A vacation means different things to different people. For those that like thrills and the adrenaline that goes with them will be drawn to adventure tourism. Adventure tourism is for those that prefer the outdoors and who want to interact with the places they visit actively instead of as a passive observer, and involves extreme sports or activities with an element of danger such as: skydiving, sailing, hang-gliding or bungee jumping. These are the types of trips that not too many of your friends or family members will have done, let alone would consider doing, however these are once in a lifetime trips.
Great Barrier Reef
Visit the world’s largest coral reef and take in some of the best snorkeling and scuba diving. Many tour operators offer other types of activities such as helicopter tours and guided snorkeling tours and scuba doo scooter rentals.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The most adventurous activities in Rio has to be hang gliding. Tourists can fly tandem with instructors to take in the breathtaking views of landmarks such as: the Sugarloaf, the Corcovado Christ statue, Ipanema and Copacabana.
Mount Fuji, Japan
A popular mountain to climb due to it being manageable even for beginner climbers, Mount Fuji is open for climbing from July to early September. Typically climbing takes place during the night and the summit is reached for sunrise. The climb should take roughly 6 hours from the 5th level to the summit.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Synonymous with adrenaline activities, Queensland offers a variety of activities where you can purchase packages for: bungee jumping, heli-skiing, white-water rafting, river surfing, and canyon swinging.
Grand Canyon, Colorado
The Grand canyon offers activities for those with a disposition for adventure tourism. The skywalk is a glass walkway that hangs over the edge of the canyon. Rafting trips are also popular. Sadly the Grand Canyon is not conducive to rock climbing due to the type of rock, but there are some interior climbing activities such as bouldering.
Yosemite National Park
Take a mountain bike trip in the premiere location in Europe. The classic trails are some of the world’s best. Offering scenic and snow-capped vistas as a backdrop to some of the best conditions for mountain biking with: easy trails, challenging downhills, long climbs and cross country.
The list of activities in Hawaii is almost too long to mention. Hike a volcano, zipline, shark dive, ATV tours are among some of the choices you will have. The issue with having an adventure trip in Hawaii is deciding which activities to participate in.
This Island is also well-known for adventure trips. Lush rainforest will provide lots of hiking, kayaking and zip lining opportunities. Of course there are also lots of wildlife tours to fit in amongst some of the more physical activities.
Taking in a safari in the Serengheti is about as adventurous as it gets. The harsh environment will push you to your limits. Feel the adrenaline rush of taking in the big game such as: wildebeasts, gazelles, zebras and buffalo.