Fold up the deck chair and check out of the five-star hotel; it’s time for an adventure holiday! That’s right, the beloved beach holiday is declining in popularity thanks to a surge in interest in vacations that take travellers out of their comfort zones for once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
The best thing about adventure holidays is that they can be anything you want them to be. Whether you’re into hiking, climbing or cycling, there are heaps of destinations that have all the rugged, wild terrain your heart desires. What’s more, you’ll undergo all kinds of personal growth and learn new skills in the process.
Take on your next challenge
Can you make it all the way to the highest peak? Will you complete the entire route? And can you hold your nerve before jumping into a cavernous gorge?
Adventure holidays force you to challenge yourself and test your limits. That’s not to say that it isn’t relaxing. After all, is there anything more serene than the summit of a mountain or sweeping through miles and miles of coastline on two wheels?
These kinds of holidays fully reconnect you to nature. All you have to do is ride the wave as far as you want to go.
Experience destinations from a new perspective
Ever thought about what some destinations might look like outside of the popular landmarks? Step away from the beaten path and explore hidden corners where few visitors ever go. Walking holidays in Europe give way to some of the most mesmerising viewpoints that you’d miss from ground level.
Cycling is also a cheap and easy way to access new places. And if there are paddleboards or kayaks available, there’s nothing like watching the landscape shift and change from the serenity of the water.
Boost your self-esteem
With adventure holidays come new challenges every day. And from those challenges comes a sense of accomplishment. By achieving something you never thought you could, it will boost your confidence and help you learn new skills that are not just limited to the professional world.
Exercise also releases endorphins, or ‘feel good chemicals’ that reduce stress and promote positive emotions. Needless to say, with all these achievements under your belt, your self-belief will soar.
What to think about before choosing an adventure holiday
Depending on what kind of adventure holiday you fancy, you will need to think about your budget. Some activities like skiing, diving and extreme sports are more expensive than cycling or hiking holidays.
With each activity, however, you must make sure you have all the necessary equipment. That includes protective clothing, a sturdy tent (if you plan on camping) and insurance if you’re anxious about anything getting lost or stolen.