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Bonding With The Boys! 29 Memorable Guy Trip Ideas

Bonding With The Boys! 29 Memorable Guy Trip Ideas

Whether you’re trying to put together the best bachelor party in recorded history, or you just want a memorable weekend with the boys, you have plenty of options for awesome guy trip ideas.

A great guy getaway is going to offer activities that the whole group can get on board with, and it will give you the chance to interact with your fellow guys in a (hopefully) really fun atmosphere.

Below is a list of 30 different guy getaway ideas, broken up into a few different types. A guy getaway is something that every group of buddies should be able to put together, regardless of budget.

First, let’s look at a handful of guy trip ideas for the “average” guy group. These are ideas that almost anyone can put together. These are ideal for guys who know they can bring the fun to the activity themselves, and they’re watching their budget a little more closely.

1. Go to an out-of-town game

Whether you just want the experience of a game in a different city, or you want to show your undying support while your local sports heroes are out on the road, an out-of-town game is a simple, straightforward guy trip with plenty of opportunity for fun. There are few experiences more memorable than being a staunch supporter of the visiting team.

2. Camping

Another guy getaway staple, camping can be as simple or as complex as you want to make it. What’s more manly than throwing a tent and a sleeping bag in a car with a cooler full of beer and food, and driving to a remote, “off-the-grid” location for a couple days? You’ll build fires, you’ll grill out, and you’ll get in touch with your more primitive side.

3. Paintball

More of a “local getaway”, organizing a big paintball game is a surprisingly fun way to spend an afternoon with the guys. Think about it: everybody gets a “gun”, you get to build competing teams, and it’s all about the thrill of the hunt. It’s no wonder paintball has retained so much of its popularity.

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4. Golf

This is one of the more flexible guy getaways you can put together. From a local public course to a well-known national course, trying your hand at swinging the clubs through 18 holes is always a good time. Want to find some really memorable courses? Head out to Pebble Beach in California, or skip over the Atlantic and take a once-in-a-lifetime trip to St. Andrews in Scotland.

5. A Concert

This is another great way to bond over a shared interest without going too far out of the way. Scour the Web for tickets to your favorite singer or band. To add a little extra excitement, find a big concert they’re doing in a different city and make a weekend out of sightseeing what the destination has to offer.

6. The Ballpark Tour

Baseball fan? Organize a road trip where you can watch games in the nation’s most famous ballparks. From Wrigley Field in Chicago to Fenway Park in Boston, some stadiums are almost more famous than the teams that they host. With a ballpark tour, you can soak in the history and fun that these venues have to offer. This isn’t limited to baseball fans, either: football fans can drive from Lambeau Field in Green Bay to Cowboys Stadium in Dallas and have a similar great getaway.

7. Ski Trip

Another staple of guy trip ideas, the ski trip can be fun for guys of all backgrounds and skill levels. Find a ski resort in your own state, or head out to more ski-centric locations, such as Aspen, Colorado. Rent a pair of skis and spend the weekend tackling the slopes together.

8. Fly Fishing

Landing a large-mouth bass is a classic guy experience. But if you don’t live in an area where fly fishing is generally popular (or even successful), organize a weekend trip to some of America’s best fishing locations, like the Florida Keys or the rivers of Oregon.

9. Take a Road Trip

Easily combined with any of the activities on this list, piling together in a car or van and hitting the open road could be one of the best decisions you ever make in your life. Even if you don’t have a destination in mind, just hop in the car and see where the road takes you for a few days or a week. Some of the most memorable experiences you can get are through the out-of-the-way, small town destinations all over America.

Now, those were just the typical guy getaway ideas. If you want a little more excitement, these once-in-a-lifetime experiences could be worth every penny:

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10. The Ante Up Cruise

What’s that? The casino weekend doesn’t sound exciting enough? What if you were doing it in the middle of the ocean? With Ante Up Cruises, you can join poker games of all levels while enjoying all the perks of a cruise, like all-you-can-eat food and other fun activities.

11. A Patagonia Jeep Tour

Head to some exciting South American destinations, like Chile or Argentina, while cruising through in your own jeep. With luxury accommodations and unprecedented access to some of the most beautiful surroundings and wildlife, a self-driven expedition is a great balance between organized fun and exciting spontaneity.

12. The Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series

This year located in Fort Worth, Texas, one really exciting activity would be to rent a boat and watch expert cliff divers do what they do best. Admission is free, and you could enjoy an experience like no other.

13. Drive a Tank

What is more appropriate for a group of testosterone-loaded guys than to drive a giant piece of machinery and crush cars and trucks effortlessly? You’ll traverse courses and fire guns in what is sure to be a getaway you’ll talk about for a long time.

14. Race Car Driving

Got the need for speed? Experience the thrill of a lifetime by getting behind the wheel of a NASCAR car and tearing through the Speedway. And if you want the most authentic drive you can get, the Richard Petty Experience has it for you.

15. Fitness Boot Camp

Whether this is a destination or just one in your hometown, sometimes the best guy getaway is one where men are tested to their limits. If you have a group of guys that enjoys getting a sweat going, consider a boot camp. You could combine it with a destination trip and spend the week on a tropical beach where you not only push your body, but also enjoy some R&R.

16. Kitesurfing

Few getaways would be as memorable as flying across the waves. With Real Watersports, you can learn to kitesurf off the coast of North Carolina. Soar like an eagle across the water with this combination of surfing, snowboarding, and kiting in one unforgettable experience.

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17. Camp on a Volcano

Sure, you could spend a day climbing a volcano, but what guy getaway doesn’t want to take it to the next level? See inside the earth’s core by camping on a volcano, where you can listen to the lava at night and watch it pierce the darkness and light up the night sky.

18. Survivor Man

Sure, camping is great for a relaxing weekend, but don’t you want a challenge? Rally the guys together and learn crucial survival skills out in the wild. No watch, no phone, and no shelter. This is a survival school that will teach you how to empower yourself while out in nature alone.

19. Climb a Tree – A Big Tree

Redwoods are 1,500 years old, and some of the biggest trees in the world. Head on out to California and learn to climb these giants and then zipline across them for a one-of-a-kind view of Redwood Park.

20. Get Up Close and Personal with Blue Whales

Head down south to a preserve in Mexico where you can hop into a kayak and paddle out to spend time with hundreds of blue whales. Hanging out with the world’s largest mammal can be an incredible, life-changing experience.

21. Go On a Safari

Wondering what life was like before civilization? Is your group of guys interested in seeing the most primitive and natural of surroundings? Organizing a safari can be a highlight of your life. It may not be for the faint of heart (or wallet), but flying out to Kenya to experience three largely-untouched national parks and the wildlife within is something you’ll never forget.

22. A Different View of the Grand Canyon

Sure, you could drive to the Grand Canyon and take in the views, but you want this guy getaway to be different, don’t you? There are 300 miles of water in the Grand Canyon, and you could spend a couple weeks navigating them in an old-school wooden boat. You’ll feel the power of the Canyon and have a view of it that others only dream about.

23. Barbecue University

Not all once-in-a-lifetime experiences have to involve some element of danger. You could dial it down for your buddies without losing any of the fun by heading out to Barbecue University, where you can spend 3 days in Colorado Springs learning the art of grilling just about anything – and you can take that education home.

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Now, of course, some guys prefer the open-ended, non-organized types of guy trip ideas. If you’d rather ditch the itinerary and just find some awesome places to enjoy on your own time, here are the all-out destinations that will offer something for everybody at your own pace:

24. Rent a Villa in Italy

Villa Cappelli sleeps up to 20 people and boasts 22,000+ square-foot common areas. Imagine spending a week with the guys just 7 miles from the Adriatic Sea, arranging wine tastings, cheese making, unguided tours, and indulging in all that Italy has to offer.

25. Spend a Week in Dublin

From shopping to cafes to great luxury, your guy getaway could be spent in the heart of Ireland. Spend some time seeing where Guinness beer is brewed, or sample the delicious whiskey at Old Jameson Distillery. Combine that with exciting nightlife and even some great golfing, and Ireland could be the perfect guy getaway.

26. Magic Falls, Maine

Few trips would be as exciting as a rafting trip in Maine. With multiple rivers and experienced trainers, a group of guys could have the time of their lives without having to cross any oceans.

27. A 5-Star Vacation in San Juan

There is a little something for everyone in San Juan, Puerto Rico. If you have a group of guys with varying interests, the wide variety of activities in San Juan could be the perfect fit. You could fly kites, cruise on a catamaran, surf the waves, go spelunking, or take in a beautiful national forest. And you could do it all together.

28. The Best Party of Your Lives

You’ve heard about Carnival, but now it’s your chance to experience it. Get the guys together in Rio and watch the world’s largest samba contest. Not content to just watch? Arrange a visit to a reputable samba school where you can learn the steps and still enjoy the beach.

29. The Biggest Trip You Could Take

Imagine coming home from a guy getaway knowing you did something nobody else you know has ever experienced. You could hike the 150-mile trail around Annapurna in the Himalayas of Nepal – without a guide. Do it like the locals, set your own schedule, and enjoy bonding time with the guys you wouldn’t get anywhere else. Learn how to plan the trip by picking up a copy of Trekking in the Annapurna Region by Bryn Thomas.

Whether you want something small and local or the best money can buy, a guy getaway is certain to be a fun, memorable time with your buddies. Spend a little time sifting through these guy trip ideas, and with a little creativity, you can have that experience you’ll never forget.

Featured photo credit: Armenians/Mitch Barrie via flickr.com

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How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

How to Control Your Thoughts and Be the Master of Your Mind

Your mind is the most powerful tool you have for the creation of good in your life, but if not used correctly, can also be the most destructive force in your life.

Your mind, more specifically, your thoughts, affect your perception and therefore, your interpretation of reality. (And here’s Why Your Perception Is Your Reality.)

I have heard that the average person thinks around 70,000 thoughts a day. That’s a lot, especially if they are unproductive, self-abusive and just a general waste of energy.

You can let your thoughts run amok, but why would you? It is your mind, your thoughts; isn’t it time to take your power back? Isn’t it time to take control?

Choose to be the person who is actively, consciously thinking your thoughts. Become the master of your mind.

When you change your thoughts, you will change your feelings as well, and you will also eliminate the triggers that set off those feelings. Both of these outcomes provide you with a greater level of peace in your mind.

I currently have few thoughts that are not of my own choosing or a response from my reprogramming. I am the master of my mind, so now my mind is quite peaceful. Yours can be too!

Who Is Thinking My Thoughts?

Before you can become the master of your mind, you must recognize that you are currently at the mercy of several unwanted “squatters” living in your mind, and they are in charge of your thoughts. If you want to be the boss of them, you must know who they are and what their motivation is, and then you can take charge and evict them.

Here are four of the “squatters” in your head that create the most unhealthy and unproductive thoughts:

1. The Inner Critic

This is your constant abuser who is often a conglomeration of:

  • Other people’s words; many times your parents.
  • Thoughts you have created based on your own or other peoples expectations.
  • Comparing yourself to other people, including those in the media.
  • The things you told yourself as a result of painful experiences such as betrayal and rejection. Your interpretation creates your self-doubt and self-blame, which are most likely undeserved in cases of rejection and betrayal.

The Inner Critic is motivated by pain, low self-esteem, lack of self-acceptance and lack of self-love.

Why else would this person abuse you? And since this person is actually you– why else would you abuse yourself? Why would you let anyone treat you this badly?

2. The Worrier

This person lives in the future; in the world of “what ifs.”

The Worrier is motivated by fear which is often irrational and with no basis for it. Occasionally, this person is motivated by fear that what happened in the past will happen again.

3. The Reactor or Trouble-Maker

This is the one that triggers anger, frustration and pain. These triggers stem from unhealed wounds of the past. Any experience that is even closely related to a past wound will set him off.

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This person can be set off by words or feelings, and can even be set off by sounds and smells.

The Reactor has no real motivation and has poor impulse control and is run by past programming that no longer serves you, if it ever did.

4. The Sleep Depriver

This can be a combination of any number of different squatters including the inner planner, the rehasher, and the ruminator, along with the inner critic and the worrier.

The Sleep Depriver’s motivation can be:

  • As a reaction to silence, which he fights against
  • Taking care of the business you neglected during the day
  • Self-doubt, low self-esteem, insecurity and generalized anxiety
  • As listed above for the inner critic and worrier

How can you control these squatters?

How to Master Your Mind

You are the thinker and the observer of your thoughts. You must pay attention to your thoughts so you can identify “who” is running the show; this will determine which technique you will want to use.

Begin each day with the intention of paying attention to your thoughts and catching yourself when you are thinking undesirable thoughts.

There are two ways to control your thoughts:

  • Technique A – Interrupt and replace them
  • Technique B – Eliminate them altogether

This second option is what is known as peace of mind!

The technique of interrupting and replacing is a means of reprogramming your subconscious mind. Eventually, the replacement thoughts will become the “go to” thoughts in the applicable situations.

Use Technique A with the Inner Critic and Worrier; and Technique B with the Reactor and Sleep Depriver.

For the Inner Critic

When you catch yourself thinking something negative about yourself (calling yourself names, disrespecting yourself, or berating yourself), interrupt it.

You can yell (in your mind), “Stop! No!” or, “Enough! I’m in control now.” Then, whatever your negative thought was about yourself, replace it with an opposite or counter thought or an affirmation that begins with “I am.”

For example, if your thought is, “I’m such a loser,” you can replace it with, “I am a Divine Creation of the Universal Spirit. I am a perfect spiritual being learning to master the human experience. I am a being of energy, light, and matter. I am magnificent, brilliant, and beautiful. I love and approve of myself just as I am.”

You can also have a dialogue with yourself with the intention of discrediting the ‘voice’ that created the thought, if you know whose voice it is:

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“Just because so-and-so said I was a loser doesn’t make it true. It was his or her opinion, not a statement of fact. Or maybe they were joking and I took it seriously because I’m insecure.”

If you recognize that you have recurring self-critical thoughts, you can write out or pre-plan your counter thoughts or affirmation so you can be ready. This is the first squatter you should evict, forcefully, if necessary:

  • They rile up the Worrier.
  • The names you call yourself become triggers when called those names by others, so he also maintains the presence of the Reactor.
  • They are often present when you try to fall asleep so he perpetuates the Sleep Depriver.
  • They are a bully and is verbally and emotionally abusive.
  • They are the destroyer of self-esteem. They convince you that you’re not worthy. They’re a liar! In the interest of your self-worth, get them out!

Eliminate your worst critic and you will also diminish the presence of the other three squatters.

Replace them with your new best friends who support, encourage, and enhance your life. This is a presence you want in your mind.

For the Worrier

Prolonged anxiety is mentally, emotionally and physically unhealthy. It can have long-term health implications.

Fear initiates the fight or flight response, creates worry in the mind and creates anxiety in the body.

You should be able to recognize a “worry thought” immediately by how you feel. The physiological signs that the fight or flight response of fear has kicked in are:

  • Increased heart rate, blood pressure, or surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tense

Use the above stated method to interrupt any thought of worry and then replace it. But this time you will replace your thoughts of worry with thoughts of gratitude for the outcome you wish for.

If you believe in a higher power, this is the time to engage with it. Here is an example:

Instead of worrying about my loved ones traveling in bad weather, I say the following (I call it a prayer):

“Thank you great spirit for watching over _______. Thank you for watching over his/her car and keeping it safe, road-worthy, and free of maintenance issues without warning. Thank you for surrounding him/her with only safe, conscientious, and alert drivers. And thank you for keeping him/her safe, conscientious, and alert.”

Smile when you think about it or say it aloud, and phrase it in the present tense; both of these will help you feel it and possibly even start to believe it.

If you can visualize what you are praying for, the visualization will enhance the feeling so you will increase the impact in your vibrational field.

Now take a calming breath, slowly in through your nose, and slowly out through the mouth. Take as many as you like!

Replacing fearful thoughts with gratitude will decrease reactionary behavior, taking the steam out of the Reactor.

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For example:

If your child gets lost in the mall, the typical parental reaction that follows the fearful thoughts when finding them is to yell at them.

“I told you never to leave my sight.” This reaction just adds to the child’s fear level from being lost in the first place. Plus, it also teaches them that mom and/or dad will get mad when he or she makes a mistake, which may make them lie to you or not tell you things in the future.

Change those fearful thoughts when they happen:

“Thank You (your choice of Higher Power) for watching over my child and keeping him safe. Thank you for helping me find him soon.”

Then, when you see your child after this thought process, your only reaction will be gratitude, and that seems like a better alternative for all people involved.

For the Trouble-Maker, Reactor or Over-Reactor

Permanently eliminating this squatter will take a bit more attention and reflection after the fact to identify and heal the causes of the triggers; but until then, you can prevent the Reactor from getting out of control by initiating conscious breathing as soon as you recognize his presence.

The Reactor’s thoughts or feelings activate the fight or flight response just like with the Worrier. The physiological signs of his presence will be the same. With a little attention, you should be able to tell the difference between anxiety, anger, frustration, or pain:

  • Increased heart rate and blood pressure; surge of adrenaline
  • Shallow breathing or breathlessness
  • Muscles tension

I’m sure you’ve heard the suggestion to count to ten when you get angry—well, you can make those ten seconds much more productive if you are breathing consciously during that time.

Conscious breathing is as simple as it sounds; just be conscious of your breathing. Pay attention to the air going in and coming out.

Breathe in through your nose:

  • Feel the air entering your nostrils.
  • Feel your lungs filling and expanding.
  • Focus on your belly rising.

Breathe out through your nose:

  • Feel your lungs emptying.
  • Focus on your belly falling.
  • Feel the air exiting your nostrils.

Do this for as long as you like. Leave the situation if you want. This gives the adrenaline time to normalize.

Now you can address the situation with a calmer, more rational perspective and avoid damaging behavior.

One of the troubles this squatter causes is that it adds to the sleep depriver’s issues. By evicting, or at least controlling the Reactor, you will decrease reactionary behavior, which will decrease the need for the rehashing and ruminating that may keep you from falling asleep.

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Master your mind and stop the Reactor from bringing stress to you and your relationships!

For the Sleep Depriver

(They’re made up of the Inner Planner, the Rehasher and the Ruminator, along with the Inner Critic and the Worrier.)

I was plagued with a very common problem: not being able to turn off my mind at bedtime. This inability prevented me from falling asleep and thus, getting a restful and restorative night’s sleep.

Here’s how I mastered my mind and evicted the Sleep Depriver and all his cronies.

  1. I started by focusing on my breathing—paying attention to the rise and fall of my belly—but that didn’t keep the thoughts out for long. (Actually, I now start with checking my at-rest mouth position to keep me from clenching.)
  2. Then I came up with replacement strategy that eliminated uncontrolled thinking—imagining the word in while breathing in and thinking the word out when breathing out. I would (and do) elongate the word to match the length of my breath.

When I catch myself thinking, I shift back to in, out. With this technique, I am still thinking, sort of, but the wheels are no longer spinning out of control. I am in control of my mind and I choose quiet.

From the first time I tried this method I started to yawn after only a few cycles and am usually asleep within ten minutes.

For really difficult nights, I add an increase of attention by holding my eyes in a looking-up position (Closed, of course!). Sometimes I try to look toward my third eye but that really hurts my eyes.

If you have trouble falling asleep because you can’t shut off your mind, I strongly recommend you try this technique. I still use it every night. You can start sleeping better tonight!

You can also use this technique any time you want to:

  • Fall back to sleep if you wake up too soon.
  • Shut down your thinking.
  • Calm your feelings.
  • Simply focus on the present moment. 

The Bottom Line

Your mind is a tool, and like any other tool, it can be used for constructive purposes or for destructive purposes.

You can allow your mind to be occupied by unwanted, undesirable and destructive tenants, or you can choose desirable tenants like peace, gratitude, compassion, love, and joy.

Your mind can become your best friend, your biggest supporter, and someone you can count on to be there and encourage you. The choice is yours!

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