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.

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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!

 

Playboy Mansion Summer Fling Party

playboy-mansion-frontIf there is a single place in the world that it is safe to say that every guy has dreamed of visiting at least once, it has got to be the Playboy Mansion.

Now is your chance with this awesome sounding Summer Fling Party.

While the "Girls Next Door" are no longer there, there is plenty more to keep your eyes wandering including a tours led by Playmates, the Pool and Grotto, an Open Bar, and even special packages to make this the ultimate mancation.

 

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Michael Jackson Memorial Travel Ideas

michael-jackson-badAs most of you already know, Michael Jackson passed away yesterday, June 25, 2009. As someone who grew up in the 80's this man had a huge impact on me, as he did millions of others around the world. So I wanted to share a collection of potential pilgrimage destinations around the country that you can visit to celebrate and remember this great artist, the Elvis of our generation.

The following Michael Jackson related locations don't have to be visited in any particular order and don't need to be visited this weekend, but are "must visit" locations for any true Michael Jackson fan.

If you have any additions please contact me and I'll add it to the article.

 

 

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Wild Dunes Resort has Everything for a Charleston Golf 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.

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