Whether you have a girlfriend, a wife, an ex-wife or you are single, sometimes a man needs to get away and take a real man’s vacation. You want to really know what it feels like to do manly things and you want to challenge yourself. Sometimes, if you want to be a better husband or boyfriend, you have to find out what kind of man you are. This can be done by challenging yourself while on vacation. Here are six of the most manly mancations you can take.
Baseball Fantasy Camp
If you played baseball as a youngster, you probably never completely got over your love for the game. Maybe you became a season ticket holder or coached you child’s Little League team, but inside you still considered yourself a player. Many major-league teams know this and they offer older baseball fans to attend baseball fantasy camp. This means heading to Florida or Arizona to your team’s spring training site where you will practice and play with other fantasy campers as well as former pro players. This is something that all true baseball fans should put on their mancation list.
Outward Bound Vacation
Outward Bound and other similar organizations give you the opportunity to explore your strengths, weaknesses and limitations by taking on physical challenges over the course of four to seven days. For example, some Outward Bound vacations involve the challenge of negotiating white water in a canoe, while others may involve camping and hiking. The idea is to find out what your limits are and expand them.
Fitness Boot Camp
As men take their position in adult life, they get used to the pattern of working 9-to-5 (or longer) every day, coming home and having dinner, going out for the occasional date and then doing it all again on a day-in, day-out basis. Exercise often goes out the window or it becomes quite limited. However, you may want to get back into top shape. One of the ways you can do this is going to a fitness boot camp where you will be asked to run, swim, lift weights and calisthenics. It’s not for everyone but it will get you into top shape and give you a game plan to follow once you return to the “real” world.
What mancation-worthy thing could there possibly be to do in Minnesota, you ask? How about a day spent driving a tank?! Just an hour and a half outside of Minneapolis, the Drive A Tank facility will train you to drive a real life FV433 through a muddy, wooded course, fire a historic machine gun, and even crush a car or two. You can opt for even bigger if you choose, and go for rides in their entire fleet including a 5 ton truck, an APC and a Humvee. Seriously, what could be manlier than that?
This is one of the great wonders of North America, and you should see it at least once in your life. If you want to truly enjoy the Grand Canyon, you can take a bike trip that goes across the Northern Rim, lasts 5 days and is 145 miles long. It will give you a chance to see one of the most beautiful places in the world and you will challenge yourself physically to see it in ways that few people can.
One of the greatest mancations anyone can take is a golfing trip to Pebble Beach. This California landmark is one of the great courses in the United States and it is not a private country club. If you make your reservations ahead of time and you can pony up the (gulp) $495 greens fees, you will play golf at one of the most spectacular locations in the world. This is the same course that has seen Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson win championships, and you can say that you played there as well. The memories will never fade.