Top 10 Unconventional Holiday Destinations

The choice of a holiday is dependent on many factors. They range from budget considerations to the kind of accommodations available. More and more people are travelling outside their country nowadays and many have now begun to opt for unconventional holidays, which take them off the beaten track and give them a chance to enjoy some unusual cuisines and destinations.

Here are ten unusual holidays which you can enjoy – some expensive and some within the range of the average traveler


1. Trekking in the Atlas Mountains:

Located in Morocco, these mountains offer stunning views and some amazing areas to go for a trek. With fitness holidays becoming a very popular aspect of people’s lives, a walking holiday through these mountains can give you many days of fun and satisfaction. Snow in winter, sun in the summer, a plethora of cultural experiences and some great places to stay in, all contribute towards making this a great holiday.


2. Ladakh:

A place of stunning beauty, Ladakh is the home of many beautiful monasteries. There are many ways of moving around Ladakh, but the most popular means among the young people seems to be on the motorcycle. The barren landscape can take your breath away, and you will also be amazed at the calm and serenity of it’s people and their homes. Make sure that you stay in Leh for a day or two, so that your body can get acclimatised to the high altitude air.


3. Iceland:

Snow all around and yet, some amazing landscapes symbolize Iceland. It is rising steadily in the popularity charts as a holiday destination. The midnight sun is a sight which by itself can make the trip worthwhile.  Time your holiday carefully, since winters here can be harsh with very little daylight time. Summers are surprisingly mild, and the people are very friendly. Their food is also great!


4. Villageways guided tours in India:

Guided walking tours through certain parts of the hinterland of India, with a chance to meet the local people and enjoy their culture are the speciality of Villageways. They take you right to the heart of the village communities where you have the opportunity to appreciate the lives of the village residents.  There are many options available – ranging from weekend escapes to 10 days of walks around the regions.


5. Cruise down the Kerala Waterways:

Kerala’s houseboats are renowned for the comfort and beauty. You can take a houseboat and travel in a relaxed manner through some of India’s most beautiful regions. The houseboats will give you the privacy and luxury of a private hotel, and you can savour some amazing and delectable dishes which are the speciality of this region.


6. Outward Bound – New Zealand:

Outward Bound holidays are renowned among people who like their holidays to be rugged and full of physical activity. One of their most popular destinations is New Zealand, where they take you through the varied landscape of this beautiful country. The activities, as in most Outward Bound holidays, include running, swimming, sailing, and mountaineering.


7. Alaska:

The largest state in the United States, Alaska has something for everyone. You can go rafting, you can trek in it’s beautiful mountains, you can take a cruise around it’s coastline and you can also go surfing here – though the water is likely to be freezing. A popular destination for most cruise liners, Alaska, another great way to see Alaska is by railroad.


8. Jules Undersea Lodge – Key Largo – Florida:

Have you always yearned to live in the water? Then do try out the Jules Undersea Lodge in Key Largo in Florida. Just to enter this abode you have to scuba down 21 feet. The Lodge is entered through an opening at the bottom of the home. There are wide glass windows and you can spend all your time observing the water-life around you, while you are being watched by them. All comforts such as books and music and a well equipped kitchen are part of the experience.


9. Cruise around the fjords of Norway:

Norway is well known for it’s varied scenery, but it’s best known for the complex and deep fjords around West Norway. There are many beautiful destinations around this region and you can visit them by either driving around this region or by taking a cruise through the fjords. Summers are the best time to visit, but do remember that during that time there is 24 hours of sunshine!


10. The Wild life Sanctuaries of South Africa:

South Africa is ranked as having one of the most diverse flora and fauna with beautiful grasslands called savannahs. If you feel that you need to get close to nature, visiting this country will definitely be fruitful. There are plenty of national parks, the most popular one being Kruger National Park, where you can see the world’s most exotic wild animals such as lions, leopards, giraffes, zebras, to white rhinos, hyenas, etc.

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  1. BennyB

    Nr 9 – only the far north of norway have midnight sun. Most of the fjords are in the southern part of Norway…. But even though – very scenic and the night in the summer is short


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