12 stellar travel ideas for brave adventurers

From awe-inspiring stays in exclusive locations to intrepid exploration, here are 12 travel opportunities you won’t want to miss

Friday 24 May 2024 17:08

Holidays are the perfect time to challenge yourself and try new things. Whether you’re seeking fresh surroundings in a breathtaking lakeside hotel or want to dive in headfirst to explore the pristine waters of the Caribbean, these travel ideas will help you plan your next fearless adventure.

Embark on an unforgettable family adventure

( Explore!)

Explore! offers a range of holidays in destinations all over the world. Discover northern Europe as you tour though Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia.

Visit the fairytale cities of Vilnius, Riga and Tallinn, exploring awe-inspiring gothic cathedrals, Soviet relics and rejuvenating seaside towns. Sample authentic local dishes like Frikadeļu Zupa, a delicious Latvian meatball soup, as well as many other mouthwatering Baltic delicacies.

Ideal for history buffs and culture vultures, Explore! takes you on an unparalleled introduction to the Baltic’s rich and varied history, as well its metropolitan modern day. Led by passionate local guides, each small group tour of around 11 people ensures an immersive and engaging experience for solo travellers, friends or families. Any adventurers can also book Christmas departures for a magical winter getaway.

Explore! received Feefo’s Platinum Trusted Service award in 2024 and B Corp Certification, and your adventure is ATOL-protected for peace of mind.

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Discover your ideal summer escape


Hoseasons is a UK holiday company offering guests the chance to stay in a range of different accommodation across Britain, from caravans, safari tents and canal boats to hot-tub lodges, cottages and treehouses.

With small, boutique locations for an intimate getaway to fun-filled family-friendly parks with plenty of activities to choose from, there’s something for everyone at every budget. Choose from an impressive range of coastal, country and woodland locations, as well as pet-friendly stays.

Whether you’re looking for a luxury escape featuring a private hot tub under the stars, or breakfast among the treetops of a premium treehouse, Hoseasons has got the holiday for you.

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Discover the wonders of the Red Sea at a luxury oasis

(Sharm El Sheikh Resort)

On the shores of Four Seasons Resort Sharm El Sheikh & Red Sea Resort, a spectacular playground of reefs abundant with colourful fish and historic shipwrecks awaits.

With an on-site dive centre and access to 76 dive sites, guests of the Four Seasons can choose between full- or half-day excursions to suit their needs, as well kayaking, paddleboarding and parasailing.

The spectacular team are committed to providing unparalleled service throughout your stay, whether that be organising a luxurious private yacht charter, al fresco dining experiences for a romantic evening, or something unique for an extra special celebration.

Choose from a range of rooms with sea views decorated with your choice of modern design or traditional Arabian decor or treat yourself to a suite with your own private pool. Book now and receive up to a 20% discount.

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Set off on a spectacular outdoor adventure

(Mendip Base Camp)

Mendip Basecamp is an award-winning adventure campsite set on the edge of the stunning Mendip Hills National Landscape in Somerset.

This leading, independent site is set on an activity centre and is open every summer from 26 May to September. With no electrical hookups the campsite is gloriously off-grid, but still has plenty of functional luxuries like flushing toilets, hot showers and USB charging.

There’s no shortage of adventures to tackle, from natural rock climbing, paddleboarding, skiing and frisbee golf to a programme of free activities including circus skills and nature walks. Not to mention a trip to a country pub with delicious pub food and the opportunity to listen to live music.

There are also a limited number of glamping-style options available, including bell tents, ‘glamphouses’ and a country lodge.

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Book the ultimate diving trip at a Caribbean paradise resort

(Buddy Dive Resort)

If you love diving or are interested in giving it a go, then this laidback Caribbean gem is well worth a visit.

Experience authentic Caribbean culture, breathtaking natural surroundings — both above and below water — and the perfect diving conditions. Buddy Dive Resort Bonaire provides a unique diving experience that emphasises the freedom to explore however you please. There are 80 incredible dive sites to choose from, 60 of which are accessible by shore, giving you the chance to discover the mesmerising reefs at your own pace.

When you book the Buddy Dive Resort Drive & Dive package, you’ll enjoy unlimited shore diving, optional boat dives, breakfast, airport transfers and rental car — everything you need for the ultimate diving trip in a stunning diver’s paradise.

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Escape to an enchanting forest hotel

(Suitree Experience Hotel)

Designed with families in mind, the Suitree Experience Hotel, Costa Rica, provides guests with the thrilling opportunity to live among the treetops in a treehouse, with stunning views of the surrounding forest.

Enjoy a range of exciting activities, such as guided nature walks, wildlife-spotting and stargazing at Mirador Lookout. Combining the rustic charm of treehouse-living with modern luxury and comfort, Suitree offers stylish accommodation with private balconies and even an outdoor hot tub.

The team at Suitree are committed to ensuring guests have the most memorable stay possible, whether it’s arranging a private dinner table under the stars, a cooking class featuring local cuisine at Taru Restaurant or swimming in a natural stone pool.

Perfect for family stays, romantic getaways or unforgettable weddings and honeymoons, escape to this magical immersive retreat for an experience you’ll treasure forever.

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Find your perfect adventure at a four-star beachfront resort in Crete

(Atlantica Ocean Beach Resort)

Entering the new season with renewed spaces, Atlantica Ocean Beach Resort invites you to experience the authentic Cretan spirit in a magnificent setting with stunning sea views.

From early-morning breakfasts featuring local delicacies to themed dinners, every moment is an occasion to cherish. Make lasting family memories at the thrilling waterpark, featuring five different waterslides and a jungle-themed park. Whether you opt for serene relaxation by the pool, a treatment at the spa or friendly games on well-equipped sports courts, Atlantica Ocean Beach Resort is a hub of excitement.

Make this trip even more special by grabbing an excursion lunch basket prepared just for you to enjoy while you explore the surrounding areas and hidden gems of Chania. Stroll through history, discover Cretan art heritage at local artisans’ workshops and toast to an amazing trip and a memorable stay at Atlantica Ocean Beach Resort.

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Experience luxury alpine glamping

(Ribno Alpine Resort)

Europe’s first zero-waste resort, the family-run Ribno Alpine Resort is located near one of Slovenia’s most famous attractions, Lake Bled.

This idyllic location in the heart of nature offers peace and relaxation, as well as plenty of opportunities for outdoor sports and adventure activities. The resort features three unique types of accommodation; the Alpine Hotel — decorated in an alpine style with a strong emphasis on wood; Alpine Glamping — cosy treehouses, tucked away deep in the forest; and the newly built Luxury Glamping.

Guests seeking direct contact with nature can enjoy a true luxury glamping experience with 17 elegant wooden chalets surrounding a natural swimming pool. Each cottage has a sauna and bathroom, as well as a hot tub on the large terrace and chalets are insulated, heated and open all year round — even in winter.

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Embark on an ancient trek in the mountains of Peru

(Alpaca Expeditions)

Set off on a trekking adventure with Alpaca Expeditions, where you’ll discover ancient ruins, breathtaking landscapes and glacial lakes. With Alpaca Expeditions, you’ll get the chance to walk lesser-known routes, discover hidden wonders and challenge yourself in ways you never knew you could.

Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes and rich cultural heritage of the Andes Mountains on the iconic Inca Trail or the Salkantay Trek. Alpaca Expeditions is committed to minimising tourists’ environmental footprint, using eco-friendly camping practices and waste reduction initiatives to preserve the natural beauty of the mountains.

Every journey is meticulously planned with your comfort in mind. Offering daily departures, day tours, chef-prepared meals and fully customised itineraries, experience the adventure of a lifetime in the safe hands of Alpaca Expeditions.

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Indulge during an exclusive stay on Lake Como

(Al Molo)

Wake up to the sound of waves gently washing over the shore, singing birds flying over the mountainside and a delicious Italian breakfast delivered straight to your room.

A family-run destination, Al Molo 5 is a boutique hotel perched on edge of the glorious Lake Como in Italy. Just a stone’s throw away from the Bellagio, the hotel’s exclusive location is the perfect place for a peaceful, luxury getaway, offering five stunning rooms and two select suites.

Take full advantage of the lakeside location with the hotel’s watersports offerings, such kayaking, standup paddingboarding and motorboating. If you’re seeking something more relaxing, on the VIP charter service you can board the exclusive Gagliotta Lobster 35 yacht for a luxury experience like no other. Sample delicious authentic dishes at the restaurant, accompanied by breathtaking views of the lake and neighbouring villages.

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Earn money as you explore your way through Canada

( Jenza)

Looking for a fresh start? Get your winter travel plans wrapped up with a four to six month ski season job in Canada.

JENZA works with 20 of Canada’s leading resorts and ski areas including Whistler, Banff, Jasper, Big White, Panorama and Blue Mountain. Jobs range from ski instructors to servers — with most including great perks such as subsidised staff housing, free lift passes and lessons.

It’s the ultimate way to live, work and explore some of the most stunning spots on the planet — with the security of a job before you go.

No previous skills or experience required, simply sign up and explore the world.

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Brave an enticing adventure in the Himalayas

(KE Adventure Travel)

If you’re looking for a real adventure travel experience, then the mighty Himalayas Mountain range provides some of the most thrilling adventures in the world. Whether you’re an expert traveller or a novice, you can enjoy the accessible paths, prayer flag-adorned passes, breathtaking landscapes and views of the highest mountains in the world.

KE Adventure Travel has been an expert on the Himalayas for 40 years and has an unrivalled collection of 40 different adventure holidays across Nepal, India, Bhutan and Pakistan. These range from classic treks such as Everest Base Camp and the Annapurna Sanctuary in Nepal, to climbing 6,000m peaks including Kang Yatse in Northern India.

KE Adventure also offers remote treks in Pakistan, cultural journeys in Nepal and Bhutan plus the Snowman Trek in Bhutan, said to be the world’s toughest trail. Trips range from 12 to 28 days and start from £1445 per person. Most include all meals, accommodation, permits, guide and internal transfers. Explore the heart of the Himalaya with KE Adventure.

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