Videos Of Four Epic Adventure Holidays That’ll Give You Itchy Feet
Very few of us get to spend as much time on holiday each year as we’d really like to, which means that when you do have the chance to escape for a couple of weeks, it’s worth making that break as memorable as possible.
Everyone’s idea of a perfect holiday differs, but for many people a trip just isn’t satisfying unless some kind of adventurous activity is included. You don’t have to leave the UK to enjoy an adrenaline-filled holiday, but it’s fair to say that heading for a far-flung location only adds to the adventure.
Below you’ll find four top picks for adventure holidays from Paulo Palha, founder of Travideo, a website that hosts travel videos from around the world shot by pro filmmakers.
Scuba Dive In Thailand
“Thailand is home to some world-class dive sites,” says Palha. “The clear blue seas, tropical sea life and paradise islands make scuba diving off Thailand’s coast an experience to remember.
“You can do the PADI Open Water Dive course while in Thailand and qualify for the licence while you’re there. The course takes three full days, and costs between £250 and £400 depending on the dive school.
“Alternatively, take the course at home and get a licence before you go, so that as soon as you get out there you’re ready to get your gear on and get diving.
“Diving in Thailand promises all kinds of treasures, including whale sharks, manta rays and coral reefs. This video showcases the beauty that lies just under the surface around the Similan Islands in the South, but Koh Phi Phi, Koh Lanta and Phuket offer brilliant diving opportunities should you wish to remain closer to the mainland.”
Hike Sand Dunes In Colorado, USA
“The Great Sand Dunes National Park in South Colorado is home to some of the tallest dunes in the world – reaching as high as 750ft [230m] – making it well worth a visit if you’re up for a tough trek that’s rewarded with stunning views across a truly otherworldly landscape,” says Palha.
“The dune park is 30 square miles [78 sq km] and there are no set trails, meaning your adventure is totally your own. Most people hike High Dune which stands at 699ft [213m], and from there hike to the top of the tallest dune, which is about a five-hour round trip.
“You can also sandboard or sled down the dunes, or take an alpine trail through the Sangre de Cristo mountains. Going out in the early morning or evening is recommended, because it can get hot out there.”
Surf In Byron Bay, Australia
“Byron is one of the most iconic surf destinations in the world and with good reason,” says Palha. “Lots of swell sits within a fairly compact space, and there are a few different spots and beaches to choose from, although The Pass is most popular with surfers. Not to mention the fact that it’s warm almost all year round, the locals are super-cool and it’s absolutely beautiful. What’s not to love?
“If you’re a first-timer, you can take a lesson for around $65 Australian dollars [around £37]. Lessons and courses don’t come cheap, but this is to be expected from one of the top surfing destinations in the world.
“The town itself is also a great place to chill out after a tiring few hours on the board. Browse the markets, hit up a day spa in the rainforest or, if you fancy a little more adventure, hike the Cape Byron Track to the lighthouse – keep an eye out along the way for dolphins and humpback whales playing in the waves.”
Ski In Cervinia, Italy
“Italy isn’t the first place that springs to mind when people think skiing,” says Palha, “but it should be up there! The Aosta Valley that sits between Italy and Switzerland is a real treat for snow lovers, and Cervinia offers a great variety of pistes for both beginners and seasoned skiers alike.
“The Matterhorn, one of the tallest peaks in the Alps, provides a dramatic backdrop to the Cervinia ski resort. The area’s altitude also means top-to-bottom snow is almost guaranteed from November until May, so there’s a long season with plenty of opportunity to master the sport for first-timers.
“If you’re looking for something more extreme, there are several black runs and plenty of opportunities to go off-piste. Cervinia also offers heli-skiing, and summer glacier skiing or snowboarding might be more your scene if you want to try something different.”