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.
Experience the land of the thunder dragon in Bhutan
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
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
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.
Get wet and wild in Croatia
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