Adventure Travel Destinations to Add to Your Bucket List
There are vacations, and then there are adventures. I like to consider myself more of an adventurer than a leisure traveler. Today I am sharing some of my favorite adventure travel destinationsin hopes of inspiring your next trip.
I like to be pushed out of my comfort zone, and I love being surrounded by nature. Sure relaxing on the beach can be fun, but I would rather be biking through a vineyard, hiking up a mountain, or trying to navigate a dog sled through a forest.
This list has a little bit of everything – off the grid adventures, destinations where you can balance relaxation and activity, and a wide variety of landscapes from deserts to jungles. Some of these destinations can easily be combined with a beach vacation or cultural exploration. It’s easy to combine a trip to the Amazon with a visit to Machu Picchu. When I have traveled to Costa Rica I have split my time between the beach and the rainforest.
First things first, you will need to check the CDC website to see if you need to get any shots or malaria pills before jetting off to these locations. I also recommend checking the CDC website to see if Zika is a concern. If you are going to a high altitude area, usually mosquitos are not a concern since they live in lower elevations.
One last thing to remember is that any vacation can be turned into an adventure. Maybe you aren’t ready to canoe across a piranha filled lake to get to a jungle lodge in a remote part of the Amazon. That’s ok. Try a day trip instead! Do a bike tour, a guided hike, or a kayaking experience. These are fun and easy ways to enjoy time outside, and they also ensure that you will be back to your hotel room in time for dinner.
Adventure Travel Destinations
Feed your thirst for adventure by going to these adventure travel destinations. There is a little something for everyone - find inspiring travel destinations from the desert to the Arctic Circle.
The lodges along Lake Sandoval in Peru can only be accessed after taking a boat, hiking for an hour, and then canoeing across the lake. It's completely off the grid and it's a nature lovers dream. See an incredible range of plant and animal life, and maybe step outside your comfort zone. I paired my trip to the Amazon with a trip to Machu Picchu.
If you want to go on a safari, the Serengeti gives travelers a chance to see the big five - lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant, and buffalo. If you are extra adventurous, stay in a tent instead of a lodge.
Queenstown has it all. It's a spot where tourists go to try activities like bungee jumping, mountain biking, heli-skiing, white water rafting, river surfing, parasailing, and skydiving. And take a day trip to Milford Sound, a fiord filled with waterfalls.
La Fortuna is a hub of adventure. This town located near a volcano is a place to hike through the cloud forests, zipline, rappel down waterfalls, and go on nature safaris. After a few days in the rainforest, go to the beach and learn to surf.
If you don't mind chilly weather, go explore Iceland's natural beauty. Try ice climbing and climb a glacier, drive the Golden Circle, and then relax at the Blue Lagoon. In the winter, search for the Northern Lights.