To some travelers, “vacation” means lying on a tropical beach or staying in an urban hotel, and there’s nothing wrong with that. But the start of a new year is time to think outside the box and start planning trips that help you both unwind and grow as a person.
In 2017, and for years to come, do yourself a favor and get creative with the types of trips you take. Of course, we don’t always have the time or finances available for regular getaways. But many of these unique trip ideas cost less than your typical beach break, which makes them easier to get on the calendar.
Which not-so-average experience will you have in 2017?
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Do you know where your family is from? Find out
, then plan a journey to wherever that may be. If possible, ask relatives for personalized guides to their hometowns before you go.
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There are plenty of ways
to find cheap last-minute flights, but are you willing to drop what you're doing and take advantage? Block a few days out on your calendar, then let an app like Get The Flight Out
choose your destination at the last minute.
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is the ultimate way to clear your head, build quiet confidence and maybe even get a better picture of what you want to do with your life. Consider the Pacific Crest Trail
in the U.S. and the Camino de Santiago
in Spain for starters.
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There's no better way to understand a city than by living day-to-day life with the locals. Stay with a friend in their hometown, see if your destination has a homestay
program, or couchsurf
for free to get a taste of what it's like to "do life" somewhere completely new.
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Strong relationships, cultural understanding and a sense of accomplishment are just a few benefits of doing something valuable
with your time away. Use a site like Go Overseas
to find opportunities vetted by trustworthy travelers.
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It's rare that we drop everything, forget our chores and simply enjoy our hometowns. A staycation
-- think dinner parties, movie marathons and long, quiet days of reading -- is an easy, cheap way to relax and reset.
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Besides the obvious benefit of copious sipping, a wine tasting trip
can serve to bring old friends or family closer together: Nothing spurs conversation quite like a shared table, good cheese and endless hours without a care in the world.