ad collaborative post // We all love a holiday, and there’s nothing quite like soaking up some sun by the swimming pool with a cocktail in one hand and a summer read in the other. However, there are many ways to experience travel, some of them far more rewarding.

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Globetrotting adventures are a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons, enrich your life and make you a cultured, well-rounded individual. If you’re ready to bid goodbye to the beach (or at least take a break) then here are five destinations to consider when you’re ready for more rewarding travel:

1) Explore the Galapagos Islands

Located just off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a marvel of nature. Famously the place where Charles Darwin shaped his theories on evolution and natural selection, these islands are home to species that you won’t find anywhere else in the world.

With brightly coloured iguanas, to tortoises that are hundreds of years old, the Galapagos Islands provide a unique destination for those nature lovers out there.

2) Visit Petra

The historic city of Petra is a must for anyone interested in archaeology. Located in the south of Jordan, Petra has been voted one of the New Seven Wonders of the World.

You’ll have the chance to explore the magnificent Al-Khazneh (The Treasury), thought to have been constructed in 1st century BC, and whose original purpose remains a mystery. With a 3000-year history Petra is a must visit for those after a different holiday experience.

3) Volunteer in Africa

If you’re the sort of person who likes to be proactive on holiday, why not look at volunteer opportunities abroad?

Conservation Travel Africa welcome volunteers from across the world and offer you the chance to change lives and make an incredible impact on wildlife and communities.

Whether you want to help save the elephants in Namibia or research humpback whales in Mozambique, this is a uniquely rewarding experience for anyone out there who wants to make the world a better place and help protect some of the Africa’s most endangered wildlife.

4) Experience Uluru

You might be more familiar with the name Ayers Rock, but Uluru is an excellent destination choice for those visiting Australia.

Sacred to the Aṉangu people, you’ll have the opportunity to learn all about this spiritual site from the Aboriginal people to whom it is most sacred.

While you will no longer be allowed to climb the beautiful red rock, the area still provides a rich experience for sightseers who love to explore culture.

5) Discover the Salt Flats

Salar de Uyuni in Bolivia is the world’s largest salt flat, and often mistake for an optical illusion – after it rains, you’ll feel as though you’re walking across the surface of a vast mirror.

While not the holiday destination that most think of when planning their next vacation, this beautiful work of nature has provided filming locations for numerous Hollywood blockbusters, including Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Moving away from traditional tourist destinations can transform your holiday experience.

Have you found an unusual vacation stop? Tell us all about it in the comments below!


  1. Great list for trotting about the globe! I would call this a ‘thinking outside the box’ travel adventure series. Why not? The world is a very big place! Wonderful ideas on volunteering in Africa!!!

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