For some people, taking a vacation means settling down in a room, taking a long nap, getting full of the local food, having a few drinks, going out, and maybe swimming. However, for the truly active people, vacationing in its truest form is going on a trip where you exert yourself physically on a daily basis, making sure you take on various challenges and challenging life. For the latter, there are a few places in the world where you can find what you are looking for.
You may think that it’s not a big deal, as you can hike almost anywhere, any time. However, if you happen to be in Bali, trekking up Mount Batur is a must for several reasons. First of all, the amazing view is amplified several times over when you catch a sunrise, provided you start your trekking at midnight. Secondly, and more importantly, you will be hiking on top of a real volcano! If you like doing risky things, let it be known that the last time this volcano erupted was in 2000. The last big eruption on Bali happened in November of 2017 when Mount Agung forced the population to evacuate. Not to worry, though, you are not allowed to come nearer than four kilometers from Agung.
Waitomo Glowworm Caves
If you’ve watched Disney’s animated picture Robin Hood, there is a scene where Robin and Lady Marian walk through the forest at night, with the fireflies everywhere, making the scene romantic and magical. In New Zealand, there is a cave that gives off a similar impression, only it’s not fireflies. It’s glowworms. If you are fascinated by biology, or just love the romance and adventure the inside of the cave provides, there is even an option of roughing it out, with waterfall climbing.
Iceland is cold. There is no other way of saying it, so if you are more into the tropics, this vacation spot is not for you. However, there might be a bit of a compromise, where the country might meet you half-way. Relatively near Reykjavik, there is a hot spring called Blue Lagoon. The warm water combined with the amazing scenery is definitely something to write home about. It’s perfect for the Americans visiting Europe and vice versa. It’s an adventure, though perhaps not as active as some of our other entries.
Safari in Tanzania
There are several different companies organizing the safari, so choose wisely. The activities include climbing Kilimanjaro, snorkeling, kayaking, and, of course, watching the wildlife from the relative safety of a 4×4. The safari is not for the faint of heart, as the challenges go on for days, literally. It’s not the roughest activity in the world, but the point we’re trying to make is that it’s not suitable for people who don’t lead an active lifestyle. Traveling groups usually make 10 people.
Sri Lanka, in general, can offer many things for the travelers, including going through the jungles and temple ruins. If you ever wanted to feel like Indiana Jones, this is the place to be. There are amazing lakes, you can see elephants bathing themselves, and even enter a local home to learn more about their culture and cuisine. People that are yearning for adventure and are not sure whether they can handle it should consider visiting Sri Lanka.
Many people, when they were younger, fantasized about visiting the burial sites of Ancient Egypt. Seeing the Sphinx and many of the pyramids is enough to make your heart race, but you are also able to visit some of them from the inside. You will learn more about the history of the pharaohs and the religion of the time. Plus, riding a camel is pretty cool.