"Jobs fill your pocket, adventures fill your soul" ~ Jaime Lyn Beatty
For most of us, an ideal holiday would mean soaking up some sun on an exotic beach, or replenishing oneself at a world-class retreat. Give that fairy-tale vacation a break, and challenge yourself and put your endurance level to test.
Imagine yourself tubing down a wild river or climbing a peak and soaking in the view from the top. The feeling is surreal and purely exhilarating. Get your adrenaline pumping and venture out into the wild; be one with nature and experience the adventure the world has in store for you.
We have compiled a list of adventure activities that will set your heart racing and give you the adrenaline rush that was in waiting for a long time. Hike, bike, or swim - take the plunge and let the adventure begin!
1. Take a dive in the Great Barrier Reef
One of the top things to do for an underwater adventure enthusiast - go deep diving in the Great Barrier Reef. This World Heritage-listed coastline is a natural wonder that attracts millions of tourists every year to Queensland, Australia. The world's largest reef system is a haven for snorkelers and divers. Whales, turtles, and over 400 species of coral, the reef presents a colourful picture that will be etched in your memory forever; it's one of the best adventure vacations you can ask for!
A Mecca for any avid hiker, the climb to the Mt. Everest base camp is an adventure of a lifetime. The 15-day trek is both overwhelming as well as tedious - it is definitely not an easy feat. Passing through several ridges and trails, meeting friendly locals, and sharing stories with Sherpas - the journey to the base camp is full of adventure and a great learning experience. March to mid-May and from September to mid-November is the best time to plan your itinerary. A tough trek indeed, but at the end, the feeling of being surrounded by snowy Mount Everest is priceless!
Adventure vacations come to life in Africa; this is the land where the wild get wilder! Get closer to the beasts in the African safaris, witness the Great Migration in Tanzania, live in Safari resorts in Kenya, experience the tribal life in Maasai Mara - the list is endless. If you are seeking a true adventure, head to the African subcontinent - it's the closest you will ever get to nature and wildlife and is undoubtedly one of the you best adventure vacations you can ever take!
4. Swim with the mighty whale sharks in the Maldives
Delve deep into the ocean and go diving with the whale sharks. Thrill seekers can head to the Maldivesand enjoy a swim with the giant yet gentle whale sharks. These mighty creatures can be seen all year round in Ari Atoll near Sun Island. It is a lifetime opportunity to swim with these creatures, but one must follow the basic rules before taking the plunge and be careful at all times.
5. The Pacific Crest Trail Adventure
This 2,663-mile trail runs from the United States – Mexico border all the way to the United States – Canada border. Covering one of the US and Canada’s toughest terrains; the hike is no child’s play. Passing through several national forests and national parks, stunning views are guaranteed. If this trail is on your bucket list, make sure you are dedicated enough to give away your 4-6 months to hiking.
6. Glaciers, Norway, and You!
Mountains, fjords, valleys – Norway brings out the adventurer in you in more ways than one. Austfonna, Jostedalsbreen, and Nigardsbreen are the famous glaciers that bring adventure junkies to their shores for an unforgettable experience. It is advised to take help of professional guides and wear all the necessary safety gear and never go out on your own. No matter how beautiful and stunning the landscape might be, it is after all nature which is unpredictable and unforgiving; so stay aware and stay safe.
Dubbed as one of the world’s most exhilarating and challenging hikes, Ciudad Perdida is on the list of several avid adventurers. Living up to its name, Ciudad Perdida (the lost city) still remains under the radar. Enjoy the verdant landscape as you walk through the lush green jungles and majestic waterfalls. The 44km trek is not a cake walk, those physically fit should venture in the inhospitable terrains of Colombia.