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6 unconventional winter breaks

Winter is here and the familiar exodus to the beaches of Corfu begins (and nothing wrong with that – Corfu is beautiful). But if you fancy going a little further afield this year we’ve rounded up six of our top most unconventional winter holiday hotspots.

Rajasthan

A glimpse of Rajasthan's local landmarks

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23 reasons you should go Island hopping in Fiji

Now, we don’t think you’re really going to need a lot of convincing on this. Whether it’s the breathtaking Mamanuccas or the seeming endless swathe of the Yasawas (they’ve got some great names out there) Fiji is quite simply paradise on earth.

With all this to explore and no boat of your own (we’re assuming – we may be wrong) a trip to this area can seem quite daunting. But where as in Oz, Nz and Latin America you can jump on a hop-on hop-off bus, Fiji has it’s own version with the hop-on hop-off Yasawa flyer. Jump on, sit back and explore your new favourite part of the world.

Fiji beach

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Cruising the winding backwaters of Kerala, Southern India

Last week we introduced you to Alyce, one of our new India Tailor Made specialists, in her blog about her whirlwind tour of India’s Golden Triange and Rajasthan. She’s here to help you plan your perfect trip to India, based on exactly what you want to do, when you want to do it and how you want to do it.

This week, Alyce is back, to take us through her favourite experience in India so far, cruising the backwaters of Kerala on a traditional Indian house boat.

Alyce, and our other India Tailor Made specialists Thomas and Nick, have been trained to create bespoke and personal trip itineraries in India, so we sent them on their own adventures there to make sure they are super clued up and ready for your call. Here’s Alyce’s favourite memory of her trip to India’s beautiful south…

Take a traditional Indian house boat for a relaxing cruise down the beautiful backwaters of Kerala, India.

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High Five… Galapagos Islands!

Resting in the Pacific Ocean 600 miles off the coast of Ecuador, these 19 volcanic islands have been inspiring travellers with their natural wonders for hundreds of years. Charles Darwin famously rocked up here during his voyage on the Beagle and the observations he made went a long towards proving his theory of natural selection.

Despite the popular image of the islands as essentially an ecological theme park containing little more than lizards and strangely named birds, the Galapagos boasts several towns (the largest, Puerto Ayora, has a population of around 18,000) which have built up around the tourist industry. Outside of these however, most of the islands are still preserved at their wild best, with fearless animals and stunning landscapes.

We’ve already told you All You’ll Ever Need to Know About Travelling the Galapagos Islands but now we’re giving you our pick of the top 5 experiences too!

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How a Working Holiday in Queensland Will Change Your Life

When it comes to taking a working holiday, it’s hard to think of anywhere more perfect to escape to than Queensland.

Proudly perched in Northeast Australia, and spoilt with hundreds of sun soaked islands, tropical rainforests, as well as the cosmopolitan city of Cairns and the iconic Great Barrier Reef, Queensland is the ultimate place to live the Aussie dream. I mean, you’re doing this because you want to change your life right? What could be more different than paradise?

Last year, Ben Angel won one of 6 working holidays in Australia as part of our Live Like an Aussie competition, and last September he headed out to Queensland to work as a cook on a boat sailing the glorious Whitsundays and Great Barrier Reef – a pretty drastic departure from the average 9-5!

Here’s what he thought about his experience and why he thinks you should take advantage of your opportunity to take a working holiday, while you can…

Here's Ben hard at work (kind of), sailing the Whitsundays.

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