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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 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          5 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Effectively

          Everyone experiences mental stress at one time or another. Maybe you’re starting a new career, job, or business, or you feel incredibly overwhelmed between work, parenting, and your love life (or a lack of it). It could even be that you simply feel that you have way too much to do and not enough time to do it,  plus, on top of everything, nothing seems to be going the way it should!

          Yup, we all experience mental stress from time-to-time, and that’s okay as long as you have the tools, techniques and knowledge that allow you to fully relieve it once it comes.

          Here are 5 tips for relieving mental stress when it comes so you can function at your best while feeling good (and doing well) in work, love, or life:

          1. Get Rationally Optimistic

          Mental stress starts with your perception of your experiences. For instance, most people get stressed out when they perceive their reality as “being wrong” in some way. Essentially, they have a set idea of how things “should be” at any given moment, and when reality ends up being different (not even necessarily bad), they get stressed.

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          This process is simply a result of perception and can be easily “fixed” by recognizing that although life might not always be going as YOU think it should, it’s still going as it should—for your own benefit.

          In fact, once you fully recognize that everything in your life ultimately happens for your own growth, progress, and development—so you can achieve your goals and dreams—your perception works in your favor. You soon process and respond to your experience of life differently, for your advantage. That’s the essence of becoming “rationally optimistic.”

          The result: no more mental stress.

          2. Unplug

          Just like you might need to unplug your computer when it starts acting all crazy, you should also “unplug” your mind.

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          How on earth do you unplug your mind? Simple: just meditate.

          It isn’t nearly difficult or complicated as some people think, so, if you don’t already meditate, give it a try. Whether you meditate for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or 2 hours, this is a surefire way to reduce mental stress.

          Meditation has been scientifically proven to relax your body (resulting in less mental stress), while also reducing anxiety and high blood pressure.

          3. Easy on the Caffeine

          Yes, we know, we know—everyone loves a nice java buzz, and that’s okay, but there’s a fine line between a small caffeine pick-me-up and a racing heart and mind that throws you into a frenzy of mental stress.

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          Try giving up caffeine for a while and see how you feel. And, if that’s completely out of the question for you, at least try to minimize it. You might find that lots of your mental stress mysteriously “disappears” as your caffeine intake goes down.

          4. Attack Mental Stress Via the Back Door

          That’s right: your body and mind are part of the whole being, and are constantly influencing and affecting each other. If you’re experiencing a lot of mental stress, try to reduce it by calming your body down—a calm body equals a calmer mind.

          How do you calm your body down and reduce physical stress? A  great way to reduce physical stress (thereby reducing mental stress) is to take natural supplements that are proven to reduce stress and anxiety while lifting your mood. Three good ones to look into are kava-kava, St John’s wort, and rhodiola rosea:

          • Kava-kava is a natural plant known to have mild sedative properties, and you should be able to find it at your natural health food store or vitamin store. It’s available in capsules or liquid extract form.
          • St John’s wort is a natural flower used to treat depression. Again, it’s found at your local health store in capsules or liquid. Because it uplifts mood (enabling you to see the brighter side of all experiences) it helps relieve mental stress as well.
          • Rhodiola rosea is a natural plant shown to reduce stress and uplift mood, and Russian athletes have been using it forever. Like the other two supplements mentioned, rhodiola rosea can be found at your natural health store in capsule or liquid form.

          While these supplements are all natural and can be very helpful for most people, always check with your health care provider first as they can cause side-effects depending on your current health situation etc.

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          5. Good Old-Fashioned Exercise

          This tip has been around forever because it works. Nothing relieves mental stress like running, kickboxing—you name it. Anything super-physical will wipe out most of your mental stresses once the exercise endorphins (happy chemicals) are released into your brain.

          The result: mental stress will be gone!

          So, if you’re feeling overwhelmed or just plain stressed, try using some of the above tips. You can even print this out or save it to refer to regularly.

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