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Here are 5 of the best adventure travel destinations in the world

Adventure is about feeling alive, and finding places that make you feel free.
Thrill-seekers travel to New Zealand, Costa Rica, Peru, Iceland, and Thailand to find adventure; many of them even travel to Canada to find it. Photo: Adventurous man at Godafoss on Iceland / Shutterstock

Looking for an adrenaline-fuelled experience with awe-inspiring views?

While there are a number of amazing places to travel around the world, not all of them offer the best opportunities for adventure. For one, thrill-seekers generally search out countries with unique geology; many of them even travel to Canada to find it.

Whether it's soaring, snow-capped mountains, coral reefs brimming with brightly coloured fish, or endless stretches of glistening desert sand, one thing is certain: adventure is about feeling alive, and finding places that make you feel free. 

Here are a few places around the world that will inspire you to be brave and leave you feeling exhilarated. 

New Zealand

Photo: LAKE TAUPO, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 9, 2017 - Tandem free fall sky diving with 15,000 feet at Lake Taupo, New Zealand. / Shutterstock

Boasting some of the world's most breathtaking scenery, New Zealand offers the perfect playground for a number of thrilling experiences. From heli-skiing to jet boating, skydiving to caving, there are endless things to do. The rolling green hills, soaring mountain ranges, and scenic coastlines afford a number of opportunities to enjoy water sports, land activities and alpine adventures. 


Photo: Tourist and llama sitting in front of Machu Picchu, Peru / Shutterstock

Home to the world-famous Machu Picchu, Peru attracts throngs of tourists from across the globe each year. The ancient Inca ruins are located high in the Andes Mountains, and offer stunning views of the surrounding area. The classic Inca trail takes roughly four days, and, at times, the altitude is very high. As such, altitude sickness is a possibility, and travellers should prepare in advance. With this in mind, the trip is well worth the effort.


Photo: Adventurous man at Godafoss on Iceland / Shutterstock

Iceland is known as 'Land of Ice and Fire' - and for good reason. The country has some of the world's largest glaciers as well as a number of active volcanoes, making it a truly extreme destination. What's more, over 80 per cent of the island is uninhabited. For those who are looking to explore, the land offers stunning black sand beaches, crashing waterfalls, glacial lagoons, and much more. From ice climbing to scenic hikes, northern lights viewing experiences to hot springs, there are endless things to discover. 

Costa Rica

Photo: Riding the waves. Costa Rica, surfing paradise / Shutterstock

While it isn't one of the world's largest countries, Costa Rica boasts some of the most incredible outdoors experiences anywhere in the world. For one, nearly a quarter of the country is protected jungle, which allows visitors ample space to explore the magnificent, tropical paradise. Travellers will find great opportunities for scuba diving, wildlife viewing, surfing, horseback riding, ziplining, and much more. This beautiful country is also home to an awe-inspiring cloud forest, which allows you to trek through the mists in an outherworldly experience. According to monteverdeinfo, "there are over 100 species of mammals, 400 species of birds, and 1,200 species of amphibians and reptiles living within its bounds."


Photo: Colorful hot air balloons flying over Wat Huay Pla Kang, Chinese temple in Chiang Rai Province, Thailand / Shutterstock

As one of the most highly sought-after tourist destinations in the world, Thailand offers a litany of things to do. While it can be a great deal of fun to simply lay back on a breathtaking beach, the country offers numerous opportunities for adventure. There are a number of ancient ruins to discover, which may be viewed on foot or by hot air balloon. Of course, the country is also famous for its diving, and visitors can even enjoy snorkelling with whale sharks. The beautiful waters are also great for paddle boarding, surfing, jet skiing, kayaking, and other aquatic activities.