Everyone needs a vacation now and then. But, unfortunately, most people cannot spend too much time away. Commitments and responsibilities see to that. Yet when you can indulge, why not try some unusual adventures that get you a little closer to nature. Of course, sunning yourself on the beach is all well and good, but it seems like an enormous waste of time when you could create memories that last a lifetime.
An extreme sport by nature, whitewater rating can be an exhilarating experience. While you will need some experience and training for more demanding rivers, beginner tours by operators like New and Gauley River Adventure allow you to take in natural spectacles not accessible by foot or road. In addition, the remote location of these areas is home to wildlife such as rare birds, large river fish, and mountain animals that are typically hard to spot. Therefore, you are allowed to see some of the world’s most stunning sights and creatures while navigating a wild river. An exciting adventure you will never forget.
The horse is one of humanity’s oldest friends. Horses helped plow fields for crops, turn the wheels of industry and charge into armed combat. Fortunately, the modern use for horses is more leisurely. Horseback riding is among the most popular for tourists all over the world. Taking a horseback tour through a dusty savannah or a family-friendly mountain trek, you will appreciate not only the splendor of your surroundings but the magnificence of the animals themselves.
Perhaps you enjoy adventuring on your own two feet, then trail hiking is perfect. Walking some of the world’s most beautiful mountain ranges, you can experience a natural overload, the memories of which will last a lifetime. Some of the most stunning mountain treks include:
- Welsh Snowdonia
- The French Sainte-Foy-Tarentaise
- Taiwanese Elephant Mountain
- Kephart Prong Trail in the American Smoky Mountains
- Australian Great Ocean Walk
The wildlife and vows from these ranges are genuinely stunning, and reaching the peak isn’t for everyone. However, just a few hours walking is an experience you will never forget. And there are usually hotels and lodges available, ready and waiting for relaxation when you get back.
If you love trekking with a little more speed, mountain biking might be a better choice. While it’s easy to miss all of the views a mountain bike experience has to offer, the thrill of the journey rather than the destination is the adventure. Having said that, the destination is usually a worthwhile struggle. For example, you can relax at the Inn at Blackberry Farm following exhaustive biking through the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. In addition, the Relais & Chateaux fine dining restaurant has won multiple James Beard awards for its wine selection.
Mark Twain once said, “Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” Whether you want to brag about your catch or share the best spots or not, fishing is a hobby as old as time itself. Gentle relaxation wading in a river or perched in a rowboat on a vast lake is a slice of heaven for the millions of people who enjoy angling. While it isn’t the most intense or challenging of sports, it’s surprising how much time passes while you wait for a bite. Since the best fishing spots demand you venture out, you don’t get much closer to nature than when you’re patiently waiting with a rod in hand.