From adventure to volunteering: How to plan a life changing holiday

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Craving something more from your holidays? Follow these tips for a life changing experience...

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Who doesn't love a good relaxing holiday? Lazing by the pool, sand between your toes, relaxing under palm trees while a topless hunk named Julio fans you with a palm leaf...But sometimes a holiday like this can feel a little, um, unstimulating (no offence Julio).

So what do you do if you want more of a challenge when you're away on a trip?

"You dont have to be an adrenalin junkie to make your travel experiences epic," says Natalie Spires from African Impact. "Making just a few changes here and there can transform your average holiday into a much bigger adventure."

So what are these changes? How can you change your life while enjoying your holibobs?

1. Travel solo


It's unarguably one of the hardest and bravest travel decisions to make, but if you try it once (even for a shorter holiday) you might be surprised at how much you gain both mentally and physically. If you're doing it for the first time, book onto a holiday which is popular with solo travellers - everyone's there to make friends.

2. Live like a local


Make a deal with yourself that you'll try to live like a local for a day or week - whether that means eating only the local food, staying outside of a tourist hotspot, or attend a local festival or community event.

3.Get high


No, not like that! Make it your mission to find the tallest thing in the place you're visiting and see if you climb it. We're not talking Everest here, but more like a trip up the Eiffel Tower or taking the cable car up a mountain. Having a birds eye view of your location gives you a totally new perspective.

4. Speak the language


Rather than spending years perfecting your grammar, buy a phrase book, get out there and start engaging with locals in their native tongue. It doesn't matter if you don't get it quite right - you'll be amazed how many people you'll impress by trying.

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5. See an endangered species or cultural treasure before it's too late


The world is full of incredible animals, some of which sadly face extinction in the near future. How great would it be to say you saw an animal before time ran out (and have the photograph to prove it!?)

6. Do something crazy


Take your trip as an opportunity to do something out of the ordinary. Book a skydive, do a bungee jump, or go cage-diving with Great White sharks! Is it something you could see yourself doing back home in the UK? No! That's why it's going to make a great story and give you lasting memories.

7. Eat something you can't identify


Whether it's frogs legs in Paris or fried bats in Thailand, there will always be something you don't recognise on the menu – so try it! What's the worst that can happen? You may like it! (And if you don't, it'll be a great travel story to tell your friends for years to come.)

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Lion rehabilitation holiday? How awesome.



8. Volunteer on holiday


With many volunteering projects abroad lasting just two weeks, it's easy to swap your traditional holiday for an amazing travel experience. And it's also easy to choose an area that means something to you - from helping at a Lion Rehabilitation Project in Zimbabwe to teaching disadvantaged children in South Africa.

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