mancation

Mancations can take many forms, from golf trips with the guys to elaborate and luxurious once in a lifetime experiences.

The term "mancation" is widely considered to have come from Vince Vaughn's character in the movie, "The Breakup" released in 2006. However, it has since grown to be a general term referring to any men-only vacation, similar to the more common "girls getaways".

Other words that are also used to refer to a men-only vacation include: guys getaway, boys weekend, lads holiday, and even a brocation.

Over the past several years, as this site has grown we have had the chance to talk with a number of media about mancations and why taking a mancation is not just an excuse for "boys behaving badly" but is actually a very important opportunity for men to bond, share ideas, learn new skills, and be men without having to apologize.

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  • 5 Ways Guys (Unintentionally) Sabotage Their Mancations

    You've finally found a weekend when you and all of your buddies can get away to the lake for some R & R, away from the endless honey-do lists and invitations to brunch. The cooler’s stocked, there’s gas in the truck, and the boat’s ready to go. It should be an amazing week, with nothing to do but land that large mouth that you just know is lurking somewhere out in the lake. Except that the trip is a disaster and you come home more stressed than when you left — and bummed that it didn’t even come close to meeting your expectations.

  • 10+ Awesome Mancation Ideas in North Dakota!

    North Dakota isn't the easiest state to get to, but that doesn't mean that there's nothing to do there.

    In fact, if the great outdoors is what you are looking for, North Dakota has that in spades - fishing, hiking, camping, hunting and the authentic "Wild West" experience too!

  • There's More than BBQ in Austin for a Guys Weekend!

    If you would like to spend some time away from the real world and hang out with your good guy friends, Austin, Texas is an ideal destination. There are plenty of fun and manly things to do in this Live Music Capital. There are plenty of ways for all of you to discover this city and what it has to offer to both its residents and tourists alike. The historic culture, delectable restaurants, and live music are all good enough reasons to come to Austin. However, there are even more fun-filled things that you and the guys can enjoy during your trip.

  • Head South for a Brazilian Mancation

    Looking for an exotic destination for your next mancation? How about a place that is the fifth largest country in the world, has some of the most amazing beaches, friendly people, great food, and a fantastic sporting culture?

    That's Brazil in a nutshell and it should absolutely be on your radar if you are looking for someplace outside of the US to visit this year.

  • Unlock the perfect Florida Keys Mancation

    The Florida Keys are one of America’s best kept mancation secrets seemingly tucked away into the southeastern corner. For the guys that chose this destination, a  weekend of fishing, bar-hopping, historic sites, and outdoor fun awaits on this stretch of sun, sand, and sinful fun.

    The Florida Keys are composed of five major islands amongst dozens of smaller ones so there is something for everyone  and every style of getaway to be found here!

  • Escape The Heat of the Lower 48 at Waterfall Resort in Alaska this Summer!

    Near Ketchikan, just a 90-minute flight from Seattle, Waterfall Resort offers all-inclusive amenities that translate into the trip of a lifetime for novice and experienced anglers alike.

    Set in the pristine Alaskan wilderness, the resort’s expert guides help guests reel in more than 20 varieties of fish during daily excursions at legendary fishing spots. This unparalleled experience combined with breathtaking wildlife viewings, four-star service and historic setting on 52 oceanfront acres on Prince of Wales Island, creates an unforgettable atmosphere that belongs on every fisherman’s bucket list in 2015.

  • 10 Awesome Iowa Mancation Ideas

    Iowa? Seriously? Yes! Honestly this quiet midwestern state known for corn more than anything else is probably not high on your list of places to go for your next mancation.

    It wasn't for me either, but a cross country road trip last year from Chicago to San Diego caused me to take a moment to reconsider Iowa and all the stuff that it does offer for a group of guys looking for an adventure.

  • Five Mancation and Boys Weekend Ideas to Celebrate A Man's Greatest Life Events

    The possibilities seem endless when it comes to planning mancations and boys weekends. Beer festivals, epic Hawaiian adventures, hiking the Grand Canyon – you name it, we can do it. So when it comes to celebrating a buddy's last hurrah as a single man or a buddy's major promotion, why settle for your typical mancation?

    Big life events call for extreme adventures, and nothing can provide grand vacations like Mother Nature herself. So if you are on the market for a wild mancation, consider one of the following grand outdoor adventures.

  • Legendary Movie Mancations That You Can Try Too

    Mancations are special - it's an opportunity to bring your guy friends together to help solve problems in your life and lend support. What often happens as well as that you get some great memories and build stronger bonds between you and your friends.

    That's what these movies are about. While some may be more raunchy than others, at the end it's all about coming together and improving our lives.

  • How to Pack Like a Pro For Your Next Mancation Vacation

    This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of TownePlace Suites by Marriott®. All opinions are 100% mine.

    I'll admit it, I am not always the most organized traveler. That goes doubly so when packing for a mancation vacation with my friends. Typically, I just throw some things together into my backpack or carry-on and that's it. Unfortunately, this typically results in clothes that are crumpled and messy at the other end. In a best case scenario, it means that I will end up leaning on the bag to try and force more clothes into it than the bag thinks should fit. 

  • Margaritaville Island Hotel to Open in Pigeon Forge this Spring

    The new Margaritaville Island Hotel located in Pigeon Forge on The Island, a shopping, dining and entertainment complex, has opened phase one of the hotel with 55 guestrooms and suites. The grand opening of the 132-room property and event space will be in January 2015. The vacation destination hotel is in the heart of everything the area has to offer and minutes from the Great Smoky Mountains National Park known for its extraordinary beauty, breathtaking views, and abundance of outdoor activities.

  • Exploring The Manly Side of Hawaiian Vacations

    Hawaiian Airlines has been flying to Hawaii for 85 years this year and so who better to talk with to get insight into what and why should you plan your next mancation to these sun drenched and wave swept islands! From Luaus to surfing there are plenty of things to do but there's a lot more to it than that. Kaipo Kauka, a flight attendant from Hawaiian Airlines took the time to answer some of our questions.

    He was born and raised in Honolulu, Hawaii and has been a flight attendant with Hawaiian Airlines for nearly seven years. When he’s not flying, he enjoys surfing, DJ-ing at parties, and spending time with his girlfriend and two kids.

  • Winging it in Washington with the W Hotel Washington DC

    Washington DC is a special town - it's where I grew up and later after I returned, it's where I met my wife. The city has no shortage of awesome hotels, expensive hotels, cheap hotels, and hotels that are just "good enough". One thing though that I always love is checking into a W Hotel. They aren't always the biggest rooms or the fanciest rooms but Starwood Hotels has always done something special with these properties to make them hip, fun, and welcoming when you enter the door. That's absolutely true for the W Hotel Washington DC as well. What's interesting here is how Starwood has taken a nearly 100 year old hotel (opened in 1918 as Hotel Washington) and added ultra modern styling to it in a way that works well.

    I had the chance to visit here as part of the Dodge Charger press trip but I can't wait to come back again for a longer stay!

  • Six Steps to Plan an Awesome Mancation

    When planning a mancation, most guys think that all they have to do is to pick a location and time to go there. But you can transform an ordinary mancation or guys weekend into a perfect vacation with the guys by spending a little time thinking, planning, and preparing for the adventure.

  • Five Reasons to Visit a Dude Ranch This Fall

    Summer is over but that doesn't mean your dreams of escaping the hustle and bustle of the city for the wide open range has passed you by. Thanks to the Dude Ranchers' Association we have five reasons why the fall is a great time to plan a dude ranch mancation!

  • 10 Extreme Flying, Driving and Sailing Experiences You Need to Do

    Extreme experiences like these we found, allow you to escape from your daily grind and be something awesome - even for just a few days.

    They are also perfect as a father's day or birthday gift and of course - any of these would make an incredible bachelor party idea too!

    Don't worry if you drive a minivan to work and you sip your light beer during the week, every so often it's time to take that next step and grab the wheel of something bad ass that you can brag to your friends about. That's what this list is all about!

    Are you ready?

     

     

  • Salmon Fishing Adventures in Alaska

    Who said that taking a cruise is the only way to enjoy the coastline of Alaska? For the ultimate adventure, we highly recommend looking into an Alaskan salmon fishing expedition!

    From rustic camping to luxury lodges there is something for almost every budget in Alaska. One of the most popular lodges is the Waterfall Resort, which was original founded as a cannery in 1912. Today, that historic cannery has been fully renovated into an all-inclusive resort that has hosted more than 50,000 guests! It is located on Prince of Wales Island, adjacent to the Alaskan Inside Passage, a spot know to generations of native american fishermen.

    Of course, if your idea of a fishing adventure is to be able to come back to the lodge and get a massage and five-star dinner there are those options in Alaska too. If that's more your style, check out the Alyeska Resort where amenities include a full spa, business center, even a sushi bar!

    Typically, the best time to visit Alaska for a fishing adventure is May through October, but different types of salmon have different peaks throughout that time period.

  • See the Red Bull Air Race!

    After a few years away, the Red Bull Air Raceis back and touring the globe! While we'll have to wait a bit longer for it to make it's way here to the United States, the race starts today at the Ascot Racecourse just outside London. If you are looking for a better excuse for a mancation or guys weekend, visiting one of the upcoming locations would be an awesome experience.

    In September, the race comes over to the United States with a stop in Fort Worth on September 6 and 7. Then it arrives in Las Vegas on October 11 and 12 before wrapping things up in Spielberg, Austria.

    For fans of auto-racing, this is taking things to the next level. Just imagine some of the most exceptional pilots in the world competing through a combination of high speed, low altitude, and extreme maneuverability tests as they compete for the honor of being the fastest around the course filled with inflatable pylons that form the "air gates".

  • Awesome Alabama Mancation Ideas

    Alabama has no shortage of great mancation ideas, from white sand beaches on the Gulf Shores to motorsports in the north, gold panning and auto factories in the center, and some great historic sites sprinkled throughout the state.

    While Alabama might not be the first state that comes to mind when planning your next vacation here are some ideas that could change that for you!

  • 10 Amazing Mancation Ideas

    Summer is almost here and that means it is time to start planning your next mancation adventure.

    From Germany to Hawaii and all places in between, we searched our archives for the most amazing ideas and picked these ten mancation ideas as the ultimate. The important thing for all of these ideas is that it is something awesome that will spark legendary stories to impress the guys that didn't go, for years to come. 

    So, let's get started...

  • Spring Training Baseball Peoria Style!

    Ah, I've arrived in "Phoenix" for my first experience exploring this magical time of year called "Spring Training". My first stop is in Peoria where I quickly learned that while the Cactus League is based in the "greater Phoenix area", each town is different and has different things to offer. On this trip, we decided to try two different ways to experience Spring Training, so we started in Peoria Arizona - home to the San Diego Padres and Seattle Mariners.

  • A Guys Guide to Having fun Weekend in New Orleans

    Of all the cities in the United States, it's hard to find a better mancation or guys weekend destination than New Orleans.

    The Big Easy – which deserves its nick-name, by the way – boasts some of the best restaurants, music clubs and bars in the world, all in a fun, eccentric, party atmosphere.

    Guys who like fishing and golf will be amazed at the opportunities for outdoor recreation during the day.

    There's so much to do, you and your buddies might have to make the New Orleans trip an annual ritual.

  • BBQ, Blues, and Elvis on a Memphis Mancation

    memphis-header-imageWhen most folks think of a guys weekend in Tennessee the first city that comes to mind is probably Nashville, but there is another great city that is located along the Mississippi River just west of there that holds a wide range of awesome opportunities for your next guys weekend.

  • Trivia, Archetypes, and Lessons we can Learn from Hollywood Roadtrips

    Sure, it's winter right now but that doesn't mean that we can't think about planning our road trips for when the weather gets better. The folks over at Wish.co.uk have prepared this infographic with trival, archetypes, and lessons that we can learn from Hollywood's most famous road trip movies.

     

  • Exploring London in a Bespoke Suit

    header-image London is a fabulous place and it is not an everyday occurrence when we are given to the opportunity to swan around one of the most fashionable and extravagant cities on the planet. 

    To properly appreciate the spirit of London's luxury though, it requires the extravagance of a custom designed bespoke suite and luckily there are plenty of tailors in London providing different styles and designs from modern to classic.

  • JW Marriott Denver Metro Man’s Getaway

    header-jw-marriot-denver-logoEvery man deserves some good old fashioned guy bonding time and Denver is a great spot for that. With a great airport, and plenty of fresh air and year-round sports activity it is hard to go wrong here.

    What you may not know is that Denver itself is a world class city prepared to entertain gentlemen that have moved beyond cheap draft beer and hot dogs. Instead, the JW Marriott Denver Cherry Creek is inviting men who have moved on from those days to indulge in a vacation replete with smooth whiskey and a decadent dinner with their new Metro Man’s Getaway.

  • Myrtle Beach Mancation Tour

    myrtle beach mancationWhen someone says they are going to Myrtle Beach, I automatically think Golf. Wow, was I wrong. Myrtle Beach has so much more to offer than I ever thought.  Between paddle boarding, NASCAR, craft beer, sushi, steaks, and shooting lessons, Myrtle Beach is a great place for a mancation.

    It is also certainly a lot more than just a great golf destination!

  • Mancation like Obama at Floridian Golf and Yacht Club

    header-imageSometimes we all need a mancation, and apparently being the President of the United States is no exception.

    This week, Obama spent a few days away from Michelle and the kids golfing at the Floridian Golf and Yacht Club with pros like Tiger Woods and others. How does that compare to your latest golf mancation?

     

     

  • Gulf Shores Alabama Golf Mancation

    header-imageNew Orleans and Florida's West Coast aren't the only mancation destinations awaiting you on the Gulf Coast!

    Gulf Shores, Alabama also offers a variety of great opportunities for the ultimate mancation as well, including Golf, Seafood, and Fishing!

  • Vegas – The Ultimate Mancation

    header-imageThe dream life as lived by the fabled Rat Pack film stars – Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis, Jr. – can still be found in Las Vegas, the neon-lit fantasy land in the Nevada desert that hawks its 24/7 entertainment venues like a successful hustler on the Mississippi paddle steamers of old.

  • Grow Your Business and Take More Mancations!

    header-imageWhile my "real job" these days is in the corporate world, when I started Man Tripping, I was self employed - running my own business.

    One of the challenges that I and other small biz owners faced is that it is difficult to get honest help to grow your business - one of my friends suggested today that I check out a directory that makes it easy to find a business coach called noomiii.com, so I decided to take a look.

  • Mancation Adventures in Africa

    Are you one of those individuals, whose weekends are spent taming a rapid, climbing a mountain, wriggling through a cave or leaping off a cliff? It is very likely then that when it comes to choosing a foreign holiday you would be seeking destinations that are as action packed and adrenalin fuelled as they come.

    If you see yourself manhandling a Land Rover out of a ditch or pitching a tent in the middle of the wilderness look no further than Africa.

  • Mancation ideas in Myrtle Beach

    header-imageLocated just south of the North Carolina / South Carolina border, Myrtle Beach is a fantastic place to visit and between golf, surfing, fishing, and munching on seafood there is something for everyone.

    The folks at Visit Myrtle Beach sent this list of "hot things to do besides golf", so I wanted to share it with you guys.

  • Father-Son Mancation - Monterey Motorsport Weekend

    header-imageKensington Tours sends us quiete possibly the most amazing (and WAY over the top) mancation package I have ever laid my eyes on.

    This is a magical, once-in-a-lifetime Monterrey Motorsport weekend in sunny California. From the Concourse D'Elegance on the sacred greens of Pebble Beach to the Rolex Monterrey Motorsports Reunion at the famed Laguna Seca Track, this is the fully loaded adventure that Dad's dreams are made of.

  • Colorado Mancation Adventure Package from The Westin Westminster

    header-imageExplore Colorado's many extraordinary outdoor gems this summer with the new Colorado Adventure Package from The Westin Westminster.

    In partnership with Boulder's Colorado Wilderness Rides and Guides, the hotel is now offering three unique half-day adventures that explore Colorado's exceptional hiking, biking and rock climbing while also providing an in-depth understanding of the area's geography, history, wildlife and vegetation.

  • Mancations and Lads Holidays on Lanzarote

    lanzarote-headerThe small Canary Island of Lanzaroteis big on natural wonders and unique man-made attractions. Making this an ideal destination for groups that are keen to combine soaking up the sun with a spot of serious sightseeing. Lanzarote is a four hour flight from the UK, with plenty of cheap returns available with budget operators such as easyJet and Ryanair. But it´s a world away in terms of weather and scenery, boasting temperatures that rarely fall below 20 degrees Celsius, even in the depths of winter and a landscape that resembles something out of a science fiction movie.

  • Mancationing in Egypt's Beach Resorts

    Egypt isn’t just about the crumbling ruins sprawled out across the deserts, there is plenty more than crumbling going on there. Some of the world’s most bucket-list worthy dives and water sports are in Egypt’s Red Sea, and the modern beach resorts themselves are more than enough reason to head there for your lads holiday to Egypt. 

  • Three Awesome European Cities for a Memorable Mancation

    Ever considered heading to Europe for a mancation? There's an array of fantastic cities that offer just the right blend of culture and the opportunity for guys of all ages to really relax and enjoy themselves.

  • Breweries, BBQ, and Baseball, a St Louis Mancation!

    beers-cheersWhen planning your next mancation, you may consider places where you can drink beer, watch sports, and generally hang out with the guys. What if I told you there was a hidden gem located in the middle of the United States that is just PERFECT for a mancation?

    Would you guess that I am talking about St. Louis? With more than 20 breweries in town, professional sports teams, casinos, and great BBQ, St. Louis should be at the top of your list this year!

  • Best Massachusetts Mancation Ideas

    boston-skyline-boatsMassachusetts may be difficult to spell, but it is not difficult to find some great options for the ultimate guys weekend or a fantastic mancation.

    Few states have as rich of a mixture of terrains and opportunities packed into such a small place.

    For instance, imagine starting in Boston with a pub crawl, followed by a bike tour through gorgeous countryside, and then wrap it all up with a deep see fishing expedition, and a historic reenactment!

  • Norwegian Epic Mancation Review Guide

    norwegian-epicHere we bring you a cruise ship guide to the best getaways for the perfect Cruise Mancation. The first ship we will focus on in this series is the NCL Norwegian Epic.

    The Norwegian Epic is perfectly equipped to cater for a Mancation and here is why.

  • Pinehurst Golf Resort Mancations

    Pinehurst is one of the single best destinations in all of North America for a guys-only getaway. Founded in 1895, the course has played host to many historic events in its nearly 120 years of existence.

    Three separate hotels and a bevy of villas and condos await visitors, who have immediate and access to eight top-notch golf courses. The entire area takes up a little over four square miles.

     

  • Cleveland Mancation - Beer, Sports, and Manly Food

    Cleveland is a great town - yes, it is also the "mistake on the lake" and the place where a river caught fire years ago. Don't let that deter you though, this town really has a TON of stuff for an ultimate guys weekend or mancation. While my wife is from Cleveland and I drive by / through the area on a fairly regular basis, I really had no idea exactly how much cool stuff for guys this town has - and we touched only a small part of it during our tour hosted by Positively Cleveland.

  • Villa Milagro - Mexican Mancation Villa Rental

    Tired of the same old resort scene and looking to take your next Mexican mancation to the next level? How about trying a vacation villa rental instead? Villa Milagro writes in with some info about their newest Rental in Troncones Mexico - located on the Mexican Riviera, just north of Ixtapa.

  • Kensington Antarctica Adventure Mancation

    It's the middle of summer for most of you, but Kensington Antarctica has a great idea for a way to cool down - way down! While most Antarctica expeditions consist primarily of just a couple hours (or less) while your ship sits within eye shot, Kensington Antarctica offers you a chance to go ice climbing, abseiling into crevasses, go 4-wheeling on the ice to a science base, and even fly all the way to the South Pole.

    Plus it leaves from Cape Town, so you can check out World Cup sites or go golfing before heading off on your adventure!

    Honestly guys, I think Antarctica is going to be closed to tourism by the time I finally save up the money to visit, but if you have the cash, this is a great opportunity! Send photos back please :)

  • Kitano New York Hotel Labor Day Urban BBQ Mancation

    Who said the south is the only place for great BBQ? Certainly not the people at The Kitano New York Hotel! They have put together an awesome sounding series of rooftop BBQ packages for almost any taste - from the Original Tar Beach experience to Brazilian Churrasco, or even the classic New England Clam Bake.

    This is really targetted at something larger than your typical mancation (25 person min.) but if you have a bunch of college buddies an are looking for something cool, this might be just the thing!

  • Outdoor Adventures, Wine, and History: Biltmore Mancation

    Biltmore Estate is more than just stuff for the girls. In fact, this place is a hidden gem for those of us seeking some outdoor adventure while exploring how the "other half" lived. Even better is that it is located in one of the BEST mancation destination in the United States - Asheville, NC.

  • Dale and Thomas Popcorn - a Mancation Favorite for Dad

    Of all the fancy snacks, simple snacks, and unique snacks out there, I can almost never go wrong with popcorn. Lucky for me, Chicago has some of the best popcorn in the country - but NONE match the incredible variety and unique flavors that come out of the brilliant mind of Dale and Thomas' Popcorn Chef.

    If you are looking for a last minute gift for dad, you can't go wrong with a crate full of Dale and Thomas' popcorn!

  • Doing Good, African Travel Volunteer Opportunities

    For most Man Tripping readers, your idea of an awesome mancation destination is probably somewhere in the United States, possibly backpacking through Europe, or maybe a motorcycle tour across Australia. How about heading to Africa and helping people?

    Man Tripping reader Bernard Pollack from Border Jumpers sends in his thought about some positive mancation ideas in Africa.

  • A Haywood County North Carolina Mancation

    boyd-mountain-cabinsTucked away in the Smoky Mountains of south western, North Carolina is a fantastic mancation destination just waiting for you to explore it.

    Haywood County is located just south of Asheville and has pretty much everything for a fantastic mancation - great fly fishing, awesome mountain roads that are perfect for driving a bike or a car, great food, awesome hiking trails, a casino, and even a chance to test your luck while gemstone mining.

     

  • Inn by the Sea Summer Mancation Packages

    From dog-friendly packages to fishing, lobstering, and rowing, there is something for everyone at The Inn by the Sea.

    Located near Portland, Inn by the Sea specializes in being an eco-chic hotel. They have sent us in some fun packages that could be the basis for a great Maine mancation.

  • A Gentleman's Mancation with a Butler Picnic at The Lanesborough

    While it is fun to be a neanderthal and focus on fishing, hunting, drinking beer, and playing poker, the other side of having a great experience with the guys is to celebrate being a man in style.

    If you are looking for an elegant, refined, and unique mancation, The Lanesborough hotel in London, UK might be the place for you. Not only is The Lanesborough one of the finest hotels in Europe, you can take this luxury experience a step further with a Butler Picnic this summer.

    Follow it up with a visit to Sartoriani for a suit and a night sipping scotch at Albannach and you can complete the ultimate London mancation experience!

  • InterContinental Tampa Spring Training Package

    mt-newswireIn December I had the chance to visit the InterContinental Tampa and it was a great experience - PERFECT for a sports themed mancation.

    While it might be too last minute for most of you to plan a spring training adventure, if you live near Tampa you should check this great package out. Don't forget to check out Schula's Steak House too!

  • Atlantic City Mancation Ideas

    atlantic-city-boardwalkFor those looking for a weekend of gambling, partying, and fun in the sun, look no further than Atlantic City. A closer alternative to Vegas for those on the East Coast; Atlantic City provides fine dining, great nightlife, beach and boardwalk, and of course lots of casinos.

    We had a chance to visit the Show Boat Casino a couple years ago, but Atlantic City has tons to offer guys looking for a great guys weekend since it is super close to NYC, Phillidelphia, and the Baltomore / Washington DC areas too.

    This, along with the Atlantic City airport makes it a great and easy to get to destination from virtually anywhere on the east coast.

     

  • James Bond Locations European Mancation

    mt-newswireWho hasn't at some time or another dreamed of being James Bond? Now you can do a tour of some of the sites from the Bond films as well as other movies including "The Bourne Identity" and even "Star War"!

    Oh yeah, this sounds like a fantastic way to see Europe and pretend to be a super secret spy at the same time.

  • Park City Utah - Mancation Highlights

    park-city-mancationThere are lots of great ski resort towns that offer a chance to rub elbows with celebrities, enjoy great steaks, drink a few locally brewed beers, and enjoy fantastic powder, but one in particular that stands out is Park City, Utah. Park City might be best known for the Park City Mountain Resort ski area, but the town also features two others - Deer Valley and The Canyons Resort.

    Combined, the three resorts plus downtown Park City offers a fantastic destination for your next ski mancation.

     

  • A Branson Family Mancation

    Looking for a place to take your sons on a family vacation mancation? Branson might just be the place you are looking for - plenty of fun, family friendly activities, and it is surprisingly easy to get to as well.

  • St. Pete Beach Mancation Ideas Roundup

    tradewinds-mancationIf you haven't been here before, St. Pete Beach is located just south of Tampa and St. Petersburg and has a ton of great stuff for guys looking for a quick escape. While suprisingly winter is a slow time down here, I had a great time and would absolutely recomend that you consider it for your next guys weekend too!

    While sipping a Miami Vice at one of Tradewinds's several pool-side bars, I had a chance to chat with bartender Garrick Roe and some of the guys about their favorite places to go and things to do.

  • Visiting Daytona Florida, the Original Mancation

    pool-at-froggiesWhen thinking about places for the ultimate mancation most of us men think of places that are easy to get to, has guy-friendly activities and especially today is affordable.

    Daytona, located on the east coast of Florida certainly exceeds those requirements with plenty of fishing, nice sandy beaches, cigar bars, poker rooms, man-friendly spas, great restaurants, bars, the largest Harley dealership in the country, and of course the Daytona International Raceway is located there too!

  • Oasis of the Seas - Ultimate Floating Mancation?

    aquatheater-oasisThings have changed a lot in the past 20 years since I first stepped onto a cruise ship and now with the December 2009 launch of Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas the industry is about to change again.

    Oasis of the Seas will be sailing out of Ft. Lauderdale, FL starting in December 2009, with 5 and 7 day itineraries in the Eastern and Western Caribbean.

    So why does Oasis represent the Ultimate Floating Mancation?

     

     

     

    Some Facts about Oasis of the Seas:

    When it launches, Oasis of the Seas will be the largest cruise ship ever made, 220,000 Gross Tons. It will feature 16 decks, 17 bars, 2,700 staterooms, 37 cabin classes, and able to carry 5,700 guests at double occupancy.

    To put this in comparison, Titanic was only 46,000 tons and could carry 2,500 passengers!

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    Dining Options

    Not looking for a stodgy dining experience sitting at a table with a bunch of people celebrating honeymoons or even worse - families on vacation? Well Oasis of the Seas has the most specialty restaurants on board of any other cruise ship.

    This includes Johnny Rockets, Seafood Shack, Boardwalk Bar, Sorrento's Pizzeria, Chops Grille (great steaks!), 150 Central Park - upscale dining, and an Italian trattoria, Giovanni's Table.

    That all being said however, Royal Carribbean does also feature wonderful food at the main dining room and also at the buffets as well. It is all up to you and how you want to spend your trip!

    Entertainment

    Oasis will feature a wide variety of entertainment venues from Boleros - a Latin dance club, Blaze nightclub, Jazz on 4, Comedy Live featuring family friendly shows during the day and lake-night adult comedy in the evenings, the sing-along piano bar, Schooner Bar, and even the On Air Club featuring karaoke and "interactive music gaming".

    Of course, that's just the beginning as Oasis also features a casino with 27 table games, a poker room, an entire theater dedicated just to ice shows, a traditional theater with Broadway-style shows.

    Of course, that says nothing about the amazing sounding new AquaTheather that features acrobatics, synchronized swimming, light shows, and a fountain similar to what you might find at the Bellagio in Vegas.

    Rooms

    Most cruise ships are limited to either inside cabins, balconies, ocean view, or suites, on Oasis there will be 37 different categories of rooms!

    Since Oasis of the Seas features the central boardwalk, they actually offer balconies on the inside as well as ones facing the ocean directly. I am told that these inside balconies can all still view the ocean as well, but obviously you would see it through the ends of the ship instead of just by looking down at the water.

    For the budget conscious, Oasis still offers the traditional "no windows" inside cabins, but I am told that even these are among the largest afloat.

    Additionally, they are introducing a new suite type, Loft Suites that actually have two levels, 2,000 feet of space, and feature a "spa like" feel in the bathrooms. While this is probably not in the budget of most of you, it is nice to know that if you were planning a bachelor party that this might be a great option compared to getting an expensive suite in Vegas at the Palms or something like that.

     

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    Bars

    Among other "firsts" Oasis of the Seas will also feature the first bar at sea that is also actually an elevator!

    The Rising Tide bar will actually move up and down between three decks, including outside and inside the ship. Vegas has nothing on Oasis as far as this bar is concerned!

    Of course, there are other bars on board, 17 in total, including a Latin bar, champagne bar, pool bar, and others.

    Enjoy the Beach at Sea

    Despite the fact that you are in the middle of the Caribbean, surrounded by and visiting ports with fantastic beaches, you no longer need to get off the boat to experience the beach (sorta).

    While Oasis of the Seas features the first "beach pool" it is more of a zero-depth entry type pool styled like a beach than the sandy ones you will find on land. Even so, this means you can literally spend every day of your trip relaxing in the sun at the beach.

    sports-deck-oasisExtreme Sports at Sea

    If your idea of a great mancation is to go rock climbing, zip-line down the middle of a cruise ship, and then go surfing then this is your ship! While others have a rock wall, no-one else can boast of a zip line and certainly not one where you can fly over the heads of people below on the Boardwalk.

    Also, Oasis actually has two flow riders and is designed with plenty of spectator room so you can watch your buddies. There is even a Flow Rider bar where you can sit, sip a margarita, and watch others wipe-out and fall on their asses surf.

    Don't worry, if you aren't into extreme, there is a 9-hole mini-golf course on the sports deck too!

     

  • Bourbon Festival Mancation and Distillery Tours

    whisky-creekThe Bourbon Festival is held each year in Bardstown, KY and if you are looking for the ultimate mancation this destination comes pretty darn close. While flying to Louisville isn't quite as convenient as flights to New York or LA, Bardstown is located right in the heard of central Kentucky and is very close to some of the greatest distilleries in the world, including Maker's Mark and Jim Beam, and only an hour or so drive to all of the names you are familiar with. When you combine that close proximity of the Bourbon Trail with the activities of the Bourbon Festival itself and of course, the Southern Hospitality it makes for a great place to visit.

    This year we attended as guests of Beam Global Spirits to learn about bourbon, taste bourbon and to celebrate this magical drink that unfortunately too few people really understand - including myself prior to the trip.

     

  • A Woman's Perspective on Mancations

    hug-from-wifeThe following is a guest article from Trisha Miller, a friend of Man Tripping, a travel writer and founder of Travel Writers Exchange. She explores one of the potential obstacle to even the best planned mancation - your wife, girlfriend, or significant other. Most importantly, this is an article with advice that you can share with your significant other on why mancations are actually a good thing for relationships.

    However, a mancation shouldn't be about geting away from your wife or girlfriend, it should be about taking time to unwind, de-stress, and celebrate those things that make us guys manly. Especialy those things that our significant others might not embrace the same way we do - sweating, smoking cigars, drinking whiskey, and telling rude stories around a campfire, or boasting about how you ALMOST made it to the green, but the sea gull was in they way.

  • Win a $75,000 Mancation from Cohiba!

    cohiba lifestyle plane cigarIn this economy you have probably wondered at least once how you are going to pay for your next guys weekend or mancation. Well luckily Cohiba®, the world-renowned brand of handcrafted Dominican cigars has an answer!

    Cohiba is partnering with Marquis Jets to give one lucky guy the chance to live the Cohiba lifestyle by awarding them the ultimate prize of a luxury vacation to the location of his choice. Cigar smokers will also get the chance to share their dream destinations on CohibaLifestyle.com and vote on the entries for additional prizes.

  • Boston Mancation at the InterContinental

    The Boston Intercontinental now has an awesome mancation package, humbly titled the "Ultimate Boston Man Vacation". The package starts at $749, but it truely is an awesome package!

    Starting with of course, one of the finest hotels in Boston, the package also includes deluxe accomodations for two, a "Power Breakfast" in Miel "Brasserie Provencale", a 30-min shave from "The Art of Shaving", a man-specific facial or massage at the SPA InterContinental, and a choice of one of their three fantastic excoursions - fishing, golfing, or sailing.

    For more information, visit their mancation package page.

     

  • Mancation Spotlight Destination Coos Bay Oregon

    coos-bay-oregonEvery so often, I come across a cool town that isn't flashy and at the top of your mancation radar but might make a great destination for a quick guys weekend. One such town is Coos Bay Oregon.

    Prior to a reader sending in the suggestion, I had never heard of the place but the name sounded funny and so I checked it out. What I found was that it has a lot of great stuff that would make a great guys weekend destination including fishing, boating, hiking, even some of the best sand boarding in the country.

  • What is a Mancation?

    Man Tripping began in early 2008 while my wife worked on building her women's travel website, Chick Vacations. While she build Chick Vacations, women's travel site focusing on budget travel ideas and exciting destinations in the United States - just for women, I began to get the travel writer bug as well! Quickly, I discovered that while there were hundreds of women's travel sites, nothing existed that was dedicated to promoting men's travel!

    Man Tripping was Born...

    Regardless of what you call it - Guys Weekend, Mancation, or a Boys Weekend, Man Tripping is the site to learn about new places to stay, explore things to do, discuss ideas, share stories, and maybe even meet other guys to join in on some awesome travel adventures for men.

    What is a Mancation?

    If you are reading this, then you probably already know what a mancation is and probably you have participated in at least one. Simply put, a Mancation is any excuse to get away from the real world, hang out with other men who enjoy the same things you do and have fun - without having to worry about your wife, girlfriends, or other female companions. It may involve drinking lots of cheap beer, expesive whisky, or sampling fine wines - or it can be dry. For the purposes of this site, we focus on a more mature interpretation of a mancation and only cover those aspects of being a man that would be safe to share with your wife - or your sons!

    How you chose to enjoy your time is totally up to you and doesn't have to fit into any specific genre, but here are some common types of mancations or guys weekends that we cover on this website.

    Mancation Ideas:

    Like I mentioned above, pretty much any opportunity to spend time with the guys and away from the women counts as a mancation. However, many mancations tend to fall into the following categories:

    Extreme Sports Mancations:

    Extreme Sports Mancations focus on doing extreme things, such as sky diving, whitewater rafting, bungie jumping, heli-skiing in the rockies, and other activities designed to generate the maximum adrenaline rush.

    Adventure Mancations:

    While extreme sports are certainly an adventure, Adventure Mancations are once-in-a-lifetime trips such as running with the bulls or attending the La Tomatina Festival, in Spain, rafting down the Amazon River, or participating in an archiolgy dig in Mexico.

    Metrosexual Mancations:

    Men don't have to be cavemen and adrenaline adicts, metrosexuals are another audience that the travel industry is generating packages for. Metrosexual Mancations usually involve fantastic spa treatments, fittings for a custom suite, and staying at a luxury hotel with room service.

    Outdoorsman and Leisure Mancations:

    Hunting, fishing, golf, hiking - all activities that combine a love of outdoors with a scaleable amount of leisure and luxury. For instance, your hiking excursion could be roughing it on the Applachian Trail, or exploring glaciers in the morning, then returning to a fantastic lodge like the Chateau Lake Louise for high tea in the afternoon. Outdoorsy mancations are perhaps the most popular type of men's travel - but most guys probbaly don't even consider it a mancation. It is just having a blast with buddies from college, guys from work, or just spending some quality time as father and son.

    Geek Mancations:

    This is absolutely an under-rated and under promoted aspect of men's travel but as a card-carrying geek I think it is important to include things like going to E3 to hang out and "research" the latest and greatest new video games, to Gen Con for 24-hour marathons of Dungeons and Dragons and other RPGs, Comic-Con to see the latest and greatest new graphic novels, or Burning Man for, well... everything else.

    Tour Mancations:

    Tour Mancations are another very popular type of mancation. These typically take place over a number of years, or even just a few days. Examples of this could be a tour of all the Big 10 Football Stadiums, or attending an away game each year for your favorite sports team. Other examples include Brewery Tours, Wine Tours, or traveling the Bourbon Trail in Kentucky. Often, the tour is just an excuse to go somewhere and the journey is as important as the destination.

    Cruise Mancation:

    Cruising is one of the most popular forms of travel and it is also one of the most affordable. Not suprisingly it can also make a great mancation. If you think that cruises are just for families, the newly married, and the nearly dead then you need to take a second look. Today's ships have TONS of awesome things for guys - including cigar bars, driving ranges, climbing walls and of course shore excursions and opportunities to explore nature

    Educational Mancation:

    Mancations can be educational too! This is a great opportunity to travel to Italy for a week of cooking classes, visit museums, or perhaps go to the Travel Channel Academy's Film School. After all, learning can be fun and it is a great excuse to go somewhere new!

    Giving Back Mancation:

    Typically mancations and guys weekends are selfish and oriented around "me time" or at least "us time", but being a man also means taking care of those less fortunate than yourself. Giving Back Mancations could involve traveling to New Orleans to help re-build houses for Habitat for Humanity, or maybe going to Africa to share your medical skills. Everyone has something they can do and this is a great opportunity to be a man, and doing good while traveling with the guys.

    Staycation Mancation - Explore your Own Back Yard!

    Finally, what if you can't afford to go to some exotic location or only have a few days and don't want to waste half of it traveling? A Staycation Mancation might be exactly what you need. This doesn't mean you have to stay in your home, it just means exploring your own back yard. Take your son downtown and treat him to something special that you remember from your childhood, or maybe rent a hotel room in the city and turn off the cell phones, stay up all night watching sports and drinking beer and enjoy not being nagged by the wife.

    Like everything in life, it is important to be creative. These ten types of mancations certainly aren't the only ones, so I look forward to your feedback and getting to know you better through sharing your mancation photos and stories in our community!

     

  • Wild Dunes Resort has Everything for a Mancation

    There are hundreds of great places to go for a golf mancation, especially along the South Carolina coast, but not many that offer virtually everything you could possibly want in the ultimate mancation or boys weekend. Luckily I was able to visit one earlier this spring! Wild Dunes Resort is located at the north end of Isle of Palms, South Carolina and the resort is certainly more than just another golf course.

  • Planning the Perfect Mancation

    e3-pics-004Are you sitting at home reading this blog, looking at all the super cool mancation ideas and wondering where to start or how to plan the perfect mancation?

    Don’t worry, these tips should help!

  • Do Mancations Have to be About Being Rough and Tough?

    muscle-manLast night I was thinking to myself about what it means to take a mancation and this morning I decided to look around at the different places online that have attempted to define the subject. What I saw left me a bit distressed because for some reason "mancation" is often synonymous with the worst aspects of being a guy... or at least the more primal.

    One of the biggest areas that I didn't see any coverage was Mancations for Geeks. Actually this subject came to me from a PR person for the upcoming ZERO1 festival in San Jose and made me (a proud card-carrying geek myself!) wonder what other Geek Mancation ideas I could find.

  • Mancation Travel Planning Tips

    Are you sitting at home reading this blog, looking at all the super cool mancation ideas and wondering where to start or how to plan the perfect mancation? Don’t worry, these tips should help!

  • 01SJ A San Jose Mancation for Artists and Technology Geeks

    01SJ Art FestivalAs I mentioned previously, mancations and guys weekends don’t have to be about going off in the woods or roughing it, there are some great things to do for us geeks and art people too. One idea that came across my desk recently is the 01SJ festival in San Jose (one of my favorite cities btw!)

    The festival describes itself as a “global festival of art on the edge” and starts this week, June 4-8 at various venues around San Jose.

  • Arizona Biltmore Mancation Stogies and Sticks

    az-biltmore-grill-patioIs your idea of a perfect mancation to spend time golfing with your buddies on some of the greatest golf courses in the world, then come back to a luxurious hotel where you can spend time spoking cigars and drinking premium bourbon?

    While certainly drinking and smoking isn't for everyone, if this is your cup of tea then you ought to enjoy it while you can since smoking bans are clearly creeping across the country and this icon of men smoking cigars, sipping bourbon, and sharing stories and tall tales with other guys is sure to disappear at some point in the near future.

  • Chicago's Kimpton Hotels are Great for Mancations

    allegro-lobbyKimpton Hotels is a relatively new brand, but it is certainly a great choice if you are planning your guys weekend. After all, the point of a guys weekend is doing something special, so why stay at the average business hotel when you come to Chicago?

    Instead, why not try a super stylish boutique hotel like one of the ones that Kimpton runs - Hotel Monaco, Hotel Allegro, and Hotel Burnham.

     

  • Taos Ski Valley Summer Mancation

    Taos Ski Valley View

    Unless you are stuck in Lapland, Northern Canada or Siberia, you probably don't think of visiting a ski resort as a great summertime destination for your next mancation. However, these winter playgrounds can also be fantastic year-round mancation destinations offering hiking, biking, art, music, spas, and tons of other great things to do for a mancation. One of these areas that looks like a great destination for guys is the Taos Ski Valley, in Taos, New Mexico.
  • Mancation Rituals and Traditions

    We men tend to make things up to give our lives meaning, we do stupid handshakes, code words, even flock to exclusive clubs to make ourselves feel important. So what about mancation rituals? At the risk of making our wives and girlfriends embarrassed, I wanted to share with other guys some of the fun and wacky stuff guys do to celebrate guys weekends or mancations. I had a chance to chat with several experienced guys who love taking mancations. Here are some of the rituals and traditions they shared with me:

  • A Golden Idea for California Mancations

    gold-panCalifornia is known as the Golden State for a reason and luckily there is still gold left for prospectors to find, as well as tons of history from the gold rush to explore.

    So, if you are looking for a golden idea for your next mancation, you can't get one much better than planning a gold prospecting adventure. Another benefit of a trip like this is that if you find something nice you can bring it home to the wife or girlfriend, or just fund your next mancation. The following are a few places to look to get your gold fever started!

  • Catskill Mountain Bachelor Party

    Catskill Mountain Mancation

    This mancation story was submitted to us by Tim Woods, a Man Tripping reader who wanted to share with us a story about his annual mancation taking place in the Catskill Mountains of New York.

     

  • The Currency Commision - or How to Pay for Your Next European Mancation

    german-coinsRecently I was contacted by The Currency Commission, a firm based Washington, DC and London. This company buys old money from European countries that now use the Euro instead of Marks or Lira etc. I didn't realize it until they contacted me, but all that old money you might have laying around from years past is now essentially worthless because you can't trade it at traditional currency exchanges or banks because the deadline has passed. However, there are billions of dollars worth of these old european currency notes floating around in sock drawers, used as bookmarks and essentially forgotten about.

    That's where The Currency Commission comes in. They will buy your old foreign currency for slightly lower than the market was, and then they have a special relationship with banks so they can sell it back in bulk. So if you have money laying around from that European mancation years ago now you can trade it in and finance your next guys weekend or European Mancation!

  • Combos Ultimate Mancation Contest

    combosThe guys at Combos have prepared a cool video to help get people excited about their Win a Mancation Contest. For those of you who might not have heard of the contest previously, it features an opportunity to win a 6-day, 5-night trip to Dayton Beach, for the Daytona 500 and tons of other great prize goodies. Does this sound like fun or what!
  • Nick's Great Adventure - Mexican Mancation

    mexican-flagThere is more to taking a mancation than just going to some awesome place with your guy friends, it is also about doing it in a manly way. No I don't mean with beer and nudie magazines tucked beneath your arms, I mean going on a trip in true manstyle.

    I was contacted last night by a guy who is doing just that. Sure they are heading off to Mexico for a kick ass bachelor party and are doing it on motorcycles but what makes this the epitome of a mancation is that they are also doing what guys do best - going over the top with cool gadgets so that everyone else can see just how great their trip is going to be.

    So I say Kudos!

    Anyone who is interested in following their trip should head on over to Nick's Great Adventure and if you are a PR person with some gear to share in exchange for some great promotion I am sure they would appreciate it as well.

    This won't be the last time you'll read about Nick's trip here so stay tuned!

  • mancation trip to Lake Geneva

    Hi James, I love your site and we're now following you on Twitter! I'm planning a FAM Trip for media on 8/20-8/21 to The Abbey Resort in Lake Geneva. Would you like to go there and bring your wife -- she can take a look from the "chick vacation" point of view and you can from the "mancation" point of view. Interested? If so, please email me and I'll give you the full itinerary. Thanks! Molly
  • Geek mancations

    Brillian idea !They had a fiesta of girls, games, alcohol ? I've never plaid video games in my life, but geek mancations sounds like a good neche!
  • Mancations can be about anything you want ...

    We all have different ideas of what it means to be men and different way to celebrate those ideas and interests. What is your favorite type of mancation?

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