There’s a reason why global metropoles like Paris, London, and Singapore are at the top of the list of the world’s most visited cities. All these cities are amazing places packed with phenomenal things to see, do, eat, and enjoy. They’re also all relatively “easy” to get to.
However, major global cities are far from the only “bucket list” destinations on our list of must-see places. Other destinations are equally worth experiencing, but take a bit more know-how to navigate.
If you’re an experienced traveler in search of an adventure-fix and an off-the-beaten-path experience, these eight destinations are sure to deliver!
From riding a camel across the Sahara to hiking the Atlas mountains, adventure abounds in this former imperial city. This enchanting and old landmark full of rich and flavorful cuisine, perfect weather, and minimal crowds are just a few more reasons to make it to Marrakech.
Looking for equal parts adventure and opulence? Marrakech is also known for its luxurious hotels, spas, and restaurants!
Queenstown, New Zealand
Hailed as “the adrenaline capital of New Zealand,” this resort town in Otago is an outdoor adventurer’s dream. Surrounded by soaring mountains and perched on the shores of Lake Wakatipu, enjoy everything from exhilarating skydiving and canyon swinging to horse trekking and downhill mountain biking.
As the gateway to the Central Otago wine region – celebrated for its spectacular vineyards and some of the planet’s best Pinot Noir – Queenstown is the adventure adrenaline-seekers need.
At just 9,000 square miles, Belize – bordered by Mexico, Guatemala, and the Caribbean sea – is a compact country. But what it lacks in size, Belize more than makes up for in adventure.
Whether you’re exploring the ancient Mayan sites of the Cayo District, snorkeling on sun-soaked Caye Caulker, or scuba diving at the astonishing Hol Chan Marine Reserve, there’s truly something for everyone in Belize. Pro travel tip: For an extra thrilling experience, be sure to plan a night dive.
Urban adventurers will find driving through and exploring Belize City to be an entirely different kind of adrenaline rush.
Located in Spain’s Catalonia province, Empuriabrava is just a day’s trip from Barcelona but it feels like a whole new world. Featuring waterways similar to those found in Venice, Empuriabrava is known for its eco boating, kayaking, skydiving, hiking, and wildlife.
Need a break from it all? Visit the pristine paradise that is Rubina Beach, known as the “wild beach” by locals because of its lack of urban development.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Did someone say canyoning, rappelling, whitewater rafting, and waterfall jumping? Costa Rica’s “adventure capital” draws adventure-seekers from around the world thanks to its verdant rainforests, breathtaking views of the active Arenal volcano, and restorative hot springs. The massive La Fortuna Waterfall, Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, and the Arenal Oasis Wildlife Refuge are just a few of the activities to add to your itinerary.
If you’ve always wanted to see the reclusive sloth, head to the Bogarin trail to spot one of these amazing tree-dwellers in their natural habitat.
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Home to the world’s largest waterfall, Victoria Falls (also known as the “Smoke that Thunders”) boasts some of the world’s most extraordinary scenery and pulse-racing activities, including bungee jumping, gorge swinging, and fishing.
A more relaxing way to take in the awe-inspiring surroundings is to enjoy a sunset cruise along the Zambezi River (be sure to keep an eye out for hippos!).
Some other bucket-list things to do in Victoria Falls include taking a dip in Devil’s Pool, scenic helicopter flights, and a walking tour through the Zambezi National Park.
Looking to pack even more into your trip? Victoria Falls is just a short flight away from Johannesburg, South Africa!
Nicknamed “The Jewel of the Himalaya,” Pokhara is the starting point for many treks into the Annapurna Himalaya, but it is a destination in and of itself. In addition to mountain biking, rock climbing, and white water rafting, other points of interest include spellbinding Fewa Lake, dramatic Mahendra Cave, the impressive World Peace Pagoda, and the bustling Pokhara Bazaar market.
True adrenaline junkies will find something very rare in Pokhara: the opportunity to experience “parahawking,” paragliding guided by a trained bird of prey.
If you prefer urban destinations to an outdoorsy adventure, consider Ljubljana. Slovenia’s capital is a lively green city offering a remarkable combination of charm and unexpected modernity. Architectural splendor, gastronomic delights, and amazing culture await travelers in Ljubljana.
Vibrant Prešeren Square, the picturesque Triple Bridge, Ljubljana Central Market, Metelkova Mesto, and the view from Mount Saint Mary are just a few sites and activities to add to your agenda.
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