Saturday 10 December 2016

4 Up and Coming Destinations For the Young At Heart

Published 15/11/2016 | 16:39

Feel like exploring and like a bit of adventure?

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Are you looking for an active group holiday in 2017, but also want the flexibility and free time to do your own thing?  Travel has changed.  Group activity holidays have been completely reimagined and become much more personalised, original, social and authentic.

If you’re young at heart and want an escorted holiday crafted for you ranging from walking to photography, yoga to motorsports, where do you look if you want a greater level of independence and flexibility?

The barometer for any good group holiday starts with a passionate and knowledgeable tour guide and expert – one that will ensure that you are inspired, get closer to the locals and under the skin of a destination to experience local traditions. 

The best type of escorted holiday will cover the major sites, but also be informal and flexible with plenty of time for each person to do their own thing – it is a holiday after all!

Whether you want to travel solo, organise a trip with friends or are travelling as a couple, here are 4 up and coming destinations for 2017 for those with a sense of adventure:

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1. Sri Lanka - Rich History, Unique Culture

There are wonders at every turn on the island of Sri Lanka with UNESCO World Heritage Sites including the ancient city of Polonnaruwa, the absolutely spectacular Lion Rock fortress in Sigiriya and Dambulla Cave Temple.

Sri Lanka has beautiful landscapes and idyllic sandy beaches and there’s the chance to visit regional villages and markets, sample local cuisine or have cookery lessons and enjoy traditional cultural performances.

For those with an interest in wildlife, it’s a treasure trove of breathtaking sights of nature at its best.  One of the highlights is likely to be a safari game drive in the Udawalawe National Park, which could get you close sightings of elephants, leopards, water buffalo and sambar deer.

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2. Costa Rica - Coffee and Biodiversity

Costa Rica is not often front-of-mind when it comes to planning a holiday but with one of the highest biodiversity rates in the world this is an exceptional place to explore and an exciting destination with a difference to look into for 2017.  Want to spot tree frogs, swinging monkeys or the native sloth?  Go for it!

Costa Rica is also, of course, world-renowned for its coffee, but also other delicious local produce like sugarcane, cocoa and tropical fruits.

The post-colonial capital of San José is filled with culture and stories it’s a wonderful city brimming with history and vibrant with modern culture. Two other must-sees are the steaming Hot Springs at Eco Termales La Fortuna and the Cloud Forest Reserve at Monteverde before taking time out to appreciate one of this magical country’s beautiful stretches of stunning coastline.

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3. Vietnam - One of the Most Beautiful Backdrops in the World

A trip to Vietnam promises the holiday of a lifetime.  For culture, history and independent discovery against one of the most beautiful and scenic backdrops in the world, this is the place to go.

From stunning white sandy beaches to rice fields and sleepy villages, this country is on many people’s ‘bucket list’.  From a Vietnamese Water Puppet Show or a cyclo ride in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, to exploring the underground network of the Cu Chi Tunnels, it doesn’t get more adventurous!  Or what about cruising through the emerald waters of Halong Bay on a traditional junk boat or immersing yourself in local culture in the Mekong Delta?

Even the evocative names such as Marble Mountain and Perfume River conjure up the sensory experiences that await.

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4.  India – Immerse yourself in Sights, Sounds and Colour

What about immersing yourself in the sights and sounds of India?  One of the world’s most famous monuments, the Taj Mahal at Agra is a must-visit, but there are other iconic sights that simply cannot be missed such as the Amber Fort in the Pink City of Jaipur and the incredible temples in the ancient city of Khajuraho.

There are many sides to New and Old Delhi and its bustling markets and bazaars.  Choosing a trip with an experienced guide will give you the chance to mingle with the local people and witness their rituals and customs as you explore the backstreets by bicycle, on foot and of course by tuk tuk. Emerse yourself in the remnants of colonial grandeur in the former capital of Kolkata and you can then experience the true rich wonders of Hinduism in the spiritual city of Varanasi on the banks of the River Ganga. India’s spectacular mix of traditions, colour, landscapes and most of all its people, is quite simply magical to experience and likely to stay in your memory long after you leave.

 

Get active and plan your 2017 trip now and see where your ideas and sense of adventure will take you!

 

 

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