It’s official: holidays are having a bit of an overhaul. No longer happy with a standard fly-and-flop break in the sun, more of us than ever are switching up our annual getaway in favor of something a little different – and a whole lot more experiential. And this fresh approach to holidays goes by the name of adventure tourism. Which is next on your list?

 

1. By Horse: Canter Through Kyrgyzstan

Saddle up and prepare for the ride of your life on a horseback trek through Kyrgyzstan. This rugged Central Asian country – where snow-capped mountains give way to grassy slopes and glacial lakes – takes the phrase ‘off the beaten track’ to another level. And a horseback tour is the best way to have a truly authentic experience here. You’ll cross virtually untouched terrain to reach stop-offs like the Sary Chelek national reserve, whose glassy lakes are so clear that the mountain reflections look like optical illusions. And you can sleep under canopy and stars in a traditional yurt, or immerse yourself in local culture with a traditional homestay.

By Horse Canter Through Kyrgyzstan

 

2. By Water: Dive for Sea Turtles in the Bahamas

As tempting as it is, don’t settle for a beach break in the Bahamas this year. Instead, delve beneath the crystal waters off the coast for a snorkelling adventure worthy of the big screen. Organised turtle tracking tours let you get up-close to hawksbill and green sea turtles in the name of conservation. As part of a group of researchers, you’ll help to monitor these endangered sea creatures, and gain access to some of the world’s most mesmerising coral reefs in the process. We guarantee you’ll never look at beach breaks in the same way again.

By Water Dive for Sea Turtles in the Bahamas