We’re always heading off on adventures around the world. Just the way we travel is an adventure – around-the-world trips with the kids, taking float planes to remote islands, walking across Tuscany – but we’re also active, hiking, kayaking, climbing and cycling wherever we can.
Travelocity asked me for my top adventure destinations around the world. I thought through everywhere we’ve been and the activities that we did at each place, and came up with twelve. I’ll list the first three here. Click through to the Travelocity Post for the entire list. And please comment below. What’s the most adventurous trip you’ve taken? What’s your favorite adventure destination?
The Dolomites, Italy
Last summer we headed to Trentino, Italy and the Dolomites. We based out of Val di Fiemme and Val di Fassa for a week of adventure, including lots of hiking, cycling, running down ski slopes and playing at adventure parks. In winter of course there’s skiing. And then there’s the option to raft, paraglide, climb, kayak and do basically anything else that you can think of. We would return in a heartbeat – an amazing adventure destination that’s off the radar of most Americans.
Most people know Qatar because it’s the host of the next World Cup and because every Qatar Airways flight begins or ends in Doha. If you’re simply flying through, though, you’re missing out. There’s culture and food, but there’s also lots of adventure. I particularly loved the dune bashing and kayaking. You can also ride camels, take quad bikes out into the desert, sand ski, try your hand at falconry, and snorkel/dive.
We’ve been all over Patagonia, from Punta Arenas in the southern section in Chile to San Martin de los Andes, much farther north in Argentina. The entire area is stunning and perfect for adventure lovers. We’ve hiked, gone on animal-based excursions, headed out on horseback, kayaked, cycled and simply explored. And it’s all extraordinarily kid-friendly – your hotel or tour operator can match you up with activities perfect for your kids’ ages and adventure thresholds.