Why spend your holidays snoozing on a sun-lounger when there’s a world of adventure out there that’s just waiting to be experienced!? Strange as it may be to think of today, just a few decades ago ‘adventure holidays’ barely featured in the public consciousness – sure, the occasional intrepid individual may have proved themselves an exciting exception to the rule, but for most of us holidays really were just a case of topping up our tans and visiting sites of historical significance. Thankfully, extreme travel experiences are now within the reach of the many – even these, the world’s greatest extreme adventure holidays:
The marathon in the desert
The legendary Marathon des Sables sees thousands of intrepid athletes descend on the scorched sands of the Sahara every year for a gruelling 251 km race across the desert. This event is genuinely dangerous, with heat stroke, dehydration and exhaustion to contend with, along with the usual blisters. Not for the faint of heart!
Hiking the Pacific coast
Curving along 2,663 miles of the United States’ Western seaboard, the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) is revered by itchy-footed adventure lovers as one of the best long-distance hikes in the world. You’ll need a serious amount of time and plenty of will-power to complete this quest, but the rewards on offer are spectacular, from the glorious Sierra Nevada mountains to Washington State’s critter-infested wilderness.
White water rafting
For the real adrenaline junkies amongst you, there could be no better adventurous holiday activity than white water rafting. The Alsek and Tatshenshini rivers in Alaska and western Canada are considered to be amongst the best white water rafting destinations in the world, providing opportunities for iceberg spotting, blueberry picking, salmon fishing – and all the high octane white water rafting action your heart could desire!
Travelling to space!
The ultimate adventure holiday is almost within reach! The stratospherically ambitious Virgin Galactic project aims to make commercial spaceflight a reality within this decade. The costs will be astronomical – projected ticket prices are as high as $250,000 – and the challenge for Sir Richard Branson’s company remains great, but the fact that such a major company is investing heavily in bringing a commercial spaceflight service to market remains tremendously exciting. Imagine seeing the Earth as a blue marble from space! Image source: Virgin Galactic