Adventure travel: exciting ways to holiday

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Enjoying a relaxing holiday doesn’t have to mean you need to spend your days sitting on a beach somewhere or touring galleries and museums. In fact, many people find that sedate holiday pursuits are anything but relaxing. If you feel the same way, have a look at our guide to some of the best adventure holidays around.

From hiking around the Himalayas to an expedition in the Antarctic, there’s a thrilling holiday experience to suit all adventurous souls. Find a little inspiration for your next trip and leave slow, sedate holidays behind

Discovering a new world

Set off on an adventure holiday packed with jaw dropping beauty and magnificent scenery by choosing to travel to some of the world’s most unique holiday spots. The Everest region is ripe with excellent opportunities for trekking, hiking and walking. See majestic mountains and deep forests on trips ranging from strenuous climbs to chilled out walking tours, perfect no matter what your fitness level. Find top tips for hiking in the Himalayas, check The Guardian’s guide to the region. The paper also has some excellent suggestions for adventure holidays that don’t cost the earth – read up on budget adventure breaks and pick a unique experience that won’t break the bank. National Geographic also offers a great selection of exciting and inspiring trips to choose from, find out more about their adventurous suggestions.

Another excellent way to discover new, exciting places is to book a horse-riding holiday in an exotic location. For example, you could plan a riding holiday in India and enjoy the chance to sit astride a famed Marwari horse while soaking up magnificent scenery. Alternatively, rent or pack a bike to explore iconic routes, such as the eight-day journey along the Camino de Santiago traditionally made by pilgrims in Spain or the Bohemian heritage trail between Vienna and Prague. For a host of other suggestions for adventurous biking holidays, read Rough Guide’s favourite cycle routes.

Unique and unusual holiday experiences

If you’re hoping for a holiday packed with adventure ad exciting new sights but you’re not able to walk or ride long distances, consider booking a Zambia and Botswana safari. This offers you the chance to get up close to some amazing animals and scenery as well as the opportunity to experience a new culture, but you can do so from the comfort of a jeep. Similarly, on a thrilling and unforgettable trip to the Antarctic you can travel on one of the most advanced expedition ships ever built with Hurtigruten, allowing you to see incredible wildlife including seals, penguins and whales and enjoy educational lectures without great physical demands.

For a truly amazing holiday, you could book a hot air ballooning experience over the North Pole from tour operator Quark Expeditions. This once in a lifetime holiday starts in a luxurious and yet powerful ice breaking ship and culminates in an optional balloon ride at the top of the world. It’s an expensive holiday, but one worth every penny if you crave adventure.

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