Seen the Great Pyramids of Giza, the Eiffel Tower, the Roman Colosseum? Many of us have. But these aren’t adventures, these are destinations. An adventure is the combination of a destination and an activity. From swimming with sharks to exploring the Sahara Desert, these life-changing adventures will not only inspire you to start planning your very own journey, but will probably make you want to quit your job and book the next flight out.
Hiking Island Peak
For the thrill of hiking in the Himalayas without the frostbite, head to eastern Nepal where you’ll find Island Peak, also known as Imja Tse. The Island Peak trail is one of Nepal’s most accessible routes, and is often used as a training exercise in preparation for Mount Everest. Unlike Mount Everest however, the trip can be attempted by most people, and although exhausting, it’s an amazing experience.
Seeing Petra at Night
Once you’ve taken a few days out to explore the many winding canyons, hidden caves, tombs, and monasteries of Petra, it’s time to let the sun set and be amazed. The enormous façade of the Treasury is lit with hundreds of candles, bringing the ancient city to life and creating a truly unforgettable experience.
Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico
Swimming with sharks is something that should be on any bucket list, and what better way to check it off than to go swimming with whale sharks in Mexico. Although whale sharks are classified as fish, they are the biggest fish in the ocean, reaching 12 metres in length, or the size of a bus. Isla Mujeres has become a popular spot for these incredible creatures, as hundreds of them gather between June and September when the weather warms up.
The Inca Trail
One of the most famous trails in the world, and featured on many bucket lists, is the Inca Trail. Only for the adventurous, this trail takes visitors on a 4 day trek from Cusco through exotic jungles, over rivers, and across high passes before arriving at the legendary city in the clouds, Machu Picchu. This trek however, can be something of a challenge, as the high altitude can cause difficulties.
Ballooning over Bagan
The ancient city of Bagan is home to over 2,000 incredible pagodas and temples. With such a huge area to cover, hot air ballooning is the perfect way to see it all. Guided by gentle winds, passengers will experience a serene and peaceful bird’s eye view of the ancient temples shrouded in mist. Due to the warm climate in Myanmar, these balloon rides can be experienced all year round, without the interruption of a rainy season.
Safari in Maasai Mara
For the ultimate African safari experience, look no further than Kenya’s Maasai Mara. The Serengeti is home to Africa’s famous ‘Big 5’, meaning you’ll get up close and personal encounters with lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, and buffaloes. The area is also famous for the Great Migration of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest every year from July to October.
Island Hopping in Guna Yala
Island hopping is the perfect way to spend a summer, and while islands such as those in the Caribbean are beautiful, they don’t offer the same experience as those in Guna Yala. Here you will find stunning beaches and crystal clear waters to explore. More importantly however, you will find over 300 incredible uninhabited islands. So pull a boat up to an island of your choosing and enjoy your very own private beach.
Hiking the Perito Moreno Glacier
To behold the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina is breathtaking in itself. But to actually hike it, is like no other experience. The glacier looms 60 metres above the milky green water, and moves 2 metres a day. You may also get a shock when huge chunks of ice break away and hurtle into the lake. The iconic peaks look like jagged shark teeth from afar, but the beautiful whites and blues will soon lure you in.
Driving the Great Ocean Road
On the south east coast of Australia is the world’s most scenic drive. The 240 kilometre drive showcases some of Australia’s most beautiful spots, including beaches, tropical rainforests, and the world famous 12 Apostles. You’ll also find a number of museums, outdoor activities, water sports, and many other activities along the way, so be sure to take a least a week exploring it.
Rock Climbing in Kalymnos
The Greek Islands probably brings you visions of crystal clear waters and leaves you daydreaming about island hopping, partying, and immersing yourself in the culture. The island of Kalymnos however, allows you to take in the beautiful surroundings while enjoying the thrill of rock climbing the Aegean’s most impressive cliffs and rock formations. But if you think this is just for the experts, think again. The island caters to every level and will leave you wanting more.
Sailing Ha Long Bay
This UNESCO listed site includes over 1600 islands and islets, most of which are uninhabited and therefore unaffected by humans. The Vietnamese bay is full of hidden caves and other secrets to discover. To make the most of this adventure, spend the night in a cabin on a junk boat and float under the stars.
Route 66 Road Trip
Covering a massive 3,940 kilometres, Route 66 is considered the great American road trip. The incredibly scenic route takes visitors through some amazing landscapes, especially those between Texas and California. Explore the history of the American west and take in the amazing natural wonders that the United States has to offer.
Exploring the Indus River Valley
Around 5,000 years ago, an important civilisation developed on the Indus River floodplain, and a number of settlements in the surrounding areas were built. Today, that area combines rugged natural beauty with rich culture. Explore the mountain passes, roaring rivers, and incredible Buddhist monasteries in northern India’s hidden gem.
Route of the Kasbahs
The Kasbahs of Morocco are relatively unknown to many, but this ancient world is full of history and adventure. The city forts are found between the High Atlas and the Sahara. There you will find high mountains, deep canyons, sandy dunes, and innumerable Kasbahs. After a day of exploring, enjoy the local culture and friendly smiles of the Berber locals.
Exploring the Sahara by Camel
Another adventure not to be missed, and also located in Morocco, is exploring the Sahara by camel. Watching the sun rise over the endless stretch of desert and dunes in southern Morocco is an experience you will be telling your friends about for years. Camp in a Berber tent, travel by camel during the day, and experience desert life like you never thought possible.