None of us likes to think that we’re predictable. We would love to think that we personify adventure and excitement, yet in reality, many of us Brits are stuck in a rut when it comes to our choice of holidays.
Remarkably, many of us already know exactly what we’re going to be doing and where we’ll going to be going for our next summer holiday. According to one source, more than three quarters of Brits visit the same holiday destination more than once, and nearly one in ten return to relive the same holiday more than ten times over.
Evidently, we as a nation have a tendency to accept the “we know what we like and we like what we know” mentality. While there is an undeniable comfort in the tried and tested, there are also advantages when it comes to spontaneous living. Take a chance on an unexpected holiday, go on an adventure and create stories to look back on for years; after all, life is far too short to experience the same holiday time and again.
Deciding to break from tradition and climb out of your rut is one thing, but actually putting the plan into action is quite another. Where do you start? How do you begin to break the habit of a lifetime and accept the new, impromptu you?
Go somewhere you’ve never heard of before
It might sound obvious, but adventure starts with the unknown. Begin your new holiday voyage with an old-fashioned map. Find a place completely unfamiliar to you and take a chance. If you’re strapped for cash, you don’t have to break the bank to appease your spontaneous side. There are a number of last minute cottage deals in the UK that are happy to negotiate on price. If you look hard enough, you’ll find the perfect place to rest your feet at the end of a long, active day.
Challenge yourself with an adventurous activity
There is no better way to jolt you out of a rut than to do something completely unexpected. Get your adrenaline pumping with an activity that you would never picture yourself doing. If nothing else, this will give you lots to talk about when you get home. Be bold; go skydiving, rock climbing or bungee jumping. You’d be surprised at how safe these activities actually are when done properly. You’re in no real danger, but the fact that you have so bravely stepped out of your comfort zone will give you a fresh new perspective on life and your own capabilities.
Go on holiday alone
This might be a terrifying concept for some, but holidaying solo can provide a lot of exciting new experiences. You get to meet a lot of new people that you probably would not have had time for if you were in a group of friends. You get to do everything on your own schedule and you have the first and last say on all your holiday activities. If you’re experiencing a general lack of independence in your life, adventuring off on a holiday alone might be exactly what the doctor ordered.
Take your pet with you
If you can’t imagine venturing off on holiday completely alone, consider taking your dog along for the ride. Taking your pet on holiday is a trend that is increasing in popularity, as people have come to realise the benefits. You don’t need to worry about finding someone to look after your pet, or about booking them into a kennel. You can relax knowing your pet is safe and having the time of their life. On top of this, they provide great company and an excuse to get outside and explore. If you’re planning a UK staycation, places are becoming increasingly accepting of pets. You can find pet-friendly holiday cottages, most beaches allow dogs and there are even cafes that welcome dogs with a bowl of fresh water.
If you’re feeling tired of the same, monotonous holidays you’ve been experiencing for years, try the tips above — but most of all, remember that the human brain thrives on a challenge. Be bold, creative and develop exciting memories to share in the years to come.
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