What to do in the Dordogne

Nestled in the heart of south-western France lies the beautifully serene Dordogne area. Between the Loire Valley and the Pyrenees mountain range, you can spend your time enjoying what this fabulous region has to offer to any lover of the outdoors.

Book one of the mountain bike holidays that are available in the area and explore on two wheels. You can hire cycles from Etang de Coucou to tour the hamlets and villages, or venture into the rural countryside and catch the breathtaking landscapes. Try your hand at quad biking, with many sites available including one at Hautefort.

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The area certainly isn’t short of water sports holidays either. Sure, you’re in the heart of the south of France without a beach for miles, but that doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the watery wonders that the Dordogne River has to offer. There is also a large leisure lake at Lanouaille for you to visit.

Travel to La Roque-Gageac for some great fun canoeing down the river. Spy local wildlife as you go and moor on the shingled shorelines for an ice cream or light refreshment. Wade in the shallow freshwater to cool off from the heat before arriving at base and grabbing a spot of lunch.

For the sport fanatics, there are 18-hole golf courses in both Perigeux and Brive for you to attempt to get holes in one, or the courts at Agnan will keep your thirst for tennis thoroughly quenched.

Combine this with the oodles of heritage, history and natural beauty and your itinerary will be jam packed for the duration of your vacation. Hire a car so that your possibilities are endless. With chateaus and quaint villages dotted all over the Dordogne, not to mention the high quality wines, confit de canard and foie gras to sink your teeth into, you will be sure to wish to return to the south of France again and again.

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Camping In Comfort: Taking The Stress Out Of The Great Outdoors

Camping is one of those vacations that people have incredibly strong opinions on. People either think that camping is the best thing ever, that it reconnects you with the world around you and makes you feel alive and free from the trappings of everyday modern life. Or they think that it’s uncomfortable, inconvenient and pointless. After all, why spend your time in a cramped tent feeling cold and damp when you can be spread out on a large bed in a hotel suite? Of course, the challenge comes when you’re not such a fan of camping, but you’re outvoted, either by friends or family and end up getting dragged along against your will. When that happens, you have two choices. You can sulk the entire time and make yourself and everyone around you miserable, or you can do what you can to make the whole thing as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Here are just a few ways to make the most of your time camping when you’re not such a fan of the great outdoors.

Get comfortable

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The biggest complaint that a lot of people have when it comes to camping is that it’s uncomfortable. Having to spend their vacation lying on the hard ground feeling cold and miserable is far from their idea of a good time. It’s lucky then that there are plenty of ways to make camping a much more comfortable experience overall. Thermal sleeping bags allow you to stay nice and warm regardless of the weather outside, while something like the lightspeed air bed allows you to sleep soundly without worrying about waking up with a broken spine from sleeping on a tree root all night. Sure, camping is never going to be the same experience as a five-star hotel, but that doesn’t mean it has to be uncomfortable and unpleasant.

Bring a touch of home with you

There was a time when, if you were going on a camping trip, you had to leave everything about your home life behind. All you had to keep yourself company and entertained was the world around you, a book, and maybe a deck of cards if you remembered to pack it. However now, thanks to things like smartphones and wearable technology, you can bring the comfort and convenience of home with you. This way you can enjoy miserable, rainy days in a tent streaming your favorite shows, instead of sitting around feeling bored.

Embrace it

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Of course, if you really want to get the most out of an experience, the very best thing to do is to just embrace it. Throw yourself into it without worry or hesitation. Think of it like getting into a cold shower. It might be jarring at first, but you get used to it very quickly and often come to enjoy it far more than you thought you would. Get stuck into all of the things that really make camping fun: getting away from technology, enjoying the simplicity of the world around you, taking things slowly and being totally self-sufficient. You may never be the true survivalist type, but if you embrace the joy of camping in all its glory, you may well discover a passion that you never even knew you had.

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The Great Outdoors: Why Camping Really Is The Perfect Holiday

Everyone likes a different kind of vacation, and that’s great! After all, if everyone liked the same things all the time, then life would get very boring indeed. But sometimes people have a tendency to get stuck in a rut when it comes to picking a vacation spot. This usually happens when you find yourself picking the same places and types of vacations over and over again. The very best thing that you can do is to try to find ways to break that monotony with a little bit of variation. Why not try something completely new? Take yourself and your family away on a vacation that you may have never considered. An ideal vacation idea to really sweep the cobwebs out it camping. While it’s not everyone’s first choice for the perfect getaway, there are actually a lot of things to recommend camping. Here are just a few things that might actually make it the perfect vacation.

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Freedom

One of the great things about camping is that it lacks a lot of the rigid structures that can often come with many different types of vacation. After all, if you’ve got a seriously strict itinerary for every day then you might get a lot done, but there’s a much greater chance of people feeling seriously stressed out. When you’re camping, you get to be in charge of your own schedule and itinerary. Do you want to get up at the crack of dawn to go exploring? Then you can. Or would you and your family rather huddle together in a bear butt hammock and spend your day lounging around reading and talking? Then that’s a perfect option as well. There are few vacations that offer the sense of freedom that camping does.

Reconnecting with family

Despite the fact that you probably spend every single day with each other, it’s surprisingly easy to feel like you’ve lost touch with your family. A lot of this can be chalked up to the fact that so many of us spend so much time staring at screens. Whether it’s watching TV, sitting on the computer, or just checking your phone every few minutes, the constant presence of technology makes it incredibly easy to lose that all important connection with those around you. Camping is a fantastic way to get that connection back. By getting away from technology, you can spend some quality time with your family with no distractions. You may even find that the renewed connection has a big impact on your lives once you get home.

Getting back to nature

It’s a sad fact that so many of us seem to have lost that sense of connection with the world on which we live. Even if you’re not into the whole “flower power” thing, there’s something to be said for getting out into nature and really being able to appreciate it. Free from the constant barrage of noise that often accompanies most of our daily lives, you learn to really appreciate the simplicity and beauty of the natural world around you.

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