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How to find adventure on a package holiday

Millennials love to travel, seek new adventures and get better acquainted with new cultures; they also want the peace, quiet and tranquillity of a beach. You might be one of the new breed of traveller who wants to mix authentic experiences of culture with leisure, comfort with novelty. If that’s the case, here is how to find adventure on a package holiday.
Beach, Dominican Republic
Tip one: Be flexible with your travel plans

The most important part of finding adventure on a package holiday is to be flexible. Avoid pre-booking activities prior to travelling. Researching the place once you are there, or walking with map in hand, is the best way to find value and authenticity.

Tip two: Ignore your mobile device

Finding a good mix between a package holiday and a full on backpacking trip is seemingly a must-have skill for 20- and 30-somethings, who typically search out destinations which will give them an opportunity to tell a good story. It is simply not enough to rely on a mobile device to find nearby locations or attractions. The chances are that these ads have been paid for and offer more of the same in terms of promotions or kitsch. The first thing to do is to put down your bags, ignore your mobile devices recommendations, and talk a walk. If you’re in Marrakech, for instance, there are plenty of fantastic independent sellers in the souks that you won’t be able to find online. Or when you’re looking for street food, you’ll never find a great local seller on a website; you’ve got to get out there and search yourself.

Tip three: Pick up a traveller’s guidebook

Package holiday providers are fully aware of the new type of holiday maker who wants the best of a conventional holiday and all the novelty of getting in touch with the local culture. However, the real knowledge poewrhouses in this field are writers of travel guidebooks, particularly those written with the help of local experts. These guides are produced with the independent spirit in mind, highlighting hidden gems, attractions and events.

Tip four: Compare notes with your on-site travel representative

On-site travel representatives are still a useful resource. Once you’ve been out on a meander, popped into local shops, and had a few conversations with locals, you might find the time to compare notes. Furthermore, tour guides are very conscious of the new breed of millennial travellers and terms such as “bizcations” and “bleisure” travel, which mix business with leisure holidays, and are now geared to help you find what you want.

Tip five: Don’t forget to travel safely

The reason most people choose package holidays is because they are concerned with safety. The usual rules apply here: invest in travel insurance, be careful with your data and electronic devices, and stay alert in social situations. But remember: being overly concerned with safety might just cut down on the amount of fun you could have!

Cambodian spiders for sale

Gotta try the local food. Spider anyone?

There are plenty of ways to ensure that you get a dose of local flavour with your package holiday though spiders are possibly a step too far, even as a beer snack. Travel with an open mind and adventure will find you.

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