Normal is Boring: Don’t Follow the Crowd, Head off the Beaten Track with Rickshaw Travel

Normal is Boring: Don’t Follow the Crowd, Head off the Beaten Track with Rickshaw Travel
16th January 2019 Imogen Jefferies

Normal is Boring: Don’t Follow the Crowd, Head off the Beaten Track with Rickshaw Travel

Experience Sri Lanka away from the crowds, visit the lesser-known areas of Costa Rica, find the real heart of India and more with Rickshaw Travel in 2019. This year, the Meaningful Travel experts are encouraging travellers to truly explore when it comes to visiting a country and to steer away from following the typical tourist path.

For Rickshaw Travel, Meaningful Travel means providing travellers with ‘unique experiences’ that bring people closer to the country they’re visiting by learning about new cultures and meeting new people with a completely different view of the world. With so many popular tourist sites under strain from over tourism, there’s no better time to take the path less travelled.

Here are some of our favourite Rickshaw Travel itineraries that break away from the norm.

Vietnam with the Family: Culture, Crafts & Castaway Shores

If you’re looking for a family holiday that the kids won’t forget in a hurry, then head to Vietnam for something truly different. Learn Vietnamese together on the streets of Hanoi, kayak between the limestone peaks of Bai Tu Long Bay (Halong Bay’s less-crowded neighbour) and try your hand at farming and local crafts before chilling out on the serene beaches of Palm Island. Uniquely crafted based on the best weather for the summer school holidays, this itinerary has plenty of activities to keep the whole family amused.

*Rickshaw Travel offers a 14 day/13 night Family holiday itinerary in Vietnam from £1,988 per adult and £978 per child (under 12). Price includes accommodation – based on 2 people sharing, breakfast, transport, excursions as described, 1 domestic flight and entrance fee for Bai Tu Long Bay. All prices exclude international flights at the start/end of trip but Rickshaw Travel can book these for you. To book this itinerary, please visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call 01273 322 399 for more information.

From Traditional Tribes to Remote Rainforests

Costa Rica offers among the greatest biodiversity in the world with a plethora of things to do and see. But, for those looking to discover the nation’s hidden gems without compromising on the wow factor, this is the itinerary for you. Begin in the cosmopolitan city of San Jose before heading off on a boat trip along the river and through the jungle. Journey into the remote village of the Juanilama community, explore the lush surroundings at Boca Tapada with plenty of wildlife to spot, and finish with a night just outside San Jose.

*Rickshaw Travel offers an 11 day/10 night itinerary in Costa Rica from £1,698 per person – travelling by shuttle bus & transfers (also possible by hire car.) Price includes accommodation – based on 2 people sharing, breakfast, transport, excursions as described, car hire (full insurance included.) All prices exclude international flights at the start/end of trip but Rickshaw Travel can book these for you. To book this itinerary, please visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call 01273 322 399 for more information.

Sri Lanka, Uncovered

Experience Sri Lanka without the crowds and tourist hot-spots. Discover the rich ancient culture, enjoy a warm welcome from a local family, unwind in the emerald tea hills and spot amazing wildlife in lesser-visited national parks. You will leave the tourist trails behind and feel like a real explorer during this once in a lifetime adventure. It’s no coincidence that this country stole the top spot for countries to visit in 2019.

*Rickshaw Travel offers a 15 day/14 night itinerary in Sri Lanka from £2,378 per person. Price includes accommodation – based on 2 people sharing, breakfast, transport with private driver and excursions as described. All prices exclude international flights at the start/end of trip but Rickshaw Travel can book these for you. To book this itinerary, please visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call 01273 322 399 for more information.

Cuba Like a Local

Get up close and personal with the real Cuba in this budget-friendly itinerary. Where possible you’ll travel using the national bus network, and will be staying in locally run casa particulares where you’ll experience the warmth of Cuban hospitality. You’ll also visit unusual destinations away from the usual tourist trails, such as Remedios where you will take classic car tour around the area.

*Rickshaw Travel offers a 12 day/11 night solo travel itinerary in Cuba from £915 per person – travelling by bus and transfers. Price includes accommodation, breakfast, Cuban visa, transport as described, in-country support if needed, tours as described. Please note: As a solo traveller, it’ll be more expensive, as you won’t be sharing accommodation costs, so you should budget for an extra 50% on top of the normal prices. All prices exclude international flights at the start/end of trip but Rickshaw Travel can book these for you. To book this itinerary, please visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call 01273 322 399 for more information.

Remote Sites & Desert Nights

Prepare to immerse yourself into the real heart of India with an adventure through Rajasthan. You’ll visit the pink, blue and golden cities, explore old Maharajas palaces and kingdoms and learn what this melting pot of colour, flavour and cultures is truly about. Learn to cook curry with a local family, take a train through the countryside, ride a camel through a remote Rajasthani village and soak up the atmosphere of the holy ghats, where pilgrims chant their prayers.

*Rickshaw Travel offers a 21 days/ 20 night solo travel itinerary in India from £2,638 per person. Price includes accommodation – priced based on 2 people sharing, breakfast, transport as described, excursions as described. All prices exclude international flights at the start/end of trip but Rickshaw Travel can book these for you. To book this itinerary, please visit www.rickshawtravel.co.uk or call 01273 322 399 for more information.

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About Rickshaw Travel
Rickshaw Travel is an independent tour operator based in Brighton. They are committed to providing enriching, immersive travel experiences that take holidaymakers off the beaten path and into the heart of local communities.

Meaningful travel – or travelling in a way that everybody benefits from – is the core ethos of Rickshaw: the traveller benefits from enriching experiences where they learn something new (about the destination, culture, a skill or about themselves) and at the same time the local people, animals and/or environment benefit too.

Rickshaw Travel’s individual approach to independent exploration enables adventurous holidaymakers to visit the heart of a destination and experience the real spirit of a local culture. Rickshaw specialises in offering small-scale, authentic accommodation that truly reflects the character of each destination.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, Rickshaw Travel is proud to have built up a team of passionate Travel Specialists who each have extensive travel experience in their own dedicated destinations. They pride themselves on being open and honest about the places they have visited and are on hand to inspire and support travellers. The company’s style of travel is unique – Rickshaw’s dedicated Product Team has worked alongside the company’s in-destination partners to create a choice of carefully selected bite-size trips, typically 2-4 days long, which can be combined to create the perfect itinerary. Rickshaw’s bite-size trips include a range of local excursions, charming authentic accommodation and some transfers to ensure a hassle-free holiday. A minimum of three bite-sized trips must be combined to create a full itinerary.

Protecting nature and wildlife – and encouraging travellers to do the same – is also key for the Rickshaw team. They have recently partnered with Brighton-based organisation, ANIMONDIAL, to develop an animal welfare policy, as well as providing a ‘toolkit’ to help other small travel companies become more responsible. Rickshaw Travel has also committed to supporting the end of elephant riding by signing World Animal Protection’s elephant-friendly pledge and is in the process of auditing trips involving any type of wild animal interaction.

Rickshaw Travel now offers trips in 25 destinations across Asia, Central, South and North America, including Cuba, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand, India, Costa Rica, Peru, Borneo, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Chile, Brazil and Japan.

For more information, visit https://www.rickshawtravel.co.uk/, https://www.facebook.com/rickshawtravel/, https://twitter.com/Rickshaw_Travel or https://www.instagram.com/rickshaw_travel/ or call 01273 934 823.