15 life-changing adventures that will make you want to quit your job

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

life-changing adventures: Hikers tackle the steep climb of Imja Tse. Photo by asiaexplorationtreks.com

Hikers tackle the steep climb of Imja Tse. Photo by asiaexplorationtreks.com

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

life-changing adventures: Hundreds of candles illuminate Petra's Treasury. Photo by travelmatters.co.uk

Hundreds of candles illuminate Petra’s Treasury. Photo by travelmatters.co.uk

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

life-changing adventures: A diver swims alongside a gentle giant. Photo by cancunwhaleshark.com

A diver swims alongside a gentle giant. Photo by cancunwhaleshark.com

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

life-changing adventures: You'll be able to behold Machu Pichu along the Inca Trail. Photo by trepidcat

You’ll be able to behold Machu Pichu along the Inca Trail. Photo by trepidcat

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

life-changing adventures: Hot air balloons give a bird's eye view of the ancient landscape. Photo by worldoftravel.com

Hot air balloons give a bird’s eye view of the ancient landscape. Photo by worldoftravel.com

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

life-changing adventures: A safari tour getting to know the locals. Photo by duststormsafaris.com

A safari tour getting to know the locals. Photo by duststormsafaris.com

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

life-changing adventures: One of the many small islands that make up Guna Yala. Photo by Wikimedia.org

One of the many small islands that make up Guna Yala. Photo by Wikimedia.org

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

life-changing adventures: The jagged blue expanses of Perito Moreno Glacier dominate the landscape. Photo by marksmao.com

The jagged blue expanses of Perito Moreno Glacier dominate the landscape. Photo by marksmao.com

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

life-changing adventures: The 12 Apostles are a prominent attraction of the Great Ocean Road. Photo by Wikimedia.org

The 12 Apostles are a prominent attraction of the Great Ocean Road. Photo by Wikimedia.org

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

life-changing adventures: Kalymnos is a rock climbers paradise. Photo by alfatango.org

Kalymnos is a rock climber’s paradise. Photo by alfatango.org

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

life-changing adventures: Natural rock formations line Ha Long Bay. Photo by vietnammuslimtours.vn

Natural rock formations line Ha Long Bay. Photo by vietnammuslimtours.vn

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

life-changing adventures: Prime American countryside along Route 66. Photo by Wikipedia

Prime American countryside along Route 66. Photo by Wikipedia

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

life-changing adventures: Ancient rope bridge crossing the Indus River. Photo by Wikipedia

Ancient rope bridge crossing the Indus River. Photo by Wikipedia

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

life-changing adventures: Moroccon Kasbahs hugging the side of a mountain. Photo by zastavki.com

Moroccon Kasbahs hugging the side of a mountain. Photo by zastavki.com

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

life-changing adventure: A caravan of camels traverse the sand dunes. Photo by ergmorocco.com

A caravan of camels traverse the sand dunes. Photo by ergmorocco.com

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.

  • http://facebook.com/profile.php?id=511137735 Sammi Egan

    Great post :) so many great places. Definitely want to quit my job and go… :)