Not everyone enjoys the all-inclusive, “lie on the beach and swim up to the bar but be sure not to drink the water” getaway that seems to be the go-to vacation destination nowadays. Believe it or not, some of us want to swap our daily schedule of snoozing in a cubicle, slumping over a bar and sitting in front of a television for character-defining experiences, unforgettable culture and exotic sexy ladies in their natural habitat. It’s not like you won’t see hot girls at resorts—in fact, hot girls are probably 80 percent of their revenue—but you can find a list of the top places to lounge around (just like you do at home!) somewhere else, because this list is strictly for those who are ready to shake things up on their time off.
Sea Kayaking: Antarctica
If you’re itching for an icy escapade but still want to keep warm, the ultimate vacation is sea kayaking in Antarctica. With expeditions ranging from eight to 27 days, you’re able to choose from a variety of daytime activities and an array of amenities to enjoy on the ship when you’re feeling too cold to brave the glacial seas. Due to the extreme cold, ever-changing climate and rough, unforgiving waters at the notorious Drake Passage, your trip to the Antarctic can change at any minute, whether you’re in a kayak, snowshoeing on land or having a drink on the cruise ship.
If you’re ready to brave those kinds of conditions in a kayak, knowing full well that the water will send you into an immediate state of hypothermic shock, get ready for an unforgettable experience not many live to see. More info here.
Caving in the Black Abyss: New Zealand
If you have a phobia of claustrophobic spaces, being trapped in a water-filled cave or seemingly bottomless black depths, this caving experience is probably not for you. But if you’re ready to take your love of bouldering to a whole other level, you need to check out the “Original Ultimate Adventure” in Waitomo, New Zealand. The Black Abyss tour is famous in the caving community for its incredible glowworm-studded cave, its jumps and the unbelievable cave tubing ride that ends the five-hour expedition. Basically, it’s a huge underground playground for the daring. Since the Waitomo Glowworm Caves are heavily guarded by a scientific advisory group, the caves are a safe place to visit. But be warned: if you get hurt or lost along the way, your screams will be muffled by the noise of the waters below.
For this adventure, you will be accompanied by an experienced team of caving guides who only expect you to bring your moderate level of fitness, swimwear and a good attitude, so start hitting the boulder room at your local gym! More info here.