Not everyone was meant for the beaten path. Some would prefer to have excitement kicked into their travels than languid relaxation. Adventure vacations are becoming more popular as more thrill-seekers start trotting the globe. These are the some of the seven unique, bizarre, and breath-taking adventure vacations that everyone should go on at least once.
Rafting in the Grand Canyon
The millions-year old Grand Canyon has awed visitors for decades, and you can raft down the river that created it. Over a mile below the surface lies the Colorado River. The river itself is as wide as a football field. Luckily, you’ll have Hualapai River Runner guides to help you. Rafting in the Canyon can be done in one or two day trips. What better way to experience the Grand Canyon then by rafting on the river that’s still creating it?
Grossglockner High Alpine Road Aventure
Standing at over 12,000 feet, Grossglockner is Austria’s highest point. The best thing about Grossglockner road adventure is that you’re in control of your journey. As you drive along the twelve stages to the heart of the Alps, you can go at your own pace. If you want to stop and take a hike with a view of the mountains at your side, you are free to do so. The trail is filled with natural history as well as museums and picnic spots. Make sure that your tires are suited for the snowy roads, though.
Cruise Through Antarctica
Antarctica is one of the most remote places on the planet. Cruise through South Georgia and the Falkland islands as you make your way to the seventh continent. Icebergs, glaciers, penguins, and whales are just some of what you might see in this awe-inspiring environment. Since the only inhabitants of this continent are scientists, learn from the source what’s really happening at the bottom of the world. Kayak through waters that few others have experienced and then head back to your small cruise ship to discuss your adventures with your new friends.
Paraglide in the Alps
If you’ve ever visited the Alps, you’ve probably seen one or two adventurous souls gliding through the air in the mountains. Now, you can be one of those adventurers. Because of the Alps’ enormous length, there are lots of places to make the leap from, and the Swiss Alps are the most popular. Visitors can even go in tandem so they aren’t alone when soaring through the air. The Interlaken experience in particular includes a one and a half hour paragliding opportunity with a spectacular view of Lake Thun and the Jungfrau mountains.
Cross the Gobi Desert
July is the best time to visit this historical desert. Make your plans in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, the Ger to Ger and Sunpath Mongolia tours come recommended. These tours will allow you to learn from the locals and have maximum time for pictures and exploration. Cross the same lands as Genghis Khan from Ulaanbaatar to Bayanzag, the Flaming Cliffs, with the help of local Mongolian guides and host-families. To get the best experience, come in July to attend the amazing Nadame games, full of wrestling and riding. Sleep under the stars by Lake Khovsgol in gers (traditional yurts), just as countless others on the steppe have done.
Track and Save Rhinos
Damaraland, Namibia has the largest population of free-ranging black rhinos in the world. Because of poaching, Save the Rhinos is doing everything they can to help these majestic creatures from the brink of extinction. At the Desert Rhino Camp in Damaraland, Namibia you can be a part of that effort. Because the camp is a partner of the Save the Rhinos organization, visitors can participate in the camp’s daily tracking activities by foot or vehicle. Of course, visitors can experience all the beauty and wildlife of the African plains. Most of all, they’ll be making a difference.
Walk in the Volcano, Thrihnukagigur
Thrihnukagigur is the only volcano in the world that you can walk into the magma core of. This dormant volcano sits outside of Iceland’s capital Reykjavík, taking only a forty minute hike to reach. Then, you descend into the volcano. This tour is unlike anything else on the planet. Walk amongst the magma chamber, where the lava was drained away at a point that even scientists don’t know. What’s left behind is a gorgeous natural interior, and the right to say you’ve been inside a volcano.
Zip-line in Costa Rica’s Rainforests
Costa Rica is well known for its zip-lining opportunities, and for good reason! Aerial trams are also popular, but what’s the thrill in that? Considering that 90% of Costa Rica’s animal life and 50% of its plant life dwell in the higher treetops, this is the best way to experience the rain forests. The Arenal Reserve is recommended for all, while the Jaco Canopy tour is for advanced or adventurous visitors. Zip through the forests like a monkey as fast as you wish, you’ll always be in control of your speed.