Everyone has dreamed of travelling around the world at least once in their life. It is exceptionally enticing to go on an unknown adventure. The adrenaline rush alone makes the trip worth it. Even if you can not travel around the world, it doesn’t mean that you can’t have an adventure. Outdoor adventures have their own charm. Swimming in Bali’s ocean, going skydiving in Dubai can still provide you with a lot of excitement.
Some of the most extraordinary adventures that you can have can be quite hectic to plan out. You might be overwhelmed by the number of choices available to you for a multitude of activities.
We have curated this list of the best adventure activities one must try to be well-informed about your options.
Climbing to Machu Picchu, Peru
Even though this site is easily accessible by bus, many adventurous travellers choose to go via the five-day trek running along the entire 26 mile-long Inca Trail. This UNESCO World Heritage Site was built in the 1450s under the rule of Inca emperor Pachucuti. This city produces enough food to support at least a thousand inhabitants.
This architectural genius is both enigmatic and humbling. After being abandoned in the second half of the 16th century, it was rediscovered by a professor from Yale University, Hiram Bingham, in 1911. The Inca trail leads trekkers from the Sacred Valley to Machu Pichu, with stunning scenery in the background.
It is limited to only 500 trekkers a day. The Salkantay Trek is an incredible challenge. This 5-day trek has its highlight as Nevada Salkantay, the iconic Andean peak. This was even voted as one of the top 25 treks in the world by National Geographic.
Take a hot air balloon ride over Cappadocia, Turkey
Cappadocia in Turkey is best known for the amazing panoramic view of hundreds of hot air balloons flowing above valleys and the mystical volcanic formations. The months between September and November and March and June are the best time to go if you want to avoid the usual tourist hustle-bustle.
Make the best out of your trip and stay in a cave hotel, where rooms are carved into rock pillars or mountainsides. Their hot air balloon season lasts all year round, so you do not need to plan for any month in specific if you don’t have an option. Be sure to book early so that you don’t miss out on this when in Turkey.
Paddleboard your heart away at Perth, Australia
For all those who love to be near the water during vacations, what better place to be than the land down under? This cross between surfing and kayaking has really exploded in popularity in the last few years. Whether you’re a novice or a pro, paddleboarding is a one of a kind experience you have to try at least once.
According to the BOTE Board experts, paddleboarders head towards the west to Perth, while most surfers go towards the big waves in New South Wales.
The Swan River has beautiful and flat waters that are perfect for newbies to practice to develop paddleboarding confidence. Cottesloe Beach offers ideal, gentle waves for laid back paddleboarding with a massive stretch of sand.
Climb Mount Everest
This one is not for the faint of heart. This mountain looms large, well-known by all, be it hikers or non-hikers. Truly experienced travellers who are daring to try this humongous feat should be well prepared for this one.
This gruelling two-month-long journey has its base camp at an altitude of 17,000 feet. This does cost quite a lot, anything between $35,000 to $50,000. This cost includes $11,500 for the permit from the government of Nepal or Tibet, a lot of money for supplies such as tents, sleeping bags, high-altitude gear, and even bottled oxygen. You definitely require a Sherpa guide for this intense adventure.
Go dog sledging in Karelia, Siberia
It might sound fun to cosy up with a mug of hot chocolate next to the fire in freezing weather, but the only thing that is more exciting than this is dog sledging. Take a husky tour and experience winter in Karelia in its most magnificent form. You can even drive the sled yourself under the direction of your guide.
You can even go one step further and stay in traditional tents that are covered with reindeer skins far away from civilization. You can even choose to go dog sledging across the frozen Baikal Lake.
Trek the Great Wall of China
Even though this is usually swarming with tourists, it is definitely worth it to visit the Great Wall of China at least once. Each section of the Wall offers a different sort of experience than the others. There are even options for taking strenuous hikes or uncrowded places. There are excursions offered that are up to 12 days long, stretching out for a distance of 50 miles. A few tour guides offer guided tours that are specifically for the Wall’s uncrowded places.
Sleep under the Northern Lights, Finland
All adventures do not need to be adrenaline-inducing. On the contrary, they can be quite calming and relaxing as well. Northern Lights in Finland are visible 200 nights a year. The Aurora Borealis is Finland’s most spectacular light show. Traditional ways of going to see these are cross-country skiing, snowmobile, and snowshoeing.
If you choose to go for a relaxing, cosy way of viewing the Northern Lights, try going for places to stay, such as the Arctic Treehouse Hotel in Rovaniemi.
They have 37 tree houses that have wooden and warm interiors. Kemi Seaside Glass Villas by the Bay of Bothnia offers quiet and beautiful villas just a couple of minutes away from the Kemi city centre. This is the best place to snuggle up and enjoy the spectacular light show.
Adventures like these are definitely not to be missed out on. If you are a serious traveller, you might already have a few of these on your list. So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and start planning your next adventure vacation.