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The tantalizing idea of boldly going where no-one has been before – or at least trying – is what drives many of us to book our next trip. Yet adventure is as much a state of mind as stepping out into the unknown. Here are eight ways you can guarantee your fill. Once you've absorbed these general tips, you might want to explore our round-up of the world's best adventure holidays for 2022.
Allowing your plans to be shaped by the whims of your new acquaintances is a direct route to unexpected escapades. You might jump on the next bus to a little-known town or even become a deckhand on a chartered yacht. Either way, you’ll discover how saying yes can be the key to adventure.
Sites such as Couchsurfing and Airbnb put you in contact with tourist-friendly locals keen to swap cultures, while EatWith is a way of getting to the stomach of a place, connecting travellers with local chefs who host visitors for dinner in their homes.
On a remote farm where your only neighbours are sheep, you’ll have no choice but to throw yourself into the experience. Most importantly, you’ll see what life’s really like away from where tourists normally go.
The Salkantay trek has become a superb alternative to the more popular Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, while the lesser-known Lares is hot on its heels. In Cambodia, you might be surprised to learn that you can visit one of the world's most-recognised temples, UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Wat, on an annual half marathon where competitors wind through the ruins.
Think about covering South America by bicycle or motorbike, driving across Europe, riding in the sidecar of a samlor motorbike in Laos, or even hitchhiking in Spain – where safe. Local transport might see you getting out and pushing and maybe even sharing the bus with livestock, but it will also give you some fantastic travel stories to take home.
Barely-discovered Mongolia is ideal for intrepid explorers seeking the nomadic lifestyle and a stay in a traditional ger. For those wanting to visit some of the world’s last areas of complete wilderness, the more isolated parts of Patagonia's Tierra del Fuego are a haven accessible only with your own vehicle.
Whether you're hostel-hopping, wild camping or road-tripping, there’ll be nothing stopping you. Make sure to enjoy at least one night beneath nature’s finest light show: the stars.
The 140 mile Larapinta Trail, from Alice Springs to Mount Sonder in Australia, is regarded as one of the world’s finest bush walks and can be walked in 18–20 days. For a real expedition, check out the United States’ Triple Crown. A 7,500 mile combination of countless national parks, desert plains and wet alpine, this walk combines the Pacific Crest Trail, the Continental Divide and the Appalachian Trail.
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