Adventure travel involves serious exploration, new experiences and close contact with nature. The following tips will introduce some of the best adventure travel destinations, helping you to choose the right location for your individually designed adventure vacation.
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Adventure Travel: Top Destinations
Need some summer vacation inspiration? HomeToGo has released the 12 trendiest destinations around the world worth checking out this summer! Based on year-on-year increases in searches from our users, HomeToGo has the answer to where are the coolest destinations on the globe for summer 2019. Some of these locations are real undiscovered gems - so be sure to plan your vacation now, before everyone else finds out about them!
From Budva to Boracay, from Lanzarote to Lyon, check out the slideshow below to unearth the top 12 in full, and start planning your dream adventure vacation now!
The Top 12 Trending Destinations for Summer 2019
12. Santa Marta, Colombia - 152% increase in searches
Santa Marta is a charming city that sits on Colombia’s Caribbean coast. Its colorful streets, vibrant markets, and laid back atmosphere make it a real favorite with Colombian and international tourists alike. Santa Marta is also the getaway to Tayrona National Park, an area famed for its immense biodiversity, beautiful beaches, and archaeological ruins.
11. Riga, Latvia - 167% increase in searches
Sitting on the edge of the Gulf of Riga, this majestic capital is the jewel of the Baltic Sea. Home to a plethora of museums, galleries, and venues, Riga is a paradise for culture vultures. Its historic center is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, famous for its art nouveau architecture. After hours, Riga’s cheap bars and lively nightclubs entertain locals and visitors until the early hours.
10. Hvar, Croatia - 199% increase in searches
The island of Hvar showcases the very best of Croatia. Home to a hilltop fortress, 13th-century walls, and world-class beaches, Hvar has quickly become a favorite with the rich and famous - so be prepared to bump into some familiar faces! Hvar’s seclusion from the mainland is part of its charm, although the island is easily reachable by ferry from the city of Split, which has an international airport.
9. Alaska, USA - 210% increase in searches
Alaska is the most enigmatic of the 50 U.S. states. Home to North America’s tallest mountain, vast glaciers, and grizzly bears, Alaska is the ultimate destination for adventure travelers and nature lovers. The state showcases some of the most spectacular natural wonders in the world, and remains incredibly unspoiled.
8. Lyon, France - 211% increase in searches
Often overshadowed by Paris, Lyon is one of the most underrated cities in Europe, and outclasses its more famous counterpart in many ways. Its citizens are friendlier, the city is cleaner and more compact, and its culinary scene is industry-leading. Lyon is also a must-visit for wine lovers: The city is the gateway Beaujolais viticultural region, which is home to some of the best vineyards in France.
7. Boracay, The Philippines - 244% increase in searches
In the past few years, Boracay has experienced a meteoric rise from unknown fishing island to iconic tourist destination, so much so that the government actually closed the island to tourists in 2018. Now, the mesmerizing island famed for its white sands and idyllic vistas has reopened with a tourist cap. If you’re looking for crystal-clear waters and beach life at its best, Boracay is well worth a visit.
6. Durban, South Africa - 280% increase in searches
The third most populous city in South Africa, Durban is often considered to be the country’s least-discovered destination, as most international tourists seeking beach life head to Cape Town instead. Its friendly residents will proudly welcome you into this coastal city, where Indian and colonial influences pervade. What’s more, there are miles of white sandy beaches to be enjoyed along the city’s eastern fringes.
5. Budva, Montenegro - 369% increase in searches
Sitting on a small peninsula in the Adriatic Sea, Budva is a delightful town and one of Montenegro’s must-see destinations. The oldest settlement in the country, Budva boasts a medieval old town, Venetian walls, and miles of glorious beaches. The surrounding mountains are great for hiking while the calm waters of the Adriatic are ideal for cooling off from the Mediterranean heat.
4. Rimouski, Québec - 455% increase in searches
Located about three hours northeast of Quebec City, Rimouski is home to the happiest citizens in the province. Despite its tranquil setting, the city itself is a hive of activity, with a plethora of boutiques, bars, and restaurants worth checking out. Within easy reach of Rimouski is the stunning Parc national du Bic, which features hiking and biking trails with scenic views over the nearby bays.
3. Halkidiki, Greece - 460% increase in searches
The dramatic region of Halkidiki shows that there’s a lot more to Greece than its world-famous islands. Part of the mainland, Halkidiki is a national gem and has something to delight every visitor. Its crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkeling and paddle boarding, while its never-ending beaches and laid-back towns are ideal spots to kick back and recharge from the stresses of everyday life.
2. Lanzarote, Spain - 469% increase in searches
Located off the western coast of Africa, Lanzarote is the most extraordinary of the Canary Islands. Its striking volcanic landscape, which includes the Timanfaya National Park, makes Lanzarote a popular choice for filmmakers trying to capture the otherworldly. If geology and hiking aren’t for you, Lanzarote also offers visitors brilliant beaches and year-round sun.
1. Blue Ridge Mountains, USA - 839% increase in searches
The Blue Ridge Mountains are a remarkable natural wonder. Spreading across more than 550 miles and 9 U.S. states, these mountains get their name from the distinctive blue color that hovers above them - created by isoprene released by trees. Home to two national parks, thousands of miles of hiking trails, and immense biodiversity, the Blue Ridge Mountains are truly a must-see for any traveler who loves the great outdoors.