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When you travel with Fit 4 Adventure you not only explore the world, but meet like-minded fitness enthusiasts who share your passion for one-of-a-kind experiences.   

Our trips include cycling in Spain, trekking in Switzerland and skiing in Colorado, and itineraries are equal parts fitness and fun. For every hill climb there’s a wine tasting, and  for every encounter with a manatee while snorkeling there’s a sunset cruise.  

Along with planned itineraries throughout the year, Fit 4 Adventure also works with groups of athletic adventurers who are looking for custom holidays. Are you part of a running or cycling club that wants to travel together, or have a group of friends in need of an active getaway? Contact us, and we’ll do the planning for you.  

With us, you’re not simply booking a trip — you’re signing up for an adventure.

diverse locations

Guided adventures in over 11 countries and counting. We take you to the best places and book hand-picked accommodations.

Experienced staff

Every one of our trips features a dedicated team member that travels with your group to ensure you have the best time possible.

Let us handle the details

When you travel with us, we take care of the details so you can have the best experience.

200+
trips
11
countries
2001
traveling since
1000+
adventurers

our team

meet the people that make this happen

Diane Golden
Founder

Diane has always been a fitness/health buff, outdoor enthusiast, and wanderer.  Even back-in-the-day when she was a hotel industry Accountant, active vacations were always top priority … often taking off work without pay to go somewhere.

Always staying in shape kept the door open for many adventures through the year including running marathons, scuba diving, hiking, cycling, rock climbing, canyoneering, camping, rafting, canoeing, kayaking, and horseback riding.

Being the “organizer” for many active vacations for herself and friends through the years, Diane dreamed of starting her own business one day.  Doing exactly that, by the fall of 2000 it was time to launch Golden Adventures (now FIT 4 ADVENTURE) full time!

Today, after traveling there since 2001, Boston marathon is the largest trip for FIT 4 ADVENTURE (500 traveling with us for the 2017 Boston Marathon).   Our trip cycling in Majorca Spain, is also hugely popular and going strong each year since 2011.

But we have such a variety of athletic interests, FIT 4 ADVENTURE trips have grown into much more than running & cycling.  The trips now include hiking, kayaking, rafting, yoga, skiing, snow shoeing and more! New, active adventures are born every year. Honestly, Diane keeps a simple philosophy … plan a trip as if it were for your best friends. It truly is the best job ever!!

Joe Dann
Senior Adventure Guide

Since 2009, when Joe first came along on a hiking trip at Big Bend National Park, he has contributed to, and created, many exciting adventures with Fit 4 Adventure: A discovery trip to the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State; a snowshoe trip to Estes Park; snow skiing in Colorado, Montana and Utah; hiking in Zion and Bryce Canyon National Park; rim-to-river backpacking at Grand Canyon National Park, day hiking at Mt. Rainier National Park; multi-sport adventuring in Alaska; hut-to-hut trekking in the Alps; and more to come!  As an Adventure Guide, Joe is easy-going and adaptable - always looking for the most unique and unexpected experiences.  Meanwhile, he stays well attuned to safety and satisfaction of those he travels with.    

Joe was a hike leader for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program in North Texas, 2008-2010, when he first connected with Diane and started going on F4A ski trips.  In 2011, he relocated to Seattle and was hired as the event manager for the Climb for Clean Air, in which participants raise money for the American Lung Association while training for the summit of Mt. Rainier.  Inspired, after a year or two, to share everything he loved about Seattle and the Pacific Northwest, Joe also worked as a city tour guide, driving the city highlights and leading scenic day trips through Mt. Rainier National Park.  Relocating once again in 2015, Joe now lives in St. Louis where he enjoys working as a green-vested sales specialist at the local REI store…when he’s not traveling and guiding!   

On Joe’s bucket list: a trip to every major national park in the U.S. before retiring to a scenic coast somewhere in Europe or the Mediterranean.

Michael Johnson
Cycling Group Leader

We met Michael on his first-time trip to Majorca in 2016, traveling there on a Fit 4 Adventure trip with is Dad and brother. His strong cycling skills and his get-along-with-everyone personality were a winning combination. 

For the Majorca trip, May 2017, we were happy to invite him back. This time, as Leader for Group 1 (the fast guys).

He is the Director of Marketing at Baldwin Metals Fabrication co. in Dallas. Michael had been a competitive cyclist for five years and currently on the elite team at Bicycles Plus Racing.  “I have raced all over the United States and won races at Bike the Bricks, Tour of New Braunfels, Oklahoma City Pro-Am Classic, Fair Park Criterium, Copperas Cove Road Race, Walburg Classic, Mineral Wells Stage Race and a podium at Tulsa Tough”.

A typical training week for Michael is around 300-350 miles. His main strength is in bike racing and says “I really love riding my bike”.

Ali Evers
Adventure Guide

Ali was born and raised in Roswell, Georgia, where her family still resides.  She graduated from Wingate University in North Carolina, majoring in Environmental Biology. 

Even at the age of 25, she is very well-travelled, living overseas for many years now.  She ventured to a small town in South Korea to teach English and travel with Seoul Hiking group.  Then made a move to Florence, Italy, where she worked for a tour company that caters to international students, planning and guiding them all over Europe.

Countries she’s visited include Canada, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia, Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Switzerland, Italy, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Ireland, France, Netherlands, Hungary, Austria, Morocco, England, Croatia, Turkey and Spain.

Jenny Kettler
Adventure Guide and Travel Blogger

Jenny is a certified yoga teacher, photographer and outdoor enthusiast. She’s been practicing yoga for over 3 years and currently teaches at REI and works the front desk at Shanti Yoga in St. Louis. To further her education she recently completed a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training.

When Jenny’s not teaching yoga she works as a Photography Professor at the Art Institute of St. Louis where teaches classes in everything from Photojournalism to Nature Photography. In 2006, Jenny planned a trip to India to administer a photography workshop to underprivileged youth in Bangalore. Then in 2008, she lead a group to Ecuador to hike and explore the Rio Napo region of the Amazon Rainforest and swim with penguins, sharks and giant starfish to the Galapagos Islands! During her free time she likes to explore spring-fed waters and vast scenic hiking trails.

Dani Smith
Adventure Guide and Travel Blogger

Dani was born and raised in Southern California. She grew up hiking and kayaking in the sunshine of the golden state. An aspiring singer-songwriter and lover of words, she attended college at University of Hawaii at Manoa on Oahu for two years before transferring to TCU in Fort Worth, Texas where she graduated with a BA in English and a minor in psychology. She spent the summer of 2017 as a backpacking guide in Maine and truly found a home in the outdoors.

Dani has traveled to 13 different countries on four continents and continues to love getting familiar with different cultures and unique ways of life. When traveling, her go-to cultural experiences are live music, gelato, local hiking trails and sweet swimming spots.

Eric Peters
Adventure Guide

Eric hit the ground running, developing an interest in athletics, outdoor activities and travel at an early age.  The cycling bug bit him while living in Chicago and on vacation to Wisconsin. He later moved to Texas and spent his high school years competing in mountain bike races.  That adventurous spirit continued as he grew up and expanded into interests in road cycling, running and triathlons.  Eric now has a goal to complete a full marathon in each of the 50 states (of which he’s currently done with 33) by the time he turns 40 and complete a marathon or full distance triathlon on each of the 7 continents (of which he’s currently done 3).

Eric discovered Fit 4 Adventure's Majorca trip while researching his trip to Madrid to run the marathon there.  So he did both Majorca & Madrid in 2013!  He loved cycling in Majorca so much, he returned 2 years later with his then girlfriend, now wife (and an accomplished athlete herself).  And both of them plan to make the trip again in May 2018.

With Eric’s outgoing personality, athleticism and desire to travel, Fit 4 Adventure is ecstatic to have Eric on board as one of our Adventure Guides.  His first official trip will be to the Grand Canyon trip in February 2018.  And Eric & F4A are super excited for him lead and develop many more trips in the years to come.

Ali Bair
Adventure Guide

From her lifelong exploration of the Colorado Rocky Mountains to
her hitchhiking excursion across seven European countries, Ali is a born adventurer.  She has lived abroad in Spain, France, and Costa Rica where she studied language (Spanish and French).  

Currently she lives in Little Rock, Arkansas working as a
freelance filmmaker. Her degree was in documentary film production.  This passion coincides with her interest in exploring new places and cultures. When traveling with a group, Ali is designated documenter, always a camera in hand. 

On days off, you’ll find her running, hiking, or fly fishing. She is an avid distance runner, and plans to once again conquer the Little Rock
marathon this spring. 

She spends her summers as a backcountry fly fishing guide in
Estes Park, Colorado. Nothing calls to her quite like a mountain stream or a looming, rocky peak. She hopes to one day produce documentaries about fly fishing culture all over the world.