Who doesn’t love a little adventure! Adventure travel as a whole is creating billions of dollars of revenue in the travel industry. Any travel that is physically challenging and may take you to places off the beaten path is adventurous. More and more people are doing things and going places which were off-limits for most average tourists just a hundred years ago.
I love adventure. In fact, a big part of this website is dedicated to nature, international travel, mountaineering, ziplining, highpointing, peak bagging, hiking, trekking, bungee jumping, canoeing, kayaking, scuba diving, skydiving, paragliding, caving, studying new or native cultures, and exploration of remote places.
Is Adventure Travel for You?
To adventure travel or not?
Well, you can decide for yourself. To start, here are the benefits:
- Experience new mental states
- Step outside of your comfort zone
- Experience other cultures and learn different customs
- Understand and learn to be in touch with your humanity and the frailty of your body
- Live your life to the fullest
For many people traveling alone is already an adventure. The first time they come out of their shell and go on a solo trip is kind of a religious experience for them.
Benefits of Solo Travel
- You can plan your own time and decide when you rest and when you get active.
- Your mistakes are your own, and your triumphs are even more exciting.
- Your choice of activities is all that matters.
Staying Safe When Traveling Solo
- Book a hotel with a 24-hour front desk if you plan to arrive late.
- Negotiate the taxi fare before you get in. Research in advance the distance and duration of the ride from the airport to your final destination, so you don’t become a victim of taxi fraud.
- If something doesn’t feel right, don’t do it.
- Keep your identification documents in different places. Don’t forget to have scanned/digital copies.
- Stay in public places, especially at night.
- Safety is everything! If you stay out late, take a taxi.
- Avoid looking like a tourist. Walk purposefully and exude confidence. Try to check all the maps and schedules before leaving your hotel, train or tourist office.
- Don’t draw attention to yourself with flashy clothes or jewelry.
- When asking for directions, make it sound like you are not alone. For example, “Can you direct me to the museum? I have to meet a friend there.”
- Leave a copy of your itinerary with a friend or a family member at home, before leaving for a trip. Stay in touch regularly via phone or any other connection method. Keep people updated on your itinerary change or other news.
- If you are a US citizen, sign up for the free Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP), which will help the State Department assist you in the case of an emergency.
- AllSinglesTravel.com offers tours and cruises for solo travelers in a variety of categories.
- SafeCheckIn.com is a service, which allows single travelers to register their trips, to make sure they come back safely. If you don’t get back at the mentioned time, the site will attempt to contact you. If you are out of reach, they will contact your emergency contacts and, if it is necessary, the local authorities.
- Women-Traveling.com offers tours and retreats for single women who want to travel with a company. They also match their clients with roommates.
18 Signs You Are Ready for Solo Travel
1.) You’ve mastered the language of gestures
If you are sure you can find a common language with anyone and you don’t know the phrase “language barrier,” then you are ready to go.
2.) You are eager to make new friends
You may start your trip on your own, but it won’t take long before you meet someone and start chatting.
3.) You can sleep almost anywhere
If you can sleep in the car, on the train, on a bus, in a tent and even at your desk, then you are definitely ready to travel alone.
4.) You are not afraid of getting lost
You may not have the perfect sense of direction, but if you believe there is a new adventure around every corner, you will never be afraid of getting lost.
5.) You are happy to spend time with yourself
If a good book, a nice solo dinner and a glass of good wine is all you need for a great evening, you are definitely ready to travel by yourself.
6.) Your phone is filled with useful travel apps
7.) You are always prepared
If you never leave the house without being fully equipped for every eventuality, you are definitely ready for solo travel. Does your bag always contain an umbrella, sunglasses and a box of plasters? If so, you are ready to go!
8.) You have friends all over the world
It is always great to have an emergency couch to crash on in a new destination!
9.) You are fine with eating alone
If you can confidently stroll into any restaurant and request a table for one then you are ready to travel alone.
10.) You know how to manage your money
If you travel alone, you are the only person who can call the shots on where and how to spend your cash. So, before going on a solo trip, really make sure you can handle this pressure and responsibility.
11.) You know how to handle yourself in different situations
You don’t need to be a behavior wizard but just know basic, common sense rules. For example, don’t wander alone at night and don’t take out expensive gadgets without necessity.
12.) You love spontaneity
Of course some things must be planned properly but many travelers agree that the most memorable moments of any trip are usually unplanned. You will enjoy being flexible because you will be able to change direction at any moment.
13.) You are not attached to personal possessions
Your house is full of useful things you like and we are not saying you have to rid yourself of possessions. But if on a trip you can survive with just a backpack, you are definitely ready to go solo.
14.) You never let the fear get you down
We all have days when we feel scared or frustrated but these feelings must never override your passion for adventure and prevent you from searching for new adventures. If you think that you’ve learned how to turn those fear flashes into positive energy, a solo trip will be a great test!
15.) You prefer great photos of nature over selfies
If you prefer to share travel stories with the world, instead of taking awkwardly angled portraits with selfie-sticks, you are a one of a kind person nowadays. Solo travel is probably a great choice for you!
16.) You are strong enough to carry your luggage yourself
You may have to get your luggage on and off the bus and bring it upstairs if your hostel or hotel doesn’t have an elevator.
17.) You keep a diary
If you are capable of expressing all you’re feeling to a diary, you will have no problem traveling alone. A blog is also a great alternative, but nothing can beat the old-fashioned pen and paper.
18.) You have a strong gut instinct
You need to be a rational person to weigh all the pros and cons of your trip. However, you will need the gut instinct even more. It’s your strongest ally in making the right decision when you find yourself in a complicated situation.
Backpacking offers a much richer experience than any other kind of travel. Not only do you get the most vivid and rewarding nature involvement but carrying all your life essentials on your back will be a liberating physical and psychological challenge. If you are just a beginner in backpacking tourism, here are the first steps you should take:
- Find an experienced partner or work with a company
- Choose the best route
- Acquire/Pack the necessary gear
How to choose the best route?
Choosing the best route depends on several factors:
- Length of your trip
- Your physical fitness level
- Elevation gain
- Time of the year
Backpacking tourism doesn’t necessarily include hiking, camping, and sitting near the fire. However, even if you stay at hostels and get around by trains, here are some tips and tricks you should know.
Top 17 Backpacking Tips
1.) Always do research before the trip.
The more information you have, the more prepared you’ll be for all unexpected situations and spontaneous change of plans.
2.) Pack sensibly.
You don’t need all the things you think you need. Make a list, think it through, and stick to it.
3.) Make bookings for short trips, but keep long-term itineraries a bit spontaneous.
If you go on a trip for a couple of weeks, it is wise to book all the transportation and accommodations. If you plan to travel for several months you can leave long-term bookings for later when you are more sure about your plans and itineraries.
4.) Save money on attractions by taking advantage of discounts, special offers and free days.
Use all opportunities to save money that you can. Are you a student? Use a discount. Is there a special offer for unpopular visiting hours? You’re on vacation and not strictly tied to the time, so go during the unpopular times. Is there a free day in the museum? Find out about it in advance and plan your trip accordingly. Just don’t forget to get up early and get in line if the entrance is free of charge. You definitely won’t be the only smart visitor.
5.) Eat where locals eat to save money, or buy food at the supermarket and cook in the hostel kitchen.
Eating local food is cheaper and it gives you an additional travel experience. Try avoiding cafes in popular tourist areas, as they will be overpriced. Don’t forget about the street food! In most destinations, it is both cheap and delicious.
6.) Use long rides to make new friends and get new information.
Train rides can be long, but don’t think of it as a waste of time. Use this time to make new acquaintances. Locals can give you valuable information, which no travel guide or visitor center will.
7.) Always talk to people.
Don’t be afraid to ask strangers about something you need. Locals are typically more than happy to help lost tourists. While you are chatting ask for recommendations of restaurants, shops, and attractions.
8.) Make the most of every new destination.
You don’t know if you will ever come here again, so soak everything in the first time you are in a new destination. Eat local food, talk to people, explore and have the most fun!
9.) Keep your travel stories to the highlights when you return home.
People are always happy to hear about new destinations and your travel experiences. But you should know your audience and feel the rhythm. Try to distil your many adventures into the best and most exciting that you can share with your loved ones.
10.) Document your memories by making a scrapbook or a travel video.
All the tickets, sugar packages, beer caps and other stuff lying in the bottom of your backpack will help you to create a scrapbook and save your memories. If you have lots of photos, a great idea would be to pick the best ones and make a travel video. It will certainly be more fun to watch than thousands of similar pictures.
11.) Say yes and have no regrets.
If you have at least the slightest chance to do something new and exciting while on the trip, don’t miss it! Perhaps, it is a once in a lifetime opportunity.
12.) Choose “doing” over “seeing.”
The more you travel the more it will seem like everything is the same, and the more incomplete your trip will feel when you just “see” a place. The fix here is to “do” something new in the new place and not just go sightseeing. For example, dive near the Great Barrier Reef, instead of just looking at it. Go to the top of the Eiffel Tower, swim in the waterfall, go bungee jumping, surfing, rafting, biking, whatever you like. Travelling is all about new opportunities!
13.) Stay longer if you want to appreciate the place fully.
Some cities are an acquired taste. At first, you see all the tourist spots and negative sides, but after a few more days you become capable of observing the real essence of the place. Try to give any new destination a real chance before passing judgment.
14.) Your photos should tell the whole story.
Take pictures of not only sceneries, but also signs, foods, transport, dorms, and people.
15.) Think twice before spending money.
The ability to save will help prolong your trip and allow you to see or do even more than you planned. So, always think before spending another penny: “Do I really want to buy this/do this?” or “Would I rather spend it on something else?”
16.) Stay safe and take precautions.
Despite what you may think, most traveling destinations are just as safe as your local area. Nevertheless, you still need to think about safety, take precautions, and be prepared for any situation. Do your research ahead of time.
17.) Stay positive, no matter what!
Focus on your trip, your plans and enjoy it! If you aren’t happy with something, change it. Keep the balance between saving money and staying happy. For example, if you are really sick of hostel dorms, take a break and book a private room for a few nights.
14 Backpacking Essentials You Need
“On a long journey, even a straw weighs heavy” – Spanish Proverb
- Universal power adapter
- Microfiber travel towel
- Personal first aid kit
- Extra memory cards
- Bathroom kit organizer (ideally with a hook)
- Mini torch
- Pack-away rain jacket
- Travel grooming set (however, if you travel with hand luggage only, you won’t be able to bring it on board)
- Notebook and a pen
- Insect repellent (for tropical destinations)
- USB Cable
11 Things You Should Know Before Your First Backpacking Trip
- You need less stuff than you might think.
- Earplugs are a must-have.
- There will always be someone, who did and saw more.
- There are good people everywhere.
- It’s okay to get lost. If you did, reread the point above.
- Not everything is online, even nowadays.
- Your body can cope with a lot but not everything.
- Even if it sounds too good to be true, it still is.
- Cheap doesn’t feel cheap for long.
- There isn’t much you can’t wash in the sink.
- You can never see it all.
28 Camping Tricks to Make Your Life Easier
- Protect your toilet paper from getting crushed or getting wet.
- Strap a head lamp to a gallon jug of water to fill the entire tent with ambient light.
- Create a music speaker with a phone and a ceramic mug or a glass.
- Sage is a natural mosquito repellent.
- Take spices in Tic Tac containers.
- Keep your clothes warm by putting your next day’s clothes in your sleeping bag, while you sleep.
- Use Doritos for kindling, if you don’t have anything else.
- Make coffee easily by putting it in coffee filters, tying up with dental floss or thread, and using them as tea bags in hot water.
- Peel the soap up with a vegetable peeler and use a single slice per bath, so you don’t drop the whole bar in the lake or river.
- Make your zippers more zippable by putting a keyring on them. It would be particularly useful if you wear gloves or mittens.
- Bring quick fire starters, such as a cotton ball dipped in Vaseline and wrapped in a square of aluminum foil.
- Fill Altoids tins with folded cardboard, sprinkle wax on top and use them as torches.
- Bring charcoal in a cardboard egg carton, light the carton and you have the fire started.
- Protect your matches carefully.
- If you have a necessity to wash your clothes, bring a portable washing machine.
- Hide your valuables in soap.
- Make mini calzones in cupcake tins and cook them directly over the fire.
- You can grill fruit and chocolate in aluminum and get campfire cones.
- You can replace a marinade with rosemary. Just put it directly on the charcoal and underneath the meat.
- If you don’t have a grill, cook all your hot dogs at once using a rake.
- Attach your keys to a cork if you’re boating so that you do not lose them in the water if they fall in.
- Always carry padding or, at least, a yoga mat.
- Learn all basic knots.
- Don’t let money get in the way of a great camping adventure.
- Line a tent rope between two trees, to dry wet clothes or boots.
- Organize the camp space and create various zones for eating, washing, lounging, and first aid.
- Compression bags are you friends, which will help you pack sleeping bags, clothes and pillows.
- Keep the kids engaged all the time with games and activities. Unhappy little campers will make everybody else unhappy.
5 Tips for Creating the Perfect Campsite and Shelter
- After the end of each trip, do a quick campground audit and make a list of the places that might be suitable for the next trip.
- An old area rug is a great way to add comfort to your tent.
- Spice up the tent with rope lights. Wrap them around the pole structure on the outside of the tent but under the fly. It is perfect to put kids to sleep before adults are ready to go to bed.
- Water bottles filled with either cold or hot water are great for making your sleeping bag more comfortable.
- Even if you use a smaller backpacking tent for a solo outing, consider taking a cot anyway. It doesn’t only have to go inside; you can also put a tent on top of it.
5 Essential Tools for Cooking Over the Fire
- A folding military inspired shovel is great for moving coals, adjusting logs in the pit, and covering the smoldering fire with dirt when you leave.
- A poker – a handy branch makes a good poker and who can resist making necessary “adjustments” to the fire all evening long.
- Rocks make a great decorative surrounding for the fire. They also serve as a buffer, to keep the fire away from your things. Kids will be happy to help you gather rocks.
- If you enjoy dutch oven cooking, a steel grate with 4-5 inch legs is a perfect tool for you. If you place it inside the firepit ring, over the coals, it will support a dutch oven or a coffee pot, and can even be used to sear steaks.
- Fire resistant gloves will prove very helpful when moving grates or cast iron.
5 Essential Tools to Start Fire
- Cotton balls with a smear of petroleum jelly. Store them in a resealable plastic bag to access them easily.
- Fill cardboard toilet paper rolls with dryer lint.
- Place small balls of dryer lint in the spots of an old egg carton and cover each with wax. You will have 12 individual fire starters.
- In the grocery store section, where you find charcoal, you can also buy fire starter sticks.
- When you set up a camp, establish piles of wood in graduated sizes.
Fire Safety Measures for Kids
- Use rocks to surround the fire pit. It makes the pit look great and creates a distance between kids and the flame.
- Explain the process of fire building to your kids. Involve them in the process with simple activities, such as collecting tinder or rocks, to make them feel included.
- Establish a “one poker” rule. Kids always want to poke the fire, but they won’t be able to do that if the poker is in the hands of an adult.
- Consider your children’s clothes. Synthetics can be dangerous near the open fire.
After a big day on the trail, there is nothing like returning to the camp and taking that precious gulp of cold water. Hydration is the key to a long weekend of adventure, not to mention numerous other ways of water usage in the camp. That’s why you need to figure out how to organize and store water supplies in the camp.
Camp water storage tools
- Gallon jugs
- 2-gallon containers with spouts
- Collapsible water carriers
- Igloo style water cooler
Personal water storage tools
- Water bottles
- Hydration bladders
- Water bags
Filtration, treatment & purification tools
- Handled pump filters
- Gravity flow filters
- Squeeze filters
- Ultraviolet sterilizers
- Water treatment drops
4 Camping Tips for Managing Water and Hydration
- Create several watering stations.
- A stream or a river near your campsite is a blessing. Use a mesh laundry bag with a drawstring to hold drinks in the water and keep them cold.
- Chip away at the block ice in your cooler while you camp. It will be useful to cool drinks or your hydration bladder.
- Always pack water enhancers. They will help rehydrate you and add flavor to your water.
Necessary Kitchen Supplies
- Cast iron is durable, versatile, and provides the perfect cooking surface for camping.
- Multi-tools are irreplaceable during camping. Search for cooking utensils that have multiple purposes.
- Consider your consumption for things like spices and don’t bring more than you really need.
- Forget about non-stick pans as they release toxic chemicals when used over a campfire.
- Don’t forget protective gloves. Remember: everything gets hot around the campfire.
- Use a dutch oven lid lifter to make one pot meals easier to manage.
3 Essential Tips for Elevating Your Camp Cuisine
- Create a storage plan. Use storage containers to organize your camping meals. Label the containers or use various colors to differentiate them.
- Prepare meals, which require common ingredients, so you can minimize the number of ingredients you have to bring.
- Organize your camp kitchen before you begin cooking. Your camp meals will require less effort if you stage the utensils, cookware, and ingredients before cooking.
Personal Camping Gear
- Next-to-skin layers
- Hiking layers: Nylon pants, T-shirts, sun shirt, sun hat
- Insulation: Puffy vest, jacket, lightweight fleece pullover, warm hat, gloves
- Rainwear: Waterproof jacket, pants
- Sleep clothes: Clean tee, bottoms, and socks for sleeping
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
Top 10 Personal Essentials List
- Sunglasses and sunscreen
- Extra clothing
- First-aid supplies
- Extra food
Top 12 Beginner Mistakes
- Cooking in your tent
- Soaking your sleeping bag
- Filleting your feet
- Packing too much
- Swamping your shelter
- Giving your meal to animals
- Bringing untested gear
- Having a lax water plan
- Skipping the planning
- Ignoring the weather
- Dodging navigation skills
- Leaving a trace
9 Lessons You Will Learn on Your First Camping Trip
1.) When you are connecting with nature, you need to unplug.
Turn off your cell phone and put it in the glove box. Enjoy the fire, starlight, rivers, trees, lakes, mountains, and you will find out that your body and spirit were craving the remedy that is nature.
2.) Camping builds and strengthens bonds.
When you camp with your friends you rely on each other. Simple things become a team exercise when you try to survive together. While working together on tasks such as making camp, cooking, stoking the fire, and creating music, you may discover new dimensions of your friendship.
3.) Nature is not scary.
Without electricity, double-paned windows, and access to all of life’s comforts and commodities, you can’t blame a person for fearing about safety. To the uninitiated, nature can seem like a death trap. It is important to respect nature and to learn about the dangers. However, the wilderness is an awesome and mysterious entity. The more time you spend in nature, the less you’ll fear it.
4.) You always need less stuff than you think.
When you are going backpacking every additional pound on your back matters. If you are going car camping and don’t have to carry all your stuff for miles, the risk of bringing too much stuff skyrockets. Just remember, “simplicity is happiness.” You don’t need the whole camping supply store full of every possible piece of tech and gear. Be prepared, pack light, and enjoy the lack of stuff you don’t really need.
5.) Cooking over the fire is awesome!
Camping cuisine is often simplified to meals that can be cooked with convenience over a fire. Be we don’t see this as a problem. Cooking over the open flame feels good, smells good and warms your skin. Plus, the fire paints the night orange and yellow.
6.) The best conversations happen around the campfire.
Interactions and conversations near the bonfire are always deeper, more playful, and soulful. Because you are not distracted with the banalities of life, you can focus on the night, the fire, and the people with you.
7.) Sleeping under the stars is just fabulous!
Unfortunately, even many non-metropolitan areas are now suffering from light pollution, and the stars are being smudged out. A return to nature is a return to the night sky, which is a wondrous, inspiring, and beauty-filled expanse that boggles the mind and stirs the soul. If the weather is nice and the mosquitoes aren’t intrusive, take your sleeping bag, lay it on the ground and peer into the glimmering lanterns of the Milky Way.
8.) You are normally out of touch with your circadian rhythm.
After spending several nights in nature, away from artificial sources of illumination, you will find yourself reverting to the natural cycles of light. You will wake up with the sunrise, instead of an alarm clock. And you’ll go to sleep when the stars appear and not when you are finished with your favorite TV show.
9.) Being uncomfortable is good for you.
Modern people are not used to suffering even the slightest discomfort. Camping should not be an unpleasable or very uncomfortable experience. However, you may still have to face some uncomfortable situations, and this is a good thing. Go into the tiny discomforts with gratitude, and they’ll melt away at the end of the day by the light of the campfire.
Wherever you travel, the world is full of wonders. You are sure to encounter many wonders if you know where to look for them. If you want to increase your chances of spotting something interesting then use the following tips.
Right Time and Place
- Dawn and dusk are the best times for wildlife watching.
- Many animals are active during antisocial hours.
- During warm seasons, little is moving on hot summer afternoons or windy days.
- Places, where one form of habitat or terrain transitions into another, are always a good bet for a stakeout – riverbanks, estuaries, and shorelines are prime examples.
Before You Go Wildlife Watching
- Study your target carefully.
- Bring the right gear.
When You Arrive
- Be quiet, stay still.
- Blend into the surroundings.
- Look for animal signs, tracks, trails.
- Stop, look around for several minutes and find a comfortable watching spot.
- Sit with your back to the sun.
- Search for movements, colors, and shapes.
- Stay on an established trail, if you find one.
- Listen carefully.
- Be patient.
- When you visit an area, plan enough time, so you don’t rush from one site to another.
- If you drive, ride slowly, stop often, and shut off your engine to listen and see more carefully.
- Use a telephoto lens to take pictures from a distance.
When You See Wildlife
- If you see an animal, stop and stay still.
- If the animal sees you too and stops, back up slowly and give the creature time to get used to you.
- Use binoculars or a scope to enjoy a closer look.
- If a bird performs displays in front of you or flies over your head, it probably wants you to move away from its nest.
- Youngsters, which seem to be alone are probably not, and their parents are somewhere close, so watch out.
Respect Wildlife and Its Habitats
- Keep your distance.
- Never feed wild animals.
- Don’t interfere with their natural behavior at any time.
- Keep to the principle of “leave no trace.”
- Stay clear of nests and dens.
- Use calls and whistles selectively.
- Limit the time of your stay.
- Avoid surprising the wildlife.
- Never surround an animal with a group of people.
- Leave your pets at home.
- Don’t litter.
- Stay on the trail.
- Do not disturb plants, branches or bushes around dens and nests.
- Respect the rights of other viewers in the field.
- Teach others to respect and appreciate wildlife.
- Stay away from the animals, which behave strangely or appear sickly.
- You must never flush birds from their nests to view their eggs or watch them fly.
- Never chase wildlife.
- Leave feathers, eggs, nests, dead animals, and live animals where you find them.
- After searching for reptiles or invertebrates, always place the rocks in their original position.
- Respect private property and always get permission for entering.
- While driving on private or public lands, always keep your car on designated roads.
100 Ultimate Adventures to Add to Your Bucket List
- Go BASE jumping (anywhere of your choice).
- Hike the Salcantay trail to Machu Picchu.
- Sit on top of the world after hiking Mount Kilimanjaro.
- Swim in Mexico’s Yucatán cenotes.
- Hike the Mendenhall Glacier in Juneau, Alaska.
- Hike Angel’s Landing in Zion National Park.
- Ice climb the Hyalite Canyon in Montana.
- Go to “La Tomatina” in Buñol, Spain.
- Walk across a frozen river on the Chadar trek in Zanskar River Valley, India.
- Hike the 2,180-mile Appalachian Trail.
- Swim through the Black Hole of White Canyon in Utah.
- Camp under the Northern Lights.
- Hang glide over Rio de Janeiro.
- Hike to the Upper Yosemite Falls.
- Play on the world’s highest tennis court at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai.
- Walk the Arenal Skywalk in Costa Rica.
- Dive the Great Barrier Reef in Queensland, Australia.
- Raft through the Grand Canyon.
- Bungee jump off the Kawarau Bridge in Queenstown, New Zealand.
- Swim with sharks in the Maldives.
- Walk across the Trift Bridge above the Swiss Alps.
- Hike the Half Dome in Yosemite.
- Do the Mt. Huashan plank walk in China.
- Hike Striding Edge in Britain.
- Dogsled in the remote region of Lapland, Finland.
- Ski in Denali National Park, Alaska.
- Swim with great white sharks in South Africa.
- Skydive over Interlaken, Switzerland, and check out the Swiss Alps on your way down.
- Ride the craziest rapids on the Zambezi River in Zambia.
- Go free climbing at Hueco Tanks State Park in Texas.
- Climb Leukerbad Via Ferrata in Switzerland.
- Swim in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon.
- Walk the Kakum canopy in Ghana.
- Visit an active volcano at Volcan Pacaya, Guatemala.
- Visit the Apostle Island winter sea caves in Lake Superior, Wisconsin.
- Climb to Glacier Point vista in Yosemite National Park, California.
- Swim in the Erawan Waterfalls in Thailand.
- Jump off the South Point cliffs in Hawaii.
- Kayak through otherworldly scenery at Caddo Lake in Texas.
- Swim in the Devil’s Pool at Victoria Falls on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe.
- Swim in the hidden blue grotto of Capri.
- Hike the Milford Track, New Zealand.
- Sleep under the stars in NamibRand, Namibia.
- Swim with turtles in Ningaloo, Western Australia.
- Visit an endangered tribe in the Amazon, Ecuador.
- Spot a snow leopard in Ladakh, India.
- Descend into a volcano, Iceland.
- Sail to St. Helena, South Atlantic.
- Sleep on a private isle in Scotland.
- Visit North Korea.
- Cuddle a whale in Baja California, Mexico.
- Drive through Glacier National Park, USA.
- See a spirit bear in British Columbia, Canada.
- Ride the Trans-Siberian, Russia-China.
- Go rafting in upper Colorado.
- Get wet in a Paddler’s Paradise.
- See New England in the fall.
- Tour Patagonia.
- Visit the Amazon Jungle.
- Watch the Serengeti’s great migration.
- Go on a safari in the Okavango Delta.
- Trek through the Himalayas.
- Watch the sunrise over Bagan.
- Set foot on Antarctica and watch penguins.
- Tour the temples and gardens of Kyoto.
- Take a great American highway trip.
- Drive the Great Ocean Road in Australia.
- Walk along the Great Wall of China.
- See the landscapes and the wildlife of Namibia.
- Take a trip to the Arctic.
- Visit the Atacama Desert in Chile, the driest place on Earth.
- Visit the lost city and the lowest place on earth in Jordan.
- Hike in Hawaii’s Na Pali Coast.
- Sail the Milford Sound in New Zealand.
- Fly-fish in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.
- Get up-close to Iguazú Falls, Brazil.
- Live with locals in Chyulu Hills, Kenya.
- Meet polar bears in Churchill, Manitoba.
- Cruise China’s Yangtze River.
- Race at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
- Raft the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho.
- Explore Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina.
- Watch the wildlife along the Amazon.
- Watch whales on Australia’s Kimberley Coastline.
- Heli-Ski in the Bugaboo Mountains, British Columbia.
- Drive to Big Sur, California, along the Pacific Coast Highway.
- Surf on Sumba Island, Indonesia.
- Go hiking through a tropical rainforest.
- Visit an elephant sanctuary in Thailand.
- Go swimming in a natural cave in Cuba.
- Try shark cage diving.
- Ride a camel across a desert in Egypt.
- Go snorkeling in Australia.
- Take part in the festival of lights in India.
- Visit the Batu Caves in Malaysia.
- Ride the hot air balloon with someone you love.
- Go across Canada on a train.
- Visit Niagara Falls.
- Sign up for a volunteer project.
- Go sky-biking in Ecuador.
For a unique experience, you can also add these 35 unusual exotic destinations to your travel bucket list. Because visiting new places which have yet to gain popularity is quite an adventure.