The Seven Best Off-the-Beaten-Path Trips

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We’ve made our thoroughly opinionated picks, but—as with most things—it really all comes down to personal taste. So check out the rest of the thousands of trips on offer from our partner site Adventure Finder ! And let us know what we missed in this article’s comments.

As intrepid travelers, we find value in stepping out of our comfort zone—as well as several time zones—in an effort to find the most amazing, far-flung adventures. This shortlist of seven package trips has risen to the top of our must-experience list. Care to join?

A Tale of Two Cities: Mandalay to Bagan, Myanmar
Join Asia-specialists Backyard Travel on a four-day tour of Myanmar cities Mandalay and Bagan. Travel by bicycle, boat, and on foot to visit villages, pagodas, monasteries, and cave temple complexes.

Visit Vietnam’s Northern Hill Tribes
Spend 12 days touring Northern Vietnam with Explore! on this spectacular walking trip. Stay in traditional village houses, trek through the beautiful rice paddies of Sapa and Ban Lac and experience the culture, customs, and cuisine of the friendly hill tribes.

Multisport in New Zealand
You likely already know that New Zealand is an adrenaline mecca—but reaching this antipodal hotspot can be something of a pain. Pair your interest in the South Island with Active New Zealand’s expertise and you’ll see it all in eight blisteringly active days.

Antarctic Explorer
Travel to the bottom of the world to see the wildlife and scenic highlights of the Antarctic Peninsula and the South Shetland Islands on an 11-day cruise with AdventureSmith Explorations. Each trip offers something different, but we vote for the active one, which lets you kayak, mountaineer, camp, and ski.

Nordic Skiing in Lone Mountain Ranch, Montana
Resort skiing is so… predictable. Instead, head to the snow-choked wonders of Montana’s Lone Mountain Ranch and find easy access to Yellowstone’s groomed cross-country ski and snowshoe trails—along with the resort’s tailored hospitality, honed to perfection after more than 29 years.

Rivers of West Africa
Spend eight days with Adventure Life as you paddle from Senegal through Gambia’s Abuko Nature Reserve and River Gambia National Park and explore one of the most vibrant, seldom traveled corners of the world.

Colombia Coast to Coast
This South American treasure has risen from its less than reputable past to become one of the best in-the-know hotspots. Join Viventura for an 11-day tour of Colombia, including Tayrona National Park, the Pacific jungles of Nuqui, Medellin, and Cartagena.

Published: 23 Oct 2012 | Last Updated: 30 Nov 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication



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