The travel media clamber every year to find the next destination. THE next place to vacation. What’s too cool when not at school. At Responsible Travel we always have our eye on countries, regions, islands and highlands which are new and unusual because they have made their mark in the responsible travel movement. They are different and unusual because they are putting a cap on the mass tourism maelstrom. Or they are starting out in a destination that is new to the ever growing world of tourism, and are striving to do so in a way that respects local culture, supports community income and offers exciting experiences like nowhere else.
Unusual vacation destinations all have a few things in common, however. They go off the tourist trail, beyond the mass tourism machine and into places that take us out of our comfort zones. Such as spending the nights in Indian homestays, pushing ourselves up mountains on bikes in order to have the most memorable lunch ever, or trekking through the Atlas Mountains with nomads as they lead their families and livestock up to higher pastures for the summer. Here are just three suggestions for unusual vacation destinations to whet your appetite.