Epic Vacation Ideas for Adventurous Types
We all crave a bit of adventure now and then. What better way to satisfy your thrill-seeking side than to try some of the world’s most exciting activities? Whether you’re ready for Everest or just want to hike a new trail, we’ve rounded up some multi-day expeditions that will take you around the globe and test your limits.
Swim between tectonic plates in Iceland.
With plenty to explore in Iceland, it is important to plan your trip wisely and pack in as much as possible. You might consider exploring glaciers towards the east side of the country, enjoy the hiking trails of Thingvellir National Park or snorkel between tectonic plates in Silfra Fissure. Of course, it is also a must to tick off the iconic spots in Iceland, including the Blue Lagoon thermal bath and the postcard-worthy views at Diamond Beach (a six-hour drive from Reykjavík) with stunning contrasts of giant chunks of ice washing up onto the black sand shore. If you’re lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the spectacular Northern Lights during your visit.
Hike the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu in Peru.
One of the most unique ruined cities in the world, perched up 300 meters above the Urubamba River, the Inca city of Machu Picchu is one of the most popular places to visit in Peru with altitudes of up to 4200m. Train and round-trip bus options are available for varying costs but for those who are feeling adventurous, there are a few hiking trails to consider including the famous Inca Trail which is regarded as the most scenic (but also most demanding) trail. Usually done with an agency for guidance, the four-day hike passes 30 different Inca ruins. The Wild Andes Trail is a unique 3.5 day trail that immerses you in local culture, having the opportunity to stay in a colonial house in a local village. However, unlike the Inca Trail you spend your final night in Ollantaytambo before getting a train or bus to Machu Picchu.
Trek and sleep at Everest Base Camp in Nepal.
You knew this one was coming. Visiting Mount Everest is the ultimate bucket list item for all you adventurers, and for good reason. Mount Everest is the highest mountain on earth and is located in the Mahalangur Himal sub-range of the Himalayas. This adventure is not for the faint-hearted as temperatures can drop to -15 degrees Celsius depending on what time of year you decide to go. With the proper trekking gear, physical and mental preparation, the Everest Base Camp trek can be enjoyed all year round, however, peak trekking months are April, May, October, and November. Some companies also offer summit expeditions for those who are up for it, taking approximately 65 days.
Camp and trek the Great Wall of China.
Or better yet make it a marathon like Pippa Middleton did last year in 2019. Trekking the entire Great Wall of China will take approximately 9 days on a guided tour. As part of this adventure, you will travel through rural villages immersing yourself in the heart of ancient Chinese culture. Pretty epic! If the multi-day camping experience is not quite for you, there are always options to just visit and walk along a small part of the wall whose structural integrity has been maintained well. These single day trips only take a few hours and usually include a return bus ride to and from Beijing.
Swim with whale sharks in Western Australia.
If you’re on a bit of a budget and don’t want to venture too far from home, it’s worth taking a trip to the World Heritage Listed Ningaloo Reef, one of the handful of spots in the world that offers the unique opportunity to see and swim with the largest fish on the plant, the whale shark. Cue the Jaws theme song. With 300km of coral gardens and lagoons, incredibly rich with marine life including the thousands of species of fish, turtles, manta rays and of course the majestic and harmless whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef offers everything from do it yourself snorkeling to guided diving expeditions. No matter which you opt for, we guarantee the experience will be worth it.
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