“Boring” and “vacations” are two words that should never be put together. Sure, sleeping beneath blackout curtains, and sipping colorful drinks by the pool are both fabulous, but if this isn’t your idea of a good time, you’re not alone. So, are you ready to take your next vacation outside of your comfort zone? Here are our top 7 adventure vacations to add a bit of adrenaline to your next getaway.
Go on Safari
Transfer your Club points to check off a huge bucket list item – an African safari. Through ClubPartner Perks, Tauck Guided Journeys is our premiere safari partner for adventure travel in Africa. Whether you are looking for a classic safari in East Africa, an adventure in Botswana or a South Africa safari with a Cape Town stay, Tauck has an unforgettable journey for you. You can even see the daily itinerary before booking to view the activity levels, pace, and group sizes. Not only will Tauck coordinate one of the biggest adventures of your life, but they also provide explorations of the area’s history, culture, and cuisine. Have your camera ready for the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and cape buffaloes!
OAR White Water Rafting Adventure Vacations
You can also use your Club points to take an O.A.R.S. adventure! Your imagination is the limit to the epic adventures arranged through O.A.R.S. Trusted for their expertise in guiding visitors through extraordinary natural wonders, O.A.R.S. pledges, “We believe in the sanctity of the natural world and our responsibility to protect it.” Choose from a range of eco-conscious activities including rafting, kayaking, hiking, fishing, snorkeling, swimming, wine tasting, cooking, and horseback riding in a vast array of destinations from the Arctic to the Amazon.
Did you know that Club Members receive a 10 percent discount on published rates for most O.A.R.S. adventures? For the ultimate adventure seekers, check out the O.A.R.S. “Seven Whitewater Wonders of the World”. These six adventure vacations are undeniably some of the top river trips on the planet. From the Salmon River in Idaho, the Tuolumne River in California, to even the cascading falls of the Upper Navua River in Fiji, your wish for adventure will certainly be fulfilled.
Swimming with Whale Sharks in La Paz, Mexico
Enjoy the utmost luxury and natural beauty of Mexico with a stay at the Hilton Los Cabos Beach & Golf Resort. Spend your time relaxing poolside, enjoy a pampering visit to Spa eForea, or a round of golf on one of the top courses in Mexico”. The Hilton is also the perfect home base for an adventure under the water, as nothing can quite prepare you for the first time a whale shark glides by in the shimmering Sea of Cortez. At lengths of 40 feet long and weighing up to 45,000+ pounds, these gentle giants just might get your blood pumping a bit faster!
Take a day tour with Cabo Expeditions, an ecologically responsible operator, and you will be transported in a well-air-conditioned van to La Paz. You can spot these gentle giants from October to February.
Cycle From Mt. Fuji to Kyoto, Japan
Rather than zipping straight to Kyoto from Tokyo in a matter of hours on the Shinkansen high-speed train, the more adventure-seekers can saddle up and take to the road on a 12-day cycle tour (guided or self-guided). Much more than a cycling trip, this can be an opportunity to really experience Japanese culture and meet people ready to share their wonderful cuisine and traditions. With Mt. Fuji as your backdrop, you’ll enjoy a powerful workout on the bike each day, along with soaking in onsens (bathhouses), and visits to castles, temples, and gardens.
Sledging in the Swiss Alps
In both summer and winter, the Swiss Alps are an active traveler’s dream. Winter skiing is unparalleled, and in summer there is no better place for hiking and mountain biking. If you are traveling during the winter months, be sure to try the sledding, also known as ‘sledging’. You climb aboard a Swiss sled that will whisk you down the mountain. You’ll be able to enjoy plenty of sledging adventures in the Swiss National Park in Graubunden.
Rafting and Bungee Jumping in New Zealand
New Zealand’s rugged and diverse landscapes, dotted with alpine mountain peaks, volcanoes, and sandy coastlines, is scenery made from dreams. Trek through the scenes from the Lord of the Rings films as you make your way to the adventure vacations capital of New Zealand: Queenstown. For your adrenaline-fueled adventure, visit Queenstown, which draws daredevils far and wide with active adventures, such as hiking, whitewater rafting, jet boating, paragliding, and bungee jumping. Continue your adventurous vacation with a scale of the Franz Josef Glacier, and marvel at Aoraki/Mount Cook – the tallest peak in the country.
Are you ready for adventure vacations to keep you on the edge of your seat? Call one of our Club Counselors to see how you can transfer your points to take an adventure of a lifetime!