The rush of adventure can feel all the more satisfying in an unfamiliar environment. If you love to feel adrenaline pumping then some destinations are better than others. Whether it is hiking, cycling, or paragliding which takes your fancy, there is somewhere out there that will make the perfect holiday.
So if you’re an adrenaline junkie (or you want to be), here are 11 ultimate destinations to kick start your adventures.
Patagonia in the south of Chile is adrenaline junkie goals. This region of the world is unique and breathtaking. Hiking glaciers? Admiring rocky peaks? Hanging out with llamas? Getting on a boat and going to Antarctica? All is possible. Patagonia is remote and ripe with adventure, so make sure you pack your hiking gear and see as much of it as possible.
As well as having some of the friendliest people in the world, New Zealand’s other claim to fame is the huge array of adventure activities on offer. Bungee jumping, fjords, hiking and skiing are all possible here. It might cost you a bit to explore New Zealand but it is definitely worth it.
Costa Rica is a Central American adventure paradise. Just picture yourself zip lining over dense tropical forest, white water rafting down warm rivers, or hanging out with jaguars – epic, right?!
Switzerland is a mecca for all things adventure. No matter what season it is you can find something to activate that sympathetic nervous system. The Swiss Alps create the perfect backdrop for paragliding, hiking, and some of the world’s best skiing. Anything is possible in Switzerland (as long as you’re willing to pay for it).
The dramatic volcanic landscape of Hawaii is contrasted with lush tropical forests and world-famous beaches. Hawaii is full of activities for the adrenaline-minded; whether you want to surf some of the world’s biggest waves, helicopter around volcanoes, snorkel with manta rays or hike the Na Pali Coast, all can be done here. And after you have had your dose of adventure you can settle in for a mai tai and relax.
The Svalbard Islands are (basically) untouched arctic territory and they are a Norwegian archipelago close to the North Pole. It is pretty difficult to get to the Svalbard Islands but the scenery makes it worthwhile. Think dog sledding, boating and the Northern Lights — oh, and it’s the home of the polar bear. There are only 46km of road on the islands so even trying to get around is an adventure in itself.
Canada is the second largest country in the world (after Russia) so there is plenty of territory to explore here. With extreme conditions and world-famous national parks, Canada provides any adventurer with a lot of choice. Whether you’re into the epic Canadian snow scene, hiking the Rockies, or checking out icebergs, Canada could be your ideal destination.
Although Machu Picchu is a worthy icon of Peru, there is definitely more to this country. Whether you want to explore sand dunes, ancient ruins or the mighty Amazon, this is your place.
There is nowhere like Nepal. In the past few years this beautiful country has endured its fair share of hardship but it is bouncing back stronger than ever. With the world’s tallest mountains (and crazy cheap prices), Nepal is an adventurer’s dream destination. Extreme hikes, white water rafting, safaris, and more can be found here.
Borneo Island, Malaysia and Indonesia
Borneo is a tropical and volcanic wonderland. One day you will be commencing the gruelling hike up Mount Kinabalu and the next you will be diving into the warm tropical waters in search of turtles. Oh, and did I mention that Borneo is the ultimate place to spot Orangutans?! Say no more and book that flight.
If you’re thinking of heading to the diverse continent of Africa then Tanzania bursting with exciting adventure opportunities. Climbing up the African peak of Mt. Kilimanjaro is a thrilling experience and you can juxtapose this with some adrenaline injecting safari time. If seeing a lion doesn’t make you sweat then I don’t know what will.