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Top 10 unusual trips to book in January

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The Taj Mahal, Petra, Copacabana Beach – you’ll already be familiar with the well-known, picture-perfect sites that make it onto most travel bucketlists. You’ve probably ticked off a fair few yourself.   But if you’re looking for something a bit different for your next adventure, we’ve got plenty of ideas.

If you're searching for an unusual adventure holiday destination for 2019, we've compiled a list of some of the best. You'll find unforgettable experiences, limitless adventure and memories that will last long after you've landed back home. Whether you're searching for off-the-beaten track holiday experiences you can't find anywhere else, or a thrill-seeking trip which borders on the extreme travel scale, you'll find something for every type of budding adventurer. 

Here are ten of the best unusual trips to book with Explore this month.

1. Discover Chernobyl

Feel your hairs stand on end as you step into the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, eerily quiet since it was evacuated in 1986. Now you can enter the zone for two days, eat in the canteen of the fated power plant and even meet self-settlers who have re-entered the zone to live under the radar.
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2. Cycling in Georgia

Feel the warmth of Georgian hospitality at hosted lunches and delicious homecooked meals in guesthouses – all washed down with plenty of local wine as is Georgian tradition. What better way to earn your seat at the table than by exploring Georgia by bike, visiting ancient Silk Road cave towns and villages and the beautiful scenery of the Caucasus.
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3. Annapurna Sanctuary

It’s hard to describe the special moment when you arrive after a day’s walking into the vast natural amphitheatre of Nepal’s Annapurna Sanctuary. But you’ll have to take our word for it that it’s pretty spectacular. Stand among the snow-capped peaks of some of the world’s highest mountains, including the south face of the mighty Annapurna.
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4. Volcanoes and Galapagos

For a different take on the extraordinary Galapagos Islands, choose a hotel-based trip and stay on the islands of Isabela and Santa Cruz. There’s no need for sea legs as you walk the impressive Sierra Negra Volcano for amazing views over Isabella and over to Santiago Island.  Come face-to-face with great tortoise, land iguana and penguin, and look for blue-footed boobies, cormorants and albatross.
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5. Adventures in Patagonia

Argentina is the place to see glaciers close up. There’s even a National Park here called ‘Los Glaciares’, home to the immense Perito Moreno. Trek on the ice, or take a boat ride right up to the glacier face. End an awe-inspiring day in the Argentinian way - with a glass of delicious local Malbec.
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6. Blue Nile and Lalibela

Discover 11 impressive churches carved into the rock in Ethiopia’s Lalibela, one of the world’s greatest religious historical sites. Spot gelada monkeys in the Simien Mountains and trek on foot and by mule to reach Ashatam Maryam Church for fantastic views back over Lalibelas.  Known as the ‘New Jerusalem’, the town is thought to have been built over 800 years ago by King Lalibela.
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7. The Lost Continent of Madagascar

Take a night-time walk in Andasibe Reserve by torch-light to spot chameleon and the smallest primate in the world – the mouse lemur. By day, meet some of the area’s nine lemur species, explore Madagascar’s spectacular Grand Canyon, and swim or snorkel in the Indian Ocean.
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8. Family Legends of Lycia

Go sea kayaking over the famous sunken city of Kekova on our Family Lycian Adventure. Set off early, armed with coffee and a packed breakfast, and get paddling in the tranquil waters before other boats take to the water. The streets and buildings of Kekova have been partially submerged due to various earthquakes, but are still visible in the crystal clear water – you can even see steps leading down into the depths of the bay.
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9. Historic Baltic Republics

Discover the 98 km curved Curonian Spit, best known for large sand dunes scarcely found in Europe, trees strangely shaped by the wind and eerie wooden sculptures at the ‘Hill of Witches’. Visit the fishing village of Nida, where the community moves with the shifting sand dunes, and look for wild boar and moose in the surrounding forest.
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10. Kilimanjaro - Lemosho Trek

Trek around the rim of Kilimanjaro’s mighty crater (the hard work of the ascent behind you) as dawn arrives. It is as you walk on the ‘roof of Africa’ that the achievement of this epic trek sets in. Taking the lesser-travelled Lemosho Route, you’ll climb and descend via different paths, taking in the varied wildlife and scenery on the way.
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