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Just for Giggles – Challenges

Need a break from the daily routine that is just for giggles? Bored at work and need a serious distraction just before the weekend starts? Kids driving you crazy? Then look no further – Treasure Trails could just be the answer to your anti-boredom prayers. These challenges will help you get fitter and more active – and relieve the boredom too!

Walk More and Eat Less

Our resolutions this year are very simple – walk more and eat less! Sounds easy enough, although everyone knows resolutions are notoriously hard to stick to.

Walk More

Maybe if we break it down a bit it will be easier. So, to walk more we intend to find things to do that involve walking; regular Treasure Trailing being the most obvious one. There are over 1,000 Treasure Trails all over the UK, so its unlikely that many of our customers will have run out of Trails to tackle and places to explore. No excuses now!

Walk More and Eat Less - get out and walk or skateboard moreThere are lots of ways to walk more that don’t involve planning a day out with family and friends! We will try parking a bit further away from the car park entrance or pay and display machine; taking the stairs instead of the lift, ditching the roller skates; using a pedometer to reach a target of steps; walking to the shops instead of taking the car, using the next bus stop along the route, pottering more in the garden, do more cycling, investing in a dog!  Yes there are lots of ways to walk more and some of course are more practical than others.

Walking is a great way to lose calories and completing a Treasure Trail will burn around 500 to 600 calories.  But only of course, if you don’t stop for ice-cream or a drink along the way!

Eat Less

And so we come to the second half of the resolution – eat less! Three ordinary sized meals a day should be plenty and that’s what we are going to try and stick to! That means no mid morning snacks with coffee, no sneaky piece of cake with afternoon tea, no late night supper of cheese and biscuits and definitely no midnight feasts! Sounds so easy, but snacks come in all forms of tempting little morsels.  For me crisps are my weakness, whilst for others chocolate is their downfall and for some a biscuit with their bedtime cocoa is a must have!

Eating off green or red plates will apparently cause you to eat less – not knowing the science behind it, this could be a red herring, but as we have a red plate at home I might give it a try!

We hope the end result of all this walking more and eating less will mean we are fitter and leaner, so that we can continue to walk more and eat less well beyond retirement and enjoy days out with friends and family for many years to come!

Do let us know what your resolutions and things to do are for 2015. We’d love to hear from you either on Facebook or in the comments box below. Happy New Year!

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8th January 2015

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Itinerary for a Spy Mission Holiday – When Time and Distance Don’t Count

Immerse yourself in the world of espionage and counter-espionage with a fun spy mission themed midi-break!

Day One

Start your holiday with a visit to the Spymaster Shop in London’s Portman Square. Purchase your equipment and then set out to solve a spy mission from Treasure Trails which starts close to the South Kensington Tube Station.

Itinerary for a Spy Mission Holiday - When Time and Distance don’t Count - want to be a spy for the day?Day Two

The next day whizz across to London and visit the Imperial War Museum in London where there is a wonderful interactive family exhibition.  Join in the fun and you will use clever camouflage, code-cracking skills and the cunning of a spy to delve into a top secret world.

And having learnt all those skills use the afternoon to tackle the spy mission Treasure Trail that starts at Hyde Park Corner.

Day Three

It is now time to leave the capital and catch a train or drive to Cheltenham and the heart of the spy world at GCHQ. GCHQ have lots of vacancies if you fancy working in their world, but for now the nearest spy mission to their head offices in Cheltenham is the Cheltenham Bath Road Quarter.

Start in Cheltenham at GCHQ where the nearest spy mission Trail is the Cheltenham Bath Road Quarter.

A hop and a skip from Cheltenham is Herefordshire and in the south of the county you can enjoy a small museum dedicated to Violette Szabo, who was an agent of SOE (Special Operations Executive) and was sent into occupied France twice. The first time she returned safely but the second time she was captured and ultimately shot. It is a fascinating story.

Itinerary for a Spy Mission Holiday - When Time and Distance don’t Count - try one of our Spy TrailsDay Four

The next morning enjoy the mysteriously named “The Other Side of Hereford” which is a spy mission to track down a rogue trader who is planning to try and destabilize the economy by leading local businessmen on a merry dance.

Day Five

The next step of the journey is to move north and head to Nottingham to be ready to take part in a spy mission run by Si5 in Nottingham.  Inside the spy mission action adventure centre there, they have built a ship divided into rooms with objectives to complete to stop the terrorists launching a missile! The objectives are a mix of physical tasks, dexterity and mental challenges all against the clock!

Having worn yourselves  out fighting terrorists in this unique party venue, it will be time for a gentle walk at a much slower pace around Nottingham Castle following the spy mission Treasure Trail!

Itinerary for a Spy Mission Holiday - When Time and Distance don’t Count - secret agentBy now you will have ticked off 5 Trails in 5 days and foiled several plots and thwarted some nasty plans to unleash havoc and destruction around the towns and cities of the UK.

Let us know where your spy missions have taken you and share your experiences on our Facebook page. Look for the barefaced agent.

29th October 2014

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