From flying over Chile’s Atacama Desert in a hot air balloon to learning to sword fight like a Japanese samurai, we’ve come up with nine lesser-known experiences that will take you out of your comfort zone and enrich your 2017 travels.
We asked our Hidden Beaches specialists to pick out the most memorable or unusual experiences from their recent travels. From quad biking over sand dunes in Oman to dining in a tree house in the Maldives, they’ve plenty of new personal discoveries to recommend.
If you've already visited some of the world's major icons, there is still plenty to experience in these must-see alternatives. We've rounded up the best lesser-known but equally as memorable counterparts to the classics.