24 Adventure Travel Ideas That Should Be On Your Bucket List
Laying on a beach or seeing the top tourist sights are all well and good, but sometimes you need a little more…
…a little more excitement, a little more adrenaline and a lot more adventure!!
You want to explore, get dirty and experience the world around you.
If this sounds just like you, then read on to discover 25 adventure travel ideas that should be on your bucket list! (I know they’re all on mine!)
Adventure Travel Ideas For Your Bucket List
This is a combined water and rock activity – and apparently, Wales (in the UK) is one of the best areas in the world to try this.
You get to jump off waterfalls, swim, climb, abseil down a canyon and float down fast chutes and waves.
It’s often described as white-water rafting but without the raft.
Sounds like great fun to me!
You have a couple of options here…
Either you can head out for a few hours to explore some caves…
…you have a full-on kayak adventure spanning a few days that usually involves camping out at night and exploring islands and caves during the day.
Plus, you can have all of this fun whilst exercising your arms and keeping your bingo wings at bay. Perfect!
I have first-hand experience with this one – and photographic evidence to prove it (yes, that’s me in the picture).
Hands down, it’s been one of the best experiences of life and I’d love to do another.
If you haven’t been skydiving, I highly recommend that you give it a go.
It’s not as scary as you think and, statistically, you are more likely to die crossing the road than skydiving.
You are strapped to a trained and certified professional so all you need to do is follow their instructions – no lengthy training course is required prior.
Related Read: 6 Reasons Why You Should Go Skydiving
4) Bungee Jump
This is a major activity for all of you adrenaline junkies out there.
Strap yourself to a rope and throw yourself head first off a cliff or a bridge.
Sounds like a great fun!!
Grab your mask and fins and head into the water for a bit of underwater sight-seeing.
Cast your eyes over the underwater world and get up close and personal with hundreds of fish and breath-taking scenery.
6) Scuba Diving
Taking snorkeling one step further, how about full-on scuba diving?
However, you need to invest a bit of time and money into this one. Firstly, you need to get certified and secondly, you need to get the gear.
I grew up watching The Little Mermaid and would love to see what it’s really like under the sea – is it really like Sebastian says it is? If you have scuba dived, please let me know in the comments below.
I’ve recently read about a new underwater museum – it’s exactly what it says on the tin, a museum under the sea that you can only explore whilst scuba diving. Sounds pretty awesome to me!
7) Hiking & Trekking
Probably not the most adrenaline pumping activity on the list, but it’s still a super cool one if you go hiking in the right places!
A definite bucket list spot is the Troll’s Tongue in Norway, as seen in the picture above, but any hike that results in an awesome view is a good one in my books.
You can also complete bigger adventures such as trekking across the Sahara Desert or Antarctica or maybe tackling a large mountain.
8) Jet Skiing
Like riding a motorcycle on water.
Jet Ski’s are amongst the fastest and most maneuverable machines on water.
…that’s got to mean tonnes of fun, right?
9) Hot Air Ballooning
Taking to the skies but a bit more leisurely.
Okay, I know this isn’t the most thrill-seeking activity out there, but you have to admit that it’s still a pretty cool thing to do.
If possible, I recommend ballooning at either sunrise or sunset.
10) Cage Diving
If you’re looking for an adrenaline pumping activity, then how about throwing yourself into a cage that’s submerged underwater and surrounded by sharks?
You have to admit it’s not everyone’s usual weekend activity.
This is your chance to get up close and personal with one of the top predators of the ocean.
If you don’t mind getting your hair wet, then grab a board and your swimsuit and let’s hit the waves!
Disclaimer: Some lessons may be needed before ‘hitting the waves’.
12) Rock Climbing
I’m not talking about your indoor rock climbing walls.
I mean real rock climbing.
On an actual cliff.
I’m talking about the start of Mission Impossible 2 with Tom Cruise, or the start of Cliffhanger with Sylvester Stallone…but maybe consider a much easier version if it’s your first go – and use ropes!
13) Whale Watching
Okay, so I know that this is not really an adrenaline activity. After all, you don’t really do much. You just sit on a boat, try not to get sea-sick and watch.
But seeing a minke whale, humpback whale, blue whale, or an orca out at sea would be incredible!
Heck, I’d be happy just to see a few dolphins!
14) Dog Sledding
The perfect winter adventure isn’t complete without experiencing dog sledding (especially if Rudolf and his friends are having some time off work).
This can be a ‘one-ride’ experience or you can travel from lodge to lodge over the duration of a few days on your own dog sledding adventure.
Paragliding is the simplest form of flying that there is.
Paragliders are lightweight with no rigid structure and you are launched by foot or towed into the air.
Just think of yourself as a giant kite!
Pop your backside inside an inflatable raft with a few teammates and navigate your way down a river.
Depending on your adventure and adrenaline levels, the water that you chose to raft on can be anywhere from rough white-water rapids to a steadily flowing stream.
Just don’t forget your wetsuit.
Grab your coat, nothing blows away the cobwebs better than sliding down the side of a mountain on top of freshly fallen snow.
And after all the cobwebs have been blown away, you can end your day of adventuring by retreating to your cabin and relaxing in front of the fire.
18) Quad Biking
Grab the handlebars of an all-terrain-vehicle and prepare yourself for some mud, ramps, obstacles and most importantly of all, lots of fun!
Enjoy the off-road experience whilst taking in the great outdoors.
19) Dune Bugging
Similar to quad biking but forget the mud, you’ll be playing in a giant sandbox.
…and you’ll be in a buggy rather than on a quad bike.
Get ready for some sand spraying and dune leaping fun!
Take to two wheels and explore your surroundings at a faster pace.
Depending on your preference you can hop aboard a road bike and explore the sights via the roads and side streets, or you can grab a mountain bike and venture out to the trails.
Which one will you pick?
Are you ready to rough it?
Go back to basics and reconnect with the great outdoors.
Your camping adventure may last for one night or a few weeks, and it can be in your own back garden or somewhere lost in the wilderness, whatever you choose.
22) Road Tripping
I’m calling shotgun!
Who doesn’t love a good road trip?
And the best part is that you can make this adventure totally your own.
You can travel by car and either camp or schedule some motel stops along the way. Or you can go via a motorhome, campervan or motorcycle.
The choice is yours!
You can combine this with other activities from this list such as hiking, kayaking and/or climbing.
The ultimate adventure for the free spirit.
23) Zip Lining
Not quite ready for bungee jumping or skydiving? Then this adrenaline activity is probably more up your street.
Cruise through the trees whilst been suspended from a cable.
Although if trees aren’t really your thing, head to Las Vegas for their 12-story zip line and see Vegas like you’ve never seen it before.
24) Wing Walking
Yes, this is actually a thing.
You sit in a plane whilst it takes off, then once it reaches its cruising altitude you climb out of your seat and onto the wings of the plane.
If that doesn’t get your blood pumping, then nothing will.
I hope that I have helped inspire you to be a bit more adventurous on your travels.
How many of the adventure travel ideas above have you done? I’d love to hear about your experiences – just drop me a comment below.
Here’s to your next adventure.
P.S. Are there any other activities that deserve to be on my list?