Aussies seeking adventures
Feed your appetite for travel with exciting experiences
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.