Starting to feel a bit fidgety while cooped up inside? Find yourself daydreaming about exotic escapades in distant regions? Maybe it’s time to plan a vacation; for when it’s safe to travel again, of course. The following is a short collection of possible outdoor adventures to put on your bucket list if your heart yearns for electrifying exploits to immerse yourself in.
Cave Dive in Mexico
Lots of people try scuba diving along the shores of tropical beaches, but how many can say that they swam through underwater caves? The cenotes around the Yucatan Peninsula were formed by the natural breakdown of limestone rock formations and have stunning blue and green waters that are illuminated by the interspersed rays of light from above. Many of the caves have jagged stalactites hanging from their ceilings, and you’ll get to see fish, aquatic plants, and other marine life as you swim in them. Certain cenotes are easier to dive in, and some are more difficult, so the level of diving certification you need to enter may vary.
Paraglide in Nepal
With a combination of serene lakes and picturesque mountains, it’s no wonder why Pokhara is a popular paragliding destination. Take to the skies and soak in the scenery from up high, either with a trained pilot in a tandem flight or by yourself in a solo flight. If you go with the option of having a pilot with you, they’ll be harnessed behind you and will direct your path so you can focus on enjoying the view. Solo flights allow you to be in control, which may be more appealing for some, but you’ll of course need to obtain a temporary permit or full license.
Hike in Iceland
The Hornstrandir Nature Reserve in the Westfjords of Iceland is unlike any other hiking location in the world. It has been purposefully kept free of human development, meaning that you’ll be venturing into a place without roads and with only a few buildings. Those homes that you do see were made many decades ago, as the area was abandoned around the WWII era. It’s so isolated now that you’ll need to ride a boat just to get to the reserve. Then, you’ll hike and camp several days in the green-topped rocky landscape, possibly seeing arctic foxes along the way. Ultimately, you’ll come to the famed Hornbjarg bird cliffs, which form an impressive ridge bordering the ocean. Since the trek is so remote, you need to make sure you have on the right hiking boots and warm clothes to stay comfortable, as well as an ample amount of supplies such as food and water. Tents are also a must for resting at night.