Want more from your holiday than sitting by the pool? With unique and exotic destinations being more accessible than ever, adventure holidays that were once fantasies are now becoming within reach. Take a look at our top 10 adventure trips for those who want more from their holiday, you can always go for a swim in the afternoon!
Ladakh and Stok Kangri, the Himalayas
A tough trek, this is no beginners hiking holiday. Explore Ladakh’s capital city Leh and the nearby villages and monasteries before traversing the rarely trodden route of the stunning Ladakh Mountains. From the summit enjoy panoramic views across the Ladakh to the Karakorams, the Himalayas and into Tibet.
Outback Adventure, Australia
Nothing says Australia more than an outback adventure! Enjoy sprawling, mostly uninhabited open spaces that stretch as far as the eye can see. Heading out on a four wheel drive adventure you will spot rugged mountain ranges, stunning gorges and wild countryside. The beautiful fauna, exotic birds and breathtaking wildlife brings thousands of tourists to Australia’s outback every year. If you don’t want to head out on a big outback journey, you can find a little bit of the outback in most of Australia’s states that can be accessed from major cities and towns.
Kruger National Park Safari, South Africa
Spot majestic wildlife in their natural environment and witness the circle of life at Kruger National Park. One of the flagship South African National Parks, this park boasts a fantastic number of species: 336 trees, 49 fish, 34 amphibians, 114 reptiles, 507 birds and 147 mammals. Go back in time and discover bushman rock paintings and archaeological sites such as Masorini and Thulamela.
Husky Tour, Finland
The best way to explore the Finnish wilderness, head out on a two day husky tour and navigate your dogs across frozen lakes and snowy landscapes. Stay overnight in basic cabins and enjoy cooking dinner over a crackling fire and relaxing in the sauna. With no light pollution you can spot constellations in the sky or maybe a fantastic aurora sighting.
Trans-Mongolian Express, Russia/Mongolia/China
For an adventure packed with breathtaking sites across three countries, take a trip on the Trans-Mongolian Express. Enjoy a 21 day journey through Russia’s grand cities, the beautiful plains of Mongolia and finally to the opulence of China. Visit the Great Wall of China and take a walk in Tiananmen Square, gaze at St. Basils Cathedral and take in the views of Red Square. In between crossing Mongolia you will see the sights of the Gobi desert, the forests of Terelj National Park and the grassy steppes of the Mongolian countryside.
Hang gliding, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil
Take off from the Pedra Bonita for a unique way of seeing some of Brazil’s most famous sites. Whilst in the air spot Sugarloaf Mountain and the Corcovado Mountains with the iconic Christ the Redeemer statue. Descend down for a soft landing on Sao Conrado beach. Whilst there why not spend some time relaxing under the Brazilian sunshine and taking a dip in the turquoise waters.
Coast to Coast Drive, USA
An American road trip is something everyone dreams of doing at some point in their life. The ultimate road trip is the 3,000 mile journey from New York to LA. Take in the sights of Washington, Virginia’s Blue Ridge Parkway, Nashville, Memphis, Route 66, the Grand Canyon, Monument Valley, Bryce Canyon, and Las Vegas and Palm Springs while on route.
Elephant Trekking, Chiang Mai
A short flight from Bangkok is the city of Chiang Mai. Head out from here on an exotic elephant trek. Explore the natural landscape on top of the elephants back and admire the grace that these creatures traverse streams and obstacles in their path. When back in the city be sure to sample some of the delicious local cuisine. The fish curry and banana coconut puddings are a specialty.
Rainforest Adventure, Costa Rica
On a rainforest adventure enjoy the sun rising over the canopy and the sounds of the birds chirping in the trees. Zip lining high in the canopy allows you to see tropical birds such as toucans and the scarlet macaw. Go white water rafting down the Pacuare River and spot sloths, monkeys and tropical birds. During your holiday stay in one of the stunning eco-lodges and hotels located within the rainforest.
Downhill Mountain Biking, French Alps
Head out on some of the best downhill tracks that the Southern French Alps have to offer. Using the bike lifts, navigate your way to the cols and passes to start your descent. Enjoy a mixture of single-tracks and mountain trails. The ski resort of Orcières has a bike park with a choice of graded downhill routes, for the very adventurous enjoy a mega descent of 5,900ft!