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Many travellers, especially millennial travellers, don't just want to go on  holidays anymore. They want to experience the destination they are travelling to and find themselves living a unique adventure. Instead of flopping on a beach blanket they want to soak up the local culture and do stuff that will get a lot of likes on social media.

 

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Exploring the Galapagos Islands

What?

The Galapagos Islands are so remote that its diverse animal plant species can not be found anywhere else in the world. You can get up close to sea lions, swim with sea turtles, walk among giant land turtles, gaze at blue footed boobies, penguins and flamingos, and iguanas.

Where?

The archipelago belongs to the country of Ecuador and it’s served by flights from Quito and Guayaquil which take only 2 hours.

How?

You can explore the islands by cruise, but island hopping is an option as well which can work out a bit cheaper.

 

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Gorilla tracking

What?

Yes, you will be walking in the forest with rangers who will track mountain gorilla families in their natural habitat.

Where?

You can do this in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo although the latter country has been a bit unstable politically lately.

How?

On foot. Groups usually consist of around 10 people with guides and porters. Trackers will leave ahead of the group to locate the gorilla family, and to clear the trail of wild vegetation. The hike itself is uphill because they’re not called mountain gorillas for nothing. There are limited numbers of permits issued every day so booking ahead is essential.

 

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Hiking in Petra

What?

Petra is an ancient, archaeological site that used to be capital of the Nabatean Kingdom. It measures a whopping 264 square kilometres and comprises 100s of temples, tombs, theatres, pools, gardens and many other buildings that are carved into pink sandstone cliffs, which is why it’s also known as the "Rose City." 

Where?

It’s located in the southwestern desert of the Kingdom of Jordan.

How?

Many visitors come on a day trip and will only see the Treasury building which appears after the mile-long canyon approach.  But there is a lot more to see beyond that. To get a good impression of Petra, you need at least a day if not more. Most people explore on foot, but there are are carriages and horses for hire as well.

 

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Chasing the northern lights

What?

The Aurora Borealis is a natural light display in the earth’s sky.

Where?

Northern lights can be seen anywhere that’s near the Arctic Circle, although they’ve been known to appear in Scotland and even England once upon a time.

How?

There are many ways really, on a bus, a sleigh, on snowshoes or on skis, you can basically see them provided there are no clouds and no city light pollution.

 

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Salsa dancing in Cuba

What?

Salsa is a dance that originated from Cuban folk dances. It’s a mixture of  Soncha-cha-cha, Mambo, Rumba and the Danzón.

Where?

Everywhere you go in Cuba you will hear salsa music and see people dancing salsa. It’s such an important part of Cuban life and culture that it’s hard to miss when you’re there.

How?

Anywhere around Cuba you will find dance academies or clubs where you can either learn how to dance if you’re a beginner or show off your salsa skills if you’re more advanced.

 

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