Are you craving something a bit different from your next vacation? If you’ve been lucky enough to travel, you might be finding that you want to experience a different kind of trip instead of just another week lounging on the beach or walking around the same tourist sites as everyone else. Why not try one of these ideas instead?
1. Go on a yoga retreat. Yoga retreats have become pretty popular in recent years. This could be a great break from the anxieties of modern life. You can spend the trip relaxing while learning some new ways to ease stress when the trip is over. If you’re a dedicated yogi back home, a yoga retreat is a brilliant way to learn more about your favorite relaxation technique.
2. Teach English as a foreign language. Spending time in another country at the same time as teaching is a rewarding way to share your language and culture. Teaching English abroad is a great option to spend time abroad and earn some money to fund more travels later on. English taught by a native speaker is always in demand.
3. Go on a boat tour. A trip on a boat can be a great way to see a place at a more leisurely speed. Life on the water is usually slower, so you can take time out for relaxation as you travel and enjoy the scenery. Make some stops on your trip to explore places you might not have visited if you were travelling on land.
4. Work as a house sitter. If you’re traveling on a smaller budget, you could get your place to stay for free by working as a house sitter. Look after somebody’s house and pets while they’re away, and explore their local area while you’re staying. House sitting is most popular in Australia and New Zealand, but it is starting to catch on in other countries as well.
5. If you like looking after children or are thinking about pursuing a career in childcare or education, why not take a job as an au pair? Many families like to use au pairs from other countries, so their children can learn another language. You can earn some money, get some experience on your CV, and get to live more like a local with real residents as your guide.
6. Choose an active trip. If you’re super active back at home, it’s likely that you won’t particularly enjoy a vacation lying on a sunlounger by the pool. Try a more active trip, like cycling, hiking or climbing. This could be an excellent way to visit new places, make new friends with similar interests and develop some new skills in a sport. Try a sports camp to develop a skill, like trying a surf camp.
Choosing something a little bit different for your vacation or trying a working trip, you can make all kinds of memories and have a trip unlike any other you’ve ever taken. It’s a fun way to try something new, learn about another culture, and meet interesting people.
Brooke has been a connoisseur of back roads and obscure places since she was a girl. Growing up in a small working farm, she knew at a young age that there was so much to see and understand about the world. Since she left home at 17, she’s been gallivanting around the world. She’s a go-to resource for fearless Euro travel and extreme budget adventures. Her colorful experiences moving from one country to another with only time to spare will surely inspire you to leave the rat race and chase your backpacking dreams.