Adventure travel is one of the most popular styles of travel for a reason. Not only are they fun, but these sometimes hair-raising experiences help us push past our barriers and grow as people. Many of us out there live for these moments and travel is the best outlet to enjoy a variety of adventures all around the world.
Each year adventure hotspots change as new treks, dives and adrenaline pumping undertakings are added. If you are looking for something daring to kick off the New Year, here are the top spots for adventure travel in 2016.
Queenstown, New Zealand
Queenstown has been hailed as the adventure capital of the world, and with good reason. Located in the stunning south island of New Zealand, there is so much to do that even hardcore adventurers find it impossible to do everything in one trip. Just to name a few experiences: bungee jumping, snowboarding, quad tours, skydiving, and canyon swinging are all popular here.
There is also scuba diving nearby with plenty of opportunities to interact with dolphins and even penguins. It is also easy to get to Milford Sound from Queenstown. It is one of the most beautiful areas in all New Zealand with plenty of leisurely hikes and treks.
It is a safe bet that with all these experiences, Queenstown will continue to be the adventure capital of the world in 2016.
Wuyishan, Fujian, China
Indulge in the tranquility of an ancient culture in the open outdoors, and little towns located in the stunning mountains of Wuyishan China. The small villages are packed with Chinese culture and history and visiting Wuyishan is like taking an adventure back into China’s past.
Winding mountains are flanked by rushing rivers and towering waterfalls. Almost anywhere you look is a spectacular view. You can spend you days exploring the mountains, rafting down the river or wandering the ancient volcanic landscape that time has turned into canyons and small gorges.
The north of Vietnam is perfect for outdoor adventures. Venture along the green rice patties and rolling hills of Sapa. For those wanting mountainous landscapes, you can hop on a train and journey through untouched forests. There are also adventurous mountain roads for those of you brave enough to drive them.
Of course, the world famous Halong Bay, one of the natural wonders of the world, is in the north and offers adventures such as rock climbing and kayaking.
Beer lovers need adventures too. Am I right? Bend is one of the best places in all of Oregon for those seeking to combine their holiday with some delicious, freshly brewed craft beer.
This town is surrounded by lakes, rivers, and mountains; perfect for a variety of outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and snowboarding. In the winter months, choose from snowmobiling or any number of other outdoor adventures. Plus, with over 23 craft beers, it is the perfect place to bring the beer lover in your family.
Rain Forest, Costa Rica
What adventurer has not dreamed of hiking through the rain forest? Just imagine taking in the sunrise while sitting next to exotic orchids, hearing the jungle calls of wild monkeys or trekking through crocodile infested swamps. The rain forest is full of natural beauty, adventure and a vast amount of wildlife. Costa Rica has all these elements and more. It is the perfect recipe for an outdoor adventure.
Banff is world famous for its winter adventures. This scenic area of Canada is a mecca for snowboarders and skiers throughout the winter. However, Banff offers many adventures in the summer as well.
During the summer months, people from all over the world travel here to hike in the Rockies and kayak along the pine-covered coasts of the many lakes and rivers.
Banff offers a variety adventures all year round and is one of the best spots for outdoor adventures in 2016.
These are just a few hearts pounding spots to start planning your next travels.
2016 is shaping up as a promising year for the adventure traveler. From the rainforests of Central America, to the snow-capped mountains of China, there are a ton of adventures awaiting those looking to push their limits and face their fears.