Travelling is the perfect time to try something new, and many people feel more inclined to step out of their comfort zone when they’re away from home. So why not add some new activities to your to-do list? Here are five experiences you simply can’t afford to miss.
1-Swing from a canyon
Adrenaline junkies will love the way your heart races as you jump from a cliffside platform, and swing into a canyon. Several seconds of freefall make for an even bigger thrill, and if you’re travelling with a friend (or need some reassurance) you can even jump together, tandem-style.
The best place to go for your canyon swing is Queenstown, New Zealand — it’s not called The Adventure Capital of the World for nothing, and you can admire the South Island’s natural beauty as you make your way to and from the swing site.
2-Climb a mountain (or a cliff, or a building)
Craving a challenge? Make a trip to one of the world’s most well-known climbing sites and see if you’ve got what it takes to reach the summit. There are plenty of routes, from beginner climbs to mighty challenges, and lots of places have a variety of options in one place so you can choose what suits you. Boulder Canyon in Colorado even has spots for top rope anchors, should you need them.
If you’re not the adventurous type but you have a head for heights, you can still get your fix by ascending one of the tallest buildings in the world — the Shanghai Tower, the Lotte World Tower in Seoul, and the BurjKhalifa in Dubai (the world’s tallest building at 828 metres) all have observation decks that offer breathtaking views.
3-Dive in the ocean
Whether you’ve been dreaming of exploring the depths of the ocean or you’re a seasoned pro, travelling is the perfect time to try your hand at diving. There are beautiful diving locations all over the world, so you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Great Blue Hole in Belize is located in the Caribbean sea, where you have a chance of spotting turtles, parrotfish and hammerhead sharks swimming alongside the coral reef. If you’re keen to uncover the mysteries of a shipwreck, the SS Thistlegorm in the Red Sea, Egypt is easy to reach and offers divers a snapshot of times gone by (it sunk in 1941).
4-Tour your destination on foot
A walking tour is a really good way to get a feel for a city and learn more about its people and history. Choose one with a lighthearted local guide and you’ll see it from a resident’s point of view, which is an excellent way of uncovering hidden gems and getting away from the traditional tourist trail. You might even get to sample food along the way (look out for a food tour if this is important to you).
5-Watch the Northern Lights
The Northern Lights (a.k.a the aurora borealis) are a natural phenomenon, a stunning light show that few people are lucky enough to glimpse in their lifetime.
The aurora borealis have a reputation for being elusive and unpredictable, so being able to see them is never guaranteed. However, there are things you can do to increase your chances, plus a trip to a country in the far north also gives you the opportunity to experience dog sledding, watch out for whales, and explore a new city.