Bear Grylls-approved adventure travel destinations to add to your to-do list

Adventure travel is one of the most creative ways to explore the myriad of beautiful natural and cultural landscapes the world has to offer.

While the whole world is full of rewarding adventures, certain places are full of diverse opportunities to get your adrenaline pumping.

To check out some of the best places in the world for adventure seekers, I spoke with the OG of outdoor adventure, Bear Grylls.

“We live on a truly remarkable planet. And if we’re lucky enough to have the chance to travel, I think we should try to take those opportunities,” says the British adventurer and survivalist.

“I never traveled much when I was a child. But as soon as I joined the army, I started to travel. Afterwards, those doors opened even further. It’s a great privilege [that] now in my work I can see so many extreme places in the world,” adds the 48-year-old.

Here are Grylls’ top picks for an action-packed vacation:

#1 California, USA

According to Grylls, California tops the list of must-see adventure travel locations. “We recently partnered with Duracell and Make A Wish and I was able to take an incredible young man named Cameron, who had a serious life-threatening illness, on an adventure together through the deserts of California,” Grylls shares. “I will never forget that one,” he adds.

There are plenty of adrenaline-pumping adventure activities in the Golden State. From hiking along the riverbed in Fern Canyon surrounded by 50-foot-tall walls of foliage, to exploring the dense underwater kelp forests of Santa Catalina Island off Los Angeles at the campsite near the San Andreas Fault where the Mojave Desert merges with the Colorado Desert, and everything in between.

#2 Uttarakhand, India

With rocky terrains, steep gorges, dense forests and cascading rivers dotting the area, the northern Indian state of Uttarakhand is brimming with thrilling adventure opportunities from jumping to bungee, from rafting and kayaking to mountain biking, rock climbing, paragliding and the jungle. game drives.

“[It’s] a beautiful part of the world with amazing mountains and forests and beautiful people too,” says Grylls who filmed a 2019 episode of Man Vs Wild in the jungles of Jim Corbett National Park, Uttarakhand – the first and largest reserve of tigers in India.

#3 Bhutan

“[It’s] a truly unique, remote and amazing country with so much diversity. And again, beautiful people,” Grylls says.

Landlocked in the eastern Himalayas, the South Asian country offers a wide range of adventure activities for all types of thrill seekers. Whether it’s kayaking in the mighty waters of the Sunkosh and Wang Chhu rivers, paragliding in the Ura Valley, practicing archery (the country’s national sport) in one from villages near Paro, hiking to the pristine Himalayan hot springs at Bumthang or crossing the 100-year-old swinging suspension bridges at Punakha.

#4 Valais, Switzerland

Switzerland, particularly the Valais region, is home to some of the most incredible mountains, forests, rivers and, again, some really interesting, adventure-focused people, notes Grylls.

With incredible options like snowkiting on the high plateau of the Simplon Pass, jet skiing or wakeboarding in the Rhone Valley, mountain biking along the famous five lakes trail, canyoning in the steep gorges of Grimsel or Chli Schliere and the hike from Grindelwald to the Jungfraujoch to explore in the heart of the Bernese Alps, adrenaline junkies will be spoiled for choice. Avid hikers can also climb the Gornergrat which offers breathtaking views of 29 mountain peaks, including the majestic Matterhorn, as well as the Gorner Glacier, the third longest glacier in the Alps.

#5 Everest National Park, Nepal

The dramatic landscape of this region includes dramatic snow-capped peaks, craggy gorges, pristine glaciers and deep valleys, with Mount Everest as a backdrop.

“Everest National Park is breathtaking when you first go there,” says Grylls. Also, “the Nepalese people of the Khumbu region [are] some of the nicest, kindest, most adventurous people you’ll ever meet,” the survivalist adds.

Apart from trekking and mountaineering in the Everest region, adventure seekers can also take a canyoning trip in Lekhnath, try bungee jumping in Bhote Koshi Gorge, climb a frozen waterfall in the Langtang valley, take a bike tour in Mustang or go heliskiing in the Nepalese Himalayas, among others.

#6 South Island, New Zealand

“I’ve always enjoyed my visits there,” Grylls says. “Some of the best skiers, mountain bikers and paragliders in the world that I know come from there”, notes the adventurer.

From ziplining 597 feet high in Canyon Fox, mountaineering in Central Otago, skiing and snowboarding in Wanaka, tandem skydiving 9,000 feet in Abel Tasman National Park and kayaking through the surreal caves of Te Anau Glow Worm, the island offers every kind of adventure imaginable.

#7 Llŷn Peninsula, Wales

Stretching along the northwest coast of Wales, the Llŷn Peninsula is known for its stunning windswept beaches, watersports and the historic fort of Tre’r Ceiri which dates back to the age of the iron.

“[It’s] a very preserved region. And being close to the mountains of Snowdonia is wonderful,” says Grylls.

The place offers a plethora of adventure activities including surfing, boogie boarding, jet skiing, canoeing, sea kayaking, rock climbing, and camping.

#8 Brecon Beacons, Wales

Adventurers will love exploring this region of South Wales due to its harsh terrain, unforgiving mountains and harsh climate, says Grylls.

Here, outdoor enthusiasts will find plenty of opportunities for adventure, from kayaking, canoeing and gorge walking to rock climbing and quad biking and everything in between.

#9 Panama

Lush deciduous and coniferous forests, thick mangroves, vibrant coral reefs and tropical islands dominate the landscape of this Central American country, making it an ideal destination for camping, hiking, trekking, ziplining and canyoning as well as kayaking, snorkeling and rafting.

“We shoot a lot there,” says Grylls, who has filmed several shows in the area, including episodes of Running Wild with guest Bear Grylls starring Brie Larson and Zachary Quinto.

#10 Palisades Tahoe, USA

Located in the Olympic Valley, Grylls recommends this mountain resort as one of the best places for skiing. It’s the largest ski resort in the Lake Tahoe region with 3,600 skiable acres to explore and progressive terrain, making it an ideal destination for beginners and pros alike. Besides skiing, the resort also offers other adventure activities like hiking, camping, snow tubing, paddle boarding, and rafting.

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