The most unusual destinations for summer 2018

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We’re all becoming a lot more adventurous thanks to the endless column inches given over to exotic travel destinations. For those who want to venture further, to pioneer the truly off the beaten track, here are some suggestions where you could go in 2018.

 

Bhutan

This Himalayan kingdom, sandwiched between India and China, is one of the planet’s last outposts, almost entirely untouched by Western trappings. The welcoming and friendly Bhutanese dress traditionally and the majority tend patchwork fields toiling with oxen, ploughs and scythes. With its towering mountains and crystal-clear rivers, Bhutan is one of the most magical places on Earth. Travel is restricted by number of tourists each year and therefore relatively expensive. But how long Bhutan will retain its magic is the great unknown.

Flights to New Delhi from Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham, Gatwick and Heathrow then onward with Druk Air to Bhutan.

 

Papua New Guinea

PNG promises remote more than almost anywhere else on the planet. Stunning treks can be had through jungled mountain ranges and cloud forests where you might just stumble across the rare bird of paradise. What’s more you will get to meet people from some of PNG’s tribes in the country’s remote regions. A truly fascinating and incomparable experience.

Direct flights to Sydney from Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham and London airports. Check availability for other connecting hubs (Cairns, Brisbane, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Hong Kong, Manila and Tokyo). Then on to Port Moresby with Air Niugini.

 

Armenia

In the Caucasus, adjoining Turkey, Armenia is steeped in ancient history and a rich and resilient culture. Monuments and medieval monasteries are scattered across a dramatically beautiful landscape. It’s not an easy place to explore with its rough roads and for those who don’t speak Armenian or Russian. However, it’s a country perfect for hiking and the Armenians are renowned for their hospitality. Yerevan, the capital, is delightfully dominated by the snow-capped Mount Ararat.

All London airports offer direct flights. From Bristol, Birmingham and Southampton, connecting flights are possible.

 

Kiribati

Far-flung in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Kiribati is comprised of 33 vastly spread islands. It’s a haven for fishermen with marlin, sailfish, wahoo, barracuda and the prized giant trevally.

People come here too for birdwatching and the recent opportunities opened up to scuba diving. Over 200 species of coral can be found hosting a diverse range of marine animals.

For the more active there’s surfing and kite-surfing. But plenty of beaches for the sedentary. With basic accommodation but the chance to enjoy them in absolute seclusion.

Flights from Southampton, Bristol, Birmingham and London airports to Honolulu. Onwards with Fiji Airways.

 

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