If your idea of a perfect break abroad involves simply lying around the pool or heading down the beach, we encourage you to get out of your comfort zone when taking your next getaway.
Refrain from sipping drinks on a sun lounger and catching rays on a golden strip of sand and take part in one of these three exciting and exhilarating types of holidays:
Take to the open road
Have you ever passed by isolated towns and villages on a bus travelling from a country’s airport to your hotel and thought how good it would be to enjoy a day there?
Here’s another thought – experience that town or village, as well as all of its spectacular and intriguing surroundings, by getting in a car and driving to your heart’s content.
Europe is arguably the continent offering the most to motorists, such as the opportunity to drive from the sun-kissed Mediterranean coast to the awe-inspiring peaks of the Alps in France.
Then there is the Bundesautobahn 61 route in Germany, which follows the picturesque River Rhine and stretches from the country’s border with the Netherlands to the state of Baden-Wurttemberg in the south-west.
Head to the top of the world
The thought of climbing a mountain may not be everyone’s cup of tea when it comes to a holiday, but a trek is a great way of see some of the most breathtaking sights across the globe.
You will leave with memories that last a lifetime if you take in the ancient ruins of the Inca Trail in Peru, feel the isolation of being in the Indian Himalayas or discover the unique hanging gardens and natural springs of The Narrows in the US.
All of the above are just three of Lonely Planet’s top ten treks in the world – if you are a keen walker we recommend you try and traverse across every route on this list.
Roar with delight on a safari
There are so many fascinating animals living among us in this world, but most of us will only ever see the most interesting of wildlife through a television screen.
However, you can get up close to the most captivating of wild animals if you abandon the beaches of Africa and opt to head on a safari across the continent instead.
The booming roar of a lion in Botswana, the thumping marches of elephants in Kenya, the sneaky hunting tactics of a crocodile in Zambia – this is just a sample of the sights and sounds that you will get to see on a safari.
This unique travel guide was provided by Economy Car Hire, which supplies holidaymakers with rental cars in destinations spanning the entire globe. The fact that Economy Car Hire is up for a British Travel Award for Best Car Hire Company demonstrates how satisfied customers have been with the firm’s services over the years.