It’s bank holiday weekend and for many people this is a 4 day weekend! Like some people this date has been in your calendar since January 1st, however if you’re anything like me this weekend kind of snuck up on you and now you need to figure out something to do with the next four days.
HOWL is here to give you some advice. 5 different adventures you can try this weekend.
1. Fly a Plane
This has to be one of the coolest experiences you can have, especially if you’re afraid of flying.
You’ll likely fly in a 2 seater with an instructor (of course), they’ll take you through some basics tell you about the plane and about flying, a few other technical things to get out of the way and you’ll get into a plane.
It’s a very relaxed situation, the instructor takes you up into the clouds to a cruising altitude and will hand over the steering controls to you, they’ll do the job of keeping the plane in the air, and you do the job of going up, down, left and right. It’s the simplest of motions, easier than steering a bicycle; that with the combination on the plane radio, you’ll feel like a pilot in 10 minutes.
Plenty of photo opportunities for sure, you can do it as a onetime thing but trust me on this, once you get the first session done you’ll be itching to get a pilot’s license.
You can take 30 minute – 60 minute flying lessons for anything between £50 - £150, Google is your friend, check out a few flying schools near you.
2. Yoga & Meditation
If there is anything I always hear people say “I’ve always wanted to try that” it’s Yoga and some meditation. If this bank holiday weekend you want to recover from the past 3 months of hard work a little, no better time than now to go for it.
Yoga is very welcoming, instructors are always glad to see a new face and happy to help you stretch out, you walk out realising that muscles you didn’t even know you had could stretch and at the end of it all you feel so good. Like you’re standing taller and that little knot in your back or your shoulders kind of just stretched itself out.
Most times after a yoga session there’s some meditation, often between 15 – 30 minutes and this is my favourite part! Warning however it is so easy to drift into sleep, that’s how relaxing it gets.
Keep your mind and body at rest but not asleep, but if you do fall asleep, it’s ok, you’re trying to relax anyway.
3. Make Sushi
As if the idea of learning to make Sushi isn’t already appealing, you get to eat it the whole time. And as if being able to cook isn’t impressive enough, wait till you whip out your Sushi skills.
Use this situation not just to learn cooking a meal but to learn and appreciate a culture more.
Learning to cook something new like Sushi can be a bit difficult at first (what’s that saying about nothing worth having and being easy?) but have fun while you’re doing it. Learn about the different kinds of Sushi, what goes well with what, ask questions, meet people and over all, have fun.
Once you feel like you’ve gotten the hang of it, try it out on your own and make it for someone; and when the inevitable look of surprise comes, hit them with that; “Oh, did I never mention I can make Sushi?”
London Cookery School offer lessons for less than £100. Tip: Go with a group and have a blast.
4. Sky Dive
Remember that airplane I mentioned you should fly? Well now I’m saying you should jump out of it at cruising altitude.
Here’s what I’ll tell you about sky diving, use it to conquer whatever you might be going through in life at that moment.
Take that situation you’re going through with you on the plane; dealing with a loss, unhappy at work, needing a bit of courage to do something, anything, take that up there with you and jump out of a plane with it in mind and watch it disappear in the clouds.
One of the beautiful things about it is that everybody has the same expression at the end, pure joy, you smile so much your face hurts, you’re so glad you did it that you can’t contain yourself and you want to tell everyone about how it felt and how it made you feel.
The next time you’re hesitant to do something you’ll end up saying to yourself “it can’t be scarier than jumping out of a plane”
5. Live Local Music
You don’t need to book concert tickets, there is so much good live music around, and it can cost nothing more than buying a beer or a cocktail.
Support some local musicians who are just doing it for the love and would just like you to follow them on Facebook, you could end up finding some genre of music you didn’t even realise you’d liked. Go with some friends and open your mind to the experience, and just listen to people singing their souls out.
It’s unlikely that you’ll like everything you hear but you could find a few nuggets that you really enjoy and maybe your next favourite musician. The trick is to be open-minded, just enjoy the experience. Personally I always go for the live acoustic music, it always feels a bit more intimate and like I’m first to discover someone not a lot of people have heard about.
Whatever you do end up deciding to do, have an adventure this Bank Holiday weekend, get through the next four days and have a story to tell.
See you out there.