If your travel sense is to try something extraordinary then these 10 adventures are for you. The following experiences are just some examples of how you far you can travel and dare for new things. From Polar bear expedition to Hiking the famous Machu Pichu, each of them has something to inspire you.
1. Arctic Polar Bear Expedition – Svalbard
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Not afraid of the cold and wouldn’t mind running into a bunch of polar bears? Then Svalbard is the place to visit! The amazing Arctic faraway island is closer to the North Pole than anything else you will ever experience.
The way to explore the island is by snowmobile. There are arranged tours to join or you can rent your own snowmobiles if you have the right experience. You are not allowed to leave the small village Longyearbyen with proper equipment such as flares and guns to protect yourself from the polar bears, so I would recommend finding a tour guide that know the Arctic environment.
2. Road Tripping the Namib Desert
Getting to Luderitz is not so much about the destination, but the journey. The drive through the desert is epic! Huge sand dunes will blow their way onto the highway and a high-wind advisory is in effect every afternoon. We saw some of the most incredible landscapes that were so empty, we were able to stop on the side of the road, take our clothes off, and run around naked with only the wild horses to judge us.
3. Backpacking trip in Denali Alaska- USA
For a backpacking trip in Denali, Alaska preparing and planning are critical. Get the best gear at discounted prices where possible. Figure out the best way to travel. Make a schedule. Denali is so massive that it creates its own weather system and is rarely seen from the base camp. But that is the place to go if you want the thrill of it all without a plane or scaling the mountain itself. They tell you that it requires five days or so to get a clear day and see the mountain.
4. Hike the Annapurna Circuit – Nepal
A lot of people had been warned about trekking the Himalayan Mountains in the monsoon season. I’m one of those who’d never been persuaded. In August 2017, I’ve went trekking in Annapurna Circuit in Nepal for 14 days during the monsoon season. That was my first ever multi-day trek, and I gave my first time to the best. Ascending for 12 straight days, we crossed Thorong La Pass at an altitude of 5416m, the world’s highest mountain pass. Annapurna Circuit brings you across different landscapes from tropical forest to snowy moonscape terrain. Never miss this if you love trekking!
5. Conquer the French Alps
One of my all-time favourite destinations is Alpe d’Huez and the cluster of mighty Alpine cols surrounding it: Col de la Croix de Fer, Col du Glandon and Col du Galibier. It’s a veritable roll-call of the most mythical, legendary climbs of the Tour de France; a captivating backdrop to the most important stages of the world’s biggest bike race.
I’m always staggered by the immense physical beauty of the area. 2,500m glacier-capped peaks tower over lush, green valleys. Icy waterfalls cascade down rocky, roughly hewn roadsides.
It’s a true paradise for a cycling adventure.
6. Preikestolen in Winter – Norway
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Earlier this year, I was lucky enough to hike through the Norwegian Fjords in the middle of winter through super thick snow. Ice, narrow passes, and biting winds made the whole experience feel like a true expedition, however hiking in these conditions really paid off as the views were absolutely stunning the entire journey! As we climbed higher and higher, we could feel the temperature dropping and the wind picking up, until we reached the peak of the hike – Preikestolen. We edged as close to the icy precipice as we dared, and took in the incredible beauty of the snowy Norwegian fjords.
7. African Safari – South Africa
As the sun dipped below the horizon, we took the last sips of the local Amarula drink when we heard the first roars from a lioness only to be returned by a male lion’s call back. Our guide called for us all to jump in the jeep and off we went barreling through the African Bush chasing the sounds of the calls. Finally, we emerged in a field to be greeted by two lionesses still calling out. We all sat in complete awe and silence as we viewed the powerful creatures so close and barrier free. And to think, this was only the first night of our African Safari….who knew what other adventures we would encounter the following days!!
8. Santa Cruz Trek – Peru
If you’re after an adventurous journey in South America then check out the Santa Cruz Trek in Peru. This 4-5 day trail takes you through the Cordillera Blancas, beneath towering snowy peaks, past beautiful rivers and stunning blue glacial lakes. At 4750m the highest point, the Punta Union Pass, is quite an altitude challenge. It can be done with a tour group, but obviously it’s much more of an adventure to do it yourself.
9. Mountain biking down Death Road – Bolivia
Yungas Road in Bolivia has gained a reputation as the world’s most dangerous road. It is said to have claimed thousands of lives before safety measures were implemented in 2006.
It’s not hard to see why. The narrow, gravelly road descends through miles of jaw-dropping mountainous scenery, with shuddering precipices lurking around its many sharp corners.
Today, ‘Death Road’ brings exhilaration to travelers who take on the 64-kilometre downhill cycle. While the views are some of Bolivia’s most dramatic, the modern safety record is excellent – and there’s nothing quite like the rewarding cold beer waiting at the bottom.
Read more: Mountain biking down Death Road and other stories – Career Gappers.
Hiking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu
10. Hiking the Salkantay Trek to Machu Picchu – Peru
Known as the premier destination of Peru, Machu Picchu is one of the most rewarded historical places in the world. This trek involves 3-5 days of trekking in the Peruvian Andes and nature. We hiked up to 4580m altitude where we got a closer look at volcano Salkantay at staggering 6271m altitude. The hike was diverse and had a moderate difficulty. There are small villages, wilderness, mountains and countryside landscape. We were able to camp for free, but there are camping sites and in some places, it’s possible to rent rooms as well. And experiencing Machu Picchu is a story of its own.
11. Scuba Diving Nusa Penida Island – Indonesia
Nusa Penida is located in Indonesia, it is an untouched island very different to Bali, it has magnificent landscapes, incredible secret beaches and stunning views. One of the activities on offer in Nusa Penida is snorkeling and scuba diving. The waters surrounding Nusa Penida are full of sea life such as manta rays, puffer fish, moray eels, clown fish, mola, scorpion fish, lion fish and turtles amongst others. You can do this activity either from Bali main land or from Nusa Penida, or Nusa Lembongan.
Nusa Penida’s renowned and world famous ‘Manta-Bay’ and ‘Manta-Point’ dive sites are home to various manta breeds as well as a number of stingrays, which all breed in this particular area. Another famous fish is the Mola, said to be millions of years old and can measure up to ten feet, they normally live in water several kilometers down, but around the waters in Nusa Penida and Nusa Lembongan they usually surface. During our trip we were lucky to to see all these magical creatures and the tours are highly recommended if visiting Bali or its surrounding islands and it make a fantastic adventure.