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The typical holiday may be about lazing on a beach or looking suave in the city, but some of the best trips I have been on involve getting up at 6am everyday and doing hours of exercise! "Ahh!" I hear you say, "but you must enjoy skiing!" And, although this is sometimes the case, my tastes are much broader than zipping down the slopes in a lurid coloured ski suit. Dear readers, I am a fan of activity holidays!
At home I horse ride, practice Iyengar Yoga, walk and have been known to occasionally hurl myself down hills on a mountain bike (mostly thanks to my hubby's influence)! Working full time and juggling a busy life means when I go on holidays I want to do more of the things I love and hopefully improve my skills at these things. In addition to this, as a plus side, by taking these kinds of trips I have seen some fabulous bits of the world from a unique perspective.
My last big trip was a horse riding safari in Botswana. Imagine cantering for kilometres across open scrubland, occasionally startling an antelope, dodging inch long acacia thorns or slowing down to pass elephants safely. This coupled with the adrenalin rush of the guide 'shouting' in a whisper, "keep the horses in a walk", "don't panic" and "just to your right is a huge male leopard". Gulp! Faced with a predator, with me a sitting duck on a juicy piece of prey and trying to keep calm so as not to trigger a flight reaction! As you may have gathered, it is not a trip for the fainthearted and a high level of riding competence is required (covering approximately 25 miles a day in 30c+ heat and with the aforementioned predators). Despite these hardships, the sheer joy of riding in an open space, the wonderful people and animals you meet and the connection with the land is amazing!