Out of the Blues: Unexpected Winter Breaks

Shake it up this winter with a couple of vacation destinations you may not have considered.

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Yes it’s that time of year, the cold one, when the scarves are dusted off and the hand cream is handed out in plentiful supply.  

When considering your escape from these wintery months, why not take a gander at loaded’s offerings which are designed to get the blood-pumping.

Weird, wonderful and hopefully not life-threatening, here are some parts of the world that offer outdoorsy shenanigans in glorious temperatures. Happy trails! 

 


 

Tobago

The little sister to Trinidad’s big brother is located right at the end of the Caribbean belt, due to this locality, it’s understandable that it’s not the most popular vacation spot. BUT it should be, and here’s why.

Bio Luminescence Tour

Tobago Created by home-grown adventure company, Radical Sports, the tour is unique in that it involves paddle boards, kayaks, and blooming phytoplankton.

Basically, you meet the guides at the Radical Sports headquarters in Pigeon Point Tobago around six in the evening and off you go, on your paddle boards or Kayaks into the adjacent Bon Accord Lagoon where the microscopic organisms are waiting to give you a damn good show.

Website here: http://www.standuppaddletobago.com/bioluminescence-tour/

Off-Road Jeep Safari

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Take an off-road excursion through the jungles of Tobago and along the coast which includes a picnic and hike to Argyle Falls a fresh water waterfall deep in the shrubbery. Not what you’d expect from a laid back Caribbean holiday, but it’s perfect if you ever dreamed of becoming Indiana Jones.

Website here: http://www.tobagonow.com/tour01.htm

 


 

Qatar

Dubai has been done every which way; it’s time to give its Gulf neighbour a shot. Located between the UAE and Saudi Arabia, Qatar is a tiny but powerful player in the energy game, so they have the cash to show you a good time. So rich. So. Rich.

Half Day Desert Safari

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Dune bashing anyone? This sport is heralded in the Gulf states as a whole lot of fun; it’s like a roller coaster except it’s on massive sand dunes and in an Off Road vehicle with deflated tires.

Not for the faint of heart. Discover Qatar offers this heap of fun which includes a drive along the Inland Sea (the natural border between Qatar and Saudi Arabia), a stop at a Camel farm (they bite) and refreshments.

Website here: https://discoverqatar.qatarairways.com/gb-en/holiday/half-day-desert-safari-(picture-stop-at-camel-farm)-577385bad74f769880aa1da646804db0/overview

Poseidon Dive Centre

A PADI 5 star IDC dive center, if you dive you’d know what that is. If you don’t and want to learn, then let us assure you, they most likely know their stuff.

The centre offers dive courses as well as a number of dives off the coast of Qatar. While desert diving doesn’t offer the most amazing visibility, it’s an experience worth having if you’re into something out of left field.

Website here: http://www.pdcqatar.com/local-dive-sites

Go on, put some colour back in your cheeks. All of them. 

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Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.