Travelling the world is all about the thrill and adventure; there’s really no better feeling.
We’re lucky enough to have access to so many exciting places, and if you’re seeking a new adventure, we’ve selected a few of the best destinations, especially for you.
The place to be for an adventurous getaway, especially if it’s a water-based activity you want to try.
When you think of Oz, it’s hard not to have all those incredible natural landmarks spring to mind; the Great Barrier Reef, Uluru (aka Ayers Rock), the beaches… Australia is perfect for those who want some high-octane adventure, and the good news is it doesn’t cost an arm and a leg to do it once you’re out there, either.
Hit the waves learning to surf, go scuba diving off the Great Barrier Reef, or hit the road and venture into the infamous outback. There are also tonnes of great hiking trails (such as the Blue Mountains) you can try out if that’s more your thing. And, of course, is there any bigger adventure than piling into a big camper van and heading off on the ultimate road trip across the country?
Home to some of the most incredible national parks on the planet, the USA is the ultimate road trip destination, and great for those who want to inject a little excitement and adventure into their travels.
Yellowstone and Yosemite are just two of the parks where you can trek, hike, abseil, climb and more. You can even set up camp (or stay in one of the pre-arranged sites) and stay for a few days at a time in the wilderness. Plus, just outside of Yosemite is the mighty Death Valley, where you can also camp out under the stars. Pack those walking boots, you’re going to need them!
America also has vast mountain ranges which pride themselves on being some of the world’s best ski resorts. From the spectacular views of Lake Tahoe to the great heights of Utah, take a week and immerse yourself in the skiing and snowboarding lifestyle.
Whilst we’re on the topic of America, let’s not forget about its southern continent – South America has its own adventurous streak.
Staying in Peru? Then you’ll want to see the mighty heights of Machu Picchu, the Incan citadel shrouded in centuries of mystery. You can choose to do a full hiking (and camping) tour to reach the top, which spans across a few days. This is pretty full on and requires a lot of walking up a mountain, so it’s not for the faint-hearted. The views once you get to the top and the ruins themselves more than make up for it, though.
If that’s not for you, head to Brazil where you can go hang gliding over Rio, white water rafting, and surfing on one of the most famous beaches in the world.
Saving one of the best till last, New Zealand is where it’s at if you want white-knuckle experiences and some stunning views to boot.
First up, bungee jumping is pretty much mandatory if you come to New Zealand seeking adventure. As Ben Groundwater says in his blog, Kiwis love to leap off something high! You can do this off cliffs, bridges, pretty much anything you want over there. One of the most famous spots is the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, which is actually home to the first ever bungee jump. Just make sure you get photo/video evidence, as you may not want to do it again in a hurry.
If heights aren’t your thing, New Zealand also has some amazing opportunities for hiking along its wide mountain ranges and lush green landscapes. There’s also skiing and snowboarding resorts where you can hit the slopes (and then hit the bars after, too). And finally, New Zealand is another iconic place to hire a camper van and just drive around on a quest for your next adventure. There’s nothing more exciting than just being spontaneous, after all.
Phew, we’re going to need a holiday after this just thinking about it!