'New year, new me'. Many of us have uttered those immortal words, certain that this year we really will start morning spinning classes and dedicate our evenings to learning Spanish. Almost inevitably, once the first week of best intentions wears off, those resolutions start to slip. In fact, we hate to break it to you but two whole months have already passed since January 1st. But fear not. In an effort to inspire even the most defeated of resolutioners (technical term), your Original Travel guardian angels have compiled a list of trips that will help reboot your resolutions and provide a little fun along the way.
Hiking in Sri Lanka
Increase your daily step count while enjoying some seriously stunning scenery in Sri Lanka's Knuckles Mountain Range. As you hike you'll pass remote villages, cool off with a dip in a secluded waterfall and spot lots of endemic wildlife.
Running with the Maasai, Kenya
A morning run becomes a lot more appealing when it's accompanied by local Maasai guides or anti-poaching rangers in stunning Laikipia. We suggest taking your camera along too as there is a good chance you'll spot some big game en route.
Cycling in Catalonia, Spain
Exercise can be fun, especially with one of our great guides in Catalonia. On a tailor-made trip they will combine your on-bike adventures with plenty of delicious local food and wine. After all, life is all about balance.
Yoga in Nicaragua
Overlooking Lake Nicaragua and surrounded by unspoilt rainforest, Jicaro Island Lodge is the perfect place to unwind and get limber during a dedicated yoga retreat. Sunset kayaking and rainforest hikes are also on offer.
Stargazing in Australia
There's something incredibly soul-soothing about sleeping under the stars and, as part of the Arkaba walk experience in Australia's southern Outback, you'll spend a night in comfortable swag beds, enjoying star-studded night skies.
Back to Nature in Slovenia
Small enough to explore by car (with the intriguing capital of Ljubljana just a quick, direct flight away) Slovenia is the ideal place to get away from it all. Enjoy beautifully serene countryside awash with lakes and rivers, and mountains perfect for hiking.
LEARN A NEW SKILL
Cookery Classes in Italy
The secret to learning how to perfect an Italian dish is that you absolutely must learn from a local. We can arrange for you to join a local Pugliese nonna (grandma) to rustle up the likes of orecchiette pasta and burrata cheese for a delicious lunch.
Salsa Lessons in Cuba
Join expert salsa instructors for a series of fun lessons that will get you feeling confident enough to join the locals dancing at the Havana Jazz Festival. Held every January, the festival is a colourful celebration of all things Cuba and a great time to visit.
Bush Skills in Botswana's Okavango Delta
Spend a week or more at the Okavango Guiding School in the beautiful Okavango Delta and learn hands-on bush skills such as game driving, basic weapon handling and print tracking. All with plenty of big game sightings too, of course.
TRAVEL WITH A CONSCIENCE
Forest Research in Cambodia
Join the wildlife alliance team at Shinta Mani Wild and head out into the river valley to monitor camera traps. Not only does it help you to understand the wild forest and its inhabitants, the research gathered also helps prevent local logging and mining too.
Anti-Poaching in Tanzania
Simply by staying at some of our favourite Tanzanian safari camps, guests contribute to The Friedkin Conservation Fund which looks after more than 3.2 million acres of Tanzania's protected areas and implements anti-poaching strategies.