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As much fun as it is to repeat over, and over again, Winter is not only coming, Winter Is Here. It's cold, it's dark, and those warm summer days are but a faint memory we'll hold on to until its return next year. You've busted out your favourite habs tuque, wrapped yourself up in your warmest scarf and have reluctantly settled in for the long haul. But what if there was a way to escape the dreaded Montreal winter? Some kind of adventure just waiting for you to take the plunge and experience the world out there with no hassle and all the fun.
Well you're in luck, because not only do these places exist, but Free & Easy Traveler wants to take you there and show you the best time of your life. Not your typical "tour company", Free & Easy's young and dynamic group leaders will introduce you to new friends and amazing experiences that will definitely push your average boundaries.Whether you're a thrill seeker looking to go scuba diving, bungee jumping, sand-boarding, rock-climbing, and paragliding in some of the most exotic locations on the planet, or just looking to relax on some of the most beautiful beaches with a beer in hand and some old (and new!) friends by your side, Free & Easy Traveler provides exciting, off-the-beaten-track backpacking trips that offer the most unique perspectives on life and travel, while eliminating all the stress of transportation and accommodation logistics.
With some of the most amazing beaches in the world, Thailand is a dream destination for any traveler looking to escape winter. The Experience the Land of Smiles Tour takes you on a journey through this beautiful country with 10 stops and some seriously wicked activities you definitely won't find in Montreal. Go on elephant treks, sleep in floating bungalows, visit the actual beach the movie "The Beach" was filmed at, and experience the legendary Full Moon Party at Koh Phagnan. Oh, and did we mention CHEAP BEERS! And, as one of our valued MTL Blog readers, Free & Easy Travelers is offering you $600 off the 40-day Experience the Land of Smiles Tour setting sail January 2015.
Free & Easy's 20-day Thailand trip was even the winner of Tour Radar's "The World's Most Amazing Tour 2012" and "Asia's Most Amazing Tour 2013"
Until January, Montrealers and readers of this article can now sign up for this exact trip with the promo code MTLBLOG600 and receive a $600 discount, you may want to act fast, since spaces are limited!
Thankfully, Nicaragua is largely neglected by many tourists, and offers travelers a wealth of beauty and adventures of all kinds. Known as the ‘Land of Lakes and Volcanoes’ this country delivers just that. Marvel at the two-volcano island of Ometepe rising from Lake Nicaragua, catch a wave and hang out in sleepy surf towns like San Juan del Sur, or take in the Spanish history of colonial towns like León.
Travellers can even sand board down a volcano, watch baby sea turtles hatch, sail the pacific coast and enjoy an incredible New Years Eve party during the Nica New Years Trip, which brings together 200 Free & Easy travellers to party in the beautiful surf town of San Juan Del Sur.
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You may not automatically consider South Africa for your next winter get-away, but it's time you added it to your bucket list immediately. Swim with dolphins, dive with crocs, and bungee off the highest bridge in the world! Or go on savannah through Kruger Park and come face to face with a lion, an elephant, a baboon (oh my!), There's even a possibility for you to see humpback whales breach up close, interact with baby lions and cage dive with Great Whites (if you've got the guts!)That's not even mentioning the stunning beaches and rugged mountains all around you. Truly the kind of place you gotta see to believe.
Experience some of the best surfing the world, amazing food, and cheap (& delicious) wine!
From the elaborate Cham temples and delicious cuisine of the south, to the Imperial architecture and preserved pagodas of the central regions, to the towering emerald rice terraces and ancient traditions hidden in the misty mountains to the north, Vietnam is truly an epic getaway destination. Enjoy incredible food, a colourful culture, cruise the Vietnamese coast on a motorbike, party on a junk ship in Halong Bay, go scuba diving, bathe in waterfalls and experience an adventure you'll never forget.
With incredible volcano-formed islands and mountains, thousands of kilometers of pristine reefs, and soft white-sand beaches, it's not hard to see why Indonesia continues to be one of the most visited countries in Southeast Asia. In Indonesia, you'll get to see sunrise at Borobudur, camp on top of an active volcano, go scuba diving, surfing and more. While it's virtually impossible to ever absorb all that Indonesia has to offer, a single trip to this wondrous country will change your life forever.
If you don't think a trip to just one country will be enough to quench your thirst for tropical adventure, why not visit 3 of the best countries in one trip! The Ultimate Journey Tour highlights the best Southeast Asia has to offer with trips to Laos, Thailand and Cambodia. Apart from the fact that everything from beer, to food, to clothing is ridiculously inexpensive, you'll get to ride a bamboo raft down a river, explore the lost city of Angkor Wat, ride a hot-air balloon, swim in a waterfall, and so much more. Not only that, exclusive to our MTL Blog readers, Free & Easy Traveler is offering this amazing 40-day Ultimate Journey Tour for $600 off the original price (for the January trip only) with the promo doe MTLBLOG600! Just remember, what happens in Bangkok, stays in Bangkok.
Enter the world of the tropics and visit Peru this winter. There are tons of incredible experiences and activities to take part in. Explore Machu Picchu, sand board, rip through the desert on a dune buggy and rock climb up natural cliff faces. You'll get to experience Ancient Inca culture in the setting of modern Latin practices.
Croatia is quite possibly the Mediterranean at its best. If the deep blue seas of the Adriatic Sea, dotted with charming islands, each more unique than the next, are not enough to entice you, the friendly people, delicious food and amazing nightlife surely will. This is definitely not your typical European destination and you will most likely never want to leave.
With Free & Easy traveler, you'll get to experience Yacht Week as you set out on a private yacht to sail the Adriatic for a week, stopping at some of the best clubs Croatia has to offer (like a cave bar, a club in a castle, and not to mention all the parties happen on board the yacht itself!). Free & Easy also offers an extension to the Ultra Europe music festival afterwards.
The birthplace of one of the oldest civilizations in history, Turkey remains a country rich in culture and full of beauty. A land deeply rooted in both the Western and Eastern worlds, explore stunning mosques surrounded by ancient Roman architecture, wander the vibrant bazaars and markets of the alluring capital city of Istanbul, and sunbathe on the white-sand beaches of Turkey's gorgeous coastline.
Traveling to Turkey with Free & Easy Traveler will offer all of that and more. Go paragliding, hot air ballooning, visit the Turkish bath house, sail the sea on a four day yacht cruise through the Mediterranean and much more.
If you just can't get out of Quebec this winter, Free & Easy also holds a Mont- Tremblant Ski Trip that cannot be missed. Exclusive prices for Montrealers are offered, and you'll get to hit the slopes by day and experience the incredible nightlife scene. Drive yourself and pay $280. This year's Mont- Tremblant party is going to be special as Free & Easy will be giving away a 20- day trip to Thailand for one lucky winner. You can register for the Mont- Tremblant trip today.
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