June 13, 2019
With technology and the internet making the world feel smaller than ever, it can be hard knowing where to travel to get an authentic experience of a different culture.
Luckily, we’ve got a knack for discovering something different – so we thought we’d introduce some amazing destinations that you might not have even thought of. Who knows, maybe you could be heading there on your next incentive trip?
Think of Iceland and you may picture endless deserts of white, but it offers so much more than just low temperatures. During even a short break you could experience the Northern Lights, spend a few hours in the Blue Lagoon (a natural hot pool that is often found on bucket lists) or enjoy the incredible views of the midnight sun across the valleys during June’s summer solstice.
If you’re after something a bit more adrenalin-fuelled, Iceland’s natural scenery makes it possible. Think snowmobiling through glaciers, canyon rafting or hiking through volcanic mountains – all of which can be complemented with the vast choice of cuisines available (freshly caught fish anyone?)
If it’s wildlife that you’re inspired by, Asia’s largest island is the answer. Combining Rainforest, National Parks, vast rivers and even sandy beaches, Borneo, which is made up of Malaysia, Indonesia and Brunei, offers up the opportunity to really get away from it all and feel more connected to nature. Popular excursions include taking a river cruise down the Kinabatangan River, relaxing on Gaya Island and trekking to see the “Big Five” (the pygmy elephant, proboscis monkey, rhinoceros hornbill, crocodile and orangutan).
If you want to be immersed in the culture of the region, it’s worthwhile taking the time to visit a traditional Iban village, heading to the colourful markets and appreciating the awe-inspiring temples that are dotted around wherever you head. Chances are, you’ll leave with a new-found appreciation for the natural world and simpler ways of living – in other words, it’s the perfect destination to counteract busy lives back in the UK.
Another Asian gem, Bali truly makes it possible to find your zen (or at least feel a little more relaxed than usual). With an average temperature of 32°C, you’ll likely want to spend a lot of your time in the water. Luckily, there are numerous natural lakes and luxurious spa complexes too. You’ll even feel relaxed when you’re experiencing Balinese culture first hand; you’ll be able to meander around temples at your own pace, but just be sure to cover your legs. After all, whether it’s temples, rituals or sacred offerings, the Balinese are both proud and protective of their religious practices.
It’s this combination of nature and culture that results in many visitors returning time and time again. Taking the example of Australians, many have visited and ended up staying, meaning there’s a huge ex-pat community. Even if you’re only visiting for a week or two, perhaps it’s time to take a leaf out of their book and surprise yourself with all that Bali has to offer.
For a real touch of luxury, you may want to add this Mexican municipality to your shortlist. Fast-becoming South America’s resort destination of choice, Los Cabos encompasses the towns of San José del Cabo and Cabo San Lucas. The best bit is that they’re connected by a 20-mile long corridor of gorgeous beaches (oh, and championship golf courses too).
With the beautiful sea, deserts and mountains, Los Cabos will suit every taste, whether it’s a couples or group trip. You might spend the day relaxing at Lover’s Beach or watching the superyachts come in and out of the marina, and then finish the day off with an evening enjoying everything that the nightlife has to offer.
That’s the end of our insight into these unique destinations, but there’s plenty more where that came from! After all, every single member of the Incentivise team lives and breathes travel and events.
Whether you’re trying to reward your team or clients, maintain amazing relationships or simply enjoy some well-earned time away from the 9 to 5 routine, we’ll tailor-make an inspirational corporate trip, and one that will be remembered for many years to come. All you need to do is give us an idea of what you want to achieve, when, and for how much.
In other words, you can leave the thinking, planning and hard work to us. Simply get in touch.