Top 5: Adventure Holidays in 2019By Angelica Malin
If you’re the type of traveler that sets your horizons beyond the norms of the average holidaymaker, an adventure holiday is the best solution of finding the holiday experience you crave. Adventure holidays are trending and there is a wealth of opportunity for solo travelers, family trips and daring couples. Whether you want creature comforts or you’re ready to rough it, you’ll find that too.
And if you’re looking for inspiration, these off-beat ideas are bound to give you itchy feet.
Guided Tours in India
You wouldn’t be wrong in thinking that any trip to India is an adventure. From the brilliance of famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the breathtaking engineering of Ellora Caves to the languid backwaters and vast wildlife reserves, India has it all.
However, if you want to see the real India – and get the lowdown on the main tourist attractions – hire an experienced guide. India is so diverse and difficult to travel around, having a guide along makes all the difference to your holiday experience.
We recommend that you compare escorted tours in India online before you head out. There is a lot of competition among guides in India and you don’t always get value for money or the experience you expect – some guides are more interested in taking you to their friend’s tourist shop so they can get their commission.
Ice Caving in Iceland
Standing in an ice cave is arguably one of the most awe-inspiring locations you will ever experience. You only have a four-month window a year, however, as this natural phenomenon only occurs between mid-November and mid-March.
Ice caves are formed when the waterways running through caves freeze over. The most visited destination in Iceland is the Vatnajökull National Park because the ice caves are easily accessible from there.
You will need a guide to visit the ice caves but they will take you on an adventure to see other wonders of nature you wouldn’t ordinarily expect to see.
Trekking in Ethiopia
Ethiopia is a captivating destination and with 25 mountains with peaks reaching over 13,000ft, is a trekkers paradise. The Simien Mountains offer some of the most breathtaking scenery of any mountain range, and thanks to the efforts of the African Wildlife Foundation, a spate of dedicated trails opened in 2016.
The National Park is a World Heritage Site and boasts an abundance of wildlife. The trekking routes take you through raking meadows, steep valleys and dramatic cliffs, all against a stunning backdrop of jagged mountain faces and active volcanoes.
White-Water Rapids in Canada
Canada boasts some of the best white-water rafting in the world. One of the best white-water adventure holidays you will find anywhere is an organized eight-day trip along Magpie River in eastern Quebec.
If you’re a keen photographer and want to combine white-water rafting with stunning scenery, the Alsek and Tatshendhini rivers of Canada and Alaska are surrounded by icebergs and glaciers. You should also expect to see wildlife including moose and grizzly bears.
Mountain Biking in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan is probably not the first country that springs to mind as a holiday destination. However, if you want a unique mountain-biking experience, the central Asian country should be top of your list.
If you want to get off the grid and leave well-trodden paths and typical tourist destinations for the less intrepid traveler, the remote and rugged terrain of Kazakstan’s national parks are perfect for a mountain biking adventure.
Whilst venturing off-beat tracks is exciting, plan your holiday adventure carefully – and always use a local guide if you are heading into remote or potentially dangerous territory.