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5 Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

Kilimanjaro should be included as one of the Alternative Trips for Your 2017 Calendar

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If you are bored with your usual routine it only makes sense to schedule something a little bit different for your vacation. Instead of waiting in line with hundreds of other people to get into the art gallery or museum why not head out where less people are venturing? Here are 5 alternative trips for 2017.

Climb Mt. Kilimanjaro

If you are looking for an adventure in an exotic country, you can head to Tanzania to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro. Make sure you spend at least 3 months trekking your local hills and mountains to make sure you are in peak shape. You can find all inclusive packages that include accommodations, meals, guides, cooks and porters. There are seven different routes to choose from and you must climb the mountain with a licensed guide. Here are some pictures to give you an insight into what climbing Kilimanjaro is like.

Narrow boating in the UK

There is nothing like getting back to nature so try narrow boating in the UK. A narrow boat is used to travel along the canals and it is less than seven feet wide. They can be up to 70 feet long so you can enjoy your trip with lots of people or just a few. There are 3000 miles of canals to try in the UK and tons of different rental companies that offer different adventures. It is a great way to sit back, relax, and watch the serenity of nature. You can stop the boat at small towns and see the sights, grab some groceries, stroll through a park, or grab a burger and a pint at a pub.

Trekking in the Andes

A vacation spent trekking in the Andes is great way to rejuvenate. The Andes are a mountain range in South America and they are located in five different countries: Chile, Argentina, Peru, Bolivia and Ecuador. Peru has the most famous trails and you can visit Machu Picchu which is one of The New 7 Wonders of the World. If you are looking for paths that fewer people have travelled you can find guides and packages to try out the other four countries.

Spiritual Trip to Tibet

If you are fed up with your capitalistic existence it is the perfect time to embark on a spiritual trip to Tibet where you can explore beautiful natural surroundings and visit spiritual sites. Jokhang Temple is the spiritual center of Tibet and this Buddhist monastery often has Tibetan Buddhist pilgrims praying in front of it. Be sure to watch the Monk Debates at Sera Monastery. You can watch this every day except Sundays. Drepung Monastery is the largest Tibetan Buddhist monastery and you should try to visit it during the Shoton Festival. Tashilunpo Monastery is a fabulous example of Tibetan architecture. Be sure to stop and visit Lake Yamdrok, the stunning turquoise water will inspire you to make changes in your life. No trip to Tibet is complete without a view of Mt. Everest the tallest mountain in the world.

Relax on a Norwegian Cruise

Take a Norwegian cruise to see the Northern Lights. Cruising through Norway is a fabulous experience where you will see Viking ruins, fjords, and the fabulous northern lights that light up the sky in an amazing array of colours. Make sure you dress warmly with lots of layers so you don’t get cold.

Make this the year that you discover Mauritius

Make this the year that you discover Mauritius

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Unless you live in southern Africa, you must be wondering to yourself: where the heck is Mauritius, and why should I care?

In recent years, the travel media has been beginning to leak this closely guarded secret to the world, so we feel it to be our duty to reinforce that this place needs to be discovered by travel connoisseurs such as yourself before they get ruined by the fanny pack brigade.

If you have started to wonder about these exotic islands of late, it’s time to get off the fence: make 2017 the year that you discover Mauritius.

An island of many cultures

For an island that has such a young history of habitation, it has a surprising level of multiculturalism that is normally associated with places that are much older.

After two failed attempts at establishing a colony by the Portuguese and the Dutch, the French finally managed to establish a foothold in the 18th century.

They brought African slaves with them to tend the fields of their sugar plantations, but soon, a successful invasion by the British in the 19th century changed who was in charge.

Later that century, slavery was abolished throughout the British Empire, leading to the immigration of Indian and Chinese agricultural laborers.

All these influences blended together over the centuries to form the modern day tapestry that currently exists in Mauritius today.

As a result, you can expect chow mein to be served alongside samosas and rougaille, and a vibrant mix of different cultures will ensure that your stay is an interesting one.

World-class beaches

One of the reasons that Mauritius is popular among tourists from South Africa and elsewhere is the fact that its beaches are regularly ranked among the top in the world.

Ile aux Cerfs is usually mentioned in conversation, as this idyllic isle off the east coast of Mauritius is bisected by a channel that visitors can float along without a care in the world, to say nothing of the blinding white sand along its shores.

On the main island, Belle Mare is your best bet if you are looking for a truly beautiful beach, although there are countless spots that you can claim as your own around this island nation.

There’s plenty to do in the interior as well

If you’re wondering if there’s more to do on Mauritius then lie on the beach you will be pleasantly surprised by what the interior has in store.

Le Morne Brabant is one of its signature mountains and it also has historical significance, as it was the place where escaped slaves hid from their masters during the bad old days of that practice.

Les 7 Cascades are a dramatic series of waterfalls that will provide an alternative to the beach as a way to cool off.

The Aapravasi Ghat harkens back to the days when Indians were flooding into the islands in search of a better life. As you will quickly see during your time in Mauritius, this island nation is a three-dimensional place.

Make 2017 the year you discover Mauritius

Are you hyped about this idyllic archipelago yet? If you are interested, but you aren’t quite sure whether you want to pull the trigger on a round trip airfare, check out more details about this place in this infographic

Best destinations to meet other single travelers

Vietnam is one of the best destinations to meet other single travelers

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Want to go traveling, but can’t convince your friends to come with you? If you don’t feel comfortable exploring the world without the accompaniment of others, know that the inherent nature of travel means that you will bond easier with people by the virtue of being by yourself.

If you are down with this, but you still don’t feel like planning the logistics of a journey like the independently minded backpackers in your life, you can go on a singles holiday abroad instead.

This will put you together with like-minded people from around the world that also want the nuts and bolts of their travels plotted out by a facilitator. As a result, you will be free to spend your time mingling with your group, allowing you to make friends over dinner, activities and nights spent out at the bar.

Now that you know you can go traveling anytime you like and not have to worry about its hassles, we will now talk about a few countries that will help you get the most bang for your hard earned money.

1) Vietnam

It is very easy to meet other single travelers throughout Southeast Asia, but if you are looking to have a variety of amazing experiences and save money at the same time, make Vietnam your base in the region.

From the throbbing nightlife of Saigon and Nha Trang to the peaceful nature found in the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands, there are plenty of opportunities to meet other single travelers that are also in the process of discovering themselves.

With tons of wonderful street food that costs less than five dollars for two people, getting dinner with someone that you met on the road is a very affordable thing to do as well.

2) Morocco

Located a short ferry ride away from Spain, visiting Morocco is a convenient way to see your first country in Africa if you are already traveling in southern Europe.

There are many intoxicating sights that will both amaze and shock you, which will inevitably lead to many interesting conversations that you will have with fellow single travelers back at your accommodation.

The beaches of Agadir will allow you plenty of space to socialize under the sun, while the unique architecture and culture of Fez will inspire those that seek to learn more about this intriguing culture in North Africa.

3) Croatia

If you are looking to make new travel friends while exploring Europe, make sure that you include Croatia in your itinerary.

The islands located off the coast of this country has developed a reputation for being a haven for partiers, making them the perfect place to meet new people in a festive atmosphere.

Hvar is the best known of the bunch, though Pag, Brac, and Rab also have a buzz about them. On the mainland, the cities of Dubrovnik and Split provides an epic backdrop to explore the history of Central Europe together with newly found travel mates.

Given that Dubrovnik formed the background for a number of episodes of the television series Game of Thrones, it will be a place that you will end up getting lost in for days or even weeks at a time.