Sometimes the best vacations are about having new experiences, pushing the envelope a little and stepping out of your comfort zone. Outdoor adventure trips are not high on some people’s travel list but they are an intriguing idea for any getaway.
Even if you don’t consider yourself particularly outdoorsy, there are many adventures and activities that are not that extreme or even difficult.
An outdoor adventure allows you to reconnect with nature and promotes inner peace. Next time you’re itching to get away, buy your ticket, take care of your travel insurance, pack your bags and consider adding a little extra adventure to the experience.
Here’s a fun list of some outdoorsy activities that you might want to consider no matter what your destination:
Anyone can enjoy this type of thrifty adventure, tailoring the details or even the distance to fit your needs, preferences or even your physical limitations. Hostels are available in many corners of the world, but so are luxurious resorts.
Backpackers can reward themselves for a long trek with a stay in a pricey resort and a massage. Backpacking is one of the best ways to be able to interact with local folks too, it allows you to connect with the culture and experience new experiences.
Europe is a top destination for backpackers, particularly New Zealand as it gains popularity.
Paddle boarding or surfing
Both of these activities are easy to fit into a vacation without going overboard. Alternatively, you can book a stay at a beachfront resorts to take a road trip to a spot and spend a day on the water. If you’re new to either one of these sports, you’ll probably want to start small.
SUP or Stand Up Paddle boarding is more relaxed – a great way to explore little beaches, tiny islands and caves. Surfing takes a little more skill but certainly a fun sport if you’re up for a challenge. A single, short lesson will tell you whether or not you enjoy the sport and want to continue.
Plenty of gorgeous resorts in Central America and Hawaii offer ideal opportunities for water sports.
Hiking / trekking
Trails featuring gorgeous scenery can be found everywhere, and they vary significantly in duration and difficulty. With so many options worldwide you can start with a short nature hike in the rainforest and work your way up to a rocky 14er.
No other adventure will give you the rewards and the views as hiking does, reaching a summit will give you a huge sense of satisfaction and will probably make you want to plan your next trip.
Experienced trekkers will make the hike the centerpiece of their trip checking off world-class hikes off their bucket list. If you prefer distance over height, thru-hiking can be an option, two great examples are the many endurance hikes that make up trails such as the Pacific Crest Trail or the Appalachian Trail.
If you’re a winter nut, consider a day of hiking in one of the National Parks in the United States or Canada, locations suck as Rocky Mountain National Park or Banff will take you to breathtaking views and unforgettable hidden locations.
Snowshoeing / skiing
Playing in the snow can certainly be fun, and lots of travelers plan entire vacations around the outstanding powder in destinations like Tahoe in California and Telluride, Colorado. Novice powder hounds don’t have to book a stay that will keep them on the slopes every day.
Snow provides such a great variety of activities for all ages, snowshoeing is an easy winter sport and can be enjoyed with the family, so is cross-country skiing. If you’re feeling a little more adventurous then why not book a couple of lessons and get started on skiing or snowboarding?
A day on the slopes will provide some good family fun and give you great travel stories.
Kayaking / canoeing
The summer season and even the fall provide thousands of destinations where you can enjoy relaxed days on a lake. White water rafting is an exhilarating experience but certainly not for everyone. If you’re a first timer you may want to choose a single day or partial day trip that features more slack water than rapids.
Kayaking or canoeing is a great alternative to enjoying the outdoors, a river surrounded by rainforests or the calm waters of an endless lake. Any of these activities require minimum effort, can be enjoyed as a family and will give you the opportunity to explore nature as well as relax during your travels.
Whether it’s tame or wild, be sure to include a bit of outdoor adventure in your next getaway.