Start a new hobby
Plan your next holiday around your latest passion with Learning Journeys. This “travelling classroom” offers trips that focus on specific hobbies and interests, like Liquid Gold, where you will learn about beekeeping in Poland, and Songwriting in Nashville, which lets you explore the city with a local musician.
Get your 10,000 steps a day (and then some) on the Camino de Santiago in Spain or on Turkey’s Lycian Way. Intrepid Travel’s new Great Walks of Europe collection includes six treks led by expert local guides that feature small groups and overnights at charming inns and intimate guest houses.
Take a dream trip
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts has launched The Grandest of Escapes: one–of–a–kind, customized experiences across its collection of properties, from Carton House in Kildare, Ireland, where you’ll forage with the hotel’s executive chef, to Fairmont Maldives, complete with a private sunset dolphin cruise on board a 43–foot luxury yacht.
Meet new people
Go to the Bahamas, leave with a new friend. Register for the country’s People–to–People program to be paired up with one of 500 volunteer Bahamian ambassadors across 11 islands who may take you to their favourite fish fry, show you their secret beach spots or even invite you over for conch fritters and Bahamian mac ’n’ cheese.
Reduce your screen time
We’re spending more time on our gadgets than ever before. Ditch them for a few days (or weeks) by checking into a property that limits opportunities for emailing, posting and streaming. At Petit St. Vincent, a resort on its own Caribbean island, the only Wi–Fi available is in the reception area, while boutique wellness retreat Willka T’ika in Peru keeps its guestrooms free of TVs, phones and Internet (instead you’ll find fresh flowers and a hot water bottle for unwinding in the evenings).