Five Top Adventure Travel Destinations
It’s almost three quarters of the way through the year, but there is still time for travelling in 2012. Here is a list of my top five adventure travel holiday destinations in the world. A must for any green travellers who want to see something different.
Famed for its amazing landscapes and beautiful temples this is a place that needs to be seen to be believed. It is also one of the only countries in the world to be a carbon sink making it well ahead of the curve in terms of sustainability. Unfortunately with strict limits on the number of tourists each year you have to book your trip well in advance.
Papua New Guinea
With soaring mountain ranges, tropical forests and beautiful beaches this country will both stupefy and amaze. It is the perfect place for an adventure holiday, but not one defined solely by extreme sports. This is a place where local tribespeople still walk around almost naked apart from a koteka (a peanus gourd), though there uses have changed in the 21st century (I’ve seen them hold everything from tobacco to mobile phones).
When I was 16 my dad asked if I would be interested in sailing down the Amazon. The plan was to follow the river all the way from one of its many tributaries in Ecuador to the river basin in Brazil where it meets the sea. At the time the idea didn’t appeal to me. More than ten years later it is one of my biggest regrets. It’s now a definite must do on my bucket list.
Climbing Mount Kilimanjaro would be a dream come true, but there is so much more to this country. In almost no other place in the world will you have chance to climb such a mountain and then meet some of the smallest humans in the world. These are all incredible experiences, the memory of which will last a lifetime.
Bali is not a country, it is just one island out of 17,000 that make up the archipelago of Indonesia. I have called Indonesia home for more than three years, yet I have hardly scratched its surface. It literally take six hours to fly from one end to the other. Look at it on a map, it’s as wide as Canada. From the Orangutans of Kalimantan to the Birds of Paradise on the island of Papua, this is a country of diversity.