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Bonding With The Boys! 30 Memorable Guy Trip Ideas

Bonding With The Boys! 30 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.

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.

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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. Roll The Dice

One great thing about a casino trip is how accessible it is. You can find decent casinos in many states – your own state might have a casino, which would make it easier to plan. But if it doesn’t, you can find a neighboring state that could host you guys, or you can just go to Las Vegas. Either way, there’s something about the thrill and the risk of gambling that makes for a really fun guy trip idea.

9. 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.

10. 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:

11. 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.

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12. 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.

13. 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.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. 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.

18. 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.

19. 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.

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20. 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.

21. 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.

22. 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.

23. 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.

24. 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.

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:

25. 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.

26. 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.

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27. 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.

28. 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.

29. 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.

30. 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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What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

What Really Works: How to Relieve Lower Back Pain Effectively

Eight out of ten adults experience lower back pain once in their lifetime. I am one of those people and I’m definitely not looking forward to my participation award. I know how it feels like to step out of bed and barely being able to put on your socks. Having lower back pain sucks. But 9 out of 10 patients that suffer from lower back pain don’t even know the primary cause of it.

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Back Pain? Blame Our Evolution

Once upon a time in our fairly recent past, our ancestors felt the urgency to stand up and leave our quadruped neighbors behind. Habitual bipedalism, fancy word for regularly walking on two legs, came with a lot of advantages. With two rear limbs instead of four, we were able to more efficiently use our hands and create tools with them.

Sadly, life on two legs also brought along its disadvantages. Our spine had four supporting pillars previously, but now it only got two. The back is therefore naturally one of the weak links of our human anatomy. Our spine needs constant support from its supporting muscles to minimize the load on the spine. With no muscle support (tested on dead bodies) the back can only bear loads up to 5 pounds without collapsing [reference Panjabi 1989]. With well-developed torso muscles, the spine can take loads up to 2000 pounds. That’s a 400-fold increase.

Most people that come to me with a history of a herniated disc (that’s when the discs between the vertebral bodies are fully collapsed, really severe incident), tell me the ‘story of the pencil’. The injury with the following severe pain usually gets triggered by picking up a small, everyday object. Such as a pencil. Not as you may think by trying to lift 100 pounds – no, but by a simple thing – such as a pencil.

This tells us that damage in your back adds up over time, it’s a so called cumulative trauma disorder. Meaning back pain is a result of your daily habits.

Sitting Is the New Smoking

Whenever I sit for too long, my back hurts. In fact, 54% of Americans who experience lower back pain spend the majority of their workday sitting. But isn’t sitting something that should reduce the stress of your back? No, just the opposite.

The joints between the bones of the spine are not directly linked to the blood supply. These joints instead get nourished through a process called diffusion. Diffusion works because molecules (such as oxygen, important for cells) are constantly moving and try to get as much space for themselves as they can. A key element for diffusion therefore is a pressure difference. In the image below the left room contains more moving molecules than the right, that’s why the molecules from the left are moving to the right. This way nutrition gets transformed into the joints, whereas toxins are transported out of the joints.

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Sitting puts a lot of pressure on your spinal chord. The diffusion process therefore can’t function as efficiently. Nutrition and toxins can’t be properly transported, the joints get damaged.

    Sit Properly

    If sitting can play such a huge part in the creation of your lower back pain, how do you sit properly then?

    Is it better to sit with a straight back or should you rather lay back in your chair? Can I cross my legs when I’m sitting or should I have a symmetrical position with my feet? These are questions that I hear on a daily basis. The answer might shock you – according to recent science – all of them are right. The best sitting position is an ever-changing one. An ever-changing position minimizes the pressure on certain points of your spine and spreads it on the whole part.

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      Stand Up More

      Even better than a sitting position is a stand up position. Standing dramatically reduces the pressure on your spine. If you’re forced to work on a desk the whole day though, you have two options.

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      Take breaks every hour of about 2-3 minutes.

      Set an alarm on your phone that goes off every hour! In that time you stand up and reach to the ceiling, on your toe tips with fully extended arms. You’re inhaling during the whole process. You do this activity for 20 seconds. Afterwards you’re walking through the office for the next 2 minutes. You might grab a healthy snack or some water in that time. The exercise relieves the pressure on your spine, while the walking makes sure that the joints on your spine are properly used.

      Or get a standing desk.

      One of the best companies on the market for Standing Desks, according to my research, is Autonomous. Autonomous offers a rather cheap Standing Desk, with the ability to change the height. Which means you can start the day standing and switch to sitting if you’re tired.

      Exercise for Lower Back Pain

      Sitting is an immobile position. Your joints are made for movement and therefore need movement to function properly. If humans are moving, all moving parts: e.g. the joints, bones and muscles get strengthened. If you’re in a rested position for too long, your tissues start to deteriorate. You have to get the right amount of activity in.

      But not too much activity. There’s a chance that going to the gym may even increase your risk of lower back pain. I know plenty of friends with chiseled bodies that suffer from pain in the spine regularly. Huge muscles do not prevent you from back pain. In your training you should focus on building up the muscles that are stabilizing your back and relieve pressure. Squats with 400 pounds don’t do the trick.

      The more weight you carry around, the more weight your spinal chord has to bear on a regular basis. That’s one of the reasons why huge, muscular guys can suffer from back pain too. One of the most important goals of your exercise regimen should therefore be weight loss.

      Here are some important tips for you to consider when starting an exercise regimen:

      Make sure you implement cardiovascular training in your workout routine.

      This will not only help you lose weight, it will also make sure that your arteries, which flow to the tissue next to your spinal discs, are free of placque and can therefore transport nutrients properly.

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      Important: If you have rather strong back pain, maybe even an herniated disc, don’t start running on a threadmill. Running is an high-impact exercise. Which means there are continuous, reocurring high pressure points on your spine. Your endurance training should therefore either be fast-paced walking or a training on the elliptical trainer for the beginning, because both have little to no stressful impact on your backbone.

      Focus on developing your whole core if you want to minimize your pain.

      There are some people that do hundreds of sit ups a day. While sit ups are a good exercise for your abdomen, it also puts pressure on your spine due to the bending movement. A sixpack workout routine is one-sided. Your abs may become overdeveloped in comparison to your back muscles. You’ve created an imbalance. A great way to train your abdominal muscles and back muscles simultaneously, is holding the plank position.

      Stretch only if you have tight muscles.

      I remember stretching every morning after I woke up. I took 10 minutes out of my day to just work on my flexibility and prevent injuries. Little did I know that I was actually promoting an injury, by doing so.

      Contrary to common belief, stretching is only partially beneficial to treating lower back pain. Stretching makes sense if tight muscles (such as the hamstrings) are forcing you to constantly bend your back. Stretching to treat pain doesn’t make sense if you’re already on a good level of flexibility. Hyper-mobility may even enforce back pain.

      If you found out that you had tight muscles that you need to stretch, try to stretch them at least three times a week. Don’t stretch your muscles right after you wake up in the morning. This is because your spinal discs soak themselves up in fluid over the nighttime. Every bending and excessive loads on your spine is much worse in that soaked-up state. Postpone your stretching regime to two-to three hours after you’ve woken up.

      Where to Start

      The key to improving your habits is awareness. Try to get aware of your back while you’re sitting down, laying down or lifting an object next time. This awareness of your body is called proprioception. For example, you have to be aware whether your back is bended or straight in this very second. Trust me, it is harder than you might think. You may need to ask a friend for the first few tries. But the change that this awareness can make in your back pain is absolutely fascinating. This consciousness of your body is one of the most important things in your recovery or prevention.

      Here are a few behavioural tactics that you need to be considering:

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      If you’re leaning forward more than 30 degrees with your upper body, support your spine with your arms.

      Ever tried to show a colleague of yours a complex issue and found yourself awkwardly leaning forward on their desk, pointing with your fingers to his paper? If that ever happens again, make sure you’re using the not-pointing arm to support yourself on the desk.

      Keep a straight back.

      Be it while exercising, stretching or standing. If you’re bending your back you’re putting stress on small areas of your spinal chord. A straight back redistributes the force to a bigger area. You’re minimizing the pressure. Remember this whenever you’re at the gym and reracking your weights, focus on having a neutral spine.

      Put symmetrical loads on your spine.

      I used to play the trumpet when I was a child. The instrument is pretty heavy. The trumpet gets transported in a big, metallic suitcase – with no wheels. Being the nature of suitcases, you only carry it with one arm, on one side of your body. This forced me to constantly lean on the other side with my upper body, while transporting the instrument from A to B. Not really the healthiest activity for your spine as you can imagine.

      If you have to carry heavy objects, carry them with both arms. Put the object in the middle of your body and keep it as close to your mass of gravity as you can. If this is not possible, try to carry the same amount on the left side than you do on the right side. This puts the stress vertically on a fully extended spine. The load is much better bearable for your spine.

      Stay Away From the Back Pain League

      Our world is getting more sedentary. We will continue to develop faster transportation, more comfortable houses and easier lives. While our technological progress definitely has its amazing benefits, it sadly has its downsides too. The danger for back pain will continue to rise on our ever-increasing motionless planet. It’s time to raise awareness.

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