Although lounging on a sun-drenched beach is always a sure-fire choice, injecting a little adrenaline into your summer holiday isn't too bad of an idea, either. Here's our top 10 adventure holidays.
Torres del Paine, Chile
Said to be the Eighth Wonder of the World, the region of Patagonia encompasses huge expanses of land in the south of Chile and Argentina. On the Chilean side, the coveted Torres del Paine National park is a mandatory bucket list destination for any hikers, explorers and nature lovers as the granite peaks of the Torres themselves will take your breath away.
Whether you're spotting monkeys and sloths in one of Costa Rica's numerous national parks or embarking upon a spot of zip lining 300 metres high in the lush rainforest canopy, Costa Rica is a thrill-seeker's ideal destination. There's even a bridge from which you can peer down on a sea of crocodiles below.
Less a destination and more an adventure, Iceland is a feast for the eyes. From the craggy crater of the dormant Thrihnukagigur volcano to its colourful rock formations created by magma and sulphur gases, it's no wonder that Iceland has been dubbed 'the land of fire and ice'. The Northern Lights are what everyone hopes to see, but if not, places such as Țingvellir National Park will keep you more than occupied.
Boasting 580 types of birds, 75 species of large mammals and 2500 varieties of plants, Botswana makes a fantastic safari adventure holiday destination. Chobe National Park may be the second largest in the country, but there's nothing second-rate about it. Here you can see some of the 40,000 resident elephants.
Sydney's Bondi Beach is a mecca for surfers whilst adventurers that prefer to stay on land can climb the emblematic Sydney Harbour Bridge for unrivalled panoramic views of the cityscape. The Blue Mountains beckon thrill-seekers for camping, trekking and abseiling, whilst hikers can walk to the Three Sister's rock formation which towers imposingly over the rest of the landscape.