You most probably spent many of your vacations worshiping the sun on one of those many beaches or exploring the sights and attractions of the city only to realize that you’ve spent your entire holiday doing nothing of consequence. Listening to others rave about their life changing adventures and exhilarating holidays to some of the most fabulous adventure destinations in the world is likely to make things worse. If you are tired of those clichéd holidays where all you do is check out natural beauty, you should really think about going for an adventure vacation. You will still be able to check out breathtaking natural beauty, but you will also have a number of adrenaline pumping activities to participate in. If “adventure” is something that doesn’t make you feel comfortable, you can always moderate your itineraries to ensure that you get the best of the world of adventure without putting your bodies through undue risk. Here are some of the best adventure travel destinations in the world that are likely to redefine the way you look at your vacations and travelling.
New Zealand is considered to be the adventure sports capital of the world. It offers its visitors with a range of adventure activities that cater to all sorts of travelers and preferences. The ideal way to start off with your tour of New Zealand is to embark on a kayaking trip to the Abel Tasman National Park. Apart from enjoying the thrills of kayaking, it also allows you to enjoy the company of dolphins and whales as well. Follow this up with a tour to Queenstown, a mecca for adrenaline junkies. The most famous adventure activity in Queensland is bungee jumping from the Kawarau Bridge. Those looking for something different can also continue their journeys to Fjordland to relive the scenes from The Lord of the Rings movie.
The ships that along Cape Horn seem to be right out of age old oil paintings. However, you don’t need to put yourself through the harrowing experience of sailing in stormy seas to enjoy a sailing trip in Cape Horn. One of the best routes for those looking to visit Cape Horn is the Auckland – Falklands rouge. This route is famous for offering some of the biggest waves in the world as well as some of the most beautiful sceneries and seascapes.
The island of Sipadan became popular only after Jacques Cousteau declared it as an untouched piece of art in his movie Borneo: The Ghost of the Sea Turtle. This legendary dive site is famous for its wall diving and turtles. Tourists have a number of diving safaris to choose from with the 19 day safari being the most famous. The journey also takes you to the Lankayan, Kapalai and Mabul islands as well as the Layang Layang atoll to showcase some of the best diving experiences in the world.
Interlaken, Switzerland is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is famous for its alpine lakes and snowy peaks. It is home to two of the most famous adventure destinations of Europe – the Altesch glacier (the biggest glacier in the Alps) and Jungfrau. Hiking and mountain climbing are considered to be the most famous activities in the area, but those looking for something less exhilarating can embark on the Jungfaubahn train to explore the majestic beauty offered by these glaciers and mountains. What makes Interlaken so special is that it is a year round destination and it offers some of the best winter and summer activities.
The Mosquito Coast, Honduras might sound extremely unappealing because of the obvious reference to those bloodsucking pests in its name, but it is anything but so. In fact, it has been named after the Miskito Indians who live there. Whitewater rafting through its core can be extremely challenging, but riding along the River Rio Platano is not too difficult. Moreover, the journey also opens up the local wildlife such as pumas, scarlet macaws, vampire bats and jaguars as well as the indigenous tribes to the travelers. Once you’re bored of rafting, you can also explore the ancient caves and subterranean creeks found in the region.
The Aeolian Islands consist of a group of seven islands located to the north of Sicily, Italy. These islands are famous for containing some of the most picturesque sights and locales in the world. Alicudi, the westernmost island, is extremely popular during the spring season as it gets covered with pink heather. The western parts of this island consist of majestic cliffs that drop into the ocean while the eastern parts are full of steppes and old world villages. Lipari, the largest island in the group is famous for its enchanting white sand beaches and 600 odd thermal springs. All other islands are also known to be extremely beautiful and full of activities and sights. And then there is the world famous Sicily itself.
“The Beach” might have made the concepts of swimming from one island to the other famous, but it is quite common in the Greek isles. Swimming from one Greek island to the other is a magical way of arriving your holiday destination and you don’t need to bother about your belongings as they follow you in a support boat. Sharing the turquoise waters with beautiful seals and dolphins and swimming in the largest natural marine park of Europe is an experience that should last you a lifetime.
How would it feel to visit the most isolated place in the world? The Tristan da Cunha is about as far away from civilization as you can get. It might be known as a British Overseas Territory, but it is home to just about 300 inhabitants and doesn’t have an airport.
Iceland is known to be full of adventure. In fact, it would be a shame to single out any single place in the country. As a result, we put the entire country on our adventure travel list and deservedly so. Iceland is a world of hot springs, exotic waterfalls, volcanoes and majestic glaciers. It is also known to be the best place to check out the natural phenomenon known as the Northern Lights. One of the best trips in Iceland is to explore Jokulsarlon, a glacial lake located close to the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier.
The Great Himalayan Trail, Nepal consists of a network of pathways that traverse all through Nepal. The trail is actually a part of a 2800 mile super trail that also links to Pakistan and Bhutan. The section of the trail that is open for tourists consists of several routes that lead up to 8 different peaks in the Himalayas and pass through some of the most remote and isolated villages in the world.
Which of these places have you visited? If you haven’t yet, which place would you add to your list? Let us know in the comments.