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Hardcore Holidays: Destinations For REAL Adventurers

You have to be adventurous to embrace travel of any kind. It takes guts and an open mind to get out there and experience different cultures, away from the things that you are used to in life. However, there’s adventure, and then there’s real adventure, where you have to push your boundaries and test your limits to the max.\

If you crave a life less ordinary, then perhaps the hustle and bustle of Moroccan souks or the all-night parties of Thailand aren’t quite enough to push your buttons. You need a more visceral experience – so here are some destination ideas that will give you an awesomely hardcore holiday.

Biking on Route 66

OK, let’s start with an obvious, slightly cliched option. Route 66 is well known as the road to take when you travel across the breadth of America, but that doesn’t make it easy. Far from it, in fact. It’s 2,448 miles of road that takes you through mountains, deserts, forests and almost every other type of landscape the US has to offer. It’s a tough slog – particular through the desert areas, but you can plan on a few stops and take in everything from the Grand Canyon to Las Vegas.

Trekking the Amazon

The world’s largest tropical rainforest resides right next to the winding River Amazon and offers a truly tough challenge for anyone willing to take on the trek. Sleeping in the Amazon jungles is supposed to be about as visceral as it gets, and the noise from the canopies is both intensely scary and disruptive. The dangers are obvious – from the biting insects to the pirates that often prey on tourists. Make sure you go with a guide, however, and you should have an experience you will never forget.

Adventures in Alaska

On the other end of the heat, scale is Alaska. It’s a huge US state that offers all kinds of adventure, from camping in incredible, snowy landscapes to meandering over immense tundra and spotting wildlife you won’t see anywhere else. When you are learning how to travel around Alaska, one thing becomes clear pretty quickly – it’s not for the faint of heart. Again, it’s essential to bring a guide, as the vast expanses of mountains, snow, and ice can be just as disorienting as the thickest of jungles.

Crossing the Salt Flats of Salar de Uyuni

Starting in the Bolivian Andes and ending in Chile – or vice versa – these incredible salt flats have to be seen to be believed. There are 4,000 square miles of glass-like salt flats to explore, and a trek across the flats takes around 8-10 days. It’s about as remote as it gets – it’s just you, your companions, and incredible isolation that many people end up struggling with. But if you manage the dry deserts, 5,000+ metres above sea level treks, and the thousands of miles of volcanoes, you will end your journey with a serious sense of achievement.

We’d love to hear about your toughest travel challenges. Any to add to this list?

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