Top 5 Manly Getaways

Top 5 Manly Getaways

There’s something about a real man’s trip that’s fantasy, but you can’t always take a break from your 9 to 5 job to don a backpack and explore.  Plus you have a family, and those diapers aren’t going to buy themselves.

Maybe you tell yourself that you’re simply too busy living life.  Except, is that really living? It’s hardly a weekend of debauchery with your friends or an expedition across the mountains, is it?

As Bernard Shaw said, “Make the most of your youth and don’t skip the opportunities to travel, have fun, make friends, try new hobbies and activities… because you may not have the time or energy to do it when you’re gray in the hair.”

So why not put your responsibilities to the side for once?  Get the guys together, and have a once in a lifetime trip.  Be at one with nature.  At one with beer.  At one with parties?!

We’ve even done the hard work for you, so there are no more excuses.  The manliest of trips are right in front of you, ready to be booked.

So, without further ado, we introduce to you the ultimate getaways for any man to enjoy.  So get packing!

Gumball RallyGumball Rally

Can life get more exciting than driving a sports car across the world?  It can if there are seven nights of partying to go with it.

From the US to London and on to Monte Carlo, the Gumball 3000 is not only a chance to visit some of the most luxurious places on earth, but to show up in style too.  It regularly sees celebrities join the contest with Adrien Brody, David Hasselhoff, and Xzibit all having taken part over the years.

2015 will see the event begin in Stockholm before passing through Oslo, Copenhagen, and Amsterdam, where of course the party will be rocking before flying to Reno.  And the US leg hardly slows down on excitement either, with San Francisco and LA on the route before finishing in Sin City.

Imagine a hundred supercars parading down Las Vegas Boulevard with thousands of drunken revelers watching on while the sun beats down, and the fountains of Bellagio sway to the harmonies of a dozen V8 engines.  Now who wouldn’t want to be there for that?

Las VegasLas Vegas

Although you could just ditch the Ferrari and do the Las Vegas Strip the way it’s meant to be done, in a drunken haze.

It’s the city that defines indulgence, so obeying that is a must.  The hundreds of belly-busting restaurants, the huge nightclubs and of course lavish casinos will create memories you’ll never forget, and maybe earn you a few dollars too.

Of course, a bit of practice makes perfect too, and there’d be no better way to impress your friends than to brush up on your skills in some of the biggest online casinos ahead of landing at McCarran, ready to pocket some cash without having to ask the blackjack dealer if you should hit or stand.

Now, not every trip to Las Vegas is like The Hangover.  You probably won’t end up on a rooftop, nor will you end up at Mike Tyson’s house cuddling a tiger.  But you could have the night of your life.  A night where you’ll be entertained by top DJs such as Calvin Harris and Steve Aoki, or even serenaded by Celine Dion or Elton John if you feel like taking it down a notch.  Either way, it’s a city which doesn’t do things by half.  And neither should you.

Yosemite National ParkYosemite National Park

For almost 3,000 years man has been trekking through the mountainous terrain of Yosemite.  There’s nothing more rugged than being at one with nature and exploring the imposing waterfalls and stunning wildlife, and climbing the awe-inspiring cliff faces.  You could even do a spot of fishing.

It’s like transporting yourself back to the days when electricity was just a small thought in Benjamin Franklin’s brain.

Easily one of the most beautiful sites in the country, Yosemite will quench every explorer’s thirst, whether it is for a weekend or a week – although even that won’t get you close to discovering even half of what the park has to offer.

And with a huge array of places to stay, there’s something for all your friends too.  The guy who loves his luxuries is catered for at the Ahwahnee Hotel.  Yosemite Ridge Resort brings you a little closer to nature in cabins in the heart of the woods, while Curry Village will have you all remembering your scout days, hearing every coo and twitch in the trees from the canvas tents.  We know which the rugged explorer would go for…

Skiing at Val ThorensSkiing at Val Thorens

Certainly one for the thrill seekers, extreme sports allow you to live life on the edge, and when the future could be as safe as looking after your kids in your nice family home, you need to take the chance while you can.

And what better place to do it than at the highest ski resort in Europe and the largest linked ski area on the planet?  Val Thorens in the French Alps opened in the 1960s and has become one of the best resorts in the world, picking up that very title in 2013.  And with eight black runs, there’s plenty to test yourself on.

Regarded in high-esteem in the country, the resort regularly hosts the French ski and snowboard championships and also enjoys plenty of events throughout the year with unique trips across the 3 Vallees, putting on races for skiers of all skills.

Malt Whisky TrailThe Malt Whisky Trail

There’s nothing like finishing an evening off with a nice dram of Scotch, the king of manly drinks. Head to Speyside in the heart of Scotland and you can do it every night.  The Malt Whisky Trail takes in nine of the country’s finest distilleries including famous brews Glenfiddich and Glenlivet which offer award winning tours.

It’s a chance to not only enjoy some of the finest whiskies Scotland has to offer, but also enjoy its breath-taking countryside which includes lochs that stretch as far as the eye can see, hills that make you feel like you’re on top of the world, and castles which wouldn’t look out of place in an episode of Game of Thrones.

Of course all those things can be enjoyed with a drop of Speyside whisky too, just one of the four main distilling regions in the country.  So if you’re feeling particularly thirsty, why not spend a few days enjoying the Islay, Highlands, Lowlands, and Campbeltown offerings, too?

Guest article by Kyle Parker.  Kyle is an avid blogger who now lives in the UK.  He currently writes full time for a number of publications both online and offline.  His areas of expertise include tech, gaming and men’s lifestyle.

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6 years ago

This list is perfect, you have all these IN. Hobby, leisure, adventure, sports and the last is the best, scotch is the BEST!

7 years ago

I had never heard of the Malt Whiskey Trail, I love it! I live in England, so it’s not out of the question that I can pay a visit this year. Great article, thanks.

Mark Miller
7 years ago

Really digging these suggestions. There’s something missing in your life if you’re not connecting with nature. I’m planning a few longer solitary hiking trips this year that I’m really looking forward to. In the coming years I’d love to check out Yosemite.

Cheers man!