Death of the lads’ break

Written By komlim puldel on Rabu, 15 Oktober 2014 | 20.01

The Hangover-style lads' breaks are OUT, metrosexual getaways are IN. Source: Supplied

THE Hangover-style Las Vegas booze-ups are SO last year: new travel data suggests men now prefer "lads' breaks" that offer great shopping, CrossFit or eco-friendly experiences.

According to Katrina Barry, Contiki's managing director, the company has experienced a sharp increase in requests from men for cultural escapes: "About 60 per cent of our young travellers are female however we are seeing an increase in the number of guys choosing to take our trips with mates for the well-rounded experience it offers, combining sightseeing, culture and the benefit of having everything organised for them.

Here are the Top 5 travel experiences young males are seeking now, according to Katrina:

1. Following the music

Splendour In The Grass tops the list of the new favourite lads' breaks. Picture: Jason O'Brien Source: News Corp Australia

"Whether at home or abroad festival and gig road trips have become a real rite of passage for young males. Here in Australia, the likes of Splendour in the Grass or New Year's festivals such as Falls attract groups of mates who want to bond over their shared love of their favourite music.

"Music is an even bigger motivator when it comes to groups of guys travelling overseas together. There are the big festivals such as Sziget, which will see them plan months ahead to build a fantastic trip around. Other drawcards are music-associated destinations which range from Ibiza or Berlin and their equally infamous yet starkly different night-life or places that their famous bands are from."

2. Sporty getaways

Seeing big games abroad is a new favourite lads' getaway. Picture: Quinn Rooney/Getty Images Source: Getty Images

"While boys certainly love their homegrown sports they just don't come close in terms of scale and atmosphere to big games hosted abroad. Even if not super fans of the sport, attending a world class sporting match is an incredible experience and something that we certainly see groups of guys book their holidays around.

"Beyond attending a match, the vibe on the streets in the host destinations is electric, and something not to be missed. Some of the biggest events on the 2015 sporting calendar include the Six Nations (Rugby), the UEFA Champions League, the FIFA World Cup as well as the various Formula One Grand Prix across the world so we anticipate groups of guys on our trips either at the front or tail end of the tournaments."

3. Style hunting

Men are embracing the chance to shop while overseas. Picture: Leigh/Flickr Source: Flickr

"Shopping is no longer associated with just one of the sexes. Today's travelling male is very fashionable and style conscious and just as many men as women on holidays are hitting the local boutiques and designer outlets to score some threads that you simply can't find at home.

"As such, groups of guys travelling together will seek out destinations that are known for their style. Once away, groups of guys will happily hit the shops en masse, helping each other pick and match the best local fashions. Spain is popular for the number of fantastic, accessible and affordable European fashion for men (think Zara and Mango men's wear). Places with great street markets selling one-offs, such as London for Portobello Road and Istanbul for the Grand Bazaar are also high on the shopping agenda."

4. Fitness breaks

Venice's Beach's outdoor gym is a hot spot for guy getaways. Picture: ashbrian/Flickr Source: Flickr

"Going on holiday used to be an excuse to take a break from your fitness regime, but more and more we're welcoming young male groups who follow a travel hard, train harder philosophy. Pre-trip questions around the nearest gym, outdoor training site or running tracks are becoming more frequent, and by travelling in groups, these guys benefit from 24/7 peer-motivation.

"Some of the most popular fitness-based locations include California, the birthplace of mega-trend CrossFit and Venice Beach's iconic outdoor gym; Spain for the long stretches of soft sand and tropical destinations such as Thailand."

5. Arty adventures

Snapping a Banksy in situ has sudden cache on blokes' getaways. Source: AP

"Increased accessibility to some of the world's most incredible artworks via gallery sharing, as well as the meteoric rise of contemporary street artists has elevated art from a niche interest and into the mainstream.

"Street art in particular is extremely popular with young male travellers. We see groups of guys travelling together who include seeing artworks from the likes of the UK's Banksy, France's C215 and Spain's Eseif on their bucket lists. Snapping a picture of one of these artists' work creates ultimate bragging rights and Insta-envy."

What's your idea of the perfect lads' break?


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