2020 was a year marked by a lack of travel. Millions of avid vacationers and adventure junkies sat on the sidelines as they waited out weeks and then months of quarantine.
A year later, and with a pandemic-free future starting to come into focus, many are beginning to play their next trip. For some, this will continue to consist of long days spent relaxing on beaches or otherwise doing as little as possible.
For others, though, a year spent in isolation has left an itch for some action. If you find that you’re amongst the ranks of those needing to put some pep in your plans, here are some suggestions to help you do so.
Steer into Water Sports
Everyone is familiar with classic water-based activities like water skiing and surfing. However, you may find that these more intense aquatic undertakings are a bit too much to learn during a short vacation.
When that’s the case, you don’t have to stay landlocked. If you find that you lack the skills for a more advanced water sport, you can still get out on the waves with a stand-up paddleboard. Paddleboarding is a trending vacation activity that is both fun and easily accessible. From classic solid boards to advanced, travel-friendly inflatable options, a suitable paddle board gives you a relaxing water experience without the need to learn an intense athletic skill.
Try Bungee Jumping
One of the best parts of a vacation destination is taking in the local scenery. This can be done through activities like a relaxing stroll, a mesmerizing hike, or a jaw-dropping boat tour. It can also be experienced using gravity to hurtle yourself at the local geography while attached to a bouncy lifeline.
Bungee jumping is a great way to enhance your vacation experience. Along with adding a thrilling aspect to your vacation activities, it often takes place in areas with the best views, too.
You can dive straight into the canyon under the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge in Colorado. You can also jump into the Auckland skyline from the top of the Sky Tower. It doesn’t matter where you vacation; there is always a bungee jumping option somewhere nearby.
Leap into Skydiving
If you like the idea of falling into your vacation plans, you can also take things to the next level by skydiving. There’s nothing quite like seeing a vacation spot from 15,000 feet up in the air. It brings a whole new level of appreciation to the local geography — and creates some fantastic memories in the process, too.
Keep in mind; if you choose to skydive, the process can be pretty intensive. You won’t be able to jump alone unless you take the time to get certified beforehand. Also, the process of skydiving can take several hours. So make sure to go on a day with plenty of wiggle room in your vacation plans.
Sleep in a Crazy Location
Another way to take your vacation to the next level is by finding a unique form of lodging. This may not revolve around a specific activity. Nevertheless, finding one-of-a-kind lodging is a great way to turn your vacation into a special event.
Apps like Airbnb have made it easy to spice up your vacation plans this way. They offer an endless variety of exotic lodging options that are anything but run-of-the-mill. It can also be a good idea to conduct a Google search to see what other options can be found in the area where you’ll be travelling. You might find that a local lighthouse or castle can be booked for the weekend.
Steering into an uncommon lodging option can provide the perfect home base for an adventure-prone vacation. It gives you a fun place to return to at the end of each action-packed day and can keep the fun times rolling around the clock.
Look for Local Food
When you’re away from home, it’s tempting to gravitate to the foods you’re familiar with—chains like McDonald’s and Wendy’s offer a stable (albeit unhealthy) food option.
If you’re looking for ways to imbue your vacation with fun, though, do your best to avoid these predictable dining choices. Instead, take some time to research local culinary hotspots in your destination. As you do so, look for the “go-to” food adventures you should try before leaving.
If you’re looking for even more unique activities, you can take the food experience even further. Once you’re on-site, ask local people for their recommendations for the best food. This can open up all sorts of exciting new options. You might find a hole-in-the-wall restaurant serving local cuisine in a setting that a franchise could never reproduce. You can also identify food options that may not make it into the tourist spotlight but are absolutely part of the local culture.
Go All-In on an Island
After a year of no vacations — and several stimulus checks, to boot — you may find yourself with a larger vacation budget than usual. If that’s the case, consider making this the vacation of all vacations by rending your island.
There are tons of island rental options from Norway to the Philippines, Panama, and even landlocked areas like Croatia. The best part is that many of these don’t even require a rich pedigree.
It would help if you stayed somewhere on your vacation, and the option of finding a unique hotel or Airbnb was already brought up. However, if you want to leave a lasting impression, consider upping your game by living on your island for a few days this year.
There are tons of ways to spice up a vacation. Revolutionize your lodging by renting a lighthouse, a castle, or even an island. Boost your waterside adventures by busting out a paddleboard or kayak. See the sites from a new angle by bungee jumping over a city or even skydiving over a country. Challenge your palate in new and exciting ways by trying the most out-of-the-way local food options you can find.
It doesn’t matter where you are or who you’re with. There are always plenty of ways to make your travels as memorable as possible. All you need to do is invest a little creativity, research, and logistical effort, and you can take your next vacation from predictably great to incalculably exciting.