“Until you step into the unknown, you don’t know what you’re made of.” – Roy T. Bennett
Adventure makes one feel truly alive. Seizing the moment and breaking free from the mundane is one of the biggest reasons for taking a vacation to faraway places. However, it’s easier to get caught up in the same boring activities in otherwise stunning destinations.
For instance, every beach holiday offers loads of water activities to indulge in, and other urban holidays have theme parks and rides to keep you entertained. But for a true adrenaline junkie, the charm of these repetitive activities slowly wears off.
If you are an adventure seeker looking for new activities to push your limits, plan your next trip to one of these invigorating destinations on our list, and prepare to be swept off your feet!
Pakistan is seldom if ever on anyone’s travel plans. With stunning Northern regions and booming tourism, you will be surprised at how much beauty and adventure is packed in this underrated holiday destination.
It is especially a treat for adventure seekers as Pakistanis home to the magnificent Karakorum range. The mountainous dreamland is a true feat that every mountaineer must experience at least once in their life. The 2nd highest mountain in the world invites you to explore it in all its glory with a whooping 18-day trek to its base camp.
Explore the Baltoro glacier – 5th longest non-polar glacier to reach the Concordia, more commonly known as the “Throne Room of Mountain Gods”. It is a legend that spending one night under the enchanting mountains of Concordia can add one year to your life span. Another famous trek is the Gondogoro La Trek which also covers the Vigne glacier. Reaching the peak is a rewarding experience with unparalleled views of 4 eight-thousand-meter peaks.
As K2 Mountain is in Skardu near Gilgit-Baltistan, you can find many comfortable and high-end lodgings within a few miles of the majestic ranges. Karakoram Lodge is the closest to K2, offering mesmeric views of the Shok River with luxurious amenities and friendly service.
There’s a reason why the Lord of the Rings was shot in New Zealand. Besides its fascinating beauty and fantastical landscapes, the country is truly a land of adventure and is sure to make your inner hobbit exclaim “I’m going on an adventure!”.
If you enjoy water sports and activities, take it to the next level with whitewater rafting on class 5 rapids – mind you, it’s extremely difficult! The experience takes place in Rangitata Rafting just a few hours from Christchurch. Nerves run high as you board the trip in the freezing glacial river. Don’t let the difficulty level discourage you, there’s plenty of practicing involved before you take on this adventurous ride.
Want to take a break from the waters and explore more of New Zealand’s beauty? Head to the striking glacier walks for rewarding views and try your luck at heart-thumping bungy jumping and skydiving experiences. Don’t forget to explore the Hobbiton for a much-needed feel-good moment and some excellent clicks for your Instagram.
The Vicarage Geraldine is a lovely B&B just a short distance from Rangitata Rafts with rustic mansion-like exterior and cozy rooms. It is an ideal stop for a short stay with your beau as the tranquil setting is delightfully romantic!
Iceland is a land of adventures, no doubt about it. The magical land inspired Jules Verne’s beloved ‘Journey to the Center of the Earth’. It is also a training place for astronauts owing to its verifiably lunar landscape. The magnificent underground ice caves of Vatnajokull glaciers and the remarkable Seljalandsfoss waterfall are all worth mentioning.
The Thrihnukagigur volcano, in particular, grasps the interest of every adrenaline junky. Commercial tours are available where you are plunged into the volcano via a slow-moving lift taking you 120m into the depths.
You will find another world once you step out of the lift. A ghost of the magma chamber drained of magma awaits your welcome revealing obscure caverns in hues of blood reds, sulfur yellows, and bruise purples. Water trickles down from above as you explore the dormant volcano which last erupted over 4,000 years ago.
Hilton Reykjavik Nordico is a few miles from the volcano and perfect for a wholesome family stay. Decked with delectable on-site restaurants and comfy lodging, you will love the high-end amenities and service here.