Unusual Holidays

Unusual holidays

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Some people like to see familiar sights on holiday – and some want to try something new. Travel as far as your imagination will take you on one of these unusual holidays.

Bora Bora

This island north of Tahiti has more than just an unusual name. It's surrounded by beautiful turquoise water, pretty islets and a spectacular coral reef. Get some of the best views of Bora Bora by going under the water. Diving, scuba and snorkelling are all popular. Right in the middle of the island, Mount Otemanu is a dormant volcano. Local legend holds that nobody has ever climbed it, as the rock is too brittle. Appreciate it from the bottom, while you lie on the golden sands.


Oman's next door to the United Arab Emirates and shares the year-round hot, sunny weather. It feels like a step back in time, as the tourist boom has yet to hit the country. The deserts, beach views and greenery feel copied straight from a postcard. The Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque dominates the skyline in the capital city, Muscat. A wander around the souk could take you all day, as the narrow streets wind together like a maze.



The capital of Iceland never seems to sleep. It's renowned for bars with very late closing times, as well as the incredible design and architecture. In the daylight, head to The Sun Voyager sculpture, Harpa or Perlan buildings. You can catch up on Iceland's Viking history at the Saga and National museums. Reykjavik is also one of the best places to see Aurora Borealis – the Northern Lights.



Angkor Wat? Yes, Cambodia has numerous temples and monuments for you to explore, but Angkor's architectural delights are far from the only reason to visit. The Central Market and Royal Palace in Phnom Penh are other big attractions. Cambodia also has several large wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, where you can glimpse endangered species. Anywhere you go, there will usually be restaurants and accommodation to suit all budgets.



Estonia is rapidly emerging as a stylish, modern destination for European city breaks. Tallinn is the capital, a cultural melting-pot where it's easy to get around speaking English. The mix of new buildings, old wooden houses and 15th-century architecture gives it a unique sense of charm. A 'hop-on, hop-off' bus tour runs around the city so you can see more of it. Christmas is a great time to visit, as a market and giant tree fill the town hall square. When it's warmer, the Estonia Open Air Museum has horse riding and a full recreation of an 18th-century fishing village.

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