5 reasons why an active holiday is a great idea

As tempting as this sounds, there are no long term benefits of this type of vacation. We need to reconsider how we want to spend our free time, remembering it should have a longer positive impact on our life. In our everyday life, we are trying to balance our work and private life. We are living in this fast-paced society that often leaves us feeling stressed and in constant need of more time. Therefore it is essential to regenerate our energy and to experience things away from every day hectic environments. Having that in mind, we created a list of reasons (benefits) why to choose an active holiday instead of a traditional vacation with some or none activity.

Here are 5 benefits of having an active holiday:

1. Adventure vacation is a great experience for friends and family

Usually, we spend our vacation with friends or family. Even though we enjoy spending time with our loved ones, sometimes it can be a bit difficult to coordinate a trip with a larger group of people. Often people are not willing to compromise, and they choose to separate from the group to do their own thing planed. But if your vacation involves a least one or two activities in which everyone can participate in, it will create a more exciting atmosphere. It is hard to say no to a new thrilling adventure in a new country. The adventure you take on will allow you to experience and enjoy something together. There is a wide range of adventures you can take, from outdoor activities to tours and excursions. Also, there is no need for previous experience to take on an outdoor adventure.

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2. New achievements will give us confidence in everyday life

We are already acquainted with the fact that exercise helps us in reducing stress and triggers positive feelings. When you combine sport and adventure, the result is even more remarkable. Accomplishing or learning something new in a relaxed environment without pressure gives us a lasting and inspiring feel. The sense of pride befalls on us because we dared to indulge in an adventure activity. It can be hiking, kayaking, or bungee jump. Regardless of what activity is, it allows us to see life from a different perspective, and realize that our daily struggles can be solved. Anticipating in adventure activity can give us long term courage and confidence to confront and overcome challenges that come in our way. New experiences are a fundamental source for finding our strengths and discovering who we are.

3. It can create closer bonds between family members

Nowadays, when planning a holiday, parents include children’s needs and desires. There are fewer holidays where parents pick just activities like spending the whole day at the beach or sightseeing the ancient ruins and museums. Activities that involve both kids and parents should be on the itinerary of the trip. Having activity planned on vacation can successfully combine both the wishes of the parent and kids. Everybody can be included in this adventure activity and can participate. Learning some new skills or sport can be fun and educational. Also, it can create closer bonds between siblings. Kids can see their parents tackling something new. In this way, the whole family can reconnect and build memories that will last for a long time. In our busy everyday life, spending time with family and learning something new away from work and school obligations is a key to everlasting good and healthy relations.

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4. Visible improvement of life satisfaction and mindfulness after adventure trip

Mindfulness is defined as awareness and acceptance of present-moment experiences. During outdoor adventures, individuals are generally more mindful due to the new and unpredictable environment. Outside of usual daily routines without any distractions, people can focus on the present moment and have some time to devote to their feelings and thoughts while enjoying the beauty of the surrounding nature. Experiencing outdoor adventure can increase self-efficacy, mindfulness, and subjective well-being. The research with those results included two types of study. The first study included 14-year old pupils that participated in a successful nine-day hike through the Alps. The second study involved students that spent eight days in the wilderness of the Norwegian Hardangervidda region. The results confirm an increase in life satisfaction, happiness, mindfulness, and a lower sign of stress. The findings from this research show that the mental health benefits of outdoor adventures are significant.

5. Interacting with nature has a prominent positive outcome

Spending time in nature, hiking, camping, kayaking, or just walking provides us with contempt and a peaceful feel. Fresh, clean air and sun is an excellent combination for improving mood and boosting energy level. The research that examines benefits for people when interacting with nature shows a broad range of measurable human benefits, including positive effects on physical health, psychological well-being, cognitive ability, and social cohesion. The important thing for having a positive outcome is access to green space and natural areas for facilitating activities that are beneficial for human well-being. When traveling, take the opportunity to discover parks, woods, rivers, and mountains in that new unknown place. Besides having vast benefits for your health, it can be a fun experience, where you get to explore different vegetation and beauty that nature is giving us.

Things you experience and encounter on the Hvar Sea Kayak tour

Kayaking is a watersport that involves paddling and kayak for moving across water. The difference from canoeing is in its sitting position of the person and a double-bladed paddle. Kayaking is possible in every type of water, rivers, oceans, or lakes. The design of kayak depends on the specific water conditions. It can be on flat water, whitewater, or surf zone. Due to the various types of kayaking, everyone can enjoy the sport, both beginners and experts. It is quite easy to learn, like cycling. The most important thing to learn is how to paddle. Our instructor will show you the whole technique and will be there for you each step of the journey. With each paddle, your progress will reveal. If you want to learn a new sport or try a new activity, kayaking is a safe choice because beginners can learn it quite fast and enjoy it already on the first day. After a few hours of paddling, you will master the sport and have fun.

 We will provide you with equipment, sea kayak, paddle, life jacket, dry bag, spray skirt, and snorkeling equipment to use. Before beginning, you will have a brief safety talk and introduction to basic sea kayaking techniques. You can choose a single or double seat sea kayak. We mainly use double sea kayaks for shorter trips because they are faster, more stable, spacious, and easier to use for beginner paddlers.

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The adventure starts at Križna Luka beach, which is situated a few minutes from the center of the town Hvar. Kayaking is a remarkable venture where you get to explore the intended Croatian coastline and slide on the still water of the Adriatic Sea, with your family and friends. Pakleni Islands, distinguished by their beauty, isolated lagoons, and idyllic bays with pine trees, are certainly worthy of a visit. Both tourists and locals are spending a lot of their time chilling and relaxing on one of the islands of the archipelago Pakleni Islands. The islands are only reachable by boat, therefore joining a kayaking tour is one way to do it. This beginner-friendly sport is a great way to explore the Pakleni Islands and have a fun workout.

Pakleni Islands or Paklinski Islands have around 20 islands and skerry scattered on the Adriatic Sea in front of the island Hvar. The name of this archipelago comes from Paklina, which stands for a type of pine resin that was used in shipbuilding. This area, along with many others in Dalmatia, is rich with pine forests that provide great shade during hot summer days on the beach.

When we are all set and ready to go, we slide into the sea, and the journey begins. We will sea kayak outside of the Hvar channel encountering the open Adriatic sea and view over the horizon. The moment went you drift away from the land, and slowly paddle into the blue sky and the crystal clear water, where you can’t see the limit, a magical moment happens. You feel like one with nature, and become completely oblivious of what you left behind. The sea becomes glassy and still, surrounding the Pakleni Islands that stand proudly.

The first island that we will encounter is Galešnik, a small uninhabited island that is the closest to the Hvar’s coast. On the island, there is a lighthouse and a fortress that served as a military base and prison. On the citadel, there is a lovely view of the charming town of Hvar. We will continue to paddle towards the next island, Jerolim, a rocky island with a lush pine forest. It’s a marvelous spot to relax from the city buzz and enjoy nature. Jerolim stands between Galešnik and Marinkovac, directly opposite to Hvar town. The clam sea, pebble beaches, shady coves, and the smell of the pines trees give a quite spectacular and peaceful feeling that’s hard to find on the coast during summer days. Jerolim beach is one of the best naturalist beaches in the world. This traditional naturist swimming area has showers and a restaurant.

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The next island is Marinkovac, home to popular bays Stipanska and Ždrilca. On Stipanska, you will find the famous party beach club, Carpe Diem. It has incredible beaches and crystal clear water for relaxation and swimming, as well as a cocktail bar and restaurant that provide night entertainment. After kayaking through the passage Ždrilca, we will reach our destination bay Ždrilca, where we will have one long pause. Bay Ždrilca lies on the opposite side of the Stipanska bay on the western part of the island Marinkovac. The beach Ždrilca has seasonal restaurants and beautiful stone cottages that are a proud representative of Mediterranean architecture. Ždrilca is full of olive trees that give delicious olive oil, which you can try in the restaurant Tri Grede, along with other Dalmatians specialties. This pebbled beach, with pine trees providing amazing shade, will delight you. There is a pathway through which you can walk to the other side of Marinkovac in a short time. When on the beach, enjoy your time swimming, relaxing or grab mask, snorkel, and explore on your own vibrant underwater life.

With kayaking, you will experience the majestic Adriatic sea, and at the same time, discover the surroundings of Croatian sunniest island Hvar. Even though Pakleni Islands are not inhabited, they remain hot spots during its season from many people. This experience is a small example of a lifestyle in Dalmatia. If you want to spend an active holiday discovering the beauty of Croatia, kayaking is an excellent choice for you.