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TOP 20 Great Holiday Ideas!

To help inspire you we've researched a range of more unusual holiday ideas – everything from storm chasing in the USA to deep sea expeditions. Here we list our top 20 ideas for trying something new this summer.

1. Exploring the Deep Blue Sea

If you love the ocean why not take a deep water expedition, with trips in submersibles to wrecks such as the Bismark, the Titanic and the HMS Breadalbane under the Arctic. Plus see amazing marine life – for holidays offering real adventure these are hard to beat.
www.wildwings.co.uk

2. The Hippest Yoga

Relax, unwind and enjoy the benefits of a yoga holiday in stylish surroundings in a converted olive mill in rural Andalucia. These holistic holidays see pampering and indulgence as just as important and with some of the best teachers, plus food from Madonna's former chef, it's hard to go wrong.
www.hip-yoga.co.uk

3. The Magic of Romania's mountains on foot – & with a donkey!

Explore the fantastic scenery, sites and sounds of the Apuseni Mountains in Romania on a walking and hiking holiday. Suitable for families and groups the holidays are accompanied with one donkey per adult to carry luggage!
www.greenmountainholidays.ro

4. A Date with the King

If you're an Elvis fan why not try Arena Travel's tours to Memphis – perfect for all fans of the King. Alternatively this company also offers tours to agricultural shows and tractor conventions throughout the USA!
www.arenatravel.com

5. Vocation, Vocation

Why not test–drive your dream job on your holiday? It could be the start of a whole range of different opportunities. Travel to the USA, where jobs to try include a sports announcer in Tennessee, a boot maker in Oklahoma or an architect in Boston.
www.vocationvacations.com

6. Out of Space

Get a unique insight into space with a visit to Russia on a space tour – including a visit to the Star City Training Centre, where Russian cosmonauts are trained. The itinerary is tailor made to meet your interests – an incredible experience for any space fans.
www.russiangateway.co.uk

7. Go Wild on An Art Safari

Perfect for art lovers, this is a painting holiday in a fantastically unspoilt setting – Malawi. With good tuition and surrounded by the beautiful scenery, sites and sounds of this African country art holidays don't get much better.
www.artsafari.co.uk

8. Hang on to your Hats – its Storm Chasing

In the US the big storms are legendary, and now you can have the chance to chase them on storm chasing adventure tours. Taking in America's 'Tornado Alley', the prairies of Kansas, Omaha, Nebraska, Texas and other hot spots, you're set for a spectacular holiday.
www.stormchasing.com or www.tempesttours.com

9. Looking for Love?

If you're looking for love or for companionship why not try speed dating – with a growing number of people raving about it, it may be worth a go! There's now speed dating holidays, city breaks and even ski weekends – plenty of opportunities to find the special someone.
www.speeddater.co.uk

10. The home of Count Dracula

Discover the mystical world of Dracula with a tour to Transylvania. From the realms of Vlad the Impaler in Wallachia, you travel further and deeper into remote northern Transylvania seeking out Count Dracula.
www.beyondtheforest.com

11. Great Swimming Adventures

If you're a keen swimmer this could be for you – great swimming adventures around the World including swimming in the Bay of Islands in New Zealand, the Greek Cyclades islands, or with seals in the Hebrides.
www.swimtrek.com

12. Follow your Nose

Experience an aromatic adventure to Bali, Italy, France or Australia. Choose from aromatherapy courses and cookery classes to tours of places such as spice markets, rose oil distilleries and soap factories.
www.aroma-tours.com

13. Cigar Aficionados

Travel to Cuba for an expert–guided Cuban cigar tour, visiting factories, shops, cigar auctions and tobacco plantations. There's also the chance to taste the real thing with 'cigar tasting' meals.
www.cubawelcome.com

14. Look to the Skies

If you're keen on astronomy why not try an eclipse tour, visiting parts of the World where total or near total lunar or solar eclipses are due to take place, and finding out more about activity above us.
www.eclipsetours.com

15. Slam Dunk

For anyone keen on basketball or who plays in a team a trip to the USA to see some of the greatest players is a must. These basketball holidays and tours offer tickets to top matches – great for teams, players and fans.
www.hangtimeholidays.co.uk

16. Hot Hobbies

For all those with niche hobbies and interests such as carousels, flower festivals, industrial heritage, antique toys, mechanical music, silver bands and photo shoots, try History in Harmony for a range of holiday ideas.
www.historyinharmony.com

17. Quilting Queens

If you want to learn or improve your quilting skills, why not do so in the beautiful surroundings of Spain on a holiday in the mountains outside Barx, near Valencia. With workshops each day, plus time to relax by the pool, you'll return relaxed and with fresh quilting enthusiasm.
www.quiltingholidays.com

18. Vegetarian or Vegan? Holidays just for you...

Holidays specially designed for vegetarians and vegans in a beautifully unspoilt region of Lapland. With a range of activities to try and the beauty of this region to explore, plus wonderful cuisine, why not give it a try.
www.holidays-vegetarian.com

19. Surf the Waves

Try the popular water sport of kite surfing in a choice of locations including Egypt, Cyprus, Margarita or Venezuela – all famous for their wind, and offering great locations to put your skills to the test.
www.waveriders.biz

20. Place your Bets

Enjoy a flutter on the horses, but fancy trying it somewhere more exotic than the UK? Try an overseas horse racing holiday and choose from great events such as the Dubai Word Cup, Melbourne Cup, The Breeder's Cup in the USA, and quality racing in India and Singapore.
www.horseracingabroad.com