Adventure holidays don’t necessarily mean scaling the summit of K2, swimming with sharks or skiing death-defying black runs. On some trips you don’t even have to break a sweat – the adventure is all in the location you choose to travel to and the method by which you choose to travel. Here are seven holiday ideas for the adventurous at heart.
Hot air balloon over the Cappadocia in Turkey
Formed from three volcano eruptions and over 30 million years of erosion, Turkey’s extraordinary fairy chimneys are a mesmerising sight, even more so when seen from above. Watching the sun rise on an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the lunar landscape is the best way to see this UNESCO World Heritage site.
Sail by felucca in Egypt
Hop aboard a traditional felucca in the manner of the country’s most regal monarch, Cleopatra, and cruise down the Nile to Luxor passing lush oases and fascinating riverside communities. Once you reach Luxor, Egypt’s ‘open air museum’ there is plenty to see, from Luxor Temple and the Mummification Museum to The Valley of the Kings across the river in ancient Thebes; the place to see Tutankhaman’s tomb.
Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most spectacular locations, the scene of countless Hollywood movies such as Thelma and Louise and National Lampoon’s Vacation. 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, the best way to see the Canyon is from the air, and a helicopter or small plane is the perfect way to take in the rocky formation’s mammoth proportions and fly into the vast canyon space which was formed from the Colorado river.
Do a car rally in Europe
Car rallies are an altogether different way of discovering the world. There are a few on the circuit and the idea is usually to buy a cheap banger and travel in the fastest way possible to the end destination. The Mongol Rally is the classic travel car rally that begins in Europe and ends in Mongolia, while a little closer to home, the Ramshackle Rally is a 1500-mile rally car race through France, Spain and Italy that requires you to decorate a dilapidated motor with a theme of your choice and kit out your team in fancy dress gear to match.
Go dogsledding in Scandinavia
If you don’t fancy the traditional snowy pursuits of skiing or snowboarding, travelling by huskies is the easier way to get around and a great way to travel in snowier parts of Scandinavia. According to American records, dog sledding has been around since the 18th century, and it’s a great way to see the surrounding winter wonderland.
Cruise to Antarctica
Small adventures cruises don’t get much better than a voyage to Antarctica, the world’s ‘Last Continent’. Few people get to visit the South Pole in their lifetime, but if you’re lucky enough you’ll get to see a mindboggling landscape of milky blue icebergs, enormous glaciers and a collection of endearing wildlife including penguins, seals, whales and an incredible spectrum of birdlife.
Go on a camel safari in Wadi Rum
Walking on foot is the last thing you want to do in humid deserts, but trekking by camel is a great mode of transportation – and a brilliant way to experience the way of life in local townships. The desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan is a great place to visit – discover the historic UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra nearby, then head to the desert to trek by camel and camp under inky black night skies.
Katie is a freelance travel writer who would love to try dogsledding on her next winter holiday.