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We can often find ourselves spending too long cooped up inside, hiding from the cold and dreary weather outside.
Which is why, when travelling and exploring new destinations, we need to make the most of the great outdoors. If warm weather and stunning scenery isn’t an excuse, then what is?
These activities will create special memories that stay with you long after the trip comes to an end. They might even encourage you to explore the world around you when you return home too.
So, what are you waiting for – book your flights and fill your itinerary with outdoor activities.
You are stood at the top of a mountain, cold air on your cheeks, fresh crisp snow spread out in front of you. This tranquil setting is only improved by the knowledge that you are about to experience the thrill of gliding down those slopes. Not skied before? Book in for a few lessons at home before you attempt it by yourself.
Bulgaria is a low-cost alternative to the Alps – with great snow conditions and lively après ski. Bansko offers the perfect conditions for skiing and is known for being the sunniest ski resort in Europe.
Hot air balloon ride
Step into your basket and soar to a height of 1000ft in the air, before gently gliding through the sky as you look down on what now appears to be a toy town below. Take in the beautiful view and look out for landmarks as you go.
Las Vegas is the perfect place for this as you get a bird’s-eye view of the famous Vegas Strip and Red Rock Mountains or the Grand Canyon – both spectacular settings that are sure to take your breath away.
There is a whole world to discover under the rippling tide of our world’s oceans – colourful fish, bright coral, intriguing shipwrecks and so much more. Simply pop on your snorkel mask and you will be ready to explore it.
The Maldives is one of the best destinations on Earth for snorkeling. Many resorts feature ‘house reefs’ close to shore where you can come face-to-face with plenty of marine life from parrotfish to turtles.
Rock climbing isn’t for the faint-hearted but it will be well worth it when you get to the top and stop to take in the incredible views.
Kalymnos in the Dodecanese Islands, Greece is one of the best climbing destinations in the world. There is plenty of variety including pockets, vertical grips and moderate angles. It is ideal for climbers of all abilities and there is even an annual climbing festival where you can watch experienced athletes do their thing.
There is no better thrill than catching and riding a wave. You can grab a board and head out to sea and try it for yourself but, if you haven’t done it before, you might want to start with a few lessons, so you can learn the right techniques (actually standing up on the board is easier said than done).
Australia’s Gold Coast is home to world-class waves that attract surfers from all over the world. Whether you are a pro or a beginner, you will be able to find a beach with waves to suit your ability.
Hop on your mountain bike and go off road, seeing a different side to your destination. Exhilarating trails – across rough terrain and alongside some of the most beautiful scenery – make this a thrilling outdoor activity.
America is home to some of the best mountain bike trails in the world, including The Whole Enchilada, which starts at 10000ft and takes you through wooded forests, Aspen Pine lands, creeks, down open prairie land, finally ending up at the Colorado River.
Lace up your hiking boots and explore the world on foot. There is so much to see off the beaten track that you would have otherwise missed and you will feel a great sense of satisfaction when you complete it and get to rest while enjoying the view.
One of the most popular hikes in the world is the Inca Trail in Peru – over 4 days and 26 miles you will explore ruins, jungle and mountains before ending at Machu Picchu.
Saddle up, feel the wind in your hair and breathe in the fresh air as you make your way along the route atop your own horse.
The Andalucían coast in Spain is ideal for a riding holiday – as you make your way along the coastline you will gallop through the waves, canter through pinewoods and nature reserves and explore hidden villages.
So, which activity will you choose to make the most of the great outdoors this year?
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