Alternative tourism is often being referred to as a form of travel that is more personal and authentic. It promotes interaction with the local people, communities, and the environment.
Many people want to plan an unconventional type of vacation and visit places somewhat different than the usual tourist attractions.
There are many reasons why travelers are opting for this kind of adventurous recreation rather than a mainstream holiday. One is having the pleasure of creating individual experiences. Another is getting in touch with local culture and traditions. Exploring new exciting places not featured in typical travel guides is something they’re looking for as well.
But what makes alternative globe-trotting so unique and desirable?
Typically there are 3 types of activities that you can experience that differ from the regular mass tourism
1. Nature-based tourism
Often called ecotourism, it usually involves traveling and exploring natural areas while preserving the environmental ecosystem and improving the wellbeing of the local people.
Such activities include biking, hiking, horseback riding, rafting, diving, cave exploring, and other outdoor activities which are specific to the natural area.
2. Cultural tourism
This represents the ethnological and religious part of an alternative tourism. Travelers who want to have more unique experiences can explore the cultural heritage as well as the ethnic, rural and religious practices of those who live in the area.
Partaking in wine and local cuisine journeys as well as seeing the crafts and music scene is something that interests a lot of adventure seekers. It gives them a chance to see up close how the local community interacts in their natural environment.
3. Adventure tourism
This is a type of travel that involves activities for the more courageous and daring vacationers in remote, exotic and unusual destinations. Many travelers find pleasure in activities that are potentially dangerous and risky.
The most desirable places for adventure traveling are mountainous regions, deserts, rainforests, jungles and deserted islands. It can also include challenging physical activities such as deep-sea diving, extreme rock climbing, safaris, zip-lining, sand-boarding, mountain biking and others.
If you ever want to embark on a journey of a lifetime and have an out of the ordinary vacation experience, these are our top 5 suggestions for an extraordinary voyage:
This unique spiritual place welcomes tourists who appreciate ancient culture and religious rejuvenation. Everything in Tibet from the Buddhist monasteries to the Mount Everest exudes peace and tranquillity.
The town of Ohrid is one of the most seductive destinations of all Europe. It offers its visitors a glimpse of the ancient Macedonian history and tradition, mesmerizing old churches and monasteries, and charming and unique architecture. There’s also a UNESCO protected lake with unique flora and fauna, and all of that topped with a medieval castle above the city.
This Mexican national treasure is one of the best reminders of the great Mayan architecture. The Palenque temples are breathtaking hidden archaeological gems that are sure to leave an immense impression on everyone who’s been there.
Sossusvlei Dunes, Namibia
Located in the Namib-Naukluft National Park, this attraction is one of the most spectacular and picturesque landscape you can imagine. With the highest red dunes in the world, this dessert offers adventurous activities that are sure to leave an adrenaline rush and long lasting memories.
Fiordland, New Zealand
A breathtaking scenery of wide countryside, snow-capped peaks, glistening fiords, black corals and endangered wildlife are some of the sights this national park can offer to all the nature lovers and adventure seekers.
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