Travelling… it opens us up to new challenges and experiences and for our adventure world travel experience is all about trying new things! It pushes us out of our comfort zone and gives us endless opportunities to tick off all those crazy bucket list dreams in stunning surroundings. What better time to try out a new activity or go on an adventure you will never forget than when you are seizing the day and travelling the world! We absolutely love a good adventure and have been lucky enough to try out some pretty amazing things, here are the best adventure activities to try when travelling!
The Best Adventure World Travel Activities to Try Out!
The ultimate adventure activity, jumping into pools from 30 ft+, sliding down incredible natural slides and rappelling down huge waterfalls this is an epic adrenaline rush! Not only is it one of the most exciting and fun activities you can try it also allows you to see the power of nature up close and personal in some amazing settings. You will explore canyons, ravines and gorges carved over thousands of years by flowing mountain waters!
It doesn’t get much crazier than this!!
Another full on adventure activity in which you have to pay attention, work together and be brave! Often in freezing glacial waters rafting allows you to tackle some intense rapids even as a complete beginner. Far from a relaxing river cruise White Water Rafting throws you right into the swirling and roaring waters paddling as hard as you can to keep your boat upright and moving forwards! A classic and truly unforgettable adventure often through breathtaking mountain passages and valleys it is one of our favourite Adventure world travel activities.
Best places for White Water Rafting:
Camping might not seem like the most wild adventure activity but its in fact such a fun way to experience the outdoors and such an important vehicle for experiencing many of the other adventures out there. Camping itself can be wild though, hiking through the wilderness, climbing a mountain and kayaking back down a river is one thing, but staying overnight in a hostel, hotel or heading back home is one thing. But to retire back to a tent or campervan just makes the adventure than much more intense! Spending days or weeks travelling and living off your own instinct with only the things on your back is a real adventure that shouldn’t be overlooked! There are some pretty wild places to camp too, you can go traveling by campervan in Costa Rica, or take a tent and pitch it on the side of a Welsh Mountain or in the isolated Australian backcountry! Camping is an adventure anyone can get involved in too, from alpine camping to setting up a tent in the back garden!
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A step up from White Water Rafting if you choose to tackle the rapids, this time you are on your own in a craft much less steady but much more manoeuvrable and a much more intense adventure world travel activity! A full body workout, kayaking pushes you both mentally and physically. Flying down weirs, rapids and waterfalls, shifting your body weight and paddling hard the intensity of kayaking is up there with the best activities in the world! Often these impressive rivers in which some of the best rapids lie are in some of the most stunning natural locations in the world too!
Mexico as an example is a mecca for Kayaking and just can’t be missed if you want to give it a go or take it to the next level! The area around Cancun is a great place to head to and it means you can combine a more traditional holiday vibe with the adventure of a lifetime which is especially great if you’re travelling as a family or group of people with different interests. Hiring your own transport is the ideal way to get out to the rapids so you should rent a car in Cancun if you can to make the most of your time here.
Best places to go Kayaking:
Read about our kayaking adventure world travel experience:
The beauty of hiking is that it can be a hard or easy, scary or relaxing as you like which makes it a perfect adventure world travel activity for all. Tackle some of the rolling hills of the pennines or cross some of the needle like ridges of the Lake District or Wales as we have. Or if you are even more outgoing there are plenty of Alpine peaks suitable for the moderately experienced hiker or mountaineer alike. Switzerland and the Bernese alps offers hiking for all levels of experience and takes in some of the most amazing and impressive views in the world.
Best places to go Hiking:
If you fancy giving kayaking a go but it seems a little bit too extreme then canoeing is for you! Instead of tackling the white water and rapids of fast flowing rivers canoeing is more about taking a slow and steady journey through amazing scenery and taking the time to absorb it all. From lakes to rivers canoeing is a gentle adventure activity which allows you time to make a relaxing journey, we even took a dog along with us! Canoes are surprisingly steady too, but we can’t promise you won’t fall in!
Paragliding for us has to be one of the most amazing adventure activities we have been lucky enough to try. Despite extreme experiences you don’t need to run off any cliffs and hope the canopy opens! It is in fact one of the most chilled out activities you can do! Sitting back in your harness and flying 4000 ft above the ground is exhilarating and mind blowing all at the same time. Paragliding allows you to see the world from a totally new perspective, one which you will never forget! For us this is the ultimate adventure world travel activity!
Climbing can be as difficult or easy as you make it, from hanging off the side of a sheer cliff by your fingertips with your last clip meters below you to scrambling up a gentle slope with a reassuring rope above you. Climbing can be a lifestimes hobby where you push yourself both mentally and physically, taking you to some of the most exposed and wonderful places in the world. Or, you could give it a go and any number of locations, such as Krabi in Thailand, with a qualified instructor on easy but still challenging terrain! It’s the original adventure activity!
Via Ferrata takes hiking to the next level but yet is not quite as extreme as climbing in its physical challenge. A distinct step up from scrambling Via Ferrata takes you to heights and exposed positions only experienced mountaineers would usually find themselves in. Following tracks of wires across staples thousands of feet in the air, swaying bridges and zip lines it is truly a magnificent and inconceivably safe way to traverse and climb valley walls and mountain passes.
Best places to give Via Ferrata a go:
Read about our Via Ferrata adventure world travel experience here:
One of the fastest growing water sports Stand Up Paddleboarding is surprisingly easy to pick up and easy to do. SUP as it is known is usually practiced on lakes, flat rivers or in the surf where it derives from. A relaxing and unique way to explore a multitude of waterways it is also quite the workout!! SUP is such fun and also one of the best activities for a rainy day too, hey, you’re going to get wet anyway!
Best places to go Stand Up Paddling
Read about our adventure world travel experience doing SUP here:
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