January 2016 | By Susan Milne | 3 minute read
For those seeking adventure there’s never been a better time to travel! An enticing assortment of adventure activities are waiting for you at destinations around the globe. Along with the tried and true, remote places once overlooked are now opening up, presenting new opportunities for an adrenalin rush.
Visiting the extreme ends of the earth is certainly an adventure but so is reaching its greatest heights. Experience the Himalayas off the beaten track by visiting the mountain kingdom of Bhutan which is now more open than in the past but still careful to protect its environment and Buddhist culture. Enjoy the most spectacular trekking on the planet in its highest mountain range while also experiencing the unique culture and festivals of Bhutan.
This sand-blessed land is taking advantage of its incredible dunes, amongst the highest and most extensive on earth, to create yet more adventure activities. Climb, quadbike or sandboard on a massive sand dune. Ride a 4x4 Eco dune buggy through the sandy landscape. The stark beauty of this region of sand running alongside the Atlantic coast creates a sharp contrast that is a buzz in itself!
Here’s another country opening its doors to travelers with more opportunities appearing each year. Cycling vacations are trending worldwide and have become a popular way to explore this fascinating country. Hot air balloons soar over the mystical scene at Bagan where 2,000 temples dot the landscape. This country has many amazing sights and experiences for the adventure traveler!
The Indian Ocean coast of South Africa has exquisite waves for surfing and if you continue further east along the African coast you come to Mozambique where you can have a long, white sandy beach all to yourself. The pounding surf and warm water make this an up and coming surf destination worth checking out. Stay at surf camps and unique resorts .You won’t want to miss the off shore marine parks and enjoy some great snorkeling and diving while you’re here as well.
In the Arctic you’ll now find Spitsbergen, Baffin Island and Greenland on adventure vacation itineraries with Greenland named amongst the best trips for 2016 by both Lonely Planet and National Geographic. You can even join the occasional expedition to the North Pole these days.
Expedition cruises through the North West Passage are taking place. In 2016 you can combine ultra-luxury with adventure aboard Crystal Cruises’ Crystal Serenity on a historic cruise-expedition through the Arctic waterways that form the notorious passage. The sailing has taken two years of extensive planning and a 14-member professional expedition team will be on board. Stops will feature rare wildlife sightings of polar bears, treks with professional guides and Zodiac landings.