Aussies seek­ing ad­ven­tures

Feed your ap­petite for travel with ex­cit­ing ex­pe­ri­ences

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more Aus­tralians are tak­ing more ad­ven­ture hol­i­days than ever be­fore, ac­cord­ing to In­trepid Travel’s new Ad­ven­ture Travel In­dex.

Viet­nam, Peru and In­dia are our favourite places for awak­en­ing ex­pe­ri­ences, and these hol­i­day spots are pop­u­lar for all ages – prov­ing ad­ven­ture isn’t linked to age. In fact, fam­ily ad­ven­tures are on the rise, as is trav­el­ling solo (es­pe­cially among women over 40).

AD­VEN­TURE IS WHAT YOU MAKE IT

Al­most 70 per cent of Aussies think ad­ven­ture means get­ting off the beaten tourist trail and try­ing some­thing new. For some, that might be a trip to elec­tri­fy­ing Viet­nam, where must-do ex­pe­ri­ences in­clude a cy­clo ride through bustling Hanoi, an overnight cruise in scenic Ha­long Bay, tast­ing fresh street food in Hoi An and shop­ping up a storm in Hoi Chi Minh City.

In Thai­land, ad­ven­ture can be

go­ing be­yond Phuket and Koh Sa­mui to cy­cle around an­cient ru­ins in Ayut­thaya or vis­it­ing an ele­phant na­ture park in Chi­ang Mai.

On our own doorstep, Aussies are choos­ing the North­ern Ter­ri­tory for ad­ven­ture. The vast open spa­ces of the NT give trav­ellers a sense of ad­ven­ture, from ex­hil­a­rat­ing desert treks to lush trop­i­cal rain­for­est (with the odd croc spot­ting). If you’re choos­ing an Aus­tralian ad­ven­ture, you can’t go past walk­ing through King’s Canyon or dis­cov­er­ing the many colours of Uluru.

WHY DO WE GO ON AD­VEN­TURES?

Get­ting off the beaten tourist trail and try­ing some­thing new is the per­fect way to recharge the bat­ter­ies. In fact, In­trepid found more than half of Aussies book ad­ven­tures to re­ju­ve­nate from a busy and stress­ful rou­tine. Ac­tively ex­plor­ing a new place by foot, bike or even kayak can give you a new lease on life – ar­guably more so than ly­ing pool­side for a week!

Get­ting out­side our com­fort zones has be­come a pop­u­lar way to mark mile­stones such as im­por­tant birth­days, achiev­ing a pro­mo­tion or a cooler al­ter­na­tive for school leavers than schoolies at the Gold Coast.

MORE FE­MALES FLY SOLO

Solo travel is par­tic­u­larly on the rise among women choos­ing to travel alone but within a small group tour. By trav­el­ling in a group, they get the com­fort and con­ve­nience of hav­ing a lo­cal tour guide and the com­pany of other like-minded so­los. No need to worry about din­ing alone in a restau­rant if you’re con­sid­er­ing this al­ter­na­tive!

Morocco is the most pop­u­lar place for fe­male solo trav­ellers.

This hotspot blends the charisma of Europe with the charm of the Mid­dle East. Be­yond buzzing Mar­rakech are old port towns, vast deserts, pris­tine beaches, spice-in­fused back al­leys, crum­bling Ro­man ru­ins and the snow-capped At­las Moun­tains.

The food in Morocco is a high­light, with its many in­flu­ences in­clud­ing Ber­ber, Moor­ish, Arab and Mediter­ranean. A lo­cal favourite dish sold by street ven­dors is ‘mse­men’ – a square-shaped, flaky, but­tery flat­bread that’s grilled on hot plates and best driz­zled with honey and served with fresh mint tea.

The Mid­dle East is pre­dicted to boom in 2019 for Aus­tralian trav­ellers mak­ing their way to Iran, Jor­dan and Egypt to see it for them­selves. In fact, there are women-only trips to Mid­dle East­ern des­ti­na­tions that al­low tourists to have ex­pe­ri­ences that wouldn’t be open to mixed gen­der tour groups, such as an overnight train in a fe­male-only cabin and vis­it­ing an Ira­nian beauty par­lour.

NO AD­VEN­TURE IS COM­PLETE WITH­OUT A COLD ONE

Of course, ad­ven­tures are thirsty work. A ‘Beer In­dex’ has re­vealed just how many ales $20 will get you. Viet­nam trumped all other des­ti­na­tions, scor­ing 14 beers for one $20 note. Is it a co­in­ci­dence that Viet­nam is also Aus­tralia’s No.1 ad­ven­ture des­ti­na­tion? Equal sec­ond on the cov­eted in­dex throne are Myan­mar, Kenya, Egypt and Mex­ico – where $20 will earn a trav­eller a round of eight beers. Mis­ers should steer clear of Ice­land, as one beer will set them back close to $15. Sadly, we are close be­hind.

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