The best experiences for travel in 2018

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The best experiences for travel in 2018

The best way to switch off and disconnect from your everyday life whilst on holiday, is to immerse yourself in a different culture and way of life. Our local guides will show you how to connect with the locals and share some truly unique experiences.

Check out our insider tips for the best experiences in 2018:

Sri Lanka – Experience life as a Sri Lankan villager

Sri Lanka VillageLearn to farm and cook with the villagers in Hiriwadunna. Enjoy a tractor ride through a banana plantation then board an ‘oruwa’ (traditional boat) and cross a scenic reservoir to visit a chena cultivation.

Our Guide to Sri Lanka
Tours of Sri Lanka

#IPtips Whilst aboard the boat you might catch sight of an occasional crocodile or water monitor.

Mexico – Go off-roading through a mountain range

Mexico Mountain TourBounce through the mountainous terrain of the Sierra Madre in a sturdy jeep, taking you well off the beaten track into a fascinating jungle landscape.

Our Guide to Mexico
Tours of Mexico

#IPtips Along the way you’ll be welcomed into a local’s home to taste freshly made tortillas and beans, before embarking on a nature hike through the forest.

Colombia – Go back to school in Cartagena

Street in Cartagena, ColombiaLearn Spanish at a small school in the center of Cartagena based in a traditional colonial style house. The teaching staff are friendly, highly qualified and can cater for all levels.

Our Guide to Colombia
Tours of Colombia

#IPtips Why not also stay with a host family, where you will not only experience the language but also the local culture and customs.

Botswana – Take a mokoro safari

Botswana, Mokoro canoePass silently through the shallow waters of the Okavango Delta in a mokoro canoe, as wildlife roam on land and in the surrounding waters. Watch your guide skilfully navigate the waterways using only a long pole as he tells you about the local fauna and flora.

Our Guide to Botswana
Tours of Botswana

#IPtips The Okavango Delta is the only place where you can take a mokoro safari. Teeming with wildlife, the area is a bird watchers paradise, you may even spot an elephant at the waterside.

Vietnam – Go off grid in the Central Highlands

Vietnam hill tribeGo off the beaten track in Vietnam’s less-visited Central Highlands to live among the hill tribes in a luxury tented camp learning about local customs and music, hiking to hidden waterfalls or taking cooking classes at an organic farm.

Our Guide to Vietnam
Tours of Vietnam

#IPtips To see the region at its best, visit in the wet season from May to October. Although, at this time the rain can make some outlying villages inaccessible, so many people prefer to travel during the dry season from November to April.

Brazil – Discover a community project

Salvador, BrazilThe city of Salvador has several volunteer community projects on the go. Here’s your chance to visit one of them and meet the people who run them and benefit from the services. A unique opportunity to learn how people are forging positive change in deprived neighbourhoods, and a chance to get involved yourself.

Our Guide to Brazil
Tours of Brazil

#IPtips This tour aims to promote change and provide an understanding of the daily life of the majority of the population living in ghettos and slums. You will see an array of social projects that seek to transform lives through arts and sports.

Costa Rica – Learn from a local family

Spider Monkey, Costa RicaHead to the Osa Peninsula and spend some time with a Costa Rican family. They’ll teach you about life in this conservation area and show you how the local people contribute to the sustainable development of the region.

Our Guide to Costa Rica
Tours of Costa Rica

#IPtips Wildlife lovers should head to Parque Nacional Corcovado, half way up the Osa Peninsula, the area is home to an astonishing array of wildlife, including the giant anteater, tapir, harpy eagle and all of Costa Rica’s big cats.

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