The World's Top Destinations for Adventure Travel


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There's visiting and then there's conquering. Travelers seeking a once-in-a-lifetime adventure are guaranteed to find that and more in these intriguing destinations.

According to the Illinois law firm of Rubens Kress & Mulholland, Australia is among the safest destinations for adventure travel. The study took into account risk factor, court systems, safety standards and medical services. Book your next vacation to Australia with specialists Down Under Answers to save money and stress.

A couple surfing at sunset in Australia

The Aloha State is celebrated for its world-class beaches and pristine nature, especially on the island of Kauai. Whether you prefer a snorkeling adventure along the coast or a stamina-testing hike through Waimea Canyon State Park, you can't go wrong in Hawaii.

A young girl snorkeling in Hawaii

Similar to Hawaii, Alaska offers visitors countless land and sea adventures, many of which are available on cruises to the Last Frontier. Get in touch with Mother Nature at Denali or Glacier Bay National Parks or take a ziplining adventure through the Alaskan rainforest.

Snow melts slowly from the mountains as spring approaches at the end of May in south-central Alaska (photo via troutnut/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

Chiapas is gaining momentum as the adventure capital of Mexico thanks to attractions such as Sumidero Canyon, the Chorreadero cave system and Aguas Azules, among others. The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Guanajuato, San Luis Potosi and Tabasco are also emerging Mexican locales for adventure.

Cenotes in Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula

Thailand is the perfect place to go island hopping as its home to some of the prettiest beaches and marine life on the planet. Visitors searching for an adventure are sure to find it in Koh Tao, a dream destination for scuba divers.

Traveler riding on elephants Trekking in Thailand (photo via Pixfly / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Trekking through the Sahara Desert may seem daunting but G Adventures can make it both easy and fun for visitors to Morocco. Let an experienced guide teach you how to mount and dismount your camel for a stress-free and authentic African adventure.

Tourists riding camels in Morocco

Tourism to Iceland has been booming of late in large part due to the destination's pristine natural beauty and seemingly endless opportunities for adventure. Visitors can soak away their worries in the famous Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or explore the island's lava terrain via horseback.

A traveler standing on a cliff in the Icelandic Highlands

G Adventures named Egypt as its top place to visit in 2018 and it's hard to argue with the selection. The African nation is home to bucket list attractions like the Great Pyramids as well as the new Grand Egyptian Museum, the world’s largest archaeological museum.

The Nile River passing through Aswan, Egypt

Costa Rica
Journey to Costa Rica's highest peak inside Chirripo National Park, explore caverns year-round in Barra Honda National Park and take in untouched cloud forest vegetation on Isla del Coco. 

Walking on hanging bridges in Cloudforest - Travel destination Costa Rica (SimonDannhauer / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

South Africa
A premier safari destination, South Africa's Kruger National Park is one of the best places in the world to spot all members of the Big Five species. Visitors will also want to view the Blyde River Canyon, Gods Window and the scenic Panorama Route.

Paragliding over Cape Town, South Africa

China is a vast destination so adventure seekers will want to have a well-constructed plan going in. There's no shortage of worthwhile sights so consider a longer trip like Collette's 19-day Wonders of China & the Yangtze River tour. Guests will cruise the Yangtze, walk the Great Wall and even witness a Giant Panda in its natural environment.

A boat on Erhai Lake

The Bahamas
The Bahamas is a tropical paradise where visitors can relax and also get their adrenaline pumping. For example, guests at Atlantis Paradise Island are able to walk with sharks without needing any swimming experience.

Mother and son swimming with nurse sharks (photo via shalamov / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Jamaica is a popular stop on cruises to the Caribbean and there's a lot to love about the island, from thrilling ziplining adventures and labyrinth cave systems to river tubing and scenic waterfalls.

Blue hole in the middle of Jamaica (photo via GummyBone / iStock / Getty Images Plus)

Portugal is emerging as one of the world's top adventure travel destinations because of its variety. Travelers to this European country will discover rock climbing, snorkeling, bullfighting and other pulse-pounding experiences that can be had at a good value.

A woman hiking Portugal's Ponta de Sao Lourenco

One of the most beautiful destinations in the world is also one of the best for adventure. Belize offers not only lush jungle but colorful coral reefs that draw snorkelers and scuba divers from all over. Visitors can also explore Mayan Ruins in this overlooked Central American nation.

A catamaran anchored near a tropical coral reef in Belize

Brazil is also on the rise as a coveted destination for adventure travel. More than one out of 10 visitors to the South American country come for an adventure experience, many touring the expansive Amazon Rainforest, the largest tropical rainforest in the world.

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