30 Adventure Destinations for 2016

Make this your year: Explore the most adventurous places in the world
Staff Writer

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Looking for the ultimate adrenaline rush? Take a vacation full of adventures this year! Whether you need to get away for the weekend or knock something off your bucket list – the world has so much to offer. Assimilating into the different rhythms and ways of an unknown city is the best way to learn more about the world (and come back to work happy and energized).

Don’t let time pass you by. Get out there and travel. Visit one-of-a-kind attractions, incredible landscapes, vibrant cities and iconic landmarks. Regardless of whether you are taking a vacation with your family, significant other, or like to travel solo, there are adventures that suit everyone’s desires. Try a new water sport like surfing, or test your limits on an overnight excursion. Hike the Classic Inca Trail, go zip lining in Hawaii, swim with the sharks in Fiji, and ride a camel through the desert in Morocco.

Crowds can be daunting and technology takes away from the natural beauty of cities. That’s why traveling to remote places has been an emerging trend – people want to see unspoiled, isolated and preserved locations so they can explore a unique piece of history.

Travel is not simply tourism and entertainment. It’s exploring, learning, and it’s inspirational because you see yourself as a different person.

You don’t have to sell all of your belongings to go on a crazy year-long trip. Take one country at a time. You can combine hiking, surfing and adrenaline-pumping trips into one vacation traveling through several neighboring nations. Kind of like hitting a few birds with one stone…We’ve compiled a list for you that will be helpful in picking your next thrilling destination.

Maasai Mara, Kenya

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Known as one of the best country parks in Kenya, Maasai Mara offers wide range of safaris – hot air balloons, walking, photographing… The reserve, along with the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, forms Africa’s most diverse eco-system. The best time to visit is between July and October because of the wildebeest migration, famous as one of the “Seven New Wonders of the World” and also known as The World Cup of Wildlife. You can witness it during a special safari, of course. Even if you go off season, the number of animals you’ll see – from zebras and giraffes to lions, elephants and leopards – is incredible.

The Arctic: Iceland, Greenland and Norway

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This is the last year to see the Northern Lights for another 11 years. We are at the beginning of the cycle which means that solar eruptions are less frequent. They can still happen anytime, creating powerful aurora, but they are unpredictable. So if seeing the Lights is on your bucket list, reorganize it and plan for 2016. One of the best places to go is Tromsø, Norway – you can see the natural phenomenon for more than 250 nights a year. Go on an aurora-chasing snowmobile or a bus tour. Greenland is another hot spot where you can see the dancing Northern Lights. Early fall is a good time to go. The best place to view them is the airport settlement of Kangerlussuaq. If you’re planning a trip to Iceland, the best time to see the Lights is between September and mid-April because the nights then are very dark. Many visitors go on guided tours as opposed to drive by themselves, to make sure they don’t miss anything.

Peru’s Sacred Valley

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If you are looking for adventure, look no further than Peru’s Sacred Valley.  Take a risk and go rock climbing, horseback riding, zip lining and surfing. Take one of the Sacred Valley tours; go see the historical Pisac Ruins and Ollantaytambo Ruins. Bring your camera to The Salinas, as you will grasp sight of whole Cuzco area. Then, go hiking on the Classic Inca Trail and trek to Machu Picchu. Visit the Inca Bridge and the Paucarcancha Ruins.

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