Attention thrill-seekers! If typical travel spots leave you wanting more, nothing beats finding an inspired, unusual vacation destination that is off the beaten path. If you are longing for more excitement in your next getaway, these fun ideas will inspire you to try some outside-the-box travel that you will never forget!
Want to disconnect from the hustle and bustle of city life? Staying in a yurt can give you the off-the-grid solitude you’re craving. Yurts, small cylindrical tents made of woven lattice wood, are currently gaining massive popularity right here in the United States as part of the uber-trendy tiny-house movement. Yurts can be rented pretty much anywhere these days, including Yosemite National Park and other vacation spots in the U.S; however, if you’re looking for an authentic yurt-life experience, you can’t beat an exotic Mongolian adventure. In Mongolia, yurts are called “gers,” and are still used as primary dwellings for nomads to this day. Explore Mongolia’s many wonders including the bustling capital of Ulaanbaatar during the days, then return to your yurt each evening to calm your mind and center your spirit. As if completely unplugging for a few days isn’t incentive enough, imagine the street cred you will rack up from your exotic journey- you’ll get to start every sentence with “When I stayed in a yurt in Mongolia…” for the rest of your life!
Needing to center yourself? Looking for inner balance? An affordable yoga retreat may be just what you need! It doesn’t matter whether you’re a devoted yoga practitioner or a casual Saturday-morning yoga enthusiast- yoga retreats are popular vacation choices for people of all ages and abilities. Picture yourself at a yoga retreat in Bali, Bhutan, Iceland, Peru or a number of other intriguing, adventure-soaked spots, where you can spend relaxing days and evenings practicing yoga and meditation, sightseeing, and taking in the unspoiled beauty of your natural surroundings. You may think only the rich and famous can afford a yoga retreat; however, you don’t have to be Julia Roberts to be able to eat-pray-love like her. Finding an affordable yoga retreat is easy if you know where to look. For a calming, transformative adventure you’ll never forget, get ready to say “OM.”
Rock the Kasbah
Anyone can take a cruise or lie on a sunny beach- why not be extra on your next vacation with a camelback journey through the Sahara desert? A Saharan camel trek can give you the adventure, excitement, and authenticity you crave, making it an ideal choice for your next vacation. Arrive in Marrakesh, then mount up for a camelback tour of the majestic Sahara. Authentic Berber guides will lead you through the desert to various points of interest in Morocco, including Casablanca, the imperial cities of Fes and Rabat, and the awe-inspiring dunes and kasbahs of Dades. Channel your inner nomad with an epic Saharan camelback trek that will stick with you forever!
Opening ourselves up to new possibilities and experiences is one of the main reasons we travel. Being able to see new parts of the world through the eyes of the people who live there helps us have one of the most important and rewarding human experiences possible. This year, make it a priority to avoid getting stuck in a travel rut. Amazing, fun alternatives to run-of-the-mill travel destinations are everywhere- you just have to know where to look!