Hiking in the Alps

14 Ideas for New Year Challenges

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All too often, the first couple of months of a year are scarred by broken resolutions and shattered fitness aspirations. Don’t let this year go the same way; we've got plenty of exciting challenges to awaken your motivational mojo!

Travel plans are a powerful motivator - there's no better way to prompt those gym visits than the promise of the ultimate reward: an adventure. Whether your finish line is the Roof of Africa, the Arctic Circle or a chequered flag at the end of a ski marathon, planning for an active adventure adds a positive purpose to your exercise regime.

Make this the year you step out of your comfort zone and rekindle your spirit of adventure!


Head off on one of the world’s most iconic adventures…

Mount Kilimanjaro

To stand on the Roof of Africa is a special moment that top bucket lists up and down the land. Conquering this African giant is challenging no doubt, but definitely achievable.

Mount Kilimanjaro

Plan your trip: Kilimanjaro trekking holidays

Everest Base Camp

Follow in the footsteps of many great explorers on this, the most famous of the Himalaya’s trekking routes.

Everest Base CampEverest Base Camp

Plan your trip: Everest Base Camp

Inca Trail

Walk back in time as you pass by the ruins of ancient civilizations en route to the famous Lost City of the Incas – Machu Picchu.

Machu Picchu on the Inca Trail, Peru 

Plan your trip: Inca trail holidays

Walk the Mont Blanc Circuit

Trek through three countries - France, Italy and Switzerland - in the shadow of Western Europe's highest peak, the mighty Mont Blanc.

Trekkers on the Mont Blanc Circuit 

Plan your trip: Mont Blanc holidays

Conquer Mont Ventoux

Ride along the same route as the world’s most famous cycling race, the Tour de France. The windy mountain is a tough nut to crack but the sense of achievement when you crest that final summit push is worth every bead of sweat. Realise your peloton dream!

Cycling Mont Ventoux 



Looking to escape the rat race? We have the perfect antidote for city life…

Dogsled around the Arctic Circle

Make some four-legged friends as you command a team of eager huskies through the Arctic wilderness.

Arctic dogsleddingArctic dogsledding

Plan your trip: Arctic dogsledding holidays

Atlas Descent

You don’t have to venture to the other side of the world to escape the masses – Morocco’s remote Atlas Mountains are an adventure playground without the crowds.

Cycling in the Atlas Mountains

Plan your trip:  Atlas Descent cycling holiday  


Engadin Ski Marathon

Winter holidays do not begin and end with downhill skiing. Really test your mettle this year by entering cross-country skiing!

Engadin Ski Marathon 

Plan your trip: Winter Holidays

Lillehammer Bobsled Weekend 

Feel the force as you hurtle down an Olympic bobsled track on this action-packed winter weekend in Norway!

Bobsledding in LillehammerBobsledding in Lillehammer

Plan your trip: Holidays in Norway

Pedal through the Himalaya

The land of the thunder dragon is just begging to be biked. And yet, you'll probably be the only cyclists you see as you make your way between mountainous cliffside monasteries and dramatic vistas.

Tiger's Nest, Bhutan Tiger's Nest, Bhutan 

Plan your trip: Holidays in Bhutan


If you’re not ready to jump in at the deep end, or simply prefer a gentler pace, try one of our more leisurely trips. You’ll still spend lots of time being active and having fun in the great outdoors, but these trips require no specialist training or technical skills.

Get Active in Slovenia

Not sure what floats your boat (or white water raft)? Try a whole heap of different activities on this thrills and spills trip in the Julian Alps!

lake bledSlovenia's scenic Lake Bled


Try Everything in the Tatras 

The perfect introduction to winter activity holidays – try dogsledding, ski over a frozen lake and take a relaxing dip in the natural thermal hot springs! Plus, you'll get to visit traditional Slovak villages and learn more about this underrated corner of Europe.

Cross-country skiers, High Tatras, Slovakia Cross-country skiers, High Tatras, Slovakia 

Plan your trip: Tatra Winter Activity Week

Walk the Amalfi Coast

One of the most popular holidays in our collection, and for good reason! Not only characterised by Europe’s most picturesque coastline, but also sublime cuisine and warm Italian hospitality.

Amalfi Coast, Italy 

Plan your trip: Walking the Amalfi Coast

Cycle Vietnam

Cover the length of the country, from bustling cities to sweeping sandy beaches and shimmering rice paddies, following the best cycle routes in Vietnam.

Traditional street scene in VietnamTraditional street scene in Vietnam

Plan your trip: Cycle Vietnam

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