Awesome travel buddies, breathtaking historical sights, cultural wonders, bucket-list-busting experiences in the Land of Smiles, mega-parties, and surfing lessons below the volcanoes of Nica – the reasons to join Life Before Work on our world-famous adventure travel tours are endless. Here are just a few based on recent feedback from our travellers in case you're in need of a little extra nudge to finally get on the road and crack that comfort zone…
1. It’s a great way to kick start amazing new friendships
At LBW, we don't just believe in slinging together travel packages and travel itineraries. We believe hitting the open road and exploring wonderful places like the Land of Smiles and the tropical reaches of Costa Rica is also about encountering new people, which is precisely why we consider ourselves a big family. Our dedicated guides and former travellers become part of one global group of likeminded folk. That's especially great news for the 33% of people who join our tours as solo travellers – they leave with awesome memories, experiences to remember forever, and a whole new group of mates from the proverbial four corners. Oh, and that's not even mentioning the lifetime discount we offer to past travellers!
2. The best Luxury Yacht tours in Croatia, Greece and the Mediterranean
We've said it before, but we'll say it again – our yachts are simply the best! Luxurious and spacious, you'll feel like a right A-lister as you sprawl out sunbathing on deck as we weave between the sun-kissed isles of the Greek Aegean, the Mediterranean, or the Adriatic. They come with ensuite cabins and oodles of room for those evening brews in the sunset. But it's not just about the vessels either, because our yacht tours (YachtLife Med, Yachtlife Croatia, and YachtLife Greece) are some of the most wild, rambunctious boat trips available in all of Europe. Along the way, you'll party hard under the southern stars, shimmy the night away in open-air clubs, tour awesome medieval castles and ancient ruins, eat salty fresh seafood, swim in hidden coral gardens, and have all-round one of the best times of your life!
3. An experience for every type of traveller
One thing we've learned over the decade of running tour groups is that every traveler is different. Some folk pine for the tropical perfection of the Gili Isles, others want the roaring surf of Bali. Others love the untrodden jungle trails of Central America, while others still pine for the sangria-doused parties of Barcelona and Spain. That's precisely why we've got such a variety of different itineraries on offer these days. You can pick from a whole host of possible life-changing trips, including those aforementioned yacht tours on the Med, arduous hikes to the misty Incan ruins of Machu Picchu, mega blowouts in the carnivals of Brazil – the list goes on!
4. The best Thailand Itinerary
We don't mean to boast, but we really have perfected the art Thailand group travel. We've got a series of options on the menu to suit any traveler eager to take on the Land of Smiles. Take our three-week tour of the nation, Thaiventure, which cover destinations such as the backpacker beaches of Railay to the sun-kissed isles of the Thai Gulf, even passing through the enchanting river town of Kanchanaburi along the way. For those really in it for the long-haul, there's the whopping six-week odyssey that is Treasures of Thailand. This awesome expedition includes everything from the bamboo towns of the north to the Full Moon Parties of the south, and promises oodles of temples, elephants and late night boogies along the way! For those looking for a shorter getaway, or who want to leave more time to explore on their own, our Island Teasers (East and West) offer a shorter 11-day intro to this tropical paradise.
5. Ethical travel
We believe in giving back at LBW, and travellers who come with us can rest assured we're dedicated to ethical travel every step of the way. This starts with the little things, like our commitment to refillable water containers (which now come gratis on our Thailand tours) that won't pollute the gorgeous oceans that surround us. We go even further with initiatives like Homes in Nica, which aims to raise funds to give people in one of Latin America's poorest countries somewhere to live. What's more, you can relax in the knowledge that all elephant experiences on LBW tours are humane and principled. We visit only bona fide elephant sanctuaries, known for their love of the great Asian beast and dedication to sustainable ecotourism.
6. We know how to do New Year's Eve
We don't care where you've counted down the clock before; all we know is, it can't possibly have been as good as an LBW New Year's party! This year, we've got two great choices on the menu: tropical Thailand or the surf-washed Pacific coast of Nicaragua. In the Land of Smiles, our NYE itinerary includes two weeks of touring from Bangkok to the eastern islands, and you'll get to join the other 60,000 revelers on the sands of legendary Koh Phangan for the final moments of the year – think bucket cocktails, EDM until sunup and mind-blowing fire shows aplenty! In Nicaragua, we hit the pool parties and have surf lessons in the build up to the big moment, all dusted off with barbeques in the sunset and catamaran trips on the Pacific Ocean. Nice.
7. The best way to explore Sin City
For some, Vegas means tacky hotels and gaudy suites miles away from The Strip. Not with LBW! We prefer to do our Sin City trips in style, starting with accommodation in the exclusive mansions of the 2810 Resort – a sprawling, gated retreat with lit swimming pools, steamy hot tubs, private sunning decks, palm-dotted gardens and suave suites. Located just minutes away from the neon lights of the Vegas Strip, you'll be able to make the most of those sought-after VIP club entries that come included in our tours. Don’t forget the one and only LBW Halloween Vegas Scavenger Hunt! Often seen as a highlight of the trip, this is one of the best ways to explore the ramp-and elevator connected Vegas Strip with over 50 other costumed travellers!
8. The first ever party on a private island
2017 will be remembered as the year that LBW took travel tours to Central America to the next level. Why? Because we are now offering the world’s first tour on a private island! Our IslandLife trip promises to be the best tropical blowout ever. Tailormade for just 300 lucky people, it’s been put together to mark the 10th anniversary of LBW. Complete with oodles of late-night shindigs on the sands, DJ acts from all over the globe, and long and lazy days of sunbathing, snorkeling and surfing to boot. As if that's still not enough, we've also got a fancy dress policy in place and a short stint in Panama City thrown in for good measure.
Are you an LBW veteran? Can you think of any more reasons to add to this list. If so, we'd love to hear about them in the comments below!
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We believe that travel is not a reward for working, but the most valuable and impactful form of education for life. We aren’t just a travel company; we were built to introduce you to the rest of the world. LBW Travel is about more than taking vacation time. We connect you with people and offer experiences that will change the way you look at your world. Travel reminds us what is truly important: family, friendship, love, exploration and adventure.
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