When looking to take a break from the norm, the majority of holidaymakers want a relaxing retreat with plenty of sun, sea and sand. But for the rest of us that require a bit more excitement and adventure, popular resorts and tourist traps just won’t cut it.
Thankfully there are still plenty of unusual destinations off the beaten track to satisfy the explorer inside us. It doesn’t matter if your journey starts as last minute plans from the USA or as late deals UK style, the point is to embrace the spontaneity, uncertainty and risk which are the very essential ingredients of any true foray into the great unknown of adventure travel.
Just because you are traveling looking for adventure doesn’t mean you can’t relax on a beautiful resort as well. Take a small trip and check out some of the beautiful Turks and Caicos Villas. This beautiful archipelago is filled with stunning coral islands and the gateways to the Provo. There are incredible resorts, scuba diving, and 14 mile barrier reef. You will have a blast visiting this section of the Caribbean. Plenty of relaxation and adventure as well. Believe me you won’t regret heading to these islands.
It is fair to say you won’t be relaxing by the pool or lounging on the beach when you visit Antarctica, as this remote region is literally the polar opposite of your standard summer holiday.
It is difficult to comprehend just how stunning towering icebergs and glistening glaciers are until you’ve seen them in real life. All the while you’ll be surrounded by wildlife both visible and unseen, such as vast populations of seabirds overhead, waddling penguins on the ice, aggressive leopard seals by the shore and majestic killer whales beneath the water.
Amenities for tourists are a lot more accommodating than the last major journey of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration led by Sir Ernest Shackleton, but you’ll still have to wrap up warm.
Even though the resorts of Cancun and Playa del Carmen attract a vast number of sun seekers each year, there are several other alternative destinations to discover across Mexico.
Unearth the culture and traditions of the ancient Mayan civilisation at a major new museum in Mérida, get your adrenalin fix by flying down Latin America’s longest zip line at the out of this world Copper Canyon, or spend time at one of several indigenous villages in Oaxaca.
Go windsurfing in Baja California – While many of Mexico’s most travelled tourist hotspots are on the Caribbean coast, the West coast of the country boasts just as much to do. The large Baja California peninsula is one of the longest in the world, and as such has its own distinct identity. Its proximity to the US border means its ever-popular with young Americans looking for surf, sea and, adventure. The shape of the region means that on the pacific side there is no shortage of waves for windsurfers, while the interior coast on the Sea of Cortez offers a more gentle beach experience. With beaches dotted all up and down the region, there is a world of seaside fun to enjoy.
Visit the Pyramids of Teotihuacan- Mexico is awash with fascinating pre-Colombian historical site. But few match up to the wonder of the pyramids of Teotihuacan. Once the site of a massive multicultural Mesoamerican metropolis, the area is still replete with ancient structures and monuments. The crown jewel of the area is the huge Pyramid of the Sun, the largest of Mexico’s pre-European buildings. Thanks to Teotihuacan’s proximity to Mexico City, it is very easy to reach and should be on any backpacker’s list of things to do.
Holidaymakers heading for Southeast Asia don’t tend to stray further than Thailand and the popular islands of Phuket and Koh Samui. That means the quieter yet equally as attractive and picturesque Malaysia remains relatively untouched.
The laid-back but welcoming town of Kudat almost feels like the edge of the earth. But despite a lack of tourist infrastructure, intrepid explorers will be rewarded with staggering sunsets and magnificent coastlines.
Elsewhere, the historic port city of Melaka is awash with ancient architecture, mouth-watering local cuisine and the region’s largest bird park featuring 6000 birds and 400 different species.
There probably isn’t an English-speaking destination in the world that hasn’t been fully explored, but sometimes it seems like New Zealand’s breath-taking terrain offers the promise of uncharted territory.New Zealand has a ton of points of interest for adventurers.
The unspoilt landscape of the Tongariro National Park features snow-capped mountains, awe-inspiring volcanoes and multi-coloured lakes to swim in. What’s more, with no crowds of tourists it feels like you have it all to yourself.
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