Wild At Heart: The Best Wilderness Holidays In The World

Want to walk on the wild side of life? 2018 is the perfect time in which to do so! With off-the-beaten-track holidays gaining in popularity, there has never been a better time in which to plunge yourself into a new adventure and sign up for a vacation that’s a little less than normal. Adventure holidays are a dime a dozen, and now there are tonnes of ways in which to shake up the doldrums. The best news? Getting away from it all need not require the sacrifice of everyday comforts. These wild vacations offer everything you’ve been looking for, changing up your scenery the right way!

Getting up close and personal with wildlife can be one of the best things about a trip, so when you’re planning on venturing into the big wide world, make sure you do it right. The Rainforest Discovery Center in Borneo is one of the very best of its kind, doing everything in order to give you the experience of a lifetime. Offering rainforest walks in the daytime or by night, canopy walkways and guided wildlife visits, the center puts the natural environment first. And when it comes to bedding down for the night, you need look no further than the nearby Borneo Rainforest Lodge. Offering the ultimate luxuries in the heart of the jungle, the lodge has every creature comfort you could possibly think of and more; how’s that for the best of both worlds?

While some like it hot, others might prefer a stay on the colder side of things. Enter the Antarctic Peninsula. One of the most unspoiled places on the planet, the Peninsula is graced with some of the most spectacular wildlife found in the world, surviving in one of the most inhospitable environments. Although there are any number of tour operators that work in the area, Rainbow Tours is arguably one of the best. Offering numerous tours across the globe, Rainbow Tours has an extensive understanding of the wider world and its diverse habitats. Its Antarctic expedition is one of the best on offer, taking in the local sea and bird life. The ship’s onboard library will educate you even further, opening your eyes to this hidden part of the world.

When safari meets ecotourism, you know that you’re in for a game-changing vacation. A trip into the Bale mountains in Ethiopia might just be one of the most unique things that you’ll ever do, and with a whole range of wildlife on offer, you’re not likely to regret it. The Sanetti Plateau makes for incredible discoveries, and if you’re lucky enough, you might just catch a glimpse of the Ethiopian wolf, the rarest in the world. After a long day of nature scouting, treat yourself to a great night’s sleep, courtesy of the Bale Mountain Lodge. An eleven-room boutique lodge, Bale Mountain is entirely eco-friendly, generated by a micro-hydro power plant. You can rest assured that you’re helping to protect the local environment, all from the heart of one of the plushest spots in the area.

There are few better places in the world in which to spot a turtle than Perhentian Besar in Malaysia. Local business Bubbles Dive Resort offers you a close-up view of the creatures, all while helping to care for their local environment. As dedicated to unforgettable excursions as it is to conserving the turtle’s environment, Bubbles Dive Resort helps the area to flourish, despite the changing times. If you stay at the resort’s hotel, you can expect early morning wake-up calls to catch a glimpse of new eggs hatching, a sight that you’re unlikely to forget.

Hannah Lamarque
Hannah is a freelance writer and copy editor living in Europe. She writes about travel, art, design and culture and loves discovering hidden places in the cities that she visits.