Short cuts: new ways to go ‘glamping’

Somalia A British travel company is to launch holidays to Mogadishu, offering visitors the chance to see the capital city’s Italian colonial architecture, markets and beaches, as well as the sites of the Battle of Mogadishu (as dramatised in the film Black Hawk Down). Untamed Borders will run its first trip next month, and says more tailor-made trips can be arranged starting from £1,000 a person, for two nights, including meals, security guards and accommodation but not flights. “There is a small market for these kind of trips – people who want to go somewhere really authentic, that really hasn’t seen other tourists,” says James Willcox, the company’s operations manager. Among other trips, the company also runs ski holidays in Afghanistan.

Canada Heliskiing is traditionally the preserve of adventurous adults but one operator has launched Christmas trips for families. Children as young as 12 are being offered the chance to try the sport, at the CMH Bugaboos lodge in British Columbia. The week-long trip, departing December 20, costs £4,600 for adults, and £2,300 for children.

UK Are buses the new yurts? Britain’s obsession with “glamping” (glamorous camping) has moved on from smartly decorated bell tents and yurts, to increasingly eclectic places to stay. A new collection from the online guide Canopy & Stars includes a 1960s bus converted to resemble a country cottage.

Brazil Entrepreneurs David Cole (AOL) and Gordon Roddick (The Body Shop) have opened a five-star retreat at Campos do Jordão. The Botanique, which they co-own with Brazilian entrepreneur Ricardo Semler, has six suites and 11 private villas.

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