It is not always easy to get a significant share of the freedom to work, but the rewards can be significant. So-called ‘long trips‘lets you really explore a destination, slow down the pace of the adventure and reduce your CO2 footprint by skipping internal flights. So tell your boss you’re not in on Monday. We have compiled our favorite ‘long trips’ for 2022.
It can be difficult to plan a month-long, worldwide trip on your own, which is why we have put together a specific series of ‘long trips’. These are fearless adventures that combine several short trips into epic, winding, continent-spanning travel plans where all planning and logistics have already been taken care of. Most of them also deliberately skip internal flights.
This not only cuts down on your CO2 footprint (very important when selecting multiple countries), but also gives you a feel for a destination. As you drive from place to place, crossing borders on the ground, sleeping in train cars and watching the landscape change as you make an epic journey, they connect us all with a slower, much older adventure style.
“After so long being confined to our own cities, it’s no surprise that people are eager to start traveling again,” says Intrepids Erica Kritikides. “But there was a fundamental shift. With borders reopening and cross-border travel becoming easier, we no longer take travel for granted – it’s not a given. And for that reason, I think many of us are willing to consider longer trips away from the desk and everyday life. ‘
Can not choose between Spain, Portugal and Morocco? You do not have to. We have built a 24-day mega-trip that covers them all. Starting in Madrid, our route heads west into Portugal, hitting Coimbra and Lisbon and then turning south to the stunning beaches of the Algarve. A jump across the Strait of Gibraltar and we are in Morocco, stopping at the blue city of Chefchaouen, medieval Fes, windswept Essaouira and a distant desert camp among the dunes of Erg Chicago. For fans of Moorish history or good food, culture and North African hospitality in general, this is the ultimate long trip. You will walk from modern art galleries in Madrid to wine bars in Lisbon and a Berber home in the Atlas Mountains – all on a mix of public and private transport.
First-time visitors to Southeast Asia often find it difficult to choose between Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Each destination offers a slightly different mix of history, food and landscape, which is why we have made this 30-day combination trip that goes from Bangkok to Luang Prabang, over to Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City and finally Phnom Penh . It’s actually a mix of some of Intrepid’s best-selling and most popular tours – we’ve just combined them back-to-back. Many travelers choose to continue their journey this way, so there is a good chance that your new friends on the trip will follow you from country to country. You will see it all on this adventure: the jungle of Chiang Mai, the UNESCO-listed Ha Long Bay, the epic overnight train journeys, the charming landscape of Battambang and the towering spiers of Angkor Wat.
Many travelers hit the obvious Nordic highlights, such as Copenhagen, Oslo and Stockholm, but not many can combine these with Tallinn’s fairytale towers and cobbled streets or Vilnius’ baroque flair and Soviet history. For this long journey, we wanted to mix the best of Scandinavia with the best of the Baltic states: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. If you travel mostly by train and ferry, you travel from Denmark, up through Norway to the fjord countries, then over to the Swedish lake district and Stockholm, before jumping down to Helsinki, Tallinn, Riga and Vilnius, with a stop at the fantastic Aukstaitija National Park along the way. It’s a proper, old-fashioned 32-day maritime adventure spanning five countries and a dozen major cities. Just remember to pack warm.
Like Europe, Africa is well-suited for long journeys: there are dozens of small countries, most of them relatively accessible, and the landscapes vary greatly from one place to another. This particular itinerary is an adventure over land, meaning you will travel through South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe in a custom-built vehicle, staying in a mix of guesthouses, cabins and even two nights on a houseboat on the Okavango Delta. What’s nice about this itinerary is the change of pace: you start at the coast of Cape Town, but soon you will be surrounded by epic dunes at Sossusvlei or the red cliffs of Fish River Canyon. There are game drives, canoe trips and sunset cruises along the Chobe River. These are all the highlights of southern Africa, gathered in a 22-day itinerary.
One of our most popular long trips, this trip is truly unique. Not only will you hike through Uganda’s misty rainforests in search of mountain gorillas, but there are also game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park, safaris across the Serengeti, a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater and a few nights camping in the Masai Mara Reserve. Gorilla trek permits are included and you will travel by overland bus, 4WD safari vehicle and ferry, with no internal flights. It all ends on the white beaches of northern Zanzibar with a few days of casual snorkeling in the archipelago (all that discovering animals is hard work). It would be hard to squeeze multiple African highlights into a single itinerary, even if you feel really adventurous …