Time to "thrillax"

Who would have thought that sky-diving is more relaxing than sun bathing, or hiking is more peaceful than a day at the spa?

Well, research commissioned by adventure-holiday website, iExplore, suggests that vacations which include a combination of relaxing and thrilling (physically, mentally, or spiritually) activities are actually more likely, and preferred by vacation-goers, to release stress than a typical one-week, all-inclusive beach break, for example. Hence the new travel trend term. The survey of over 2000 Brits, furthermore, concluded that “thrillaxing” holidays, ones which include an active component, are the key to feeling relaxed and recharged as you have less time and are less inclined to worry about work or home related problems. Basically, jumping off a cliff in New Zealand or dancing the tango all night long in Argentina are excellent ways to reduce anxiety and increase energy levels. Although understandable to an extent, I personally cannot fathom how jumping off a cliff could possibly reduce anyone’s anxiety. But that’s just me. Anyways…

With Christmas holidays approaching and many of you (particularly the soon-to-be snow-ridden Canadians) looking to escape from the cold for a week-long beach lounging, margarita drinking retreat, perhaps it’s time to revise your December travel plans. Remember, according to the research, an active break testing your body and mind will be more invigorating and appeasing than a traditional stint in the sun. So, consider relaxing this holiday with your friends and family on a snowmobile safari in Finland or taking a city tour of the Land of Fire and Ice (a.k.a. Chile).

Now, although the idea of mixing beach lounging with adrenaline infused activities and cultural exploration is hardly a new concept for vacation-goers, I support any and all efforts encouraging intellectual and physical stimulation while abroad – even if it is a cheesy marketing ploy.

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Jemma Young

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Originally from a small town in south-eastern Ontario, Jemma has long dreamed to voyage beyond her native environment. Trips to the Dominican Republic and Honduras, where she volunteered at a primary school, allowed her to take her first steps in fulfilling this desire. Voted “Most Likely to be a Journalist” in her high school yearbook, Jemma - unsurprisingly - graduated from Canada’s Capital University with a degree in Communication Studies.

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