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Adventure Holidays off the Beaten Track


Even if you prefer to travel in style, it’s important to recognise the benefit of heading off the beaten track every once in awhile. Not only can it lead you to experiencing something new, but it can also help to take you out of comfort zone which, in many ways, is what travelling is all about. Here are three different holidays you may want to consider next time you’re feeling adventurous.


Hiking Along the Kamchatka Peninsula

In the far east of Russia lies the Kamchatka Peninsula, a 780-mile peninsula that sits in what is known as the Ring of Fire. The area is famous for the number of volcanoes located in the area.


More than 75% of the world’s volcanoes are located here, including the largest in the northern hemisphere. With just 300 miles of roads and only about 400,000 inhabitants, Kamchatka is very much what people think of when they hear the term “off the beaten track.” The area is popular among hiking enthusiasts, with its natural hot springs that make for a welcome respite, but those who wish to sample the sights without the legwork will be pleased to know that regular helicopter excursions are available.


Climbing to the Everest Base Camp

“Climb to the summit of Mount Everest” is undoubtedly on a lot of people’s bucket lists, but it’s very rare that someone actually completes the journey. Not only is it dangerous, but it’s also very expensive and the training necessary can be very time-consuming. Climbing to the base camp is a much more realistic prospect for most people and at 17,598 feet it still poses a considerable challenge. If you book through Encounters Travel, the whole trip will take 16 days. The end result will be worth it, though, with an incredible view of the mountain and the knowledge that only a few thousand people in history have ventured much higher.


Cycling Across the Country of Jordan

Jordan may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of a cycling trip, but the country’s terrific mountain scenery will provide a beautiful backdrop during your stay. Jordan has a unique culture, a consequence of the Arab, Bedouin, and other ethnic groups that all live alongside the families of refugees from neighboring countries. During your trip, however, you’ll notice that a uniting factor between the people is their hospitality, especially towards visiting travelers. A well-planned itinerary will typically last around nine days. This will give you enough time to explore the ancient city of Petra, spend a night on the Wadi Rum, swim in the Red Sea, and rest between journeys.