For most of us, holiday means going to a resort or staying at a luxury hotel, sightseeing and relaxing, in general. Although it is a great way of relaxing and de-stressing, it is always good to challenge oneself once in a while. For this, one has to take a break from the relaxing holidays and go on an adventurous tour. Here we present some offbeat holiday ideas that you can take on your own, with your friends or with your family.
Trekking is fun, adventurous and sometimes dangerous too. It is always better to go on a trek in groups. Several travel agencies arrange trekking tours for groups on a regular basis. You can join one that takes you to the place where you have wanted to go for a long time. Some of the best places to go trekking include the Everest in Nepal, Inca Trail in Peru, GR20 in France, Indian Himalayas, The Narrows in the USA, etc.
An important thing that you need to remember is that trekking is not easy and can be life-threatening if one is not thoroughly prepared. If one is new to trekking, it is best to start with local places or maybe a trekking training camp. Be well-prepared to have a successful and memorable trekking tour.
While trekking tours are not very child-friendly, something that even kids will enjoy is going for a wildlife safari. Be it the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya or the Ranthambhore Wildlife Sanctuary in Rajasthan, India, the wildlife parks have something interesting for everyone. The African continent houses some of the best wildlife parks which include South Luangwa National Park, Zamibia; Ruaha National Park, Tanzania; Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, etc. Each national park or wildlife sanctuary in the world arranges
wildlife safaris and tours for the guests.
Although this adventure tour does not need any prior preparation physically, there are some things that you need to know beforehand. You are going to be in the wild for long hours, probably the whole day, so dress comfortably. Wear colors that will help you to blend easily with the surroundings. Carry the essentials with you like water, first aid box, etc. You must remember that you are entering the home of wild animals and hence must keep decorum. Refrain from speaking too loudly or doing anything that will disturb the animals. Most importantly, stay with the group and make sure that the children do so too.
Scuba diving has become a popular activity in the recent years, mostly because of the curiosity and fascination about the life underwater. The best places to go for scuba diving would depend on your specific interests as well as your expertise level. If you are a beginner, British Virgin Islands, Bahamas, Thailand, etc. are some of the apt places for you. Most of these places offer scuba diving certificate courses.
Once you have become a pro, there are several interesting places that you can explore. Some of the most popular scuba diving destinations include the Blue Hole, Belize; Puerto Galera, Philippines; Kailua Kona, Hawaii; Bali, Indonesia; Phuket, Thailand, etc. While in most places scuba diving is restricted to adults, there are some places where even children are allowed to indulge in scuba diving. When choosing the destination for scuba diving, you need to think about your interests and what you would like to explore. This can make your search easy.
Skiing and snowboarding
If you want to enjoy snow and want to indulge in an adventure at the same time, plan a trip to a destination where you can go skiing and snowboarding. Some of the most popular places where you can go snowboarding include Canada, Switzerland, USA, Austria, France, etc. On the other hand, some of the popular skiing villages are Zermatt, Switzerland; British Columbia, Canada; Bozeman, Montana; Chamonix, France; Bend, Oregon, etc. Book your tickets and do your hotel reservations beforehand as you may not find availability if you keep it for the last moment. Moreover, do not forget to take your skiing and snowboarding gear.
If you love motorbikes and speed, you must go on a bike tour, at least once in a lifetime. In most countries, bike tours are organized by travel agencies or biking groups, where the starting point, travel route and destination are pre-decided. If you have never gone on a biking tour before, opt for a short one which ends in a few days. Once you are sure that you enjoy such trips you can participate in bigger tours that cover long distance. Always travel in groups while on a biking tour. It is much safer that way.
These are some of the offbeat holiday ideas you can try if you want to try something adventurous. Paragliding, river rafting, sky diving, rock climbing, etc. are some of the other things that you can try during your holidays.