10 places to indulge your wild side

Adventure Destinations | | August 16, 2010 at 12:47 am




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One of the newest trends manifesting itself in world travel is that of adventure tourism, and who can resist the lure of a bit of danger every now and then? It sure makes for a hell of a better party when that pompous fool that talks about his travels through Europe is upstaged by you talking about that one time you wrestled a grizzly bear to the ground with one hand tied behind your back. Ok, that last bit is a bit of an exaggeration but the thrill and spill of an adventure excursion is hard to overlook, so peruse these destinations the next time you consider running off somewhere dangerous.

Norway

Norway is well-known for many things, among which are its women and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, but discount not the thrills and spills you will find in the home of Thor and the Vikings. Ravishing fjords and mountain spiral high over craggy coastlines and Norway offers up adventure everywhere you look. For starters, it’s close to the Arctic Circle  and has an array of winter sports for you to choose from including cross-country skiing (should you be up for it) and if you like canines but don’t want to head to Alaska try the dog sledding that’s on offer. The fjords are the perfect place for water sports such as kayaking with killer whales and diving (not with killer whales) and it is for the diversity of its activity that Norway is fast becoming a hot-spot of adventure travel.

Norway

Madagascar

It’s inspired two wildly successful animated movies, but there’s nothing cartoon-y about Madagascar, just 400 kilometres off mainland Africa. Jam-packed with mountains, rainforests, beaches and natural beauties of all kinds (except Kate Beckinsale, she chose to stay back in Los Angeles), Madagascar is like manna for the adrenaline junkie. You name it and you can get it here (except Beckinsale, like we said) and you can do stuff as crazy as spelunking and diving with sharks if you’ve taken leave of your senses. Madagascar’s natural ecosystem is the real star of the show here and you can find such rare creatures as elephant birds (no, we didn’t make that up), fossa, poisonous frogs and the hissing cockroach. And when you want to put your feet up and relax, watch a whale drift by. It’s like a jack-in-the-box of nature’s finest surprises, and you shouldn’t miss it for the world.

Madagascar

Switzerland

Switzerland is famed for a few things, and most of them are unexciting such as Roger Federer or their banking system or the efficiency of their trains. But the one thing that is exciting and keeps on drawing in the tourists by the millions are the snow sports (because let’s face it, none of the first three reasons are reasons for its fame) and the snowcapped peaks stay that way all year round. You can be staid and go skiing or choose to go air boarding or instead risk a few broken limbs and go ice climbing, the choice is yours. And that’s just touching the tip of the iceberg. Go cliff-diving and then get straight into the Alpine culture, which will you enthralled and always asking for more.

Switzerland

Nepal

With the Himalayas draped around it, Nepal is a siren call for adventurers everywhere and several mountaineers have tried to scale their peaks never to be heard of again. Of course, the most famous of these mountains is Mount Everest but there are also equally eye-poppingly fantastic feats of nature to be found here by the way of Yaks and Yeti’s, not to mention some of the best trekking trails to be found anywhere in the world. This is one of the few places in the world where you can trek for weeks without camping out in tents. That’s not the only world-class adventure sport to be found here, you can get your kicks from white-water rafting, paragliding, mountain flights or mountain biking. Come for the adventure and stay for the friendly locals. It’s a decision you won’t regret.

Nepal

Croatia

Croatia is overflowing with culture and terrain ripe for trekking, and you can hike through the immaculate green cover of the forests with babbling brooks and streams flowing through and when you’re feeling tired (because you will be tired out soon), you can let the waterfalls of Plitvice wash away your woes. It’s a great place to have an adventure, and not just necessarily with the beautiful Croatian women; we’re talking about the likes of adventure racing, hunting, skiing and spelunking and these are just a select few of the possibilities. It’s rich in culture, although it’s a bit motley in nature since it endured the rule of several civilization, but it’s more the natural allure of the place that will leave you asking for more.

Croatia

South Africa

Diversity is something every country has, but South Africa takes the cake and the bakery with it when it comes to being multi-faceted. Right from its water sports to the majestic mountains that can be found to the abseils and the bungee jumping facilities (both of which are the largest to be found in the world), South Africa makes the most of its presence at the tail end of arguably the most incredible continent on the planet with more to do than you can start to pore over. And besides all the adventure sports there’s also the wildlife that can be found in private reserves or  the Savannah or the national parks for you to get up, close and personal with. There are so many ecosystems and things to do that you could make several trips here and not get everything done, so it’s a good thing that you won’t complain about making all those repeat visits.

South Africa

British Columbia, Canada

This is what Eden must have been like. British Columbia has a multicultural mosaic that sees pretty much everyone fit in and with mountain ranges and lakes to be found a dime a dozen (and each one of them are more spectacular than the last). In fact, this is such a famous spot for winter sports that it co-hosted the recently held 2010 Winter Olympics along with Vancouver and the best of the ski resorts to be found here is Whistler Blackcomb. Go heli-skiing here (yes, it is as fantastic as it sounds and the quickest of quick fixes).  Come summer you can always go horseback-riding and camping among other activities, and the choice of activities is as vast as British Columbia itself and it’s the little things in this big place that make everything oh, so worth it.

British Columbia

Brazil

Ah, Brazil. Known for being wildly exotic (both within the cities and beyond), it is the perfect playground for whatever it is that suits your flight of fancy. Perhaps you’re feeling brave and lucky all at once and want to do a rainforest tour on foot (or boat if you’re more wary). But there’s more to it than just football or the Amazonian rainforest. The Pantanal Matogrossense National Park is home to Jaguars (the real kind), capybaras, caimans and iguanas and there’s more wildlife and avian life to be found here than you can shake a stick at and shoo away. Go hang gliding or choose to hire a bike and go off to God’s Finger or instead choose to go for the water sports, always the popular option. In Brazil, the fun never sets.

Brazil

Australia

Australia is the place to be if you really want to go on an adventure. How many times have you heard about people walking through the Outback and felt “I should be there”? Water sports are where the fun is at predominantly in Australia with every sport conceivable found here, and no trip over here is done without a visit to the Great Barrier Reef for a bout of scuba diving, for it is one of the most identifiable images of Australia. If you’re not a water person, head inland to Ayers Rock and the Blue Mountain and even in the city you can find something stupid to do, such as scale the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The Aussies love to get their fix of adrenaline and you can unwind by taking in the natural flora and fauna at the zoo’s. There’s always a wonder down under.

Australia

New Zealand

New Zealand is more than just a country in the shadow of Australia. It is also one of the mst beautiful countries in the world and you will be hard pressed to not find anything here that is anything short of adventurous. It’s diminutive form and size hides a host of natural wonders that are magical and enchanting, ranging from volcanoes and stellar coastlines to mountains and snowmobiles that are awaiting your touch. Sky-diving and white-water rafting are other popular sports around here and the glow-worm caves to be found underground dazzle the senses as does the spelunking. New Zealand is not known as one of the best diving spots in the world, and its beauty never fails to blow the mind. This here’s a little place with a heart that is Goliath-esque.

New Zealand

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3 Comments

  1. anna says:

    hey!!! u mentioned u saw elephant birds in madagascar…but that is an extinct specie
    .-= anna´s last blog ..Paris =-.

  2. Chris says:

    hey!!! i think its very succinct blog but yet lets u know which place to go if you are looking for a particular adventure sport…
    .-= Chris´s last blog ..Paris =-.

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