5 Adventurous Holidays for the Timid Traveler
We all have a friend who doesn’t think twice about bungee jumping off tall buildings or who barely blinks before throwing themselves into rampant rapids – and secretly we’re jealous of their courage.
However, having an adventurous holiday doesn’t necessarily mean putting your life at risk –so for the timid travellers amongst us, here are some great ideas for an adventure holiday your way.
Cycling the Streets of Tuscany
The picturesque and romantic region of Tuscany in central Italy may not immediately come to mind when you think of an adventure holiday – but dig a little below the surface and you’ll find another side of Tuscany that will cure your hunger for adventure.
Cycling around a beautiful part of the world is both relaxing and adventurous at the same time. You can make it what you want it to be – jump on a mountain bike and tackle the steep hills or take in the breathtaking vineyard and olive grove scenery before resting your bike (and your legs) underneath the leaning tower of Pisa for the night.
Group cycling tours are a good way for you to get started – it will give you the added security and guidance you need if it is your first time overseas alone.
Trekking Regional New South Wales
For the amateur adventure holidaymaker, why not stick with what you know and book a trip to regional New South Wales. There are an amazing array of activities right on our doorstep – and regional New South Wales offer the perfect starting point for your adventure holiday; not to mention you’ll be saving a fortune with cheap flights.
Hiking trips can be self-guided or done in a group. It is recommended you hike or trek in a group if you are new to the activity as it can be easy to get lost. You might think that walking is far from adventurous – but try telling your friends how you hiked 250km from central Sydney up to Newcastle and you’ll quickly change your mind!
While you don’t need to trek quite that far, there are smaller trips such as walks around the picturesque southern highlands or admiring the Aboriginal culture around Hornsby.
Climb Kilimanjaro in Tanzania
So you want to climb a mountain, but you’re not quite ready to scale Everest and Mount Hotham just doesn’t have the same appeal? Mount Kilimanjaro in the south-east African country of Tanzania is the perfect mid-way point.
Mount Kilimanjaro is a challenging climb, but perfectly doable for people of reasonable strength. There are also two paths you can choose to the summit – one more challenging than the other. Either way – you won’t regret the effort when you see the breathtaking views from the top.
Tiger Spotting Safaris in India
Tigers are sadly one of the world’s most endangered species. While we can do our bit to help save them, there is a chance they won’t be around forever. Don’t miss out on seeing one of these incredible creatures in the wild by embarking on a tiger spotting safari in India.
Always make sure the safari is eco-friendly and that some of your money is donated back to a foundation to help save tigers. You can do tiger spotting safaris either by foot or by car – but the thrill of searching for them on foot certainly classes it as an adventure holiday!
Help a Community in Rural Thailand
Get more out of your holiday by putting back into the community you are visiting. There is something very humbling about helping people in need – and it is the ideal way to really experience the people and culture of a country.
There are all sorts of ways that you can help a community in rural Thailand – including English lessons, playing soccer with the children, building schools and much more.
About the Author
Born in the UK, Jenny Kellett has spent all of her life travelling the world. Her passion for all things travel began when she spent much of her younger life living between Texas, UAE and London. Working her way around the world, Jenny ended up living in Australia – first Perth and now Melbourne.
She loves travelling to places that are off of the beaten track and dreams of visiting the world’s highest, coldest, warmest and most remote places!