Since I first began traveling and writing on my blog Active Planet Travels back in 2011, I’ve had the opportunity to see some of the most unique places anyone could ever think of and I’ve experienced some the most remarkable adventures around the world.
Since then, I’ve not only gained knowledge from personal experience, but from lots…and I mean LOTS of research.
Spending a lengthy 8 months backpacking around Southeast Asia, exploring my home country of North America, and hopping back and forth between the Caribbean and Central America, I discovered there was a lot to experience in the short life I had here on earth, and the best way to do that was through the most unique situations I could put myself in.
Please take a look at these top adventures around the world that I highly recommend any adventurer to take advantage of. And trust me when I say that it’s well worth your time to add each of these to your bucket list!
Top 8 Adventures Around the World
1.) Shark Diving in the Caribbean
Out of all the places to go shark diving around the world, the Caribbean should definitely be at the top of your list, and for good reason. It’s not only a prime destination to dive with Great Hammerhead Sharks, but whale sharks migrate there every year too.
Combine that with the opportunity to dive with many other types sharks in some of the most unique chain of tropical islands in the world and you’re left with absolute no excuse to jump in the water to explore!
Enjoy our time Swimming with Whale Sharks in Mexico
2.) Sandboarding Nicaraguan Volcanoes
Anyone can go sandboarding, but have you ever considered doing so down the side of an active volcano? If you take a vacation to Nicaragua, you actually have the opportunity to do just that.
See Deb and Dave’s Sandboarding Adventure in South Africa
Although quite rigorous (after all, nobody is going to carry you up and down the sand dune), travelers in the region get the chance to explore the summit of Cerro Negro volcano and, once done, can arrange to sandboard down the extremely steep slopes down to the base. Sure, it’s not for the faint of heart. But you know what they say, when in Rome…
3.) Island Hopping in the South Pacific
Splattered with lagoons that are shaded in colors of blue to match an artists’ palette, the South Pacific offers a plethora of opportunities that any true adventurer would love to explore.
If given the opportunity, spend some time exploring not only the islands of Tahiti, Fiji, the Cook Islands, Mauritius, Seychelles, and the Maldives, but those surrounding them as well. Get a small group of friends together and spend at least 4-6 months doing so. Sure, you may need to take a leave of absence from work, but believe me when I say that it’s well worth the “sacrifice”.
Check out the 10 of Best Things to do in the Maldives
4.) Cruising Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands
If time and money is on your side, then on adventure cruising through Antarctica, South Georgia, and the Falkland Islands should definitely be on your bucket list.
This ultimate polar expedition will take you to some of the most remote wilderness in the world. You will not only gain the opportunity to see the true beauty of Antarctica, but will most likely see some incredible wildlife in their true habitats. Between king penguin colonies, albatross colonies, elephant seals, and much more, you couldn’t possibly find a better Southern Ocean experience.
Check out Dave and Deb’s list of 11 of the Best Things to do in Antarctica
5.) Hike Machu Picchu & the Sacred Valley
Considered as a right of passage for many travelers around the world, the trek up to Machu Picchu is something you shouldn’t pass up on your journey adventuring across the globe.
Of course, you don’t want to just take the classical trek up – it’s best to go the long way around. What I’m talking about is the hike from Vilcabamba to Machu Picchu. This 5 day overnight trek will lead you from Vilcabamba, climbing 5 hours uphill through Asuntina Pass, through Yanochoca, descending into the village of Yanatile, and (eventually) to Machu Picchu.
If you’re looking to take the off the beaten path route to avoid the crowds and have a more unique trek to Machu Picchu, this is the little known way to go!
6.) Iceland – The Land of Fire & Ice
If you’re at a pivotal point in your life and need an adventure that will truly leave an impression, then the place to turn to is the Land of Fire & Ice.
As it turns out, there are not very many places left unexplored around our planet, however, Iceland seems to be one of those last untouched destinations where the landscapes are not only majestic, but filled with a magical beauty that will captivate any traveler who dares to go there. Along with Iceland’s harmonious lifestyle with its people, you can enjoy breathtaking views, active volcanoes, glaciers, fish rich waters, and sensational coastal villages.
Oh, and did I mention a fantastic Aurora Borealis light show?
7.) Magic of an African Safari
It’s no hidden secret that Africa has some of the best safari destinations around the world. And for good reason!
Between South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Zibabwe, Uganda, and many other countries, this is the part of the world that you travel to in order to witness the “Big 5”. But what makes this trip so remarkable? The fact that many of these animals are dwindling down due to the ever growing concern of the poacher crisis.
You’ll Love our Kenyan Safari, the Masai Mara Experience
8.) Trek Off the Beaten Path in Southeast Asia
If you’ve ever been backpacking in Southeast Asia, it’s a place that you learn to love…and really fast. During my 8 month tour exploring this region of the world, I spent most of my time trying to find those hard to reach places that were rarely discovered by other travelers.
As you could imagine, in a place that’s so well trodden by other travelers, this could be difficult to do. However, if you venture to some of the villages in Northern Laos, you could be in luck. Just remember to think outside the box and trek further off the beaten path than one would think they need to!
Which of these adventures would you like to travel around the world for?
“Ron Robbins has been traveling non-stop around the world since the founding day of his adventure travel site Active Planet Travels back in June of 2011. He has found most of his professional interests in being a travel blogger, television host, photographer & bizarre food enthusiast.”
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