From shooting lessons with an English champion to having lunch with a sumo wrestler
As the global adventure travel market continues to grow, travellers are prioritising unique and authentic experiences that upgrade their trip from a holiday into a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
A survey by Flash Pack found that 82% of Brits in their 30s and 40s value these life experiences* over other major milestones, such as progressing their career or saving for a house. What’s more, solo travel is continuing to grow in popularity and in 2019 44% of Brits said they would consider taking a trip alone**.
“Travellers are increasingly searching out unexpected moments and experiences that didn’t make it into the brochure,” says Lee Thompson, co-founder of Flash Pack, which specialises in high-end group adventures for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s. “We love the opportunity to surprise and delight our solo travellers, and our adventures in 2020 are loaded with carefully curated itineraries that offer just that. Whether you’re picnicking atop a volcano in Guatemala or sailing between hidden islands around Zanzibar, unexpected moments and uncharted territories are the norm.”
As we usher in the New Year, Flash Pack reveals five must-try adventures for solo travellers in 2020:
Take on a sumo wrestler in Japan
While the eyes of the world will be on Japan for the Olympics, adventurous travellers should resist the temptation to indulge at breakfast if they want to share their lunch with a real, working sumo wrestler, over a typical sumo meal of Chanko Nabe Hot Pot – a Japanese stew commonly eaten in vast quantities.
Shoot clay pigeons with an English sporting champion
Flash Pack’s newest adventure will see travellers explore London and the quintessential English countryside of the Cotswolds. Here, they’ll meet former England sporting champion and international shot, Rob Ireland, who will be their expert coach for the morning as they learn to shoot clay pigeons, before attempting a spot of archery.
Discover a secret route into Petra
Whilst most people will recognise Petra from the famous scene in Indiana Jones, taking this secret route to the ancient city will shed new light on this historic wonder, away from the crowds. Ascend a steep stairway over the rocks, before exploring the labyrinth of Nabataean caves, temples and tombs chiselled out of the dusty-pink cliffs. Enjoy a picnic lunch at the Monastery, before uncovering the Theatre, the Street of Facades and the spectacular Treasury.
Explore a private island on the Philippines
Board a private boat and set sail through a series of limestone karsts, caves and lagoons along the coast of Northern Palawan. Navigate from island to island before arriving at a secret beach, where travellers will camp for the two nights in unique mesh tents – ideal for long evenings spent stargazing. A private chef will be on-hand to conjure up a beach barbecue by the waves.
Kayaking and camping in Lake Kivu, Rwanda
Whilst Rwanda offers some of the most unique wildlife experiences in the world, it’s also a great hub for adventure. Weaving through the scattered islands of the immense Lake Kivu on kayaks, travellers will arrive at Bishayu Island and camp out beneath the stars. A magnificent wake-up call awaits, with breathtaking views of dawn breaking over the lake waters.
Notes to editors
* Research conducted by Mortar, amongst 2,000 30-49 year old Britons in December 2018.
** Research conducted in 2019 by Savanta for Flash Pack and based on 1,000 Brits
About Flash Pack
Flash Pack was founded by Radha Vyas and Lee Thompson, who were frustrated by the lack of appealing group travel tour companies for travellers in their 30s and 40s. It specialises in small, high-end group adventures and experiences for solo travellers in their 30s and 40s across Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.
Flash Pack meticulously researches and curates itineraries, seeking out off-the-beaten-track locations far away from the crowds (whether it’s hiking the colourful heights of Peru’s Rainbow Mountain, whizzing off on a Northern Lights husky safari or glamping beneath the starlit skies of Patagonia).