Relaxing on a beach might be many travellers’ idea of holiday heaven but for others, no vacation is complete unless it involves a mountain climb or swimming with sharks.
From Lord of the Rings tours of New Zealand to skiing in western Canada, special interest holidays can take many shapes and forms. So if you’re looking for a trip with a twist, rest assured that there are plenty of great websites to help you book and plan your adventure online – here’s our pick of the best of them.
Activity and adventure holidays
Activity and adventure holidays aren’t just for adrenaline junkies: they’re for anyone who wants to experience the rush of physical exercise and the beauty of the great outdoors. There’s no need to panic: bungee jumping isn’t obligatory. Instead, start slowly with cultural walking tours or gentle outdoor coastal treks. Exclusive Escapes’ special interest holidays offer travellers a range of options in Turkey, from walking tours of major archaeological attractions to a chance to get involved in an olive harvest.
Exodus is another great travel company who arrange adventure holidays around the world. Here, you’ll find a variety of activity and experience packages, including cycling holidays, Arctic expeditions and treks up Kilimanjaro. They also have a range of last-minute adventure holidays up for grabs, for spontaneous travellers looking for a bargain. And don’t miss out on the great range of deals from The Adventure Company, who have holidays catering to solo travellers and active families as well as intrepid couples.
Want to balance adventure and activity with beach lounging on your trip? Wendy Wu Tours’ bespoke itineraries are the ideal solution. Wendy Wu arranges tailor-made holidays to China, Japan, India and South-East Asia, so you can pick and choose the days you’d like to go trekking and still ensure that you have days set aside for relaxation.
Alternatively, if you’re looking for a winter challenge, you’ll find a range of winter sports holidays at Thomas Cook. Winter sports holidays can involve much more than skiing: you could also try sledging with huskies or reindeer, snow shoe walking or even snow tubing for a gentler introduction to the world of winter sports.
Sports and entertainment holidays
If you love sports but physical exertion isn’t your idea of a holiday activity, think about going on a sports tour trip instead. England’s cricket team, for example, frequently travel the world to play matches in enticing holiday destinations like the Caribbean, Sri Lanka and Australia. Fans who book with English Cricket Tours will enjoy the convenience of having their flights, hotels and match tickets secured for them – so all you have to do is get to the airport on time.
Keen photographers will find a range of holidays catering to their interests too. Authentic Adventures’ photography holidays run excursions to some of the world’s most beautiful countries – from Scotland to India. So whether you want to turn your lens on the North Sea or the Indian Ocean, you’ll have the photography adventure holiday of a lifetime.
And if you want to experience the delights of a cruise holiday but don’t have several weeks to spare, look out for P&O’s mini cruises, which regularly leave from Southampton to Belgium and the Channel Islands on two-night trips.
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