Best Adventure Travel Destinations – and What to Do Once You’re There

Best travel adventure destinations

Are you the adventurous type? Does the thought of spending a vacation cooped up on a resort make you cringe? For those of you who crave adventure and the thrill of exotic locales, here is a list of the best travel adventure destinations.

Crossing Sweden and Norway by Sled

Have you always dreamed of seeing the aurora, or of crossing snowy fields by sled? Why not cross Sweden and Norway with the help of a team of Husky dogs? Highlights of these trips include seeing traditional settlements, traversing Sweden’s untouched birch forests, amazing views of Oxstindarna (the highest peak in Norway), fishing for arctic char, and nights full of more stars than you ever imagined. At certain times of the year the aurora is visible in the night sky. This dancing curtain of light is pure magic, and must be seen to be believed.

Crossing Mongolia on Horseback

Mongolians were among the first people to domesticate horses. The ancient horseback tradition is alive today. Crossing Mongolia on horseback is one of the most exciting ways to see the sites of the famous Mongolian Empire, as well as the wild landscapes of Tarvagatai Uul National Park, and Mongolia’s spectacular sand dunes. Mongolia is also the home of traditional reindeer herders, and there is nothing cuter than a baby reindeer. This trip is best suited to experienced horseback riders.

Elephant Treks in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is a lovely city in northern Thailand, a quick flight from Bangkok. Ask a tuk-tuk driver to recommend one of the more out-of-the-way elephant treks. During the trek the driver sits on the elephant’s head, while the passengers sit on its back. It’s an unforgettable experience. Plus, Chiang Mai offers a host of other activities – everything from spectacular night markets to amazing food.

Safari Adventures in Chobe National Park, Botswana

Chobe National Park is a massive game reserve that is host to the Big Five – the lion, African elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, plus a host of other animals. The best times to see game are very early in the morning, and at dusk. If you can, stay a few nights on the reserve to maximize your chances of seeing all Big Five – leopards in particular are tricky to spot.

The Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Islands inspired Darwin to write “On the Origin of Species,” and due to this illustrious place in history they are the most environmentally protected islands in the world. These pristine islands are a nature-lovers paradise, where you can see thousands of animal species and enjoy some of the most spectacular snorkelling and scuba diving in the world.