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Shift Your Perspective With These Life-Changing Trips

Need to shake things up? Here’s a killer collection of epic small-group TRIPS by Culture Trip that you can book – choose from Japan, Iceland, Colombia and more for an experience that’s sure to change your life.
Richard Collett
12 Jun 2020
Shift your perspective with these life-changing trips that delve deep into different cultures and destinations around the world. From the bright neon lights of Tokyo to the graffitied streets of Medellin, these trips are packed with contrasts guaranteed to leave you feeling immersed and designed to open up the world around you – in a positive way. Looking for a new take on travel? Here are the best TRIPS by Culture Trip that have the potential to change your life.
1 . Japan: From Osaka to Tokyo and everywhere in between
Start in Osaka and end in Tokyo – and visit everywhere in between on this life-changing journey from neon lights to rural delights in Japan. This 12-day tour begins with the contrasts of Osaka, where you’ll visit centuries-old castles in the shadow of the city’s impressive, modern skyline. Indulge your taste buds at the Kuromon Market before catching the bullet train to Hiroshima for Aikido lessons and Okonomiyaki pancakes. In Hiroshima, you’ll be humbled by the Peace Park, before you’re back on the train and heading towards the sacred temples, mountains and Geishas of Kyoto. There’s time for sake and onsens, views of Mount Fuji and a cruise on Lake Ashi – along with one final bullet train to Tokyo, where the tour ends in the glitz of neon lights and late-night karaoke sessions.
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2 . Iceland: From frozen waterfalls to black-sand beaches
A journey into Iceland’s frozen wilderness is guaranteed to be one of those trips that change your life. This overland journey to Iceland’s most scenic destinations is just five days long, but you’ll leave the Nordic nation having experienced one of the most extreme environments in the world. Bring your thermal clothes on this trip, because in winter, Iceland is cold. Starting and ending in Reykjavik, this adventure tour takes you to frozen waterfalls, black sand beaches and powerful natural geysers. Snowmobile across icy glaciers, soak up the – much-needed – heat of geothermal hot springs and be in awe of the natural phenomenon that is the Northern Lights.
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3 . Morocco: From maze-like souks to the starry-skied Sahara
For first time travellers, the busy bazaars and packed medinas of Morocco can be a culture shock. But with the help of one of our Insider Guide’s, you’ll quickly adjust to the North African way of life – and you’ll soon appreciate the architectural wonders and symmetry of cities like Casablanca and Fez and the subtle spices and flavours of Berber cuisine. This life-changing 13-day experience sees you travelling to Morocco’s most important destinations and you’ll journey through souks, walk through blue cities, ride camels across the Sahara and trek through the Atlas Mountains.
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4 . Colombia: From the jungle-cloaked Andes to Bogota and Medellin
Come prepared for a thrilling adventure as you travel through the Colombian Andes on an eight-day expedition that starts in Bogota and ends in Medellin. You’ll be immersed in Colombia’s past, present and future. In the capital, learn how the country endured decades of civil war and drug-related conflict. In the Magdalena River Valley, go river rafting, learn about sustainable tourism and visit colonial-era towns founded by Spanish conquistadors. In the Andes, you’ll visit coffee plantations and connect with local farmers before ending the trip in the ever-changing neighbourhoods of Medellin – where Pablo Escobar is remembered and past conflicts are getting left behind.
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5 . Nepal: From the soaring Annapurna mountains to wild Chitwan jungles
The high mountains of the Himalayas have inspired travellers for millennia and you’re guaranteed to be blown away by the snow-capped peaks of the Annapurna Range on this 11-day journey through Nepal. But your life-changing trip begins lower down the mountains in Kathmandu. Here, you’ll not only see the sights of the capital but you’ll meet with locals from the Seven Women Centre – an organisation that helps to empower Nepalese women. Pokhara is up next and in addition to mountain treks, you’ll visit a Tibetan Refugee Camp where you’ll be taught the secret behind Momos – the region’s most famous dumpling dish. Swap the snowy mountains of Annapurna for the hot, humid jungles of Chitwan – where you’ll seek out tigers on safari – before finally returning to Kathmandu as both a changed and enlightened traveller.
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