As the winter chill sets in our part of the world, the lure of an exciting adventure vacation becomes too strong to resist. When the temperatures drop, the holiday joy flies away. What could be better than an adrenaline rush to warm you up? Winter is a great time to travel for vacation. Some like their winter vacations to be cool, while others like theirs hot and toasty. Whatever your preferences, an adventurous vacation is an exciting prospect.
Some destinations, like Dubai, are tailor-made for an action-packed outing that will take your breath away. Whether it’s sliding across high sand dunes at breakneck speeds or surfing waves on blue oceans, everyone has a different taste for adventure. We’re almost done with 2020, which has been an immensely forgettable year. As the world gradually opens up, some vacation destinations are ready to welcome visitors.
Here are five vacation destinations that will give you a world-class experience and help you prepare to welcome the New Year.
- Dubai – The center of adventure
- The Maldives – Water sports extravagance
- Goa – Adventures with a twist
- Rishikesh – Adventures of the Spiritual Kind
- Kerala – The playground of God’s adventures
Dubai – The center of adventure
One of the most futuristic cities in the world is an exhilarating playground that offers a well-rounded adventure vacation experience. Start your dune adventures and ride sand dunes at breakneck speeds in towering SUVs. Once you’ve refueled, try sandboarding. Flying along the towering dunes with just a board between you and the sand will give you a one-of-a-kind thrill.
If you love skiing, but not the heat, head to Ski Dubai to enjoy some of the coolest slopes Dubai has to offer. If jumping from great heights is your cup of tea, the Dubai Gravity Zone will thrill you with a 50 meter high bungee jump. If you’re looking for a bigger thrill, swap the rope for a parachute and go skydiving. Enjoy the adrenaline rush accompanied by breathtaking views. If you are looking to elevate yourself in adventure, Dubai is your adventure vacation destination.
The Maldives – Water sports extravagance
The Maldives is not a place you would associate with adventure sports. It’s a postcard of leisurely walks on the beach, romantic sunsets and lip-smacking seafood. But the paradise island may surprise you with the extent of the adventure activities it offers. Of course, his whole adventure is based on water. But that does not take away from the euphoria of the adventure that it promises.
If you think scuba diving is a relaxing activity, you should try it with whale sharks and manta rays swimming around you. Race the waters trying out water skiing and flyboarding for the ultimate buzz of adventure. If you prefer not to get wet but to go fast, hire a speedboat for the ultimate James Bond experience. At the end of it all, you can still relax on some of the best beaches in the world. Such is the beauty of adventure in the Maldives.
Goa – With a twist
Closer to home, Goa offers adventure with a twist. If you are looking for water sports, sunshine has a lot to offer. From jet ski rides at Anjuna Beach to rafting on the Valopi River, you can get your fill of water adventures and more. You have to try the fly boarding in Morjim and a banana boat ride in Candolim. Parasailing is a popular activity here and is available on most beaches.
Try bungee jumping at Lake Mayem surrounded by verdant hills of virgin forests for that momentary surge of ecstasy. Head to Dudhsagar Waterfall for the chance to swim in one of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls. Goa is also a hiker’s paradise! The trek that starts at Devil’s Canyon is highly recommended as it takes you through dense forest over rough terrain. Goa will certainly quench your thirst for adventure.
Rishikesh – For the spiritual kind
The land of spirituality and yogis offers a surprising range of adventure sports at the foot of the Himalayas. While most head to Rishikesh for a slice of its calm and calming surroundings, there are those who wish to experience its adventurous side. The adventures here almost take on spiritual significance as you push yourself up and try to expand your own limits.
Raft down the Holy Ganga for an adventure that purifies the mind. Test your courage with cliff jumping and try to go beyond your limits. Remember on some of the most beautiful cliffs in India or go down faster with bungee jumping. The swing adds the spice of adventure to a favorite childhood activity by lowering you from a height of 83 meters. Fly over the forest floor along a zipline with the Flying Fox. Try these adventures to experience an adventurous side of Rishikesh.
Kerala – God’s playground
If you imagine a Kerala vacation as a relaxed exploration of its backwaters and natural beauty, you are not wrong. But there is more to Kerala than its backwaters. Nestled amongst the stunning Western Ghats, this is one of the country’s top trekking destinations. Experience the thrill of hiking through a vibrant ecosystem that lays bare its wonders to explore.
Discover hidden trails on a mountain bike or get a bird’s eye view of God’s country with paragliding. Check the surf on your bucket list and try kayaking for a different kind of water adventure. With a treasure trove of adventure activities, Kerala is truly God’s adventure playground.
So this is it! Here are our choices of adventure destinations for this winter vacation season. Wherever you choose to go, you’ll have more than your fair share of adventure for sure!