Active Travel – an Australian travel agency specialising in off-the-beaten-track travel experiences – has released a bucket list of eight, out-of-the-box destinations certain to make friends jealous.

From Antarctica to the North Pole, the Galapagos Islands to Mt Everest and Nagaland to North Korea, these eight, out-of-the-ordinary destinations are for modern-day explorers hungry for adventure and keen to explore unspoilt, faraway horizons not visited by everyday tourists.

Distant from mass tourism, these unique and exhilarating places challenge comfort zones and invigorate the mind and soul.

As specialists in this type of travel – hence its name – Active Travel can custom-design extraordinary adventurers for Australians wanting to go where few do…


  1. Antarctica 

Sheathed in layers of ancient ice, there’s no wonder Antarctica voyages have attracted many of the world’s great explorers and scientists for time immemorial. As seabirds swoop through the skies and penguins rear their young, the towering icebergs in all shades of blue will take your breath away.  Until November 30, Active Travel is offering a 20 per cent discount on an in-depth ‘In Shackleton’s Footsteps’ expedition, run through Aurora Expeditions:

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  1. Cuba

Immerse yourself in the rhythm of Cuba’s time-warped streets and discover the aromatic flavours of the local cuisine, including the famous local black bean and rice dish, Moros y Cristianos. As Cuba begins to open its doors further, now is the time to experience the heart and spirit of this invigorating destination before mass tourism arrives. Active Travel offers itineraries including a range of sailing trips designed to help you experience the country like a local.

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  1. Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands

While countries like Peru and Brazil grab most visitors’ attention in South America, Ecuador and its world-famous Galapagos Islands offer sensory-filled adventures certain to make friends back home as green as Ecuador’s Amazon jungle. Exotic Ecuador offers diverse and pristine landscapes and beautiful, colonial streetscapes. The Magical Andes will also introduce you to indigenous villages, colourful markets and majestic snow-capped volcanoes, not to mention the largest Incan site in Ecuador. One of 17 megadiverse countries in the world, Ecuador also hosts many endemic plants and animals such as those of the Galápagos Islands. Can any of your friends really say that they have swum with hundred-year-old sea turtles?

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  1. Everest Base Camp

As the name suggests, Active Travel has a particular flair for adventures that get you moving — and what better active experience could you possibly imagine than conquering the trek to Everest Base Camp? With an altitude in excess of 5000 metres above sea level, it is certainly not for the faint-hearted but travel is supposed to test your boundaries after all. Working with a selection of companies that offer high quality, actively based programs right across the globe, Active Travel proves the sky really is the limit.

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To find out more about treks in Nepal and to Everest Base Camp, call Active Travel on 1300 783 188 or visit

  1. Iran

Beyond the stereotypes, Iran is a colourful and rewarding destination like no other. Quickly re-emerging as a must-see destination, it is a nation with myriad influences and incredibly friendly locals. The hospitality in Iran is unparalleled, perhaps only to be outdone by the rich history which abounds from when Persia was a world power. Travel in the footsteps of an empire when you visit this part of the world, but also delight in bustling bazaars, rugged mountain ranges and impressive teahouses. Be amongst the first to visit post-war Iran and you will undoubtedly return with an abundance of tales to tell.


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To enquire about travelling to Iran, contact Active Travel now:

6. Nagaland

A journey to exotic-sounding Nagaland in far, north-east India is not just eye opening but engages all of your senses at once. Feel the history emanating from ancient monasteries, taste local Sikkimese specialties like momo dumplings and enjoy the distinct scent of fresh Darjeeling tea brewing. Active Travel are specialists in the Indian Sub-continent and regularly send clients to colourful festivals such as the Hornbill Festival to be held in December 2017.  They can tailor make your ultimate independent experience or they also have a range of hosted tours available.

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To enquire about travelling to Nagaland, contact Active Travel now:


  1. North Korea

North Korea is becoming increasingly popular with Australian travellers eager to immerse themselves in new and unique experiences. This is a destination steeped in mystique and abundant in art and architecture, including Kamsusan Palace of the Sun, where Kim Il-Sung and his son, Kim Jong-il are both buried. Active Travel specialises in safe, educational tours to this mysterious and culturally rich part of the world. They are currently also taking bookings from runners keen to compete in North Korea’s Pyongyang Marathon in April, 2017, as well as expressions of interest for a planned cultural tour to include both North and South Korea in 2017.

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  1. North Pole

Stand on top of the world at the North Pole – now that really will make your friends and Santa fans envious!  Active Travel works with experienced operators Quark Adventures on icebreaker journeys from Scandinavia to the North Pole. See polar bears, walruses and other Arctic wildlife along the way. This frozen wilderness is one of the world’s most remote destinations. You’ll feel on top of the world – literally!
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Drop Active Travel a line to find out more about their trips to the North Pole:


* To learn more about the diverse experiences offered by Active Travel, visit their website or get in touch with one of their experienced consultants today:

Call 1300 783 188, email or visit