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Is most of the traveling you do work-related? Are you getting a little bored of stuffy conference rooms, long meetings, and all the other less-than-fun things that come with typical business travel?
Maybe it’s time for you to step out of your comfort zone and try something a bit riskier. Have you ever considered taking an adventure trip?
Whether you have a passion for the outdoors or just wish that you did, an adventure vacation can be a great option if you’re looking to shake things up a bit.
Not sure where you should travel for your first adventure vacation? Read on to learn about seven of the best adventure trips you ought to consider taking.
Preparing for Your Trip
Before you start planning your first big adventure trip, it’s a good idea to take some time to learn more about things like outdoor safety and first aid.
Here are some adventure safety tips you ought to keep in mind during your travels:
- Never travel alone
- Work on getting in good physical shape before taking on active adventures like hiking or skiing
- Wear appropriate footwear and clothing for the climate and terrain
- Keep a first aid kit with you at all times
- Learn to identify and treat conditions like hypothermia, heat exhaustion, heat stroke, and dehydration
- Keep water on hand and stay hydrated
- Keep emergency, non-perishable food on hand
It’s a good idea to carry a physical map (don’t count on your phone to work in every location) and store it in a plastic bag so it doesn’t get wet or smeared.
Seven Best Adventure Trips
No matter which trip you decide to take, these tips will help you stay safe and get the most out of the experience. Now, it’s time for the fun part — choosing where you’re going to visit!
Here are seven of the best adventure trips you ought to add to your travel agenda:
1. Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania
It wouldn’t be a list of adventure trips without a hike of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s tallest mountain.
While a climb of Kilimanjaro will be the pinnacle of your trip to Tanzania, there’s plenty more you can do there besides hike. You can take a safari to experience the country’s incredible landscape and learn more about the various animals that call it home.
When it comes time to actually climb Mount Kilimanjaro, there are several different routes you can take depending on your fitness level and the amount of time you want to spend climbing.
You don’t have to be a hiking expert to participate in this adventure — although it definitely helps.
2. Bernese Oberland, Switzerland
The Bernese Oberland area of Switzerland is a must for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you travel there in the winter or the summer, you’ll be stunned by the incredible rolling hills and gorgeous snow-capped mounts.
While you’re here, you can visit the famous ski town, Grindelwald, or take a stroll through the town of Interlaken, which is located between two lakes — Lake Brienz and Lake Thun.
Whether you want to take a hike, relax on a boat, or visit striking glaciers, there’s something for everyone here.
3. Milford Sound, New Zealand
If you want to spend time on or near the water, you ought to consider adding Milford Sound to your travel itinerary.
Here, you can kayak along sparkling lakes or take a hike through the ancient, striking rainforest. This area is a nature lover’s paradise and the definition of natural beauty with its incredible peaks, waterfalls, and more.
4. Cinque Terre, Italy
There’s a lot more you can do in Italy than just drink wine (although, of course, that is an option when you visit Cinque Terre as well).
Cinque Terre is a national park and protected territory that features steep, natural slopes. These slopes were transformed into terraces designed for win cultivation.
You can take a hike through the cliffside trail while you’re here to take in stunning views of the Mediterranean and look around several different coastal villages.
5. Ski Dubai, United Arab Emirates
Dubai is one of the world’s fastest growing cities, and it’s no surprise that people are flocking here in droves.
You can do just about anything while you’re here, including taking an indoor ski trip. That’s right, Ski Dubai is an indoor ski slope with five different runs to accommodate everyone’s skill level and preferences.
You can also rent skis and parkas here, so there’s no need to haul them with you.
Ski Dubai might not be the most outdoorsy trip you can take, especially compared to climbing Mount Kilimanjaro and hiking Cinque Terre.
But, this is still a fun adventure and something you’ll be talking about with your friends and loved ones for years to come.
6. Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii
If you want to take your Hawaiian vacation to the next level, consider paying a visit to Volcanoes National Park.
Home to two of the world’s most active volcanoes — Mauna Loa and Kilauea — this park of full of adventure opportunities, including a variety of hikes and ranger-led tours.
7. Monument Valley, Utah
Located approximately 60 miles west of the Utah-New Mexico border (close to the Four Corners monument), Monument Valley is an incredible place to visit, especially if you love to pair your hikes with a side of history.
During your stay in Monument Valley, you can take in a variety of historic monuments, including Totem Pole, Three Sisters, and John Ford’s Point. You can also take a tour into Hunts Mesa and Mystery Valley.
There are dozens of hikes available, too, that will take you through ancient Anasazi ruins and let you experience some incredible natural formations.
Plan Your Trip Today
As you can see, there are lots of great places that you can visit if you’re all about adventure.
Be sure to keep this list of the seven best adventure trips in mind when you’re planning your next vacation.
Do you need more help planning for your upcoming trip? If so, we’ve got more resources for you.
Start by checking out this article on affordable travel. It’s full of great tips that will help you have the trip of your dreams without breaking the bank. Give it a read today!