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The Sahara desert: Where better to get away from it all?

Everyone knows the feeling that you get when work is getting on top of you, people are trying your patience, or your favourite football team has just been beaten again. You are often left standing amid the chaos of the UK urban rat race thinking: "I wish I could get away from it all".

I've gone through this episode on a number of occasions and recently I bit the bullet and took some time off to recharge the batteries. I needed an escape, somewhere that was the complete polar opposite to the monotony of nine-to-five Britain. I was headed for the Sahara desert.

If you put a bit of thought into it, there is nowhere better to go and achieve some space. The vast plains stretch out for miles ahead of you and all you have to worry about is looking after your camel as he plods through the hot sand. The stress of bills, angry bosses and desperately poor football teams were merely a distant memory as I spent a few stress-busting days acquainting myself with the north African desert. I also managed to obtain a new-found love for star-gazing.

Surprisingly, after spending a prolonged period on my own exploring the sparse Saharan landscape, I had an urge to get back into the thick of things. I am a city dweller after all. Luckily, I had booked a trip that allowed me to discover my inner peace and also experience some of the hustle and bustle of city life that I had been accustomed to at home.

However, Marrakech - with its plethora of market sellers and street entertainers - was a million miles away from Manchester, Birmingham and London, if not geographically, then certainly culturally. It turned out to be the perfect break for me on a personal level. The contrast between the bare, but ultimately beautiful Sahara and the thriving and equally as enchanting Marrakech was stark. Combined together, I had inadvertently managed to embark on the ultimate adventure holiday, which gave me the impetus to head back to the UK fully refreshed and ready to take on the rigours of British life once again.

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Sahara Family Holiday

Africa, Morocco | 8 days
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Families only
Camel Trekking - Morocco Family holiday
Leave everyday life behind as you journey by camel across the sand dunes of the Sahara on this exciting and great value family holiday.

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