Traveling can be transformative. It can expose you to new ideas and experiences that will change the way you think about yourself and the world, but that just isn’t going to happen if you book a boring beach holiday where you do little more than drink with the guys. If you want to grow into the man you are and have some mind-blowing experiences, either alone, or with your guy friends, you need to do more, see more and be more.
Here are some great getaway for guys that will ensure you have fun and experience all that life has to offer:
Skiing in France
France is home to a number of great all inclusive ski holidays, which will allow you to combine a fun friends or family holiday with action and culture. The best thing about skiing in France is that you get to experience the thrill and exhilaration of an adventurous resort alongside the culture and history of the beautiful European country. They key is to actually leave the ski resort and explore the museums, art galleries and famous streets of France at least some of the time. Although France’s ski resorts are further out in the sticks, it isn’t too difficult to take a day trip to Paris and see the Louvre or visit the Eiffel tower as you might think!
Kayaking in the Grand Canyon
Not for the faint-hearted, and certainly not for the lazy barflies out there, a trip spent paddling the 300 miles of the Grand Canyon is an exhilaratingly unforgettable experience for any guy. This is one trip that you’ll want to bring your guy friends along for because you’ll be facing 18 days of hard work in the extreme conditions. Surviving a journey through some of the planet’s most powerful white water will be a great bonding experience that will show you what you’re really made of.
A Monaco Grand Prix Race Trip
Are you and your friends all petrol heads? Do you envy the likes of Lewis Hamilton for having the privilege of driving some of the fastest cars on the planet? Why not plan your own trip to Monaco, where you will be able to get a taste of the Formula 1 driver’s life, if even only for a day or two. You’ll get to burn some rubber on one of the world’s most famous racing tracks and see which one of you is most impressive behind the wheels of a Ferrari. If you time your trip right, you might even get to watch a professional race or two.
A Sunshine Safari
If you want to unleash your inner Bushman and get closer to nature, you can’t beat a trip to the Chyulu Hills of Kenya, where there are three national parks, all doing their best to protect Africa’s endangered species. You’ll meet Masai warriors who have turned their hands to conservation and who will teach you how to track animals. You’ll go on healthy daily hikes, ride around looking at lions, rhinos and elephants and learn about a new culture – all of which will make you a more rounded man.
North Coast Adventure Centers
Did you love climbing trees as a boy? Want to embrace your inner kid and have some manly fun? Book yourself onto one of North Coast Adventure Center’s tours, and you’ll have permission to climb some of California’s oldest redwood trees and experience the thrill of flying through the state’s Redwood park on a zipline that affords you the most spectacular views.
Protect the Amazon
What better way could you and your closest guy friends spend your free time than by protecting the Amazon? One of the most beautiful and unspoiled places on Earth, it won’t feel like a hardship to spend some time exploring the forest on a 100-year-old riverboat as you help the Earthwatch Institute’s staff survey the wildlife population and preserve the ancient forest for future generations. You’ll have plenty of time to relax and explore in the evenings, when it’s cooler and a bit more pleasant, to do so, too.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with wanting to simply let your hair down and enjoy a few drinks and the company of your friends sometimes, and Oktoberfest in Germany is the perfect place to do this. You’ll sample some of the best European beers, meet a fair maiden or two, and if you can convince one of your party to try on the traditional lederhosen, you’ll have a good laugh too!