Fitness holiday or retreat - which is your perfect match?

Who we are

Travelling Athletes is a fitness travel agency offering fitness holidays for individuals and groups alike.
There is nobody like us.

For All fitness Levels

No matter whether you are a fitness junkie or just getting started – our programs can be customized just for you.
Have fun and get in shape while on holidays.

Holiday Duration

Our fitness holidays don’t have set dates –  you can stay one week or three months.
Anywhere. Anytime.

WHY Choose Us

We guarantee you the lowest price possible on all our holidays, match you with a personal travel agent and much more.

Fitness holiday or retreat – which is your perfect match? 

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The guide to finding your ideal fitness holiday

Get out of the daily routine, get some sun and relax – at the same time you want to work on your fitness and health during your vacation? Then a fitness holiday or retreat could be just the perfect thing for you.

More and more people are discovering fitness vacations for themselves and appreciate the positive effects regarding their holistic well-being. Training in the most beautiful places in the world is not only a real motivation booster but the successes ensure a good and satisfied feeling. Chilling around and living the cheat day lifestyle during vacation, only to work hard to get rid of the kilos afterwards, is unsatisfying for many. It’s the mix that makes the difference.

However, it is not so easy to find your way through the abundance of offers. The variety of fitness holidays and retreats is endless – This guide will help you find your personal favourite. 

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What is a fitness holiday?

Important to know: Fitness holidays are not just for sports enthusiasts.

They are suitable for anyone who wants to improve their fitness and recover at the same time – regardless of current fitness level, training goal or age. Especially for people who find it hard to get in the swing of things in their stressful daily lives, a fitness holiday can be the perfect start to finally tackling fitness goals.
For fitness addicts, a fitness holiday is the ideal way to discover new places without sacrificing your usual workouts. At the same time, such a new environment provides inspiration and motivation to improve your technique, try new things and meet like-minded people from all over the world.

And the best part?
Fitness holidays offer the perfect balance of workout, relaxation and experience. You can discover new places, enjoy delicious food, meet interesting people and work on your health and fitness at the same time. 

Discover our fitness holiday packages here.

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What is a retreat?

Then there are retreats. But what exactly is a retreat?

Retreat in general is understood to mean a kind of vacation that serves primarily to relax and regenerate. There is a wide variety of types of retreats, each focusing on different key aspects. What they all have in common: It’s a journey of mindfulness and reflection where you can fully focus on yourself and your goals.

Besides popular yoga retreats there are also fitness retreats, which often take a holistic approach and can combine yoga, meditation, nutrition, coaching and training.

Retreats often take place in natural locations in small groups and are led by one or more experts and professionals. The personal atmosphere and natural surroundings are designed to help you focus on yourself and clear your mind. The daily retreat routine usually follows a structured schedule. 

Fitness Holiday vs. Retreat - The Comparison

So what exactly are the differences between a fitness holiday and a retreat? And most importantly, which option is right for you?

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And the similarities?

Rest: Both fitness holidays and retreats offer a break from everyday life and the opportunity to recharge your batteries

Health focus: Both forms of travel emphasize health and wellness, even though in different ways.

New experiences: Whether you choose a fitness holiday or a retreat, you’re likely to try new things, discover new places and meet new people.

So, the decision between a fitness holiday and a retreat depends heavily on your personal preferences and goals.

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How do I find out what suits me?

Deciding between a fitness holiday and a retreat can be difficult. Here are some questions you can ask yourself to help you make the right choice for you:

Question 1: What do I need most right now?

Sometimes the answer to this question can be surprisingly obvious. Do you need a physical challenge right now? Do you long for relaxation? Are you missing adventure and new impressions? Then a fitness holiday that you can put together according to your personal wishes is probably the right thing for you.

Or do you need new inspiration and further development? Are you lacking motivation, focus and people who are pursuing similar goals as you? Then you’re probably in good hands at a retreat.

Question 2: How important is the social component to me?

Both options offer opportunities for interaction and sharing with like-minded people. If a communal atmosphere in a solid group is important to you, for example, a fitness retreat might be more appealing to you. If you’re a person who prefers variety and freedom, you’ll love the fitness holiday.

Question 3: What does my usual daily routine look like?

If you have a very structured and scheduled daily life, the freedom and flexibility of a fitness holiday might be a welcome change. If you usually have to do a lot of thinking and planning for others, it might do you good to just follow a set structure, like on a retreat, without having to think much yourself.

Question 4: How flexible am I?

Retreats often have fixed dates and a fixed travel duration, whereas with a fitness holiday you can usually choose the date and travel duration flexibly.

Question 5: How important is constant supervision and group leadership to me?

Retreats are often led by trainers or experts and supervised from arrival to departure. On fitness holidays, usually only specific program points, are accompanied by certified trainers or tour guides. Regardless of this, you can organize yourself and have access to a personal contact should you need one.

There is no “right” or “wrong” choice – your gut feeling is usually a good compass as well. And who knows, maybe you’ll try a fitness holiday this year and decide on a retreat next year!

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Whichever option you choose: You’re guaranteed to do yourself and your body some good with a fitness vacation! Whether it’s a fitness holiday or a retreat, both are a wonderful way to make your vacation health-conscious, active, and relaxing.

In a world that is becoming increasingly hectic and challenging, they offer a valuable way to focus on yourself and put your health, well-being and goals first.

In the end, it’s not where you travel or what you do that matters, but how much you can enjoy the moment. Just like in training or in life itself – the journey is the destination!

With that in mind, we wish you an inspiring and fulfilling journey no matter where it takes you!

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Interested? Check Out Our Fitness Holiday Packages.

It has never been so easy to travel the world, meet like-minded people, and enjoy amazing workouts in beautiful destinations. Try it yourself and become part of the community of Travelling Athletes.
No matter whether you want to travel to Bali or Greece, we will help you become a better YOU while you experience an unforgettable fitness holiday. Designed for individuals or groups, our fitness holidays are perfect for all fitness levels and are available 365 days a year.

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A perfect Fitness holiday for you. Anywhere. Anytime.

Individual fitness retreats with different focuses

Each of our fitness retreats and fitness holiday travel packages offer you a different focus — such as improvement of general fitness, introduction to CrossFit, weight loss, skill training, and much more.

Fitness holidays with a wide Variety of fitness classes

Choose the fitness holiday that suits you best and look forward to exciting fitness classes consisting of boot camps, HIIT, CrossFit (official box), beach WODs, beach workouts, Personal Training, Muay Thai, and much more.

Customize the Fitness holiday to suit your needs

You can easily choose different add-ons during the booking process to customize your fitness holiday. Add additional personal training sessions, massages, and more - with just one click.

All Included - More than Just a fitness holiday

All of our fitness holidays offer you much more than just an extensive fitness program. Find your inner peace with our yoga classes, enjoy a relaxing massage, or learn more about Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine that focuses on diet, herbal treatment, and breath.

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Become a better you.

Check out the variety of reasons why hundreds of like-minded people have chosen to become a Travelling Athlete©.

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Save time & money

As a fitness travel agency, we get favourable rates from hotels and partners, which we then pass on to you.

Personal Travel Assistant

You will be matched with a travel agent who is available 24/7 to help you with anything you could want or need.

Inside Knowledge

Each of our travel agents have visited all of our various destinations, so they are well-equipped to assist you with local insight.

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Flexible Dates

Travel whenever you desire and for however long you wish. Our fitness holidays are available 365 days/year.

Direct & Flexible Booking

Our streamlined booking process means you don’t have to wait any longer. You can look forward to relaxing and training in the sun.

Join a Community

Even before your journey begins, we will connect you with other Travelling Athletes.

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Become a Travelling Athlete and profit from all the advantages. No matter if you are a beginner or an advanced athlete, no matter if you are on your own or with a group of friends: You can travel the world 365 days a year meanwhile getting fit in paradise-like destinations.

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