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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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          I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

          I Hate My Life: 10 Things You Can Do Now to Stop Hating Life

          Hating life is a bit of a misnomer it seems: in the media, in education, in every aspect of our lives, we’re shown visions of a perfect world, one where everyone is happy and life is a decades-long dream. Unfortunately, it isn’t.

          Life can and is hard and tough and painful at times. I have first-hand experience of this: at this time years ago, I was a recent university graduate, unemployed and aimless. All of this was having a knock-on effect on my social and mental wellbeing—I wasn’t sleeping. I wasn’t seeing my friends as often. I was snappy to family members and I could barely drag myself out of bed in the morning…

          That doesn’t mean it can’t change.

          Life goes through ebbs and flows all the time and the key to getting through it all without cutting off your social circle and eating your local grocery store out of Ben & Jerry’s, is to cultivate some techniques and methods of going through life with some stability and grace. It’s not a guarantee against life’s hardships but, take the steps you want to use and you won’t hate life.

          If you want to stop hating your life and start falling in love with it, take these steps:

          1. Get Plenty of Sleep

          Seriously, you’re obviously going to be grouchy and more inclined towards the more miserable side, if you’re not getting your recommended seven or more hours of sleep a night.

          Start checking in how much you sleep and then start making steps to go to bed earlier and sleep for longer. It might cure every problem but at least you’ll be well-rested and less likely to nap throughout the day. If you having trouble getting to sleep, go and

          2. Eat Healthily

          I have had a real issue with eating healthily for years and it wasn’t until I was hospitalised a few years ago (for a condition unrelated to my eating for the sake of disclosure), that I really started to look at what I ate and how I viewed my body.

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          I’m absolutely an advocate of body positivity and loving your body at any size and while I haven’t lost any huge amount of weight, eating a hell of a lot healthier improved my mood and made me feel better.

          In short, it’s absolutely okay to have a pizza and a soda as a treat, but just have something healthier tomorrow.

          3. Write It All Down

          Sometimes the best thing you can do is let it all out. Keeping things that are making you hate life all bottled up is neither helpful to getting out of that cycle nor healthy for your overall wellbeing.

          Grab yourself a notebook, a journal, a diary, a bit of paper, whatever, and just start writing down how you feel. As soon as you’ve done that, start thinking about what you could do in theory to stop this from happening or to stop you from feeling like this.

          4. Get Some Fresh Air

          It’s underrated and we all take it for granted, but really, getting out of your home and going for a walk can be really beneficial. It gets you outside in the (hopefully) sunshine and getting to see the whole of life as you walk around can be really grounding and calming.

          Believe me, if you’re stuck inside mulling over on the bad things of your life, grab a pair of sneakers and go for a walk. Plus, it’s free. Can’t say better than that, can you?

          5. Get Some Exercise

          This is practically a Part II of the previous step, but as someone who used to look at the gym as something people did when they were feeling particularly masochistic, I can actually say I enjoy it now.

          You don’t even have to subscribe to a fancy gym—go for a run around the block with your headphones in or lift some heavy boxes to build up muscle tone.

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          Bonus: Doing all that heavy lifting of boxes or incorporating exercise into chores will make your house cleaner and look even more awesome, as well as making you look and feel better.

          6. Treat Yourself

          Hating your life can be exhausting, and I mean that literally. It drains the energy from you until all you want to do is lie in bed with a pint of ice cream and the last five seasons of a TV show on Netflix.

          Therefore, a good thing to keep your spirits up can be to treat yourself.

          Life is too short, after all, to deny yourself some treats. Go see that movie that looks awesome in the cinema, grab a gelato with a friend, paint your nails, whatever makes you happy, do it. You deserve it.

          Here’re more ideas to inspire you: 30 Ways To Treat Yourself No Matter What

          7. Cut out Those Negative Triggers

          Chances are that if you hate life, something is setting off those triggers in your head. Until you’re able to deal with them without turning all misanthropic, the best thing might be just to get rid of all of those negative triggers.

          If you’re suffering from what AllGroanUp refer to as “Obsessive Comparison Disorder” (i.e. obsessively checking out the lifestyles of all your “successful” friends), then stop using Facebook and Twitter as much.

          Social media can be a fantastic way to connect, but it can be also be a toxic environment for neuroses and comparisons to breed.

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          Trust me, I know. If it sets you off, cut it out.

          8. Dance

          Yes you can dance. No, really, you can. It doesn’t matter if you’re not some breakdancing dynamo or ballroom extraordinaire, everyone can dance. It’s programmed into the human race, the ultimate expression of emotion.

          Dance like no one’s watching, dance like you don’t care. Tap your feet, sway your hips, go as mad or as wild as you want to to your favourite songs. Nothing quite shakes the cobwebs off than losing yourself in rhythm and dance to a song you love.

          9. Get Organized

          A great way to start moving forward and looking at what you can change in your life to make it better, is to get organized.

          Spend a weekend going through your home and clearing the unnecessary stuff out of it. Get rid of the stuff you don’t need or don’t want anymore and start to give everything a space.

          It doesn’t have to look like it’s stepped off the pages of Good Housekeeping, but clearing a lot of space and making sure that your home has a bit of harmony can do wonders for your mental wellbeing.

          10. Pay It Forward

          Life is a mystery and it can be a minefield to get through. Sometimes you stumble, sometimes you fall. The important part is to pick yourself back up and keep walking forward.

          Paying it forward is simply helping others. Charity is something that is often thrown around as an accessory to human behavior—how many celebrities have you read about who have done something heinous, but are defended by the phrase “but [they] do charity work”?

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          Go volunteer! If you think you’re at breaking point, go help other people.

          People in the world out there will be going through the same things that you are going through; and while you might not run into someone who’s going through the exact same circumstances, you will be helping people who need help.

          Helping out a soup kitchen, or at a church bake sale, or at a homeless shelter or wherever needs help, can make a huge difference to the lives of those individuals involved. And believe me, it’ll do a hell of a lot for your state of mind .

          A great idol of mine, Audrey Hepburn, once stated that we have two hands: one for helping ourselves, and one for helping others. That’s a fantastic sentiment and one I think will help people who hate their live.

          If you go and help other people, you’re having such a positive ripple effect on the world that some of it will come back to you one way or another, and it will get better.

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