“Dreamtime,” the animist mythology central to indigenous Australian society, is a fascinating ideology that has helped shape the continent. This trip is just the ticket for curious travellers eager to learn more about Aboriginal history, culture and contemporary life straight from the people themselves. Up here in the north, you’ll study ancient traditions, learn how to spear-fish, wander the beaches and lush valleys along the Daintree River and embark on a life-affirming rainforest walk that will bring you closer to the land and the people who inhabit it than you ever thought possible. The dream is real, and it’s waiting for you to join it.
Highlights: Sleep in a swag under the impressive southern night sky, spear fish and cook what you catch with Aboriginals, make your own Aboriginal artwork, learn about life in remote communities with a local host, explore pristine coastal rainforests.
The Red Centre to Adelaide (OARA)
Bored with the outskirts? Go right into the (Red) center of the action with our trek from Alice Springs to Adelaide. On the way, we’ll hike Kings Canyon, camp out under the stars in Uluru, check out an opal mine in Coober Pedy and class it up with a wine tasting in the Clare Valley. Opt for a scenic flight over the great salt lake of Lake Eyre, and savour your time on the road with new friends and amazing Aussie CEOs. Now you can say you've really done Australia.
Highlights: Savour South Australian wine in the Clare Valley, bed down at a traditional Outback station, catch the magnificent colours of Uluru at sunset, explore the Red Centre.
Nature lovers who leave the North Island without stopping in at the Bay of Islands will kick themselves all the way back home (and that’s a looooong flight). This 4-day trip to this outdoorsman’s paradise features ample time hiking the nature trails and makes the most of all that water with plenty of opportunities for swimming, snorkelling, kayaking and sailing. Not enough? A night aboard a houseboat should do the trick. We take care of all the fuss. All you have to do is have the time of your life.
Highlights: Walk amongst giant kauri trees, spend the night anchored in a secluded bay, fish like the locals, savour a traditional barbecue in Paihia town
Admittedly, we haven’t checked the numbers too closely, but we’re confident that New Zealand ranks among the world’s leading producers of excitement. This quick trip across the North Island jams as many thrills as permissible by law into seven electrifying, activity-packed days. Sea kayak, learn to surf New Zealand's world-famous waves, experience Maori culture directly from the Maori themselves and more, all in a breezy week that always feels full and never feels hurried.
Highlights: Surf world-famous waves, experience a historic Maori village with a local guide, conquer New Zealand's top-rated 1-day trek, dance the night away in Wellington.
The Amazon Rainforest is so full of life; embrace it for yourself during a week unlike any other. From Quito, you’ll travel to your new home in the jungle and meet the Quichua family who will host you in their home for the next four nights. Discover waterfalls on jungle walks and travel to an animal rescue centre by canoe. You’ll learn about medicinal plants and how to use a blowgun, experience a shaman ceremony, and visit a local school. Most importantly, you’ll befriend a people few outsiders have the honour to even meet.
Highlights: Live like a local in the Amazon Rainforest, learn Quichua traditions by interacting with your local hosts, visit an animal rescue centre, hone your blowgun skills, experience a shamanic ceremony.
Volunteer Cuzco Kids (TSPJMN)
Spend two weeks working at a voluntary drop-in centre for children and youth where they can get help with homework, a hot meal and participate in a variety of workshops. Children living in extreme poverty in Cusco are often forced to drop out of school to work or beg on the streets to help support their families. You will be contributing to a project that provides children from poor families with a place to get guidance and support.
Highlights: Volunteering at a drop in centre for children and youth, participating in workshops like leather-working and jewelery-making, exploring the cultures and history of Cuzco.
Volunteer Cuzco Kids (TSPJMN)
|Trip||Length||Style||Service Level||Starting Price|
|Northern Aboriginal Experience (OANA)||3 days||Yolo||Basic||
|The Red Centre to Adelaide (OARA)||7 days||Yolo||Basic||
|New Zealand—The Bay of Islands (ONBI)||4 days||Yolo||Basic||
|New Zealand—Best of the North Island (ONNI)||7 days||Yolo||Basic||
|Local Living Ecuador—Amazon Jungle (SEJL)||7 days||Local Living||Basic||
|Volunteer Cuzco Kids (TSPJMN)||14 days||Classic||Basic||