11 Best Adventure Vacations in the World

For some people traveling means that they will be laying on the beach, relaxing and enjoying restaurant diners. But for others going new places means that they will be active and adventurous, exploring all the new environments and having lots of fun.

best adventure vacations in the world

1. Galapagos Islands, Ecuador

If you want an unforgettable adventure in Ecuador you have to visit the Galapagos Islands. You will get to walk the footsteps of the famous naturalist Charles Darwin and learn all about the chain of islands and its unique animal life. You will have the opportunity to see endangered tortoises, flamingo, marine iguanas, sleeping sharks, sea lions as the finches that inspired Darwin's theory of evolution in the first place.

But if that doesn't satisfy your adventure bug there are a lot of places where you can be super active.

There are so many places where you can go surfing, snorkeling, boating and even hiking. If you have a lot of time on your hands you have to make sure that you visit the Ecuadorian mainland where you will be able to enjoy some of the most breathtaking walks which have raised pathways above the forest floor that will make you feel like you are in a magical place.

2. Chile, South America

Chile is right in-between the Andes Mountains and the Pacific Ocean and it is a country that has some of the most breathtaking landscapes that will stay forever in your memory. There are so many active and adventurous things that you can do while visiting Chile. You can take a multi-day trek around the amazing glaciers and some of the most beautiful teal lakes located in the Torres del Paine National Park.

But if you fancy a more desert type of adventure you can visit the Atacama Desert where you will be able to see the famous salt-flats, active geysers as well as enjoy a starry night to finish the day off right.

Chile is a place to be interested in volcanoes because there are over 500 volcanic peaks in this country. As a plus, you can even visit the geothermal Pucon Hot Springs and relax after a hard day of adventuring.

If you are someone who enjoys wine you can visit the Maipo Valley where you will be able to cycle down the vineyard and enjoy some of their best wines South America has to offer.

3. Tanzania, Africa

If you are someone who likes to explore nature and its attractions, Tanzania is home to some of the most amazing natural attractions, one of which is the Mount Kilimanjaro. Because of that the most popular thing to do are wildlife-related adventures as well as going on safari road trips.

No matter what you choose to go with you will have to make your way down the Dar es Salaam to reach all the amazing destinations and breathtaking wilderness areas.

If you are someone who is more interested in being active in the sun, there are truly breathtaking beaches. One of the islands is the Mafia islands which have natural wonders. There you will be able to explore them while diving and snorkeling. You will be able to see colourful fish and coral gardens like you haven't seen before, all in crystal clear waters.

On the other hand, if you are interested in exploring Tanzania wildlife, there are many islands that have become sanctuaries. You can go birdwatching, go on fun boat trips, take some of the most beautiful hikes around Lake Victoria.

4. Costa Rica, Central America

If you are a family of adventurous travelers, Costa Rica is a place where you and your family will have the best time. It is a country that contains up to 6 per cent of the world's biodiversity. Costa Rica is the best mix of all the animals and ecosystems and that makes them the perfect place for people of all ages.

There are so many adventurous things to do like surfing, kayaking and relaxing in the natural hot springs. The most popular activity is scuba diving off the CaƱo Island that is located a short half an hour boat ride off the amazing Osa Peninsula.

If you are a family who loves animals, there are 28 national parks that have quite a few money species, sloths, interesting birds like toucans and sloths. They are all children friendly trails so there is no need to worry about that. There are also zip-lines that will allow you to get a bit closer to the animals along with a great adrenaline rush.

Some parks even have beaches like the Manuel Antonio National Park where you can relax after a day full of exploring.

5. Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

The famous Yellowstone National Park was founded all the way back in 1872 and it is about to turn 150 years old. With that being said, it is one of the oldest national parks in the whole world. It is quite large, as it lays over an area that covers three states in the United States. Those states are Wyoming that holds the most of the park, Montana and Idaho.

Yellowstone Park is the most visited national park in the whole United States of America, and there is a good reason for it. It is a place where you will be able to see some of the most crystal clear waters and breathtaking landscapes of huge mountains. This national park is something that every person who has the opportunity to travel should visit at least once in their lifetime.

On top of the breathtaking scenery and mountaintops, you will get to experience its amazing biodiversity. They have everything from wolves and grizzly bears to elk, which you will all get to experience when you are travelling through the national park. And on top of all those amazing things, Yellowstone national park has over 500 geysers, but there is one that is better than all 499 others. That amazing geyser is called the Old Faithful Geyser.

6. Belize, Central America

Belize offers so many outdoorsy adventure opportunities in its jungle, world-famous reef, the breathtaking coastlines as well as seeking its array of wildlife. Most people's highlight of the trip is the visit to the Belize Barrier Reef which is the second-largest coral reef in the world. It is super easy to reach and there are so many things where you can be active.

It’s a perfect place to dive and snorkel while enjoying the magical scenery.

If water adventures don't satisfy you and you are looking for something more challenging, exploring the jungles of Belize is the thing to do. That is where you will be able to explore the ancient Mayan Ruins and climb through the mysterious caves. The most popular cave to explore is the Actun Tunichil Muknal where you will be able to see Mayan skeletons and ceramics.

If you aren't comfortable with crowds you can visit places like the Tiger Cave where you are almost always going to be alone or pass just a couple of people. But during those long and tiring exploring days, you must take some form of non-perishable foods and drinks with you. The best options are water, nuts, powder protein post workout blends that will help your muscles recover.

If you are an adrenaline junkie you can even go zip-lining, animal safari adventure or rappel down the waterfalls.

7. Bolivia, South America

Bolivia has some of the best attractions that you need to experience if you are an adventurous traveller. Bolivia is a place where any type of traveller can have a great time. There are fun things to do in the city, things that will satisfy your adrenaline bug as well as historical sites. One of the most popular things to do in Bolivia is biking down the world's most dangerous road Camino de la Muerte also known as the Death Road.

The best way you can enjoy this adrenaline ride is by renting out a mountain bike. If you are not comfortable doing it all by yourself, there are groups that will help you along the way.

But if that is too much for you, Bolivia has a lot of wildlife that is worth exploring. You will be able to meet exotic animals such as crocodiles, snakes, monkeys, spiders and dolphins. The most famous location is near the jungle town of Rurrenabaque. It offers some of the best amazon wildlife sightings in the whole of South America.

8. Austria, Europe

If you are thinking of taking a trip to Austria accompanied by your faithful bike, electric scooter or hoverboard, there are many cities that you will love to visit. There are many cities that expand their network of bike lanes almost daily so that all those who opt for clean mobility have increasingly easier their urban journeys. Nowadays these lanes not only circulate bicycles but a multitude of electric vehicles such as scooters, hoverboards etc.

Most people associate Austria with alpine ski slopes and winters. But what most people don't think or know about is that during warmer months those ski slopes are used as hiking trails. When the country isn't covered by snow there are plenty of amazing adventurous things that you can do. If you are interested in going there during the winter months there are more things to do than just ski or snowboard.

You can snowshoe or Segway around the valley fringes. But if you want to do something that is more physically challenging you can go frozen wall climbing.

If you are interested in travelling during warmer months, when there is no snow in Austria, you will be able to enjoy so many amazing things. There are rocky cavers, zip lines in the forests along with climbing parks, and whitewater rafters. If you are up to something that will give you an adrenaline rush you can do a bridge bungee jump or paraglide over the breathtaking valleys.

9. Canada, North America

Canada is the world's second large country by its landmass. Because it is so large, it is important that you choose your adventures beforehand, you just don't want to miss out on anything that you might find interesting and fun. There are so many things you can do from walking with polar bears to coining in the isolated lake while spotting mousses. Canada has the best wildlife encounters you will ever be able to experience.

It also has the second-longest coastline in the whole world, along with the amazing freshwater lakes and rivers which make it the best place if you enjoy watersports. There are so many trails that you hike on like the oranges trail north which is the TransCanada Trail along with some of the most famous ski resorts in the world.

10. Kyrgyzstan, Central Asia

Your ultimate adventure travel destination is Kyrgyzstan. It is a country where every single person can have fun in the way they enjoy. If you are interested in hiking amazing trails you should visit the amazing Tian Shan Mountains. It is a great place where you can go on multiple-day hikes and camp along the way.

But if you want to try out something different and experience their culture, you can take a horseback trek. Because they are a nomadic culture, they have special bonds with their horses. That way you are doing something adventurous but you are getting to experience a different way of living.

If that is not something that you are interested in doing, there are around 2000 lakes in Kyrgyzstan. Some of them are the size of the sea like the famous Issyk-Kul, but others are small lakes that are hidden. But no matter which one you decide to visit you won't make a mistake because they are all breathtaking.

11. Greenland, North America

Greenland isn't a popular place to travel to, but it is slowly getting on the popular list as more and more people are discovering its magical beauty. The Arctic is really unique and offers a chance to get to know interesting new cultures, untouched landscapes and so many outdoor activities that anyone who likes adventure.

If you are someone who is interested in rowing you can kayak through the iceberg but if you like walking you can hike while exploring the Arctic Circle Trail and enjoying the sight of reindeer or skiing across the ice cap. The possibilities are truly endless and breathtaking. Even though it is becoming more and more popular there are a lot of opportunities for in-depth explorations.

And let’s not forget that you will be able to experience the magical Northern Lights.

When you are an active and adventurous traveler you will find an adventure just about anywhere you go. Even though there are so many places that you can visit, whichever place you end up going to will always stay engraved in your memory as every place is magical in its own way.
Kalyan Panja