Traveling Outside the Box

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IT has nothing against the Great Wall or the Eiffel Tower, but when we travel, we’re looking to really experience a place—not just see its major tourist attractions. And, according to an article published in Newsweek last month, we’re not the only ones.

Tour operators are working to revamp their line-ups to please an increasingly picky (and eco-conscious) customer base, and CTS Horizons is one company that has really stepped up to the challenge. Among its extensive list of options in China is a trip to the canal town of Wuzhen.

Daily Tai Chi, traditional cooking lessons, and the chance to simply wander the town and chat with the locals are just a few of the ways you can spend time during your nine-day trip. Also, CTS believes in responsible tourism and supports eco-friendly hotels and organizations (be still our heart!).

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If you’re looking to use your time off as a way to make a difference and also do something truly unique, volunteering for an organization such as the Earthwatch Institute is the way to go. With expeditions to almost anywhere in the world,

Earthwatch offers volunteers the opportunity to help researchers while they swim with whale sharks in Australia, uncover the remains of an ancient kingdom in England, or collect information on endangered deer in Patagonia.

Do you know of any other tour companies that are “traveling outside the box”? If so, please let us know in our comments box.