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Top 5: Adult only holidays
Do you hear that screeching noise? It’s getting louder ... holy crap, it’s the sound of school holidays.
And you know those crazy kids will soon be on your plane, in your hotel, ruining your holiday. Unless, that is, you book an adults-only trip. God bless the clever companies who are offering tot-free tours and getaways. We are forever in your debt.
1. Adventure Holiday, Costa Rica
One such company is Activities Abroad, which offers a seriously awesome-sounding 13-day trip to Costa Rica for groups of people aged 18 and over. It is a budget blower, but your £1995 covers 12 nights’ accommodation, transfers, most meals and all activities.
Meeting at San Jose Airport, and after a good night’s sleep, you will first enjoy a tour of a coffee estate before dining above the lights of Costa Rica. Day three will see you taking a boat trip through the rainforest to Tortuguero National Park to explore.
The next day you’ll kayak through the Tortuguero Canals before hiking through the rainforest and catching a twilight boat ride. On the fifth day you’ll travel inland to Sarapiqui and relax before your adrenalin-packed day six, which involves white-water rafting, horse riding and mountain biking as well as a walk along the tree-top canopy and a 275-metre zip wire across the Sarapiqui River.
After camping overnight, you’ll then head to Arenal Volcano for a hike and to swap your tent for a luxury hotel. The next day you’ll canyon your way through the surrounding waterfalls.
This trip is about more than self-indulgent fun too, as day nine sees you planting trees with local school children, and day 10 offers a visit to an animal rescue centre, where you can get close to creatures of the rainforest who have had their homes destroyed by deforestation.
If all this leaves you exhausted, the last two days let you recuperate on Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.
2. City tour, Western Europe
Picking you up in Amsterdam and dropping you off in Barcelona, this whistle-stop tour stops off at Paris, the Alpine town of Lucerne and the stunning French Riviera on its way.
Join your group, aged 18-35, for a tour of the ’Dams Red Light District, a trip to the top of the Eiffel Tower, a night at the Monte Carlo casino and more. The 11-day coach tour costs from £1305 including hotels, breakfast, five dinners and most activities.
What’s an adults-only holiday round-up without a break that involves drinking until you puke, having sex on the beach, clubbing until the sun comes up and general alcohol-fuelled carnage?
Promising less-grotty hotels than your classic 18-30s shit holes, Thomson’s 2wentys holidays offers stays at various locations across Europe. Grab your mates and a spare liver and have the time of your life.
4. Adrenalin trip, French Alps
If you’re short on time but want to cram in as much adventure as possible, spend two days in the Alpine town of Morzine and join your adults-only group for mountain biking, rafting, hydrospeeding and Via Feratta.
The latter two, in case you don’t know, involve flying down rapids using just a foam board and flippers, and climbing mountains using a fixed cable and iron rungs, respectively. £429 includes return transport from Geneva, chalet stay, all meals and activities.
If you watched The Hangover II and thought, ‘That looks like the best holiday ever’, then you crazy fool! But it seems you’re not alone, as you can now tour the Bangkok bars featured in the film.
With a hotel pick-up, your guide will take you to the infamous ping pong shows, lady-boy clubs and an ‘erotic’ show featuring a 2m boa constrictor. You will also take a crazy tuk-tuk ride across the city and be given a face tattoo to rival Stu’s (although yours will wash off) for £43 including two drinks.