Going on vacation is all about spending time with the people you love and giving yourself some time to relax and unwind. The things you do on your vacation make all the difference between a vacation that is truly relaxing and one that is just a rush to get from point A to B to C. Here are a few fun activities to consider for your next trip.
1. Walking Tours
Traveling by car, bus or train is definitely fun, but neither of these options gives you the time to really absorb the environment. If you are in a city like Rome or Edinburgh, a walking tour will be a great way to learn about the city and explore its rich history. Once you experience a walking tour, you will find yourself looking for places that specifically offer walking tours. It’s a great activity for a solo traveler and also a nice way for the family to spend some quality time together.
If you are visiting one of the bigger cities such as New York or Tokyo, that doesn’t mean you have to confine yourself to the urban jungle. There are a lot of things to see in the big cities around the world, but there are many other gems you can explore too. In Scotland for example, you only need to drive a couple of hours out of the city to visit the most iconic golf course in the world. If you are in China, take some time to visit the Great Wall of China. These are once-in-a-lifetime experiences that are definitely worth the investment.
3. Accommodation Experiences
When most people travel, they will book a hotel in advance and that will be their anchor for the entire trip. Rather than limiting yourself to the artificial environment of a 5-star hotel, you could choose other forms of accommodation that give you more access to the local environment. You could rent a room in an arann island hotel or even share a space with local residents on Airbnb. This will give you the opportunity to experience a different kind of accommodation and also interact with more people. You’ll maybe even go back home having made a few new friends.
4. Cooking Class Tour
For those who enjoy food and culture, there is nothing more exciting than a cooking class tour. The food of a locality tells you a lot about the history, religion, culture, and even technology of society. In walking food tours, the aim is to learn about the food and how it came to be what it is today. Often, you will get a behind-the-scenes glimpse into how the food is made, and how the ingredients are prepared. It’s also a great opportunity to interact with locals in a meaningful way.
5. Local Trips
Getting to the vacation destination is one trip, but you can have even more trips once you are there. Rather than spending a day at the beach, you could go for a ferry ride to a neighboring island and spend a night there. You could reach out to an old friend who lives in that country and drive to their city for a little reunion. Through smaller, local trips, you can explore the country or even the city in a more intimate way. There are plenty of local trips that are only a day long that can be a great way to explore places you might not have considered in your initial planning. If you prefer private trips, you can easily rent your own vehicle and start exploring on your own accord.
Different locations around the world offer you access to unique sports. If you are near a beach, there are countless things you can do that you might not have access to at home. Things like paragliding, sailing, fishing, surfing, and so many other activities are all things you can take part in. In some places, you might have access to bungee jumping, white water rafting, or even gun shooting. While shopping and exploring the local culture are fun things to do, enjoying some sports can also be a great activity on vacation.
All these different activities give you plenty of options regardless of your budget or how much time you have. The important thing is that you research your destination and find unique things that you can do there. Travel and tour agents will only give you so much information, but through the internet and specialized travel forums, you can unearth a lot more information. In doing so, you will probably come across lots of tips and tricks on how to enjoy that destination even more. Even with all this information, keep your schedule a little flexible so you always have the space to accommodate new things as you learn about them at your destination.