Borders are often just abstract lines separating cultures and people who have more in common than that which divides them.

For anybody with the luxury of time, we urge you to go further and transcend the world’s man-made borders, making the most of your time away and gaining a much wider perspective on the region you are visiting.

Here are a hand-picked selection of multi-country holiday ideas:

Central America

Violaceous Trogon in Costa Rica
Violaceous Trogon, Costa Rica

This intrepid holiday to Central America journeys overland between the smallest and the largest of the region’s countries. El Salvador sets the tone, small in size but mighty in terms of its variety and impact. A watery border crossing leads to the shores of Nicaragua, where the theme of water continues, with lakes, volcanic islands and pacific coastal beaches abound. Conclude your journey in Costa Rica, exploring the canopies in Arenal.

Journey through Central America

Jordan & KSA

Ad Deir Monastery, Petra, Jordan
Ad Deir Monastery in Petra

Travel from Jordan to Saudi Arabia following an ancient Nabatean route and combine two of the Middle East’s most spectacular historic sites: Petra and Madain Saleh. Awash with UNESCO gems and ancient history, explore dramatic landscapes and immerse yourself in the juxtaposition of ancient cultures and modern city life.

Travel an ancient Nabatean route

Malawi & Zambia

HIppo spraying water, Liwonde National Park, Malawi
Liwonde National Park, Malawi

Covering the length of the country from south to north, this holiday to Malawi journeys from the wilderness and re-introduced species of Majete Wildlife Reserve, to the rivers and open plains of Liwonde, the rolling grasslands of Nyika National Park and finally the freshwater and golden beaches of Lake Malawi. Cross the border into Mozambique for some of the best beaches on the Indian Ocean or Zambia for a memorable walking safari adventure.

Travel through Malawi and beyond

Georgia & Armenia

Holy Trinity Church near the village of Gergeti in Georgia

Combine Georgia and Armenia to create a fascinating trip full of ancient temples, hillside monasteries, soaring mountains, picturesque mountain regions and incredibly friendly people. Add an extension to Azerbaijan to explore the mountain town of Sheki before heading on to the mud volcanoes and ancient petroglyphs of Gobustan.

Traverse the Caucasus

Vietnam & Cambodia

Giants, Gate Of Angkor Thom, Cambodia
Siem Reap, Cambodia

Cruise along the Mekong and experience the rich tapestry of life running through Vietnam and Cambodia. Passionate and knowledgeable guides on board off a unique insight into river life whilst soaking in the ever-changing panoramas of the river. Start your adventure in Ho Chi Minh City and end in Siem Reap, enjoying a dose of city life plus the unmissable magic and mystique of Angkor.

Cruise along the Mekong

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Author: Anna Souroullas