Five Alternative Holiday Ideas

by Jules on June 18, 2013

If you’re fed up with lounging by the beach or lazing by a pool along with a load of other Brits, and you’re looking for something a little bit different for your next getaway, then you might want to consider something a little bit different for this year’s summer jaunt.

From the energetic, to the truly luxurious, there is bound to be something in our selection to suit every taste and pocket:


If superb dining choices, spacious and comfortable accommodation, non-stop activities, fun and adventures at every port of call, sounds like your kind of holiday, then you can’t go wrong with a cruise holiday.

You may be fooled into thinking that cruising is strictly for the older generation, who have plenty of time and money to burn.  However, the reality is that cruising is now more accessible to a larger range of people than ever before – from young couples to families with small children. For example, there is a huge range of cheap cruises from The Co-operative Travel that offer a fun, alternative holiday choice, and the best news is that a cruise experience is practically all-inclusive!


Far from being an energetic, action-packed break, a cycling holiday gives you the most scope for independent exploring, meaning you can enjoy a new area at your own leisure, following whichever route you choose.

Without the constraints of a car or train, you are able to experience fresh air, as well as the sights, sounds and smells you would have otherwise missed.  Children will love the opportunity to take a bike ride every day and you’ll find that, by the end of the day, they’re completely worn out and ready for an early night – leaving you to enjoy a leisurely drink or two!


Long gone are the days when golf was an elitist sport, played by middle class businessmen.  These days, it’s a sport that can be enjoyed by literally anybody, making it a great family sport, and the perfect excuse for a holiday (as if you needed one!)

Golf’s universal appeal to a huge range of ages has helped it to increase its popularity over the past 20 years or so; what other sport would you see grand-parents, parents and children all playing together?

There are numerous dedicated golf breaks all over the world, but some of the finest courses can be found right here in the UK, making it the ideal choice for a short break.


Anyone who loves surfing will adore escaping for a surf holiday, whether this means strolling around in board shorts from morning to night, or having the perfect waves rolling in for you every day. Getting to spend a week or two attached to a surf board could be the perfect break for you.

It’s important to consider what your surfing ability is before setting of on a surfing holiday.  If you’re a complete beginner, then resorts such as Lagos in Portugal has great beginners’ beaches and a lively town nearby.  Being realistic will help you plan ahead and make sure you get the most out of your holiday.


In the midst of a dreary, wet spring, the idea of spending a few luxurious days soaking up the sun on board a sailing boat may seem like a little slice of heaven!  Coupling a sailing course along with a summer break will allow you to escape the monotony of everyday life and allow you to pick up a fantastic new hobby at the same time.

A one week charter holiday might make it possible for you and your family to sail to nearby isles once you have undertaken the required training.   

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