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The best travel secrets, from anti-London guidebook to snowy spectacles

Try a different type of trip (Photo: Intrepid/ Fourni/ La Rosière)

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Still looking for travel experiences that others don’t?

If you want to avoid the crowds and avoid the touristy options, we don’t blame you.

We’ve spotted some of the best experiences and journeys that will take you down paths that are at least a little less traveled.

From a different side of London to spooky adventures, here are our picks.

Capital gains

Lonely Planet Book, Discover London

Discover London in a new way (Photo: Lonely Planet)

Do you really want to put yourself in the shoes of London and visit places you have never explored?

The new Lonely Planet book, Experience London, aims to help you do just that. Nicknamed “the anti-guide”, thanks to its innovative approach, it is written by local experts who give their opinion on their favorite places, from royal palaces to pubs, from flower markets to mosques. QR codes allow you to unlock additional content online.

Shop for £16.99 at Waterstones.

Dracula and Mexican dead

Transylvania

Spooky tales await in Transylvania (Picture: Intrepid)

If you like to scare yourself on Halloween, you’ll love Intrepid Travel’s two new tours for thrill-seeking adventurers.

Try Transylvania, with its Dracula myths, werewolves and haunted castles, where you’ll visit Bran Castle – the alleged home of Dracula – and attend a Halloween party in Cluj-Napoca (from 1 £053 per person, excluding flights).

Intrepid Travel's New Tour of Mexico's Day of the Dead Celebrations in Mexico City

Day of the Dead celebrations are an integral part of Mexican culture (Picture: Intrepid)

Or experience the atmospheric Day of the Dead celebrations in Mexico City, visit elaborate altars dedicated to the dead and visit the Pyramids of the Sun and Moon at Teotihuacan (from £690 pp, excluding flights).

Train-track

La Rosiere resort

Arrive at this snowy paradise by train (Photo: La Rosière Tourisme)

The Travelski Express ski pass is entering its second season of operation, offering seven full days of skiing to a destination accessible by train from London St Pancras.

Each package includes a direct Eurostar return trip from London to the heart of the French Alps, transfers from the station to the accommodation of your choice and a seven-day local lift pass.

Featured resorts include Val Thorens, Courchevel, Tignes, Meribel and Les Arcs. You could stay in the Terrasses de la Rosi apartments in La Rosière from around £337 pp for a week.

Secrets under the snow

The National Gallery's Picture Perfect Christmas show

How Christmas (Photo: National Gallery)

If you can’t wait for mince pies and Christmas music to flood the shops, you’ll want to book now for the National Gallery’s Picture Perfect Christmas show.

This immersive theatrical production will take audiences on an adventure of the secret life within a work of art, transporting them to Avercamp’s 17th century play, A Winter Scene with Skaters near a Castle. Performances from November 26 to December 23.

Tickets £15.

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