Sitting on a warm beach and sipping an ice cool cocktail out of a coconut might sound like the perfect holiday to 90% of us, but there are ‘holidays’ you can take which literally strip back all of the comforts you might usually look for and yet still offer a rewarding experience. ‘Survival holidays’ are ideal for any budding Bear Grylls or Ray Mears wannabes out there – yet you’ll probably need all of your mental strength – and possbly another holiday afterwoods whith which to recover from!
According to the experts, jungle survival is 90% positive mind-set. So if you plan on surviving up to 2 weeks in a remote Amazonian rainforest with nothing but a machete then you’re in for a true test of mental stamina.
Trip organisers will give you an expert training regime where they will kit you out with specialised jungle gear, teach you how to fish for piranha, shoot wild game with a bow & arrow and keep yourself warm by making a fire without matches or a lighter. However, once the training is over you’ll be on your own in a new part of the jungle with just your machete and your wits to keep you alive!
Bushmasters offer survival trips to Guyana, South America with prices starting from £1,200.
The Canadian wilderness
A trip into the Canadian wilderness might have a little more emphasis on fun and learning about the outside world – rather than extreme survival of the jungle. Tasks include fire making, shelter construction, kayaking, horseback riding and fly-fishing. Depending on what time of year you go, the seasons will shape what activities you take part in, for example, travel in winter and you could be downhill skiing or snowmobiling.
Canadian Wilderness offer extended survival holidays to Canada during various times of the year.
Wales Activity Weekends
How about something a little closer to home? – Wales may not have the pure expansive terrain of Canada, nor the mystery of the Amazon, but it is perfect for anyone who enjoys spending time in the great outdoors. From fire lighting, shelter building, finding food and general bush craft, activity trips in Wales have it all. The weather conditions in Wales – which is why the British Special Forces use it as a training and selection location. Now you can too!
Activity Wales offer a range of weekends for solo travellers, friends or even team building exercises.