Christmas is over and you’ve almost got the last of the pine needles out of the carpet. Slumping into your over-used sofa you notice that the television schedule has turned back to normal and you’re no longer able to take solace in watching a classic film during the middle of the day. You’ve had your fill of mince pies, you’ll never look at another turkey sandwich and the mere thought of brandy butter turns your stomach – how are you ever going to be happy again?
As you stare at the sparse four walls that once were gaily decorated in tinsel and fake snow you begin to feel the winter blues slowly inhabiting your very being and as you slump even further into the sofa you’re even tempted to go back to bed. But, fear not, help is at hand, I have the remedy for banishing the depression of January and it doesn’t involve committing to any long-term New Year’s resolutions – yay!
All you have to do is think to the future and before you know it you’ll be filled with joy and happiness the likes of which have never been experienced since, well since, the last time you had a holiday. That’s right, all you need to do to get rid of the dark days of winter is to think about what you’d like to do on your next holiday. These days there are a whole host of activities and adventures to be had across the globe; so, pick one that you fancy and go for it.
Below are five types of holiday activity to get you started and once you’ve decided where you want to go and what you want to do then all you have to do is sit back and watch those dark clouds roll way.
Walk it off
If you’ve put on a few pounds over the holiday period it might be a good idea to plan your next trip with a slight leaning towards exercise. Of course, you don’t have to go too mad and from strolling through Italian vineyards to skipping along the riverbanks of France, whatever your pace, planning a walking break is an excellent means of cheering yourself up. Fresh air, blue skies and plenty of opportune rest-breaks, there’s much more to walking than just looking for the remote control.
Pump it up
Ok, Ok, so you’re feeling like you’ve eaten your entire body weight in chocolate, probably best to plan something active for your next trip. Cycling holidays are completely and utterly in vogue at the moment so not only will you be planning something to look forward to you’ll also be following in the tyre tracks of trendy types like Bradley Wiggins. Holland, Belgium and Germany are all excellent locations for first-time cyclists and once you start to prepare for your trip those winter clouds will disperse quicker than air from an inner-tube.
If you prefer to take things at a slightly more leisurely pace then why not consider a cultural experience when you’re planning your escape from New Year hell? Architecture, art and history tours all provide plenty of food for your brain as well as a relaxing alternative to more active trips abroad. If you’re feeling adventurous then why not explore further afield and seek out new cultures and customs in Africa or Asia? Cultural trips can be as exciting or as laid-back as you prefer all you have to do is don your Indiana Jones hat and go for it.
Wow, now we’re really getting off the couch and leaving the tins of chocs far behind! Going on a safari holiday is an awesome idea if you’re really looking to give yourself something to look forward to. I think I could last a whole year safe in the knowledge that at some point I was going to be seeing the sights of the Serengeti or watching water holes in Tanzania. Also, if you’ve just got a new camera for Christmas then what an amazing chance to use it.
If you’ve got the winter blues and you’re interested in booking something to look forward to then check out Exodus who do all of the above and much, much, more.
Chris is eagerly booking his next holiday as he throws his Christmas decorations into the incinerator and drowns his winter sorrows in Lemsip.