Is there any country with a more diverse wilderness than the USA? Sure, Kenya has national parks teaming with wildlife, and Australia boasts the Outback, and New Zealand has some insanely stunning countryside – but the USA has all this, and then some.
That well-spouted statistic that only 30% of Americans have a passport may shock us Europeans, but actually, when you think of the ample opportunities for exploring that their own country, it’s not that surprising.
From soaring mountains and lush greenery to vast deserts and icy expanses, this region has enough going on to give even the most well-travelled explorer a serious case of itchy feet.
A geyser erupts in the USA's Yellowstone National Park
If you’ve learned everything you know about this brilliant city from watching 50 Shades of Grey and re-runs of Frasier, prepare for a shock. Neither was filmed in Seattle. I know. Our illusions were shattered too.
On the plus side, there’s an awful lot more to Seattle than Christian Grey, fine coffee and snooty restaurants. Read on for 9 things to do in the The City of Goodwill.
The spooky streets under Seattle: courtesy of Rennett Stowe on Flickr
No doubt it’s a bold claim, but Austin didn’t pick their official motto out of a hat. We take a look at what makes this city a Mecca for music lovers worldwide and a perfect stop on any trip to the American South.
While New York, San Francisco and L.A. may steal the headlines, the Northwest is a fantastic destination for adventurers looking to explore another side to the USA. With sensational backdrops, and a seasonal climate comparable to our beloved Britain, it’s an attractive addition to any travel wish-list.
OK, cow/horse boys/girls, buckle up, because we’re about to gallop across Northwestern USA.
It’s a well worn myth that you need to empty your purse into a black hole in order to really see the world. Yes, if you want to spend 10 months flying to 12 countries it is going to cost a bit (though not quite as much as you might think), but you’d be genuinely surprised how much you can see of the world in less than 2 weeks on a budget.
It’s important to remember that the prices below don’t include international flights so you will need to budget for those as well as some meals and optional activities. But with transport, accommodation & loads of other inclusions, these adventures represent a big chunk of your trip budget. They’re also all small group experiences (most with an average of 14 people) so you can really get off the beaten track and into areas it’s very hard to reach solo.
So in the spirit of our 2015 resolutions (go small), we thought it was time to pick out our favourite adventures from the weird, wonderful and downright awesome trips out there all for under £800*. Where will 2015 take you?