While we all enjoy a good documentary on fascinating travel destinations, there is nothing quite like experiencing them for yourself. Having said that, it can be hard to find an adventurous destination to travel to that won’t be completely saturated with tourists. After all, most of the best tourist destinations in the world are incredibly popular for a reason. Still, you don’t have to give up your dreams of finding that hidden gem of a vacation. Instead, you simply need to keep on reading. Today, we are going to introduce you to a couple of the most fascinating and underappreciated adventure tourism hotspots in the world.
Top 4 Alternatives for the Adventurous Tourist
After spending a day binging shows like ‘Destination Unknown’ and ‘Dark Tourism’, you are likely chomping at the bit to go out and see the world. You pull up to your computer and start researching adventurous tourist destinations. Unfortunately, the vast majority of popular destinations are likely to be completely overwhelmed by other travelers. while we can deal with crowds, we hate feeling like we are just another sheep in the herd. In order to get your vacation thrills without worrying about beating the morning rush, you might want to consider a few of the following destinations. Remember to pack an extra pair of clothes because we have a feeling that you are going to need them!
1) Waitomo Caves – New Zealand
When you sat down and watched James Cameron’s ‘Avatar’ in 3D, were you blown away by the visuals? Of course, you were, everybody was! Unfortunately, at the time, you probably thought that you’d never experience anything like them in real life. Well, we are here to tell you that this isn’t quite the case. If you are able to book a flight to New Zealand, you’ll want to schedule a stop at the Waitomo Caves. Inside of the caves, you’ll find your way through an underground network of rock formations that date back more than 30 million years. The caves were first discovered by Tane Tinorau in 1887 along with Fred Mace, a surveyor from England. Within the caves, you’ll find that the walls are literally glowing thanks to the millions of worms that inch their way across the surface. You can opt to walk through the caves or you can enjoy a raft ride through the waters. This incredible destination is located beneath waterfalls and massive, forested hills. You’ll never forget this experience, we promise you.
2) Jebel Jais Zipline – Ras Al Khaimah
If you want a serious change of pace from your leisurely stroll through the Waitomo Caves, pack your bags and hop on a flight to the United Arab Emirates. Located in the northwestern area of the region is the Emirate known as Ras Al Khaimah. Ruled by Sheikh Saud Bin Saqr Al Qasimi, the leader of Ras Al Khaimah’s vision has been partly focused on embracing adventurous tourism. While in Ras Al Khaimah, you’ll want to head to Jebel Jais in order to enjoy one of the most thrilling ziplines in the entire world. The Jebel Jais Flight Zipline starts at the summit of Jebel Jais before sending zipliners down the mountains, moving at speeds over 120 Km/hour. Halfway through your flight down the mountains, you’ll land on a suspended platform. Make sure that you have a camera on you, you’ll never get views like this again. Ras Al Khaimah makes for a wondrous destination for adventurous travelers. Why is this the case? Well, most travelers to the UAE end up setting their sights on the ritzy Dubai. As a result, many people never get to experience the culture, adventure, and natural wonder that Ras Al Khaimah has to offer.
3) San Gil – Colombia
If you’ve just finished ‘Narcos’ and loved the beauty of Colombia’s natural surroundings, you might want to book a flight to San Gil. While you won’t get to meet Pablo Escobar, you will get to take in a wide array of natural adventures. In San Gil, you’ll have access to whitewater rafting, skydiving, horseback riding, paragliding, and even bungee jumping. You’ll want to have your porter send you to Parque Nacional de Chicamocha in order to really get a taste of what the region has to offer. While you are there, we suggest testing your courage with the paragliding adventures at Chicamocha Canyon. For this adventurous event, you’ll literally run and jump off the side of the cliff before gently floating down a 6,500-foot descent. When your heart finally quits racing, you’ll be able to enjoy the soaring sky, looming mountains, and forested wonder sprawling below your feet. When you are done with your jump, head on down to the Meraki Boutique Hostel for a drink and some delicious food.
4) The Azores – Portugal
Finally, we are going to be setting our sights on the Azores in Portugal. Portugal is considered one of the hottest destinations in all of Europe to travel in 2019. While most tourists will be focusing their attention on the beautiful but crowded Algarve, you can avoid the crowd by heading to the Azores. The Azores is an ancient archipelago that was first created more than 800 miles off of the coast of the country. The archipelago consists of nine total volcanic islands, and boy did they come together in the right way. If you need a comparison for the Azores, think of it as the European version of Hawaii. While you are there, you’ll find breathtaking views in every direction that you choose to look. You’ll see volcanos, massive crater lakes, tiny fishing villages, and gigantic waterfalls. If there were a Garden of Eden on Earth, we figure that it would look something like this.
Traveling can be a great way to experience the world, immerse yourself in culture, and reignite the spark in your life. If you want to do something special for your next trip, consider our suggestions as a foundation for your research. Don’t forget to take plenty of pictures once you arrive!