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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 Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

1. Work on Small Tasks

When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

3. Upgrade Yourself

Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

4. Talk to a Friend

Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

7. Read a Book (or Blog)

The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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8. Have a Quick Nap

If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

    One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

    9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

    Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

    What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

    10. Find Some Competition

    When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

    Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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    11. Go Exercise

    Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

    As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

    If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

    12. Take a Few Vacation Days

    If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

    Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

    Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

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