No matter what stage of life you’re at – there’s a always a journey you need to take….
When you’re young and restless … the great wide world seems to call just that bit louder, and the temptation to get out there and taste it can seem irresistible. The only problematic irony is, in those tender years, most of us struggle to have the cash to take us further than the local pub, nightclub or theatre.
But if the great beyond continues to call, backpacking around Asia reveals itself as a fantastic way to soak up many diverse cultures, and see some phenomenal natural and man-made wonders, all the while making lifelong friends. And recent studies have shown that you can do it all for as little as $26 a day – the equivalent of a round of drinks at the Great Northern Hotel.
Marvel at magnificent temples in Cambodia such as the labyrinthine monasteries of Ta Prohm, tuck into some superb street food in Vietnam, and experience your first full moon party on the beaches of Koh Phangan in Thailand. The ultimate initiation into adulthood.
When you’re coupled up … you’re in the mode for adventure combined with quiet relaxation, and certainly don’t want your pool-lounging interrupted by the screams and water-antics of children. This is also when you have expendable income, so you may feel like splashing out a little.
Mauritius has some stunning five-star, adults-only resorts – idyllic getaways that expertly combine exquisite dining, luxury spas and activities such as snorkelling, water skiing and kayaking. A perfect opportunity to really get to know your beloved.
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When you’re taking the kids … it’s tempting to opt for ease over adventure, but surely every child deserves at least one extraordinary trip? A chance to experience a different culture while still enjoying the protection and security that parents offer.
For an excursion that will satisfy every member of the brood, consider inter-railing in Europe. This is an affordable way to see the whole of the continent with great flexibility thanks to the variety of inter-rail passes available. That means you can sample authentic Napoli pizza, marvel at London’s Houses of Parliament, swot up at Checkpoint Charlie, lounge on the beaches of Barcelona and bask in the beauty of Paris (and if you want to slide in a bona-fide, kids’-positioned treat, take an excursion to Disneyland). You can soak up the best of Europe’s rich and varied array of flavours, tastes and city sights, all in a matter of weeks. Bellisima.
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When you’re an empty nester … the prospect of going on an epic trip may seem daunting, but these could be the greatest adventures of your life. Not only have you earned a chance to spend a little time (and money) on yourself, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to reacquaint with your partner, having invested so many years into your children.
Why not go on a great American road trip? You can book an organised tour through a company such as Trek America, which also covers Central and South America, or do things at your own pace by renting a caravan. Among the most popular journeys are California State Route 1, which include the almost mythical Big Sur, US Route 20 between Newport in Oregon and Boston, with Yellowstone National Park placed handily in the middle. Or perhaps Monument Valley, where you can take in the Grand Canyon.
Do one or do them all, but make sure you don’t forget your camera.