Guest Blog: 5 must-visit countries for the adventurous traveller


If you’re looking for more from your trip than just a simple spot of sightseeing, there’s (perhaps surprisingly) countless potential destinations to consider. For a spot of adventure, here are the five must-visit countries you simply need to add to your bucket list.

Turkmenistan

If you’re looking to be the first of your friends to discover a potential travelling hotspot, head to Turkmenistan. Recommended by the Secret Traveller, it’s a country full of undiscovered wonder and peculiarities, especially in its capital city where you’ll find gold statues of the once-dictator of the country amongst other weird and wonderful architecture.

The best thing about it all? Hardly anyone roams the streets, giving it a deserted and quiet feeling you’ll be hard done by finding elsewhere in the world. You might need a travel guide – this bestselling one is a good choice – but don’t hesitate to explore this underrated destination.

New Zealand
Head to New Zealand if you’re an unwavering thrill-seeker looking for the most from your travel adventure. Queenstown is perhaps the hotspot for you – from bungee-jumping at one of the world’s highest bungee platforms to the adrenaline-pumping white-water rafting, you can truly do it all.

Nevis Bungy is one for the very bravest tourists, though. Standing at a height of 134 metres above the Nevis River, it’ll take a considerable amount of courage to face the plunge – do it, though, and it will be an experience you’ll never forget. Head into the town itself afterwards to reward yourself with one of Queenstown’s renowned delicacies – an authentic Fergburger.

India
If you’re looking for a diverse experience, India is the place to go. From the bustle and energy of cities such as Delhi to the quiet, removed mountainous regions on the country’s perimeter, there’s simply so much to see and do here that it’s impossible to get bored.

Consider riding the Toy Train to Darjeeling, situated in the midst of the Himalayas, to experience one of India’s many hidden treasures. That’s not all there is in the way of adventure, though – there’s also the rather quiet Great Wall of India, only recently discovered by explorers who still aren’t sure of its purpose or origins.

The USA
With the sheer size of the USA, it’s obvious there’s a wealth of adventure to be had. But step away from the more obvious options – Disneyland being the primary choice – and consider heading further inland for a very unique kind of trip.

From the traditional RV trip from one end of the country to the other, to exploring one of the many national parks to be found, there’s countless options for the adventurer within you. Consider Yellowstone for the latter option – it’s big and sprawling, boasting some of the most diverse geography and natural wonders in the world – whether it’s geothermal activity or staggeringly huge lakes you want to discover, you’ll find it all here.


Japan
From the bright lights of Tokyo for the serene, historically rich Kyoto, there’s an abundance of adventure to be had in Japan – there’s even a mountain to climb if you’re up to the challenge. Mount Fuji is one of the most impressive and almost perfect peaks in the world, a sight everyone should see in their lifetime – let alone attempt to scale.

If you visit Tokyo ­– which is highly recommended – there’s a whole lot to experience. From the multitude of peculiar, unique cafés and restaurants to dine in, including the renowned robot restaurant, to the multi-storey gadget stores to lose yourself within, it’s a world’s worth of adventure within just one city.

Do you have any suggestions for an adventure-filled destination? Leave your comments below.