Life-changing experiences to start your new year

Jan 3, 2018

Plan your vacations in 2018 around experiences that aim to enliven the mind, body and soul.

Learn about indigenous culture in Australia

yolngu women weaving in arnhem land

Australian indigenous tourism operator Lirrwi Tourism’s new tour takes females through Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory to see how women of the Yolngu (indigenous people of North-east Arnhem Land) live. The tour is named Gay’Wu, meaning dilly bag – an important cultural symbol both for its practicality in carrying bush foods and medicines, and for its spiritual significance as a carrier of knowledge. On this five-day tour, participants will be immersed in indigenous culture, connecting with Yolngu women and learning about traditions and their links to the earth. There are five departures in 2018.

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Find happiness in Bhutan

tiger's nest monastery bhutan

A quest for happiness should start with a visit to Bhutan, a country with an official Gross National Happiness index. Jacada Travel’s nine-day Cultural Bhutan tour explores the cultures and traditions of the only surviving Himalayan Buddhist nation. Visit ancient dzong (Bhutanese forts), temples and museums in the capital Thimphu, take part in a village festival and hike up to the spectacular Tiger’s Nest Monastery (above), all the while imbibing one of the world’s most serene destinations.

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Learn positive psychology in Cambodia

own journey cambodia tour walking through a field

Get to know another culture, as well as yourself, on Own Journey’s 10-day Cambodian tours through Phnom Penh, Sihanoukville and Siem Reap. These interweave travel with a personal development programme based on positive psychology principles. Travellers aged between 18 and 23 will visit Cambodia’s bustling cities, dense jungles, sunlit beaches and ancient temples while enjoying five workshops that explore concepts such as empathy, gratitude, resilience, mindfulness and authenticity.