Ideas and inspiration for baby boomer activity breaks. A quick tour of some of the more unusual activity breaks if lazing by the pool is not your style.
They are also a great way of holidaying alone because you'll be with a group of like minded people immersed in either doing something that you already enjoy or learning to do something new. You won't have time to feel lonely or at a loose end.
If you're the type of person that gets bored lying on the beach or by the pool all the time then an activity holiday could be the answer.
If you're a couple that likes different kinds of holidays it's possible to find something that will interest both of you without the need for separate holidays
All you need is a little inspiration.
Now you could do a skiing trip but that's a bit ordinary compared to an activity break that takes in the "Nothern Lights". To experience a dazzling Aurora, resplendent against a pitch black sky, you need to travel into what is known as the “Aurora Zone”.
In essence, the lights are most radiant within an area situated between 60° north and 72° north although when solar activity is low, 67° north is considered the place to be.
Combine this with staying in the ICEHOTEL. Did you know that it's constructed each year from the thick ice of the Torne River. The reception desk, the ABSOLUTE ICEBAR, the beds, the tables and even the glasses are constructed from this pure ice.
Only the best artists get the chance to work at the ICEHOTEL and help create some of the world's most unique bedrooms and bars. The hotel is a combination of ice engineering and fine art.
The inside temperature of between -5°C and -8°C is constant despite the conditions outside and is counteracted by your thermal clothing.
If you choose to stay overnight then thick reindeer skins and an expedition grade sleeping bag certainly see off any fears about being chilly. There is also a very cosy sauna if you do get cold. Or perhaps a genuine wilderness Husky Safari activity break is something you've always dreamt of. Taking control of your team of dogs and heading out into the vast winter landscapes is about as far as you can get from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.
The excitement builds as you prepare for departure, the contrasting howls and whines of the dogs is deafening and when they first set off yelping and barking like the hounds of hell you may well think “how on earth am I going to control this lot?” Fear not, they soon settle into a steady rhythm and the barking abates to be replaced by a contented panting. Your dog sledging holiday has just begun! Read more at www.activitiesabroad.com
If all that's a bit too much for you to contemplate let's look at something a little more sedate.
Walking and cycling holidays can make excellent activity breaks. Doing what you love with like minded people and exploring new landscapes.
www.hfholidays.co.uk have a range of activities You can experience walking in the UK, Europe or even Worldwide. Whether you fancy walking through some of the UK's most stunning scenery and national parks, or travelling further afield and exploring a different country, they have a holiday for everyone.
They have beautiful country houses you can stay at and a range of
leisure activities such as painting holidays, falconry, Garden Tours,
Bird Watching and Pilates just to name a few.
I found a very interesting activity break if you see yourself as a budding artist.
"A relaxed painting holiday in France where you will have a lovely time painting, drawing and seeing the sights. Acquire new skills with an English artist in the Dordogne "
Whether you are an accomplished artist that wants to improve your skills or an absolute beginner there is something here for everyone.
When not out and about painting and sketching the beautiful vistas and villages of this perfect region, you can just chill out and relax. Lounge around by the pool, stroll out over seven acres of lanes and woodland, read that novel you've been promising yourself, or just crash out under a parasol with an ice cold drink!
There are even activity breaks that teach you how to cook.
Small groups in each cookery holiday will ensure there's plenty of individual attention.
Cooking and tasting some of the regional wines whilst enjoying
beautifully cooked dishes are just some of the highlights of this unique
Flavours Holidays specialise in various courses including Cooking course in different regions of Italy since 1998. Set in idyllic and unspoilt regions of Italy, guests have the opportunity to learn from local chefs, qualified Pilates instructors, experienced painting tutors and native Italian language teachers. After more than 15 years of organising holidays in Italy, you can have total confidence that a Flavours holiday is run by experts who love Italy.
For more information www.flavoursholidays.co.uk/
In France we found The French House Party which is named Top Retreat in the National Geographic book by American travel writer Pam Grout: "The 100 Best Worldwide Vacations to Enrich Your Life".
This is an activity break with a difference. They provide superior all-inclusive experience holidays, assuring the very best of personal attention to people whose expectations are high.
They quote "Without exception, our clients praise our great accommodation, fantastic food and wine, the excellence of our tutors and our exacting attention to detail.
At our stylish, 200-year-old Carcassonne farmhouse, set in the stunning rural environment of South West France, we offer some scheduled short-break tutored holidays which you can join as an individual, and others which can be tailor-made for your group during your own selected dates."
They have the legendary singer-songwriter Dean Friedman running Song Writing courses. The also do courses in Creative Writing, Cookery, books and drama and creative media
Do you worry about the carbon footprint that travelling leaves or the
negative effects of the tourist industry on the environment? then you
will like Responsible Travel.
If you're looking for a more authentic travelling experience, where your holiday benefits local people and the environment.
Responsible travel is a new way of travelling for those who've had enough of mass tourism. It's about respecting and benefiting local people and the environment – but it's about far more than that.
If you travel for relaxation, fulfilment, discovery, adventure and to learn – rather than simply to tick off 'places and things' – then take a look at Responsible Travel.
They have an amazing range of activity breaks for the more discerning traveller. They boast of having 1311 adventure holidays to choose from. You’ll be sure to find an adrenalin hit to suit your taste. If you are a water lover, try your hand at sea or river kayaking; surfing or windsurfing; white water rafting or sailing. Alternatively you can opt for a more relaxing flotilla holiday around the Greek Islands.
If you prefer a land based adventure holiday they have cycling, trekking, horse riding or volunteering holidays to choose from. Whether you are looking to join a small group of like minded travellers or experience a more bespoke adventure holiday, no corner of the globe is left unturned by their collection.
You can climb to the dizzy heights of Mount Kilimanjaro, Everest or Machu Picchu, experience the unforgettable wilderness of the Galapagos or take in the vast desserts and rich culture of the Middle East. Whatever your dream adventure holiday, they can help make your dream into a reality.www.responsibletravel.com