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The Benefits of Activity Holidays

By Ashley Subscribe to RSS | May 23rd 2012 | Views:
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One advantage with activity holidays is that they are not necessarily dependent on the weather. Whilst you may need to go to the continent for a beach holiday, there are plenty of high-octane thrills to be had around the UK that won't be ruined by the rain. The Peak District in Derbyshire offers extensive caving opportunities, no matter the time of year. Even outdoor sports such as mountain biking and hang-gliding can be enjoyable in the British climate. The Highlands and Islands of Scotland present challenging scrambles and climbs to visitors from all over the world, including the famous valley of Glencoe and the giant slopes of the Black Cuillin. For fans of water-sports, Devon and Cornwall are favoured with waves big enough to rival the Southern Hemisphere. From body-boarding to sea-kayaking, travellers flock to these shores in the summer months.

Exploring the world

Adventure holidays abroad can be a good way of getting a feel for new places and experiencing the landscape at first hand. Tour operators offer planned excursions of varying lengths and to suit various levels of ability, which can take the hassle out of planning a holiday. This means you can pick a holiday that focusses on your desired activities and have the arrangements made for you before you arrive. This can also be helpful if you are not already familiar with your destination.

However, many trips involve optional activities which lends a little more freedom to the experience. Accommodation is often included, which ranges from the full outdoor camping experience in somewhere like the Canadian Rockies, to lodging in riverside cabins after an energetic day's glacier-walking. There is usually a choice of group size as well, meaning you can decide whether to spend your days with 30 people or just 13.

The solo adventurer

Of course, going it alone is always an option. Activity holidays can easily be organised on an individual basis, meaning you can control exactly what you do and when. It's possible to obtain lessons in scuba-diving in many popular locations in Thailand, as well as seeking out white-knuckle exploits like the canyon swing around Queenstown in New Zealand. If there's a particular activity you have in mind, some research and preparation will direct you to the best places to do it. Many people return to a favourite activity such as alpine skiing for the opportunity to hone their skills at the same time.

Whether it's the chance to try something new or practice your latest hobby, an energy-filled trip can be a surprising source of relaxation. Accessing the more remote parts of the landscape can make for a better experience than simply viewing it from afar, especially in more exotic or unusual locations, such as deserts or ice regions. But something as simple as walking can bring you closer to your surroundings and ultimately provide you with a more satisfying holiday trip.

Ashley - About Author:
Talla Grey writes regularly on adventure holidays for a range of travel websites and blogs. She has ticked off destinations as far flung as Sri Lanka and as unusual as Iceland on her long list of places to visit and continues to work her way across the globe.

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