Get off the beaten track for holidays

If you’re the kind of person who wants holidays that are a little bit off the beaten track, then you may be interested in the latest news from travel information provider Rough Guides.

The firm has put together a list of holiday hotspots where travellers are unlikely to be bothered by hordes of other tourists and where some once-in-a-lifetime experiences can be had.

One of its suggestions is Lamu in the African country of Kenya, where holidaymakers are invited to take part in the Maulidi festival. This is a celebration of the prophet’s birth and includes processions, dancing and feasting for all the villagers.

For those keen on the water, there is the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. Rough Guides points out that this is less commonly-known than its cousin the Great Barrier Reef, but that it is no less beautiful and is still worth checking out for its diversity.

“If you’ve got the nerve swim with whale sharks, snorkel and dive the reefs, or wander along the shoreline exploring the crystal clear waters,” the organisation suggests.

For people considering following this advice and taking a trip to Africa, news from Bupa may also be useful – the healthcare provider urges travellers to get medical evacuation cover in case they fall ill on holiday.

This could be pertinent advice, since being taken to another country for treatment could be costly, with air ambulances costing anything up to £50,000.

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