Considering a trip to the Bahamas for yet another Christmas? Think again. This year consider trying something new and take a trip to one of these three unique or exotic locals: Shitoushan, Prince Edward Island, and Out ‘n’ About Treesort in Oregon. All offer a low cost vacation alternative and a way to spend Christmas vacation in an interesting and unique place.
Shitoushan is located just south of Hsinchu, Taiwan. The greatest cost of your entire stay is airfare, once you arrive in Taiwan living and hotels are extremely cheap. Street fare runs around one to two dollars for a meal and a hotel can be had for a mere ten dollars a night. To reach Shitoushan, take a bus from Hsinchu to Zhudong, and from there to the base of the trails at Shitoushan for around 2 dollars. The area is a Buddhist holy site and the mountain is dotted with twelve temples and a multitude of pagodas and shrines. A visitor can stay in the largest temple on the mountain for thirty dollars a night and have a room complete with an outlook over pagodas. Morning hikes though the mountain and temples in the area are quite popular and a vegetarian breakfast can be purchased from the monks for a couple of dollars.
Next on the list of exotic stays is that of West Point Light house in O’leary on Prince Edward Island. Off season rates run around $120 dollars a night. The area offers scenic, quiet walks on the beach. Prince Edward Island is also noteworthy among Anne of green gable fans for being the the location the novel is set in. For curious visitors, the Lantern Room at the top of the lighthouse is also open for viewing.
If the cost of airfare dissuades the would-be traveler a stay-cation option exists at the Out-n-About Treesort in Takilma,Oregon. Visitors can live in a tree house in the picturesque Oregon wilderness and spend their days bird watching, playing on the zip line or exploring the forest area. The area is easy to reach and offers stays ranging from 100-250 dollars a night. Tree houses are also accommodate up to seven guests making it an excellent family option.
Whether wandering through Taiwanese jungle to discover sacred sites or sleeping with the birds, an interesting, unique winter vacation can be had a t affordable prices. Make this year memorable and do something different.