: 14-24

14. ZIP-LINING OVER JODHPUR:

Combine a thrill ride with Indian history via Flying Fox’s zip-line course above sites such as the 15th-century Mehrangarh Fort.

15. WILL WORK FOR WINE:

We can’t think of a better locale to try our hand at WWOOFing (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) than on a vineyard in Australia’s Barossa Valley.

16. BEYOND THE BLUE LAGOON:

Hot springs and a cold river converge at Hveragerði, in southern Iceland, the perfect spot for a soak after a hike through ancient lava fields and around bubbling mud pots.

17. CLIMBING HUAYNA PICCHU:

That green Peruvian peak backdropping all those Machu Picchu photos allows only 400 hikers a day. Book early. The views are worth it.

18. ICE BIKING BUFFALO:

Pedal the Canalside ice rink on an ice bike with one wheel and one blade. It’s all part of a waterfront revitalization in this upstate New York city.

19. OMS AND SUDS:

During weekly Bend & Brew classes, Asheville’s Travelling Yogini leads sun salutation sessions at different breweries around the North Carolina mountain town, followed by beer tastings.

20. HIKE THE LYCIAN WAY:

Passing sleepy villages, beekeepers making honey, and ancient tombs carved in the rocks above, this ancient off-the-radar Turkish trail skirts the Mediterranean.

21. SURF PERU:

Catch the longest left-hand waves in the world from Peru’s northern coast, with its white-sand beaches and laid-back resorts. Find surf shops in Máncora and sleepy Punta Sal.

22. SKY BIKE BUILT FOR TWO:

At Mashpi Lodge, in Ecuador, ride a tandem “bike” suspended from a 656-foot-long cable above the Andean cloud forest.*

23. WATER THAT GLOWS:

In Mosquito Bay in Vieques, Puerto Rico, nighttime kayak trips glide through glittering water at the world’s brightest bioluminescent bay.

24. SLEDDING FOR GROWN-UPS:

“Sledging” down Swiss slopes on steerable sleds with runners is the latest Alpine craze. Try it in the cul-de-sac village of Arosa.

*Mashpi Lodge is recognized as one of National Geographic's Unique Lodges of the World.

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