3 new destinations for my wish list!

So what is it I do in-between travel adventures? Beside working to earn the money to pay for them, I’m thinking, talking, researching, writing about, planning and dreaming of everything travel!

cant buy happiness

Lately, I’ve particularly been looking at going on another tour again sometime soon. Yes, yes, I know. I’ve heard many arguments about how it’s a more expensive way to travel and you save so much more just doing it yourself.

But there’s some things I miss about being on a tour, like –

  1. Having everything organised for me and just going with the flow – or as I call it, going into ‘sheep in a herd’ mode. No need to worry about how I’ll get around, where to go to next, where I’m going to sleep tonight. I just get to enjoy the sights and follow the crowd and not worry about a thing. I truly get to ‘switch off’.
  2. Being with the same people for a week or more makes it so much easier to make good friends, at least for me. It’s a good chance to really get to know a handful of people and share some amazing experiences with them.
  3. It’s a great motivator to try fun, new, and out-of-the-ordinary things that you wouldn’t necessarily do if you were on your own. For example, whilst on tours I’ve been paragliding, zip-lining, white water rafting, riding ATV’s across sand dunes, and went exploring for sea turtles in Costa Rica.
  4. And last but not least, it gives you a handy, ready-made group of drinking buddies to explore the night life with in strange and new cities!

me white water rafting

Recently, I went searching for tours with my favourite tour company, G-Adventures for some travel inspiration. Here are three tours that caught my eye and have now been added to my travel ‘wish-list’. Click on the titles if you would like details of the tour itself. Hopefully I’ll get to experience one of them soon!

The Baltics

BalticsLithuania, Latvia, and Estonia. Ever heard of them? I admit these places hadn’t come under my radar until recently, and so the mystery of discovering all about them and their history has piqued my interest. The key attractions that caught my eye on this tour are the KGB Museum in Vilnius, the UNESCO-listed Curonian Spit, the bike tour and sea bird colonies, also in Lithuania.

What really hooked me though was the local experience on a farm in Estonia. With awesome experiences like hiking, cycling, mustard-making, fruit-picking, and folk evenings with traditional music – how could I resist? The tour sounds rich in natural wonders as well as cultural-rich cities and museums, so ticks a lot of boxes for me.

Turkey coast

turkey coastlineI’ve heard so many good things about Turkey, and I’ve seen many amazing photos of its stunning blue coastline lately that I think its finally worth a visit. This tour looks to be pretty good value-for-money, and only a short trip. It includes a visit to ANZAC Cove where, during the Battle of Gallipoli in WW1, troops were landed by the British using Australia and New Zealand Army Crops. Remembering this event has become an important part of the identity of our nation and it feels like every Australian should visit it sometime in their life!

Walking the Camino De Santiago

CaminoEver seen the movie The Way starring Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez? If you have, you’ll understand why I want to do this tour on this walk trail! The Camino de Santiago, or The Way of St. James, is a 800 kilometer walk trail that traverses an idyllic northern Spanish countryside.

This tour includes transporting your gear from one town to the next, while you spend 8 days walking your little boots off doing the last 100km of the walk trail. It seems a pretty reasonable pace, with enough time for selfies and self-reflection along the way.

 

Do you agree that tours are the way to go? Tell us about your experiences and any tours you recommend in the comments section below!

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