There are trips, retreats and vacations—and then there are adventures.
Adventures are the experiences that can’t quite be put into words, despite your best efforts. They bring on a series of transcendent moments—you are open and observant, while simultaneously humble and grateful—you are your best self when on an adventure.
These explorations will forever change your outlook on the world—and consequently, your life. Let them.
Adventure can be found just about anywhere, but the effects are most profound when you step entirely out of your comfort zone. What better way to leave your comfort zone than actually leaving your state—or country for that matter.
Take a look at the top 15 adventure destinations of 2015 and then start charting your own course.
Often referred to as “the next Costa Rica,” this gem hidden in plain sight is a haven for thrill seekers. Once plagued by political unrest and internal violence, the country now enjoys stability and invites travelers to see for themselves, but their old reputation seems to be turning away potential visitors. Those travelers are missing out on incredible natural beauty, cheap accommodation and amazing adventures. Surf stunning barrels at Popoyo Beach or hike Telica, one of the country’s most active volcanoes—the adventures here are practically endless and each is more amazing than the last.
Bend is for lovers—bike lovers, that is. The once obscure little town has leveraged its access to the Cascades and the Deschutes River to become an outdoor enthusiast’s paradise. Almost 300 miles of single-track for mountain bikers, fat-bike terrain and a Cycle Pub just scratch the surface on the ever-evolving bike culture in Bend. Nearby Mt. Bachelor offers skiers and boarders a shot at pristine powder and by spring the river attracts rafters from all over. Whatever outdoor activity you’re into, it’s a safe bet Bend is the ideal setting.