The Five Most Exhilarating Activities for Your Next Trip

Cappadocia, Turkey. Image from Unsplash, by Daniela Cuevas.

Cappadocia, Turkey. Image from Unsplash, by Daniela Cuevas.

It’s all well and good to plan to go somewhere, make it to your destination and wander around a bit. But I think you truly experience a place when you try an activity that showcases the country. I have compiled a list of 5 activities that really allow you to fully experience a destination. You can also try these activities in multiple places in the world, I just provide an example to get you and me started.

Volcano Trekking in Indonesia

I swear this isn’t as dangerous as it sounds. You can hike around active and dormant volcanoes. Obviously if there is a danger of an eruption, the trails and the towns around are closed. Let’s get a little Wikipedia here for a moment. Most volcanoes are located along the Pacific coastlines from South America to Asia, known as the Ring of Fire. Within that region, I am most interested in exploring the volcanoes in Indonesia. Why you may ask? There are over 129 volcanoes in the country because of the convergence of tectonic plates 🤓.

Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii when the sun finally decided to show up!

Haleakala National Park in Maui, Hawaii when the sun finally decided to show up!

In 2016, I took a tour to attempt to watch the sunrise at Haleakala National Park in Maui. Unfortunately, the morning was really foggy and then it cleared as you can see from the photo to the right. The scenery made me feel like I was walking on Mars! So this time, I want to actually be able to see a proper sunrise and hike around an active volcano.

Exploring the Ice Caves in Iceland

I’m already so obsessed with Iceland - northern lights and the overall scenery. Activity-wise, I really want to go explore the ice caves. Now, there are some important distinctions to make right off the bat. First of all and according Guide to Iceland, there are two types of caves, glacier and ice caves. I literally thought it was all about ice caves. Glacier caves are fully created from ice, whereas ice caves are caves with some degree of ice in them. I don’t know about you, but I’d rather spend my money on a glacier cave!

From Unsplash, Tom Grimbert. This is the Jokulsaron Ice Cave.

From Unsplash, Tom Grimbert. This is the Jokulsaron Ice Cave.

Second of all, there are three types of colours of ice & glacier caves: blue, white, and black! And finally, never enter an ice or glacier cave by yourself, always go with a guide because these are no ordinary caves; they change with the weather!

There are many great places in Iceland to find these caves, such as: Vatnajökull  National Park (majority of tours are found here in South West Iceland), and Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. This is about a 5-hour drive from Reykjavik. Cool fact, ice caves are only given names if they have re-appeared next year in relatively the same place! Talk about living in the present moment!

All tours outfit you with a helmet and crampons (spikes) for your boots. Most tours are at a basic fitness level and don’t require crazy climbing skills, unless you are into that sort of thing. There are also a ton of photography tours that will last longer and go to more remote and less-crowded ice caves.

Skydiving in Dubai

I know you can go skydiving anywhere. But, there seems to be something epic about skydiving in Dubai. At Palm Jumeirah Island, you can go skydive tandem to an experienced instructor to have a thrill of a lifetime with super unique scenery. Now, I’m not one to do crazy activities, but I throw out this line of thinking because this one seems so exhilarating! From what I have read, your mind quietens, you can feel your heartbeat and enjoy being alive!

Hot Air Balloon Ride in Cappadocia, Turkey

I have seen soooo many people on Instagram document this experience. I don’t care, I want to see for myself! Cappadocia is a super-scenic spot with three mountains that erupted long ago and covered the valley with volcanic ash. From reading other people’s re-telling of their experience, it seems like a surreal experience to be in a hot air balloon, the view and seeing the sun rise!

Experience a Traditional Spa Culture

Experiencing spas abroad is quiet a cultural education. From what I have read, some of these spas make me a tad squeamish and have strictly enforced rules on etiquette and procedures. Taking a dip in the Blue Lagoon’s geothermal seawater seems like a harmless enough experience.

Somethings to take note of in international spas are: where nudity is part of the experience, choice of water temperature, no talking rules, no splashing rules (not making this up!), and other protocol. One thing for is that it’s not the same experience as in a North American spa.

I can’t wait to experience these activities when traveling to these countries! Expect several lengthy blog posts!

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