For those of you who love to break a good sweat when you’re on the road, here’s a look at some of the best countries for an adventure!
We know that when you’re on the road, some of you live for those adrenaline pumping days of tangled, wind swept hair and glowing bronzed skin. Traveling can be exhilarating, refreshing and sometimes even life-changing, and for the adventure seekers out there, just plain thrilling.
So, where to go for a thrill? From the ancient sand of the Arabian Desert to the active volcanoes of Iceland, check out this list of the best countries for adventure travel. Throw on your backpack, lace up your boots and let the adventure begin!
Whether you make your way to Sydney and Melbourne or the beautiful state of Queensland in the north, adventure awaits you ‘down under’. Get out of the city to embrace nature by discovering Australia’s amazing biodiversity. Go scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or venture into the Australian Outback, known locally as the bush.
Brazil is home to the Amazon jungle; Iguazu Falls, named ‘the most beautiful waterfall in the world’; and the spectacular beaches of Rio de Janeiro. As you can probably imagine, the hiking is unreal, so you should take a guided tour into the jungle. Or for more of an adrenaline rush, explore the Tijuca Rainforest in an open jeep!
This rugged country has some of the most amazing natural environments, from the impressive Great Lakes in the province of Ontario to the extraordinary Rocky Mountains in British Columbia. In Vancouver, you can paddle board in the Pacific Ocean and ski at Whistler Blackcomb (an experienced skier’s paradise) all in the same day.
A country known for its nostalgic charm, Portugal is also home to some magnificent natural beauty. Bordering the Atlantic Ocean, it has some of the best surfing in the world and hosts Rip Curl Pro Portugal, an annual international surfing competition at ‘Supertubos’ beach. Don’t miss a trip to Azores, a stunning Portuguese archipelago made up of nine volcanic islands, or the island of Madeira where the untouched wilderness and slow way of life will enchant you.
Iceland is the ultimate adventure traveler’s paradise! From exploring and hiking ancient glaciers, spectacular whale watching and geothermal lagoons to volcanic craters, vast National Parks with waterfalls and Game of Thrones filming locations. And if that’s not enough, you might even be able to see the Northern Lights depending on the time of year that your visit.
Once home to the ancient Incas, Peru is an enriching and diverse country today. Explore the ruins of breathtaking temples and relics such as Machu Picchu, the world famous citadel that rests atop a 7,972 foot summit. Whether you’re jungle trekking, crossing the Huacachina Desert or rising to the top of some of the world’s tallest–and most colorful–mountain ranges, Peru is a journey of lifetime.
7. United Arab Emirates
Located in the Middle East along the Arabian Gulf and stowed within the sand dunes of the Arabian Desert, the opulent and enigmatic United Arab Emirates. From Abu Dhabi, the vibrant capital to the luxury and awe of Dubai. Drive on one of the world’s most advanced Formula 1 circuits in Abu Dhabi, visit Ferrari World or go on an adventurous camel ride into the mysterious desert upon which these impressive cities have been built.
Surrounded by the Sahara, Morocco has a culture that is as rich and complex as the desert in which it lies. Its history spans several millennia and is complete with influences from the Muslims, Romans, Byzantines and Phoenicians, to name a few. Get lost in the bustling streets of Marrakech, the iconic Casablanca or the beauty of Essaouira, and be sure to explore the Atlas Mountains and the 330 foot-tall Ouzoud Falls.
9. The United States of America
From coast to coast, America’s culture is as diverse as its expansive geography. From hiking the East Coast’s Appalachian Mountains and testing the echo of Arizona’s Grand Canyon to skiing the Rocky Mountains or exploring the picturesque Yosemite National Park and Yellowstone National Parks, the USA always offers something new to discover.
A little piece of paradise, Switzerland boasts some of Europe’s most beautiful lakes, rivers and mountains. There are awesome opportunities for canyoning, white water rafting, Alpine hiking and fantastic skiing. From Interlaken, you can travel to Jungfraujochm, Europe’s highest train station standing at 11,332 feet. It’ll take your breath away.
This country that’s very well-known for romance and delicious cuisine also has some of Europe’s most ruggedly beautiful landscapes. From kite surfing over Lake Como to volcano trekking on Mount Etna in Sicily, discover the other side of la dolce vita.