World’s top 10 adventure travel destinations – according to TripAdvisor ratings

Whether you like tackling extreme sports, spotting rare animals or ticking of wonders of the world, these adventurous destinations will fill you with wanderlust. 

If you’d rather tick exhilarating experiences off your bucket list than lounge about on the beach, you probably spend a lot of time looking up adventurous destinations.

But it can be tricky deciding where to go on your next advneture – especially if funds are lacking.

Thankfully, TripAdvisor have just released their ultimate list of the world’s top adventure destinations.


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Data revealed Costa Rica – known for rainforests, volcanos, beaches and surfing – is the world’s best destination for travel experiences.

The rugged, rainforested Central American country is also great for nature lovers. Made up of protected jungle, the lush, tropical country is teeming with wildlife including spider monkeys, crocodiles, ocelots, sloths and quetzal birds.

New Zealand, famed for its adventure tourism, ranked second among the best countries.

The country, located in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, offers a vast range of activities from bungee jumping, to kayak tours and tandem parasail flights.


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Third place went to Vietnam, a Southeast Asian country known for its bustling cities, delicious food and beautiful coastline.

Closer to home, Ireland and Scotland came in fourth and fifth place respectively.

While Ireland offers scenic hiking tours and whiskey tasting, Scotland’s boasts experiences like the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Tour and a four-day tour of the West Highlands and Isle of Skye.

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5. Scotland

  • Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park Tour
  • 4-Day Tour of the West Highlands and Isle of Skye from Edinburgh
  • Old Town Edinburgh 2-Hour Guided Tour

6. Australia

  • Ayers Rock (Uluru) Sunrise and Segway
  • Full-Day Maria Island Scenic Cruise Including Buffet Lunch and Guided Walk
  • Full-Day Small-Group Margaret River Wine and Food Tasting Tour


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7. Portugal

  • Secrets of Sintra and Cascais Private Tour
  • 3-Hour Madeira Scenic Island Tour by Motorcycle Sidecar
  • Lisbon Go 7 Hills Electric Bike Tour

8. Mexico

  • Private Customizable Sailing Tour in Cancun
  • Private Los 7 Cenotes with Lunch and Bike Ride from Merida
  • Puerto Vallarta Adventure Tour: Ziplining, Rappelling and Tequila Tasting


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9. United States

  • Kona Wild Dolphin and Reef Snorkeling Excursion
  • Anchorage Craft Brewery Tour and Tastings
  • Ocean Kayak Tours

10. Iceland

  • White Water Rafting Day Trip from Hafgrímsstaðir: Grade 4 Rafting on the East Glacial River
  • Whale Watching RIB Boat Tour from Husavik
  • Golden Circle Afternoon and Northern Lights Tour from Reykjavik

The list is based on the combined average destination ratings and reviews for bookable experiences on TripAdvisor.

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