Even though lounging on the beach and sipping cocktails is fun, it’s not for everyone. Some people relax by doing nothing and letting their mind and body rejuvenate naturally, while others require active holidays to truly feel like themselves. Both options are okay, but if you fall into the latter category, you definitely need to explore all corners of the world.
From Europe to Australia, there’s an adventure waiting for you. These active holiday destinations will give you a road map to the most exciting places on Earth. Get ready for some action.
1. Madeira
People often go to Spain or Portugal, but they completely forget about the islands of these two beautiful countries. Madeira belongs to Portugal and is definitely one of the best islands you’ll ever visit. The climate and weather are perfect all year long, allowing you to explore the outdoors anytime you visit. If you’re a lover of outdoor sports, you’ll never miss out on anything.
Let’s not forget that Madeira is famous for its volcanic landscape, making it even more fun to explore the island. It’s on the top of a volcanic shelf. This offers numerous opportunities for mountain biking. There’s no other place in the world where you’ll find such an elaborate network of exciting biking trails.
When you hop off your mountain bike, you’ll get to explore the steep-sided valleys and dense forests. Also, don’t miss out on climbing and hiking, as well as canyoning. Madeira doesn’t have almost any flat areas, so the island will have you up and down for your whole visit- in the best way possible.
2. Switzerland
If you’re looking for a country that offers scenic views which would make even the most beautiful postcard jealous, you’re in the right place. Switzerland is famous for its mountain villages in the highest peaks of Europe. So, not only will you get to trek and hike on some of the most impressive mountains in all of Europe, but you’ll also get to experience the way of life characteristic for mountain villages.
The snow is plentiful and fully here in Switzerland, so take advantage of numerous snowboarding and skiing opportunities. If you’d rather visit the land during the summer, you’ll have to explore the country by bike. No matter how active you are on this trip, never forget your camera as you’ll miss out on some amazing photos.
Some resorts in Switzerland offer everything to their customers, and Crans-Montana is specifically the perfect accommodation for adrenaline junkies. You’ll get to ski, snowboard, and even partake in indoor sports. Coaching and training courses are also available, so you won’t miss out on the fun regardless of how little experience you have with certain sports.
3. Tasmania, Australia
People visit Australia for the kangaroos and big cities, but we can’t forget the mesmerizing Tasmania. This ancient island is the perfect mix of old and new, giving you a plethora of opportunities to get lost in it and find yourself again. In fact, Tasmania travel includes everything from road trips to long hikes across the island. You’ll get to explore a 2000km long hiking track and get to know the island inside and out.
As well as this, the nature lover will love the fact that Tasmanian trees are the oldest in the world. It’s like you’ll be walking through years of history without even realizing it. All the while, you’ll be breathing the cleanest air on Earth. Don’t miss the chance to get acquainted with the native animals of Tasmania, either. Overall, whether you choose to go by car or by foot (or the combination of both), you’re going to have the time of your life.
There are few places on this Earth that are still home to wild and untamed nature you get to safely explore, and Tasmania is definitely one of them. The Australian government pays a lot of attention to preserving the island, thus making sure its authenticity stays intact even as the years go by.
4. Georgia
If you want the best out of high and naked mountains, head over to Georgia. Not only will you explore mountains like you’ve never seen them before, but you’ll also be right on the intersection between Asia and Europe. That’s right, the Caucasus Mountains mark the border between the two continents. What’s cooler than getting to say you hiked or trekked such a natural border?
You’ll also get to have a lot of fun in the capital of George, Tbilisi, as it has been revived in the past decade. If you’re a history buff or simply like feeling like you’ve entered a different century, you’ll love taking advantage of everything Tbilisi has to offer. The town is marked by the 4th-century architecture and is even home to the Narikala hill fort of the bygone era. Of course, you won’t be stuck in the past all the time as there are a lot of nice cafes and modern places to go out during the evening. Those who can’t get enough of the culture and history definitely need to visit some (or all) of the revamped museums in the city.
Don’t stick to just one town, though. If you want to experience some world-class hiking while you’re here, visit Stepantsminda. It’s a town right beneath Mount Kazbek which is yet to disappoint an enthusiastic hiker. After all, with the impressive height of 5033m, what’s not to love?
Conclusion
As you can see, there’s a lot to see and experience in the world. Each corner of the world holds unique adventures, all waiting to be discovered by you. Going to these destinations will open you up to the world in ways you didn’t think were possible. Not only will you have the time of your life, but you’ll also come back home with amazing stories you’ll get to retell for ages. We’re confident that your travels are going to be both exciting and relaxing. Go out there and show the world what you’ve got!

Author's Bio: 

Neil is a lifestyle journalist from Sydney, Australia. He likes writing about traveling and cars. Huge soccer fan.