As we approach another new year, it is inevitable that we all start reflecting on our lives and get a bit restless. But rather than beat yourself up about not accomplishing enough last year, why not start the year by booking an adventure holiday?
Planning an awesome adventure is a great way to start the new year. It will give you something to look forward to as well as make you feel productive and in control. But what kind of holiday should you book? Here are some ideas to help get you started!
New Zealand Bucket List
New Zealand is the home of adventure travel. Whether it’s white water rafting, kayaking, snowboarding, hiking, cycling, dolphin watching, bungee jumping, canyon swinging or parasailing, you can do it all in one holiday in NZ. There’s plenty to explore across both islands of NZ but if you want a jam-packed holiday from one central location, then Queenstown is the place to be.
Queenstown thrives on adventure tourism and you can book absolutely any kind of activity or tour from this wonderful little town. To get the most out of your time, we suggest you research activities and book ahead. But, if you’d prefer to wing it, there will be plenty of operators to choose from once you’re there as well.
Destination Surf Camp
Kill two birds with one stone by learning to surf or brush up your skills in an exotic location. By attending a surf camp you’ll be challenging yourself and getting some feel-good physical exercise, but at the same time you’ll be exploring a new culture, a new place and new cuisine. You’ll probably make some fabulous new friends too.
There are plenty of destination surf camps available across the globe. From Vanuatu surf camps for women to beginner surf camps in Costa Rica, there’s a surf camp out there to suit everyone.
Everest Base Camp
Whilst reaching the summit of Everest will costs an arm and a leg (possibly quite literally), getting to Everest Base Camp is a lot more realistic for your average adventure traveller. It doesn’t require any technical mountaineering skills and is considered more of a hike than a climb.
The fantastic thing about hiking this part of Everest is that you get to explore another culture and visit local villages on the way. Of course, if Everest is a bit too commercialised for you, you can always go a little bit off the beaten track into other plentiful trails in Nepal.
Coasteering in Wales
If you fancy a physical adventure that combines climbing, scrambling, canyoning, cliff jumping and swimming in white water & tidal currents, then coasteering is definitely for you! Wales is quite literally the home of coasteering. Guided coasteering was originally commercialised in a tiny city called St David’s on the coast of Pembrokeshire in West Wales. With coastline that goes on for miles, it’s the perfect place to wrestle with rugged rocks and rough seas.
Wales is a fantastic destination for adventure travel as it is a small country packed with countless mountains and national parks as well as a generous coastline. This means that you can cover a lot of ground and a lot of activity in a short amount of time. And if you love hiking, there’s a footpath that you can follow to walk the entire coast of Wales should you have a few weeks to spare!
Adventure travel is a fantastic way to challenge yourself as well as explore different cultures and landscapes. The world is rife with opportunities for adventure and the activities mentioned in this article are but the tip of the ginormous iceberg. So if you fancy shaking things up this year by ticking off a huge bucket list item, all you need to do is pick one and get planning!