Oh, the adventures we had in mind for 2020! We were going to see the world, find ourselves in the Amazon, set sail across all seven seas and return with memories and photo albums a plenty.
But alas, 2020 had other plans. We’ve spent the majority of our time locked up between the same four walls and the only adventures we’ve taken are to the local supermarket. Now what we had planned. For 2021, we’re planning ahead! There will be no more wallowing and feeling sorry for ourselves, but only looking forward to our future getaways and ensuring that our 2021 adventure bucket list is jam-packed with the most adrenaline surging, hair raising experiences to date! We hope that we inspire you to do the same.
Camp Out in a 5 Million Star Hotel
Who needs hot showers, chocolates on pillows and clean, bug-free sheets. They’re overrated. 2021 is the year to find yourself in the great outdoors and you won’t need to stray too far from home in order to pitch a tent. Just ensure that you leave the city, that is unless you prefer the dull glow of light pollution to millions of twinkling stars.
Skate on a natural ice rink
Practice your pirouette and sharpen your skates, you’re heading out onto the ice! Running through parts of Stockholm and the surrounding countryside, Lake Mälaren is perfect for both city dwellers and country folk alike, just make sure the ice is completely frozen solid before heading out.
Where: Lake Mälaren, Sweden
Go Skydiving in Medellín
What would a 2021 adventure challenge bucket list be without jumping out of an airplane at 14,000ft above ground, and with gorgeous scenery and superb, unchanging weather conditions, we’re recommending Medellín as the perfect place to do it!
Where: Medellín, Colombia
Go Land Diving in Vanuatu
You’ve just crossed off your skydive, so it only makes sense to tick off your land dive next. Head to Vanuatu in April as the first yam crop emerges; this is when islanders build their 18 meter tall wooden towers ready for land diving.
After removing stray rocks from the soil below to reduce the chance of injury, a vine is tied to each ankle as divers give a (perhaps final) speech before throwing themselves head first into the ground. Hopefully, the vines will catch your fall so that only your hair will bless the soil and guarantee villagers a bountiful harvest.
Where: South Pentecost, Venuatu
Descend exuberant mountain streams and rivers from the comfort of your own rubber dinghy. You’ll bounce, spin and paddle your way through caverns and tunnels as you navigate the impressive national reserve.
Where: Caves Branch River, Nohoch Che’en Archaelogical Reserve, Belize
Head to a Floating Bar
You may have got used to your social distancing in 2020 so there’s no reason to leave it behind completely in 2021. There are some incredible floating bars and restaurants around the globe that are completely isolated in the middle of the sea but make for an awesome adventure!
Snorkel with Jellyfish
Although the jellyfish here are harmless, it will take guts to jump in alongside millions of the jiggly critters and it makes for a totally electrifying experience when swimming through swarms of them.
Where: Jellyfish Lake, Palau
Surf a Barrel
Whether you’re a complete novice or you can just about stay upright on the board, you’ll feel a massive sense of achievement when you tackle your first proper big wave. Don your wetsuit and head out to Cloudbreak in Fiji where you can observe professionals in their natural habitat, they’ll make it look so easy you’ll soon have the confidence to get up on the board and check this bad boy off your list!
Where: Cloudbreak, Fiji
Swim with Basking Sharks
You may need to find the courage with a large swig of Scottish whiskey before heading into the surf alongside these impressive beasts. These intriguing mega-mouthed sharks are the second biggest in the world and make for an exhilarating swim.
Go Dog-sledding under the Midnight Sun
These dogs are very different to the face licking, tail wagging posh pooch you’ve left behind at home. Think more along the lines of snarling, growling, ill-tempered wolf-dog. You may not want to try petting them for fear of losing an arm, but they’ll certainly give you a wild ride!
Where: Svalbard, Norway
Visit North Korea
One of the most mysterious countries in the world and almost entirely untouched by tourists. Off-the-beaten-path is taken to the extreme in a country that allows less than 2,000 westerners per year. However, this makes for an extreme cultural adventure and one hell of a story to tell on your return.
Where: Pyongyang, North Korea
Photo: Epoch Times
Join the 300 Club
So you know all about the benefits of the Wim Hof method and you’ve been practicing at home, but with no opportunity to use it. Well, I hear you my friend, and now’s your chance.
You’ll need to head on down to the South Pole when temperatures hit around -100 degrees farenheit. Next step; strip off your clothes until you are butt naked and take a hot steam in a 200 degree farenheit sauna before running out into the snow in just your birthday suit for protection against the elements. Once complete (and photographic evidence has been made), you will become a part of the elite ‘300 Club’, aptly named for the 300 degree drop in temperature.
Where: South Pole
Visit Your Favourite Animal in the Wild
Whether it’s a scaly pangolin, a bright bottomed baboon or you identify best with a lethargic sloth, now is your chance to go and visit your best-loved beast in his wild domain. Just remember, if you have a soft spot for vipers, you may want to pack the anti-venom.
Take a Cultural Canoe Tour
The Sepik river in Papua New Guinea is a connection line of complex cultures and a canoe down this river is not only meditative, but also an enlightening experience with some of the most fascinating artistic communities and tribes in the Pacific.
Where: Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Go in Search of a Lost City
There are over 35 mysterious, uninhabited ‘lost’ cities across the globe which make for an other-wordly, dystopian style adventure. Whether lost through natural disaster, war or flooding you’re sure to find some secrets buried in the remnants of forgotten city walls.
Set off on the Mongol Rally
We’ve all taken road trips at one time or another, but this epic cross-country rally will outshine any other. You’ve watched some motoring stupidity on Top Gear, but now’s the time to join in. You’ll first need to procure a vehicle, be it an ex-ambulance or a three wheeler, it must have an engine size of 1 litre or less and it will be put through the test as you make your way across mountains and deserts from your start to finish point. No routes. No roadside assistance. A whole lot of adventure and a small contribution to charity.
Where: Mongol Rally
Go Pony Trekking in Lesotho
Lesotho is a completely landlocked country, surrounded all the way around by South Africa. It has spectacular mountain passes which can be reached only on horseback, offering an invigorating adventure through rugged terrain and magnificent highlands.
Take a Motocross Tour through Vietnam
With 3451km of coast and 75% of the country covered by mountains, Vietnam makes for an exhilarating motocross tour. With many different routes to take it will be difficult to choose, but we would recommend starting in the busy northern city of Hanoi and weaving your way across treacherous mountain paths and rural villages all the way to the South to finish up in Ho Chi Minh.
Go Hot Air Ballooning at Serengeti National Park
Spot the ‘Big Five’ as well as zebras, hyenas and wildebeests on a safari adventure like no other in a hot air balloon at sunrise. From the air you can discover otherwise invisible wildlife, follow tracks and take in the incredible landscapes below, all whilst enjoying a Champagne breakfast from the safety of your floating picnic basket.
Glow on a Kayak in Puerto Rico
Experience the rare phenomenon of bioluminescence on a night time kayaking tour through the peaceful mangroves of Puerto Rico’s Laguna Grande Nature Reserve.
Where: Puerto Rico
Rejuvenate with a Soothing Snake Massage
It’s been a wild year, so wind down in a wild way. A spa in Israel uses a combination of six snakes to massage your aching muscles, alleviating pain and soothing any soreness. They say the bigger the snake, the better the massage – let’s hope their presence doesn’t generate more tension than it releases. Who’s to say adventure can’t be enjoyed laying down?
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