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Travel adventures everyone should try

Based out of Dallas, Texas, Mary McCoy is a writer and social worker for disenfranchised women and children. She's a single mom, lover of Texas barbecue, and a die-hard fan of yoga

Free to explore

Travel just isn't the same without a hint of wild adventure. Add these traveling adventures to your bucket list for a dose of freedom and excitement that you won't soon forget!
Woman with binoculars at Tulum ruins, Quintana Roo, Mexico

Free to explore

Travel just isn't the same without a hint of wild adventure. Add these traveling adventures to your bucket list for a dose of freedom and excitement that you won't soon forget!

1

Stay in a hostel

The thought of staying in a hostel may freak you out a little bit, but it's a travel adventure you simply must try. You'll stay in a room with several other travelers at night, and take your belongings with you by day. A hostel allows you to save a ton of money while meeting interesting people from around the world. Just do your research first to make sure you pick a clean and safe place to lay your head at night.

2

See the world by train

Unlike the United States' hodgepodge of commuter rails, other countries and continents have extremely well-integrated and efficient train systems. If you head to Europe, for instance, pick up a Eurail pass so you can hop to and from cities and countries for just a fraction of what it would cost to purchase plane fares. (The sightseeing is pretty spectacular, too!)

3

Backpack into the great beyond

The United States has some of the most pristine and beautiful chunks of wilderness in the world. Take advantage of gorgeous America by planning a backpacking trip through one of our country's national parks. You'll be able to see nature up close and personal while unplugging from the daily grind.

4

Road trip through the wilderness

If backpacking isn't your gig, consider taking a road trip through America's frontiers. Pick a location that's a good distance from your hometown and take off driving. You'll be amazed by how much more you'll see when you travel by car rather than plane.

5

Go tubing

A tubing trip has all the charm of a kayaking or canoeing trip, without the hassle of having to get out of the water to go to the bathroom (just kidding!). Seriously, though, a relaxing float down the river with a beer in hand is all you need to unwind from your stress. You can make it a day trip or stay for several days by utilizing local cabins or campgrounds.

6

Walk through an unknown city

One of the best ways to enjoy the rich culture of a destination city is explore it on foot. On the morning of your first day of vacation, set out with a map in hand and just start walking without a plan in mind. You'll see all kinds of restaurants, bars and sights that you'd otherwise miss if you just look at a city guide.

7

Take off on a solo trip

There's nothing like experiencing the culture of a city as a solo woman. Pick a destination and make plans to sightsee, enjoy restaurants and stay in a luxury hotel for a relaxing retreat. Just make sure you're practicing safety and have an emergency plan should something go wrong.

8

Go camping with your besties

Finally, make plans for a camping trip with your best girlfriends. It's better if guys aren't invited! You'll bond as you figure out how to pitch a tent and grill burgers over an open flame.

Tell us:

Which adventures you've tried, and which are on your bucket list! Tell us in the comment section below.

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