We’ve all done it before, haven’t we? Reached the end of the year and realised we’ve either thrown all of our annual leave at one big holiday or become part of the third of all Brits that never got round to using it all up in the first place. Next year, you vow silently to yourself, next year will be different. Here’s why your 2019 should be all about the weekend adventure to max out your annual leave, and a few ideas on how to spend it. Vive le weekend warrior.
Going abroad for a kayaking adventure is just a pipedream for most people. After all, it must be a whole lot of work to organise a trip out on the water in another country, right? Actually, wrong! It’s super simple. And if the answer to that question had been ‘right’, we probably wouldn’t have written this article. Here are 10 stunning bucket list-worthy kayak trips that we’d recommend for beginners.
Nothing makes you feel like a proper, real-world, adventurer quite like wild camping. It’s camping dipped in Tabasco sauce, outdoor sleeping that’ll put hairs on your chest, a night under the stars where the raw realism of it all makes it seem like you’re part of some secret club. If you’ve done it before, you’ll know that already. If you haven’t, we’re here to tell you why you, your family, your friends, your enemies and even that friendly bloke in the cornershop who you buy milk off some time should take their next camping trip for a walk on that there wild side.
If you feel like escaping the relentless carolling and doing something really special with your Christmas and New Year, then here are twelve unforgettable adventures that are all departing before the end of December 2018. Reindeer jumper optional.
Annual leave – the most precious thing ever created and a chance to do all the things you wish you could do – if only you didn’t have to work. Unfortunately, and despite your best intentions, it’s also all too easy to hoard your leave until it’s too late, or even worse do nothing with it whatsoever, unless you count playing on your Xbox or rediscovering daytime drinking. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. If you still have leftover leave remaining, here are twelve incredible adventures all departing before the end of December.
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When you picture classic holiday destinations, you’d be forgiven for not immediately thinking of the Balkans. We reckon that’s a crying shame though because the Balkans are actually home to some of the best adventure destinations and experiences that Europe has to offer. There’s epic mountain ranges here for one thing, spectacular rivers and canyons for another, and, most importantly of all, pints of beer for under £1.50. Honestly. What more could you want?
What makes a great adventure? Whatever it is, we all have places we just can’t wait to visit – which is why we put the little clickable heart beside each of our trips, so you can wish-list that perfect adventure. But then out of sheer FOMO, we wondered – what are the most frequently-hearted adventures on Much Better Adventures? Here’s what we discovered…
The Saint Anna Archipelago (or Sankt Anna) is a maze of 6,000 islands, islets and reefs best experienced by kayak. Because of Sweden’s ‘Right of Public Access’ concept, visitors are allowed to roam free and pitch a tent wherever, as long as you respect and protect the wild. As a result, its impossible to have the same adventure twice.
We’re big believers in the power of a weekend adventure to refresh your spirit, but sometimes nothing but escaping to the other side of the planet will do. So if you’re looking to put as much distance as possible between you and work in 2019, we’ve scoured our collection to shortlist nine adventures we bet none of your friends can say they have done.
Got an inkling that you’d like to try out kayaking for the first time but don’t really know where to start? Here’s the lowdown on the basics and some amazing kayaking trip ideas for you to test them out on.
When your feet are getting a little bit weary of that long, sometimes wobbly, amble back from the local pub, why not spice up their lives a bit and get them out in the fresh air. We’re not talking barefoot, that can only come to no good, local boozer or otherwise, but rather an epic hike around some of the best trails and treks found in Europe. Here’s our top 20 to set you, and your feet, off on the right foot.
If you’re looking for something a bit more creative than just another pub crawl, or you want to give the groom something he might actually enjoy, then here are twelve stag-friendly adventures that you could be leaving on soon, or planning in the future – from navigating the canyons of Montenegro to learning survival skills in the wilds of Scotland.
Swirling and dancing through the night sky in flashes of green, white and pink, the Northern Lights are a sight to behold. But seeing them is only half the fun if you book a trip that combines watching the aurora with an activity. There are numerous ways you can enjoy the evening show and keep yourself entertained while you wait for the Lights to emerge. From dog-sledding to backcountry skiing, these are some of the best – and most memorable – ways to see the Northern Lights around the world.
You know that Nepal is famous for its amazing multi-day treks, that its guides are friendly and reliable, that the accommodation and food along the way is enjoyable and that on the whole, you’ll pay a fraction of the cost of trekking in other mountainous regions of the world. But, you don’t know where to start narrowing down which trek you should try first. If you’re relatively fit and have been on long-distance treks in hilly or mountainous terrain before, stick one of the following on your to-do list.
From beautiful Scottish islands to the southernmost tip of England, there’s everything from gentle jaunts to hardcore hikes to choose from in the UK. We’ve compiled a list of our favourites for you to get going. These aren’t mere walks in the park – they are bucket-list walks you need to tick off. So if you ever wanted to go on a proper walk, there’s never been a better time to do it…
As well as having the youngest population in Europe, Dublin is also a UNESCO city of literature thanks to a near endless list of resident writers, and with a busy, international airport just a short drive away, it’s also perfectly placed for the start of an adventure.
Norway is famous for its natural beauty and is one of the world’s top spots for outdoor adventures. But there’s one thrilling activity in Norway that you might not have heard of yet – glacier hiking.
Much Better Adventures’ friend and all-round legend Mike Wilson went to suss out our Via Ferrata and Hiking trip in the Western Carpathians, Romania. He came back with a bunch of photos, a few stories to tell and a new found love for pig fat scrambled eggs. Here are just a few of his best bits…
Not content with being drop-dead gorgeous and sporting a castle built on an extinct volcano, Edinburgh’s redeveloped airport and new tramline linking it to the city have now made it easier and more convenient than ever before as the starting point for an adventure. So if you’re looking to escape the call of the pub, or want to do something seriously incredible with your time off, here are ten amazing adventures all leaving direct from Edinburgh.
As well as being one of the youngest cities in Europe, with 40% of its population under 25, Birmingham also has more canals than Venice, and with the third biggest airport in the country on its doorstep, it’s also the perfect starting point for an adventure. So if you want more from your weekend, or are looking to make the most of your hard earned time off, then here are ten unbelievable adventures leaving direct from Birmingham.