The abundant colors, the diversity of animal life, and the thrilling extremes that come with nature–these probably aren’t your everyday realities.
But when it comes time to get away from the hustle and bustle for as long as your job allows, where can you go to for the perfect outdoor nature vacations?
We’ve put together a list of 7 great adventure vacation ideas to reawaken that nature lover inside of you. Let’s take a look and get you back to the outdoors you’ve been missing since you last got away.
1. Knock on the Door of the Arctic Circle With a Wilderness Marine Expedition
Head to the United States’ least densely populated state and portal to the Arctic Circle with a trip to the rugged, but beautiful state of Alaska.
One of the best ways to get a close up look at the spectacular array of wildlife and landscapes that Alaska has to offer is by trying out its many geographic marine expeditions.
These will take you from harbor to harbor as you coast around bays, capes, and islands. This gives you a chance to see animals that match the landscape with their ruggedness, including the awe-inspiring Kodiak bear.
2. Take a Liveaboard Trip in the Andaman for one of the Most Perfect Underwater Nature Vacations
A liveaboard boat is just what its name suggests–a boat you live aboard, usually for anywhere from two to eight days.
Ok, so you mean a cruise ship? Actually, the boat is just a medium to get you to where the real fun begins–the vast and diverse world that exists beneath the ocean’s surface.
You’ll need your SCUBA diving certification for this vacation, but it’s totally worth it.
With food, lodging, and necessary dive equipment usually included on the boat, the liveaboard takes you from dive spot to dive spot. Jump in and let your guide give you a tour of the incredible biodiversity the ocean has to offer.
One of the best places to do this is in the Andaman Sea, off of Thailand’s west coast up into the waters of Myanmar (Burma). Here you’ll have the chance to see such gentle giants as the whale shark, manta ray, and maybe even the rarely-seen deep sea ocean sunfish.
3. Get Up Close and Personal With the Big Game of Africa’s Serengeti
Let’s get back on land now as we take a trip to the vast plains of the African Serengeti.
Taking a safari here will give you the chance to turn your dreams into reality as you get up close and personal with Africa’s famous big five. They include the elephant, rhinoceros, cape buffalo, leopard, and, of course, the lion.
4. Get Extreme with a Voyage to the World’s Largest Desert
Test the limits of your adventurousness as you voyage south to see the unforgiving beauty of the world’s largest desert as part of this unforgettable adventure vacation.
No, we aren’t talking about a place of infinite dunes of sand rolling as far as the eye can see. We’re talking about an icy wasteland that the relative few have set foot on.
The most difficult place on this list to reach, it’s well worth the visit at least once in your lifetime. To do so, you’ll have to start heading south, and we mean SOUTH.
We’re talking South Pole south with a visit to the world’s most remote continent: Antarctica.
Here you have the chance to see the incredible and rugged landscape of this perpetually frozen land. You may also get to see the relatively few animals who have been built to bear this cold.
These might include the humpback whale coming to the surface for air, an elephant seal, or nature’s fun-loving penguins.
5. See Nature’s Most Beautiful Light Show with a Trip to the Laplands
Home to the native Sami people is the Lapland. This is Finland’s northernmost region. It is also home to one of the most beautiful effects of our planet and the sun’s coexistence.
Here is one of the best places in the world to view nature’s most spectacular light show: the aurora borealis, or northern lights.
For those who are willing to brave the bitter cold of the Lapland’s brutal winter, an unforgettable reward awaits.
6. See the Glacier-Carved Fiords of Southern New Zealand with a Trip to Milford Sound
Like stepping onto another planet, you’ll never forget the time you spent in New Zealand’s Fiordland National Park. It’s a land of innumerable glacially-fed waterfalls, rugged mountains, and an array of beautiful fjords stretching between these mountains.
One of the best ways to see all of these remarkable features is by taking the famous four-day trek around the most famous part of the Fiordland National Park–Milford Sound–via the Milford track.
Just watch out that a kea bird doesn’t steal your trail mix as you embark on this incredible nature trip!
7. Hike to the Top of a Volcano with a Trip to Mount Kilimanjaro
For another incredible adventure, one of the top mountain and hiking vacations you can try is a trip to Mount Kilimanjaro. Just 200 miles north of the equator, this dormant volcano rises up to an elevation of 19,340. Here it is crowned with a ring of ice and snow.
To successfully ascend this mountain, taking a six to nine-day trek up the mountain is usually recommended. You’ll be happy you gave yourself the best chance at success of this great accomplishment!
Plus, the more time spent in this beautiful location the better!
A Vast and Beautiful World Awaits
No matter which of the above choices you pick, you are sure to have a thrilling adventure that will stick with you throughout the rest of your life.
Then hopefully you will have enough to daydream about as you hustle and bustle towards the next great nature vacations on your list.
And remember, for more incredible travel ideas to get you back out into the great outdoors, we’re here to help.