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Adventure Travel: Destinations

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If your idea of a holiday isn’t just basking in the sunshine or seeing the sights, an adventure break may be an appealing option. Sometimes, it’s refreshing to get into the outdoors and enjoy the thrills and spills it offers. If you’re keen to switch things up, here are some of the best destinations on offer for your next adventure holiday.


The USA is a veritable playground when it comes to adventure pursuits. Wherever you travel, you won’t be too far away from a national park, and the opportunity to cycle, hike, climb or swim to your heart’s content. Think crystal clear lakes, rippling streams, tranquil glades, and rugged outcrops. Marvel at dusty desert plains, clear skies filled with luminescent stars and deep canyons. There are so many highlights that it’s hard to know where to begin. Go camping in Delaware Water Gap and hike the Appalachian Trail or hire a cabin at Yosemite and enjoy a scenic horseback trek. Go white water rafting at Zion National Park or skirt around the edges of beautiful Crater Lake on your bike. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or you’re a novice, there are hiking, cycling and kayaking tours to suit everyone, and if you don’t have all the gear, don’t worry. You’ll often find that you can hire any extra equipment you need.

New Zealand

New Zealand is a beautiful country, and there are few places on earth that can compete with it when it comes to opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts. The geography lends itself to exploration, and you can choose from a huge range of activities. Head to the Tongariro Crossing for the ride or hike or your life or visit Queenstown if you’re keen to bungee jump, skydive or ski. The best way to see New Zealand is to hire a car, so you can explore at your leisure and stop whenever and wherever you want. Once you’ve finished on South Island, you can catch a short flight from Christchurch to Wellington and discover the wonders of the North Island. If you love water sports, head north to the Bay of Plenty.

The UK

The UK is famed for its quaint villages, cosy pubs, and lively cities, but it also has plenty to offer outdoorsy types. If you enjoy cycling, climbing, fishing or walking, there’s an array of incredible destinations on offer, including the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales, Bodmin Moor, and Exmoor. If you cross the English border, you can tackle the peaks of Snowdonia National Park or try your hand at skiing on the slopes in the Cairngorms.

If you’re an all-action hero looking for your next holiday destination, there are so many options out there. Hopefully, this guide has given you some ideas, and you can start planning your next trip. Think about the kinds of activities you want to try, where you’ve always wanted to go, and how far you want to travel. Once you’ve done this, you can draw up an itinerary and look forward to an action-packed adventure.

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