For many women a vacation is about their two weeks in the sun—but for some women, going on vacation is about something much more exciting. These adventurers like to push life to the limits, exploring new places and taking on new challenges. Traveling alone, with friends or with family members, they’re women determined to get the most out of life, and when they get back to work they always have great stories to tell. Those thinking of joining them should check out some of these thrilling adventure destinations.
Kohn Phi Phi is one of the most beautiful islands in the Indian Ocean and it’s also one of the most exciting. With a wilder, less commercialized character than traditional Thai climbing spot Railay, it offers a wide variety of rock climbing routes suitable for everyone from beginners to experts. Equipment can be hired locally and training and guides are available. Climbing is a great way to build trust with a group of friends and really put personal toughness to the test.
Widely considered the best white water rafting location in the world, the Zambezi River presents challenges even to the most experienced rafters but there are also easier stretches where newcomers to the sport can develop their skills. It’s a great activity for small groups, building team skills, toning muscle and boosting balance. Nothing quite beats the thrill of being thrown around by the water. It’s well worth the bruises and the inevitable soaking.
The fourth largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai offers an intriguing variety of marine landscapes and invites visitors to embark on underwater adventures that are no less fascinating for their gentler pace. Beginners can get their water wings in the gentle but beautiful environment of the lagoon off Kee Bach, while more experienced divers head out to the reefs to see brightly colored fish, sea horses and perhaps even turtles.
There’s nothing like a desert road trip to really deliver a sense of being out in the wilds, and the Copper State has many stunning sights to offer, from the majesty of the Grand Canyon to the petrified forests in the north. It’s important to pick up a rental car with good air conditioning, but the best approach is to sleep through the hottest part of the day and drive by night, when the sky seems to contain more stars than can be seen anywhere else in the world.
Taupo, by New Zealand’s Tapuaeheruru Bay, is the world’s number one skydiving location. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, with snow-capped mountains and a shimmering blue lake. Beginners can jump in tandem with instructors while experienced skydivers can go up high enough to experience the thrill of freefall before opening their parachutes. It’s the kind of adventure that really puts courage to the test and will never be forgotten.
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