Whether you fancy trekking remote jungle or surfing the planet’s biggest waves, gliding down ski slopes or sampling fried locusts, the world has never been more accessible.
If you prefer to go in search of adventure on holiday rather than the nearest hammock, why not follow in the footsteps of the world’s most famous adventurers..
Become Indiana Jones in Petra
The Rose Red city of Petra in Jordan is a bucket list favourite and film set for the most famous adventurer in Hollywood – Indiana Jones. The Last Crusade was filmed amongst the pink hued boulders of this ancient city. Walk the streets around the Treasury and channel Indy then take a trip over to the spectacular desert landscapes of Wadi Rum nearby to sleep under inky-black night skies.
Spot wildlife in Darwin’s Galapagos
In 1835 Charles Darwin took a trip that would change science. Sailing to the Gal?pagos Islands aboard HMS Beagle, the young naturalist was so amazed by the diversity of animals, birds and insects on the tiny Ecuadorian island that he struck upon a thought which would later lead to his ground-breaking book The Origin of the Species. The Galapagos today is an unmissable destination for wildlife lovers, home to the blue-footed booby bird, giant tortoises and plenty more tick-list critters.
Explore Attenborough’s Rwanda
Since the 1970s velvet-voiced naturalist David Attenborough has been bringing the planet’s most inhospitable landscapes to our living rooms with his ground-breaking TV shows on the natural world. One of the highlights of his career was meeting rare mountain gorillas in Rwanda – follow in his footsteps and take an eco-tour to meet these majestic mammals.
Shackleton’s adventures in Antarctica
The South Pole is the planet’s last wilderness, home to an impenetrable landscape of statuesque milky blue ice sculptures and ice sheets stretching for miles in the distance. With visitor numbers capped each year and the only viable means of transport an ice-breaker ship and some sturdy skis, Antarctica is an adventure-certain location. Make like Ernest Shackleton and the early explorers with a trip to the Last Continent.
Saddle up like John Wayne in the US
Carpeted with an enormous collection of landscapes and national parklands, America is the home of adventure holidays. Escape the bright lights of the big cities and follow in the footsteps in early explorers. Stay on a working cattle ranch in the Wild West and learn to saddle up for the bona fide cowboy experience.
Biog: Katie is a freelance writer who daydreams about moving to Australia and drinking flat white coffees in Melbourne’s cafes