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Posted 18 Feb, 2017 | No comments
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As we get into 2017, many of you, for sure, are already beginning to plan their holidays for the rest of the year. If you need some help in deciding on where your next destination should be, keep on reading and we’ll recommend some of the best places you should check.

Digital Detox in Finland

Social media, friends, or even just the daily grind – it all made us obsessed with digital technology. Almost every minute, we check our phones. We keep on posting new updates on our social media accounts. For a change, try to stay away from the digital world. Head to Finland and have a vacation!

Whether you are a solo traveller or you want to head out as a group, there are many destinations that are worth exploring. Torassieppi is one place you should visit, which is popular for its quaint villages and cross-country skiing. It is also one of the best places to admire the Northern Lights. You can also try glamorous camping, also known as glamping. This is one of the best ways to experience the outdoors without having to compromise your comfort.

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Volunteer in India

If you want to have a meaningful vacation, you should go to India not just to explore its beauty, but to also share to others what you have through volunteering programmes. Depending on your area of expertise or personal preferences, there is a long list of opportunities where you can be a volunteer in India with companies like Volunteering Journeys.

One of the most popular is teaching English, not only for kids, but even for adults. Also, you can be part of a group that builds schools, libraries, houses, and other community projects.

Some opt to focus in sports. If you are athletic, you can teach sports to the young ones. If you love nature, on the other hand, you can join conservation groups. Meanwhile, for those in the medical field, there are also plenty of health-related volunteering programs.

City Break in Istanbul

Your visit to Turkey will not be complete without visiting Istanbul. Because of the location of the country, it has a mixture of Asian and European influences, making you experience different cultures in a beautiful melting pot. As soon as you get out of your taxi from the airport (which you can book here) you’ll be met with beautiful sounds and smells that entice you to explore further.

One of the most popular things to do during a visit in Istanbul is to go to Hagia Sophia, one of Turkey’s most iconic and significant landmarks. It has a mesmerising architecture and grand interiors. The Blue Mosque is another site that you should not miss.

To learn more about the history of the city, on the other hand, find time to visit Istanbul Archaeology Museum. A visit to the Topkaki Palace should also be part of your itinerary. The latter served as the home of Ottoman sultans for centuries.

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Visit the Villages of Papua New Guinea

Papua New Guinea is not a destination that is as popular as others, but it can offer a memorable experience. While there are many attractions that you should see, one of the best would be its villages. Better yet, live there and for sure, you will go home learning a thing or two.

A village stay in Papua New Guinea is better than sleeping in any five-star hotel. Learn how to get out of your comfort zone and there is nothing that you will regret. You will not only be interacting with the locals, but you will also have a first-hand experience of their daily lives.

It is important, however, to be polite and respectful at all times. You should show respect to their customs and make sure to show appreciation for all the efforts that they will extend to make your stay pleasant.

Backpacking in Thailand

Going on a holiday does not always need to be expensive. Even while on a tight budget, you can explore a new country and have an experience that is one for the books.

This is exactly the case with Thailand. This is the perfect country for people who are budget-conscious. From accommodation to food, among others, you can enjoy without spending a fortune.

Most trips start in Bangkok, the capital. This is where the major airport is, which caters to flights from all over the world. From high-end rooftop bars to traditional markets, there are many things that you can enjoy.

For the beaches, meanwhile, head to Phuket, Koh Samui, or Krabi. For a more rustic destination, Chiang Mai is always recommended by the locals. For party animals, the legendary full moon party of Koh Phangan should not be missed.

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Food Trip in Japan

While Japan is known for technology, it has also built a reputation for its food. Almost anywhere you are in the country, you can have a gastronomic feast. From traditional to international cuisine, your appetite will surely be in for a treat.

When it comes to the top culinary destinations in the country, Tokyo is on the top of the list. It has a wide selection of Michelin-star restaurants, more than what you can find in any other city in the world. Kyoto, the ancient capital of Japan, will surely be appreciated by food lovers as well.

Other destinations that should be visited include Osaka, Hakodate, and Nagoya. Tempura, ramen, katsu, sushi, sukiyaki, yakitori, and soba are just some of the foods you must try!

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Tom is a traveller and writer at backpackerboy.com which documents his adventures around the world and travel tips picked up along the way. His favourite destinations include Honduras, Sri Lanka and Spain.

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