It’s fair to say that the title alone will be enough to rouse your interest as we head into a long weekend. Don’t we spend most of the year pushing ourselves so, once or twice a year, we can afford to spend a period of time just lazing?
In truth, there’s nothing wrong with that point of view, and if you want a vacation that is all about soaking up some rays and catching up on your reading, then there are endless options for you.
However, an activity can be what makes a holiday more rewarding. No-one’s advising that you choose a holiday where you file invoices and sit through 90-minute meetings.
This is the kind of holiday where you create memories; sometimes, you need to push beyond a comfort zone to achieve that. What’s important about this kind of getaway is that you experience something you couldn’t at home; because let’s face it, if you just want cocktails and sunbathing, you could do that without leaving the country.
A week in Miami brings a lot of attractions with it, there’s no argument there. On the flipside of that, there are more and more options for people who want to break with the sun,, sea and sand, and Iceland is among the best.
The scenery here is otherworldly – literally. Some of the most incredible scenes in TV’s Game of Thrones are filmed here precisely because CGI could never improve upon the volcanic topography that nature has created. On top of that, you won’t lack for something to do in the evening. Iceland knows how to party.
The safari experience is one of those holidays that makes some demands of you as a person. You’ll get up close and personal with the kind of wildlife you’re supposed to run from – just remember that you’re completely safe.
Reputable operators have been running tours for decades, and those who book here or with similar providers will experience the majesty of African lions and cheetah in their natural habitat. In the evening, watching the sun set over the Serengeti will be an experience never to be forgotten.
If wildlife piques your interest, there’s no reason you need to stay land-bound. One increasingly popular way to push the adrenaline levels up on holiday is by swimming with sharks off the coast of the Bahamas.
You’ll be inside a protective cage and in no actual danger, but it’s easy to forget that momentarily when the predators of the deep swim up for a closer look. Nonetheless, it’s the kind of holiday everyone should experience at least once.
The thing about breaking your comfort zone is that it doesn’t have to stay broken. You can have a few hair-raising experiences on a holiday and then retreat to the comfort of somewhere more sedate.
For example, in Croatia you could experience some of the most extreme white water rafting on the river Tara during the day, and then head back to nearby Dubrovnik.
For the rest of your break, the most dramatic experience you have could be looking over the deep blue Adriatic from the comfort of your hotel; but at least you’ll have experienced something new.