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Tips to help you stop worrying about work and unwind on holiday!

Relax Holiday
At last, after months of waiting, you find yourself plonked on a sun lounger, swimsuit on, cocktail in hand, with the glittering, emerald sea just metres away.

You smile, close your eyes, and – Oh, did I remember to send that important email? Do you think Shirley remembered to speak to that client? Did I handover everything? Did I even set my out of office reply!?

This scenario is all too common nowadays, with holidaymakers plagued by work-related woes as they try desperately to kick back, relax and enjoy their trip. But stressing about work ain’t healthy and it sure ain’t fun. We’re meant to return to our jobs feeling refreshed and rejuvenated, not feeling more stressed than before we left!

So, the Go Ape tribe have put together some top tips to help those work-related thoughts fizzle out, leaving you to focus on having fun in the sun!

Prepare

Proper planning prevents poolside panicking. A week or two before your hols, make a list of tasks you need to complete, what you need to delegate, and who you need to talk to. A great tip is to clear your calendar for your last day in the office so you can make sure that everything – and everyone – is well-prepped for your departure.

Face facts

Accept that you’re entitled to your holiday, you’ve worked incredibly hard for it, and actually, taking time off to rest and recharge is crucial to doing your job well. Absence makes the heart grow fonder, so time out from your work may make you value it more, and work that little bit harder, when you return.

Urgent emails only

Ideally, you wouldn’t check your inbox whilst on holiday – after all, you’ve set your OOO, so people know you’re enjoying some downtime. But if you can’t resist, check them just once daily, late in the afternoon so they don’t hamper your day (and when there’s no point in replying as everyone would have left the office). Only look at ones you think are urgent – i.e., not the ones titled ‘Staff Christmas party ideas’ or ‘Cute cat vid.’

Keep yourself busy

If you see spreadsheets every time you shut your eyes, maybe you need to do something different to lounging by the pool (sorry). Take your mind off anything work-related by exploring the area, meeting the locals, signing-up to an excursion or doing something a little daredevil, like paragliding on the beach! In our opinion, a holiday jam-packed with exploration and adventure is far more fun and memorable anyway!

Time to reassess?

If being unable to unwind on holiday is a common thing, and you end up spending most of your trips worried about workloads, projects or overbearing bosses, maybe it’s time to reassess. If you find it tough to achieve that work/life balance, perhaps it’s time to start considering other options. Just remember: we don’t live to work, we work to live!

10 years of adventure: Win a Team Day Out

Team Building in the trees

A selection of our sites are celebrating their 10th birthdays, and you’re invited!

We’re giving away a Team Day Out for 10 people at our 4 very special birthday locations; Alice Holt Forest, Bedgebury Pinetum, Buxton Country Park and Aberfoyle, Queen Elizabeth Forest Park.

All you have to do to enter is nominate your workplace below, and tell us why you need a Team Day Out.

Celebrate 10 years of adventure at Alice Holt, Bedgebury, Buxton and Aberfoyle

Terms and conditions.

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period ends 21st July 2017.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. Team Day Out for 10 people. Includes Tree Top Adventure and use of the forest shelter and Jungle Games for 10 people. Prize to be redeemed before the 30th November 2017. Subject to availability.

9. The prize is non-transferable, non-refundable and cannot be exchanged for any cash alternative.

10. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

11. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

12. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

13. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

14. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

15. The promoter will notify the winner how and when the prize can be collected.

16. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.

17. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

18. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

19. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

20. Entry into the competition will be deemed as consent for your entry data to be used for promotional use by Go Ape. Please be aware that should you receive further communications from Go Ape, you will be given the option to unsubscribe or opt out.

Win a team day out for 10 people

Win a team day out for 10

Treat your hard-working tribe to a team day out to Go Ape worth over £400.

Go Ape are offering you a chance to win a team day out for 10 members of your tribe. Enjoy a 2-3 hour Tree Top Adventure, facing wobbly obstacles, Tarzan swings and zip wires. Go Ape is an ideal team bonding experience – increase communication, find new leaders and boost team morale while having a lot of fun!

After your adventure, re-energise your tribe with a picnic lunch under our private shelter, compliments of our forest chef.

For your chance to win, simple fill out our survey below:

 

Sorry this competition is now over!

1. The promoter is: Adventure Forest Limited Trading as Go Ape Ltd whose registered office is at Unit 1, Fornham Business Court, The Drift, Fornham St Martin, Bury St Edmunds, IP31 1SL.

2. To enter the competition you must be: (a) UK resident; and (b) 18 years old or over at the time of entry.

3. Employees of Go Ape or their family members or anyone else connected in any way with the competition or helping to set up the competition shall not be permitted to enter the competition.

4. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.

5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are shown above.

6. The competition period starts 19th January 2017 – 2 February 2017.

7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not fully received for whatever reason.

8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in any event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.

9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.

10. No cash alternative to the prizes will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.

11. Winners will be chosen: at random by software provided by random.org from all entries received and verified by the Promoter.

12. The winner will be notified by email within 28 days of the closing date. If the winner cannot be contacted or do not claim the prize within 14 days of notification, we reserve the right to withdraw the prize from the winner and pick a replacement winner.

13. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.

14. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by [English] law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of [England].

15. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current [UK] data protection legislation.

6 happy hobbies you should adopt

BoyFun

With the days getting shorter and the nights getting darker, it’s easy to fall into a rut and start hibernating for the winter. You may not feel like doing much after driving home in the dark and fighting through the cold to get to your warm and snugly sofa, but trust us, these 6 hobbies will make you even happier than a mug of hot chocolate on an Autumn evening. According to Tesco, you should try these 6 happy hobbies to keep your mood sunny the whole year round:

1) “Bored” games

Not only does it bring the family together and have a warm, nostalgic feel, but it makes a change from normally tech-related past-times such as catching up on telly, playing video games or having your nose buried in your phone. According to Tesco, 46% of mums believe that a board game is a brilliant way to spend quality family time.

2) Weekly catch-ups

What’s better to put a smile on your face than catching up with a good friend. Put some time aside of an evening and give your friend a call. No texts, WhatsApps or Facebook messages, just some old-fashioned gabbing on the phone. Even better option, invite them over for a drink and a chat! Face to face wins every time.

3) Get creative

Whether you have a passion for writing, drawing, photography or even knitting, getting your creative juices flowing is very good for your well-being. It can help keep your brain active, improves your memory strength and release happy endorphins.

4) Winter work out

You may not feel so happy about going to the gym in the cold and dark, but once your exercises are complete you’ll feel like you can tackle the world. Exercise is another hobby that releases endorphins and not only will you feel good whilst exercising, but when you notice your fitness levels increasing and your belt getting looser, it becomes the gift that keeps on giving.

5) Sing-a-long season

It’s simple – just sing like nobody’s listening. Singing on your own can be an instant mood-lifter, however singing with a group is the real winner. According to the BBC, singing in a choir, a chorus, or even with carol singers could not only make you happier, but healthier too. Think it’s too good to be true? Read more here. 

6) Snuggle weather

Saving the best ’til last – a good hug can make everything better. Not only is a hug good for the heart (releasing Oxytocin, making you feel all happy inside), but it is also good for your health by helping to lower your blood pressure. There you have it, if you increase your daily hugs, you’ll be both happy and healthy this Winter!

 

Want to tick a few of these hobbies off your list in one fun day out? Book a Corporate Event with Go Ape and get your Tribe up in the trees. You can catch up with your colleagues outside of the workplace, release endorphins as you exercise your way around the course, and have a sing-a-long from the canopy while you’re at it! Want to find out more about team days out to Go Ape? Request a quote below.

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