Our Top Ten Adventures
Did you resolve to be more adventurous in 2014? We’ve put together our top ten excursions to help you get a head start.
1. Spend a day with some native Aussies
Just a quick 45 minute ferry ride from mainland Australia lies Kangaroo Island. If hand feeding a wallaby, hugging a koala, and basking in the sun surrounded by every kind of flora imaginable is your idea of the perfect day, find a home base in Southern Australia and take a weekend excursion to KI.
2. Ski Chamonix-Mont-Blanc, France
Chamonix, France was home to the very first winter olympics. Today, you can ski down 145 trails spanning 90 miles or try one of the off-trail slopes; there are over 30,000 acre’s worth.
3. See Cappadocia, Turkey from a new angle
Cappadocia’s surreal landscape and perfect flying conditions make it one of the best places in the world for a hot air balloon ride. You’ll fly over fairy chimneys, spectacular stone pillars, and houses and churches carved out of the soft volcanic rock that covers most of the region. Cappadocia is an easy trip from Istanbul; several quick flights are available daily.
4. Dive with whale sharks in Belize
The gentle whale shark has the distinction of being the world’s largest fish, but despite its name and moniker, it doesn’t pose a threat to humans. In fact, its diet consists mainly of plankton, krill, and algae. Whale shark season in Belize’s unique Gladden Split (a section of reef off the coast of Placencia) runs from April to June, and the giants are most often spotted four to five days after the full moon.
5. Rough it in the Canadian Rockies
Get in touch with your inner pioneer on an overnight horseback trip through the mountains of British Columbia. Help herd cattle, sleep in a tent with your horse hobbled nearby, and leave feeling a little rough-and-tumbler than when you arrived.
6. Catch a wave in Costa Rica
Because Costa Rica has access to two different oceans just 6 hours apart from each other, you can count on some stellar swells year round. If you’re looking to improve your technique, there are many surf camps that offer overnight stays and full-day classes.
7. Snowboard in the sand dunes in Chile
Love the idea of snowboarding but not a fan of cold weather? Try your hand (or feet!) at sandboarding. You’ll meet your guide, rent a board, and venture to the dunes of northern Chile. Remember to visit during the subequatorial summer, or else you really will be snowboarding!
8. Hike on a glacier in Patagonia
At last count, there were 356 glaciers in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Argentina’s Los Glaciares National Park. The most impressive, however, has to be the Petito Moreno. You’ll begin by traveling through the Patagonian valley and hopping aboard a ship that will take you to the base of the glacier. No matter what time of year you visit, make sure to wear waterproof boots!
9. Paraglide the fjords of Norway
If the above adventures sound like a lazy day at the beach to you, maybe jumping off the side of a mountain would be more your style. Get a bird’s eye view (really!) of the breathtaking Norwegian fjords, and an adrenaline rush while you do.
10. Spot a whale in Newfoundland, Canada
If you prefer a more passive approach to adventure-seeking, try a peaceful kayak ride among the whales of Newfoundland. The waters are home to 22 species of whales which migrate throughout the year. If seafaring isn’t your thing, you can even see the gentle giants from a perch on an ocean cliff.