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I hope you enjoy these ideas, let me know if I miss your ideal spot at any anypoint!
Famed for its orangutan population, why not head to Borneo for a volunteering honeymoon? Care for the animals and help to spread the word of orangutan conservation. Alongside the great apes, Borneo offers mountain lodges, and beach resorts. Confusingly, Borneo is the name of the island, which is shared between three countires – Brunei, Malaysia and Indonesia. Most visited are the two Malaysian provinces of Sabah and Sarawak. Head to Borneo for diving, mountains and orangutans.
7. Stay in a Yurt in Mongolia
Ever considered just getting away from it all? You can’t get much more remote than Mongolia. A yurt (also called a Ger or Yurta) is a traditional Mongolian family communal tent. Several tour companies offer stays in traditional style yurts – usually together in tourist camps; offering flushing toilets, electricity and restaurants. If you are interested in this type of trip, then make sure you book with a reputable company, as these help with the sustainability of the countryside, and offer legal places to stay. Head to a Mongolian Yurt if you want to get away from everything and don’t mind roughing it a little.
8. Petra, Jordan
Believed to have been built around 300BC, the treasury at Petra remain unknown to the western world until 1812. Since this time, it has become the most visited site in Jordan. And who wouldn’t want to visit this astonishing monument cut into a cliff face ? But Petra offers more, tombs, temples and monasteries. If you are interested in seeing Petra, you are best off staying at one of the major resorts by either the Red Sea or the Dead Sea. Head to Jordan for everything unusual!
9. Cappadocia, Turkey
Turkey is a great country, but the best of this land is away from the beach resorts. Cappadocia is one such gem. This site has been inhabited since the 6th Century BC. Head to Göreme to stay in one of the many cave hotels. Eat traditional Turkish food. Experience the most bizarre natural rock formations you will probably ever see. And if you have a chance, take a trip in a hot air balloon over this inconceivable landscape. Head to Cappadocia for bizarre at its best, and fantastic food!
10. Trans-Siberian Express
This is something that Sam and I would love to do. The issue being that you do need a few weeks to fully appreciate it (I think 5 is about right) Begin in Moscow, see the sites, then hop on board the train: this is your new hotel room. Travel overland through Russia, and then choose which route suits you best. The original Trans-Siberian route takes you from Moscow to Vladivostok (or vice versa) but today, you can head from Moscow to/through Mongolia and into Beijing, China. Personally, I love trains, over-night ones are fantastic – you get your transport and hotel in one. And there are always like-minded travellers to meet en-route. To travel to Beijing or Vladivostok non-stop takes about 7 days, but, I’m pretty certain you would want to get off to investigate one or all of the many stops along your route. Head for a honeymoon on the Trans-Siberian Railway for the journey of a lifetime.
Bonus: I’ve also been told that places like Azerbaijan are pretty amazing for a trip, so why not check them out!
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