What’s the opposite of a boring life? The answer might seem obvious, but “unboring” is more than just the absence of boredom. A trip to Hawaii is certainly not boring — neither is a cruise through the Pacific — but creating an unboring life is about taking that extra step that separates a cookie cutter, pre-planned vacation from something truly special.
If you’re looking for that little bit of extra in your own adventures, consider these four destinations to kickstart your new life into the unboring.
1. An Unguided Road to Hana
The road to Hana is one of the most popular trips on Maui, Hawaii — and for good reason. Thousands of tourists can see breathtaking waterfalls, a stark contrast between dark rock and blue ocean, as well as eat at some of the best food trucks and huts on the island. There’s just one problem: Nearly everyone will likely use the same guide apps on their smartphone, leaving some of the best hidden treasures undiscovered.
Try this instead: To avoid the masses, venture out across Hawaii’s most beautiful highway blind (not literally, of course). Stop at places that others pass up and see what you can find. There are dozens of waterfalls and gems that may be completely deserted.
2. A Cruise to Alaska’s Northern Beauty
A cruise is a great way to see a number of places in one trip. While venturing off to the Caribbean and other tropical destinations makes for a memorable trip, there’s a good chance everyone you know did the same. It’s time to take that cruise to a different kind of getaway.
Try this instead: Unlike their tropical counterparts, cruises to Alaska offer breathtaking views and experiences most other sea excursions can’t offer. It may be one of the best ways to see Alaska, period.
3. Colorado’s Million Dollar Highway
U.S. 1 and the Pacific Coast Highway through California are two of the most iconic scenic routes in the United States. They’re also two of the more popular choices when it comes sightseeing the US of A. Along with Route 66, anyone with a convertible, a driver’s license and spare time will take to one of these two roads come summertime. Beautiful? Yes. Been done before? Also yes.
Try this instead: Trade the ocean for the Rocky Mountains. The Million Dollar Highway through Silverton, Colorado, gives sightseers some truly amazing views, as well as an experience through a lesser-explored part of Colorado and stays in quaint mountain towns that are frozen in time. Just don’t go during the winter or you’ll wind up frozen, too.
4. A Visit to America’s Original Town
A majority of people interested in our nation’s history will head straight for Washington, D.C. or Philadelphia to see the sights. Both cities certainly host stories of our nation’s past, but they also leave behind nearly 200 years of colonial history that came before the first signature was signed on the Declaration of Independence. So, if you want an even greater history lesson, venture a few hours south to where it all began.
Try this instead: America’s first settlement, Jamestown, Virginia, was founded in 1607 and is still very much alive and intact today. To give you an idea of how old that really is, Galileo wouldn’t discover the moons of Jupiter through his telescope until three years later.
Do Something Original
There’s nothing wrong with Washington, a guided trip to Hana and a cruise through the Caribbean, but adventurers will agree there’s just more than what’s on the surface of destinations like these. Challenge yourself to take a popular type of trip and twist it to make it your own. That’s how you create the unboring life.