Holidays should leave you refreshed and invigorated, as well as relaxed - and there's no better way to clear your head than to take an active break that gets you outside and moving. From family walking holidays or a day on the slopes, to golf, safaris or adrenaline-pumping water sports, there are plenty of exciting holiday activities that can form the focus of a weekend retreat or a longer family adventure.
Whether you'd like a break that includes some history and culture, or want to escape the bustle of civilization entirely, there's a desination perfect for you. Here a a few of our favorite destinations for active vacations, with experience that will apeal to all tastes and ages.
Family desert adventures in Dubai
Experience the thrill of the desert first-hand on an adventure safari in Dubai. Plunge over the peaks and troughs of sand dunes in an SUV, then navigate the sandy swells yourself on a quad bike or sand board. You can also camp overnight in unforgettable locations such as the Dubai Desert Conservation Area, home to rare birds and unique wildlife, or why not consider taking a magical hot air balloon ride over the desert as the sun rises?
Sail away in Hong Kong
A former fishing port which has grown into one of the world's largest and most densely populated metropolises, Hong Kong may not seem like an obvious choice for outdoor activities. Yet this vibrant city boasts multiple opportunities to get active in nature, from the stunning beaches of Lantau Island to the mountainous terrain and hiking trails of the Sai Kung Peninsula. Or, for a memorably authentic Hong Kong experience, rent a traditional junk sailboat to cruise through the harbor and islands off the coast.
Go on a safari in Johannesburg
Want to take a walk on the wild side? Head to South Africa for the ultimate animal experience – a wildlife safari. Virgin Atlantic flies to Johannesburg from a variety of destinations, and once there, you can choose from a number of excellent safari tours, including trips to the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Here you'll have the opportunity to spot the famous Big Five game animals: the lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard and rhinoceros.
Hiking in Delhi
Put on your trusty hiking boots and head to colorful Delhi, the perfect base for a walking adventure. India is full of amazing trails, and there is plenty to explore on foot even without leaving the city. Delhi Heritage Walks offers tours that help you discover every aspect of this captivating and ever-changing destination. Catch a glimpse of the past at Mehraul Archaeological Park, relax in the the lush landscapes of Lodi Garden, sample street food in Old Delhi - and more.