10 ways to see the world, but differently

Published December 9th, 2019

Sure, those photos of your friends sailing in Croatia probably made you want to book a trip on the spot. Or that selfie your best mate snapped at the top of Sugarloaf Mountain in Brazil looked pretty epic. That’s great, but do you really want to follow your friends and go to the same places they did?

If you want to create new travel stories you can dine out on for years to come, you need to think about travel differently. The time is nigh as we watch cities around the world face the pressures of overtourism, you can do your part by choosing to travel differently and take a more sustainable approach to exploring the world. Get in touch to chat about your secret travel plans!

Here’s what we’re talking about:

1. Go to Vietnam, but go where no one else is




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If you’ve been to Vietnam you’ve probably been to Hanoi and Halong Bay. So, why not go back to this incredible place (or the first of the tenth time) and escape to the countryside to hike through the hills of Sapa and beyond. You won’t regret it.

2. See Roman ruins, but go to Turkey…not Rome

Roman ruins might be exactly what you think of when it comes to Italy, but did you know there’s a bunch of them hiding in Turkey? So why not swap Italy for Turkey—AND you’ll still be in for a culinary treat!

3. Gaze at colourful mosaics and textiles, but go to Uzbekistan




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Morocco springs to mind for most people when it comes to colourful mosaics, temples, carpets and markets. But what about Uzbekistan? Considered as one of the show-stoppers of Central Asia, it’s 100% worth your time exploring this underrated destination. Or go further and explore all of the Five ‘Stans (Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan & Kazakhstan) while you’re at it.

4. Trek to Machu Picchu, but do the Quarry trek instead

The Inca Trail is incredible. But what about exploring where fewer travellers venture to, let alone even heard about? See Machu Picchu from a different route and take on your greatest challenge on the Quarry trek where you’ll reach greater heights than the classic trail and meet the locals as you hike through villages.

5. See the Canadian Rockies, but also stay at a remote Orca camp




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The Rockies are just so damn beautiful. And if you’re planning a trip to the West Coast, you’ve got to make sure you see Lake Louise, Columbia Icefields, Banff and Jasper and everything in-between. But to get the stories no one else has, head to the glacial waters of Johnstone Strait to stay at an Orca Camp (yes, to search for those incredibly huge mammals). Talk about epic…

6. Celebrate Mardi Gras, but go beyond New Orleans

While the New Orleans Mardi Gras is an epic two-week celebration, did you know the festivities continue outside of the city limits? Go against the grain and check out parades and festivals around the entire state. There’s gumbo cook-offs and a Cajun Bayou Food Trail in Cajun Country while Shreveport has costumed dogs, cats, turtles and more at the Krewe of Barkus and Meoux Pet Parade.

7. Laze on Brazil’s iconic beaches, but away from the crowds




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All your friends who’ve been to Rio have snapped pics sipping caipirinhas on Copacabana beach. But why not one-up them and show the ‘gram the best secret spots in Brazil. Meet Morro de Sao Paulo: where the jungle-meets-sea and a whole lotta relaxation-meets-adventure.

8. Visit the Great Wall of China, but also hang with a local family to make dumplings

You can’t go to China without stopping at one of the greatest architectural feats in the world. See it, then head into the countryside to meet a local family. Here, they’ll show you how to make dumplings for dinner. Not only will this experience get you away from the crowds, it’ll taste damn good too.

9. Go to Indonesia, but sail around Raja Ampat




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We love Bali. We really, really do. But did you know that Indonesia is home to a few thousand islands? And Raja Ampat is home to some of the richest marine biodiversity on Earth; so why wouldn’t you want to go and check it out? Trust us, this is one tropical paradise you’ll be telling your mates about for years to come.

10. Explore Mongolia, but get off the grid in the Altai Mountains

Been to Asia and looking for something that stands out from the rest? Experience life like a local and find out everything you’ve ever wanted to know about the Altai Mountains. Impressive, right? This couldn’t be further from a beach in Thailand if it tried…

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