Travel Adventure Experiences
When it comes to adventure travel, there are so many wonderful experiences to choose from these days it’s almost impossible to narrow it down to a top five. Regardless of level of experience, budget and age, it’s guaranteed you’ll find something to suit your sense of adventure.
1. Kayak Around the Galapagos Islands
The Galapagos Islands are on most adventurers wishlists, but like many places in the world, with the increase in number of people travelling the islands are sometimes overcrowded, which is impressive considering their geographical location and cost of getting there.
Instead of opting to stay on one of the big cruise ships, which can only have a negative impact on this precious, fragile ecosystem, take a small group tour. The smaller cruise ships can reach less travelled areas of the islands. Once there, jump in a kayak and paddle around the waters to see the penguins, iguanas and sea-lions up close.
2. Trek to the Twelve Apostles
Regarded as one of Australia’s natural wonders, the Twelve Apostles in Port Campbell National Park draw visitors from far and wide. Usually viewed from the Great Ocean Road, Australian boutique travel company ‘bothfeet’ offer unique guided walking tours along remote trails and out-of-the-way tracks, which cover between 45 and 52km, finishing off at the foot of the Twelve Apostles.
Hikers are treated to overnight stays at luxury eco lodge bothfeet walking in Johanna, where a blissful foot spa, gourmet three-course meal and comfortable bed await at the end of each day’s trek.
3. Cycle Through the Canadian Rockies
Passionate cyclists will agree, travelling on two wheels offers a whole new way to see the world. Touring by bike allows riders to explore some of the more remote locations in the world, often inaccessible by cars and too arduous a trek for walkers.In the Canadian Rockies exhilarating tracks run through mountain passes thousands of feet above sea level, giving you the feeling of being on top of the world. Ride through Banff National Park, from the resort town of Banff to Lake Minnewanka, through rolling hillsides and by glacial blue-green rivers. If you’re looking for an easy ride, travel along the Icefields Parkway, a road leading through the heart of the Canadian Rockies, linking Lake Louise to Jasper in the north.
4. Scuba Dive the Great Blue Hole in Belize
There are few dive spots better than the Great Blue Hole. Formed during the last ice age, this limestone sinkhole is 300-metre-wide, 123-metre-deep and is regarded as the Mecca of dive sites among scuba divers. First discovered by Jacques Cousteau, the Blue Hole is almost perfectly round and can be found in Lighthouse Reef Atoll, about 60 miles from Belize City.
Here you’ll find a unique biodiversity within the reef walls, with multi-coloured stalactites and stalagmites, submerged caves to explore, reef ledges and depressions, and hordes of marine life, including giant grouper, nurse sharks and reef sharks.
5. See the Northern Lights by Dog Sled
Imagine mushing your own team of huskies through the untamed wilderness of Lapland in the Arctic Circle, with only the whoosh of the thick snow, panting of the dogs and your own breath to listen to. Scandinavia would draw to a standstill in winter without their precious huskies. These ice-blue-eyed dogs keep the world of the Midnight Sun moving.
A number of companies run dog sledding trips through snow-topped forests and frozen lakes, past wild reindeer, wolves and the odd Arctic Fox to see the Aurora Borealis, or Northern Lights. Park up, get your sleeping gear sorted and lie down under the stars to watch the greatest light show on Earth.