10 Top Destinations For Adventure Lovers

Have you been searching for some top destinations for adventure lovers? Or maybe a few places you’d like to visit on your next holiday?

Vacation usually means lounging by the pool, eating at the buffet, and relaxing on the beach, right? Perhaps for certain folks. But you’re not alone if that’s not your idea of a good time. You have a number of alternatives if you desire more exercise and excitement when you travel.

Furthermore, an exciting holiday does not necessarily have to be costly. Adventure travel is extremely inexpensive at its heart. Here are some of the best places to visit for active travelers looking for active and exciting holidays.

New Zealand

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New Zealand is only a hop, skip, and a jump away from Australia and offers much more excitement. New Zealand is known as the birthplace of bungee jumping for a reason, and it begs you to step beyond of your comfort zone and enjoy everything it has to offer. Skydiving, rafting, and eco-tours are just a few of the activities available to visitors to Kiwis. Plus, if you have more time on your hands, checking both Australia AND New Zealand off your bucket list can easily be done. 

Costa Rica

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Costa Rica, a renowned tourist destination for many years, is not shying away from the adventure that it excels at. Explore a cave, do severe trekking, or whitewater raft…All of these activities make this little but delightful nation one of the top destinations for adventure lovers. You may have also heard about conservation and volunteer initiatives to keep animals like sea turtles alive. These efforts are worth the time and make Costa Rica another great option for a get-away adventure. 


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If you’re ready to endure the cold weather, high winds, and rough waves, this is the ideal isolated spot to visit. It’s difficult to get to, but it’s feasible if you’re dedicated. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime journey that few people get to have, and there’s no way to really understand it unless you go. Zodiac boats are the finest method to see Antarctica, so find a cruise that offers Zodiac expeditions so you can zip around the continent.

Galapagos Island

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Visit Ecuador’s Galapagos Islands for an unforgettable adventure trip. Follow in the footsteps of scientist Charles Darwin as you study how the geological history of these chain of islands allowed for the emergence of distinct animal species. There are endangered giant tortoises, sea lions, flamingos, Galapagos penguins, sleeping sharks, marine iguanas, and birds like the finches that inspired Darwin’s Theory of Evolution.

Divers, snorkelers, surfers, boaters, and hikers will also find enough to do. If you have time, don’t miss the Ecuadorian mainland, which offers some of the world’s most stunning canopy walks – elevated walkways above the forest floor.

Big Sur

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The stunning vistas along this stretch of California’s coast, where the Santa Lucia Mountains plunge into the Pacific, have long captivated visitors and artists. It was one of the state’s most isolated locations until 1937, when it was inaccessible by road. There is plenty of hiking, trekking, camping, fishing, and beach combing, but ocean swimming is risky. Instead, take a plunge in the Big Sur River, which contains many access points.

You can camp among the redwoods at the state parks in the area. Take the hike to Pfeiffer Falls, and if you’re fit, try the challenging trail to Sykes Hot Springs. You can also visit the historic Point Sur lighthouse. Big Sur is home to the Esalen Institute, a famous retreat center with its own hot springs and spectacular views.

The Swiss Alps

Have you been searching for some top destinations for adventure lovers? Or maybe a few places you'd like to visit on your next holiday?
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The Swiss Alps are an active traveler’s dream in both summer and winter. In the winter, the skiing is unrivaled, and in the summer, there is no finer spot for hiking or even bicycling. You may stay in one of the region’s well-known chalets and enjoy the various highland lakes and meadows. No wonder, it’s one of the top destinations for adventure lovers.

Be sure to try the sledding, also known as sledging. You can also visit in the Swiss National Park in Graubünden and the Parc Ela, a 600-square-kilometer protected area.


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Alaska boasts some of the greatest whitewater rafting in the world for water enthusiasts. There are excellent class five and six rapids, as well as difficult terrain best seen by raft. Alaska is also a popular destination for heli-skiing, and the mountains provide excellent hiking and climbing possibilities.

South Africa

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South Africa evokes the sense of adventure with its distinctive wildlife and natural beauty. While some like the raucous city nightlife, others choose to get their thrills by hiking through national parks, snorkeling, or joining an eco-tour. There is a lot to be said about this country’s natural beauty. Furthermore, as many adrenaline seekers will attest, your pocketbook will thank you.


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Norway, although being sparsely inhabited, is mostly unspoilt, and its natural beauty draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year. Hiking, biking, boating, horseback riding, and fishing are all options for visitors, as are skiing, sledding, and dogsledding. View massive fjords with sheer rock walls that plunge straight into the sea.

You may also go north of the Arctic Circle to Tromso to see the Northern Lights and take a boat down the country’s coast, where you can jump on and off to participate in the outdoor activities available at each stop. Intrepid winter visitors may visit the renowned ski jump at Holmenkollen near Oslo, which hosted the 1952 Winter Olympics and has since held ski jumping events.


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The tropical country is nearly as large as the United States, and offers diverse activities for the adventure traveler. It’s now increasingly seen as one of the top destinations for adventure lovers. Visit the Chapada Diamantina highlands, named for the region’s famous diamond mines, to see beautiful waterfalls, and swim in Poco Azul, a pristine underground cavern pool.

Many visitors have described the region as a vast garden teeming with wild orchids and other exotic flora. Explore Mucugezinho’s waterfall refuge, as well as the flooded Cave Partinha and the crystal-clear Lake Paratinha. Hiking up the tabletop peak Morro Pai Inácio is also an option. Many of the waterfalls in the area cascade over huge, flat boulders.

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