Adventure travel isn’t just a way of experiencing the world for young people. Adventure is for everyone no matter your age and is yet another reason to travel to specific destinations. The type of adventure can vary from place to place. Some destinations may offer a chance to journey into the wilderness while others offer extreme sports. There are plenty of places around the world where you can indulge in your passion for adventure travel, but here a few top ones you should definitely consider:
The mecca of adventure sports has been drawing visitors for decades and one of the biggest aspects of the country’s attraction is the wonderful diverse terrain to be found there. From high snow-capped mountains with steep slopes to long stretches of golden sands facing azure waters, there’s plenty of adventure sports to experience in New Zealand. For those wanting to check bungee jumping off of their bucket list, New Zealand is the place to do it! There’s also excellent rivers for kayaking and white water rafting along with mountain bike and hiking trails. For a more unusual activity, there’s even sand surfing.
As a long and narrow country, Chile is bordered by the Andes mountain range to the east and the Pacific Ocean to the west, which means there are plenty of different adventurous activities. The northern beaches offer great surfing and there are plenty of animal spotting trips available along the coast, while there are a range of great ski resorts, many within an hour’s drive of the capital Santiago.
The United States is a huge country with a vast range of adventure sports to offer any willing traveller. You can go rock climbing or white water rafting in the high peaks of the Rockies, or head out into the vast wilderness in the many northern areas of the country. Long distance hiking trails such as the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail are epic journeys, while Florida’s beaches are popular destinations for those with a passion for swimming, surfing and scuba diving.
Countries from the former Soviet Union have really been coming on to the international tourism scene since the break up of the Communist regime, especially for the adventurous. The stunning mountains and valleys of Slovenia provide a wonderful backdrop for adventure activities. From airborne action such as paragliding, skydiving and hot air ballooning to hiking, mountain biking and white water rafting.
With a coastline on the Mediterranean on one side and the highly saline Dead Sea on the other, there are plenty of adventure sports to be enjoyed in this country which is often overlooked by visitors as a potential destination. Kayaking and surfing are both popular adventure activities, while you can also enjoy more unusual activities such as sand-boarding and canyoning in the Golan Heights. Israel even has one ski resort at Mount Hermon for those wanting to hit the slopes.
The home of the Alps is one of the best destinations for adventure travel and here you will find that the hiking and the mountain climbing is particularly good. Switzerland also offers good cross country, downhill and road cycling. During the winter it’s the snowy slopes that really draw visitors. Zermatt and Verbier are among the most popular destinations for great skiing and snowboarding.
If you are looking to really head off the beaten path with your adventure, then Canada is definitely the place to do it! With a vast wilderness, Canada has many opportunity for hiking, cycling and wilderness camping in deserted and beautiful areas. There’s also plenty of rivers and lakes where you can go kayaking. Canada is also home to one of the best mountain biking destinations in the world located in the province of Quebec. Even in Canada’s busy city of Toronto, you can find an adventurous activity you can’t find anywhere else in the world – the CN Tower EdgeWalk! The EdgeWalk (which you allows you to literally walk around the circumference of the roof!
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Kristen Sarah is a full-time traveller, tiny home owner and adventure junkie. She has one of the leading YouTube travel channels and is the head honcha of award-winning travel and lifestyle website, Hopscotch the Globe.