By Sponsored Stories16 Jan 2018With 2018 well underway, we’re all focusing on achieving those New Year’s resolutions – lose weight, lose weight, lose weight, etc. – you could hit the gym, or go for a daily walk OR you could try Intrepid’s solution. Intrepid’s solution is… Take an active trip! Designed to experience a destination through hiking, biking, rafting and kayaking, the latest additions to Intrepid’s active adventures combine a love of health and wellness with travel. In 2017 Intrepid offered 17 active-style itineraries and this year the adventure company now has 24 itineraries, increasing its offerings by 41 percent. “Money spent on wasted gym memberships this January can be put to better use by booking an active adventure.” Brett Mitchell, Intrepid Travel Regional Director Asia Pacific “Our trips give travellers motivation to train towards a specific goal while continuing to stay active on holiday.” “Australians have a real appetite for active trips and these itineraries offer bucket-list activities like white-water rafting on the Amazon River and cycling through villages in Chang Mai.” Intrepid Travel’s new active trips include: India: Hike, Bike and Raft This one takes adventure seekers to ride white water rapids down the Ganges, hike & bike through the Himalayan foothills, hike through Kedarnath Wildlife Sanctuary, cycle through to the temple-studded town of Gopeshwar and practice yoga in the spiritual hub of Rishikesh. The 12-day trip starts from AU$2,840 per person twin share. Sri Lanka: Hike, Bike and Raft This one lets travellers ride through tea plantations, canoe down rivers, and hike to ancient fortresses on this fitness-focused adventure from Negombo to Colombo. This trip gives travellers the chance to get active and experience Sri Lanka’s pristine coastline, ancient ruins, rugged peaks and wildlife-filled national parks. The 13-day trip is priced from AU$2,340 per person twin-share. Japan: Hike, Bike and Kayak This one takes travellers along the famous Nakasendo trail that linked Tokyo and Kyoto in ancient times, cycling along the beautiful Kamon river in Kyoto, to kayak the beautiful bay at Ise Shima and take the Kumano pilgrim trail- one of only 2 UNESCO listed pilgrimage trails in the world. The 12-day trip starts from AU$5,195 per person twin-share. Nepal: Hike, Bike and Raft This one lets adventurers explore the northern Kathmandu Valley on two wheels while continuing to help the quake-stricken country rebuild. While most tours tend to focus solely on the hiking trails, this eclectic round-trip from Kathmandu combines classic trekking with mountain biking and river rafting, with a yoga class to stretch out and finish up. The 12-day trip starts from AU$1,675 per person twin-share. Peru: Bike, climb and hike This one lets travellers climb, bike and hike through Peru and discover ancient civilisations on the Inca Trail. Explorers can skirt along zip lines, haul themselves up cliff faces using via ferrata climbers and pedal past farming communities in this breathtaking adventure along the Inca Trail. The 10-day trip starts from AU$3,245 per person twin-share. Ecuador: Raft, Bike and Hike This one lets travellers hike from the glistening crater lake of Quilotoa to the tiny Andean village of Chugchilan, go mountain biking down the world’s highest active volcano in Cotopaxi National Park and hit the rapids on a main tributary of the Amazon River, the Jatunyacu (Big Water) River. The trip also includes a guided walking tour of the Amazonian jungle, and lets travellers discover the World Heritage-listed charms of Quito. The ten-day trip starts from AU$1,895 per person twin-share. Myanmar and Thailand: Hike, Bike and Raft This one lets travellers hike to the dramatic mountain-top location of Pan Pet, kayak to explore floating gardens & stilt settlements, and bike through the Golden Triangle and on to Chiang Mai. The 12-day trip starts from AU$2,995 per person. READ: Love food? Intrepid dares you to eat your way around the world READ: Intrepid reveals female travellers lead the boom in cycling tours This story was brought to you by; Find out more: intrepid.com.au What’s your advice for someone aiming to lose weight in 2018? Share your thoughts below. Other stories you may like SHE’S OFF: U by Uniworld’s second ship launches Japan introduces ‘goodbye tax’ for tourists, BUT CHILL, it’s not that much 24 hours in Nozawa Onsen, Japan: what to do, see & of course, eat!