When we consider traveling some of us dream of a blissfully relaxing break. Whereas for others, traveling is an addictive adventure. The feeling of exploring new lands by pushing our strength and courage to the limit is hard to match. For us, the most memorable sites are the ones that we risked life and limb to reach! For us younger travelers, adventure travel holidays build character, confidence and broaden the mind. Breaking out of the comfort zone and pushing our boundaries is highly rewarding. The only question is, are you feeling up to the challenge?
1. Exploring Venezuela’s Lost World and Angel Falls
Where better to start that the source of inspiration for Conan Doyle’s iconic adventure novel “Lost World”. The natural beauty is breathtaking, thick lush jungle stretches for miles with massive sandstone mountain tables peeking through.
To reach Mount Roraima’s summit you’ll need to trek through the rocky maze and transverse raging streams. It will test both your endurance and strength of will. If you manage to make it to Auyán-tepui, you’ll be blessed to see the wold’s tallest waterfall at 3,200ft!
2. Taking a Motorbike Trip Through the Siberian Wilderness
Adrenaline junkers and avid bikers need not look further. Skilled riders are in for a grueling ride, but the rewards worth it ten-fold. Blazing around Baikal, the world’s deepest lake, is a site to behold and the wilderness of rolling valleys is astonishing.
You’ll need to rough it and camp out along the way, but the Buryat culture, thermal hot springs, and sprawling wildlife is breathtaking.
3. Sailing Between Remote Islands of Indonesia
Ever wonder what it felt like to be one of the original explorers of the Far East Orient? Glide between tropical paradise islands in a traditional 110ft Phinisi wooden yacht. Explore remote conservation parks that are overflowing with both marine and island inhabitants. Highlights include mighty Komodo dragons, graceful birds of paradise and deadly manta rays.
Once you’ve found the perfect hidden cove for exploration, why not moor up for BBQ and cocktails on the beach. Snorkeling or diving is a divine way to experience the untouched coral reefs.
4. Fighting on Behalf of Turtle Conservation in the Bahamas
Do your part for the planet’s wildlife while enjoying some of the world’s most pristine beaches and deep blue waters. Join a team of marine biologists and help save the sea turtles that inhabit the glistening waters of the Bahamas. Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger.
Climate change and coastal developments have placed the green and hawksbill turtles in grave danger. You’ll need to don your snorkeling gear and swim alongside their majestic creatures to check up on their natural habits.
5. Scaling The Mighty Mont Blanc
Fancy a challenge? Climbing the third highest mountain in Europe is a once in a lifetime experience! You’ll certainly need to be physically fit to pull this off, plus handy with crampons and ice axes. You fitness and fortitude will be pushed to the limit during this journey but the bragging rights will last a lifetime.
Get acclimatized and revise basic training in Chamonix before taking on this incredible three-day trek to the top.
6. Sailing Across Turkey’s Dorian Coast
Keen sailors with an adventurous spirit should head to the marvelous Dorian Coast of Turkey. If you’re experienced and brave enough, you might consider chartering a yacht and hitting the waves. Otherwise, you can always learn to sail alongside a competent skipper and receive a Level 2 RYA Sailing certification.
After a long day pulling the rigging and steering the yacht there’s plenty of quiet marinas and beautiful remote areas to anchor up for a night on the coast.
7. Paddling Through Think Jungles Rivers of Costa Rica
What better way to explore Cost Rica’s lush tropical jungles than by the river ways of Tortuguero. Some may opt for a boat, but taking to your paddle boards is without a doubt the best way to experience the wildlife. Seek out monkeys, exotic birds and toucans before checking out the local Sloth sanctuary.
When night falls, take a stroll through the rain forest as it buzzes with nocturnal activity. Or consider a quiet dip in the Arenal Volcano’s thermal pools before leading to the pristine beaches nearby.
8. Walking The Great Wall of China
If you’re interested in historic sites and your legs feel up to the challenge, try walking (some of) the Great Wall of China. The architecture is as astonishing as the natural landscape. Marvel as the might wall zigzags off into the distance and across the ridges of the mountains.
From Beijing, you must embark on a 6-day trek to get there, a tribute of sweat! You’ll also want to check out the burial site of the Qing Dynasty Emperors
9. Paddling By Day Wild Camping By Night in West Sweden
The western coastal waters of Sweden offers over a remarkable 8,000 islands ripe for kayaking between and setting up for the night. Your arms will be bulging and burning after padding off to find your own private island. You’ll be provided with maps and all the essentials for navigating and setting up wild camps.
10. Exploring the Snowy Shiretoko Wilderness in Japan
There’s no better time to trek across the Shiretoko Wilderness than during the snowy winter months. You may choose to trek by foot and spot Eagles or paddle across the Lake Kussharo and try your luck at fishing. After a tiring hike up Mt. Asahi, you’ll want to take to the relaxing hot springs of Toya Onsen.
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