10 trips to get you out of your comfort zone
How many ways can you go around the world? And to how many places? Some of our Student Flights travel consultants have been to over 60 countries (and counting!). Some consultants have even been to Antarctica and some are busy ticking off all the states in America. If you’ve trodden the well-worn route to London, holidayed in Bali several times with the fam, or have never even been on a plane, it’s time to tap into your inner explorer and chart a course around the globe for adventure.
Taking inspo from our intrepid travel consultants, we challenge you to check out of your comfort zone and check in to a choose-your-own adventure. Simply pick a destination and mode of transport – you’ve got seven continents and five oceans to choose from – and go! Here’s some ideas to get you started.
The quintessential Route 66 trip from Chicago to Los Angeles has inspired generations to hit the road since Americans headed west in the Depression-era ‘30s. To really get your kicks on the now Historic Route 66, you’ll need a map to guide you on your way – bonus points if you hire a Cadillac.
Mongolia by rail
Heard of the Trans Mongolian Railway? Get on The Genghis Khan (the train, not the despot) from Beijing to Moscow via Mongolia with Vodkatrain. During the 15-day small group tour, you’ll get to stay in traditional gers, have a (real) Mongolian barbecue and live like a nomad.
You’ve seen them in a zoo, now check off the big five (lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard) in Africa. At Chobe National Park in Botswana, you can spy up to 5,000 Kalahari elephants on the floodplains, from an open safari 4WD game drive, of course.
Bolivia by bus
Got altitude? La Paz is the highest capital city in the world. Pan pipes at the ready, bus between La Paz and Sucre and see the famous salt flats of Uyuni. Known as flotas, Bolivia’s buses are a bumpy ride or do the La Paz Dispenser tour with Geckos Adventures for a sweet overnighter on a bus-cama.
The season is short, so take advantage of the summer temps in Antarctica (that’s a fresh 0 degrees Celsius) to see the penguins, pristine surrounds and floating icebergs in the Southern Ocean. The only way to get here is on a ship and then onshore via a Zodiac vessel.
South Pacific sailing
With the wind in your hair, channel Jessica Watson on a sail boat in the South Pacific. If you’re not so proficient with a rig, take skippered expedition to go island hopping around Tonga, Samoa, Vanuatu, New Caledonia and the Cook Islands.
Cycle Shetland Islands
The northernmost islands of Britain sit between Scotland and Norway in the North Atlantic. In midsummer there’s around 19 hours of sunlight – plenty of time to get outdoors. With over 1,000 kilometres of road and little traffic, hire a bike and get pedalling.
Red Centre camel ride
See the sights of Australia’s interior and camp under the stars on a G Adventures Red Centre Experience tour. From Alice Springs, tick off Uluru, Kata-Tjuta (The Olgas), Kings Canyon and more. A must is a camel ride for the real desert experience. Mind the spit!
The best time to see Alaskan wildlife is high summer, which is also the best time to venture into this icy wonderland. Jump on a small ship expedition cruise to access all the nooks and crannies of the Alaskan fjords and kayak to see whales, bears, eagles and glaciers galore.
Scuba diving the Seychelles
Sandy white beaches and the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean are all well and good, but how about what lies beneath? Dive the Seychelles to see more technicolour marine life than you ever thought possible in one of the world’s top scuba spots.
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