Escape From Thanksgiving: 10 Unique Travel Ideas

By Samantha Scott
November 13, 2015

Many people use travel to escape. If you're looking to escape the mayhem this Thanksgiving, we've got the perfect list for you.

In many ways, 5 days is the optimal trip length. Just enough time to see a good amount, but not so long you get travel weary. These 10 tours are all 5 days or less and with a few exceptions, relatively short travel time from the US. If you're looking to use your precious vacation days for something different, these tours specially curated by Stride are just what you need...

1. Gastronomy, Wine, and Culture

Tour with Gourmet Touring 

French Chateau

 Graeme Churchard via Flickr

Just because you're escaping turkey doesn't mean you need to escape delicous food altogether. And what better place to enjoy delicious morsels than France?

With Gourmet Touring you will be introduced to the French wine tasting culture, going on exclusive tastings at some of the most magnificant Chateau wineries in the Bordeaux region. With a nice balance of free time and guided tours, this trip is the perfect break from the rat race.

2. Medellin Essential Multisport

Tour with Pacific Delight Tours 

Medellin Street

A visit to Medellin is sure to leave you refreshed and invigorated. This charming, picturesque city in north eastern Colombia has increased in tourist popularity recently and shows no signs of stopping. Colorful towns, great food and drink, plenty of adventure activities, and you'll have the opportunity to experience it all on this trip with Pacific Delight Tours.

3. Bite Size Break in Buenos Aires

Tour with Intrepid 

Buenos Aires street stall

 Phillip Capper via Flickr

Sample the best of Argentinian cuisine on this delightful 3 day trip in Buenos Aires with Intrepid. Learn how to make South American classics in cooking class, enjoy an authentic dining experience at parrilla, and even do a little wine tasting. The ideal way to enjoy a short vacation.

4. Easter Island

Tour with G Adventures

Easter Island

Nicolas de Camaret via Flickr 

Satisfy your inner archaeologist with a trip to the enigmatic Easter Island. This G Adventures tour will visit the famous statues as well as dive into the history of the surrounding area. And it's only 4 days giving you time to plan an extra day or two of sightseeing! 

5. Capetown Winetasting & Great White Shark Adventure

Tour with Adventure to Africa

South Africa Winery

Jon Connell via Flickr 

If you don't mind the flight, a winetasting trip to South Africa is the perfect getaway. Throw in some great white sharks and you have the recipe for an unforgettable adventure. 

You'll also visit Robben Island to see Nelson Mandela's former prison cell, and take a scenic drive through the southern part of the Cape Peninsula. As an added bonus, the weather in South Africa in November is brilliant.

6. The Amazon Odyssey

River Cruise with Amazon Nature Tours

Amazon River Cruise

Dan From Indiana via Flickr

What better way to enjoy your vacation than on a relaxing Amazon river cruise? Aboard a smaller size vessel than normal, this tour allows you to traverse narrower channels and explore tributaries not accessable by larger boats.

Teeming with wildlife and plant life seen nowhere else on earth, the Amazon Rainforest is truely an unforgettable experience.

7. County Wicklow Ireland

Walking Tour with Walking Connection

Ireland Walking TourLeah Tautkute via Flickr 

How does taking a walking tour in Ireland sound? While the weather will be a bit nippy, your soul will surely be invigorated after 5 days of taking in the sights and sounds of historic County Wicklow.

In one of the most picturesque parts of Ireland, you'll encounter gorgeous views as you wind your way through backroads and forest paths with Walking Connection.

8. Active Ecuador Multisport

Tour with ROW Adventures 

Ecuador Camping

Emma via Flickr 

See Ecuador from horseback, river raft, and mountain bike on this Row Adventure tour. Take in the incredible beauty of the country over 5 action packed days, augmented by delicious food and drink.  

9. Botswana Safari: Victoria Falls to Maun

Tour with Absolute Africa 

Chobe River, BotswanaStefan Krasowski via Flickr 

Lonely Planet named Botswana their top place to visit in 2016. And Thanksgiving is a great time to go to avoid the crowds. On this short but impactful safari from Absolute Africa, you will encounter much diverse wildlife and have the chance to take in the incredible African landscape.  

10. Chiang Mai & Elephant Sanctuary

Tour with Intrepid

Chiang Mai

Madeleine Deaton via Flickr  

What better way to spend a vacation than taking care of elephants? While it's just incredible to be around such magnificent gentle giants, you will also gain invaluable education about what certain sanctuaries are doing to save these brilliant creatures from decades of mistreatment. This Intrepid tour also allows plenty of free time to explore around Chiang Mai.

What do you think? Ready to forgo all tradition and head somewhere different for Thanksgiving? Enter a destination to begin your search:

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By Jared Alster
November 17, 2015 at 10:30 AM
Do they serve turkey in any of these locations?

Ecuador multi sport sound awesome and Colombia is also on my list!
By Courtney Kantowski
December 4, 2015 at 2:56 PM
This article really tempts me to ditch the thanksgiving feast and hop on a plane! I simply love all these pictures as well!

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