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Already planning your 2020 escapades? These unreal destinations should be on your list

By Sarah Finnan

December 23, 2019 at 12:18pm


Happy Christmas Eve eve!

With Christmas just around the corner (literally, just around the corner, two more sleeps eek!), most people will find themselves sans motivation.

Well, do you know what the cure for that is? A trip away of course. Sure, there’s no harm in just looking, now is there?

Offering some of the coolest small-group tours ever, travel experts G Adventures know how to plan a trip of epic proportions.

And in better news, they’re also planning some unreal post-Christmas deals to help you over the silly season slump (running from Christmas Day).

Don’t blame me if your feet start itching…you’ve been warned.


If you’ve seen Madagascar the movie, then this one is most definitely already top of your bucket list. I mean it’s land of the lemurs, how could you not want to visit? This trip will bring you to the ‘lemur island’ of Nosy Komba where you’ll get up close and personal with the furry creatures. We like to move it move it.


Though an eight-day trip is hardly enough time, it’s a good start. Take in the Great Wall, Xi’an, Beijing as well as some of the country’s lesser-known treasures that according to G Adventures “only the hardiest of travellers ever get to experience”. Challenge accepted.


Colour, spice, wildlife. Sail down the Ganges River in Varanasi before heading south to search for tigers. This G Adventures trip is one for the adrenaline junkies (and animal lovers, though don’t get too close). Beat the crows for that iconic pic in front of the Taj Mahal.


The Galapagos Islands have been on my radar ever since watching a David Attenborough documentary on the place. This tour comes complete with a trip to Quito, Ecuador’s capital, a visit to a sea lion nursery (yes really) and a birdwatching expedition to the highlands of Floreana. I can almost smell the fresh sea air just thinking about it.


Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro is one of those bucket list aspirations that most people only dream of. Well, the time has come to make those dreams a reality. A new decade is on the horizon and summiting Africa’s highest mountain would be a pretty amazing way to kick it off.


While most people crave sun when they journey abroad, there is just as much to be said for a trip into the icy unknown of Antarctica. Waddling penguins, swimming whales and galivanting polar bears – oh and plenty of icebergs. Bring your thermals.

Santa, hope you’re listening…


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