Next year families will be taking a 'thrillaxation'

Next year families will be taking a 'thrillaxation'PA


If you find family holidays stressful, you're not alone.

But new research by iExplore.com has found that it is possible to take a holiday that de-stresses everyone - including parents - without having to rely on kids' clubs.

Apparently, the key is to give up on the idea of winding down and look for an adrenalin surge instead.

Known as 'thrillaxing', researchers at iExplore believe that this could be the key to a harmonious holiday.

Rob Laurens of iExplore says: "Our research highlights that - contrary to traditional holiday thinking - keeping both body and mind stimulated with new experiences while away is fundamental to recharging your batteries."

So whether you opt for skiing, kayaking or mountain biking it seems that a 'thrillaxation' could be the best way to recharge.

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Next year families will be taking a 'thrillaxation'

Escape the winter and head to Egypt for a seven-day swimming holiday with Swimtrek to increase your fitness and swim over the striking reefs of the Red Sea. The year-round sunshine and warm water make it an ideal spot for open-water swimming and there's a huge array of reefs, dive sights and secluded coast lines to explore. The trip includes a safari where you'll discover a coastline that's only accessible by camel and discover the abundance of marine life. Swimtrek's seven-day package for February 2012 includes guided tours with safety escorts, swim guiding, technique analysis, accommodation and some meals for £660 per person. Visit swimtrek.com

If your aim is to lose weight while having fun, Ferme du Ciel's Ski Boot Camp combines snow activities with healthy eating and coaching to help you do just that. You'll spend a week of daily snow sport activities, cooking workshops, yoga classes and weight loss coaching sessions, as well as indulging in a massage and four-course meals! The chic but gruelling activities include snowshoeing, alpine and Nordic skiing, which are great for toning your bum and thighs. £1,300 per person for the seven-day Ski Healthy Winter Weight Loss programme from 21 to 29 January 2012. Visit fermeduciel.com

Get active in Cuba on Esencia Experiences' Sport, Health and Fitness holiday where you can discover the exotic Varadero coastline by sailing or kayaking, explore the Cuban countryside and tobacco plantations on horseback and venture through Old Havana on foot, before salsa dancing at night. You'll scuba dive in uncharted waters, hike through the stunning rainforest and experience an insider's tour of authentic Cuba with multilingual guides. A seven-night Sport, Health and Fitness holiday starts from £3,499 per person including Upper Class flights with Virgin Atlantic. Visit esenciaexperiences.com

Fancy going on a cultural break, keeping fit AND doing your bit for charity? Discover Adventure's 10-day Great Wall of China cycle trip allows you to take in the extraordinarily rich culture and history of the iconic landmark that snakes 6,000 km across an awe-inspiring landscape. You'll ride through the remote and mountainous area north-east of Beijing with several challenging climbs. The trip also includes exploring Beijing and includes nine nights’ accommodation, flights, most meals, a bike, entry into sites, experienced leaders, cooks and drivers. It's not just an adventurous holiday either as you'll raise money for the charity of your choice too. Fundraising target is £3,500 per person or a self-funded trip costs £1,400 per person with a £399 registration fee. Visit discoveradventure.com

If you've never tried high-altitude trekking or climbing but think you're fit enough to walk up to eight hours a day in mountainous terrain, Mountain Tracks' Classic Haute Route Trek is the fitness challenge for you. The route follows a hiking trail up into glacial terrain and links Chamonix in France and Zermatt in Switzerland. You'll be exposed to stunning views in the Alps from Mont Blanc to the Grand Paradiso while you encounter 4,000m peaks. Accommodation is in high mountain huts and valley-level inns and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. The Classic Haute Route trek costs £1,245 per person and includes guide fees, nine nights' accommodation, breakfast and eight evening meals. Visit mountaintracks.co.uk

Ladies can work to achieve that holiday body they've always wanted in one place they'll want to show it off - Ibiza - on Amansala's Bikini Bootcamp. Fitness training, yoga, pampering and healthy eating are all part of the programme, as well as exploring local sites and relaxing on Ibiza's best beaches. The camp based at the Atzaro villa in the north of the island is surrounded by beautiful Ibizan countryside and there are saunas, bathtubs and a pool for when you need to unwind. Beach blast cardio workouts, snorkelling outings and power walks on the beach ensure you'll definitely return from this holiday looking and feeling better! From 1,675 for a five-night trip in May 2012. Visit bikinibootcamp.com

Saddle up and enjoy an authentic Arizona dude ranch experience at the Tanque Verde Ranch with Ranch Riders. At the oldest ranch in Arizona, bordering the Coronado National Forest and the Saguaro National park, there are countless trails and you can choose to ride between breakfast and lunch, all day or on an overnight trip. Beginners can have walking rides, while the advanced go on loping rides. When you're not keeping fit in the saddle you can hit the gym, play tennis or relax with a massage at the resort's La Sonara Spa. Be sure not to miss the ride up to the Old Homestead for a cowboy breakfast - it's a real treat. In the evening there's line dancing, Mexican feasts, country music and Indian culture talks. From £939 per person for seven nights including accommodation, meals, ranch activities and transfers. Visit ranchrider.com

Head to the island of Crete for fresh air, seasonal food and health and fitness workshops to discover a new you with Wildfitness. During a week's stay in the picturesque hamlet Milia, you'll receive personalised fitness assessments, work out with boxing on high terraces of the peaks, go on peninsula runs, take part in wild movement workshops and have kettle bell training. You'll also learn about wild eating with fresh, locally sourced food, wild playing by balancing rest with play and experience total tranquillity in a setting where the silence is breathtaking. The surrounding area has gorges and peaks, old gnarled olive groves, little churches, goats and aromatic wild rosemary and thyme, plus there are beautiful beaches for swimming. From £1,970 for a seven-day package and shared room. Visit wildfitness.com

As the spiritual home of yoga, India is the ideal place for an inspiring break where you can feel like Julia Roberts in Eat, Pray, Love! Destination Yoga's week-long package from 28 January to 5 February combines morning and afternoon yoga practice with excursions, an Indian cooking demonstration and relaxation at the Shreyas retreat. With 25 acres of landscaped gardens and located in the countryside an hour away from Bangalore, Shreyas is the ultimate hideaway for finding tranquility and practicing yoga in the perfect setting. There's a huge selection of indoor and outdoor yoga spaces, you can unwind by the pool, watch films in the private cinema and there's a spa with Ayervedic, Thai, Balinese and Aromatherapy treatments. The package costs from £995 per person including seven nights’ accommodation, local transfers from recommended flights, yoga classes and all meals. Visit destinationyoga.co.uk

Experience the laidback surfer lifestyle on the coast of Taghazout in Morocco with Surf Maroc. Whether you're a beginner or want to improve your skills, you'll head out to find the best spots and surf the huge variety of waves available. You can opt to have coaching, there's equipment provided and you'll eat healthy breakfasts at the villa where you'll be staying. If you do tire of surfing, you can relax on the beach as there are over 300 days of sunshine in Taghazout and take part in evening yoga sessions. Surf Camp packages with Surf Maroc start from £259 per person per week, excluding surf lessons. Visit surfmaroc.co.uk

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