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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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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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