Because I do believe that life is indeed too short; thus, we are encouraged to live life to the fullest.
As an adventure-seeker and a thrill freak, I love going to places that will make my life more memorable, doing stuff that makes my life “worth living”.
I have done a bit of research and listed here my top 8 adventure vacations that you might also want to take. Well, honestly I believe I should re-phrase that — that you MUST take!
1. View the Northern Lights in Finland
Aurora borealis or popularly called the Northern Lights are undeniably a powerful and unique natural phenomenon that looks magical from down on Earth.
Finland is one of the best places to spot the Aurorae since the Northern Lights are visible on roughly 200 nights a year. The nights there are also dark enough to give you a magnificent view of the lights.
Here are some of the coolest places to try:
2. Trek the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu
Peru’s Inca Trail is definitely an experience of a lifetime. No wonder why it is one of the most popular hikes in South America.
This beauty was constructed by the Incas over 500 years ago. Its trail is the most famous stretch of Inca road system which is 40,000 kilometres (25,000 miles) of trail spanning north to south through Chile, Ecuador and Peru.
The trail goes over a high pass, cloud forest and into subtropical vegetation. The most popular time to hike the Classic Inca Trail to Machu Picchu is during the dry season that runs from May to October. During these months, the rainfall in the Amazon basin is at its lowest so you will be able to make the most of Peru’s blue-sky-days.
You will need to have a reasonable level of fitness to complete the trail. If you are coming from the coast, it is recommended that you spend at least 2 days in Cusco before starting the trek to acclimatize yourself to the altitude.
There are several Inca Trail/Trek Services that comes along with camping accommodations, trail food (breakfast, lunches and dinners), and a trail guide. Some of these are:
3. Get to experience the wildlife safari in Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe is home to abundant wildlife. dramatic landscapes, magnificent national parks and endless adventures.
Here are top destinations in Zimbabwe that you must include in your list:
• Victoria Falls
• Mana Pools National Park
• Hwange National Park
• Lake Kariba and Matusadona National Park
• Chizarira National Park
• Matobo Hills National Park
• Eastern Highlands
• Gonarezhou National Park
If you’re only planning your adventure for just a day, the best pick would be in Victoria Falls. Bungee jumping, Gorge swinging, abseiling, cage diving (with crocs), white-water rafting in Zambezi river and Big Five horseback safaris are of the top lists to do for a one-day adventure.
For longer adventures (which is most likely the usual pick), best start with the Mana Pools National Park. You can launch off by multi-canoeing where you can glide past hippos, crocodiles, and elephants on the shore.
Other adventure includes a 4×4 experience in the Gonarezhou National Park. You will enjoy a rough road experience with a beautiful landscape of sandstone cliffs and mopane woodland that serves as a home to thousands of elephants and other animals.
4. Snorkel with sharks in the Galapagos
The Galapagos Islands are not your typical dive location. It is not easy to get there, but the epic dives you get there is definitely worth the travel!
Galapagos is a habitat to more than 400 species of fish and is home to 12 shark species. Some of these sharks are year-round residences and others migratory.
Some of the most common sharks that you will encounter when diving in Galapagos are:
• Scalloped Hammerheads
• Galapagos shark
• Whitetip reef sharks
• Blacktip and gray reef sharks
You might want to check on some travel guide so you can get to know more of the adventure that awaits you.
5. Raft the Grand Canyon
Rafting the Grand Canyon is definitely an adventure of a lifetime. The exciting ride that the rough rapids offer is surely something you should not miss.
Depending on your chosen adventure, the trips can last a day or as long as 21 days! To make your adventure memorable, make sure you plan on the length of your trip, and what part of the Colorado River along the Grand Canyon you want to see ahead of time.
Here are some of the most common trips:
• Lees Ferry to Phantom Ranch
• Lees Ferry to Whitmore Wash
• Lees Ferry to Diamond Creek
• Lees Ferry to Lake Mead
You may want to hire a commercial company to guide you down the river or to raft with a private group.
6. Try Liveaboard in the Maldives
The Maldives being one of the top tourist spots in the world is truly magnificent — like heaven on earth.
Not only is the water warm all year round, but the atmosphere is also relaxed. Shark and manta ray encounters are regular events and dive sites are diverse. These, amongst other reasons, makes Maldive a must-go-to haven and a perfect spot for Liveaboard.
There are several diving liveaboards available in the Maldives that you can definitely choose from.
7. Go to the Swiss Alps
Of course, we have to include this on the list! I bet no one isn’t enticed by Switzerland’s crisp snow-covered mountain tops. After all, the Swiss Alps are one of the most sought-after locations in Europe.
You have to take note though that Switzerland has reputation for being one of the most expensive locations to go to. The country ranks highest in the cost of living. Accommodation to food and sightseeing is expensive.
To avoid such extravagant cost, you can travel to Switzerland on a budget as long as you stick to the following tips:
• Plan your Trip
• Do not Rent Rooms (Try couch-surfing)
• Avoid expensive restaurant dining (Cook your own food)
• Avoid Alcohol (Too expensive)
• Drink Tap Water
• Rent a Bike
• Look for cheap hiking spots
• Be mindful of your souvenir expense
8. Swim with the pigs in the Exumas, Bahamas
A fun filled adventure awaits in the white-sand beaches of the Exumas!
Here, you can swim with the pigs, snorkel, beach comb and experience all the beauty of the Exumas in one tour. Loud snorting pigs paddling out to greet you as you approach the Big Major Cay.
There are several travel companies and tour operators available that offer a full-day tour. Most of these tours include visiting the pigs, swimming with nurse sharks, meeting iguanas, a sandbar picnic, and snorkelling in the famous Thunderball Grotto.
It is okay to visit any time of the year but June through November is considered hurricane season so the pigs are usually moved to a shelter during these months.