This world is a magical place and there are so many corners to visit in one’s lifetime. When you think about it, it may seem even impossible. But the trick is to find the places that are in tune with your style of life. So, if you love outdoor adventure, you should look for places where you can experience it in the most incredible ways. To help you with where to start, here is a guide to 5 places to experience world-class outdoor adventure.
Camping in Scottish Highlands
There are various opportunities for adventure holidays in the UK. However, if you are a fan of camping and beautiful scenery, then Scottish Highlands is the place for you. Waking up overlooking a picturesque hill or endless water will definitely bring your spirit up. Hiking through the Highlands is an outdoor adventure worthy of the name and can be practiced even by less experienced hikers. But, remember to pack layers of clothes. Even in the warmest months, the weather can change fast.
You can travel to Glasgow or Edinburgh by plane and then rent a car or bike, or take the train or bus. Look into the best option depending on your starting point and don’t forget to pack essential items for your camping trip. The cheapest option is to travel by coach (bus), but the most time-efficient one is definitely by car. A lot of Highland’s attractions are far apart. Getting from one point to another using public transportation takes too much time, especially if you are on vacation.
The Great Migration in Africa
Some of the best national parks in Africa are located in Tanzania and Kenya. If you loved watching The Lion King growing up, it will be a feast for your eyes to visit the Serengeti and Masai Mara regions. They offer you a unique chance to watch more than 2 million animals migrate during what is now known as the Great Migration. Some animals are captured by predators, some are born, and the circle of life goes on.
The Great Migration happens all year round, you can just expect to see different things in different months. The beginning of the year is the time when new wildebeests are born and predators are especially keen on them. The Great Serengeti-Masai Mara migration happens in August. That is when the animals cross the river and go into Kenya from Tanzania.
You can enjoy this outdoor adventure by observing it from the safety of a van, but you can also go hiking alongside the animals, always keeping a safe distance, of course.
Cozumel Scuba Diving
The world underneath the seas and oceans is fascinating. Taking into account that we only know about 10% of it, leaves much more to be explored. And one way to explore it is to go scuba diving. Of course, there are so many spots in the world that are perfect for this, but Cozumel scuba diving is an otherworldly experience.
The Caribbean pearl is unique with its colorful underwater life. Corals, fishes, turtles, lobsters, and many more sea animals. Diving in this corner of the world is pleasant all year round, but the calmer waters are from May until September. If you want to see bull sharks, then scuba diving is recommended from November to March.
You will either need to dive with a certified diver. But for a truly perfect Caribbean experience, you can get yourself certified, so you can dive even deeper.
Yosemite Rock Climbing
By far, one of the best places for rock climbing is the USA. Yosemite National Park has a very unique rapport with climbers and is considered a favorite. The sleek granite is very difficult to climb and presents a challenge. The difficulty ranges from intermediate to advanced.
El Capitan is the iconic climb of the Yosemite National Park and you have probably seen a picture of it somewhere. It is a 3000-foot-high rock and it takes about four to six days to climb, but professional climbers can do it in a day.
Aside from El Capitan, which is the most famous climbing spot in Yosemite, you can also try climbing Half Dome and Sierra High Route. Each of these spots offers several routes to take, so you may take your pick and have a great outdoor adventure climbing.
Snowbird Skiing and Snowboarding
Snowbird, Utah, is a paradise for skiers who live for the downhill thrill. Its 987-meter (3,234-foot) vertical drop, 500 feet of snowfall each season, and deep powder appeal to experienced skiers. In fact, the Snowbird ski resort offers more than 160 trails and 2,500 acres of skiable area, 75 percent of which is rated intermediate or advanced. Its fast aerial tram gets visitors to the top of the mountain in just 8 minutes. For après-ski, the friendly town offers restaurants and bars and has a small-town feel – not over-developed like other resorts. To get to Snowbird, fly into Salt Lake City during ski season (usually mid-November through May). Reserve an all-terrain vehicle or use the resort’s app for shared transport, then take Interstate 80 east 46 km (29 miles) to the Wasatch mountains. Accommodations include four slope-side lodges and a spa, but be sure to make advance reservations. You can save as much as 25% on lodging by purchasing an Ikon pass which offers benefits for up to 7 days.
You may find other outdoor activities, such as horse-riding, cycling, paragliding, or windsurfing more appealing. For each of these activities, you can find a spot in the world, near your home or far away, where you can do them. When searching for your next world-class outdoor adventure, make sure to include spots on this list. They are worth visiting at least once in your lifetime with all the wonders they have to offer.