Don’t just visit a destination, experience it!
Planned in the right way, traveling can be about much more than just crossing places off your bucket list. At Destinations Unplugged, we strongly believe that the best travel memories are created through one-of-a-kind travel experiences that are unique to a specific destination. Open yourself up to new experiences – stay in a local homestay in Thailand, try local delicacies in Tamil Nadu, get to know the people and the culture of each new place you visit – and you’ll find that you return home, not only with great memories but also with a new perspective on the true meaning of travel.
Here is a list of experiential indulgences you don’t want to miss!
Experience Once-in-a-lifetime Experiences:
- Traditional Tea Ceremony (Tokyo, Japan)
The Japanese Tea Ceremony is a choreographic ritual of preparing and serving Japanese green tea, Matcha, along with traditional Japanese sweets. Preparing tea in this ceremony means pouring all one’s attention into the predefined movements. The whole process is not just about drinking tea, but is about aesthetics, preparing a bowl of tea from one’s heart. The host of the ceremony always considers the guests with every movement and gesture, making it one of the most spiritual and delightful experiences of your life.
- Traditional Kalari Classes (Kochi, Kerala)
Regarded as the oldest and most scientific in the world, kalaripayattu, the martial art form of Kerala, is an integral of the Malayali culture. Although kalari is not taught as widely anymore, a number of puritans believe that Kalari is an art worth preserving and passing on to others because of its historical and spiritual importance. So, experience learning a new skill while dwelling deeper into the history and culture of Kerala.
Travel Like a Local by Eating Like a Local:
- Dine in A Mini Igloo Village (Arosa, Switzerland)
Enhance your Swiss Alpine ski adventure by heading to Arosa, a lesser-known ski resort area in the Swiss Alps. After hitting the hills, refuel at the Igloo Village – literally an icy igloo built just outside the five-star Tschuggen Grand Hotel’s main entrance, with tables, chairs, red-nosed waiters and plenty of rugs inside. You can sit on chairs blanketed in warm furs as you feast on traditional Swiss fondue or treat yourself to Champagne- and truffle-infused fondue.
- Try Curated Homemade Chettinad Cuisine (Karaikudi, Tamil Nadu)
Celebrated across India for its brilliant variety of delicacies, Chettinad Cuisine is vibrant, vivid and vivacious by all means. The traditional cuisine of Tamil Nadu’s Chettiar community, Chettinad cuisine has a culinary tradition unlike any other. Enjoy homemade traditional meals cooked by a local Chettiar family and served in a banana leaf while sharing stories with the locals!
Immersive Experiential Stays:
- Stay with a Thai Family (Udon Thani, Thailand)
Ever wanted to ride a buffalo? Plant rice? Hunt field mice? Your local hosts at a family-run accommodation will happily help you make your wildest Southeast Asian dreams come true. The Prachack Residence in Northeast Thailand can sleep up to six and includes a private saltwater pool and extensive tropical gardens. The family cooks your meals and arranges Thai tractor rides, boat rides in the lotus lakes, Thai cooking lessons, Thai massages, trips to the Ban Chiang World Heritage Site, crafts village visits and more. This is an amazing opportunity to customize your time in a non-touristy part of Thailand and gain valuable local insight.
- The Vythiri Resort(Wayanad, Kerala)
Vythiri Resort in Kerala is home to Asia’s highest tree houses located at 88ft above the ground, offering the most luxurious facilities atop live trees set in an untouched and amazing natural ambiance. This 150-acre property is built around a stream, and the tree houses have been hand-crafted by indigenous tribals using locally available materials. The resort has an Ayurvedic spa, swimming pool, health club and every other amenity for a perfect relaxing vacation!
Redefine traveling with unique experiences curated by Destinations Unplugged!
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