For anybody that has been on an activity holiday, you are all too familiar with the puzzled reactions of people back home when you try and express just how amazing the trip was.
It’s probably quite a hard concept to grasp for those “lazy penguins” that have never dared to venture outside the realms of the hotel gates. The same people that are quite happy to spend seven days battling for a sun lounger, beside the same pool, drinking the same drink, from the same tired-looking plastic cup.
Profanities aside, here’s 5 reasons you’ll want to do it all again next year. For those “lazy penguins” that don’t know? You might want to carry on reading.
1. Becoming a more cultured person
It’s hard to believe the difference that actually seeing the country makes. Hotel complexes are built so that tourists can feel at home. The real pleasure and fulfilment comes when you can peek into the lives of locals, eat traditional cuisine and drink wine you would never be able to buy off the shelves. Not to mention the breath-taking scenery that you can immerse yourself in every day.
2. The smugness you feel
When people still think an activity holiday means days on end of gruelling physical exercise and punishing your body. Some travel companies prefer to turn it down a notch or two. Cycling holidays from Inntravel let you go at a pace that suites you. Cycle from Vicenza to Venice staying in 3 stylish hotels along the way. What better way to approach Venice than along its beautiful blue lagoons from the Adriatic Sea?
The best bit? Your baggage is taken care of, transported to the next destination leaving you to kick back and take it all in.
3. A thirst for travel
This rings true for many areas of life. You simply don’t know how incredible something can be until you have experienced it first-hand. When you are given the opportunity to sample more than just one side of a different culture, the normalities of home leave you aching to get back on the trail. Suddenly the package holidays you are used to leave a lot to be desired…
4. Becoming a pro storyteller
What would a holiday be without that one story you talk about for years to come? Activity holidays take this to a whole new level. It makes sense when you think about it. See more, discover more, meet more people, and take more detours. Great stories happen when you expect the unexpected.
When you spend your days travelling through sleepy villages and uncovering lost beaches, there are opportunities around every corner to put everything on pause and reflect. Serene surroundings are the perfect host for having moments of peace and clarity. Return home with a new outlook, a better understanding, and a tonne of good memories to boot.
With that said, it’s time to step out of your comfort zone and start a new adventure. Your future-self just might thank you for it!