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It’s not hard to see the appeal of travel. It’s the chance to steal away from real life and immerse ourselves in a culture so completely different from our own, you’ll forget the drudgery of daily life.
While some of us seek tranquility, however, others might be chasing an adrenaline rush. Whatever the case, a bit of excitement is always welcome. Whether you’re up for something more extreme like skydiving or prefer something more tranquil, this list has it all. So scroll on, dear readers!
1. Tromso, Norway
Ah, the beautiful landscape of Scandinavia. Everything about the area seems to draw you in, but its beauty isn’t just in the scenery. Beyond tall mountains, lush greenery and the super-fresh salmon, what makes the Norwegian experience truly memorable is its helpful and friendly population – a huge reason why an adventure here will be pretty extraordinary. The isle of Tromso serves as the perfect year-round holiday destination because there are just so many wonders to behold there.
If you’re going in December, however, be sure to book a dog-sledding package for one of the most unique experiences you can get. Explore the uninhabited mountainous region with gorgeous huskies pulling you along, overseen by a friendly local guide who will, quite literally, pass the reins on to you when you’re comfortable enough. Plus, think of all the likes you’ll be getting on your #selfie with the cute dogs!
Lyngsfjord Adventure is a well-reviewed tour group that specialises in various tours unique to the Arctic circle, and prices start at S$274 (subject to exchange rates).
2. Bandhavgarh National Park, Jabalpur, India
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If you’re an animal lover, then you need to venture down to the Bandhavgarh National Park in India. Declared a national park in 1968, Bandhavgarh National Park boasts the highest density of bengal tigers in India, which increases your chances of spotting that majestic, and unfortunately endangered, animal.
The best way to encounter these animals is, of course, when they’re untethered and unbound to any kind of captive enclosure. So rent a four-wheel drive and make your way through the lush vegetation during sunrise or sunset, the most active periods to catch a glimpse of these giant cats.
Flights to Jabalpur start from $690. Visit kayak.sg for more information.
3. Queenstown, New Zealand
Most of us must have come across thrilling 15-second Instagram videos posted by friends or influencers of their skydiving experience at least once. If, like us, you find yourself wishing you could do that too, then here’s the opportunity you seize. A huge part of the adventure is, obviously, jumping off a moving plane, but the view you get as you fall enhances the experience, too.
It makes sense, then, to have New Zealand – backdrop to the epic Lord of the Rings trilogy– as an option. The South Island, in particular, has some incredible scenery, as Hollywood star Orlando Bloom discovered. Yep, the actor went skydiving (among other things) while in Queenstown and had only great reviews to give, so you know it’s definitely tried-and-tested.
Prices for NZONE Queenstown Skydive start at NZ$299.
4. Chefchaouen, Morocco
Off the beaten track, indeed! If you don’t know much about Chefchaouen or Morocco, don’t worry. That’s what traveling is for, right? Explore the mystical charm of Chefchaouen, or “the blue city”. The blue walls and red roofs of this artsy city make for a tranquil resting stop before you take on the adventurous bit of the holiday: Riding a camel through the Moroccan stretch of the Sahara desert. Take selfies atop the hardy camels as mementos for future bragging rights at your next get-together!
If you’re not sure where to start, Sahara Desert Crew is a popular and safe option that also allows a customisable itinerary.
5. Ticao Pass in Ticao, Masbate, Philippines
Have you got your PADI diving license? If not, it might be time to get one! Masbate is one of the Philippines’ many beautiful islands, and its gorgeous vista is well worth a visit. More importantly, its waters are home to an amazing array of marine life, translating into a surreal diving experience. Manta rays call the waters of Ticao Pass their home, so you’re likely to watch these majestic giants swim by on your dive. Whale sharks also swim by ever-so-often, so who knows if you’ll be brushing noses with one of those gentle beasts? The waters might be a bit rough, though, so make sure you’re with an experienced diver if you’re not one yourself.
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