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6 Amazing Adventure Holidays For 2016 You Wish You’d Already Booked

6 Amazing Adventure Holidays For 2016 You Wish You’d Already Booked

Even though many of us yearn all year round for the warm feeling of the white sandy beach between our toes, if you’re anything like me, then you get bored by about the third day – there’s only so much reading, listening to music and lounging around that can be done! It’s now time to start planning that summer holiday, and why not try something a little different this year?

These adventure trips offer a once in a lifetime opportunity that will have you throwing away your beach mat quicker than you can say “holiday”.

Solo Traveler Adventures

Most lone travellers fear the words ‘single supplement’ and, well, who can blame them? The thought of forking out extra cash just because they want to explore alone can make an affordable holiday quickly become out of price reach. Check out these two adventure trips perfect for solo travellers – who don’t charge any extra supplement fees!

Monkey around in Panama and Costa Rica

Two Central American countries off in one trip: a 15-day Panama and Costa Rica adventure trip means you’ll start in the Old Panama City exploring the ancient Spanish settlement, before rubbing shoulders with the indigenous Emberá Indians as you explore the dense jungle of the Chagres National Park on a dugout canoe. Later, you’ll fly to Cost Rica to climb the Arenal volcano, spotting spider monkeys and sloths as you go. Finishing the tour in the cow-boy friendly Carara National Park, experiencing steamy sulphur water ponds, bubbling mud pools and the iconic white sandy beaches — where you have a final chance to top up your tan.

Book thorough Solo Holidays with an all-inclusive packages, including flights, starts at £2,999.

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Experience the land of the thunder dragon in Bhutan

Bhutan festival

    Tshechu Festival, Bhutan (Flickr)

    Over 12 days you will experience a journey along an ancient trade route in and out of Bhutan that only the lucky few have ever seen. Trekking through the thickly dense rhododendron forests on foot, stopping off to drink with the local yak herders, whilst snapping spectacular views of the peaks which border Tibet. Check out the time of year you want to visit to make sure you don’t miss Bhutan’s colourful festivals full of masked dancers and rhythmic drum beats.

    Adventure Holidays For Couples

    If you’re lucky enough to be able to traverse unknown lands with a plus-one at your side, then try these destinations which offer an abundance of excitement and relaxation amidst some of the world’s most romantic backdrops.

    Spread the love cycling through Italy

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    Cycling in Italy

      Cycling, Italy (Flickr)

      This romantic cruise will take you on a sailing adventure through the sleepy rivers of Venice, allowing you to roam the hills of Italy on two wheels during the day, and stopping over in a river cruise barge at night. After a luxury four course dinner and wine, slip into your private cabin, wake up and repeat — a happy haven for those hopeless romantics!

      Book through Wheel2Wheel Holidays and 7 nights start at £799 per person.

      Get back to basics with a tennis school in Turkey

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      Close up view of tennis racket and balls on tennis court

        Tennis Court (Dollar Photo Club)

        Hone your racket skills at the 5 star Cornelia Diamond Resort & Spa in Antalya, South Turkey. Both group and private tennis coaching sessions are included in this luxurious seven night stay. This trip offers you the opportunity to learn (or improve!) a skill whilst making friends for life, all comfort of an indulgent resort. After you’ve relaxed with a couples full-body massage in the spa to soothe those aching muscles, why not book one of the many excursions out to visit the nearby Perge, Aspendos and Manavgat waterfalls, and the ancient theatre of Anatolia.

        Book through 5 Star Tennis Holidays, where prices start from £1150 including flights.

        Family Adventure Holidays

        Horsing around in South Africa

        This seven night horse riding experience, offers a guaranteed four hours of riding per day through the wild African terrain. Your day will start will a traditional African breakfast watching the sunrise on the veranda, then first stop is riding out into the game reserve to spot as many animals as you can, from wild rhino, waterbuck, giraffes, oryx, zebra and hyenas. Spend the evening relaxing with a complimentary muscle massage in your very own private lodge looking over the African game reserve – this holiday is an ideal opportunity for both experienced riders and non-riders alike.

        Prices start from £1,134 per person and you can book your place through in the saddle.

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        Get wet and wild in Croatia

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          White water rafting, Croatia (Explore)

          The Dalmatian coast offers some of world’s best conditions for extreme water sports such as white water rafting, sea kayaking and canoeing through some of Croatia’s exhilarating caves and waterfalls. When the children aren’t being entertained in the 100 km of river, you can take the opportunity to visit some of Croatia’s most celebrated historic sites, such as Diocletian’s Palace in Split and the Old Town of Dubrovnik.

          With a minimum age of 8 and prices starting from as low as £765 (without flights), Explore offers an affordable solution to family adventure holidays.

          Featured photo credit: Jon Cooper – Rainforest Bridge via flickr.com

          Featured photo credit: Explore via explore.co.uk

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          5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

          5 Exercises To Improve Intimacy and Create a Better Relationship

          Making love can be simultaneously the most pleasurable and the most stressful experience that we share with another human being. It is a natural conclusion of the ritual of intimacy we engage in with a person we find attractive on both a physical and psychological level. Yet, we are far removed from our animalistic roots, and that which was once a matter of instinct has become somewhat complex. This is a good thing; we have grown as a society, and there are many factors involved when it comes to the relationship between sexual partners. However, we have also lost a great deal of the physical prowess our primitive ancestors had.

          They engaged in a huge amount of physical activities daily — activities that ensured their cardiovascular system and muscles were in great shape, which allowed them to have healthy libidos, strong erections, and the muscular strength, limberness and endurance to maintain different positions for a long time without getting exhausted. Luckily, we can regain some of these animalistic traits with the right kind of training. Here are some essential exercises that will help improve your relationship, but making you more confident in intimate settings, which means that you’ll have more satisfying intercourse.

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            1. Cardio for Stamina

            If you’re out of shape, the first thing you’ll notice during intercourse is that you start to breathe heavily, sweat profusely and tire easily. This means you’ll have to shift your posture frequently and limit yourself to a few positions you feel comfortable with or significantly slow down the pace. A high BMI has also been linked to potential problems with erectile dysfunction. Cardiovascular exercises like running, jumping rope, swimming and cycling will build up your aerobic stamina and enable you to perform longer before becoming fatigued, thus having better intercourse. They’ll also help manage your weight, possibly helping performance.

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              • Running – 10-20 minutes a day (1-3 miles a day is more than enough)
              • Jumping rope – 5-20 minutes a day
              • Swimming – 30 minutes a day
              • Cycling – 30 minutes a day

              The time in minutes denotes time spent actively performing the exercise, and you need to factor in a bit more time for warming up before and cooling down after the exercises.

              These exercises can be performed every day or every other day, and the goal is to work on both endurance and speed. Don’t just go at a snail’s pace; constantly try to improve your time or add some mileage.

              2. Strength-Training for Your Lower Body and Core

              The next thing you’ll need to focus on is improving both the strength and muscular endurance of the hip flexors, abdominals and spinal erectors. These are the muscles engaged in thrusting and circular motions, and they also stabilize your body in a number of different positions. The legs also play an important role, particularly in standing and kneeling positions. Here are a few exercises that will help you strengthen up this area:

              Barbell squats
                • Heavy barbell squats – set up at a power rack at the gym and make sure you use proper form and weights that you can lift 3-8 times. Do this exercise before anything else in the gym for 4-5 sets to get big and powerful legs, as well as tighten up the muscles of the core. This is useful for both men and women, particularly if you enjoy the woman-on-top positions and standing positions. You can do hack squats on the machine if your gym lacks a power rack, but you won’t get the core-strengthening benefits

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                Zercher squat
                  • Zercher squatsthis type of squat is a perfect way for guys to strengthen their body for standing positions where the woman is lifted off the ground. Build up a foundation of strength first, and then use lighter weights and go for 10-12 repetitions to focus on muscle endurance.

                  Glute bridge
                    • Glute bridgethis exercise is great for working the glutes and hip thrusters, and should be done for ultra-high reps —up to 100 — to increase muscle endurance. Once you become stronger in this movement, you can upgrade to the barbell glute bridge and keep the reps high — around 10 to 15.

                    Hyperextensions
                      • Hyperextensions – excellent for strengthening the spinal erectors, this exercise (or a variation of it) may be done in most gyms and even at home. Do 2 to 3 sets of 10 to 12 repetitions at the end of your workout.

                      Ab wheel rollout
                        • Ab wheel rollout – this is a great exercise for strengthening the abs, and requires only a piece of inexpensive equipment. It will help you stay stable and hold positions longer without getting tired during intercourse. Do three sets of this workout for as many repetitions as you can.

                        Cross body crunch
                          • Cross body crunchthis exercise improves your ability to perform explosive twisting motions, particularly good for improving your stamina in the spoon position where you’e lying on your side. Do 2 to 3 sets of this exercise at the end of your workout.

                          Incorporate these exercises into your routine 2 to 3 times a week.

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                          3. Upper-Body Strength Training

                          Upper-body strength plays an important role in many popular sex positions where the arms are used to provide a stable base or hold onto the partner. These including missionary, doggy style, the stand and carry (with the woman holding onto the man’s neck) and others. Use these simple exercises to improve upper body strength and endurance:

                          Plank exercise
                            • Plank – while bench pressing is great for building a big chest, you will find yourself in need of static strength, muscle endurance and a strong core. This exercise is a great way to increase the amount of time you are able to hold positions that require you to support yourself with your arms. For added difficulty, straighten out your arms like at the top of a pushup and hold as long as you can.

                            Close grip pushups
                              • Close pushups – a pushup variation that focuses on triceps, which are the first to give out during a prolonged missionary or similar position. Go for very high reps, 20 t0 50, to work on muscle endurance.

                              Chin ups
                                • Chin-ups – A great upper back and biceps builder, this exercise will also target the core if you try to be as straight as possible when lifting yourself up. You can jump to help make things easier, or just hold as long as you can if you aren’t strong enough to perform a single chin up. Do 3 to 4 sets for as many reps as you can.

                                These exercises, done about three times a week, will help you develop a strong upper body that can keep going and hold you up for extended periods of time.

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                                4. Pelvic-Floor Exercises

                                You don’t have to perform these at the gym, although you could do them after your workout without anyone even noticing. The idea behind Kegel exercises is to improve blood flow to the sex organs and strengthen the muscles of the pelvic floor in both men and women. By locating these muscles and tightening and relaxing them for intervals of 5 seconds for 10 to 15 repetitions at a time, several times a day, you can improve pleasure and performance during sex. Women can tighten their vaginal walls for increased pleasure to both them and their partner, while men can delay ejaculation by tightening these muscles.

                                5. Flexibility Moves for Legs and Hips

                                Lion stretching

                                  If you want to avoid getting cramps — or even worse, pulling a muscle during intercourse — you should do a few simple stretches every day. The more limber you are, the more comfortable you’ll be with more exotic poses. Here are a few simple stretches to improve hip and leg flexibility:

                                  Take a few minutes to warm up with some light running or jumping jacks before stretching, and spend some 10 minutes on these stretches. You can do them in the morning and at night, or shortly before intercourse.

                                  With just a few hours a week devoted to exercise, you can improve your relationship significantly. If you focus on these exercises, over time, you just might become dynamite in bed.

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