Unusual holidays overview

By their very nature, all holidays are meant to be unusual, prompted by a desire to seek out ‘the other’. We get that. We also get that staying in a cave in Andalucia might be a dream come true for one person, but hell on earth for another, for whom a week in the Arctic watching polar bears is breaking the humdrum with a bang. With a collection of holidays that can make the impossible possible, we aim to tap into the ‘other’ that you, not the trendsetters, have been seeking. Learn more in our unusual holidays travel guide.

Our top Unusual holidays

Kerala homestay tour, India

From £2125
16 days inc UK flights
Stay in homestays in various destinations in Kerala

Cuba salsa dance holiday

From £1650
15 days ex flights
Learn to salsa with the pros in Santiago de Cuba, tuition, day trips and nights out
Small group2021: 29 Nov, 20 Dec, 2022: 2 Jan, 7 Feb, 14 Mar, 10 Apr, 9 May, 27 Jun, 18 Jul, 17 Oct, 7 Nov, 28 Nov, 19 Dec

Desert island survival adventure, Panama

From US $2450
10 days ex flights
Learn survival skills castaway on a tropical desert island.
Small group2022: 12 Jan, 10 Feb, 23 Feb

Why go on an unusual holiday?

In France, they use the word ‘insolite’ to describe an unusual holiday, which sounds a bit like insolent: rebelling against the norm. We think unusual holidays should be about venturing outside your comfort zone (even if it’s just a small step to begin with) and learning what’s possible beyond the all-inclusive resorts and beach or skiing holidays you may be used to. Don’t make the mistake of thinking that ‘unusual’ also means extreme. Many of the unusual holidays you’ll find on our website are perfectly family-friendly – but they do all come with a generous helping of adventure.

Unusual destinations

Our unusual holiday destinations create out-of-the-ordinary experiences in places you might not normally consider visiting – the wilderness of Mongolia, for instance, where you can stay in a yurt and learn to fight like one of Genghis Khan’s warriors. Or tiny but beautiful Montenegro, which is still relatively unknown as a European holiday destination but has mountains to hike, lakes to swim in, and rivers to raft. We help you find the needles in the haystack by tracking downunusual holiday destinations that aren’t just off the regular tourist trail, but also have their responsible travel credentials in place.

More holiday ideas

Amsterdam to Bruges bike and barge holiday

From £960 to £1050
8 days ex flights
Bike and barge from Amsterdam to beautiful Bruges

Western Mongolia tour, the Altai mountains & eagles

From US $2475 to US $3215
13 days ex flights
Culture and adventure in the landscapes of western Mongolia
Small group2021: 25 Sep, 2022: 10 Sep, 24 Sep

Kayaking holiday in Indonesia, Komodo Dragon tour

From £1795
10 days ex flights
Sea kayaking to some of the most remote beaches on earth
Small group2021: 2 Oct, 11 Oct, 20 Oct, 31 Oct, 10 Nov

Thailand adventure holiday, self drive Tuk Tuk

From £1395 to £1595
11 days ex flights
A Tuk Tuk Adventure in the stunning mountains of Thailand
Small group2021: 25 Oct, 29 Nov, 13 Dec, 2022: 10 Jan, 24 Jan, 21 Feb, 14 Mar, 25 Mar, 6 Apr, 25 Apr, 9 May, 23 May, 6 Jun, 20 Jun, 4 Jul, 18 Jul, 1 Aug, 15 Aug, 29 Aug, 12 Sep, 26 Sep, 10 Oct, 24 Oct, 7 Nov, 21 Nov, 5 Dec, 12 Dec, 2023: 2 Jan, 9 Jan, 23 Jan, 28 Jan, 9 Feb, 13 Feb, 23 Feb, 2 Mar, 9 Mar, 20 Mar, 27 Mar, 3 Apr, 18 Apr, 23 Apr, 6 May, 11 May, 22 May, 29 May

Sao Tome & Principe holiday

From £2995
12 days inc UK flights
A wonderful break on the tropical isles, Sao Tome & Principe
Tailor made

Transylvania holiday accommodation

From €100 to €174
per person per night
Stay at a Count's guesthouse
Quote: All our holidays support local communities & nature – bringing you closer to both
Quote: All our holidays support local communities & nature – bringing you closer to both

More about Unusual holidays

Unusual family holidays

Unusual family-friendly holidays begin at home, when you gather the brood around the computer to see whose eyes light up at where, and what, and start making notes. Whatever you end up doing – watersports, walking or winter wilderness – we recommend going with a travel company that really gets family requirements, and will bend over backwards to ensure everyone from big to little has the time of their life. Our unusual family holiday experts are happy to share their knowledge about travelling in China, kayaking in Croatia, or hiking with a mule in the French Alps.

Unusual places to stay

We love showing off unusual places to stay. That’s not only because they spark the imagination, but because they’re run by people with deep connections to their local environment and culture, and who are keen to protect both. There are treehouses and yurts, houseboats and ice hotels, and welcoming homestays from Kerala to Costa Rica. As more people take an interest in finding unusual places to stay on holiday, growing numbers of accommodations rise up to meet them. The places we work with emphasise sustainability throughout your stay – not as a ‘greenwash’, but because they believe in it.
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[Why go on an unusual holiday?: Mario Micklisch] [Unusual destinations: Pioneer Expeditions] [Unusual family-friendly holidays: Jerome Bon] [Unusual places to stay: Greenland Travel]
Photo credits: [Page banner: Paul Vinten] [Why go on an unusual holiday?: Mario Micklisch] [Unusual destinations: Pioneer Expeditions] [Unusual family-friendly holidays: Jerome Bon] [Unusual places to stay: Greenland Travel]