If you’re starting to get sick of the vacations you take every year, look no further. Here are some ideas that will ensure that the next trip you take is a little more off the beaten path than ever before…
1. A Backpacking Trip
First and foremost, have you ever tried backpacking? In many countries it’s seen as a rite of passage for young people – have you ever really lived if you haven’t slung a backpack on and gone off to trek across Asia?
Staying in youth hostels is a lot of fun if you’re going to Europe, and if you intend to travel across South America and Asia then you may find that your finances may stretch to slightly loftier accommodation.
Backpacking is the best way to meet like-minded fellow travellers who you can hang out with for a few days before finding a new group of people, and it allows you to explore the world on your own terms.
2. A Boat Trip
If you have booked a trip to a coastal area that you want to spice up a little, you could consider hiring a boat. If you haven’t been sailing before, you might also want to make sure that the boat comes with a crew that can help you.
Boat clubs pop up in a lot of harbours across the world and they are extremely useful for anyone who loves sailing and boating but who doesn’t want to commit to the colossal expense of owning their own boat. They pay your dock fees, they clean the boat, and you can choose what kind of boat you want to use.
A boat is perfect for exploring small bays and harbours that you might not otherwise manage to get to. They also provide a little privacy – you can sprawl in the sun and enjoy the water without having to share a beach with a thousand other people. A boat is the perfect choice for anyone who wants to enliven their beach trip.
3. A Train Journey
Interrailing across Europe is one of the most fun things that anybody can do. Admittedly, people aged under twenty-five can get cheaper fares, but the interrail ticket is still doable for everyone.
It allows you to see any European mainland country that you want within a certain amount of time and provides you with plenty of flexibility too. If you have the ability to take some time off work and you want to experience a lot of different cultures in a short amount of time, interrailing is definitely the top thing that you should try.
If you’d like to go a little more off the beaten track, why not try the Trans Siberian Railway? It connects Moscow with the Russian Far East and has lines going off to Mongolia, China and North Korea.
If you want to take the trip of a lifetime, take a friend and go first class. The scenery out of the window will be incredible and you may just make some best friends for life in the other passengers.