UNLEASHED

Tony Robbins: Unleash the Power Within experience (Singapore 2019)

4-days at the Tony Robbins Unleash the Power Within workshop, Singapore

It’s midday at Singapore’s Expo Center and thousands of people from all over the world have come to see a man who’s promised go change their lives forever!

We’ve been waiting almost two hours for the 6ft, 7 giant to appear, but there’s no sign of him yet.

Am I the only one in the room that gives a sh*t that he’s late? How can the “greatest life coach on Earth”, Tony Robbins, be so late? Isn’t he supposed to be setting an example?

As I look around the room, in search for other p*ssed off faces, I couldn’t help but notice how much variety was in the crowd.

Some, like me, were flooded with nerves whilst others carried confident smiles. There was people of all colours, sizes, races and religions.

So I decide to leave the arena and grab a quick coffee. But of course, just as the go to order my double espresso I could hear the crowd start to cheer.

Tony Robbins has arrived.

As I race back, I could hear roars from the crowd echoing through the building.

The entire centre was shaking. People jumped wildly and danced like they were off their heads on acid at the world’s biggest EDM festival.

 

“What the f*ck have I signed up for?” I asked myself.

It’s the Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power Within” workshop, Singapore.

 

With deafening anthems, flashing lights and constant cheering – I was starting to feel more and more uncomfortable.

I’m an introvert after all. You know, the type of guy who’d stand in the corner of a nightclub, too scared to dance. I felt awkward and wanted to leave already.

“But that’s why you are hear“ says a voice inside my head.

All of a sudden, Tony makes a growling sound. The music stops perfectly in time with one of his signature fist pumps and the crowd are instantly silenced.

You could have heard a pin drop.

Day #1: Create an extra ordinary life

For the next 12-hours Tony talks about the power of psychology and the importance physiology plays when trying to create an extraordinary life…

The information was pure gold and his delivery (as you’d expect) was nothing short of world class.

Every 20 minutes or so, we were told to put down our pens and pads and to stand-up, and dance like crazy, as the room exploded with energy and more music.

Each time, the entire room calls out affirmations… Installing positive thinking into our minds, apparently.

“Yes!”, “Yes!”, “Yes!”

Several hours later, I’m laying on my back with my eyes closed as Tony guides the room through a meditation with the Titanic movie soundtrack playing in the background.

That Headspace guys has nothing on Tony Robbins…

Just as I’m about the fall asleep, Tony prepares the room for a f*cking fire walk!!!

Here’s Oprah Winfrey doing it several years ago.

Day #2: The Power Of Momentum and Creating and Abundant Mindset

I was far less nervous when I arrived on the second day. And by the looks of other people’s faces, I wasn’t alone.

By 10am the room was full of happy faces and “I’M A FIRE WALKER TEE-SHIRTS“… We were all buzzing and excited for round two, but was soon to receive some disappointing news.

A short man comes to the stage and makes a rather surprising announcement…

“You were probably expecting a 6ft, 7 white man today… But instead you’ve got a 5ft 9 black guy.”

The crowd laughs, turns out he was telling the truth.

Tony wasn’t speaking today. WTF!?

Fortunately, Joseph McClendon III was absolutely astonishing, and in someways, better than Tony (yes, I just said that).

Tony’s little 65-year-old business partner, reminded me of smarter version of Eddie Murphy.

The little comic taught us how to find our passions, and how to commit. We played group games, hugged each other a lot and he even beat us all at the largest game of “Simon Says” I’ve ever seen.

By the end of the day we all were much clearer on how and the importance of peak state.
We learned how to thrive, and create a compelling future and above all, the importance of physiology – which would explain why we were asked to hug a lot and go crazy every 10 minutes of so.

Old clips of Tony was played throughout the day on huge screens, which seemed to offer just the same amount of value when the big guys was in the room.

The Multimillionaire Mindset Mentor received a standing ovation which actually rivalled Tony’s the night before.

He was simply brilliant.

Gerard Butler Quote on Tony Robbins
Gerard Butler Quote on Tony Robbins

Day #3: Eliminate Inner Conflicts, Unlock Your True Potential & Unleash the Power Within

We were promised day 3 would be the most transformational, but what occurred was far more than most of us had imagined.

The day started with some basic principles on some simple ways to grow and let go – before moving on to our core values and beliefs.

But the real magic happened during a cult-like mantra which read:

“Now I am the Voice.
I will lead, not follow.
I will believe, not doubt.
I will create, not destroy.
I am a force for good.
I am a leader.
Defy the odds!
Set a new standard!
STEP UP!”

Yes, I know it sounds like some hocus-pocus bullsh*t, and believe me, I’m an awkward introvert, who hates this kind of cr*p, well…

This was all about removing limiting beliefs.

Using an extremely powerful NLP technique, Tony had got us all to imagine our most powerful limitations…

And in my case, that was lack of confidence.

In a hypnotised state, eyes closed, we were told to imagine what our lives would be like if we were to live the rest of our lives with this limiting belief.

Some of the sounds in the room were disturbing.

People starting to scream, yelp and cry as the intensity of the therapy increased…

The distressing and uncomfortable experience ended with a sudden burst of hope, where by the room cheered in delight and ridded themselves of their limited beliefs.

Nobody was the same after that – not even me!

Everybody in the room clapped and assured themselves by chanting the word “Yes” over an over.

Transformed bdoies left the room with their backs up straight, and smiles glued from cheek to cheek.

I immediately felt more relaxed and comfortable dancing, and yelling aloud (something I had been reserved about the previous two days)..

Day #4: Creating a Vital life

I’m sure I wasn’t the only person in the room who was disappointed with Tony for not appearing until the final hour.

Whilst Joseph McClendon and Nick Santonastasso smashed it again…

…and some of the archive clips of Tony literally touched our hearts, made us laugh and cry, a live version of him would gave been better.

 

A lot of Day 4 was plugging his partner businesses and of course, his Mastery Courses, where you get to live on his Island in Fiji for $10,000 and basically get taught to take your business to the next level.

Despite being a bit “sales-y” at the end, I can honestly say that after looking into the reviews, if I could access $10,000 I would have booked the course there and then!

By the looks of it, the experience is an absolute no-brainer for any business owner.

Pretty sure there’s a money-back guarantee (no questions asked) kind of deal too…

More info on that here if you’re interested.

Verdict:

If you’re looking for deep, insightful wisdom then you won’t find it here. Unleash the Power Within is about letting go of limiting beliefs and building energy with the use of physiology, a positive mindset and motivation.

The workshop was funny, emotional and uncomfortable throughout.

Tony repeated many critical things to drive points home and increase retention, whilst hooking us in with some of his life stories.

I entered the room nervous and with several doubts about myself…

And I left feeling confident, and full of certainty.

Thanks Tony.

 

Little bit on me

I was short, shy kid at school who suffered from acne which lead to severe confidence issues.
One of my parents cheated on the other when I was 12, which caused them to break-up. I was devastated by this, and found myself crying in the school library once or twice a week, which wasn’t the smartest thing to do, when you’re trying to make friends at a new school.

I started puberty late, and used to cover my eyes whenever a girl looked at me. Needless to say, I wasn’t the most popular kid.

By 21, I’d managed to find passion for weight training and kickboxing. And with the help of a strict diet, will power and a responsible steroid cycle, I was no longer that little kid.

My sex-life had increased as an indirect result of this new found body and of course, some dutch courage – but there was still underlying confidence issues, which didn’t grow as fast as my biceps.

For more than 10-years, I’d accepted that I’m just one of those guys who has no confidence. So I avoided things like nightclubs, dating, group events and even family dinners.

I’m now sitting in the 7 Wonders Hostel (average, 5/11) after completing the Tony Robbins “Unleash the Power within” workshop and I feel very different to how I did a few days ago.

Here is a list of limited beliefs I had before I stepped into the show and how it affected me.

I will be updating the list over the next couple of weeks as and when I have conquered them.

 

 

WHAT TONY HAS TO SAY ABOUT UNLEASH THE POWER WITHIN

Let’s get real: we’re living in a time when most people are lowering their expectations. We live in a time of tremendous uncertainty: at a time when 63% of Americans believe that the quality of life for themselves and their children’s future is far less than what it was in the past. We’re in a season of change— where we must thrive and not survive.

No matter how successful you are, there’s a gap between where you are and where you want to be. If your career is going great, you very often don’t have time for your kids. If your relationship
with your kids is wonderful, your body is out of whack or your intimate relationship is not where you want it to be.

For almost 40 years, I have passionately pursued the answers to the questions, “what shapes human behavior? How can we create lasting change within ourselves and others?” Through research I’ve conducted, as well and my interaction with 50 million people from 80 countries – I’ve developed some fundamental tools and strategies to help maximize our capabilities as human beings and measurably accelerate the pace at which we can achieve our true goals and desires.

In the process, I have also come to realize that without our health, we have nothing. The importance of our physical health is undeniable, and so at the end of this weekend, you will learn what more than three decades of study has taught me – the Master Principles of a Vital Life: The Power of Pure Energy.

This event is about unlocking and unleashing the forces inside you that can help you to break through any limit and create the quality of life that you desire and deserve. I’m truly excited and privileged to have this opportunity to share with you the best of what I have learned about personal growth and improvement. Life produces extraordinary rewards for those who give in extraordinary ways. Let’s make a joint commitment today to participate together with a new level of intensity and passion, one that goes far beyond anything we’ve done before. Through our playful, outrageous and passionate levels of energy, we can make this seminar a life-altering event you will never forget!

I hope you will join me for 3 1/2 days that will change your life forever, that will help you as you enter through your own crossroads of greatness

Let’s begin the process of taking our lives to the next level now!

Live with passion!

 

Here’s some other articles I found quite useful:

Realizing what matters

Why I walked out on Tony Robbins

Dating Mastery Courses

FIT & HEALTHY

Best Fitness Holidays and Wellness Retreats in Thailand

An ultimate compilation of the best fitness holidays, fatcamps and bootcamps.

Not so long ago, the word “lads holiday” only meant one thing…

7 naughty nights of sex, booze and sunburn… Oh, how things are changing!

Health and Fitness holidays will be the new “thing” in 2020, so here’s a list of the best resources I’ve found on the web.


Fitness holidays for singles

Looking for love and muscle?

Single’s Fitness Holiday #1.

Wellness tourism is travel for the purpose of promoting health and well-being through physical.

Single’s Fitness Holiday #2.

Psychological, or spiritual activities.[1] While wellness tourism is often correlated with medical.

Single’s Fitness Holiday #3.

Tourism because health interests motivate the traveler, wellness tourists are proactive in seeking.

Single’s Fitness Holiday #4.

To improve or maintain health and quality of life, often focusing on prevention, while medical.

Single’s Fitness Holiday #5.

Tourists generally travel reactively to receive treatment for a diagnosed disease or condition.


All Inclusive Fitness holiday packages

Our fitness holidays focus on health and wellness through physical exercise and fun challenges to kick-start your metabolism.

Fitness Holiday Package #1.

Inactive lifestyles can cause health problems, especially as we age so by challenging yourself and having fun at the same time.

Fitness Holiday Package #2.

Whether it’s hiking in the great outdoors or tennis, beach boxing or Zumba, can boost your circulation, strength and stamina.

Fitness Holiday Package #3.

Helping to banish stress. From active to adventure holidays such as boot camps to bespoke holistic fitness programmes which can consist of anything from exercise classes…

Fitness Holiday Package #4.

Outdoor sports to a dance or Pilates lesson, find a fitness holiday to suit you.

Fitness Holiday Package #5.

Fitness Getaways: These vacation retreats promise to change your mindset, prolong your life-span, and give you the foundation you need to help you live a healthier life.


Top Fitness holidays in Thailand

Absolute Mixed Martial Arts

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Welcome to Absolute Mixed Martial Arts Thailand — Traditional Thai style Muay Thai combined with world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), Boxing, Wrestling, Strength, and Fitness training in Phuket, Thailand.

PhuketFit

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Join us for a Detox, Weight Loss or Total Fitness Program that’ll help revolutionise your health.Located amongst the beautiful beaches and tropical landscape of Phuket, Thailand, it’s an idyllic spot to get the new you off to a great start.

Lion Muay Thai Fitness Camp

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Phuket is like a zoo of Muay Thai gyms. You have everything; a Tiger, a Dragon, an Elephant (Chang), and of course, what zoo would be complete without a Lion. Lion Muay Thai recently changed ownership and the new management has brought in a couple high level coaches to head up an MMA program.

Phuket Rumble Fitness

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Here at Rumble we offer One Hour Personal Training sessions with our experienced trainers in Muay Thai & Kick Boxing. We also incorporate TRX Training with Bodyweight and Crossfit exercises to mix up the program for strength and conditioning.

Tribe Hotel Thai Fitness

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Any gym can make you sweat, but at Tribe Muay Thai & Fitness we achieve transformation in “holiday” style. We elevate your total experience through exercise that guarantee results, modern accommodation and restaurant facilities, and activities to ensure you are never bored! We elevate the fitness holiday game with our TRIBE difference: your meals cooked by Phuket’s top restaurants we brought onsite, relaxing massages by the beach, socializing BBQ parties, and so much more! RESULTS, SOCIAL, FUN!

FX Fitness

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We would start with you undertaking a body composition scan giving our trainer a day one snapshot of where you will be starting.

FX trainer John will then design a customised program for you and your goals, monitoring your results along the way and ensuring each session takes you closer to success.

Phuket Cleanse

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Phuket Cleanse prides itself on having the most all-inclusive offerings of any health and wellness retreat in Thailand — in fact, all of Asia. There are no “hidden” expenses. The price you pay includes everything you could possibly want or need during your stay.

Check out my 7-day detox and fitness retreat / experience at Phuket Cleanse last year.

… and here.

Atmanjai Wellness Centre

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Atmanjai is a healing and detox centre created to enhance your total well-being. Atmanjai is dedicated to make you discover an integrated approach to wellness based on Dr. Bernard Jensen’s proven natural protocols

Clean The Beach Boot Camp

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Give some Personal TLC to Phuket’s idyllic beaches by signing up for the Clean the Beach Boot Camp. Run by Health & Fitness Specialist Krix Luther The premise is simple: “First We Train, Then We Clean.” The 30 minute session mixes up Functional Training, Games & Drills followed by 30 minutes of Yoga, catering to all Fitness Levels Once you’ve caught your breath, pull on a pair of gloves and get busy picking up discarded bottles, glass bits and butts. It is a sobering experience, but you will leave feeling a sense of satisfaction that you’ve made a positive change & I can’t think of a better way to Start the Weekend.

Fitness Holidays in Europe

European Fitness Holiday #1.

Wellness resorts and retreats offer short-term, residential programs to address specific health concerns, reduce stress, or support lifestyle improvement.

European Fitness Holiday #2.

Making up a subset of the retreat and resort offerings, individual teachers, trainers or wellness-related practitioners will privately rent resort centres, small hotels or sections of larger hotels.

European Fitness Holiday #3.

As health and wellness is becoming a growing reason for people to travel across the globe, cruise ships are increasingly gaining popularity.

European Fitness Holiday #4.

Spas on cruise ships can help make the voyage more relaxing and pleasurable. Numerous cruise ships are available today that provide spa and wellness treatments on board.

European Fitness Holiday #5.

Wellness tourism is now an identifiable niche market in at least 30 countries. Twenty countries accounted for 85 percent of global wellness tourism expenditures in 2012. The top five countries alone (United States, Germany, Japan, France, Austria) account for more than half the market (59 percent of expenditures).


Fatcamps / Bootcamps

10 years ago, the thought of sweating your b*llocks off, dragging a tyre up a hill in the baking heat sounded like hell… Fast forward a decade and people are now paying for it.

Wellness travellers pursue diverse services, including physical fitness and sports; beauty treatments; healthy diet and weight management; relaxation and stress relief; meditation; yoga; and health-related education.

Singles’ Bootcamp Holidays #1.

Europe is the second largest wellness tourism market, with $158.4 billion in annual, combined international and domestic expenditures; the region ranks highest in number of wellness trips with 216.2 million, compared to North America’s 171.7 in 2013.

Singles’ Bootcamp Holidays #2.

Europeans have long believed in health benefits derived from mineral baths, saunas, thalassotherapy, and other natural and water-based treatments.

Singles’ Bootcamp Holidays #3.

Thermal resorts and hotels in Turkey and Hungary cater to wellness tourists, many of whom are subsidized by host countries such as Norway and Denmark seeking to mitigate costs of medical procedures for patients with chronic conditions requiring expensive surgeries.

Singles’ Bootcamp Holidays #4.

Latin America-Caribbean is the fourth largest region for wellness tourism in terms of number of trips and expenditures. Domestic tourism accounts for about 71 percent of wellness tourism trips, and 54 percent of wellness tourism expenditures.

Singles’ Bootcamp Holidays #5.

The Asia-Pacific region ranks as the third largest with $6.4 billion in annual, combined international and domestic expenditures.


HIIT ME

CROSSFIT HOLIDAYS

Wellness travellers may seek procedures or treatments using conventional, alternative, complementary, herbal, or homeopathic medicine.

CrossFit Holiday #1.

The Middle East and Africa are currently the smallest regions for wellness tourism, where international tourists account for the majority of wellness trips and wellness expenditures.

CrossFit Holiday #2.

The Middle East has a long tradition of bathing associated with Turkish baths, and some older facilities are being modernised to serve spa-bound tourists.

CrossFit Holiday #3.

Tourism in general is on the rise in the region, and governments and private developers have been investing heavily in facilities and amenities, especially those oriented to the wealthy traveler.

CrossFit Holiday #4.

In Africa, wellness tourism is concentrated in a few regions and is dominated by international tourists. South Africa reports significant domestic wellness tourism. Tunisia and Morocco have a well-developed resort spa sector primarily serving leisure vacationers from Europe.

CrossFit Holiday #5.

Domestic tourism accounts for the majority (94 percent) of wellness trips in North America. Americans and Canadians receive—and take—few vacation days compared to workers in other countries making domestic, weekend trips the most popular wellness travel option.[

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Sources and Resources

Here’s some links and info which inspired this post.

WikiPedia

Epic article on wellness tourism..
Read more on Wellness tourism

 

ULTIMATE LIST

Best lads holiday destinations 2018

From Ayia Napa to Zante, here's our official list of the best lads holiday destinations this year

Here’s a list of the most popular lads holiday destinations 2019.

Cancun, Mexico

Cancun, the place where thousands of fit yanks party for spring break

From Vegas style pool parties to Caribbean booze cruises, Cancun is the best place in the world to party.

Better weather, beaches and babes (mostly American) – yes it may be almost twice the price as any European destination, but it’s TEN times better.

Ibiza, Spain

Ibiza is the world’s number one clubbing destination – and that’s undisputed.

Amnesia, DC-10, Destino, Space and Ushuaia are just a few of the many world class clubs you’ll find on this party island.

It’s a beautiful place with a monster reputation, which attracts THOUSANDS of ravers from all over the world.

Magaluf, Spain

Magaluf is the most famous of all lads holiday destinations – and for good reason.

Known for its drunken Brits and some of the craziest bar crawls on Earth – Maga is the place boys become men and men become boys.

Sunny Beach

Sunny Beach is cheap, and it’s getting bigger and better every year.

Cheap booze, bars and clubs are the key ingredients needed for a perfect lads hols, and Sunny Beach ticks all those boxes and more.

Be sure to read this article on what NOT to do in Sunny Beach.

Zante, Greece

Zante is the perfect destination for Lads Holiday virgins

From UV paint to foam parties. This Greek Island hosts messy club nights throughout the entire holiday season.  Thousands of students flog here because it’s cheap as chips.

We hired a boat out last year, stocked it with a crate of beers, some birds and some quality house tunes. Was one of the best days of my life!

Malia, Greece

Malia is Crete’s number party destination.

Malia is another perfect destination for lads holiday virgins – especially if you’re new to the 18-30 clubbing scene. It’s cheap too.

Kavos, Greece

Kavos is the poor man’s Ibiza – it’s cheaper and there’s less clubs but it’s still a party giant!

Not quite an Ibiza, but a great deal for those looking for a bargain bucket trip!

The 18-30 party season starts on the 6th June at The Famous Beach Party and runs until the 27th of September, where the Atlantis Club will be hosting an epic closing foam party.

Ayia Napa, Cyprus

Ayia Napa is one of the best clubbing destinations in Europe – especially if you’re into R&B and Garage

Ayia Napa, Cyprus Peak season is between June and August, but this party Island opens early (April) and closes later than most (October).

Faliraki, Greece

Faliraki sits on the isle of Rhodes, this Greek gem is not for the fainthearted.

By 10pm, Bar Street is rammed full of 18-30 year old’s, hungry and ready to party HARD!

Faliraki isn’t just popular with students though, as hundred of stag and hen parties are hosted here too, it’s a classic lads holiday destination!

Las Vegas, USA

Las Vegas, the city that never sleeps! The adult playground of the world and where ANYTHING goes. What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas, remember.

I needn’t waffle on about how great Vegas is, I mean after all – it’s the most famous holiday destination in the world, and for good reason. Las Vegas has everything.

And remember, American’s LOVE a British accent, so pulling is easier too.

Amsterdam, Holland

Amsterdam is the home of the world’s most famous red light district full of sex shows, strip clubs and of course – notorious prostitute

11. Amsterdam > Best Lads Holiday Destinations of 2018
11. Amsterdam > Best Lads Holiday Destinations of 2018

It’s the ultimate stag destination and perfect weekend trip away with the lads – where you can legally smoke weed, eat shrooms and sleep with world class brasses.

Phuket, Thailand

Phuket is home of Muay Thai and one of the most beautiful destinations on Earth.

12. Phuket > Best Lads Holiday Destinations of 2018
12. Phuket > Best Lads Holiday Destinations of 2018

Of all the places I’ve ever been, no destination takes fitness as seriously as Phuket.

With a street dedicated to gyms and fight clubs, it’s one of the few holidays you’ll come back looking fitter and healthier than when you set off.

And for unrivalled filth, you need to check out the sex capital, Patong.

IT'S CRRRRRETE!

Lads holiday to Malia: Here's 8 great reasons to go Malia

Here's TEN reasons why I think Crete's 18-30 party Island, Malia is worth the visit this year

There’s booze cruises, pool parties, escape rooms and even a 4×4 off-road safari tour! Malia’s a must if you’re looking for a cheap lads holiday this year.

POOL PARTIES

Women + sun + fun = Malia Pool Party

MUSIC

Malia’s clubs cover most music types from house, grime and RnB to cheesy pop…
There’s a handful of events featuring international DJs and artists each year, so be sure to check what dates you’re going.

NIGHTLIFE

It’s one of the best 18-30 party destinations in Europe and for good reason.

Beach Road (Malia’s main strip) is full of bars and clubs (most of which are free to get in).

There’s UV paint, foam and full moon parties as well as 24-hour bars which means in Malia, the party is non-stop.

THE WOMEN

Although not exclusive to Malia, the amount of sexy women that come to Malia to party is a reason in itself to come.

BOOZE CRUISE

Probably one of the best booze cruises in Europe. Expects lots of sh*t shots and filth.

ADVENTURE

For those looking for more than just booze and babes – scooter and quad hire is pretty cheap, so take a tour of the Island.

There’s 4×4 safaris off-road mountain bike excursions too – which will take you around the Island’s most Instagram-friendly spots.

RBEACHES

Whether you’re into beach bumming, perving or partying.. Crete’s full of beaches.

Reasons to go Malia: The Beach
Reasons to go Malia: The Beach

ESCAPE ROOMS

If your brain isn’t too frazzled and you fancy a break from the sun, there’s a handful of interactive mazes and escape rooms which will could keep you entertained for hours.

WATERSPORTS

There’s tons of watersports and seaside activities.

LOCATION

Crete’s far more than just a party island though, in fact it’s beautiful – so if you strike up a holiday romance and fancy a timeout, you’re in the right place.

Reasons to go Malia: Location
Reasons to go Malia: Location

During the day there’s excursions to ancient ruins,  Zeus’ cave and the Minoan Palace. There’s even a “Happy Train” which will take you around the Island.

The harbour and old town are great spots to grab an evening meal.

 

 

Dirt cheap lads holidays to Malia
Dirt cheap lads holidays to Malia
SWALLOW THESE

Best Fat Burning Tablets and Weight Loss Pills

Here’s a list of the most effective fat burning supplements you can buy in 2019

You may have heard that there is no magic pill that will help you lose weight…

Well, that’s bullsh*t because there’s plenty around if you look in the right places – but that’s easier said than done.

While there’s thousands of products who market themselves as having the “perfect weight loss formula”… there’s only handful of drugs that can be scientifically proven.

And fortunately, I know what ones they are…

In this article I’m going to break down the different types of weight loss pills you can find on the market (and in underground labs).

Here’s what I’ll be covering:

#1. Appetite Suppressants
Reduced appetite will cause you to eat less and therefore lose weight.

#2. Fat Absorbers
Thermogenic Supplements

#3. Fat Burners
Fat burners help increase the heart rate.

#4. Banned Fat Burners
Sadly, these potent fat burners are not sold legally due to undesirable side effects and have been listed for education purposes only.

#5. Fat Burning Catalysts
Things that help but don’t primarily contribute towards the fat burning process.

 

MALIA

Malia is Crete's number party destination.

EAT, SLEEP, TRAIN, REPEAT!

Fat Burning Rules: Fastest way to get ripped, lean and shredded

Seriously simple fat burning guide which covers exercise, nutrition and supplement tips which will turn your body into a fat burning furnace

If you’re looking for the fastest way to get ripped and shredded then you need to work hard and smart.

I’m going to cover the three foundations needed to start burning fat right away.

Chapter #1: Exercise

There’s a rumour that to best way to get ripped is to do lots of light weights and cardio… It’s bullsh*t.

Muscle eats flab for fun, so the more muscle, the fastest you’ll burn fat.

​Exercise Tip #1: Lift Heavy​

Push yourself to the maximum, (without breaking good form). The harder you push yourself, the faster you’ll grow.

James Corden lifts an impressive weight... Great form too, James
James Corden lifts an impressive weight… Great form too, James :/
​Exercise Tip #2: Good Form

If you ain’t using good form, you could be doing more damage than good. Do it properly or not at all.

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​Exercise Tip #3: Squeeze

Squeezing the muscle forces more blood into the fibres – which in turn, increases muscle growth.

Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing his muscles
Arnold Schwarzenegger flexing his muscles
​Exercise Tip #4: Don’t skip leg day

Leg muscles are the biggest on the body and therefore burn the most fat. So work them… Hard.

Don't skip leg day at the gym... or you'll look like a twat
Don’t skip leg day at the gym… or you’ll look like a twat
Exercise Tip #5: Cardio

Morning jog before breakfast. Yes. Learn to love it. HIIT, combat sports, cycling, rock climbing, walking or whatever If you’re sweating your balls off, something’s working.

Tip: Perform cardio on an empty tummy in the morning and (or) after a weight lifting sesh, to burn through your glycogen stores.

Cardio training on an empty stomach can be key to help burn stubborn fat
Cardio training on an empty stomach can be key to help burn stubborn fat
Exercise Tip #6: Compound Exercises

Squats target more muscle groups than any other exercise and therefore burn the most fat.
Other compound exercises include pull-ups, bench press, dips etc… Compound exercises are the most effective as they target several muscle groups.

Squats are one of the best things you can do to burn fat
Squats are one of the best things you can do to burn fat
Exercise Tip #6: Supersets

Intensity is key. Smash one muscle group, then IMMEDIATELY after hit the opposite muscle group.

For example: 6 – 12 reps hammer curls (for biceps) instantly followed by tricep dips.

Supersets will hurt like a b*tch but that’s a good sign.

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Exercise Tip #7: Heads-up on Triceps

You want bigger guns? Here’s a dedicated article on how to get monster arms in record breaking time.

But in short, bigger bicips does not mean bigger arms. Triceps make up most of your arm, so get on the dips and skull-crushers, to get those guns looking defined.

Jean Claude Van Damme had great arms
Jean Claude Van Damme had great arms

 

Chapter #2: Nutrition
You are what you eat… 

If your diet isn’t on point, you’ll find it almost impossible to get ripped and lean.

There’s a handful of diets and nutrition plans out there which work – you just need to stick to it!

Here’s the golden rules.

Nutrition Tip #1: Water

Drink lots of it. Your body needs water to process fat. The more you’re hydrated, the better you will function.

This includes your muscles, joints and liver – which are all responsible for processing fat.

Rough rule: Drink half of your body weight in ounces of water.

Nutrition Tip #2: Eat little and often

6-8 small meals a day boosts your metabolism. Do not EVER fill yourself up and make sure you measure your food.

Nutrition Tip #3: Perfect Portions based on BMR

BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate) is essentially how many calories you’d burn if you did nothing but sit on on your ass all day.

You can work out your BMR here, by using this online tool.

Once you have your Basal Metabolic Rate, you can now work out how many calories you’re allowed to eat during the day.

Nutrition Tip #4: Protein

Eat lots of it. Fish, chicken, beef, turkey, steaks, soybeans, lentils, eggs etc…

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Nutrition Tip #4: Greens are gooood

Broccoli, Spinach, Brussels sprouts etc… Seriously.

Nutrition Tip #5: Complex Carbs Only

Stick to very small portions of the healthy carbs and try to follow a Low Glycemic Index Diet

Low Glycemic Index Diet Chart
Low Glycemic Index Diet Chart
Nutrition Tip #6: Cut The Cr*p

Keep these foods to an absolute minimum.

Sweets, biscuits, crisps, chips, chocolates, fizzy drinks (including diet coke), booze, fruit juices, fruit squash, white carbs, starchy carbs and anything fried, battered or coated.

Nutrition Tip #5: Post-workout Meals

Critical for aiding recovery, building muscle, and re-energizing.

Nutrition Tip #6: Green Tea

Swap PG Tips for this fat burning replacement.

 

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Chapter #3: Supplements

People spunk soooo much money on supplements in the hope of burning fat, but very few actually know what it is they’re taking.

Here’s a list of things that will help you burn fat.

Supplement #1: Whey Protein

Essential for muscle growth and repair – which helps aid fat burning.
20-30 grams of whey protein powder before training. 40-50 grams post workout.

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Supplement #2: GABA

My favourite ingredient, ever. Several fat burning functions plus this little gem helps you sleep better – which has untold advantages.

You can buy GABA from healthmonthly.co.uk

Supplement #3: ZMA

The Zinc, Magnesium and Vitamin B6 stack helps contribute to fat in a variety of ways.

Supplement #4: CLA ( CONJUGATED LINOLEIC ACID)

It is found in fatty beef and the dairy products. It increases metabolic rate, lowers cholesterol and is good for the immune system. CLA capsules are dirt cheap too.

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Supplement #5: L-Carnitine

We all dying for that six pack and its either we accept to deal with the foggy brain from low carbs or supplement using carnitine. There are two forms: L-Carnitine and Acetyl- Carnitine.

Supplement #6: Beta-alanine

Beta-alanine is ideal for sports which use explosive movements.

Supplement #7: Carb blockers

The main ingredient is white kidney bean extract and they bind carbs and dont let your body digest too much of them.

Supplement #8: Fat blockers

Block fat from being digested. You can buy Alli (Orlistat) from Boots Online.

Alli (Orlistat) weight loss pills
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Supplement #9: Steroids

Steroids (if used responsibly) can have tremendous effects when combined with a high protein diet and solid workout plan.

Supplement #10: ECA STACK (EPHEDRINE, CAFFEINE, ASPIRIN)

A very popular, amphetamine based fat burning stack which has a host of side effects from pilly willy to dry mouth, paranoia and heart failure.

Sound fun? It’s illegal to sell Ephedrine in most countries, but it’s easy to find and there’s few fat burners more effective than this one.

Supplement #11: CLENBUTEROL AND T3 STACK

If done sensibly, Clenbuterol can be a brilliant fat burner. Side effects include severe shakes which can last hours. Chronic cramps are a common unwanted side effect though. Oh, and if you add T3 (AKA Cytomel…) to the mix 🔥

Supplement #12: T3

Actually, I’ll come back to the “illegal” fat burners in another post…

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Chapter #4: Summary

It’s a simple science really. Once you’ve worked out your BMR (Basal Metabolic Rate), you can work out exactly how much food you can eat without putting on anything.

Divide that up throughout the day, eating small portions every 3-4 hours and make sure you stick to complex carbs, healthy fats and lean proteins.

Train cardio in the morning (on an empty tummy) and smash the weights, hard.

Compound exercises and supersets are the best. Leg muscles burn more fat than any other body part so make sure your weekly routine includes SQUATS!

But if there’s one thing you take from all of this, it’s that dedication is key!

Good luck getting ripped!

BREAKUP TIPS

How to own your breakup (and probably win her back)

Want to win your missus back? No problem... But you should understand this first.

Before we get started, I’d like to you to think about what a break up really is…

Devastating, yes. But it’s also one of the greatest opportunities you will ever have.

Yes, breakups are hard and hurt like hell but that’s what makes them so effective.

It’s important to understand how getting over an ex is a process… and not a destination.

And it’s during this process where YOU get decide… what next?

As Rocky Balboa rightly says:

“It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”.

Try to remember that.

WHY DOES IT HURT SO MUCH?

You wanna know the real reason you miss your ex?

It’s all to do with investment.

If something we’ve invested a lot of time and emotion in is taken away from us, we’re gonna feel like sh*t!

This can be anything from an old pal to a pet puppy or job.

When you lose somebody or something which once played a central role in your life, you’re essentially missing a piece of your identity.

It’s only natural to feel lost and empty.

The fix?

LETTING GO

Once you’ve had a week or so crying yourself to sleep, it’s time to get a grip and start using this to your advantage.

Maybe she did leave you for somebody who’s better in bed than you, but what does it matter?

Stop asking questions about what happened, and start looking at ways you can better yourself.

 

FILLING THE VOID

You’ve heard the saying:

“the fastest way to get over someone is to get under”

Well, it helps… But the void should be filled with goals and challenges, and not just another women.

The thing with rebounds is they’re often built on weak foundations, so while you may temporarily be masking the pain, you’re not really doing yourself any favours long term.

What you should be doing is trying new things and getting to know yourself better.

Sounds cheesy but seriously, step outside your comfort zone in as many ways you can from, travelling to joining a boxing gym.

My personal favourite is to learn the basics of a language using something like Pimsleur or Michel Thomas language learning systems and then go practice in the country.

You’re not only sharpening your mind and expanding your knowledge but you’re also opening up a whole new world of women when you can speak another language.

Boxing benefits include getting into better shape and a boost in mood and confidence over time.

 

 

 

Obvs have sex when you can though, especially with hotter women – it really helps.

 

 

If you’re looking to get the best out of the breakup, learn to love yourself like you loved your ex.

So, set some new goals and challenges and start working on them. Use the pain as motivation.

And before you know it, you’ll see why the breakup was the best thing that ever happened to you.

UPDATED

Best Party Destinations 2019: Clubbing Holidays

Here's nine fantastic party holiday destinations that you will absolutely love in 2019...

If you’re looking for lots of sun, sea and sex then you’re in luck…

Below is a roundup of the cheapest and best party holidays from Alicante to Zante…

I’ve included some freshly picked this morning from the most popular (and trust worthy) travel sites like Thomas Cook, TUI, On the Beach and Love Holidays.

Or for a whole list of deals you can check out our brand new holiday deal finder tool.

WIRE TO WIRE

TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago

An endless supply of sexy Yanks, cheap booze and American Pie style tunes all night...

If you’re looking for hundreds of tipsy women all dressed up in Santa stockings and elf suits then you need to forget SantaCon and get your ass to TBOX…

It’s the longest living bar crawl on Earth and takes place every year on the second Saturday of December in Wrigleyville, Chicago.

With an endless supply of American women and an accent that seems to attract them like a moth to a flame – TBOX was quite easily the best drinking sesh I’ve had in years!

TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago
TBOX Christmas Bar Crawl in Wrigleyville, Chicago

It’s cheap, fun and full of fit and friendly yanks who want to party from Wire to Wire (aka start to finish).

Here’s everything you need to know about the bar crawl.

The History of TBOX

The tradition started in 1996 when Chris Fester set up a little pub crawl with his pals.

“The entire reason I started TBOX was to have a party without my friends trashing my one bedroom apartment…”

Where it all began: Don Fiala, Chris Festa, and Ty Sherman at Goose Island Clybourn, (14 Dec, 1996)
Where it all began: Don Fiala, Chris Festa, and Ty Sherman at Goose Island Clybourn, (14 Dec, 1996)

Fast forward 23 years (and a shed load of Bud) and TBOX is now the biggest event of its kind.

WHAT’S INVOLVED?

The 12-hour lash starts at 10am, and sends swarms of merry Saint Nics to 40 bars and pubs along the ice cold streets of Chicago.

Crawlers get to collect badges and stickers as they enter each venue… You’ll need these as proof as by the time you hit the twentieth bar you might not remember everywhere you’ve been ;)

Expect lots of cheap drinks, shots and American Pie-style music.

TBOX 2018: This year me and the boys thought we'd test our British accents and matching Christmas jumpers and joined THOUSANDS of Yanks for the festive p*ss-up.
This year me and the boys thought we’d test our British accents and matching Christmas jumpers and joined THOUSANDS of Yanks for the festive p*ss-up.

If, like us, you’ve always wanted to experience an American party like you see in the movies, then TBOX will help fulfil your teenage dream.

Sadly, we only managed to get three quarters of the way through, after falling victim to too many US supersized Tequila shots.

Perfect excuse to return next year.

For more information on TBOX, visit tbox.org.

Next TBOX is on Saturday 14 December, 2019.

See you there :)

FIX UP

ASAP Breakup Guide (for men): How to get over someone FAST

Seriously useful tips for men on how to recover rapidly after getting dumped and breaking up with the ex missus.

Before we get started, I’d like to you to think about what a break up really is?

Devastating, yes. But it’s also one of the greatest opportunities you will ever have.

Yes, they are hard and hurt like hell but that’s what makes them so effective.

It’s important to understand how getting over an ex is a process… and not a destination.

And it’s during this process where YOU get decide… what next?

As Rocky rightly says: “It ain’t about how hard you hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward”. Remember that.

Now, let’s take control and get through this together…

In this guide I’m going to run through EVERYTHING you need to know on how speed up the painful process of getting over your ex.

CHEATING VISA

The official rules of cheating on a lads holiday

Is it really wrong to cheat on holiday? The official rules of cheating on a lads holiday (and the reasons why we do it)

Cheating sucks (literally)… but is it wrong to cheat on a holiday?

The answer I think comes do to whether or not you can handle the guilt.

If you can’t (like me) – then cheating is NOT for you. Simple.

But for those who can, let me present to you the Official Rules of Cheating on Holiday…

Cheating Visa

Seann-William Scott introduced us to the ‘areacode rule’ in the film, Road Trip. It’s similar to that. If you travel overseas, your cheating visa is activated. When you return home, it’s deactivated.

Condom Protection

ALWAYS bag-up. If you break this rule you MUST get checked before banging your missus when you get home. If you’re riddled with Herpes, it’s time to breakup or confess.

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You can grab 40 condoms on Amazon for peanuts by clicking here – so no excuses!

Deal With the Guilt

Cheating is the easy bit. Living with guilt can be hard. Do NOT tell her just to get it off your chest. Man up, and own your actions.

Yes, confessing might make you feel better but you’ll end up hurting your missus, all because you couldn’t keep your mouth shut (and d*ck in your pants).

And that’s not really fair is it?!

What Goes Abroad, STAYS abroad!

Maintaining contact with the holiday fling(s) is completely forbidden.

Keep it to yourself and remember, as soon as land on home turf, the ‘Cheating Visa’ is deactivated.

RECAP

I’ve spoke to a high number of people (mostly lads) who swear cheating on their partners has actually HELPED their relationship, as it keeps things fresh, fun and exciting.

And it turns out there’s a ton of studies to back the players up, too.

 

Cheating isn’t for everyone though, so remember, if you don’t think you’d be able to handle the guilt, don’t bother…

But if you’re a heartless player who’s horny as f*ck, do it… Just make sure you follow the rules.

 

Related: For a slightly better understanding as to why we cheat, check out the video below…

And for any women reading this, check this out…

YOU COVERED?

Cheap travel insurance for lads holidays, adventure sports and backpackers

Everything you need to know about getting insured on holiday

Look, I’m not your Mum and I’m not going to bore you with a thousand examples of what could go wrong if you don’t get travel insurance (I’ll save that for another post).

Bottom line is, IF you’re not insured and something goes wrong in another country, you’re absolutely f*cked!

Travel insurance can be sorted in a matter of minutes and cost next to nothing.

Personally, I HATE webforms.. So for me, the faster the experience the better – which is why I use MoneySuperMarket.com – which searches a dozen insurance companies all in one go.

Cheap travel insurance for lads holidays, adventure sports and backpackers
Three simple steps to pick travel insurance…

It takes a couple of seconds to pull up a list of travel insurance deals, but please DO NOT go for the cheapest deal without spending 10 seconds to glance over what’s covered as not all insurance companies are created equal.

For example: This year (2018-2019) I used CoverForYou.com and paid £62 for the entire year, which covers me for almost anything, from falling off a scooter to getting hit in the face with a golf ball (you never know).

The reason I didn’t pick the cheapest option is because it did NOT cover me for motorised insurance – meaning if I fell off a quad bike and into a cactus, I would not only have to deal with a thousand pricks (and possibly some broken bones) – but I’d also have to fork out for a hefty medical bill.

You can easily see what’s included by following these steps…

Step #1. Click MORE DETAILS (on the results page)

List of Travel Insurance Quotes
List of Travel Insurance Quotes

Step #2. Click SHOW ALL which is at the bottom near ACTIVITIES INSURED

Travel Insurance: ALWAYS check what's covered
ALWAYS check what’s covered

Step #3. Check if the activity is mentioned in the list.

Here’s a comparison between the cheap insurance and the one I decided to go with
Activities covered: Left, the cheap option. Right, the policy I went with.

Remember: If something looks too good to be true, it might be – so check.

 

Anyway, here’s a couple of FAQs.

Do I need travel insurance to go on holiday?

Nope. For years I didn’t get it and I was lucky. Changed my mind after seeing the state of my mate James’ medical bill (and face) after taking a tumble down a New York subway staircase.

What does travel insurance typically cover?

It’s important you check each policy (as discussed) but in most instances, this is what you’re covered for:

1. Lost or stolen luggage
2. Emergency medical expenses
3. Cancelled flights or holidays
4. Personal liability, meaning if you’re as clumsy as our pal Paul, if you manage to break anything – this is covered too.

Side note: There’s a chance you may NOT be covered for things like Earthquakes or acts of terrorism.

Travel Insurance for clubbing / party holidays?

If you’re under 18 and need travel insurance, click here. If you’re over 18, and are thinking of visiting some of Europe’s party destinations, such as Magaluf, Malia, Ibiza etc – make sure you click on the activities covered as some companies will screw you over for water sports.

Best travel insurance company for trips to USA?

American medical bills SUCK – so make sure you’re covered. They’re usually dirt cheap if you’re only going for a week or two.
You can check out Travel Supermarket’s best travel insurance deals to America by clicking here.

Best travel insurance company for Adventure Sports?

Top Dog Insurance seem to offering the best deals for Adventure Sports travel insurance right now. But again, I still prefer to use comparisson sites as I’m too lazy to fill out multiple forms.

SH*T SCARY

Freak Week Halloween experience scared the crap out of me

The brand new horror mazes in Hop Farm were bloody terrifying

Halloween hosts, Hop Farm invited us to test out three of their newest horror attractions before opening the blinkbox Freak Week Experience to the public. Here’s what happened.

“I agree that I will take no action against Hop Farm in respect of any psychological trauma I experience and any medical reactions brought on by the extreme scares I’m about to experience” read the disclaimer.

Shortly after signing it, we were escorted by a freaky looking dwarf to ‘The Hatch’. I felt like I’d signed away my life.

The Hatch maze at Hop Farm's Freak Week Halloween experience
The Hatch maze at Hop Farm’s Freak Week Halloween experience

I was shocked when she uttered the words “you’re gonna get f****d up!!” as I was taking off my shoes, before getting on my hands and knees to take part in the world’s first horror themed crawling maze.

One by one, they let us crawl through the maze which was practically pitch-black.

You could hear screams coming from every direction, it was horrible.

By the time I’d reached the first corner, I’d already had enough.

It took me less than a minute before I was screaming out for my friend – who entered the hatch before me.

By the time I’d caught up with him though, we were both slightly shook up, and had clearly had enough. The exit could not come any sooner.

Next up was another maze. Only this time we got to keep our shoes.

Fun House maze at Hop Farm's Freak Week Halloween experience
Fun House maze at Hop Farm’s Freak Week Halloween experience

On entry to “The Fun House”, we were handed a set of 3D glasses by an incredibly strange man, with rotting teeth who abruptly told us one-by-one “GET IN!!”

One man lasted 10 seconds before quitting due to Coulrophobia (an extreme fear of clowns) – I didn’t blame him.

The clown infested, ultra violet horror maze was a mixture of both fun and scary.

The 3D element and strobe lighting was wicked and unlike anything I’ve done before.

Finally, it was time to take on “The Slaughter House” – the third and final experience of the night.

Slaughter House maze at Hop Farm's Freak Week Halloween experience
Slaughter House maze at Hop Farm’s Freak Week Halloween experience

I won’t say much about this one, as I don’t want to spoil it – but let me assure you that you’ll be glad to find the exit.

I’m certainly no newbie when it comes to Fright Nights and haunted houses – but this was different.

The evil entertainers urge visitors with a nervous disposition or with heart problems NOT to attend.

Freak Week was named The Best Halloween Attraction last year, and have spiced things up even more. Having covered more a less every angle of fear, be it clowns, claustrophobia, creepy crawlies, loud sounds, darkness or dwarfs – Hop Farm WILL scare you.

Freak Week was named The Best Halloween Attraction last year
Freak Week was named The Best Halloween Attraction last year

The chill seeking torturers promise a variety of new tricks and treats, and they certainly delivered!

For more information and tickets, visit www.hopfarmfreakweek.co.uk

Inspired by the movies available on blinkbox, The Freak Week Experience is open to the public until the 31st October. For more information, go to

www.blinkbox.com/Register/freakweek

NOVI MAD NOT TO GO

EXIT Festival 2018 (Novi Sad, Serbia)

It’s dirt cheap, full of babes and hosted in a medieval fortress. Here’s why I fell in love with the Serbian EXIT festival.

“Wow, there’s another one!” Shane says, pointing in the direction of yet another worldie.

We’re just about to arrive at our hotel in Novi Sad, ahead of Serbia’s world famous EXIT festival and my sex hungry wingman has fallen in love several times already – and we’ve only just arrived.

Exit Festival 2018 ravers
So many attractive girls at the 2018 Exit festival

We check-in to the Central Hotel as fast as we can and within minutes are sipping Serbian beer whilst watching streams of beautiful young women pass us down Freedom square.

It’s hot, sunny (25ºC – 28ºC ) and the ratio of girls to boys is easily 2:1.

After a couple of Rakias (the country’s national drink) it was time trade our shameful perving sesh for the real reason we’re here… Exit!

Day 1

We first found ourselves in the No Sleep bar, where we fuelled our tired bodies with cheap (£4) cocktails, which contained more spirits than I dare to remember.

The festival kicked off with an epic firework display, where flamed could be seen falling from above, as monster rockets exploded like mini atom bombs.

I doubt the Serbs take health and safety as seriously as us Brits – but they sure as hell know how to light up the sky!

Unlike most other outdoor festivals, the fortress walls cushion the sounds which makes the experience much more intense.

There’s actually a silent disco, too.

Exit Festival from above the fortress
Exit Festival from above the fortress

Shortly after blagging a set of backstage passes to watch the Belgian beauty, Amelie Lens, we decided to call it a night.

Day 2

By the time we woke up, it was lunchtime.

So after lining our guts with some more, grape-flavoured Rakia it was time to feast on a traditional, meaty Serbian dish – the Ćevapčići (pronounced “che-vap-chi-chi”, I think) – which is basically a huge plate of sausages and meat.

Ćevapčići - Huge plate of sausages and meat in Novi Sad, Serbia
Ćevapčići – Huge plate of sausages and meat in Novi Sad, Serbia

Next stop: Petrovaradin Fortress.

For less than a fiver, we were guided through the cold, dimly lit tunnels and taught how its genius architecture prevented the fortress from ever being conquered.

With one half of the building shielded by water, the other was lined with explosives. No wonder this tactful masterpiece was never breached.

EXIT festival is hosted on a former minefield within the Petrovaradin Fortress.
EXIT festival is hosted on a former minefield within the Petrovaradin Fortress.

We just about made it to the end (8am) but while Maceo Plex’s impressive closing set geared up thousands for the after party, we decided to call it a night.

Day 3

We spent most of the day bird watching (perving), getting fat on ice cream and learning about Novi Sad and it’s legends, which included Jovan Jovanović Zmaj and Albert Einstein’s ex-wife, Mileva Marić.

There’s local rumours that the curly-haired scientist’s former missus and mathematician was in fact the brains of the relationship.

So, beautiful AND brainy huh…? Somebody find me a Slavic wife, ASAP!!!

Beautiful Serbian woman at Exit Festival 2018
Beautiful Serbian woman at Exit Festival 2018

Beautiful Serbian woman at Exit Festival 2018

We decided to trade a night of raving to test out the town’s best burgers (Toster Bar) before experience some the Novi Sad nightlife.

Laza Telecki Street is a great place to start and there’s an alleyway just off Zmaj Jovina Street, which is packed full of some of the sexiest students you’ll ever see.

Puberaj, Bauhaus and Pub Lazino Tele are also worth checking out.

Day 4

We kicked off our last day in Serbia, with a private pool party along the river which overlooked Freedom Beach, while our pal, DJ Ron Mexico, took to the decks.

But as the night approached, it was time to ditch the lux-life for the Dance Arena, where EDM legends, David Guetta and Martin Garrix wowed 25,000 of us.

It was Nina Kraviz who closed the festival again for the second year running – but despite extending the show for an extra hour, it seems fans couldn’t get enough of her.

Just as well she’s playing at EXIT’s sister event, the Sea Dance Festival in Montenegro in a couple of months.

There’s a reason this festival has been voted Europe’s best more than once.

In the words of Maceo Plex:

https://twitter.com/MaceoPlex/status/1018023602090897408

The biggest surprise of the weekend came when I returned my top-up card to the cashier and was handed back a wad of notes.

I know what I’ll be spending my money on, only next time I’ll be returning with a Serbian wife.

 

Update:  2019 Exit Lineup: The Cure

 

 

 

SPA BREAKTHROUGH

Spa breaks (for men): 5 GENIUS reasons for guys to go on a spa weekend

FIVE sneaky but solid reasons blokes should start thinking about booking a trip to the spa...

We’ve all heard the health benefits of a spa, you know, stress reduction, detoxification, mind healing, bla bla bla…

Well forget all of that for now – because here’s five alternative (but great) reasons to consider a spa holiday.

#1: Lots of women do spa days / breaks
Chances are, you’ve never heard of SpaBreaks.com – most men haven’t.
Shame… because it’s one of the biggest and best UK spa websites women use to book hen dos and girly weekends away.

In fact, from my experience, there’s few places on earth which guarantees so many women.

That’s SpaBreaks.com, in case you missed it ;)

#2: Bigger erections (and improved sex)
Yep, saunas and steam rooms help improve the blood flow – which is kinda what Viagra does, right?

There’s a dozen studies which delve into the science behind why our bodies get hornier and after a 15 minute steam, but I’m going to assume you don’t fancy a lecture on biochemistry and put it more simply:

Saunas / steam rooms will gets you hornier, harder and improves sexual functions.

So, if you and the lads are on the lash, grab a couple of hours in a spa before you go.

#3: Brain power
Think faster and sharper. Being able to think fast gives us a crucial advantage in all things life.
A short session in the sauna / steam room will help improve brain functioning, as well as repair damaged neurons, and growth of new brain cells.

And with great brains, comes great responsibility.

Smart, eh?


#4: Reciprocity (for lads in relationships)

If you don’t know what that word means, it’s “the practice of exchanging things with others for mutual benefit”.

So in this case, if you take your missus away on a spa break for the weekend, she ‘might’ let you book a lads holiday or something with little to no grief.

See where I’m going with this?

#5: The treatments
There’s some seriously cool treatments for men at spas you know… And we’re not just talking massages.

Most spa venues cater for blokes now and are happy to give us a proper pampering.

There’s facials and skin therapies,  cardiovascular conditioning treatments, body scrubs and all sorts of cool and crazy sh*t you’ve probably never even heard of.

Personally I’m not in to getting a manicure or pedicure – but I sure as hell love a good head rub and back massage.

 

#6: [last one]…. Stress reduction

Okay, I know I said five genius reasons but here’s a bonus (and quite possibly the best reason of all).

Stress sucks, and to put simply: The more we stress, the worse we perform in life.

Spa days are a fantastic way of chillaxing – and if you’ve never done one, try it and let me know how you get on as I’d love to know.

 

 

PLANE SCARED

How to get over your fear of flying

A handful of scientifically proven (and extremely unique) ways which will help you INSTANTLY overcome plane anxiety and the fear of flying

Did you know there’s more chance of drowning in a bubble bath (1 in 840,000) than dying on a plane?

Aviophobia (aka the fear of flying) is a mind over matter thing, and with a few simple tricks, you can actually beat it.

Here’s some slightly different tips and tricks I’ve come across which have been scientifically proven to help cure the fear of flying.

TIP #1: SIZE MATTERS (and positioning)

The bigger the plane, the smoother the ride. But the real trick is to find an aisle seat closest to the wing.

There’s less turbulence, and if you manage to not look outside the window, chances are you’ll get less freaked out!

TIP #2: JERK-OFF BEFORE TAKEOFF

Yeah, sounds filthy but this isn’t just an excuse to bash one out.  When you blow your load, the brain releases a stress and anxiety reducing hormone, Oxytocin.

It really helps.

TIP #3: CHEW GUM

Talking of anxiety. Chewing gum reduces anxiety and can decrease stress almost immediately.

I think when we eat our body sends safety signals to the brain or something like that. So pack some Wriggleys.

TIP #4: KNOW YOUR SH*T

If you’re the type of person who panics and asks “is that normal?” or “is it meant to sound like that?” then having an understanding about how planes work and why they make certain noises will remove any concerns when something ‘unusual’ occurs.

Here’s a great article by backpackertravel.org which explains all the plane sounds.

Checkout Virgin’s flyingwithoutfear.co.uk course…

What is turbulence?

Remember, anxiety thrives on uncertainty. An hours worth of learning about how planes work and why they do certain things / make certain noises will put your worries to rest when it happens during the flight (and make you smarter).

TIP #5: Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)

“Fear is not real. The only place that fear can exist is in our thoughts of the future. It is a product of our imagination, causing us to fear things that do not at present and may not ever exist. That is near insanity. Do not misunderstand me danger is very real. But fear is a choice.” – Will Smith, After Earth, (2013).

CBT helps people control their fears, by questioning their negative thoughts and emotions.

Virgin Atlantic, British Airways and EasyJet offer Fear of Flying courses which use Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.

There also are a number of CBT courses available online which could be worth checking out.

TIP #6: BREATHE

It’s THE most important thing we do as humans and totally underused when in times of need.

There’s a dozen mindfulness apps (Headspace my personal favourite) which have specific tutorials for meditating when flying.

Or you could try:

4-7-8 TECHNIQUE
Breathe in through your nose for four seconds.
Hold your breath for seven.
Exhale through your mouth for eight.

Repeat until calm.

Another one that works for some people is:

LEFT NOSTRIL BREATHING
Block the right nostril with your finger or thumb and take a deep breath in through your left nostril. Exhale slowly with the right. Repeat.

TIP #7: AVOID THE FOLLOWING

#A. Caffeine
#B. Flights with multiple stops
#C. Too much booze
#D. Drugs / stimulants
#E. READING / WATCHING ANYTHING TO DO WITH PLANE CRASHES

By the way, if anything like Final Destination or Snakes on Planes is on the in-flight entertainment thing, I’d recommend NOT watching…

SIDE NOTE:
Anti-Anxiety medications / nerve aids like Kalms can be extremely effective short term cures / fixes for flight phobia, but there’s solid evidence and a handful of reasons why you shouldn’t use them.

Check out psychologytoday.com’s “anti-anxiety medication and flying article” for more info on nerve aids..

And here’s a GOV study showing the positive impact CBT has had on aviophobia.


BONUS TIP #8: TURBULENCE FORECAST

If you’re sh*t scared of turbulence and don’t mind getting geeky, there’s a site called Turbulence Forecast which shows flight routes with the least turbulence.

ESPRESS-OH!!

[Seattle, USA] Boeing Factory, Bubblegum and a “special” coffee

A weird weekend where I got to learn a thing or two about planes and whales, told to stick bubblegum on a wall and forced to pay $15 dollars for a sh*t mocha

“You can look if you want” she says, smiling at me whilst standing in a pretty pointless, completely see-through, net dress.

I’d heard rumours about Seattle’s bikini espresso huts but this was NOT what I was expecting.

Bikini Espresso experience, Seattle
Bikini Espresso experience, Seattle

The busty barista bends over to scoop up some ice for my frozen mocha – leaving nothing to the imagination.

I could literally see EVERYTHING!

As she serves the $15 drink (aka experience) she asks whether I’d like a “special” for an extra $100.

I left the shack both curious and disappointed, as the mocha tasted like sh*t.

Ladybug Bikini Espresso Seattle
Ladybug Bikini Espresso Seattle, 2901 4th Ave S, Seattle, WA 98134

Next stop was the docks for a different kind of wildlife… Whale Watching!

Worked out about £100 quid for a 4-hour boat trip..

Quite pricey and not something I’d recommend unless (like me) you’re into a bit of nature.

Fact: Killer Whales (Orcas) are NOT actually whales – they’re dolphins!

Sadly, all five Orcas  were sleeping, so we didn’t get to see much more than the giants semi consciously swim in synchronisation for a few miles.

Certainly not worthy of the Nat Geo series, though.

On the way back we stopped off for a quick look at Edith Macefield House and the Freemont Troll before heading out.

EDITH MACEFIELD’S HOUSE 

When developers were renovating the area, they offered the stubborn OAP, Edith $1million for her tiny home but she refused to sell… So, they just built around it.

Edith Macefield House
[Edith Macefield House] Address: 1438 NW 46th St, Seattle, WA 98107, USA

She’s dead now. But the house will stay put and the legend of Mrs Macefield will forever live on.

FREMONT TROLL

The 18ft monstrous sculpture was created by artists in a bid to prevent drug dealers from gathering under the bridge.

Seemed to have worked… (somehow).

Freemont Troll, Seattle, USA
Fremont Troll: Troll Ave N, Seattle, WA 98103, USA

SEATTLE: DAY TWO

The next morning, I had to chose between either the Starbucks Reserve Roastery or the Boeing Plane Factory for some more geeky sh*t.

Given my fear of flying, it made sense to see how planes are made.

CHECK IT OUT: Guide to getting over your fear of flying… in a day!

The nerdy tour was about 90-minutes and only cost $25.00.

Pretty cool as we got to see them assemble bits, whilst touring underground tunnels in the world’s largest building.

Cameras and phones were banned though, so you won’t be able to get any cool photos (like below) :/

Boeing Plane Factory, Seattle
Boeing Plane Factory, Seattle

After hearing about the Boeing Factory’s £30,000 a day electric bill – I thought I’d rack up some debt at the Seattle Premium Outlets

Seattle Premium Outlets: 10600 Quil Ceda Blvd, Tulalip, WA 98271, USA

We passed a dozen Cannabis shops on the way back to downtown, but chose to feat on plate of Buffalo Wild Wings instead of the legal puff cake.

 

Buffalo Wild Wings
Buffalo Wild Wings

I then spunked $40 on a disappointing, 600ft lift up the Cities most popular landmark, The Space Needle.

 

The Space Needle
The Space Needle

Compared to Las Vegas’ Stratosphere or Toronto’s CN Tower, Space Needle was pretty naff.

But it does have a revolving glass floor which was okay I guess.

If you’re into fish, Pike Place Fish Market is a MUST, apparently.

Personally, I can’t stand the smell of fish so didn’t hang around for too long.

Gum Wall is just around the corner and was named one of the “Germiest tourist attractions” in 2009 (yes that’s a thing).

Capitol Hill is where you’ll want to spend your Saturday night – and if you’re into your cocktails as much as I am, you’ll want to check out Canon for as long as you can afford.

Canon, Cockatil Bar in Seattle [928 12th Ave Seattle, WA]
Canon, Cockatil Bar in Seattle [928 12th Ave Seattle, WA]

The place holds America’s record for the largest spirit collection and has won a dozen cocktail-related awards.

Doors open from 5:00pm – 2:00am.

CHECK IT OUT: Canon’s impressive, but expensive menu

As the 48 hours come to a close, I was gutted I couldn’t stick around to see more of the city (as there was so much more to do).

Seattle, I’ll be back.

Although I’m still curious what’d I’d have got if I took that “special” coffee…

BEER WE GO

Beer price guide: World's cheapest places to buy a pint

Beer guide reveals the world's cheapest destinations for buying a pint

Ever wondered where you can find the cheapest pint?

Well, if you’re in a hurry and can’t be bothered to read on, Prague is the cheapest city in the world to buy a pint of beer.

In fact, the Czech Republic capital works out EIGHT times cheaper than cities like Dubai, Oslo and Singapore – according to The Money Guru.

Here’s how much £4 can get you…

[click here for cheap flights to Prague]

Beer Price Travel Guide 2018
Beer Price Travel Guide 2018

And here’s lowdown on what cities rank best (and worst) when it comes to buying a pint of beer.

Beer Price Leaderboard 2018
Beer Price Leaderboard 2018

*Prices sourced from Expatistan – accurate as of April 2018

SMOKING DEALS

BEST BBQ 2018: The best UK barbecues to buy this summer

If you’re looking for the best BBQ to buy this summer, you’re in luck as we’ve pieced together a dozen of the UK’s hottest grilling machines, with links to the cheapest laces to buy them.

From charcoal smokers to gas burning grills, here’s this year’s….

BEST BBQ’s 2018

Landmann Smoker Charcoal 31426 BBQ
(Best charcoal smoker)

This beast is big enough to feed an army. With options to roast, smoke, or cook at different speeds thanks to its  adjustable grills and length rack – it makes it a top pick for BBQ pros.

Key specs: Fuel type: Charcoal/Woodchip; Dimensions (HWD): 141 x 125 x 53 cm; Weight: 27.5kg

CosmoGrill 6+1 Deluxe BBQ
(gas burner)

If you’re looking for the monster meat cooker, here you are.

Includes: 6 x Stainless Steel Burners, a side burner with a lid, fully removable grease tray, 2 x Cooking Grills, 1 x Full length Side table, breaks, wheels, a cupboard and a Thermometer for f*ck’s sake! Sounds like Q from James Bond built this machine!

Weber Pulse 1000 BBQ
(Best electric BBQ)

This little electric tech BBQ was released this year. It’s an effortlessness grill, perfect for BBQ beginners.
In fact, it’s so cool you don’t even have to stand with the food whilst it cooks… Connect it to your phone and the iGrill thermometer will let you know when your meats are ready.
Get in!

Char-Broil Big Easy Smoker BBQ
(Best gas smoker)

This beast of a BBQ can roast, smoke or grill for six people.

It cooks fast and is skillfully designed to lock the juices into your food so you needn’t stress about your meats drying out… Shame the grill wasn’t a tad bigger though.
For the authentic BBQ chef, there’s a removable chamber which you can fill with a variety of wood chips to achieve different smokey tastes.

Key specs: Fuel type: Gas; Cooking area: 38.5cm; Dimensions (HWD): 92 x 59.4cm; Weight: 22.7kg

Sidenote: If budget isn’t an issue, and you want something slightly bigger, you might want to check out the Big Green Egg (below).

Outback Omega 200 BBQ
(Best charcoal barbecue under £150)

It’s practical, with handy workspaces on either side of the grill and some storage underneath. We think it only made the list this year because it looks cool. Personally, I think the grill is too small for the amount of room it takes up.

Key specs: Fuel type: Charcoal; Cooking area: 50 x 36 cm; Dimensions (HWD): 120 x 66 x 102cm; Weight: 30g


NAPOLEON RODEO PROFESSIONAL BBQ

It’s a heavyweight cast iron grill which has super handy, adjustable grills, a lid-mounted thermometer and is consider by a dozer BBQ chefs as one of the best grill they’ve ever used.

Few grills on the market rival this badboy!

Key specs: Grill size: 22 inches. Type: CharcoalSize: Large, Adjustable height grill, hinged lid, great build quality

 

If you’re in search of the best portable BBQ, we heartily recommend Everdure by Heston Blumenthal Cube for charcoal and Weber Q W1200 for gas.

Note: We’ll be updating this article when more barbecue reviews come in next week – with a definitive list of this year’s best barbecues.

 

BEST BBQ 2018: The best barbecues for summer in the UK review chart
BEST BBQ 2018: The best barbecues for summer in the UK review chart

 

 

ICEBREAKER

GrelkaFest: Russian babes party in bikinis at Sheregesh ski resort festival

Sheregesh ski resort festival houses one of the best mountain parties on the planet.... GrelkaFest

Booze, babes and bikinis… One word, GrelkaFest!

Yes, seriously, if you’re like me and into Russian women, then you MUST get yourself to Sheregesh ski resort next year for the Grelka Festival.

It’s been on my bucket list since I first started puberty, after all – we’re talking about the sexiest festival on planet Earth!

It’s a party held at the top of Russia’s Sheregesh ski resort, where thousands of Russian babes strip off, get p*ssed and take to the slopes.

And there’s even a “Miss Sheregesh” bikini contest, as well as an extreme ski jumping thing in the pool and numerous music shows and events.

It’s any straight male skier / snowboarder’s dream – tickets cost about £150!

If you’ve joined the weekly newsletter, I’ll make sure you get the best deals, the moment GrelkaFest release next year’s tickets.

Also, keep and eye out on Expedia’s latest deals to Russia.

INEVITABLE

What to expect on your first Lads Holiday

Here's a list of 40 or more things that will almost certainly happen on your first trip away with the boys

Here’s a list of 41 things that will very likely happen on your first lads holiday…

1. LADS HOLIDAY PITCH / PREPOSAL

One of the boys pitches “The Lads Holiday” with the promise of cheap booze and lots of easy sex. After little persuasion, you will all agree.

2. BOOKING

After scanning the internet for the best 18-30 holidays, you all (eventually) decide on some bang average hotel because it’s cheap and you’re told you won’t be spending much time in the hotel anyway.

3. PRESHOP

You’ll spunk LOADS on an entirely new holiday wardrobe.

HAVAIANAS FLIP FLOPS
HAVAIANAS FLIP FLOPS

4. GETTING THERE

You’re all buzzing on the way to the airport except one of the lads, who’s already missing his missus. #wrapped

Lads holiday I miss you
That lad who’s hooked

5. AIRPORT

You don’t have a clue where you’re going but one of the lads will pretend he does.
Nice bluff. He’ll get lucky and qualify himself as the group leader for the rest of the trip.

6. COMPETITION

As you’ll approach the baggage check-in desk, you’ll see a group of lads covered in tattoos, with bigger arms and a much better dress sense. You hope they won’t be coming to the same place as you. They definitely will be. #Crap

7. AIRPORT SECURITY

One of the idiots in your group will get stopped for having something suspicious in his bag like liquids or a laptop. You have to wait for his bag to go through again.

Airport security
Airport security

8. DUTY FREE

For some stupid reason you will all act like you’ve never used aftershave before and think it’s a good idea to spray yourselves with a variety of scents.

9. THE GATE

You’ll discover for the first time how far away the departure gate is.
Note: Nobody EVER gets gate 1. In fact, Gate 1,2,3 and 4 don’t even exist!

10. THE PLANE AISLE

You’ll walk down the plane, in search of your seat but pay more attention on the talent (girls on the same flight). Sad reality is, even if a Worldie did look straight at you – you’d probably s*** yourself and look the opposite direction. #pussy

Jim Carey scared

11. SCARED OF FLYING

You’ll find out one of the lads is scared of flying. Awww, bless. Tell him to man the f*ck up and give him a slap.

lad scared of flying

Okay, tad harsh – here’s an article that helps instantly fix flight nerves.

12. PASSPORT CONTROL

One of the lads will take longer to get through Passport Control because in his passport pic he looks about 12-years-old.

13. BAGGAGE RECLAIM

The fool who forgot to remove liquids from his hand luggage will be the guy who’s waiting for his suitcase the longest. He will instantly become the most hated guy on the trip.

Waitinmg for luggage at the airport carousel
Waiting for luggage at the airport carousel

 

14. COACH TRANSFERS

A coach load of roided up Northerners greet you with barely translatable banter.
Don’t worry, there’ll be a couple of hot girls on there too :)

Girls on transfers bus to hotel

 

15. HOTEL CHECK-IN

Okay, not quite as good as it looks in the pictures but that’s the least of your worries. There’s always that one guy nobody wants to share a room with. You worried you’ll get the short straw.

16. HOTEL / HOLIDAY REP

Looks, acts and shags like Stephen Bear. In fact, might as well just be him… You’ll find him extremely annoying, better looking than you and always full of energy.
Note: A can of Red Bull will follow him around everywhere he goes.

17. TANNING

The palest guy in the group will burn. It’s basic science. #fact
Best tanning lotion around… Aussie Gold.

18. SHORTS

You’ll find a new meaning of how short, shorts need to be.

19. GIRLS BY THE POOL

You will feel like you just experienced heaven for the first time in your life.

Beach and pool body on lads holiday

 

20. GUYS BY THE POOL

You’ll wish you spent more time in the gym and took advantage of 30% off all myprotein.com treats such as Protein Brownies and Fat Burning Stacks.

21. PRANKS

From getting pushed into the pool to getting your eyebrows shaved off… there will be pranks.

Lads Holiday Pranks

22. AN ARGUMENT

Two of your mates will have a drunk row and fall out for the rest of the holiday over something pointless.

23. DISCOVERY

You’ll learn something you didn’t know before about one of your mates.

24. HOLIDAY ROMANCE

One of the lads will fall for someone quite early on in the holiday.

25. INJURY

There’s ALWAYS an accident.

Lads holiday accident

Note: Alpha Travel insurance is definitely the cheapest and best I’ve found for Lads Holiday group bookings. Click here for more travel insurance info.

26. PROFANITY

It’s unavoidable. You’re going to see some naughty things… The girls are naughty too!

naughty girls on holiday

27. BAD DANCING

Time for your mate with two left feet to geek his freak on.

Bad dancing on a lads holiday

28. LAUGHING GAS

You’ve probably heard how dangerous nitrous oxide balloons are, but you’ll do them anyway

Lads Holiday laughing gas balloons nitrous oxide
Lads Holiday laughing gas balloons nitrous oxide

 29. HOLIDAY ANTHEM

There will be that one track you hear more than any other and you will forever associate it with the country.

Lads holiday anthem

30. FOOD

Burgers and Pizza will be your diet for the week.

eating pizza

31. PARALYTIC

One of your mates will drink way more than he can handle.

super drunk on a lads holiday

32. COCKBLOCK

One of the lads will interfere and forever be remembered as the cockblock.

Lads Holiday Cockblock

33. CASANOVA WANNABE

The lad who spends loads of money buying girls drinks, but don’t get anywhere

Lads Holiday Spending money on girls at the bar

34. THE EXCUSES

None of you will have shagged as many girls as you originally predicted. Email us your best excuses [email protected]

no excuses on a lads holiday

35. THE GREAT ESCAPE

Hope you’ve been practising stealth tactics as you’ll need to use them after a dodgy one night stand.

Lads Holiday the great escape one night stand

36. NAMED TEE-SHIRTS

I sincerely hope you’re not considering getting a printed tee? #shameful

37. FOAM / UV PAINT PARTY

You’ll almost certainly be soaked in some kind of gunk.

Foam Party on first lads holiday

38. TOP SHAGGER

You’ll crown one of the lads for banging the most women.

High Five

39. THE TATTOO

Chances are, one or ALL of you are going to get a shit tattoo.

Lads Holiday Tattoo

40. SHOT GIRLS

You might regret drinking shots from some babes breasts (or mouth) the next morning, but it won’t stop you on the night.

41. THE POOL

Yeah, it’s cold. Pools are always cold. Just man up and jump in.

42. THE PUNCH MACHINE

There will be a lot of punching in a lot of bars. It’s really a thing.
Ps. it’s not cool. And girls won’t want to shag you just because you got a high score.

Punch machine on a lads holiday

42. HOLIDAY BLUES

As soon as you arrive home and say goodbye to your mates, the holiday blues will hit you like a tonne of s***. The fix? Just book another trip.

holiday blues

ps. If you can think of any more, let us know in the comments below :)

FESTIV-ALL-YOU NEED

A-Z list of EVERYTHING a man needs to take to a music festival

26 man-essential items all guys should have on them during a festival

Festival season is in full swing so we’ve pulled together an A-Z of everything you need to take to guarantee yourself a cracking time if you’re attending one.

Don’t stink like the first band on – take a mini deodorant.

And avoid drip drying or using leaves or newspapers to wipe your back door by taking loo roll.

We’ve covered everything from hoodies and lighters to tents and tickets in our essentials round-up.

Follow our tips and you’ll have a top time.

A-Z list of EVERYTHING a man needs to take to a music festival
SAVER NO BRAINER!

Sunny Beach Party Pack: Save fortunes on food, booze, clubs and events

Party Crew's ultimate party pack photo-pass includes 7 events, free club entry + 40% off food & drink in many of the best bars & restaurants in Sunny Beach

If you’re visiting Sunny Beach anytime soon, you really need to get you and your mates one of these photo-pass thingies, because it’ll save you an absolute fortune.

It’s the ULTIMATE money saver, I mean.. with 40% off food and drink in many of the best bars and restaurants in Sunny Beach – chances are you’ll neck, shot and scoff your money’s worth within a day or two.

But it’s not just about the food and drink discounts… We’re talking SEVEN big events, a fast track pass to beat the queues at the clubs (free access obviously) and if you’re brave enough, a ride on that horrid slingshot thingie.

Sunny Beach Slingshot ride in Bulgaria
Sunny Beach Slingshot: You will NEVER catch me on this thing… (unless I’m pissed, obvs)

Here’s a phrase you’ll here quite a lot:

“Can’t f****** believe they’re trying to charge me for having a piss”

Yep, that’s right – most of the clubs will CHARGE you for using the toilet – takes the piss, right?

Well, good news because if you have one of these photo-pass thingies,  you’ll be able to slash for free #justSayin’ ;)

Here’s a breakdown of what you’d get…

But on top of the above perks, for aslong as you wear the passes, you won’t get hassled on the street by Bulgarian’s trying to sell you crap .

Another thing we noticed when wearing them, was that we were often approached by female reps from other companies, asking where we worked – we milked it as much as we could as this worked as a fantastic icebreaker.
Side note: There’s so many fit reps out here it’s untrue (I fell in love with one called Lori).

Having the photo-pass strapped round your neck, helps you standout in a good way – so we kept them on throughout the entire trip and loved every minute of it.

Personally, I couldn’t recommend them enough.

Sunny Beach reps dancing on the table during Party Crew bar crawl
Sunny Beach reps dancing on the bar during Party Crew bar crawl

It’s worth noting that if you buy the party package in Sunny Beach, the price increases to £80 – so you might want to click here and apply before you go (Sunny Beach party pack / photo-pass application page) before you go.

You’ll be asked to send your name and a photo, and one of the Party Crew team will contact you later to arrange payment.

APPLY NOW FOR SUPER SAVER

Party Crew bar crawl

Here’s a little look into what the Sunny Beach Party Crew bar crawl looks like.

Note: it’s come a long way since when this video was shot.

Beach foam party at Guaba beach bar

Ever wondered what the biggest foam-making machine in Sunny Beach looks like?

BATTLE OF THE SEXES

Who's most likely to cheat - the Stag or Hen?

Survey unveils which gender is naughtiest and more than TWICE as likely to cheat on a weekend away. So, is the man or woman more likely to cheat?

Stag weekends genuinely mean lots of booze, strippers and well… booze and strippers!

Temptation is soaring for most red blooded males – but does this mean we cheat more than women when we’re away?

Yes, of course it does. In fact lads are TWICE as likely to cheat on a stag do than women on a hen.

STAGS ARE TWICE MORE LIKELY TO CHEAT THAN HENS

Stags are TWICE more likely to cheat than hens…Stag and Hen party specialists, Last Night of Freedom got both sexes to admit when someone in their group did the dirty – and it turns out that 25% of fellas admitted that at least one of the boys in the group cheated during their last stag weekend.

I half expected it to be more than that…

Or maybe that’s just because most of the lads I travel away with are dirty dogs!

Either way, what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas so who gives a sh*t…

Thomas Cook are doing deals to Vegas (flight + hotel) for less than £700 by the way…

 

Glampin' it up!

Glampin' it up at Lowlands Festival, Holland... and then a puff cake or two

Finally got to watch the XX perform and loved every second of it

I’m in a cabin, tucked away in a field near Amsterdam with electrodes stuck to my head whilst trying to write a story with my mind.

It features angry cow, who’s just attacked a burger stand and now wants to visit Ibiza to get a tan.

Teepees at Lowlands Festival (pic Little Wanderbook)
Teepees at Lowlands Festival (pic Little Wanderbook)
Lowlands Festival 2017
Lowlands Festival 2017
Lowlands Festival 2017
Lowlands Festival 2017
Playtime at Lowlands Festival 2017
Playtime at Lowlands Festival 2017
Lowlands Festival 2017
Lowlands Festival 2017

No, I’m not off my face on Shrooms – at least not yet, anyway…

I’m at Lowlands Festival, where 55,000 people gather for the likes of London Grammar, The XX and Bastille.

 

The event isn’t just about music though, as when I wasn’t dribbling over some of my favourite performers, I was getting hooked up to an ECG machine in the “science zone”, where I learned to write a story with just my thoughts, no keyboard.

Dedicating my mind to science at Lowlands Science Zone ECG machine
Dedicating my mind to science at Lowlands Science Zone ECG machine

After I finally put an end to the f*cked up cow story, I set off to explore the rest of the festival.

It runs for three days in the sleepy fields of the village of Lelystad.

This year it is on from August 17 to 19 and you can buy the tickets for by clicking this link.

The headline acts announced so far include Rag’n’Bone Man, Stormzy, Dua Lipa, Gorillaz, Kendrick Lamar, The War On Drugs, Bonobo, Grizzly Bear, and Bicep.

Lowlands Festival 2018 Lineup
Lowlands Festival 2018 Lineup

My experience last year began with a 45-minute flight for less than a hundred quid, on KLM’s new route from London City to Schiphol then a 60-minute drive.

On arrival, my glamping tepee was all set up for me in one of the event’s seven campsites.

 

Teepees at Lowlands Festival (pic Little Wanderbook)
Teepees at Lowlands Festival (pic Little Wanderbook)

 

Lowlands is an arty, hipster event with a tonne of weird sh*t to do – from morning yoga sessions to a naturist spa (seriously).

Yes, there’s a free sauna and hot tub section set up behind some bamboo walls, where visitors get to strip off completely naked on a man-made beach.

Despite an invite to join them, I managed keep my clothes on (this time).

Here's a reminder of when I stripped naked off in 2007 for The Sun during the Eden Project's Naturist event in Cornwall
Here’s a reminder of when I stripped naked off in 2007 for The Sun during the Eden Project’s Naturist event in Cornwall

The nudist area is run by Caro Kuiper and her husband Onno. She says: “You come here and relax. You get clean and leave refreshed. I can see it in people’s eyes when they walk out.”

Across from the nudity is the Science Park, also free.

Playtime at Lowlands Festival 2017
Playtime at Lowlands Festival 2017

Along with my ECG, it features a simulation of a zombie outbreak – showing how quickly we would all be scoffing each others’ brains (see,. told you it was strange).

And there’s a Lowlands’ Got Talent tent where people get their stress levels and heart rate measured before stepping onto a small stage and performing in-front of a little audience.

Although I did plan to grow some balls and give it ago, I was banned for cheating the test, after guzzling a dozen lemon and lime Vodka slushies in preparation.


GETTING THERE

BY CAR?
Navigate to Bijsselseweg 31, Biddinghuizen, The Netherlands and follow the signs Walibi Holland and P Lowlands. By following the signs, you will get directed to the nearest available parking location. Please note that cars are banned on the camp site. Illegally parked vehicles will be towed away. Please don’t forget to buy an additional parking ticket via Ticketmaster. Presale parking tickets are €15, – (Ticketmaster fee included). Did you forget to buy a parking ticket in advance? It will cost you €25,- on site. You can only pay by debit card on site, cash is not accepted.

Your parking ticket is valid for the entire weekend.

BY AIRPLANE?
Are you flying to Lowlands? Our festival site is only one hour away from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport and only two hours away from Rotterdam – The Hague Airport and Eindhoven Airport. It’s easy getting from these airports to Lowlands: you can use The Netherlands’s reliable public transport network to travel to Lelystad train station. From here, you can hop on a free shuttle bus which will bring you to Lowlands in about twenty minutes.

Planning your public transport journey? The 9292OV public transport journey planner or the NS train journey planner might come in handy. You can buy your public transport tickets at the tram, train, metro or bus station where you’re departing from: it’s not neccessary to buy your tickets in advance.

Please see the shuttle bus schedule under ‘Shuttle bus service’.

BY TRAIN?
It’s easy to get to Lowlands by train: please navigate to Lelystad train station. Lowlands is only an hour away from Amsterdam Central Station. From Lelystad, you can take a free shuttle bus to Lowlands.

AYA-F*CK-SCA

Mind blowing Ayahuasca Ceremony in Phuket, Thailand

What happens when you take the most powerful psychedelic known to man... three times in one night?

I’m pinned to the floor, blind, paralysed and soaked in my own piss, begging for it to stop.

My brain is malfunctioning. I’ve forgotten how to talk, stand, think and breathe.

“Lee, stay with me… it will pass” says a voice trying to reassure me from the outside world.

“What the f*ck is happening?!”

I helplessly mumble “please make it stop” but it’s no use, Mother Ayahuasca hasn’t finished with me yet.

I’m once again dragged back into a twisted and f*cked up reality – where my mind, thoughts and senses are uncomfortably tossed around like a metal fork in a blender.

My brain, cooked alive by horrific visions and flashing images – things so warped I cannot even become close to describing.

This was my first experience with Ayahuasca.

When I arrived at the secret checkpoint at 7pm, I was greeted by the guide and another man, who was also to take part in the ritual.

He looked nervous. But later explained how he’d struggled with the pre-ceremony diet and preparations.

All participants are given a special food plan and rules, such as no sex / masturbation, drugs and alcohol for at least a week before the ceremony.

Sounds easy, but it sucks when you’re staying in Patong – the sex and party capital of Phuket.

We were also told to bring a bucket (for puking our guts up), a pillow, blanket and change of clothes as we’d be staying the night.

Our temporary residence was cosy. A large room, with a floor to ceiling glass wall which over-looked the treetops in the mountains. Not quite The Amazon rainforest, but close enough for me.

The shaman performed a brief chant before instructing us to neck the most vulgar shot in the universe. Seriously, it was absolutely, f*cking disgusting!

20 minutes passed, and I’m laying down with my eyes closed, focusing on my breath.

I could feel the dark and slimy elixir making it’s way through my body.

The guy next to me starts to violently puke (aka purge).

Another 10 minutes passed and I could start to see little patterns appear. It was happening.

As I shuffled into a more comfy position my body started to melt into the mattress and my visions become more and more intense.

The sound of vomit spraying into a tin bucket began to fade, as I slowly drifted to a nice place.

The first stage was pure bliss. I’d never felt so relaxed or at one in my entire life.

By the second stage, and after another shot of the sh*t tasting plant medicine – I could see and feel everything.

A beaming smile was super glued across my face, I was completely paralysed by comfort.

I’d become air and could see how everything worked and was connected.

I was a passenger, on a journey through life and death… and beyond.

Sounds weird, but it wasn’t and it made sense at the time.

It was the most natural thing I’ve ever experienced.

It was beautiful.

Well, until an hour passed and I decided to take my third and final shot.

Only this time, I was taken to a different place. Somewhere dark and unforgiving.

Ayahuasca can warp your understanding of time. Minutes can feel like hours during a psychedelic trip.

I was trapped, caught up in a never-ending nightmare which reminded me of a sinister version of when Neo couldn’t escape the train station in The Matrix 2.

Another stage felt as if I were caged in a box, like one of those medieval torture things… only I was floating around like George Clooney in Gravity.

It doesn’t matter if you’re eyes are wide open or shut tight as the visions are engraved deep within your head and there’s no escape.

By the time I come round and wiped the snot from my sweating face, I was exhausted.

Grateful, too. And so happy to have my mind back and free of the powerful hallucinogen.

After getting some rest, and waking up the next day I spent the rest of the day reflecting on the beach.

One thing for sure… This whole ‘no sex’ malarky has made me horny as hell!

I’d love to say I feel enlightened, but I’ll save the cheese for a future post.

Ayahuasca was the most profound experience of my life.

RARE

26 of the best steakhouses in London

The top steakhouse restaurants in London, according to Trip Advisor on Steak and Blowjob Day 2018

 

Flat Iron Covent Garden

My Caption

££ – £££ Steakhouse European British Gluten Free Options

Flat Iron Curtain Road

££ – £££ Steakhouse European British Gluten Free Options

Goodman Canary Wharf

££££ American Steakhouse European British Gluten Free Options

Zelman Meats – Soho

££ – £££ American Steakhouse Barbecue European British Gluten Free Options

Hawksmoor Seven Dials

££££ Steakhouse European British Gluten Free Options

Flat Iron Denmark Street

££ – £££ Steakhouse British Gluten Free Options

Goodman

££££ American Steakhouse European British Gluten Free Options

Omnino Leadenhall

££ – £££ Steakhouse Grill Argentinian Gluten Free Options

Goodman City

££££ Steakhouse European British

Bar + Block Steakhouse

££ – £££ Pizza International Grill Steakhouse British Vegetarian Friendly

Flat Iron Beak Street

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The Bull Steak Expert

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Buen Ayre

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Knife Restaurant

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Hawksmoor Spitalfields

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Hawksmoor Air Street

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Steak & Co.

££ – £££ Steakhouse British Grill Gluten Free Options

Blacklock City

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Smith & Wollensky UK

££££ American Steakhouse British Gluten Free Options

JW Steakhouse

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Gaucho – Broadgate

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Macellaio RC Exmouth Market

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Constancia

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Hawksmoor Borough

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Gaucho Canary

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Macellaio Rc Union Street

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Roxie Steak – Putney
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LIFE CHANGING

Phuket Cleanse: 7 days detox at a fitness and yoga retreat in Thailand

What happens when you're banned from meats, sweets and booze for a week at Thailand's most loved Detox, Fitness & Yoga Retreat...

“F*CK OFF!!!” were the first words Shane said after I’d suggested spending a week at a yoga detox camp.

“You’re joking, right…?” Turns out I wasn’t.

We’re both proud meat-eaters who are just as lazy as we are open to a midweek trip to Wetherspoons. So the thought of spending a week at a booze-free, vegan bootcamp sounded more like a prison sentence than a holiday.

Lee and Shane at Phuket Cleanse
Looks like Shane’s enjoying himself after all…

But after a convincing chat with Phuket Cleanse boss Stanton, we thought we’d give the “Best detox, fitness & yoga retreat in Thailand” a try – and here’s what we discovered.

IT’S NOT YOUR TYPICAL LADS HOLIDAY?
While most lads were out, getting their d*cks sucked for peanuts in Patong, we were either meditating on beaches or hiking up hills.

Girls in Patong, Thailand
Hmm, 6am hill hike or a night with these beauts? Tough one.

We were in bed by 10pm most nights and up again at 5.30am / 6am, for the morning activities.

It’s much better than it sounds.

YOU BURN FAT FOR FUN

By the end of the first week, I’d lost 2kg of bodyfat and gained lean muscle – from doing activities I enjoyed.

Shane’s results were even better, but his tan wasn’t as good.

Shane trying to get a tan in Phuket, Thailand
Shane trying to get a tan on a pink flamingo inflatable… as you do

VEGAN FOOD ISN’T FOR ME, BUT…
I’m a hardcore carnivore. If my plate doesn’t have meat on it, I’m not eating it… Well, at least that’s how I used to feel.

Phuket Cleanse has taught me that a raw vegan diet is so much more than rabbit food.

Phuket Cleanse Buffet Dinner
Phuket Cleanse Buffet Dinner

The chefs somehow managed to conjure up some seriously tasty meat-free dishes using veggies and spices.

I’d be lying though if I said I didn’t struggle some nights. But fortunately, Salmon is on the menu for fussy guests like me, as well as people with muscle building goals – the fish provides an extra protein kick at dinner.

ACTIVITY HOLIDAYS KICK ASS
Phuket Cleanse is jam-packed full of activities. In fact, there’s two activities almost every hour and they run from 6am until 9pm.

There’s more than 20 classes a day, ranging from floating meditations to Muay Thai boxing.

There’s plenty of yoga types to choose from, and regardless of whether you’re superfit, fat or thin, the intensity of the classes are suitable for almost anyone.

So if you’ve packed on some flab over Christmas, you know what to do!

But it’s not all fitness, with cooking masterclasses, cycle clubs, sunrise ocean walks and sunset breathing ceremonies.

Phuket Cleanse sunset beach yoga
Can think of a few ways to stretch this one…

And if the weather’s right (more often than not) guests are taught to stand-up paddleboard, which is pretty sick as you can make your way across the warm waters of Nai Harn to the hidden Ao Sane Beach.

Stand-up paddle boarding in Phuket
My poor attempt to stand-up paddle boarding… ending with me just sunbathing instead

Manage to stay on the waterboard for long enough and you’ll have your next Instagram profile pic.

 

YOGA HELPS IMPROVE YOUR FLEXIBILITY AND BEDROOM GAME
Regardless of whether it’s your first or thousandth time, they love a good stretch here at Phuket Cleanse – and you’ll be bent crazy!

There’s a tonne of activities which are guaranteed to improve your flexibility – and as Russell Brand likes to brag, makes you better in bed.

 

BIKRAM YOGA IS HARDCORE!
Within 5 minutes of stepping into the Bikram Arena (a hot room full of bendy people) it was clear, I was in trouble.

Participants / victims are instructed to bend their body’s in ways Stretch Armstrong would struggle with.

Phuket Cleanse will stretch you like Stretch Armstrong
Remember this guy, Stretch Armstrong

Admittedly, I wasn’t the only one in the room who was as stiff as a plank but after the 26th and final “series” aka stretch exercises – I was out for the count.

… but despite HATING every second of it, the physical and mental benefits forced me to keep coming back all week…

Bikram Yoga at Phuket Cleanse with Lee, Shane, Aya, and Little Miss Raw
Bikram Yoga at Phuket Cleanse with Lee, Shane, Aya, and Little Miss Raw – see, we look like pros

… helped that I fancied one of the girls in the class, obviously ;)

YOU CAN GET HIGH FROM BREATHING
Yeah, I called bullsh*t too, but then after getting f*cked up during a Rebirth session with Dela, I decided to look into the science behind it.

Rebirthing Breathwork step by step
Rebirthing Breathwork step by step

By the sounds of things, Rebirthing is the spiritual equivalent to Holotropic Breathwork, said to release emotional trauma through conscious and connected breathing.

rebithing breathwork
Rebirthing is said to put you in a semi-conscious state…

It’s a pricey extra here at Phuket Cleanse, but if you’ve got FOMO (fear of missing out) like me, you’ll want to experience it.

Some guest claimed they’d ORGASMED during the two-hour long exercise.

Personally, I’d rather get a “happy ending” at the Angels Massage place just down the road for a third the price.

But, each to their own.

Angel Massage sign in Phuket, Thailand
Angel Massage do happy endings, apparently?!

THEY LOVE A GOOD ICE BATH… I DON’T
If she’s not cooking up delicious vegan treats or playing Scrabble, she’s chilling in an ice bath.  Louella (aka Little Miss Raw) will guide guests through a Recovery Induction, which is essentially a way of warming your body up so you can survive, shoulder deep in FREEZING water for periods of time.

Louella in the ice bath at phuket cleanse
As tempting as it was to get in the ice bath with Little Miss Raw… I just couldn’t

It’s something professional athletes have been doing for years, as it helps speed up your muscle recovery.

I wasn’t so good at it…

Lee Walpole in an ice bath
Ice Bath attempt 1
Lee Walpole in an ice bath
Ice Bath attempt 2
Lee Walpole in an ice bath
Ice Bath attempt 3

IT’S ALL IN THE BREATH

The half Italian / half Frenchman, Bastian, nailed home the importance of breathing during one of his insightful, pool meditation prep talks.

“How long can you go without food?”
“How long can you go without water?”
“How long can you go without air?”

Exactly. Learn to breathe properly.

There’s not a thing he doesn’t know about breathing and more importantly, how you can use it to your advantage.

From stress-reduction and sleep preparations to energy boosts and decreased fatigue.

He can also teach you to hold your breath for extended periods of time (i.e. free dive training) – the guy’s practically a super hero for breathwork.

Note: Bastian has recently had an accident and might lose the use of his hand. Please help support him by making a small donation, here.

 

YOU GET “ME” TIME
One of the best quotes of the week come from a Welsh Mum, Joanne who said: “When I’m at home, I’m a mother, sister and wife… When I’m here, I’m me.”

Moment to myself during sunset meditation session, in Rawai, Phuket
Moment to myself during sunset meditation session, in Rawai, Phuket

You get a lot of “me time” at Phuket Cleanse, and you’ll learn why it’s so important. Sounds cringe, but it’s so true.

I’VE NEVER SEEN TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS SO GOOD
Don’t believe me? See for yourself… Over 400 reviews, 97% of the ratings are excellent.

Phuket Cleanse on Trip Advisor

Note: The two ‘average’ ratings were back in 2012 and completely out of date – kind of like my “Messiah Costume (below).

Messiah moment at KataRocks , Phuket Thailand
Messiah moment at KataRocks

 

Messiah costume
WTF am I actually wearing?

IT’S KIND OF LIKE THE BIG BROTHER HOUSE…
It’s how I imagine the Big Brother house to be, but without the cameras and bitchiness.

At first, the thought of eating at a table surrounded by strangers was slightly intimidating.

Couple of girls we met at Phuket Cleanse
Couple of girls we met at Phuket Cleanse

But the majority of guests come alone so we’re all in the same boat, and as a consequence, conversation is easy.

It’s one of the many things I miss about the place.

Make your own face mask with Little Miss Raw
Make your own face mask with Little Miss Raw

FAREWELLS SUCK
Because of the setup, you get close to people you’d never naturally meet.

In my case, an Australian Tech Millionaire, Financial Advisors for Arab Billionaires, White House Business Correspondents, a Welsh Mum who once served in the Navy, and a half-American / half-Egyptian girl who’s obsessed with elephants and chewing gum.

Playing with the giants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Phuket, Thailand
Playing with the giants at the Elephant Jungle Sanctuary, Phuket, Thailand

Phuket Cleanse can house up to 40 guests, and you’re spending most of your time with these people, sweating buckets and opening up.

By the end of the week both me and Shane were in bits when we had to leave. Sobbing like Love Island contestants after an eviction.

OH, HOW I MISS THE LOVE LETTER DAYS
My favourite of all gestures here at Phuket Cleanse is probs the “Wall of Love”. It’s basically an area where guests and workers can write private notes to each other – which you can only read the day you leave.

The Wall of Love letters and notes
The Wall of Love letters and notes

I was genuinely choked by some of the messages. The unsigned “Thank you for letting me feel comfortable enough to be myself” was my favourite. I got a few numbers too ;)

NANA BOWLS ARE A THING
If you haven’t heard of these yet, you probably will soon.

One of Phuket Cleanse’s former managers, Phil Anthony has teamed up with a gorgeous Instagrammer, Jessica Moses, to make some sexy smoothie bowls – which have taken the island by storm.

peanut butter and strawberry nanabowls smoothie bowls
People go crazy for the peanut butter and strawberry Nanabowls

From Strawberry Bliss to Peanut Butter Salted Caramel flavours – each bowl is stacked with gluten-free granola and not only tastes fantastic – but are healthy too!

You can check out the flavours here: nanabowls.com

…or grab one at Wilson’s on the way back from a gym session (map below)!

HOW TO CHEAT AND GET AWAY WITH IT
If you decided to sneak out at night and stuff your face with burgers and chips you can’t expect great results from the detox and quite simply, don’t deserve them.

Booze, meats, sweets, crisps, caffeine and dairy products are all technically forbidden, but there’s ways and means of breaking the rules, without taking the p*ss.

Caffeine Fix:
Aya (the one obsessed with elephants) used to sneak off for a daily ‘Bulletproof Coffee’ at Wilsons.

She said it was amazing and worth it. She still achieved her fitness goals.

Sugar fix:
Simple and guilt-free solution: Grab a Nanabowl from Wilson’s.
Address: 31/44 Soi Saiyuan Moo 1, Rawai, Amphoe Mueang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

Nanabowls: Delicious protein packed smoothies free from dairy and gluten
Nanabowls: Delicious protein packed smoothies free from dairy and gluten

Booze Fix:
I’d probably save alcohol for the last day, once you’ve undergone your final body measurements.

There’s a great opportunity on the Banana Beach day trip to lay back and enjoy a Pina Colada – if a rum-less coconut doesn’t do it for you.

Rocksalt is a lovely beachfront bar which lives underneath the 5* Nai Harn Hotel.

Happy hour is from 5.30pm to 6.30pm.
Address: 23/3 Moo1, Vises Road, Rawai, Muang District, Phuket 83100, Thailand, Phuket, Muang, Phuket 83100, Thailand

Katarocks is a stunning bar / restaurant which has a gorgeous infinite pool.

Kata Rocks hotel / bar in Phuket Thailand is stunning
Kata Rocks hotel / bar in Phuket Thailand is stunning

Guests get to experience an interesting uphill buggy ride to the main entrance on arrival too.

It’s expensive but serves the best cocktails on the island.

Address: 186/22 Kok Tanode Road, Kata, Mueng, Phuket 83100, Thailand

Meat Fix:
Phuket Cleanse is a 5 minute taxi ride from Rawai Pier, a place known for it’s quality seafood restaurants.

When you arrive, on the right hand side you have a row full of stalls that sell living fish and crustaceans.

Once you’ve purchased your food, you’ll have the option of several restaurants to your left who will weigh up your food cook it for you.

We barbecued our Prawns and lobsters… Fantastic experience if you can live with the guilt of handing over a living thing for your dinner.

Tip: Stick to brown rice and vegetables for the side dish.

VERDICT
 So when our time was up, we’d had our cries, and received our impressive measurements back, we’d both agreed that the experience was life changing.

Not only did we feel fitter, better and revitalised.

I’m still not entirely comfortable calling the experience a “holiday” though – but when it comes to booking my next trip away, this is the EXACT  type of thing I’m looking for.

You can check out the story in The Sun, by clicking here.

 

 

GUILT-FREE TREAT

Nanabowls: Delicious protein-packed gluten & dairy-free smoothie bowls

Find out why the healthiest smoothie on the planet is taking over Phuket and why you should travel 4000 miles to try one!

If you haven’t heard of the word Nanabowls yet, you probably will soon. It’s the guilt-free alternative to ice cream and comes in a variety of sexy flavours.

Shane tucks in to a Strawberry Bliss Nanabowl in Phuket, Thailand
Shane tucks in to a Strawberry Bliss Nanabowl in Phuket, Thailand

From Strawberry Bliss to Peanut Butter Salted Caramel – each Nanabowl is stacked with gluten-free granola so they don’t only taste fantastic – but they’re healthy too!

Founder Phil Anthony – who helped set up Thailand’s number one detox retreat (Phuket Cleanse) – has teamed up with the gorgeous Jess Moses, who’s mission is to create the “world’s most delicious and nutritious smoothie bowls” – and they’re doing just that.

Nanabowls founder Phil and Jess
Nanabowls founders Phil and Jess

Each smoothie is made from natural ingredients. And they’re not only packed full of protein and fibre, but they’re also free from dairy, gluten and soy. How’s that for a treat?

peanut butter and strawberry nanabowls smoothie bowls
People go crazy for the peanut butter and strawberry Nanabowls

Where can you buy them?

Sadly they’ve not reached UK yet, but you can find them in Phuket, Thailand or make them from home by checking out their recipe page.

Okay, they might be the best tasting smoothies on the planet, but it’s unlikely anyone will want to travel half way across the world for one – so if you’re looking for another excuse to visit Thailand’s paradise beach Island, check out our Phuket travel guide for inspiration – it’s genuinely one of the best destinations in the world.

Phuket is full of fitness and health retreats, so if you wanted to get in shape, rip up, bulk, trim or tan –  the place is loaded with options for everyone.

Flights to Phuket start from as little as £300 return.

For more information on Nanabowls, visit nanabowls.com

ICE SCREAM!

Why everybody should be ice bathing and how I sucked at it

Here’s 7 reasons why you should consider taking an ice cold plunge into cold therapy... and a couple of reasons you shouldn't!

Ever fancied dipping to your body into a freezing tub of water for 15 minutes?

Yeah, f*ck that! Of course not.

But it’s exactly what we should be doing says Phuket Cleanse’s Recovery Coach, Louella.

Louella in the ice bath at phuket cleanse
As tempting as it was to get in the ice bath with Little Miss Raw… I just couldn’t

“The body needs time to repair itself after a workout.”

“Recovery is second only to nutrition when it comes to achieving the best physical results – but it’s often overlooked.”

The freezing beauty teaches guests how to warm their bodies from the inside and stay calm during the ice cold plunge – so you get the most from it.

By the end of the training, most people were able to survive shoulder-deep for at least five minutes. And in one nutty case, one of the lads thought he’d watch an entire episode of Game of Thrones… What a lunatic!

Sadly, I missed my ice bath training session, and as a consequence, failed to stay in the water for longer that 15 seconds, let alone 15 minutes.

(Here’s my shameful attempts)

Lee Walpole in an ice bath
Ice Bath attempt 1
Lee Walpole in an ice bath
Ice Bath attempt 2
Lee Walpole in an ice bath
Ice Bath attempt 3

SOME SCIENCE BEHIND COLD THERAPY

Ice baths will immediately reduce swelling while flushing lactic acid out of your body.

When you get out of the bath, your muscle tissue warms back up, causing a return of oxygenated blood to help your muscles recover.

But before you go run yourself a bath and fill it up with ice cubes, it’s worth knowing that last year the BBC investigated the advantages of cold therapy and come the the conclusion that “Ice baths might be useful for a quick recovery between events during a competition, but not if you want muscles to get stronger in the long-term”.

There’s also the possibly of causing Hypothermia, nerve pain and arthritis too.

Yeah, think I’ll stick to a warm bath after all.