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Life today for Generation Y means more work and less play, which means that holiday time is more valuable than ever. A lack of time to plan trips, coupled with the increasing desire of millennials for experience over material goods, means that the younger generation are looking for a different way to travel the world, but don’t have the time to make this dream a reality.

Earlier this year, Londoners Melody and Taio stepped in with a solution: Videnda Travel. Using connections with local experts from all over the world, Videnda Travel focuses on creating personalised travel experiences for small groups of millennials. The company offers only a few trips a year, each one totally distinct from the next.

So, ‘who is coming on the trip with me?’ I hear you ask. Not to worry, to go on a trip you need to fill out a questionnaire that will gauge your suitability and match you with like-minded individuals (all in their 20s-30s). So you end up having not only a great experience, but new friends too. The group is always fairly small (around ten people) and can be entirely made up of your friends if you prefer.

Once you have confirmed and bought your flights, you won’t have to worry about a thing – a team of local guides will take care of everything and a professional photographer will document it all for you.

One trip to the archipelago of Zanzibar, Tanzania in particular caught our eye….

ZANZIBAR IN FIVE DAYS

Day 1: Karibu! (Welcome in Swahili) Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport, the Videnda team will meet, greet and transport you 45 minutes away to the exclusive and all-inclusive (by which they really do mean all-inclusive) 5 Star Melia Zanzibar resort. Situated on the exotic northeastern shores of the island, the resort boasts magnificent views of white coral sand and crystal clear sea, which can easily be enjoyed inside and out through its glass interiors. After lunch in one of the Melia’s five restaurants, you will have time to unwind and relax in your garden-view deluxe room.

Keen divers will be able to complete the PADI Open Water course, while those wishing to explore above sea-level will be able to visit the historic Prison Island ( a 30-minute boat ride away) and see its famous giant tortoises and peacocks.

Everyone will reunite in the evening for an all-white cocktail reception.

Day 2: Divers will receive further pool training before plunging into the Indian Ocean at Mnemba Atoll with its aquarium like conditions and diverse marine life.

Meanwhile, non-divers can enjoy the Safari Blue Tour which includes a trip to the local fishing village of Fumba, a snorkelling expedition in search of whales and dolphins, rounded off with a traditional Zanzibari buffet lunch. Delicacies include slipper lobster with fragrant spices and an array of tropical fruits, all of which can be digested on the homeward cruise set against the African sunset.

PHOTO BY NASRIN SULEIMAN
PHOTO BY NASRIN SULEIMAN

Day 3: Divers will complete the final stage of their PADI Open Water certification. If you didn’t manage to take in all the rich underwater life at Mnemba Atoli, divers have another chance to return there in the morning, to an area where eels, humpback whales and Zanzibar butterfly fish are regular visitors.

On land, guided tours to the Spice Market will leave you ready for lunch at a local hotspot. Follow with a relaxing afternoon in the historical Persian Baths which date from 1850.

After lunch, the group will spend the rest of the day ambling through the UNESCO World Heritage sight of Stone Town with its Slave Chambers and Sultan’s Palace. Before dancing the night away with local Tanzanians, you’ll be able to refuel at the Fordhani Night Food Market with its appetising rows of grilled food and fresh juices.

Day 4: To recuperate, rejuvenate and recharge on your last day ‘in the blue,’ you’ll be able to sample all the facilities on offer at the Melia. Whether you want to relax in the shisha lounge or spa, or try your hand at kite surfing or volleyball, you’ll find yourself spoilt for choice.

Day 5: Sadly, all good things come to an end and it’s time for your check out and shuttle to Zanzibar Airport the next morning for a final Kwaheri (that’s goodbye in Swahili if you’re still not up to scratch!)

5 days 4 nights 24–28 September £1150 divers £900 non-divers Prices per person sharing twin room

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