There are many different reasons why we decide to jet off to a foreign land. Perhaps we’re just looking for a much-needed break, perhaps we want to learn more about the history of the world, or perhaps we want to experience something incredibly thrilling. Deciding on a destination says a lot about one’s interests – it’s a tell-tale sign of what exactly gets one ticking. If a person decides to climb Mount Kilimanjaro for example, I think it’s safe to say he is quite the adrenaline junkie. And, if someone decides to visit the Hindu temples in the Himalayas – it’s pretty obvious that they’re seeking out a spiritually enhancing experience. Whatever the case may be, travelers are driven by their desires – their desires to learn, see and experience new things, while living out their passions.
There are a few places in the world that have the ability to touch both our minds and our souls and ultimately fulfill many of our passions and desires. They’re, however, few and far between, but they do exist. It’s places that offer a bit of everything – some adventure, some adrenaline, some learning, seeing and experiencing, unique encounters. These types of places leave travelers feeling like they truly got down to the core of the destination, and themselves – and there’s no better feeling in the world. These places are not about the shallow, ‘on the surface’, experiences, truly remarkable destinations deeply move its visitors.
If you’re the type of traveler that seeks out utterly unique journeys of discovery, and also enjoy some thrill and adventure, then take a look at our list of adventure-filled vacations around the world. These destinations don’t just offer once-in-a-lifetime activities – they’re experiential trips that have a way of stirring the soul and changing us for the better.
Incredible encounters with wildlife, on an African Safari
Little could compare to this utterly mesmerizing experience; getting up close and personal with the world’s most coveted wildlife. There’s nothing quite like seeing the charismatic eyes of a leopard, the pride of a lion, or the gentleness of an elephant. It’s an encounter that soothes the soul, while leaving one in amazement at the beauty of nature and the world. Not only is an experience such as this deeply moving, but it’s exceptionally educational, as well as thoroughly relaxing. Safari lodges in Africa are world-renown for their five-star hospitality, luxurious amenities and their breathtaking locations. Usually hidden in the heart of the African bush, they’re surrounded by peace, tranquility and unrivalled beauty of the open plains. The African sunset is another sight that’s unparalleled and will certainly have you falling in love with Africa.
Follow the Inca Trail, in Machu Picchu, Peru
Machu Picchu, also known as the Sacred Valley, was inhabited by the Inca’s in the 15th Century. The ancient civilisation has stirred intrigue for centuries, for their unusual building techniques – astronomically aligning their structures, and interesting building location. The monuments of the Sacred Valley are tucked away in the valleys of the Andes mountain range, around 2500m above sea level. Travelers are able to embark on an exciting and enlightening journey that follows the footsteps of the In can people – with the final destination being the Sacred Valley. Other than the breathtaking sights, one is able to marvel at the forward-thinking building approach of the Inca’s and are able to learn more about their beliefs and way of life – which, in itself, is extremely fascinating.
Diving in the Great Barrier Reef
There are many exquisite gems hidden beneath the shores, one of them which is famous for its beauty and healthy marine life, is the Great Barrier Reef. This coral reef is pretty impressive as it’s known to be the largest living ecosystem on earth, taking up 2, 300km of the sea floor. The reef is a burst of colour, thanks to the plethora of exotic species that call it home, and the 600 types of colourful coral. You’re likely to see starfish, dolphins, multi-coloured fish and some of the world’s most endangered marine life. Diving in the Great Barrier Reef is a bucket-list experience, as it’s not something we can see, or do everyday. The calmness beneath the waves and the kaleidoscope of rainbow hues, makes for a soul-stirring trip.
A thrilling adventure through the Amazon Jungle, Brazil
The Amazon is the world’s largest rainforest and its beauty is awe-inspiring. The plush vegetation and the many exotic animals that call it home, makes this adventure incredibly unique. For the nature lovers who enjoy adventuring through unusual terrain and coming into contact with wild animals, the Amazon is the ideal place. Breathing in the fresh smells of the healthy plant life, canoeing down the many lakes, climbing trees and hiking through the forest, is a few of the things one can expect when embarking on such a trip. Not only will you feel at one with nature, but you’ll learn so much about its powerful force. It will surely be a journey to remember!
Skiing in the Swiss Alps
Skiing will certainly tickle the fancy of travelers who thrive on blood-pumping activities. While there are many places to go skiing, the Swiss Alps are by far the favourite, as it’s the most challenging and arguably the most beautiful. Whizzing down the slopes, surrounded by nature and exquisite views of the mountains and hills, makes one feel truly free and content. Not only will you be far removed from the city buzz – and have time to rejuvenate, but you’ll also be able to challenge yourself in some of the most unique ways.