Great places to run: Spectacular trails and roads around the world to add to your travel itinerary
Worth the miles
Clocking in a productive run while you're holidaying in the Bahamas can be quite the struggle, especially if you're on a 'Eat, Pray, Love' mission. But if there's a certain incentive to it — for instance, breathtaking vistas to complement your activity — lacing up your running shoes should get you excited.
In light of National Fitness Day (happening on September 28), fitness expert Emy Peibst has handpicked these stunning island destinations alongside running routes, mapped on roads that are delightfully lesser travelled. Needless to say, don't forget to bring your smartphone with you on this journey. Pics, or it didn't happen.
1. Kaui, Hawaii
Touted the 'Garden Island' for its lush vegetation and steady rainfall but also home to some of the most beautiful beaches in Hawaii, Kauai has everything you could ever want on a running holiday.
The route spans four miles of coastal track from Wailua to Kealia. This part of the Island is known as the 'Coconut Coast,' aptly named for the scores of coconut trees that cover the landscape.
2. Barbados, Caribbean
With an expanse of powder-soft white sand beaches, Barbados is a paradise getaway for many holiday-makers. Take a run starting down in Enterprise Beach and follow the coast along until you reach Bridgetown. As you run, you can make a choice to try your luck on the sand or stick to the sidewalk that stretches the duration of the route.
You will pass by five miles of pristine beaches, running through elite resorts where you might even catch sight of the odd celebrity taking a beach stroll. If you make your way to Barbados in the off-season you're far more likely to come across some quiet or deserted beaches, but if you head over in peak season be aware that you may want to get up early to avoid the crowds of tourists.
3. Santorini, Greece
This tiny volcanic island located in the Aegean sea offers a number of epic runs with some spectacular coastal views. One of the longer trails on the island goes from Oia to Fira, and it's a gradual climb the whole way there but should not take more than an hour to complete. If you're game for a longer run, you can always enjoy the same stunning views on your way back.
The route runs along a volcanic ridge — one of the defining characteristics of the island — which overlooks the bright blue ocean on one side. The track is easy enough to find, mainly cobblestone paths and dirt roads the whole way along, so it's simple enough for even the most novice runner to give it a shot.
4. Sun Moon Lake, Taiwan
At 17 miles, with some tricky ground and steep uphill and downhill climbs, this is a difficult route to take for even the most experienced runner. But it's also a great place to test your running ability.
Located in the mountains just outside of Taichung, in the centre of the Island of Taiwan, the route is easy to reach by car or train from the capital of Taipei. As you run around the lake, you can absorb the stunning views of its crystal clear waters, set against a picturesque mountain backdrop.
5. Harbour Island, The Bahamas
You've probably gawked enviously at images of pink sand beaches on your Insta-feed at some point. Well, Harbour Island has some of the best pink sand beaches in the world and is another must-do destination for your next running holiday.
You can complete the entire length of the Island, which spans just 3 miles, taking in the beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean as you run along the pale pink sand. The pink is more prominent at the water's edge where the sand is wet, and unlike other pink beaches in the world, the sand here is always a cool temperature. Go on and take your shoes off to run barefoot if you're up for it.