Sipping Mai Tai’s on the beach is no one’s idea of a bad vacation, but if you’re looking for something a little more off the beaten path, consider a guided tour. Tour leaders take care of all the planning essentials, prevent pesky communication snafus, and make sure you get to experience some of the most remote, hidden and fascinating destinations in the world. Here are five picks to get you started.
O.A.R.S. Canyonlands Rafting, Utah
Take on class III and IV rapids down the Colorado river through miles of striking canyons on one of multiple overnight trip options. Trip leaders take care of every last detail, guiding you through ancient, twisting rock structures and setting up a cozy camp with hot meals on shore as you make your way through stretches of Utah wilderness. When not paddling through roaring waves, hike to wild west ruins and listen to stories about the land’s Native American and outlaw past. As thrilling as it is educational, these tours take camping to a whole new level.