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Top 10 adventure travel destinations in the world

With the number of choices available to choose from when it comes to choosing a destination for adventure travel, it is quite easy to get confused. There are a number of destinations which have been known to surprise travellers for their remarkable experiences, particularly those that the western world is not familiar with. We have come up with a list of the top 10 adventure travel destinations in the world to help you plan for the perfect adventure holiday

10. Outback adventure in Australia

The outback in Australia is mostly uninhabited and boasts of a magnificent rugged landscape. The tradition of walking through the outback holds special importance among the indigenous Aborigines who believe the walk to be a sign of coming of age. What makes the Australian outback so special is the fact that it is full of exotic flowers, magnificent sights, a plethora of wildlife and exquisite hiking and trekking pathways. What’s more, you can choose from a guided tour or self tours, and you can also choose to venture off the beaten path if you want to.

09. The historical delights of Jordan

The historic city of Petra has been carved from a stone canyon which was hidden in the southern desert. The city is known to be built around the 6th century BC and is one of the most ancient Arab civilizations of the world. Amman, the capital of Jordan, is also home to some of the grandest Roman ruins and natural sights can be found aplenty. The area is also famous for its desert lowlands and gorges such as the Mujib reserve, known to be one of the lowest in the world. This reserve is home to more than 200 species of flora and is a must see while in Jordan.

08. Exploring the most isolated place on earth – The Tristan da Cunha

Those looking to get away from prying eyes and into the secluded arms of Mother Nature, need not look any further than the Tristan da Cunha. The place a former British Overseas Territory and is located at a distance of 1750 miles from Africa. Tristan da Cunha does not have any airport and can only be accessed by sea. What makes it even more special is that it boasts of splendid and undisturbed natural sights and has a population of just 300 people.

07. Enjoy the magnificent natural beauty of Latvia

Latvia might be small in its size, but it still boasts of a coastline which extends to over 350 miles. The most famous tourist attraction of Latvia is the famed Kemeri National Park that is known for its observation towers that offer magnificent bird watching opportunities and can be accessed with the help of crisscrossed pathways made from wood. Riga, the capital of Lavtia, is also famous for being one of the oldest cities in Europe. It offers tourists with a plethora of activities such as ice fishing and a myriad of historic structures.

06. Sledding in Scandinavia

A Scandinavian holiday can be one of the most adventurous sights for all those who love adventure thrills and dogs. It offers tourists with a unique chance of pairing up with dogs and travelling through old world routes on a sled. These routes also allow you to pass through unexplored birch forests, beautiful lakes, the peaks of Oxstindarna, old world farmhouses and mesmerizing natural scenery.

05. Adventure sports in Slovenia

Slovenia, a part of the former Yugoslavia, is known to offer some of the most magnificent hiking, trekking, cycling, river rafting activities to the tourists. It sits on top of approximately 8000 caves which can easily be explored on foot and architectural delights and cultural experiences also await all those who make the journey. There are a number of camps and luxury accommodations, but all adventure lovers prefer one of the old world Farmstays that can be easily be found in Slovenia.

04. Hiking in the Aeolian Islands

The Aeolian Islands comprise of seven islands which are located to the north of Sicily. These islands are home to some of the most picturesque sights on earth. The Alicudi island gets covered by a blanket of pink heather during springtime and is generally tourist free. It is also known to be one of the best places to visit in the islands for adventure travellers. The western parts of the Aeolian Islands are completely uninhabited, making them ideal for adventure travel and hiking. Lipari, the largest island in the chain, is known for its black obsidian cover and white pumice stones. Any trip to the Aeolian islands cannot be complete without witnessing the sight of majestic volcanic peaks jutting above white sand beaches. Even though there are just four villages present there, the island is home to more than 600 thermal springs. Add a few boat tours and water sports into the equation and you have all the ingredients for that perfect adventure holiday.

03. The natural delights of Chile

Chile boasts of abundant natural resources, far greater natural sights, beautiful landscapes and a very small population. The country is famous for offering adventure travellers with a myriad of sights which range from the desert landscapes of the Atacama desert to the world famous fjords, majestic mountains and beautiful lakes. The Torres del Paine National Park is another sight which is a must see while in Chile. Those looking for something remote and uninhabited can travel to Easter Island, known to be one of the least populated places in the world.

02. A safari adventure in East Africa

East Africa is known to house one of the greatest populations of some of the greatest animals on earth such as the gorilla elephants and lions. It is also full of magnificent national parks where these beasts are allowed to roam freely in their natural habitats without being disturbed by mankind. One of the best ways to explore the true beauty of the African continent is through a traditional African safari. Zambia is one of those countries where a walking safari is still a possibility. It also offers tourists with the mesmerizing sights of the Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world. The Mosi O Tunya National Park is also famous among adventure travellers and wildlife lovers for its populations of white rhinos, zebras, antelopes and giraffes. Other places in East Africa that are known for their wildlife viewing opportunities are Kenya and Tanzania. Both these countries are famous for offering a plethora of animal sightings and you can easily find the African buffaloes, jackals, baboons, zebras and bongos during a safari. Located on the borders of these two countries is the world famous Masai Mara, the most accessible game park in Africa. It is home to some of the most beautiful sights that nature has to offer and is also home to a number of baboons, lions, elephants and antelopes.

01. Touring the lands of Israel

You might not find Israel on many adventure travel lists, but it is definitely one of the greatest adventure travel destinations of the world. Despite being known as a place of pilgrimage for people from all over the world, the country has seen a decline in its pilgrim tourists over the years and an increase in general tourists and adventure travellers. The country offers fabulous outdoor activities such as hiking on the Galilee and Masada, floating along the salt waters of the dead sea and enjoying a wide range of water sport activities along the beaches of Tel Aviv.

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