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Take A Different Kind of Holiday In 2017

Sure, you could take the usual beach holiday this year and lounge about in the sun. But there’s a whole world out there, and adventures are awaiting those who are willing to do things differently. Here we take you through some unusual alternatives which will reignite your love for life.

Reconnecting with nature is one of the best ways to rejuvenate. For some people this means camping in the woods, but there are more luxurious options that give you the best of both worlds. Glamping is all the rage right now, and there are more and more sites around the world offering various kinds of eco-friendly lodgings, from pods to yurts to treehouses. Try an ecolodge in a forest in Sweden for a cosy and relaxing experience.

Glamping is all well and good, but some people like to take their adventures to the next level with physically enduring activities. I know what you’re thinking. You don’t want to take a holiday and do anything vigorous, but I think this attitude will cause you to a miss a lot of good opportunities.

You could hike the Camino de Santiago, either independently or as part of a tour. High-altitude mountain hiking adds adrenaline (and potential challenges like altitude sickness). You can get guided tours up Mount Kenya, for example, with a very high success rate for those who are physically fit. Cycling lets you see more of a country in less time and still push yourself. Try the coast-to-coast Costa Rica, but you could take a self-made tour of pretty much anywhere.

If it’s animals that you want to see (and possibly interact with), Madagascar is the holiday for you this year. You can follow in the footsteps of Gerald Durrell on his wildlife expeditions, exploring the wild and remote landscapes and scoping the rainforests for birds, amphibians, and lemurs – including the elusive Aye-Aye. If it’s birds you are looking for, Papua New Guinea is a bird of paradise haven, with numerous tours available.

Back to civilization now – because sometimes you just want to have everything you need and more around you to eat and entertain. You could head to pretty much any city in the world to find a unique mix of nightlife and culture, but I recommend a gaming holiday. Take only what you can afford to lose, and head to one of the major destinations like Macau or Las Vegas. If you just want to mess around, you could play some roulette, but for a more involving experience why not try your hand at poker? The ultimate tournament is the 888 WSOP main event, held at the Rio Casino on 8th July. You can buy in for $10,000, but 888 Poker offer several ways to gain entry for much less.

I’m going to end the list with a winter recommendation. We often associate holidays with sunshine, and with good reason, but some of the most exciting destinations are best experiences in the winter. You can head whale watching and fishing in Norway, or take a cross-country ski or dog-sledding holiday in Finland. Both destinations also offer opportunities to see the Northern Lights. If you want to get extreme, you can even go on arctic dives and polar bear watching expeditions, but that’s one step too cold for me!

I hope you have gained some useful holiday ideas. Let’s leave the beaches of Spain behind this year in search of adventure!

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