Winter is here and we just can’t stop dreaming about escaping to sunnier climes. But what about taking a trip with a difference?

How about going on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that the whole family (and street) would be talking about for months?

Take a look at our pick of five unheard of holidays:

Winter camping is coming  

Winter camping just got a whole lot more serious and adventurous. Camping can be taken into different stratospheres by simply adding snow into the game and you are guaranteed to have the coolest possible experience.

The Nordic countries are the best destination for this because of their every man’s right to camp pretty much anywhere within reason.

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So if you are a ski-enthusiast, you can easily pack your bags and head to the wilderness of Lapland for a snowy adventure by exploring the white powder-covered landscape. You might even catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights, while you're at it. 

Be sure to educate yourself about the cold conditions before your journey or simply take part in guided winter camping tours in the hands of winter experts. Whatever rocks your tent.

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Scary thrills

This isn’t for the faint-hearted but as Halloween is approaching, why not go on a holiday that will scare the hell out of you? Scary holidays are increasing in popularity and there are hundreds of options to choose from.

Shark cages, spider rooms, horror houses and bespoke kidnapping services – you name it, the world has it. So have a think about what really really really scares you and then go enjoy it.

'Enjoying' might seem like an odd choice of words but if you fundamentally know it’s safe, then why not? It's good to hoist ourselves out of that comfort zone every now and again! 

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Atomic adventures

If you thought scary holidays were fascinating, atomic getaways will blow your mind. The basis of atomic exploration is to visit significant atomic sites and learn more about the atomic era.

Hiroshima, Nagasaki and Chernobyl are some of the fascinating destinations pulling the crowds and unravelling hundreds of stories to those who dare to travel.

It’s a very culturally and historically charged holiday which is exactly what makes it so fascinating.

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Last chances

Not so much about buying your holiday at the last minute but more about seeing parts of the world while you still can.

Some of the most stunning scenery and locations imaginable have a limited lifespan and could come to an end before you know it.

The melting glaciers in Patagonia, the disappearing coral at the Great Barrier Reef in Australia and the environmentally threatened Galapagos Islands are a handful of destinations that will simply not be there in a few years’ time, as we know them.

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Home-staycation

Ever heard of that fascinating holiday that takes place in your home town? No? Maybe it’s about time. There are people who come to see your city from all over the world so why not you?

Yes, it might seem a bit bonkers to book a hotel in your hometown and explore the city but sometimes that’s all that is needed to cheer up an otherwise samey autumn weekend.

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Have a look at the brochures that advertise the best local places to see – you might be surprised how many you haven’t ticked off your list yet – and even Google it to see what people have to say and recommend.

You never know, you might even end up appreciating your home town a bit more and see it through a new set of eyes.

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Would you try an adventure holiday? Where would you go - if you could choose anywhere? Let us know in the Comments box below.