The World’s Most Adventurous Places to Visit in 2019

The World’s Most Adventurous Places to Visit in 2019

When you travel, are you more of an all-inclusive resort kind of guy/gal or do you prefer to sign up for a homestay with a local family? Do you take the road less traveled rather than follow the crowd? Would you peek behind the curtain to see the real wizard of Oz or be too chicken to do so? Do you like to challenge yourself and step outside your comfort zone in a foreign country? If yes, then you are an adventure traveler hands down. 

So what exactly is adventure travel? Although it sounds like a neat little summary of certain travel experiences, it covers a wide range of activities. Think mountain trekking, bungee jumping, canoeing, scuba diving, ziplining, sandboarding, snowboarding, and more. Anything that gets your heart pumping harder than a walk in the park. It also includes overland travel on a bus or truck, urban exploration, communing with nature through eco-friendly adventures, and participating in local festivals in foreign countries.

Have you decided where you want to spend your next travel escapade? What are your top adventure destinations? Instead of spinning a globe with your eyes closed and going wherever your index finger lands, why not check out our list of the world’s most adventurous places to visit in 2018? 

Here are 10 best places to travel for adventure around the world! 

1. Thailand

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The land of smiles remains one of the top adventure travel destinations for backpackers and with good reason too! It’s got it all: white sand beaches, full moon parties, golden temples, misty mountains, elephants, crazy nightlife, and crazy-delicious (and cheap!) street eats. Adventure seekers usually base themselves in centrally-located Bangkok and take a train, bus, or motorbike to the best adventure destinations. Meditate with the monks in Chiang Mai or get PADI certified in the turquoise ocean off many of the Thai islands.

Recommended program: Explore Thailand with Stray Asia

See ALL adventure travel programs in Thailand

2. Australia

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If you’re heading to the land down under for the best places for adventure travel, remember to pack your sunscreen! There are so many activities that make Oz one of the world’s top adventure destinations. From the Outback to the Great Barrier Reef, Cape Tribulation to Uluru, there’s so much to explore that you’ll never want to leave. Adventure seekers can surf, hike in the bush, feed (or eat!) kangaroos, and even snowboard (yes, there’s powder in Straya). Don’t miss Cairns, adventure capital of Australia for snorkeling, scuba diving, bungee jumping, or white water rafting. 

Recommended program: Explore Australia with Frontier

See ALL adventure travel programs in Australia

3. India

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Did you know India is one of the most adventurous places to visit? One of the reasons why India’s so addictive for first-time and repeat travelers is that it’s so darn vast. Some of its top adventure destinations include exploring the mountains and villages in the Himalayas, the deserts of Rajasthan, the chaotic cities of Mumbai and Delhi, the backwaters of Kerala, and the beaches of Goa. India is definitely one of the best adventure travel destinations because there’s something for everyone: camel rides, animal safaris, mountain trekking, skydiving, foodie tours, and photography outings.

Recommended program: Explore India with International Volunteer HQ

See ALL adventure travel programs in India

4. New Zealand

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If you google “top adventure travel destinations” one of the first hits is bound to be New Zealand.The undisputed adventure travel leader does not disappoint. What makes NZ one of the best places for adventure travel? For starters, zorbing, bungee jumping, flying by wire, and jet boating were invented by the crazy Kiwis! Adrenaline junkies should definitely visit

Queenstown, extreme sport capital of the world for all the above and more! 

Recommended program: Travel New Zealand with Pure Exploration

See ALL adventure travel programs in New Zealand

5. Spain

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Why is Spain one of the best adventure travel destinations in the world? Do you even have to ask? This is the country that gave us bull and tomato fighting! Spain has top adventure destinations like hiking the Pyrenees or walking the Santiago de Compostela. Stay with a Spanish family and learn to habla español and take a siesta like the locals!

Recommended program: Explore Spain (and the rest of Europe) with Gapforce

See ALL adventure travel programs in Spain

6. United States

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When you’re talking about the great outdoors, the US is definitely one of the best places to travel for adventure. Top adventure travel destinations include llama trekking in California, kayaking through Yellowstone, hiking the stairway to heaven on Oahu, or dogsledding in Alaska. Take a road trip along route 66 like Kerouac or travel through the deep South like Twain. Foodie adventure travelers should hit up New York, Portland, and LA for fusion food and classic favorites.