A travel experience for runners.
Runcation Travel creates international running adventures for runners by runners. Instead of having to squeeze in a run on vacation, your run becomes the vehicle for exploring a new country, new culture, and a new landscape. Our 'Runcations,' or running vacations, offer a chance to disconnect, meet new friends, and travel long distance routes through some awe-inspiring landscapes. You also cover some pretty impressive mileage up and down mountains along the way.
The itineraries of Runcation Travel are inspired by the mountain rifugios, also known as mountain lodges, huts, bothies, and shelters. The root of the Italian word rifugio is defined as a place of shelter or refuge in conditions of adversity or hostility. They offer a place to disconnect from technology, connect with your immediate surroundings, and are often situated with a backdrop of spectacular mountain peaks with jaw-dropping views. Runcation Travel takes you beyond the day trip to cover more ground and show you a deeper side of the landscape, people, and culture. Henry David Thoreau wrote, "It is life near the bone where it is sweetest." There is nothing sweeter than the bare bones element of running hut-to-hut in the mountains, from the simplicity of what you carry over miles and days, to watching mountain sunsets from a rifugio after a long day on the trails. This type of experience has inspired the current retreats we offer, with the added comfort of baggage transport and curated, hotel-style mountain lodges. With 3-course dinners, full bars, comfortable beds, and prime views, they’re appropriate for a true running vacation.
Runcation Travel running retreats and adventures are guided trail running trips. We try to avoid crowds and tourist traps. Our retreats have the feel of going on an epic week-long adventure in beautiful outdoor adventure destinations with your friends, if your friends had local knowledge and years of experience scouting out the most runnable trails, most spectacular mountain lodges, and the stop after the mountain pass at mile 7 with the most delicious apple strudel.
Our current runcations and trail running trips include hut-to-hut running adventures, retreats, high altitude training camps, and guided trail tours of the best trail running in the Italian Dolomites, Chamonix Mont Blanc, and Argentinian Patagonia. Our Runcations are for every level of runner. No trail running experience needed! Visit our Retreats section to learn more, or subscribe to keep in touch with the latest deals and Runcation offerings. Thanks for visiting!
About Liz: Liz is a running coach, Kinesiology instructor, and freelance writer based in the Bay Area, California. After competing collegiately for 5 years at the NCAA Division 1 level for Columbia University and USC, Liz has been coaching at the high school, collegiate, and adult level since 2009. Liz has also worked as a backpacking guide in Central America, Sea Kayaking Guide in the Bay Area, and managed an Adapted Paddling Program for individuals with mobility impairments. She spent 3 summers leading international high altitude running and service learning trips for high school/college students in East Africa and Peru. She holds a MS in Kinesiology, USATF Level 1 Running Coach, Wilderness First Aid, Sports First Aid, and CPR certifications.