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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.

Nick Tilley
Adventure Guide and Blog Contributor

Nick started traveling at an early age, with family trips to England, France, the Caribbean and Canada. A childhood obsession with Australia led to a Semester Abroad in Sydney while enrolled at Northwestern University. That experience in turn led to a 3-year trip-around-the-world, which included a year spent living in New Zealand, 3 months backpacking in Southeast Asia, a month in China, a month in Nepal, a year back in Australia, and 4 months traveling through 11 countries in Africa. Talk about ‘adventure’- it.was.EPIC.
Add to that extended-length expeditions through South America and Europe- at 45 countries (and counting…), Nick has developed quite the travel dossier.
His passion for travel and adventure are rivaled only by his enthusiasm for encouraging and empowering others to get out of their comfort zones and pursue their own adventures. To that end, he has developed an Adventure Travel website (www.BackpackU.com), is an avid adventure travel writer/blogger, and continues to pursue a career in Adventure Travel
Multimedia.

In his spare time, you’ll find Nick running trails at local state parks, hitting the single track on his mountain bike, or hiking along the bluffs that line the Missouri River. Skiing the Rockies, camping in Joshua Tree and the Grand Canyon, backpacking through Glacier- Nick continues to pursue outdoor adventures at every opportunity, and is thrilled and excited to be part of the
Fit4Adventure Team.

Emily Goode
Adventure Guide, Marketing, Customer Liaison

Emily has had a love of adventure since traveling to Russia at the age of 15.  She has since explored Israel, joined a photo safari in South Africa, backpacked in the Rocky Mountains and Smokey Mountains, and hiked the awe-inspiring Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.  As a cyclist, she has completed several century rides, joined group rides across Texas into Mexico, and has since added tours of Spain and Croatia with Fit 4 Adventure!

Before joining Fit 4 Adventure, she spent several years coordinating remote recruiting teams which gave her the opportunity to work anywhere, even from a tent, on occasion.  She used this freedom to explore many of America's National Parks including Yosemite, Grand Canyon, Zion, Joshua Tree and Death Valley.  Emily discovered she is at her best while connecting with people one on one, and loves the ability to do this while exploring in nature.

Emily has practiced yoga for over 15 years, is CPR and Wilderness First Aid certified, and is active as a health and wellness coach.  While researching the type of adventure travel company she dreamed of building, Emily discovered Fit 4 Adventure and is excited to join the team in planning and guiding trips, as well as working to continually optimize our guest's full experience.

Kristin Goss
Adventure Guide, Marketing, Customer Liaison

Kristin is a 500-hour RYT Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher, Advanced Medical Thai Masseuse and Reiki Guide. 

Before traveling the world while getting certified as an instructor in yoga, meditation, Thai massage and reiki, she had a corporate career that saw her planning and executing corporate hospitality programs at some of the large stand most eclectic events around the globe.  From the Olympic Games in London and Russia to the Bonnaroo music festival in Tennessee and dozens of locations in-between, the unique experience is what she sought for each of the thousands of guests that were under her care. 

Creating, planning and executing experiences has been at her core ever since.  The desire to mix culture with passion and tie in wellness and a dose of fun has made adventures to locations in and out of the United States a mainstay on so many people’s calendars. 

From spiritually connecting in Bali and India to working with elephants in Thailand to hiking the Inca Trail in Peru to wine and cheese in Italy; her travel, coupled with her vast experience makes Fit 4 Adventure a natural fit.

Trips to Costa Rica, Santa Fe, and Tulum, are just some of the many adventures on tap to couple some of the best places on earth with spiritual and physical activities that will engage the body, mind and soul.

Marie Hoag
Adventure Guide

Marie is an outdoor enthusiast who feels most stimulated exploring places on foot, be it a new urban area in pursuit of local cuisine or a new long-distance trail with a fully loaded backpack. Marie’s independent travels began in SouthAmerica after a semester abroad in Valparaiso, Chile. From that launching point, she pursued the W trek in Patagonia, the Salkantay trek in Peru and hikes in Easter Island. Those trips set in motion an interest in backpacking and multi-day hikes that has since progressed into a passion that has takenMarie to over 15 countries and over a thousand miles of trail to date. Her most memorable trips have been solo-hiking the Spanish Pyrenees on the GR11, learning about horse-packing in the Absarokas with NOLS and tackling the mountains of North Carolina on the unfinished Mountains-to-Sea trail. She is first and foremost a hiker but is eager to continue to expand her repertoire through new interests including fly-fishing, kayaking and more horse-packing!        

Currently based in Dallas, Marie works part-time for REI outfitting customers for adventure travel trips. Through a serendipitous series of events, she was hooked in with Diane and Fit4Adventure. She is excited to be a part of the process of organizing trips, scouting new areas and bringing people together, outside for new experiences that impart lifelong memories. Got an idea for an adventure? Odds are she’s in.

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.

Jan Bennett
Adventure Guide

An adventure seeker at her core, Jan has always been drawn to the outdoors and being active. Completing three different wilderness trips through Outward Bound before graduating high school, Jan has always been at home in the wilderness. 

A background in road racing and adventure touring has led Jan to explore many places off the beaten path, like the Baja Divide, Cuba and La Ruta Mala, parts of the Great Divide, the Ride Across Texas, and numerous adventures around the American West. Such experiences led Jan to set her sights on the original Pony Express route, from St. Joseph, MO to Sacramento, CA. She has spent many years scouting, riding, and verifying the route in order to make it available to others who might wish to experience such an integral part of American history under their own power on a bicycle.

The immense healing power of nature and physical activity has helped to transform the way Jan sees the world for the better. Her desire to go to remote places lead her to pursue her Advanced Wilderness First Aid certificate through NOLS and she is CPR certified. She believes that the immense beauty and life-changing aspects of self-propelled exploration should be encouraged and shared with others.