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  • Writer's pictureJulie Prusak

Top 10 Adventure Travel Destinations for 2021 and Beyond

Updated: Oct 19, 2022


If you know where to look, adventure is everywhere and accessible for any age. The adventures you and your family take are an excellent way to bring your family closer together, expand your worldview, and help you feel young and vibrant.


These are just a few of the many benefits of adventure travel. Whether you prefer “soft adventures” such as birdwatching, hiking, snorkeling, and kayaking, or more extreme activities such as gorilla trekking, rock climbing, or SCUBA diving, adventure activities get you outside and active. Both your heart and your adrenaline will pump. And after you return home, you will have great travel tales to tell.


As the world reopens to travelers, here are top adventure destinations to visit:


Antarctica


Traveling to Antarctica is the pinnacle of exploration, from crossing the world's most treacherous sea to exploring pristine ecosystems. If you're feeling particularly adventurous, trekking across glaciers or the polar plunge are considered ultimate polar rites of passage. For those who love luxury with adventure, book an all-inclusive cruise to the seventh continent.


Read about remote luxury cruises here.


Austria


Austria is best known for Mozart and Sacher Torte, but it is also a mecca for both summer and winter adventure sports. If you love winter sports, traveling to Austria won't disappoint. There are several adventure opportunities, including skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, and tobogganing down mountainsides. You can even climb a frozen wall!


The summer months offer forests with zip lines, climbing parks, hiking, and biking trails. Fast-flowing rivers attract whitewater rafters. For the more extreme adventurers, scale a Via Ferrara route or bungee jump from a bridge.


Belize


There are no shortages of adventurous opportunities both above and below the surface in Belize with its array of wildlife, stunning coastlines, thick jungle, and world-famous reef. Belize's Barrier Reef is the second largest in the world. Your trip can also include climbing through caves or exploring Mayan ruins.


Canada


Canada is our world's second-largest country, which means endless adventure opportunities. You can walk with polar bears, watch grizzly bears, and canoe in isolated lakes to observe moose. Not to mention, because Canada's coastline is the longest in the world, there's a plethora of coastal adventures!


For the avid hiker, cross the 15,000-mile-long TransCanada Trail. Or cross the country in luxury aboard the Rocky Mountaineer train which stops for overnights at the famed Fairmont hotels.


Chile


Nestled snug between the Pacific Ocean and the Andes Mountains, Chile's Patagonia Park gives explorers endless opportunities when checking out Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia. Or visit the Atacama Desert, where you'll feel like you've landed on the moon while exploring geysers and salt flats. Or cross Easter Island off your bucket list.


After your adventure, enjoy a glass of Chile’s world-renowned wine.


Costa Rica


Families traveling together love heading to Costa Rica for its gorgeous mix of animals, ecosystems, and adventure activities. From surfing schools and SCUBA diving to relaxing in hot springs, there's something for everyone. If you prefer staying on land, you can explore 28 national parks, go on canopy walks, go ziplining, or just relax on a pristine beach.


For more suggestions for adventure experiences in Costa Rica, click here.


Galapagos Islands


With its location 600 miles from Ecuador, animal lovers and outdoor adventurers feel like the Galapagos Islands are heaven on earth. Almost undisturbed since Darwin, the wildlife is unique and unperturbed by humans. Watch sea lions sunbathe on Gardner Bay's beach or check out the giant tortoises in Santa Cruz. SCUBA dive with manta rays and hammerhead sharks.


Whether you chose to visit by luxury cruise ship or a liveaboard dive boat, you will get up close and personal with unusual creatures in the Galapagos.


Click here for tips on selecting your Galapagos cruise.


Greenland


Greenland's outdoor activities, untouched landscapes, and indigenous culture tick off bucket list boxes for many adventure travelers. From hiking past herds of reindeer on the Arctic Circle Trail to kayaking among the Southern Fjord's icebergs, there's no shortage of adventurous activities in this remote country!


Iceland


While mainstream travelers flock to the country's most famous sites along the Golden Circle, there are plenty of other opportunities for adventurers to explore. Whether you want to hike Iceland's wide-open spaces to experience the land of fire and ice or snorkel between the European and North American continents, this country is the epitome of adventure.


Even a meal is an adventure in Iceland. Local delicacies like reindeer hot dogs and fermented shark will tempt those with adventurous palates.


For more epic experiences in Iceland, click here.


Morocco


While only known to many from the movie “Casablanca”, Morocco is also a fantastic destination for adventure sports enthusiasts. SCUBA diving, kite surfing, and surfing attract water sports lovers. Inland one can explore the Sahara Desert on the back of a camel or rock climb the Middle Atlas mountains. For “soft adventure” types, hiking, birdwatching, and cultural adventures await.


Contact us today to learn more about planning your trip.




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