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Etti Bali Dec 19 2014

Must-try travel experiences for 2015.

Kanika Nevatia Dec 19 2014
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Here are some must-try travel experiences for 2015. Instead of going for the usual beach packages or an escape to the mountains, surprise yourself with an altogether different travel experiences.

Take a Solo Trip

Who said you need company to enjoy a vacation? Simply pack your bags and head off on a solo trip. There are many destinations both in India and abroad where the single travellers will feel both safe and welcome. The royal city of Udaipur in Rajasthan and the adventure-packed city of Rishikesh, Uttarakhand, are our top picks for destinations for solo travellers in 2015. Here are some solo trip ideas for you.

Rishikesh (by Rishu83)

Go Hiking

Challenge yourself in 2015 and go on a hiking holiday. The feeling of walking through nature’s beauty to a high mountain peak is both thrilling and fulfilling. Choose the route depending on how far you want to push yourself. Hike on the mountain trails in the beautiful city of Coorg or the famous Himalayan hikes of Uttarakhand. However, if you wish to go the extra mile, plan a trip to the Taktsang Monastery in Bhutan, an experience that you will cherish for a lifetime.

Hiking (by lorenkerns)

Take a Wellness Break

If you’ve been thinking of pampering yourself, this is the time to do so! Plan a trip to one of the best wellness retreats in India and enjoy your vacation being spoilt. Indulge in a spa therapy or two or learn a few yoga asanas that will lead you to peace and tranquility. Most of these resorts offer stay and wellness packages, making them ideal for a long weekend break. The Ananda Spa in the Himalayas is one of the best places to visit. There are also several excellent wellness getaways in God’s Own Land--Kerala. Don’t miss out on one of the must-try travel experiences for 2015.

Ananda Spa (from the official website)

Walk on Ice

Ever thought you could walk on ice? Think again! Plan a trip to Ladakh in 2015 when the Zanskar Lake is frozen over and embark on a journey of a lifetime. Try out the “Chadar Trek”, a walk that takes you on an extraordinary trip on a frozen river that winds through a narrow valley. Come across some dreamy views of hanging icicles and frozen waterfalls. You can also experience the same thrill abroad at Slovakia’s High Tatra Mountains where the frozen lake is so crystal clear that you will feel like you’re walking on water.

Chadar Trek (from the official website)

Rent Your Own Holiday Haven

Why check in to a hotel when travelling? Instead, rent a short stay home for yourself. Plan a self catering holiday in Europe and spend your holiday in the confines of a home that feels like your own. Buy some grocery, do the cooking yourself and feel cozy and comfortable in your very own living room. You could also rent a house-boat or caravan, depending on where you are. These days the idea of self catering is picking up in India as well, mostly in the form of serviced or semi-servived apartments or cottages on hill stations such as Manali.

Caravan Park (by Arpingstone)

Pick a Homestay

There is no better way to get to know about the people and culture of a place than to spend a few days up-close and personal with the local people. And what better way to do so then to plan a homestay with a welcoming family. Homestays may be of different types. Most often the goal of a homestay is for the visitors to be immersed in their hosts culture. In other homestays, tourists may simply rent a room within a private home, with minimal supervision from the host. You could also opt for one of the popular farm stays in India, to experience something a little different.

Homestay (from peterwurst44)

Travel to Volunteer

Combine your travel plans with some social service and you are sure to feel at peace on your next vacation. Kick start the new year with some “volunteering travel” as you make a difference to the planet in a safe and responsible way. From helping spread literacy to providing medical aid, there is so much that you can do. Plan a volunteering trip to the rural interiors of India or a city abroad. You could approach an organization such as Volunteering Solutions to help you in this endeavour.

Volunteering Solutions (from the official website)

Plan a Staycation

Why leave home for a holiday when you can bring the holiday home! Start off 2015 with a staycation, where all you have to do is stay at home and act like you’re on vacation. Visit some local tourist attractions, order takeaway, and play a boardgame or two with your family. If it’s summer time, set up a paddle pool in your backyard for the kids. Revamp your home and make it seem like a hotel with chocolates on the pillow, rolled up towels and exotic toiletries. Fix your start and end dates and indulge in a vacation like never before!

Board Game (by delta_avi_delta)

Take an Unique Train Journey

Make your holiday about the journey and not the destination when you embark on a voyage filled with luxury and fun. Take one of the interesting train journeys that India has to offer and be left in awe. From luxurious trains such as the Palace on Wheels and Deccan Odyssey to a fun-filled ride on the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway, there is no better way to experience the Indian subcontinent than on a train.

Toy Train (by Vikramjit Kakati)

Be Bold!

Have you always wanted to see the Northern Lights in Scandinavia or take a Balloon Safari over the Serengeti but have been putting it off? Well, now is the time to let go of all your apprehensions and make 2015 the year of being bold. Go rock-climbing or even bungee jumping in Australia or try your hands on some underwater sea diving in the Maldives! Let go of all your travel fears and worries in 2015 and explore the world.

Balloon Safari (from the official website)

These are just some of the must-try travel experiences for 2015. Leave a comment below and add to the list of travel experiences that you are planning on taking in the new year. Happy New Year and happy travels!
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