If sweeping vistas, freezing temps, or extreme sports are more your vibe, you’ll want to check out these action-packed adventures for a vacation that’s anything but boring.
Off the coast of Tanzania, Mafia Island is home to pristine beaches, sun-soaked resorts, and a year-round whale shark population. Book a snorkeling tour October–March, the sharks’ most active months, and you’ll be jumping off a boat and swimming alongside these gentle giants.
Snowmobiles are so passe. If you really want to get around the Swedish Lapland, the best way to do it is with man’s best friend. Drive your own team of huskies across snow-laden trails, or sit back and relax during night tours as guides lead you to awe-inspiring views of the Northern Lights.
Hop on a bike and leave the bustling city of Havana behind with an 8-day cycling tour that takes you over the hills of Guaniguanico and through the El Rosario mountain range. In addition to getting a workout, you’ll be pedaling through remote parts of the island few tourists ever visit.
Get a bird’s-eye view of the Daintree rainforest and experience exhilarating speeds with a zipline tour across its canopy. You’ll swoosh past all manner of flora and fauna, including exotic birds and brilliant blue butterflies, as you take in breathtaking views of The Great Barrier Reef.
PLACE TO STAY: Meremeta Bungalow Hotel—comfortable lodging, relaxing views of the sea, and excellent cuisine can be yours at just $45/night.
DON'T MISS: World-class diving in the Mafia Island Marine Park.
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PLACE TO STAY: ICEHOTEL: a bit pricey, but worth it if you’re an overheated sleeper. We also found a room for just $132/night at Skogen Hotell Arvidsjaur.
DON'T MISS: The aforementioned Northern Lights, which can be viewed at sundown.
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PLACE TO STAY: 4 Mosqueteros: we found rates for just $32/night at this mini hotel, which is a quick jaunt away from numerous restaurants and cafes.
DON’T MISS: Still got energy? Try hiking the summit of Pico Turquino, the highest peak on the island.
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PLACE TO STAY: Daintree Rainforest Retreat—relax in comfort between adventures at an affordable price, with rates starting at $103/night.
DON'T MISS: Tour the Daintree rainforest at night to get an up-close view of nocturnal critters.
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