This week, I’ve been looking at holidays that broaden your horizons.  I’ve looked at holidays where you can learn something new or brush up on some forgotten skills.  Plus, I posted about a holiday to Scotland where you can explore the NC500 – known as Scotland’s Route 66.  Or you could explore a little-known destination – my suggestions were Madagascar or the Silk Road that takes you across Asia. Check out my Facebook page to find out more.  But think why you should broaden your horizons – it’s always good to have knowledge.  We become more understanding and more tolerant.  Never a bad idea to make the most of life – the last 2 years have taught us that life’s too short and we should make the most of every opportunity.  More ideas of how to broaden your horizons below:

We all travel for different reasons – to relax, explore, reconnect with family and come back ready to face the world again.   However, to get even more out of your holiday and really broaden your horizons, you’ll have to step away from the usual resorts.  The best way to discover what a country is really like is to interact with the locals – eat in local restaurants, talk to the tourist office about experiences and tours with local guides.  Not only will this broaden your horizons, it helps the local economy.  In some countries, rather than stay in a hotel, you can do a home stay or eat in a home.

Explore away from the main tourist spots in your destination.  We love getting local buses and finding hidden gems.  Hire bikes and cycle to quieter beaches.  Some resorts have e-bikes for hire.  To travel further afield and find more undiscovered places, hire a car in resort.

Research your destination before you leave home – the internet has so many guides to everywhere these days.  Have some ideas of where you want to visit – whether its local markets, historical monuments or anything else.

It doesn’t matter how many TV programmes, books or websites you look at about a particular destination, nothing beats actually being there.  Really immerse yourself in the local culture.

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