Relaxing breaks and sunbathing on the beach aren’t for everyone; some people prefer a fast-paced holiday filled with adventure. If you can’t sit still for too long, then visit one of these destinations which are guaranteed to keep you active.
This stunning country is home to some of the best ski resorts in the world. The Swiss Alps are a dream extreme sports destination for experts and beginners alike. If skiing isn’t the snow activity for you, try your hand at sledging and enjoy the exhilaration of picking up speed as you fly down the icy hills. Skiing can be a dangerous sport, so make sure you’re fully covered if an accident should occur.
2. Galapagos Islands
If you’re looking for an action-packed gap year, or are simply a family hoping for an adventure, learning how to dive can be an invaluable experience; it’s especially useful in the Galapagos Islands, where you can explore the diverse underwater world of Ecuador. Home to a variety of sea creatures, including giant tortoises, sea lions and sleeping sharks, animal lovers will be in their element. Check out The Secret Traveller’s list of the world’s best diving spots for more inspiration.
If you don’t feel like getting into the water, there are still so many activities to take part in: take advantage of the good weather and embark on a coastal hike, taking in the scenic views
as you do.
Nothing screams adventure more than a trip to this South African country. Namibian safaris and national parks are always popular among families who want to do more than just relax by the poolside; they allow you to see all of Africa’s exotic animals in their natural habitat.
A hidden gem in Namibia is the Fish River Canyon, which is often compared to America’s Grand Canyon for its vast size and scenic views. Active tourists can take part in a challenging long-distance trek across the canyon.
4. New Zealand
Kiwis are sure to keep you on your toes as New Zealand is filled with many different activities. It’s considered one of the greatest adventure sports destinations in the world, so you simply have to visit if you want to get your heart pumping.
Surfing conditions are great all year round, so throw on a wetsuit and hit the waves even if you’ve never surfed a day in your life. The coastal regions are littered with many amazing cliff diving spots, so conquer your fear of heights and make the leap.
For something a little bit different, try your hand and mountain biking in this America state. The city of Moab is highly regarded among serious mountain bikers for its diverse, challenging and picturesque biking trails; there is also some less hilly terrain in the area for novice bikers to try their hand at the sport without the danger.
While in Utah, active holidaymakers should visit one of the state’s many national parks and embark on a hiking trip through waterfalls and lush greenery.