North Wales hides in plain sight, only a few hours from a host of UK cities, but possessing an opportunity to get far off the beaten track. Explore Snowdonia National Park and its International Dark Sky Reserve, where the stars at night far outstrip the number of annual visitors. Five days of coasteering, foraging and abseiling will leave your body and mind feeling a world away from civilisation, so much so that popping into a pub in Anglesey will feel like culture shock.
While the rest of the world plans busy city breaks to Barcelona and Berlin, you’ll find a smaller crowd in Georgia’s rural heartland. Allow your hiking boots to conquer the Caucasus Mountains and your palate to revel in one of the oldest wine-making cultures on earth. Even in the capital city of Tbilisi, visits to the Old Quarter and farmers’ market will feel like you’ve stepped back in time – and far from the typical tourist track.
If you thought merely getting to Iceland felt like an excuse to get away from it all, imagine how remote you’ll feel while exploring its frozen wilderness. To witness the immense beauty of this vast landscape, you’ll traverse trails, glaciers and mountains by any means necessary. A private super jeep and a snowmobile will take you to parts unspoiled, but amazing sites like the Sólheimajökull glacier require two feet and a spirit of adventure.
It doesn’t get more far-flung than the Galápagos. Off the distant Pacific coast of Ecuador, you’ll hop a yacht and wander the waters of this animal kingdom, keeping your eyes peeled for the spectacular species found nowhere else on Earth. You’ll have ample time to mingle with the locals, with days spent snorkelling with sea lions, penguins and marine iguanas, and hours shooting the breeze with giant Galápagos tortoises who’ll teach you a thing or two about slow travel.
Tick off curious proboscis monkeys and cute pygmy elephants on a wild scavenger hunt through Borneo. Asia’s largest island is knitted with an exotic jungle, just waiting to be explored. Orangutan and sun bear sanctuaries act as protected havens, while lines of macaques are silhouetted along the sidelines of the Kinabatangan River, where you’ll take safari-style boat trips. Venture into Borneo’s wilderness with your new group of friends and return forever changed on this 10-day trail through new pastures.