OFFBEAT DESTINATIONS

Finland


For those who find solace in solitude, Finland is the ideal vacation spot. Finns are all set to celebrate their hundredth year of independence in 2017. Summer, winter, fall and spring will be the four nationwide Finnish Nature Days which definitely will be trump cards for the destination. Also, Hossa Hiking Area will be designated as 40th national park of the country. Torassieppi will offer the guests which, if alright to say, a winter digital detox at the remote and rustic reindeer farm where any electronic devices are strictly not allowed. Reindeer sledding through the Lapland tundra is almost the personification of the famous carol.

Via Dinarica, Western Balkans


So in 2017, after years of expansion, the growing community of hikers can get their adrenaline rush fulfilled at Via Dinarica trail walking and hiking across 1,200 miles. Stitching both military and trading routes traversing through Macedonia to Dinaric Alps covering Postojna, Croatia, Slovenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, and Montenegro – this is one crazy map. Home stay layovers are available which are mostly shepherd settlements and uncover old-world traditions.

Banff, Canada


Meadowed valleys filled with turquoise colored lakes and bordered by rugged peaks, Banff seems to come straight out of a tale. Adding to the nature’s majestic charm are hot spring soaks, horseback excursions, mountain hikes and with luxury accommodations. This riveting journey of surprise will be an eclectic mix for leisure as well as adventure travelers.

Baja California, Mexico


The list would be incomplete without mentioning the ginormous marine kind of the Baja California peninsula. For those who plan to get a closer marine look and dive into the Sea of Cortez, Baja California will be an exclusive choice. Let your clients meet the behemoths of the marine world and the vibrantly colored fish congregate.

Cartagena, Colombia


Juan Manuel Santos, Colombian President won the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize for his rebellious efforts to end 52 years of war in the country. Cartagena however remains unperturbed by the conflict and this city on the Caribbean coast can be a favorite holiday option for the intellectual breed. The Old City with brightly painted walls of colonial mansions, draped with bougainvillea creepers, it’s almost like living a surreal life.

Cloud forests, Chorcó region, Ecuado


Andean slopes have the richest depositories of flora and fauna making it a hotspot for biodiversity. A guided night walk to the spot for a chance to meet the teddy bear-faced olinguito is, no less adventurous than trekking or hiking. Some mesmeric hummingbirds with plethora of epiphytes and orchids collection are what will make you compulsively clicking your camera shutter. There are chances for open-air gondola ride to pave through the cloudy forest canopy views.

Anchorage, Alaska, U.S.


Chugach Mountains in backdrop and encompassed by national parks, Anchorage is the gateway to Alaskan-size adventures. Round-the-clock daylight in summer is the added advantage making it an ideal destination to arrange for a weekend getaway. Its options range from hiking glacier, fishing in world’s largest urban fishery, surfing along Turnagain Arm and much more. Interactive Anchorage Museum is no less charming a visit.

White Tiger Safari, Madhya Pradesh, India


Relive Jungle Book at Bandhavgarh National Park in Madhya Pradesh, India. Immortalizing Kipling’s classic book, the visit to this wildlife will be a roaring experience. The world’s biggest wild cats in their own majestic prowling steps, you can’t but thank the wildlife and habitat preservation authority for this incredible experience. The new Tiger Express tourist train is a promising initiative which connects safari in Bandhavgarh and Kanha – both of which are the best places to witness the tigers.

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