Travel Writing: A Unique Sustainable Vacation

1259, the pioneers in selling authentic and sustainable holidays, show us the way for a unique vacation.

Borneo: Borneo can be visited year-round – but this is the driest season, so the best time for visiting the rainforest and Mt Kinabalu. Despite having opened up greatly to visitors in the past few decades, a Borneo vacation remains a road less travelled. Sabah and Sarawak are now well equipped for visitors, boasting wildlife sanctuaries, world-class dive resorts and mountain treks. It’s worth heading into Indonesian Kalimantan, where landscapes and people remain largely untainted by tourism.

Morocco: We think the weather is just about perfect in Morocco – hot and sunny but not unbearable. This is a great destination for an Easter activity break with kids. Morocco holidays take us out of our winter greys and blacks and whisk us, within a three-hour flight, into a rainbow of raucous colours and enlightening Islamic culture. Marrakech, the Atlas Mountains, Essaouira and Casablanca, every town has a medina or souk with their array of colours…

Costa Rica: Costa Rica is dry and mostly sunny, so this is a great time for a wildlife and activity vacation. But of course – you’re still in the rainforest – so do still pack your waterproof! Costa Rica holidays let adventurers negotiate rain and cloud forests on foot, horseback, mountain bike, hanging bridge or 200m-high zip line, for a true bird’s eye view of the monkey-and-macaw-filled canopy.

Cuba: Cuba is at its driest – while avoiding the summer rains and the winter cold. Cuba’s beaches and bays are a must however. Stepping into Havana on your Cuba holidays presents a nostalgic world of classic cars, crackling transistor radios and clacking dominoes, whilst children play with handmade toys in the street. Meander into the countryside to find farmers riding horses through forests, oxen ploughing fields, wheelbarrows spilling over with home-grown veg and rocking-chair- bound residents sipping rum on the porch.

Galapagos Islands: Galapagos enjoys calmer seas and warmer weather – making this the best time to visit, despite the greater chance of rain. You’ll also miss the busy vacation season – these islands are popular with families. Galapagos Islands showcase an astonishing array of endemic species, such as giant tortoises and sea iguanas, as well as countless sea lions, birds and fur seals. The isolation of the Galapagos Islands has resulted in the wildlife having an unusually fearless attitude towards humans, guaranteeing an extremely close encounter with some of the most unusual species on the planet.