We can all agree that today’s sophisticated man values experiences over “stuff,” right? (Except when it comes to Lamborghinis. Lamborghinis trump everything.) So why not skip the tired boxed gifts this father’s day? Instead, opt for a once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list-worthy Father’s Day travel experience that your pops will remember far longer than that bottle of Johnnie Walker Blue Label you bought him last year and the year before.
Drive the Silk Road (Europe/Asia)
For more than 30 years, MIR Corporation has been figuring out how to get travelers to some of the most remote sites in Europe and Asia. While they offer scores of prepackaged trips, their custom itineraries are where the adventure really begins. Their bespoke overland expeditions are meant for adventurous travelers looking to get far, far off the beaten path. Imagine sending pops on a driving tour — via Land Rover, vintage car, or motorcycle — following the original Silk Road, cruising the remote towns of Siberia, or exploring the steppes of Mongolia. If dad is keen to bring along a few well-heeled friends, the company can even recreate an overland auto race through some of Asia’s wildest, most rugged terrain.
Cowboy Up at a Working Ranch (USA)
For something a little closer to home, and more realistic for most “common” men, check out Red Reflet Ranch in Ten Sleep, Wyoming. The 25,000-acre ranch provides real-life, working vacations where would-be ranchers can live out their own personal John Wayne fantasies. Daily activities include all the trappings of life as a western rancher: horseback riding, fishing, shooting, and generally playing cowboy. More active pursuits like hiking, mountain biking, and dirt bike riding are also available. For a true one-of-a-kind experience, visitors can even opt to take part in a cattle drive.
Pedal Tip to Tip in South America (South America)
If dad is the sort who prefers to earn his vacation, look to the pedal-powered trips offered by TDA Global Cycling. Their aptly named South American Epic is a cross-continent monster of a bike tour that traverses 8,400 miles of South America. The journey starts at the Caribbean before crossing the equator and heading all the way to the Beagle Channel in legendary Tierra del Fuego. Along the 166-day trek, riders experience Ecuador’s Volcano Alley, the Bolivian salt flats, Argentinian wine country, and, of course, Machu Picchu. Shorter, custom itineraries are also available if your father is indeed not Lance Armstrong.
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