Mar 4, 2013

Best Adventure Travel Ideas and Destinations

Adventure travel is grabbing great attention and people are looking forward to enjoy these adventures in their vacations. When people go on a vacation, they are keen to experience things that they can cherish all their lives. Today, no longer is polar expedition or mountain hiking the prerogative of rich people, even ordinary people are increasingly planning their vacations or even a weekend getaway in destinations where they can be outdoors and take on the elements.

Here are some fabulous adventure travel ideas inspired by elements that you can make a part of your upcoming vacation.

On Land

Adventure on land can be experienced in any corner of the world. Whether you are looking for adrenaline pumping adventure or one that pushes you to your limits, you will be able to find one kind to fit into your travel itinerary and make your vacation a memorable one.

Two extremely popular adventures on land are hiking and biking.


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This is one of the adventurous activities that can be enjoyed in any part of the world. There is always an amazing place where you can do hiking, be it Africa, the America, Asia, Europe or Down Under. Some of the most memorable hiking destinations are in Europe, specifically in the Swiss Alps. There are beautifully organized trails and routes that you can take for a day out. If you want more adventure, you can opt for a cross country hike. Besides the thrill of being out in the wilderness and high up in the mountains, you will be mesmerized by the panoramic views as you listen to the tantalizing music of cowbells ringing in a distance. In Switzerland, you will be able to find routes of varying difficulty, right from routes that offer easy strolling to rocky outcrops that challenge you.


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The next time you are on a vacation, rent a bike and explore your surroundings. In fact, this is a great way to explore and visit the countryside. Imagine being in Spain on a vacation and taking a historical ride across the region of Catalonia on a bike? Not only will it be fun, it will also be educative, memorable and exciting. Amsterdam and Vienna are cities where you can rent bikes and head to the countryside to get away from the chaos of city life and enjoy some thrills and spills. You can also consider the option of cycling in one of your trips.

On & In Water

Of course water has always been a fascination for mankind. Travelers can enjoy the thrilling rides and other adventures in water. Whether you are looking for something sedate or something that gets you screaming with fear and thrill, you will be able to find it. Visit Bondi Beach in Australia and Hawaii for its surfing experiences or plan white water rafting on the Colorado River, you should be able to find many destinations that can offer you adventure on water.



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You can enjoy snorkeling and explore the underwater world and marvel at the marine life. Red Sea in Egypt and Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia are some of the popular destinations for snorkelers. Panama, Fiji, French Polynesia and Hawaii are also great places to some of the most amazing marine life in the world. Catching a glimpse of colorful fish, stingrays, dolphins and other creatures can be unforgettable. Be sure to carry your flashlight though!



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This extreme sport is not only thrilling, it is also challenging. Navigating water bodies in an inflatable raft can give you all the adventure you are seeking; and there are levels of difficulties that you can experience, depending on how skillful you are. You can enjoy some great rafting experience in Ladakh, India; Arkansas River, Colorado; Pacuare, Costa Rica; Cagayan de Oro River in the Philippines; The Nile in Uganda.



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Riding the waves can be fun and fulfilling. Cayucos Pier in California; Waikiki Beach in Hawaii and Bondi Beach in Australia are some of the popular destinations with surfers. Even Tahiti, El Salvador, Sri Lanka and Portugal are great destinations to enjoy some adrenalin pumping surfing.

Spear Fishing

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Forget conventional fishing with a bait and line. Instead opt for spear fishing just the way mankind used to hunt for fish in the good old days. You can use a spear gun that is elastic powered or pneumatic powered and target the fish you want. Hawaii, the Mediterranean coast of Italy and France and Ryu-Kyu Islands are popular spear fishing destination. There are some restrictions, as spear fishing is not allowed in all water bodies. Also, there might be certain seasons when this sport is allowed. So do check it out before booking your spear fishing vacation.

In the Sky

We humans have always been fascinated with air travel. It is but natural that even the sky offers its share of adventure. The vistas that you see while you are paragliding or on a hot air balloon ride can be awe-inspiring and the thrill of floating or flying in the air like a bird is one experience that you will cherish all your life.



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This sport is fast becoming popular because it allows people to enjoy parachuting without having to jump out of a plane. It is affordable too. Even if you are a novice, you can enjoy paragliding without worrying about free falling.

Hot Air Balloon Ride

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You can take a hot air balloon ride in Luxor in Egypt, Cappadocia in Turkey or Masai Mara in Kenya. Imagine being able to see the world below while traveling in a basket that is elevated using a huge balloon? The experience can be thrilling and exciting. Otherwise, check out a country fair in your neighborhood and you are sure to find someone offering a hot air balloon ride.

In the Snow

Whether you are looking at skiing, sledding, trekking through the glaciers or kayaking through ice, you will be able to find many snow-related activities to get scintillating and give you all the adventure you seek. You can also try snow shoeing, which is a great way to travel through the back country and commune with nature.



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In winter, enjoy using a sled or toboggan to go sledding. You can head to St. Moritz in Switzerland or the rugged snow-capped mountains in Canada to slide down some slopes and get a rush like never before.



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Whether you want to enjoy Alpine skiing, Nordic skiing or slalom skiing, you can taste all of them. If you are novice, just head to one of the ski resorts in Colorado and get ski down learner slopes. As you become more experienced, you can graduate to more difficult slopes. Then head to Norway or Sweden and enjoy some back country skiing while taking time out to catch a glimpse of the natural beauty and wildlife.

In the Desert

Why leave out sand from your adventure travel? Forget about the blazing sun during the day or the freezing cold during the night. Instead, make the sand your playground. You will be amazed at the number of activities you can indulge in if you head to a desert. Besides quad biking, you can also try your hand at sand boarding, hiking, horseback riding, dune bashing and camel racing.

Sand Boarding

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Similar to snowboarding, this adventure sport takes place on the desert sand dunes. South Australia’s Kangaroo Island, the Western Desert in Egypt, Usaka Desert in Peru and Sand Master Park in Oregon are some popular destinations that you can choose if you want the thrill of sand boarding.

Quad Biking

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This is a unique and exciting way to enjoy the vistas around you. You can head to the Sinai Desert of Egypt, South Island in New Zealand or the Spanish countryside in La Manga to explore the beauty while quad biking. Namibia is also a great destination for those looking to experience Africa.

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