Planning something a little different for your next vacation? Adventure is out there for the taking, once you know where to look. Bold and brave holidaymakers have long looked beyond traditional pursuits like sun holidays and city breaks. What about you? If you’ve had enough of that and are looking for something a little more fast-paced, you’re in the right place.
Adventure is out there: 3 ideas for your next holiday
Just getting into adventure travel? It’s never too late to take your first adventure vacation. Thrill-seeking has no age limit and knows no geographical bounds. If you’re in the market for an unforgettable holiday that’ll get the adrenaline pumping, you’ve got plenty to of activities and destinations from which to choose. Truly, adventure is out there, and it never ends. Here are three ideas to get you started.
1. Safari: Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
Visiting a safari park is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see wild animals in their natural habitat. This isn’t a zoo, it’s the real deal. Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya is one of Africa’s leading safari destinations. If your idea of adventure involves lions, leopards, buffalo, rhinos and elephants, this is where you need to be!
Individual safari destinations will vary, so make sure you plan ahead of time. You don’t want to find yourself in Maasai Mara between April and May, for example. This is the height of the wet season, which will really put a dampener on your adventure!
2. Diving with sharks: We’re going to need a bigger boat!
This is a bucket list topper for many: There’s nothing quite like getting up close and personal with an apex predator to get the blood pumping. Whether it’s basking sharks, hammerheads or great whites, sharks are some of the most beautiful and deadly creatures on earth, and thrill-seekers are happy to pay top dollar for the chance to dive with them.
Some of the world’s greatest shark diving destinations include California, Hawaii, Belize and Costa Rica. Perhaps best of all is Guadalupe Island, a hotbed of great white shark activity off the coast of Mexico. Needless to say, this one’s not for the faint-hearted!
3. Take a hike: Extreme hiking in Patagonia
The El Chalten hiking trails in Los Glaciares National Park have to be experienced to be believed. It’s all well and good for us to tell you that adventure is out there in one place or another. You can spend all day looking at photos of Patagonia and its glaciers. It’s something different entirely to set foot at the peak of Mount Fitz Roy or to embark on the gruelling Huemul Circuit. This kind of holiday is challenging mentally and physically, the total opposite of a lazy beach holiday.
It’s worth the trek, though. Adrenaline junkies flock to the extremes of Patagonia year in and year out, and with good reason. Hiking in Patagonia offers tough physical challenges, breathtaking sights and the opportunity to see some of the world’s rarest wildlife.