5 Alternatives to a Traditional Beach Holiday

Everyone looks forward to their annual vacation, and the first thing that usually comes to mind is a week or two in a sun-drenched location where the main activity is relaxing on a gorgeous beach. But, there are plenty of other ways to have a fantastic vacation, such as.

Alternative kids of vacations that you can enjoy if you are looking for something slightly different to a Beach Holiday.

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5 Alternatives to a Traditional Beach Holiday


Cruises are not just for older people and couples. They are now an attractive option for all ages. There is also an extensive range of cruise options that people may not realize exist until they start looking.

Some operators have cruise ships that are like floating cities with every type of entertainment imaginable. Of course, there are smaller, more intimate ships that still offer the all-inclusive experience. There are ocean and river cruises, and a growing number of theme cruises. Cruises provide an opportunity to visit lots of different places easily on one trip without the hassle of multiple stopovers and changing hotels.

Popular choices are cruises around the Caribbean, the Mediterranean, and South-East Asia, the unique experience of whale watching cruises in Antarctica or Alaska, and family cruises hosted by Disney.

Yacht charter

If you like the idea of an adventure on the high seas but aren’t tempted by a cruise, consider a yacht charter. You do not have to have had any sailing experience as the crew is provided. However, there is always the opportunity to learn some sailing skills as you can get hands-on under the crew’s guidance.

Yacht charter companies usually have a variety of different sized boats so you can book to accommodate a couple, a family or a larger group, or you can choose to share with another party.

There’s a wide variety of destinations, although island groups tend to be the most popular. Possibilities include the Greek Islands, the Australian islands of the Great Barrier Reef, the Maldives, the Florida Keys, and the Caribbean.

Some yacht charters offer expansive coverage of the seas, while others, like those specializing in BVI yacht charters, provide a more focused and intimate exploration of the British Virgin Islands.

Holidaying on a yacht also presents excellent opportunities to snorkel and dive.


There is no better way to enjoy the great outdoors and the wonders of Mother Nature than a camping trip. With a quality tent and armed with whatever supplies you need from the fantastic range of modern camping gadgets, tools, and accessories, camping is a real escape from the stresses of everyday life.

You can go pretty much anywhere you like and get involved in a range of activities. It’s fun to cook outdoors and there’s nothing like a sing-song around a campfire.

If you don’t like the idea so much of “roughing it,” there are some excellent permanent camping holiday parks in Europe.

City Break

Cities are wonderful places full of amazing experiences. Every day can be filled with sightseeing or a different activity in an itinerary that can be as hectic or relaxed as you like. Find an affordable hotel with excellent facilities such as a swimming pool/spa and family entertainment and you’re all set for an adventure.

Whatever your interests, you’ll find it in a city. Whether it is in pursuit of urban entertainments, a voyage into history, an immersion into art and architecture, or soaking up a different culture, the world’s great cities are overflowing with delights for all ages.

Road Trip

A road trip is a great way to see an area of a country or even a few countries. You can hire an RV or drive your own car, staying in hotels and B&B’s as you go.

On a road trip, you don’t have to stick to any itinerary and can go where you like when you like – especially if you’re enjoying the home from home comforts of an RV.

The world is your oyster when it comes to destinations. Popular trips include the Pacific Coast road in California, the iconic Route 66, New England in the Fall, the Amalfi Coast in Italy. You could also try the Romantic Road in Germany or the Great Ocean Road in Australia, which is even more authentic if you do it in a VW campervan.

When you consider your next vacation, why not think beyond the beach and choose a different experience that may well be the holiday of a lifetime.

Last Updated on November 13, 2023

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