For some, the ideal way to spend time off is by relaxing with a good book in the sun. For others, this could not be further from their ideal holiday.
The adventure tourism industry was estimated to be worth 288 billion dollars in 2021 and is forecast to grow rapidly, landing at 2,824 billion dollars in 2030. This would seem to be down to the amount of people who want to experience new things and push themselves.
If an adventure holiday sounds like your ideal break, then here are 5 exciting ideas for you to bear in mind when you are next looking to book.
Hiking in the Swiss Alps
The Swiss Alps are a stunning destination year-round and one of the best ways to enjoy the view is by foot. Switzerland has over 65,000 kilometres of marked walking trails, so you are spoiled for choice.
If long-distance hikes appeal to you, Via Alpina is the walk for you. With 20 daily stages, this walk crosses 14 Alpine passes and showcases the flora and fauna of the area. It is worth noting that this walk is a challenging one, so planning for the weather (as best as you can) as well as food and lodgings are essential.
Kayaking in the Norwegian Fjords
Norway’s fjords are a stunning example of the natural landscape’s beauty. For adventurers who enjoy watersports, kayaking through these fjords should be a bucket list item.
The Geirangerfjord is a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its untouched natural beauty. You can explore this fjord by kayak and marvel at the towering mountains along the shoreline. The waters are crystal clear, making for an almost fairytale-like experience. If you are lucky, you may be able to experience glimpses of elk, deer and rare butterflies.
Cycling tour in Puglia, Italy
Puglia’s charming landscape attracts visitors worldwide – and it is easy to see why! Cycling is one of the best ways to experience this unique area. You will be almost overwhelmed with cultural treats, incredible culinary delights and places of historical interest.
To make sure you don’t miss anything, book yourself onto a guided cycling holiday to benefit from the expertise of a tour guide.
Surfing retreat in Bali, Indonesia
Bali is often touted as a paradise destination for relaxing and whilst there are plenty of places to relax, surfers will also find this a haven for the sport.
Peak surfing season is between May and September when you will experience constant clean swell throughout the days. Berawa is a beach that has surf suitable for all abilities, so whether you are trying something new or a seasoned surfer, head to Berawa.
Rock climbing in Joshua Tree National Park, USA
Joshua Tree National Park has become almost a pilgrimage destination for rock climbers. This park is home to over 8,000 climbing routes and 2,000 bouldering platforms so you will be spoiled for choice.
The park does urge visitors to practice the Leave No Trace pledge, which aims to minimise the impact of visitors to the area. This is to keep the natural flora and fauna thriving for generations to come.