Most people like to take it easy on their vacation, relaxing by the pool, maybe going for a quiet walk into the local town or spending the afternoon lazing on the beach. However, not everyone is content with that kind of break. For some people, getting away on vacation is an opportunity to indulge their adventurous side. If you class yourself as an adrenalin junkie, always looking for adventure and excitement, then here are a few vacation ideas that are ideal.

Trekking in the Himalayas

If you’re after the ultimate in mountain trekking, then there’s only one range to consider. The Himalayan landscape is stunning, featuring glaciers, enormous lakes, icefalls and rivers, and any trek through this region is likely to take you through many Sherpa villages, where you can meet the locals and see their culture up close. Best of all, nothing can prepare you for the adrenalin rush of climbing a peak in the Everest region and taking in the staggering view.

Mountain biking in Morocco

Mount Toubkal in Morocco is another mountain location for a very different kind of vacation. For mountain biking enthusiasts, this is one of the most thrilling places to visit on the planet. The scenery in the Atlas Mountains is stunning, but more importantly, the trails include challenging road climbs, ultra-high mountain passes and fast, technical descents. The diversity of the tracks, scenery and local culture makes this one of the best places in the world for mountain biking.

Winter sports in Slovakia

When it comes to winter sports, there are many well-known venues, but one of the lower-profile destinations that ranks as a must-visit for adrenalin junkies is Slovakia. The Tatra Mountains offer everything that you could need for winter adventures, from skiing and snowboarding to dog sledding – so pack up your compression clothing wear, your skis and your snowshoes and check out Slovakia.

Diving with sharks in Australia

There are few more fearsome predators than the Great White Shark, and few better places in the world to see them up close than Australia. Adventurers travel from all over the world for the opportunity to see these majestic creatures in their natural habitat, and the most daring visitors take the chance to get under the water with an ocean floor cage dive, getting as close as possible to the monsters of the deep, as well as getting a breathtaking view of other rare sea creatures.

River sports in Africa

Africa is blessed with some of the world’s most stunning scenery and boundless opportunities for adventurous travelers. If you’re up for a challenge, then you could travel to the center of the continent on a river exploration vacation. Rafting, canoeing, gorge swimming and bungee jumping can all be enjoyed on the White Nile and Zambezi rivers, and while you’re there, you can try your hand at elephant riding or go on a game drive to see the magnificence of Africa’s wildlife first-hand.

Exploring the volcanoes of Iceland

Iceland is one of the world’s most interesting locations, blessed with a dramatic landscape and a welcoming culture. There are some truly stunning sights to take in as you climb up volcanic craters and experience the raw energy of Europe’s most powerful hot spring, Deildartunguhver, as well as the Gullfoss and Hraunfossar waterfalls. For relaxation after a day of exploring the wild and wonderful scenery, there are the world-famous thermal pools to enjoy.

Kayaking in Alaska

A trip to Alaska should be on everyone’s bucket list, and what better way to explore this lovely wilderness than by rushing down a raging river in a kayak? Alaska goes large when it comes to scenery and wildlife, and this beautiful part of the US is the perfect destination for kayaking fans, as well those who enjoy trekking through beautiful forests, over stunning mountains and through fresh, unspoilt meadows. Mendenhall Lake is one of the best venues for kayaking, but you can also check out Chilkoot, Bear Glacier and Ketchikan. You can also hike over the ice of the Kenai Exit Glacier, and get your fix of speed thrills with one of Alaska’s many downhill mountain biking trails.

Conclusion

If you’re one of those people for whom no vacation is complete without experiencing the adrenalin rush of speeding down a bumpy mountain bike course or careering along a fast-flowing river armed with nothing but a paddle, then there are so many potential destinations to enjoy. In fact, it will take you a lifetime to fit them all in, so get out there and explore the world!