(PRWEB) January 17, 2013
Spend more time with kids
Treat the little ones to a cruise holiday where they can meet their favourite DreamWorks characters, from movies like Shrek or Madagascar, and zoom down some of the world’s fastest waterslides at sea. Family-friendly cruise ships include Royal Caribbean International’s Allure of the Seas or Oasis of the Seas and Carnival Cruise Line’s Carnival Dream and Carnival Magic.
Step outside of comfort zone
Take the plunge on a bungee jump in Queenstown or climb Mount Everest in Nepal for the ultimate challenge.
Those looking to do something unique can travel to Santa’s workshop in Finland next year to ride a dog-sled through the snowy mountains or swap a hotel stay to sleep in a capsule in Tokyo.
Be more active
Sign up for a marathon in another country and get your legs sprinting across the finish line. Some popular options include the New York and Paris marathon.
Or, suit up in safari gear and jump in a jeep to explore the African plains. There are guided sightseeing trips into the heart of Kenya, Botswana and Namibia to spot lions, giraffes, tigers and more.
Reconnect the mind, body and spirit
Yogis around the world have hailed yoga as one of the most beneficial ways to find inner peace and build core strength, so why not enrol in a yoga and meditation retreat in Bali, Thailand or India.
Some luxury resorts in South East Asia offer complimentary daily yoga classes as part of the activities program, so it is worth asking at the time of booking.
Closer to home in Australia, Byron Bay and the Gold Coast hinterland offers plenty of holistic escapes, from The Byron at Bryon and Gwinganna Lifestyle Retreat to the famous Golden Door Health Retreat.
Feed giant pandas in China, teach English at a children’s orphanage in Kenya or work with the turtles on Costa Rica.
Giving back to a local community when you travel is rewarding, so a lot of travellers are combining holidays where they can volunteer and explore – this idea is known as Voluntourism.
Some of the best volunteer projects are led by experts on one-week, two-week, three-week or four-week placements, so one really can make a difference.
Learn something new
Cooking classes are available in most parts of Europe, from Italy though to island hopping along the coast of San Sebastian in Spain.
See how Limoncello is made from real lemons on the Amalfi Coast or learn to make pasta in Tuscany.
History buffs can discover the stories of Australia’s war heroes on ANZAC Day on a guided tour that maps out the Battlefields in France and Turkey.
Book holiday in advance and be prepared early by doing research. Enjoy the experience of planning a holiday, without the last-minute rush. Once decided on where to go, speak to travel experts about different flights and get advice from friends and family. It’s also helpful to attend travel expos, sign up to deals newsletters, and look at booking an all-inclusive resort with extra bonuses, such as the myTime group of properties through Escape Travel.