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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.

Tea plantations worth visiting in China

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Being that the history of tea starts in the Far East, it stands to reason that there should be many tea plantations worth visiting in China.

Sure enough, there are – try out these four on your travels to the Middle Kingdom…

1) Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation

Home to the world famous Dragon Well blend of green tea, the Hangzhou Longjing Tea Plantation is a stop on your tour of China that you simply cannot afford to miss.

This drink is one of the reasons that Hangzhou is famous around the world, and once you sample a cup at this verdant estate, you’ll quickly understand why.

In addition to the tea ceremony that you will take part in within the compound here, you’ll have a chance to see locals hard at work harvesting and producing one of this region’s most celebrated exports.

2) Wuyishan Mountains

Another nationally famous production centre of tea in China can be found in the Wuyishan Mountains, where numerous plantations can be found along the slopes of their peaks. Recognized by the United Nations as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, you’ll want to seek out a type of tea known as Dahong Pao, which was served as a tribute to nobles during the Ming and Qing dynasties.

After tasting this drink, be sure to take some time to wander throughout the surrounding countryside, where the mountains and rushing rivers will give you a sense of the epic place where one of China’s most famous teas is produced.

3) Mengdingshan Tea Plantation

Want to be educated on the entire tea making process in painstaking detail, all while taking in some of the most epic plantation scenery that you will see in China?

Heading out on a tour to the Mengdingshan Tea Plantation from Chengdu will accomplish just that, as guides that are fluent in a number of languages will communicate to you how the ancient masters derived the nectar that made a nation famous from the tea leaves of this farm, and how it is honored in the modern day.

Complete with a Chinese lunch and a bag of your own tea to brew at home, it is an excellent day for a tea enthusiast to spend a day.

4) Seven Star Tea Plantation

When you aren’t exploring the awe-inspiring karsts of Guilin, make time to visit Seven Star Tea Plantation, which is located nearby.

With the blends here winning awards as recently as 2009 for the flavors they give to drinkers, this spot is well worth dropping by just for the free samples, but the look at rural Chinese life along the way from the city is added bonus that can not be ignored.

5 BEST BOOKS ABOUT EXOTIC COUNTRIES

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If you can’t afford to travel to faraway lands then at least travel there with books that take locations in various exotic places. From China, India to Africa and other, you can find a lot of nice literature that has their plot set in these unique places around the globe. Don’t know where to start looking for these books? Then take this short list of 5 best books ever and travel the world without leaving your home. Continue reading