At the risk of sounding like a broken record, it’s safe to say 2020 has been a frustrating year, particularly when it comes to travel with all those best-laid plans and inspirational itineraries having been put on hold.
We’re hopeful that 2021 will see some change when it comes to travel, with each vaccination bringing us closer to something resembling normality, and a more open world where you can start dreaming of getting far away from our little island to an exotic corner of the world.
With this in mind, the team at Not In The Guidebooks has put together a rundown of just some of our most inspirational itineraries. From self-drive epics through the deserts and savannah of Namibia, tuk-tuk adventures around beautiful Cambodia, to all-encompassing journeys around the jungles and coastlines of Costa Rica, here are our inspirational itineraries designed to give you some ideas for your next great adventure.
Soaring, snow-capped mountains, crackling campfires under a thousand stars, vibrantly buzzing souks and atmospheric mountain fortresses – all this awaits as well as incredible food, culture and hospitality on this once in a lifetime tour of Morocco.
Starting from the maze of streets that make up Marrakech, and ending in the fascinating capital, Tangier, this tour starts by traversing the beautiful High Atlas Mountains, before exploring the famous Ait Ben Haddou, backdrop to countless TV and film productions.
Each night you’ll stay in unique, authentic accommodation, where you can swim in beautiful rivers or relax in stunning riads, and on your second night, enjoy a once in a lifetime experience in a traditional Berber camp in the Sahara.
You’ll explore the historic city of Fes, and the deliciously laid back, blue-tinted town of Chefchaouen. All of this will be interspersed with local experiences, real, authentic Moroccan food, and will eventually become five days you will never forget in this North African tapestry of stunning cultures, cities, deserts, mountains and cuisine.
This eight-day inspirational itinerary gets you exploring this gem of a country in South East Asia on its most quintessential form of transport – the trusty tuk-tuk.
Starting in the north of the country in the vibrant Siem Reap, you’ll explore world-famous temple complexes, drink in perfume-scented sunsets over vast lakes, visit pagodas shrouded in incense smoke, and get far off the beaten track in the beautiful Cambodian backcountry and jungle.
You’ll stay in a combination of beautiful bespoke hotels picked out by our hosts, and in incredible local homestays that represent a chance to get a taste of true Cambodian culture.
After all, this inspirational itinerary is all about getting you under the skin of Cambodia, so that you can see what it’s really like to be a local here. Authentic food, isolated communities, unique local experiences like ice-cold beers and a barbecue at the home of a local, this tour shows off Cambodia’s greatest commodity – its people – so that you enjoy a truly local, truly unforgettable adventure that ends in the madness of Phnom Penh.
The ultimate exploration of Costa Rica’s North Pacific coast, this ten-day tour of this sliver of paradise sandwiched between the Caribbean and the Pacific allows you to totally relax and focus on yourself, with all transfers, ferries, accommodation and activities organised with you in mind.
Whether it’s exploring mangrove forests or jungles on the lookout for wildlife, catching the Pacific waves on a stretch of pristine beach, glamping on your own tropical island for the night, or getting to know the locals at an eco-farm, you’ll be able to end each day safe in the knowledge that there is a beautiful eco-lodge or comfortable room in a stunning location waiting you at the end of the day.
As well as gorgeous hikes to picture-perfect lagoons and waterfalls and exploring a country that prides itself on ecotourism and sustainable practices, this inspirational itinerary also helps you get to know the real Costa Rica, on unique excursions like spending a day with local fisherman at the islands of the Nicoya Gulf, or cooking up a wonderful authentic meal at Betty’s house.
And after all the exploration, you will be transferred back to San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and your flight home, so that you can look back on the perfectly organised, adventurous, yet relaxing break in this beautiful little country.