If you've become pickier about where you choose to travel, we wouldn't blame you.
Along with the recession came an influx of cheaper flights and package deals, giving people more options despite dwindling finances.
In multicultural 21st century Ireland we no longer have to travel to New York for shops that have sprung up in Dundrum Town Centre or have an international website (although we still love New York for shopping!).
With the amazing range of ethnic restaurants in most Irish towns we don't necessarily have to travel to Thailand to sample great Pad Thai.
Top 5 Adventure Holidays 2015
However if you are longing to visit an ancient Buddhist temple or take an elephant ride through the jungle you’ll need to venture a little further afield.
To help you on your way, we've picked five of our favourite destinations for adventure in 2015.
1. Adventure in Morocco
If you still yearn for a little Sex and the City 2 desert adventure, now could be your chance. Okay so the movie wasn't set in Morocco, but if you envision yourself floating through the souks picking up authentic spices and handmade shoes a la Carrie Bradshaw, Morocco is a great place to holiday in.
Once you've nabbed some bargains, experience one of the original forms of public transport and do some camel trekking through the desert. Finish off your day by experiencing the rich flavours of Moroccan food in one of country's best restaurants, most of which are well priced.
Check out our post on things to do in Morocco for more ideas.
2. Enjoy Ethiopia
If trekking in Africa is something you always wanted to do but didn't know how to go about it, we've got good news for you. We are now offering two fantastic Ethiopia packages.
Irish adventure-seekers can now fly direct from Dublin on our Discover Ethiopia or the Wildlife and Wilderness of Ethiopia tours. Ethiopia is unlike most other places you will ever visit as it was never colonised by a European superpower. As a result, Ethiopia boasts a proud and unique cultural identity.
This is a great destination for history and architecture buffs, as the UNESCO certified Rock-Hewn Churches in Lalibela have been described at the "Eight Wonder of the World". Ethiopia is also a great choice for those hoping to embrace their inner David Attenborough and go on a safari. For more wildlife and safari adventures, keep an eye on our website for lots of great offers.
3. Experience Cuba
What better way to live out your postcard-perfect image of Cuba than by cruising Havana in a classic '50s car? Tour buses are great, but when you're in Cuba, we reckon you should ride in style. Make sure you tour the seawall along the Malecón to see great monuments including those to Cuban pioneers of independence and the Victims of the USS Maine.
This atmospheric ocean road is set against a backdrop of colourful but dilapidated salt-eroded art deco buildings. Book through Gran Car at any hotel reception desk as these cars can't be hailed down on the street.
If sitting back and enjoying the ride is somehow not your thing, then Cuba is a great place to get out and explore on your own too. Venture into the countryside and take advantage of the idyllic tracks and trails through quaint and friendly villages. To experience this cycling-lovers' paradise, check out our amazing deals on an 8 day Cuban Highlights Ride or, for the more experienced cyclist, this 15 day excursion is available.
4. Journey to Iceland
If you've engaged in a conversation with a child recently, you've probably heard wonderful things about Mr. and Mrs. Claus' residence in the North Pole - the polar bears, the reindeer, the elves, the fluffy white snow. It all sounds amazing but unless you're an extreme traveller, or Mr. Claus himself, the North Pole can be a bit too cold and challenging.
Venture slightly south and visit Iceland, a land with all of the chillingly (literally) beautiful sights you would want without risking hypothermia. See icebergs, snow-covered mountains and Icelandic wildlife from the comfort of a cosy ship along with other likeminded travellers.
5. Relax in Sri Lanka
Not every adventure needs to be extreme! If you're looking for a break from everyday life, but aren't keen on stepping too far out of your comfort zone, Sri Lanka could be a great option for you.
13th century merchant traveller Marco Polo christened Sri Lanka "the finest island of its size in all the world" and with very good reason. Today Sri Lanka is known as a destination for those seeking a more calming and spiritual experience. Visit Buddhist temples, colonial palaces and sacred sites during the day and enjoy traditional Kandyan shows in the evenings.
Sri Lanka even takes the old favourite "cup of tea and foot rub" up a notch with healing Ayurveda massages and tea plantation tours. CHeck out our speciuila departure to Sri Lanka.
Contact Abbey Travel Adventures today on 01 8047188 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
to arrange your adventure hoiday for 2015.
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