Now that we have officially kicked off the New Year, it is never too early to start planning for this summer! (That’s right… THIS summer!)
From lesser known explorations to epic classics, as well as the most thrilling of the extreme, we’ve got you covered from the highest peaks of Europe to the remotest of islands in the Pacific.
Lesser Known Adventures
While Hungary’s capital is famous for its hot springs and thermal baths, few people realize that this heated water formed a huge cave system that is more than 60 miles long! You’ll truly know the city inside and out after exploring the multi-level labyrinth system under the residential districts of Budapest. The air in some of these caves is also thought to have medicinal qualities, leaving you feeling healthier than ever for the next part of your trip.
The adventure camp on Achill, the largest island off the coast of Ireland, is a hidden emerald gem not to be missed. Take exploring to the next level as you jump, dive, climb, and swim along the intertidal zone of this rocky coastline on a high energy coasteering adventure. Surfing and sea kayaking are also offered at this amazing adventure camp, so don’t forget your towel!
Stunning doesn’t even begin to describe what you will see as you island hop your way up the Dalmatian Coast. Pristine beaches, majestic waterfalls, and starlit dinners are just the beginning. You will also have the opportunity to learn the fundamentals of sailing from a professional skipper who will accompany you on the voyage of a lifetime!
Just when you thought that the ski season was over…think again! Switzerland has mountains perfect for skiing even during the summer. Want to take it to the next level? Try glacier skiing for an even bigger thrill factor! Not to mention during your time in Switzerland you will be able to eat so…much…cheese. Because who doesn’t love summer skiing adventures combined with ridiculous amounts of cheese?
This is one of the most amazing classic adventures that you will ever experience, hands down! The ancient bazaars of Marrakech uncover the mysterious heart of this beautiful culture, and you sitting atop a camel while traversing the Atlas Mountains will truly make for the ultimate adventure story for many years to come.
This hike is on the bucket list of almost all travelers, and for good reason! Not only are the five towns that make up this stunning coastal region in Northern Italy incredibly beautiful, but the trails that connect them make for world class hiking! You will experience breathtaking views of the sea as well as the scenic vineyards that grow along the cliffs, with plenty of time to enjoy fresh seafood and some well-deserved R&R on the beach.
Nothing screams adventure like going on a real African safari. South Africa is full of incredible game parks, but visiting the famous Kruger National Park is a must! On safaris you have the chance to see a variety of animals in their natural habitats including the “Big 5.” For an even more unique adventure make sure to go on a night game drive where you will get to see completely different animals than you did during the day.
Learning to scuba dive is a must for any adventurous traveler, and Fiji is one of the best places to do it! On this island paradise you can safely swim with bull sharks, reef sharks, manta rays and a variety of exotic fish and colorful coral. When not in the water, Fiji is a great place to experience the fascinating culture and abiding hospitality of the people who call these enchanting islands “home.”
Nowhere in the world has zip-lining better than the place where it originated, Costa Rica! Experience adventure to the max when you zip-line over the vibrant jungle canopies of this tropical country, spotting monkeys, sloths and colorful birds along the way! Whether you are a seasoned zip-liner or a first timer, this adrenaline-pumping adventure is sure to leave you wanting more.
Few places on Earth are better for white water rafting than the mighty Pai River of Thailand. The Pai river is stunning and this exciting jungle journey involves navigating white water rapids deep enough into the jungle to see monkeys swinging about in their natural environment. For an even more unique experience make it an overnight journey! A two day rafting trip is a great way to see even more of the jungle and bond with your fellow raft mates. While not for the faint of heart, those who dare to explore this wild river will have stories to tell for a lifetime!