The strenuous five-day hike on the Appalachian Trail that swallowed half your vacation days didn’t feel like a vacation. Neither did the team building company rafting trip where you almost drowned and had to cling to the riverbank for ten minutes like a bedraggled cat. We like to carpe the diem as much as the next guy, but it’s okay to admit that your next vacation doesn’t have to require hypoxic training and a study of Conrad Anker’s career. There might be some down time. This doesn’t have to mean standing in the buffet line on a Disney Cruise Line ship, but it does mean choosing an adventure that combines immersion in the natural world with a little bit of everyman recreation. These three destinations are a good place to start.