Thursday January 3, 2019
The great outdoors offers a world of opportunities for adventure. Whether you’re a thrill seeker or just love exploring nature, there is a diverse array of outdoor activities out there for every interest or fitness level. Here are 8 unforgettable outdoor adventures you should try in your lifetime.
1. Bridge Climbing
Many cities around the world offer great opportunities for bridge walking and climbing. Whether you’re a local or a tourist in the area, it’s a fantastic chance to see a city from a whole new perspective, all while getting some exercise. Some bridges, like the Auckland City Bridge, also offer bungee-jumping opportunities at the top! If you’re feeling brave enough, why not do the jump as well?
Cycling is one of the best forms of travelling. Hopping on a bike allows you to soak in the sunlight (and even rain!) while breathing fresh air, getting up close to nature, noticing scenery that you normally wouldn’t, and feel completely free. Not to mention, it’s a fun way to maintain your fitness while on holiday. Most cities offer great cycling opportunities where you can enjoy real off-road adventures – conquering hills, different kinds of tracks and other obstacles. Join a cycling group or venture out on your own - either way, it’s worth spending a day or two out on two wheels!
Paragliding is a popular adventure sport that is available in most parts of the world, and suitable for almost any age. Flights can sometimes last for several hours as you soar over hundreds of kilometres – both relaxing and exhilarating at the same time.
4. Swimming with Dolphins
If you’re an animal lover, this activity will be perfect for you. There’s nothing quite like the experience of swimming with dolphins. The honour of encountering these intelligent, playful animals up close in their natural habitat is a memory you’ll never forget.
There is no greater way to explore a new place than by foot. The joy of being up close in nature, discovering new things, and getting the heart pumping is all part of great travel experiences. From multi-day hikes to 30 minutes bush walks, the world is full of amazing hiking opportunities for a range of fitness levels. To ensure you stay safe and healthy throughout your excursions, remember to wear comfortable shoes and stay hydrated at all times.
6. Zip Lining
Do you enjoy an adrenaline rush? Zip lining is a thrilling adventure sport that is sure to give you a real buzz, and is now increasingly popular in parts of the world such as South Africa, New Zealand and Costa Rica. They can usually be found in outdoor adventure camps or resorts. The height, length and speeds of zip-lines vary from place to place.
7. Scuba Diving
Everyone should explore the magical world beneath the waves at least once in their life. Many people are put off by the idea of breathing underwater, but it’s not as scary as is it seems. In fact, it’s quite a thrilling experience. Once you’ve taken the plunge underneath the deep sea, you’ll be so fascinated by the incredible marine life surrounding you that you will forget all your fears. With a professional diving instructor by your side, you’ll be in safe hands.
Horse riding is an incredibly freeing experience that teaches you all about trust, focus and patience. There are horse riding opportunities all over the world for beginners or casual riders where you can learn the basics of riding. Whether it takes place along the beach or deep in the countryside, it’s a must-do activity for nature lovers or animal enthusiasts.
Cloe Matheson is a full-time freelance writer based in beautiful New Zealand. She's penned articles for several blogs and local business sites, including Sea Containers. Cloe spends much of her time glued to a screen letting her creativity run free – so truly appreciates the chance to hop on a bike, feel the breeze and release pent-up energy from sitting down. Visit her page on Tumblr, Cloe Writes.
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