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Still looking for travel experiences that others don’t?
If you want to avoid the crowds and avoid the touristy options, we don’t blame you.
We’ve spotted some of the best experiences and journeys that will take you down paths that are at least a little less traveled.
From a different side of London to spooky adventures, here are our picks.
Do you really want to put yourself in the shoes of London and visit places you have never explored?
The new Lonely Planet book, Experience London, aims to help you do just that. Nicknamed “the anti-guide”, thanks to its innovative approach, it is written by local experts who give their opinion on their favorite places, from royal palaces to pubs, from flower markets to mosques. QR codes allow you to unlock additional content online.
Shop for £16.99 at Waterstones.
Dracula and Mexican dead
If you like to scare yourself on Halloween, you’ll love Intrepid Travel’s two new tours for thrill-seeking adventurers.
Try Transylvania, with its Dracula myths, werewolves and haunted castles, where you’ll visit Bran Castle – the alleged home of Dracula – and attend a Halloween party in Cluj-Napoca (from 1 £053 per person, excluding flights).
Or experience the atmospheric Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City, visit elaborate altars dedicated to the dead and visit the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacan (from £690 pp, excluding flights).
The Travelski Express ski pass is entering its second season of operation, offering seven full days of skiing to a destination accessible by train from London St Pancras.
Each package includes a direct Eurostar return trip from London to the heart of the French Alps, transfers from the station to the accommodation of your choice and a seven-day local lift pass.
Featured resorts include Val Thorens, Courchevel, Tignes, Meribel and Les Arcs. You could stay in the Terrasses de la Rosi apartments in La Rosière from around £337 pp for a week.
Secrets under the snow
If you can’t wait for mince pies and Christmas music to flood the shops, you’ll want to book now for the National Gallery’s Picture Perfect Christmas show.
This immersive theatrical production will take audiences on an adventure of the secret life within a work of art, transporting them to Avercamp’s 17th century play, A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle. Performances from November 26 to December 23.
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