This article was contributed by the team at The GlobeSailor, an online yacht charter service.
Regardless if your passport is running out of space for stamps or you have yet to be on a plane, it is never too late or too early to try new experiences. The world is smaller than ever, and travelling has never been easier. Take advantage of this opportunity and think outside the box when it comes to planning your next getaway. Sail the seas on a yacht charter in the Bahamas or set up camp in Yosemite National Park – the options are endless! Here are some fun alternatives to spice up your holidays.
Road Trip Anyone?
Gather your closest friends and pack your maps! Travelling through a country by car is an exciting way to see places off the beaten path. Want to spend more time in a quaint town you came across unexpectedly? Or found a group of people you would like to spend one more night with? Driving allows you to change your itinerary as you please! Buckle your seat belt, turn on the radio, and begin your next adventure.
Rent a Boat
Sun, sea, and a glorious breeze! Rent a boat and cruise through the Caribbean with family and friends. Spend your afternoons basking in the sun and taking strolls on pristine stretches of sand. Don’t worry if you don’t have any sailing experience. There is always the option to hire a skipper to navigate your boat rental. A charter agency such as GlobeSailor can help you plan your trip at sea to ensure that your holiday is nothing but smooth sailing!
Embrace the great outdoors and set up camp at the foot of a mountain or at the edge of a river. Fish during the days and at night sit by the campfire roasting marshmallows. Camping can be an easy and cheap way to escape. For those who have always wanted to try camping, but don’t want to rough it out, glamping is a great alternative! Get the experience of sleeping in the wilderness while having all the luxuries you would have in a hotel.
Take the Train
Spend your summer exploring enchanting European cities by rail! Board a train in Switzerland at night and wake up in Italy the next morning. Find your seat, sit back, relax, and enjoy the views from your window. (Be advised that although this means of transportation can be faster, it can also be more expensive depending on when you book or what region you are in.)
Teaching abroad can open doors to exciting new experiences. Discover a new city and become friends with the locals, all while getting paid! Some organizations even provide you with accommodations and reimbursements for flights. Job opportunities are ample for English native speakers in Asia. Have you ever dreamed of visiting Thailand, Taiwan, or South Korea? Now is your chance! Get to know the local families and their culture. Take your time off during the weekends to travel to neighbouring cities or countries.
Volunteering is a great way to give back while discovering another country or culture. Give your time helping in an orphanage in Africa or volunteer on a farm in Australia. This type of travel is the most rewarding! Not only are you helping others in need, but you are also seeing how different people around the world are living. Cheap accommodations are usually available or even sometimes provided free of charge.