Listen up, adventure-seekers! We know the average destination won’t meet your ultimate travel desires. You need action, adrenaline, and loads of fun. Luckily, we’ve found just the places for you. From whitewater rafting in Alaska to shark cage diving in Cape Town, these nine adventure-filled destinations are sure to inject some adrenaline into your travel plans.
1- Alaska, USA
While Alaska is packed with amazing experiences like glacier hiking, snow machining, ziplining, and heli-skiing, it truly excels at water sports. The US state has some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, with class five and six rapids. You can also kayak through fields of icebergs and glacier-carved fjords or go snorkeling in the ocean. If water isn’t your thing, then perhaps a 4×4 safari around the Denali National Park will spark your interest — expect lots of bumps, mud, and superb wildlife sightings.
2- Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown is home to some of New Zealand’s most action-packed activities and has often been referred to as the adventure capital of the country. There are things to do for every level of daredevil, from horse riding and mountain biking to zip lining and jet boating. For the most fearless, Queenstown is home to the original bungy jump at Kawarau Bridge (43 meters) along with New Zealand’s highest bungy jump, Nevis, which is a whopping 134-meters high. A true adventure-seeker would also not leave without throwing themselves out of a plane from 15,000ft!
3- Interlaken, Switzerland
Whether it’s summer or winter, there is a long list of activities to get up to in Interlaken. During the summer months go canyoning, paragliding, rafting, skydiving (you can even try out a helicopter skydive) and bungy jumping. The winter months are ready-made for glacier landing, snowshoeing, night sledding, skiing, and snowboarding. There’s also Seilpark Interlaken, which is an adventure park based in the forest with wooden bridges, Tarzan swings, zip lines, and more than 90 different challenges/obstacle courses.
5- Koh Tao, Thailand
If you’re looking to get your scuba diving certification, then Koh Tao is your best bet. It’s known as the best diving spot in Thailand and for having the world’s second highest number of annual dive certifications (after Cairns, Australia). There are loads of diving schools available, and the rates are quite cheap. Some of the not-to-miss diving spots include Chumphon, the wreck of the Sattakut, Shark Island, White Rock, The Twins, and Green Rock. For the best scuba-diving experience join the bi-weekly trip to Thailand’s premium diving spot, Sail Rock.
6- Patagonia, Argentina and Chile
Patagonia is all about the outdoors – hiking, fishing, climbing, kayaking, and biking. Avid hikers will love Patagonia with its unparalleled beauty and numerous hiking tracks. From piercing peaks, thick forests, open plains, shimmering lakes and enormous glaciers, the scenery is truly spectacular. Popular parks include Torres del Paine National Park, Los Glaciares National Park and the Lakes District. For a real adrenaline-pumping experience, try ice-hiking on the Grey Glacier.
7- Rocky Mountains, Canada
The Canadian Rocky Mountains are filled with activities for outdoor enthusiasts. There’s beautiful mountains for hiking, glorious lakes to paddle around, hot springs, and a variety of wildlife (watch out for the bears!). There are some great hiking trails in the Banff, Jasper and Kootenay National Parks, including shorter day hikes. The lakes can also be explored by kayak, canoe, SUP, or whitewater rafting. During the wintertime, the area offers every winter sport imaginable including skiing, snowshoeing, and even dog sledding.
Slovenia is a hidden adventure gem in Eastern Europe with minimal crowds and reasonable prices. You can canoe or kayak around Lake Bled or join a toboggan race during the summer months. For hiking, Triglav National Park offers various day hikes including more advanced routes for experienced climbers. There’s also a number of underground springs, lakes, caves, and dry sinkholes to explore, including the most visited cave in Europe – Postojna Cave. Other adventurous activities include whitewater rafting and canyoning in the Soca Valley, cliff jumping in Piran, trail riding in Triglav National Park, and underground kayaking in Bled.