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Where to Adventure in 2020

Published November 28th, 2019

There’s nothing wrong with a flop and drop holiday in Bali, or a shopping trip to New York City. But, if it’s a different kind of adventure you crave, the world has some pretty epic game. Love a good calf burn? Everest awaits. Want to surf some serious waves? Pack your bags for Sri Lanka. Ready to experience the Middle East? There’s a melting pot of culture ready for you to jump in to!

Check out these 6 Adventure Destinations—why and when to go, insider tips, and all the bragging rights glory….

Looking for adventure? These top Adventure Destinations are available to tour with Intrepid. And the best part? We’re gearing up for Adventure 2020 season with deals on flights, plus tours with Intrepid.

Where: Kathmandu, Nepal

Gateway to the Himalayas, Nepal is the holy grail for backpackers. Even if you’re not here to conquer Everest base camp, there’s plenty of places to explore from Nepal. Journey from Delhi to Kathmandu or head out on the Annapurna Circuit Trek and discover the Nepalese Himalayas. 

Why: The challenge
Bragging rights: 10/10
Calf Burn Factor: 10/10 (if you go hiking!)
‘The’ thing to eat: Momo
Best time to go: September to December is the best time to visit Kathmandu for views of pristine glaciers and local festivals
Insider tip: Carry a torch at pretty much all times (Indiana Jones-style) as power outages are common even in the city

 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where: North Morocco

Always loved the idea of staying in a riad, wandering the spice markets of Marrakech and venturing through the desert on camelback? Despite being so close to Europe, a trip to Morocco will feel like you’re exploring an entirely different world. Check out historical sites dating back to the 10th century, step back into the Middle Ages in labyrinths of Medinas, and taste incredible Moroccan specialities including tagine and mint tea.

Why: Amazing culture & incredible photo opportunities
Bragging rights: 7/10
Calf Burn Factor: 6/10
‘The’ thing to eat: Goat cheese in the blue-painted city of Chefchaouen
Best time to go: March to May (spring) or September to October (autumn) for optimal weather temps
Insider tip: Don’t miss taking a trip to Jardin Majorelle—Yves Saint Laurent’s garden in Marrakech

Where: Sri Lanka

If you love hiking adventures and surf in equal measures, amazing food, drinking tea and hanging out of train windows through winding mountains, Sri Lanka is the adventure holiday for you.

Why: A different taste of Asia
Bragging rights: 7/10
Calf Burn Factor: 8/10
‘The’ thing to eat: Hoppers—the Sri Lankan savoury pancake
Best time to go: Visit the west and south coasts and hill country from December to March, and the east coast is from April to September
Insider tip: Take a trip with Intrepid and you’ll meet the locals—a chance to sit down for lunch with a Tamil tea worker in their home


Where: Zimbabwe

Does the thrill of tonnes of crashing white water really get your heart racing? The call of the wild speak to your spirit animal? Think you could rock a safari suit? A trip to Africa is the adventure you’ve been longing for. Head to the famous Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe via South Africa, Botswana or even Namibia for a full African adventure.

Why: Victoria Falls
Bragging rights: 9/10
Calf Burn Factor: 7/10
‘The’ thing to eat: Sadza with stew
Best time to go: After the summer rains, from February to May for Victoria Falls most impressive water flow
Insider tip: Victoria Falls lies between Zimbabwe and Zambia, but 16 of the 20 best viewpoints are in the rainforest on the Zimbabwean side!

 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Where: Turkey

From the stunning architecture and melding of East meets West in Istanbul to the bizarre landscapes of Cappadocia. With thousands of years of history to be uncovered, plus incredible Mediterranean coastline to enjoy—Turkey will surprise and delight.

Why: See culture intertwine as East meets West
Bragging rights: 7/10
Calf Burn Factor: 6/10
‘The’ thing to eat: Kebab and Baklava
Best time to go: April, May, June or October are ideal weatherwise
Insider tip: Admire Oludeniz’s Blue Lagoon on the southwest coast

Where: Jordan

For ultimate Arabian nights vibes sleeping under the stars in a Bedouin camp in the desert and full-on Lawrence of Arabia feels exploring the Eighth Wonder of the World at The Treasury in Petra. Jordan is for archaeology nerds, history buffs and Middle East lovers alike. 

Why: Experience the Middle East
Bragging rights: 8/10
Calf Burn Factor: 7/10
‘The’ thing to eat: Zarb—chicken and vegetables cooked in the ground Bedouin style
Best time to go: March to May (spring) and September to November (autumn) for best temps
Insider tip: Pack a pair of water shoes for getting in and out of the Dead Sea

Where: Chilean Patagonia

Hiking your thing? No doubt Patagonia is already high on your adventure bucket-list, and with good reason. Trekking through Patagonia is otherworldly—you’ll see glaciers, mountains, lakes, waterfalls and forests, and enjoy fine local wine as your hiking reward!

Why: Rich natural beauty & red wine
Bragging rights: 10/10
Calf Burn Factor: 10/10
‘The’ thing to eat: Argentinian steak
Best time to go: In the summer from November to early March, although it’s peak tourist season, it’s also the best time to explore Torres del Paine National Park
Insider tip: Weather in Patagonia is unpredictable—prepare for all the elements

 


 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Rachel Surgeoner

A self-confessed 'food-tourist', I take hunting for the world's greatest sandwich very seriously, my quest has taken me from Berlin to Hoboken. Stopping off only for vintage shopping, craft beers and Mediterranean sunsets.