Many of the most adventurous travellers nowadays are looking for something more than sun, sand, and sangria for the holidays, as evidenced by the vast growth in so-called experience holidays promoted by major travel agents. You don't need to book onto organised active holidays, however. It's just as easy to plan your own trip, and take advantage of lower costs while arranging a holiday totally geared to your needs.
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Active Holidays: Top Destinations
The Best Destinations to Head for an Active Holiday
Whether you want to travel far or stay closer to home, the globe abounds in active holiday options. The most important aspect is ensuring your destination of choice offers the sort of activities you're hoping for on arrival.
1. United States
One of the most popular active holidays you can take in the U.S., is to head west and go on a horseback riding, cowboy-themed break. This sort of vacation appeals to families in particular. But you can arrange loads more active hols to the States if you look around. Consider snorkelling in Hawaii, rafting down the Grand Canyon, or kayaking with dolphins off the coast of Alaska. The list is endless and could be one of the best holidays in your life!
2. United Kingdom
Probably the best deal on active holidays for many Brits is to remain put, and plan an active UK holiday with a difference. If you don't want to complete the entire Three Peaks Challenge in the space of 24 hours, why not plan a Pennine Way hiking, climbing, and abseiling break, followed on by an adrenaline rush of a break in the nearby Isle of Man? Traditional home of the motorbike brigades and TT racing, there are loads of unique motorbike tours and racing activities on the island to celebrate your need for speed!
3. Southeast Asia
There are so many different active holidays to enjoy throughout the entire region of Southeast Asia. These include surfing off the southern coast in Sri Lanka, yoga in Malaysia and Goa, hiking in the spectacular Vietnamese landscape, and mountain climbing in India.
Skiing and hiking are the main adventure holidays for Swiss visitors, depending on what time of year you visit. However, these are hardly the only options. Have you considered, for example, paragliding across the Alps?
5. Sailing in Croatia
Chartering a boat is a fantastic active holiday solution for many. With yachts, catamarans, and gulets accommodating from four to 16 people, these vacations are not just the province of the super rich. Just some of your available ocean-going activities include swimming, diving, fishing, and hiking. Combine any long stay in Croatia with a short boat holiday, to see the best of both worlds!