8 Destinations for the Adventurous Traveler
Your idea of a vacation isn’t lying on the beach soaking up the sun. Instead, you’re the adventurous type, choosing to trade sleeping in for an early morning mountain climb in a far-off destination. Sound familiar? For those of you who dream of replacing a week of work with extreme sports, here’s a list of places that will help you get the adrenaline rush you’re looking for.
Are you prepared for an outback adventure? Australia offers a sprawling, uninhabited terrain for you to explore. Since there aren’t many people who live in the outback, it’s almost completely unspoiled. Expect exotic animals, unlimited wildlife, and exquisite flowers, International Living says. There are group excursions that are offered, but you can choose to do a self-guided tour. Whether you stay for a few days, a few weeks, or even a few months, there are multiple routes for you to pick from. Some of your choices include hiking through the Australian Alps or enjoying a few of Sydney’s beaches. Auswalk offers information and tours that are worth checking out.
Do you enjoy dogs, snow, cold and extreme sledding? If so, this could be exactly the type of vacation you’re looking for. According to International Living, “Imagine teaming with five beautiful huskies as you guide a sled across snowy Sweden and Norway. You’ll traverse ancient traveler’s routes, along river edges, and pass traditional settlements, with the magnificent Norwegian mountains looming in the distance — all the while zooming along behind a pack of hearty huskies.”
There are many guide services that offer different packages to take advantage of while you’re there. They’ll arrange your lodging and meals and provide dogs and a guide to help you on your adventure. On your sledding trip, be sure to keep an eye out for Galdhøpiggen, the highest peak in Norway, as well Sweden’s beautiful birch forest.
Travel Tweaks recommends a trip to Bosnia for your mountain bike fix. There are many mountains in Bosnia, making for miles of rough mountain biking terrain. Even the most hardcore mountain biker will be impressed with the massive ups and downs Bosnia’s terrain provides. To figure out the best spots, be sure to talk to a travel agent. Bosnia is trying to become well-known for mountain biking, so there are a few deals or packages out there.
Calling all hikers and bikers — this could be the perfect place for your next trip. Just north of Sicily, there are seven small islands, a couple of which will make for a great place to stop. International Living writes that the western-most island, Alicudi, is mostly overlooked by tourists. It’s also covered by pink heather in the spring. “The western half of the island is completely uninhabited, and the steep cliffs drop straight into the blue waters beneath, while the eastern half is covered by steppes on which the village sprawls,” International Living says. Filicudi, northeast of Sicily, is covered in green ferns. It’s filled with rugged terrain and has two small villages on a peninsula. Each of these islands consists of its own unique adventures, ensuring days filled with exploration and one-of-a-kind sites.
A vacation here is an adventure lover’s dream. Your outdoor options include hiking, cycling, and water sports, such as river rafting, Forbes writes. The nation also sits on top of thousands of caves, allowing adventure-seekers to go on an exploring expedition. It also offers creative options for overnight stays, including foregoing a hotel for a night on the farm. This is another destination where a guide is recommended, particularly if you’re going for some cave explorations.
Hoping for a vacation that lets you ice climb, glacier walk, base jump, ski, or explore caves? Norway has it all. It has 1,646 miles of coastlines, glaciers, mountains, and waterfalls, including the 2,148-foot Mardalsfossen waterfall, the world’s fourth highest, according to National Geographic. Be sure to take some time to explore Norway’s Fjords by taking a ferry, booking a cruise, or renting a kayak. If you’re looking for endless sunshine, June and July bring almost round-the-clock daylight. If you vacation there in May and September, you’ll find lighter tourist traffic and easier travel.
“The only lodge of its type at the heart of Torres del Paine National Park, Explora Patagonia’s upscale Hotel Salto Chico is your base for four days and five nights of unique exploration in this dramatic UNESCO Biosphere Reserve park,” according to USA Today. In Patagonia, you’ll have plenty of adventurous options, whether it’s exploring the Chinas River by horseback or trekking through the slopes of Lake Torro. Explore Patagonia offers five-day horseback riding trips for those hoping to cover a lot of ground.
Hiking and walking is a unique experience in Myanmar, mostly due to the fact it’s been isolated from the outside world for years. There are tons to explore here, including ancient temples and pagodas (2,000 are in the city of Bagan), floating gardens, and villages built on stilts, says USA Today.