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    Bargain Breaks Call for Adventure Spirit

    An article in the TravelMail claims that droves of British holidaymakers have abandoned the safety of the Spanish beach, in favour of more adventurous destinations such as Peru and the Jordanian capital Amman, in order to escape the strong euro.

    A survey carried out by Opodo found that Peru has seen a 98% rise in reservations made for 2009, while bookings for Amman have increased by 79%. Other exotic destinations that have attracted a new wave of interest include Cairo in Egypt, Varna in Bulgaria and Rio de Janeiro in Brazil.

    The idea of a cheaper holiday certainly might be sparking this new trend, but whatever the reason, we Brits are definitely becoming more intrepid travellers. As I’ve mentioned in a previous blog post, the tendency to move away from the predictable structure of the package holiday has grown rapidly in the last few years, and the internet gives us fast and easy access to the information we need to book a break further afield. Resorts such as these aren’t necessarily for those hoping for a fortnight of sun, sea and un-interrupted relaxation, but for a full-on cultural experience they can’t be beat.

    If you decide to search beyond the realms of your typical comfort zone to find somewhere off the beaten track for next year’s holiday, I have just one simple piece of advice – DO YOUR RESEARCH! I know it’s obvious, but without the right information to hand, a trip of a lifetime can quickly become a journey you’d rather forget.

    There are loads of great websites available giving practical advice based on local knowledge for almost any destination you can think of. For Peru, check out andeantravelweb.com. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office provides safety info for most countries and safetravel.co.uk is a good site providing tips for travel to any culture or climate. You can even take a training course in avoiding the hazards of travel courtesy of Planet Wise.

    Auto Europe has car hire collection points in many far flung destinations, including those mentioned above, but it’s vital to read up on the rules of the road before getting behind the wheel, as they can vary enormously. We’ve put together a number of guides for the Auto Europe website to get you started.

    If you have any handy tips for adventure travel novices, do let us know.

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