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Seven active adventures for the sporty (and not so sporty) traveller!

Is this you?

An absolute fidget pants when attempting to sunbathe.
If there’s a tree or rock ahead it MUST be climbed.
And why walk when you can run?!

If it’s a solid or even an affirmative YES, there’s only one way for you to travel and that’s an active adventure. Travelling doesn’t have to be all meandering slowly around the streets, drinking beers and lounging in the sun (although that does sound great). Let’s raise the tempo and get exploring, no matter what your fitness level. Here are our favourite activities, worldwide, to get that pulse going.

Lace up those boots and get hiking the globe!


Torres del Paine, Patagonia

Get back to nature and work those quads as you hike through one of the most magical corners of the world. This 4-day ‘W’ Trek has got the ‘X’ factor that’s for sure. Reflective turquoise lagoons, immense glaciers and a contrast of grassy fields with impressive grey mountains? That’s a yes from us!

 

Grab a paddle, it’s time to kayak

Andaman Sea, Thailand

Hike, bike and kayak your way through rice paddies, coral coves and white-sand beaches on this 14-day tour across the main sights of Thailand. Kayaking through mangrove jungles across a turquoise lagoon sounds like a dream we wouldn’t want to wake up from!

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Abel Tasman, New Zealand

If you’re looking for adventure travel, there’s nowhere more suited to it than New Zealand’s South Island. Kayak through the Abel Tasman National Park, boat your way around the stunning Milford Sound and cruise the Rail Trail in Central Otago on this 15-day tour of exhilarating adventure.

Take to the road on two wheels

Vietnam

Cycle through the small towns and villages of Vietnam for an authentic taste of this beautiful country. This 10-day tour will have you hiking, biking and paddling your way across the best of Vietnam from Ho Chi Minh City up to Hanoi and the picturesque Halong Bay. We can’t imagine a better trip for the active adventurer!

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Cuba

Get your blood pumping on this 8-day active tour of Cuba. Pump those legs as you cycle from Havana, across the El Rosario mountain ranges for unmissable views and across to Viñuales in central Cuba. In between cycling enjoy a tobacco plantation tour, beach time and to finish it all off, a much-needed Havana rum! 

Make a splash and carve it up

Costa Rica

Named the “Adventure Capital of the Americas”, thrill-seekers will find more than enough to keep them busy on this 13-day tour! From rafting down the mighty Pacuare river, bunking down for the night in a remote rainforest cabin to surfing the waves in Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, you’re going to be spoiled for choice in activity!

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Canyoneering

Jordan

Head off on an exhilarating canyoneering adventure on the Mujib Canyon Trail, explore gorges and canyons on your way to Petra and abseil and wade your way through the Wadi Mujib. But that’s not all there is to look forward to on this 8-day tour; get muddy in the Dead Sea, explore the Dana Biosphere Reserve and drive through the Deisah desert in a 4×4! If you’re not tired from reading all that, time to book!

 

So, whatever your fitness level or even if you’re not that into sports, don’t rule out an active holiday! You can sure to find something to suit your tempo, take a look at the full list of active adventures available.

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