12 Unexpected Destinations for Overseas Adventure Travel

Vacation isn’t always best spent relaxing. For some, overseas adventure travel is the name of the game. Chasing an adrenaline rush with any number of extreme sports and experiences can make for an unforgettable adventure and an excellent travel story.

Here are 12 unexpected spots for an overseas adventure travel for the traveler looking for an unexpectedly adventurous getaway. From ice climbing in Africa to animal encounters in the Caribbean, you are guaranteed a memorable trip to these unique destinations.

Baños, Ecuador

Canyoning

In a country known for its adventure sports, there is no better spot to visit than Baños, Ecuador. Sitting below the active Tungurahua volcano, Baños sits on the border of the Andes Mountains and the Amazon Rainforest. Its rivers cascade down from the mountains, creating dozens of stunning waterfalls surrounding the city.

That is where canyoning comes in. While it may not be the most well-known adventure sport, it sure is worth a try. What could be more thrilling than repelling down a rushing waterfall? Adrenaline junkies across Latin America and beyond head to this canyoning capital for an unforgettable adventure.

The best part? Even beginners can go canyoning in Baños. It might take some time to get used to the harness and find your rhythm, the highly-skilled guides ensure a great experience, even for beginners. Get ready to see a waterfall from a whole new perspective!

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Sacred Valley, Peru

Hiking

The four-day hike from the Incan stronghold of Ollantaytambo to Machu Picchu might be one of the most famous treks on the planet. Still, far too many hikers miss out on the other incredible treks of the Sacred Valley.

Seize every challenge as an adventure traveler in one of Peru’s most scenic destinations. The

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Adventure skills help participants cope with pandemic restrictions

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Psychological skills gained while rock climbing and kayaking helped participants navigate the COVID‑19 pandemic and restrictions, new University of Otago research shows.

The study, published in the journal Psychology of Sport and Exercise, investigates the lived experiences and psychological well-being of adventure recreation participants during COVID‑19 restrictions.

Lead author Patrick Boudreau, who completed the study as part of his Ph.D. at the University of Otago’s Department of Tourism, says taking part in sports like base jumping, white-water kayaking and rock climbing may have psychologically protective qualities and enhance resilience.

A small number of people from around the world who regularly engaged in these adventure sports before the pandemic were interviewed during the first quarantine and lockdown.

Since Government regulations prevented them from taking part in their preferred sport during lockdown, they shared the negative impacts the pandemic had on them, such as increased uncertainty, fear and boredom.

However, they were able to use their adventure sports skills to maintain their psychological well-being.

“They discussed using various psychological strategies they developed during their participation in adventure recreation to reduce the ill-being effects of the pandemic,” Mr. Boudreau says.

Adventure sports encourage participants to explore and deal with uncertainty, as well as giving them the opportunity to face psychological and physical challenges.

“Practicing to manage these risks and challenges and develop skills for an activity that requires you to be autonomous and responsible may in turn translate to regulating one’s emotions in other spheres of our lives,” he says.

“For example, managing the stress of a pandemic may be easier when you have already managed the stress of jumping off a cliff with a single parachute.”

Some of the skills that helped participants during the pandemic include the

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