Adventure travel is more popular now than ever before, with millennials wanting to scratch everything off their destination bucket lists. From adventures under the sea to those above the mountains, here’s our list of four tours to book right now.
Explore New Zealand’s North Island
Not only does the company’s legendary Kiwi hospitality speak for itself, but Active Adventures’ Kauri tour has also gained the recognition of industry leader National Geographic Traveler when the trip snagged a highly acclaimed spot on the 2013 list of 50 Tours of a Lifetime. New Zealand is truly a unique destination and a land of enchantment, and Active Adventures delivers visitors just that on this trip around the North Island.
Adventurous souls will certainly get their fill of exploration and incredible sights, including visits to seaside towns with golden sand beaches, ridgeline hikes with stunning views such as the iconic rock formation, Hole in the Rock, and summiting the highest point in the Kaimai-Mamuku Forest Park, Mt. Te Aroha. A visit to Poor Knights Islands — home to the world’s largest sea cave — is the perfect place for those who love to play, offering chances to snorkel, kayak, and scuba dive. Whether it’s trout fishing on the Tongaririo River or caving in the spectacular Waitomo Caves, this tour will have you returning home with a true love for New Zealand.
See the Famous Fjords of Norway
Complete with a Fjord Safari along the narrow Naeroyfjord, the Mountain and Fjord Multi-Adventure tour by Borton Overseas incorporates the famous sights of Norway with activities led by guides who know it best. Considered one of the finest train journeys in the world, passengers will ride from Oslo to Voss as part of the Bergen railway, showcasing the diversity of the Norwegian landscape. A downhill bike ride features incredible views of majestic mountains and awe-inspiring waterfalls, all while giving you the chance to really stretch your legs. Additional highlights include a thrilling whitewater rafting trip, rides (that will make your palms sweat) up the steepest of mountainsides, and nonstop views of natural landscapes that will take your breath away.
Dive in the World-Renowned Dive Destination, Belize
If letting your inner fish loose is what you’re after, Hamanasi Adventure and Dive Resort is the place for you. A visit to the PADI 5 Star Gold Palm Resort offers various tours daily, so you can stay as active as you want, or take a day off to soak up some R&R. A rich marine life, including the chance to dive with the largest, perhaps most awesome fish of the sea — whale sharks — and expert staff make it easy to get your toes wet, or hone your already-advanced scuba skills, in the gorgeous paradise of Belize. Dives include exploring the Southern Barrier Reef, Glover’s Reef Atoll, Turneffe Islands Atoll, the Elbow, Lighthouse Reef, the Blue Hole, Half Moon Caye, and more.
Adventure in our own backyard
There’s no need to leave the country to experience true beauty and awe-inspiring landscapes. On the Canyons of the American Southwest tour with Natural Habitat Adventures, you’ll be reminded just how close to home dramatic, majestic views really are. On this trip, you’ll breathe in the stunning sights of this beautiful red rocks region of the country. A shorter tour offers the opportunity for great photo ops, bird viewing, and a relaxed pace. Soak in the solitude and recharge your batteries in the quiet fall months, as you explore the iconic Bryce, Zion, and Grand Canyons and stay in historic, rustic park lodges.