The 5 Best Places You’ve Never Heard Of

Every now and again we get the urge to go somewhere different for our holidays. The usual beach holiday or city break to the favourite European destinations just doesn’t have the same draw and we want something different. To help inspire your search for that elusive ‘somewhere different’ here are 5 places you have probably never heard of but should definitely consider for your next vacation.

Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia

If you like rainforests, caves and strange bats, then you will love this place! The national park is on the island of Borneo and is home to one of the most spectacular cave systems in the world. Some of the caves are the biggest on the planet and can hold multiple 747 jumbo jets within them. The main residents are some strange looking wrinkled lipped bats that appear each night at sunset to set about hunting down their prey.

Kimberley, Australia

The whole region of Kimberley, Australia is worth visiting to see the country at its most raw. Australia has plenty of amazing landmarks and bustling cities but the true landscape can be seen in places like this. The area is three times the size of England and is in the northernmost part of the state of Western Australia so is a little hard to reach. But with its mountain ranges, canyons, rivers and indigenous Kija people, it is worth the trip. It is also one of the hottest parts of the country and has a monsoon climate that means it has a short, wet season from November to April.

Marfa, Texas

You might not associate Texas with being the home to a minimalist art haven but that is exactly what Marfa is. The town is just 60 miles from the Mexican border and saw a resurgence in the 1980s when New York artist Donald Judd used it to create his minimalist vision. There are sculptures and installations as well as the Chinati Foundation contemporary art museum, all surrounded by an area of desert known as El Despoblado ‘the uninhabited’.

Rupununi, Guyana

This area of the South American country of Guyana isn’t a popular tourist spot but is worth visiting for the amazing savannah and wetland areas it encloses. It is close to the border with Brazil in the south-west of the country and includes amazing Amazonica lily pads on the river of the same name with otters playing between them. Nearby is the Rupununi Savannah area, the most biodiverse area of the country with over 250 species of bird life alone.

Medzilaborce, Slovakia

This is another place with an unlikely art connection. The town of Medzilaborce is home to the Andy Warhol Museum of Modern Art and has a collection only second to the main Andy Warhol museum in Pittsburgh. Why you might ask? Because of Warhol’s mother, Julia Warhola, who came from nearby in the village of Mikova and the museum was established by his family in 1991 to celebrate his roots. The town is close to the border with Poland and dates back to the 1500s so there is a bit of history to enjoy as well as the art!

 

Tips for Travelling on a Budget

It would be nice to simply select a holiday with no regard to the cost and just think about what you want to do or where you want to stay. But for the vast majority of us, holidays are something done within a budget. So how can we get the holiday we want but also work within our budget? Here are a few top tips.

The booking

Where possible, book as early as you can. The very best prices are often available as soon as a flight is released or the date opens up at the resort so being ready with your ideal holiday dates and the money for the deposit can get you the best possible deal. There are also tools on some websites that offer a ‘best time to book’ to give you an idea when you should be looking for deals based on when you are travelling.

Travel off-peak and you will also help keep costs down. Look for those booking in the middle of the night and you can see a significant saving. It might seem like hard work, especially if you have kids but night travel can work in your favour – their body clocks tell them to go to sleep and this can make for a more peaceful journey.

The airport

Most of us will look to book a flight into the nearest airport to where we want to stay. But you can make a saving by booking a flight to a nearby airport, especially if you look into public transport and it is no great job to get where you are staying from that airport. The big airports are always the most in demand and therefore the most expensive while nearby, smaller airports can help grab a bargain.

If you are leaving your car at the airport while you are away, pre-book the parking and you will make a saving. If you leave it until the day you arrive, you will pay the highest fee. So as soon as you know you want the parking, get it booked.

The extras

As part of their job, travel agents always offer extras to try and get you to spend more money – but consider it carefully before saying yes to things. Little features such as priority boarding or seat selection might be important for you but if you can manage without them, do it. It will save you money that you can use on the actual holiday.

Weigh your luggage before you leave for the hotel to avoid extra charges for having too much baggage. Make sure you have the right size and weight for all luggage and that you conform to this or you will be paying out money before you leave the ground.

Be your own tour guide

If there are sights to see while on holiday, there will often be offers of tour guides to take you there but these inflate the price. A little research beforehand and a good guide book can often make for a great tour of a location and you get to see what you want, not what the group wants.

 

Off the Beaten Track Destinations for 2017/2018

A great big welcome from all of us here at Scaevola Travel! We hope this post gives you a little taste of what we are all about and gives you some big ideas for your next journey. Let’s take a very brief look at a few of these destinations and why we think they should make your 2017/18 travel wishlist.

Siberia, Russia

There are two very different experiences to be had in Siberia dependent upon when you want to Travel. Winter there offers amazing adventures and sights with harsh and relentlessly cold weather you will see Lakes such as Lake Baikal, freeze meters deeps and get to sample the great outdoors as well that saunas and Ice Plunge pools galore to rejuvenate yourself. Summer however, is another story entirely with destinations such as the Galapagos of Russia offering up a warm temperature and relaxing atmosphere alongside some fantastic wildlife.

Mie Prefecture, Japan

Visit the Kansai Region and you certainly won’t be short of history, culture, nature and natural beauty. With natural parks taking up 35% of the land in Mie Prefecture there will be plenty of opportunity to get closer to nature and seek an abundance of outdoor opportunities. With exciting cities and towns in this area, visitors also get chance to embrace the culture of the area with a number of castles, museums and shrines in the areas as well as being able to relax whilst enjoying hot springs such as those you will find in Toba.

Andaman Islands, India

These islands are a dream for those with an interest in marine life as the pristine beaches are brimming with all the sea life you can wish for, so snorkelling and scuba diving tours really should be a must for your trip to this area of India. The thick tropical forests in the area are home to some extremely rare bird species so for getting close to wildlife these islands are one of the most beautiful settings around.