14 Beautiful Destinations to Visit if Adventure Is Your Top Priority

Feb 10, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. ET
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Vacation days are limited, and while we could probably all use the time to relax, some of us crave something even more strongly: adventure. It’s not enough for us to hit up the local tourist hot spots or lounge in a Jacuzzi. We want to push our bodies to their limits, see places few have dared to venture and meet the natural world as an equal player.

Sometimes, it feels like our list of must-do activities only grows longer, not shorter, and there won’t be enough time to take on all the stunning travel opportunities there are in the world. Well, we’re sorry to say we're adding a few more to the list anyway. We searched for the most awe-inspiring, Instagram-worthy, adventure-filled destinations (and activities) on the planet.

We hope you have some mileage points. These trips are going to make your PTO disappear in a snap.

1 /14: Cage Diving In Gansbaai, South Africa

1/14 :Cage Diving In Gansbaai, South Africa

2 /14: Hike the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

2/14 :Hike the Annapurna Circuit in Nepal

3 /14: Snorkel or Dive in a Cenote in Tulum, Mexico

3/14 :Snorkel or Dive in a Cenote in Tulum, Mexico

4 /14: Rafting the Franklin River in Tasmania

4/14 :Rafting the Franklin River in Tasmania

5 /14: Heli-Skiing in Iceland

5/14 :Heli-Skiing in Iceland

6 /14: Kayak New Zealand’s Fiordland

6/14 :Kayak New Zealand’s Fiordland

7 /14: Hike the Pu'u Manamana Trail in Oahu

7/14 :Hike the Pu'u Manamana Trail in Oahu

8 /14: Hike to Angel Falls in Venezuela

8/14 :Hike to Angel Falls in Venezuela

9 /14: Snowmobile in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

9/14 :Snowmobile in Jukkasjärvi, Sweden

10 /14: Go Sailing in Greece

10/14 :Go Sailing in Greece

11 /14: Hike Mount Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands

11/14 :Hike Mount Stromboli in the Aeolian Islands

12 /14: Go Dog Sledding in Finland

12/14 :Go Dog Sledding in Finland

13 /14: Swim With Jellyfish in the Socorro Islands

13/14 :Swim With Jellyfish in the Socorro Islands

14 /14: Witness the Great Bat Migration in Zambia

14/14 :Witness the Great Bat Migration in Zambia