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Trending adventure activities everyone should try
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Trending adventure activities everyone should try

Suzie Dalton
By Suzie Dalton - 8 minute read

At Love Home Swap, we like to keep a close eye on emerg­ing trends in the trav­el sec­tor so that we’re unique­ly equipped and informed to help you plan great breaks around the world. So we were real­ly inter­est­ed to read some insight pro­vid­ed by The Adven­ture Trav­el Trade Asso­ci­a­tion on the hot trend­ing adven­ture activ­i­ties for 2023… and you might be sur­prised by some of the results!

Drum­roll please, because these are the top trend­ing adven­ture activ­i­ties for 2023

  • Snow­shoe­ing
  • Cycling (elec­tric bikes)
  • Hiking/​Trekking/​Walk­ing
  • Safaris/​Wildlife viewing 
  • Culinary/​Gastronomy
  • Well­ness focused-activities 
  • Cul­tur­al
  • Cycling (moun­tain/non-paved surface) 
  • Pho­tog­ra­phy (wildlife/​nature)
  • Cycling (road/​paved surface)

We know adven­tur­ous hol­i­days aren’t for every­one, so we were real­ly thrilled to see that cul­tur­al, culi­nary, pho­tog­ra­phy and well­ness-focussed activ­i­ties all made the list too. Now let’s explore some ideas on where you could enjoy each of these delights. And because we want you to be at the cut­ting-edge of knowl­edge, we’ve even focused them around the des­ti­na­tions that are appar­ent­ly going to be top of every traveller’s buck­et list. We’re here to help!

Try your hand at snowshoeing

Person snowshoeing on snowfield with pine trees

Snow­shoe­ing is the per­fect alter­na­tive to ski­ing and snowboarding.

If you love the snow but the thought of ski­ing and snow­board­ing leaves you cold (or if you just fan­cy a change from high-speed adren­a­lin-fueled sports), then snow­shoe­ing could be the answer to your dreams. If you’re not sure what snow­shoe­ing is, it’s basi­cal­ly hik­ing with the help of a spe­cial shoe that you strap over your hik­ing boots. This will stop you sink­ing into the snow, enabling you to mas­ter all sorts of trails.

It won’t come as a huge sur­prise that the Scan­di­na­vian coun­tries are per­fect­ly equipped for this great sport – which is real­ly handy, as Scan­di­navia is being tout­ed as one of the hottest des­ti­na­tions for adven­ture-lov­ing trav­ellers. In Nor­way, it’s real­ly tak­en off as a top nation­al pas­time, while Den­mark and Swe­den are also home to some idyl­lic trails that are per­fect­ly suit­ed for a snowy escapade. This arti­cle on the best snow­shoe­ing trails in Swe­den is a great start­ing point. 

Blow out the cobwebs with a spot of e-biking, mountain biking or hiking

mountain biking

Switzer­land offers fan­tas­tic hik­ing and bik­ing trails.

E‑biking (which is some­times referred to as E‑Mountain or E‑MTB), tra­di­tion­al moun­tain bik­ing and hik­ing all made the list of the top adven­ture activ­i­ties, so we thought it made sense to cov­er them togeth­er. After all, moun­tain bik­ing and hik­ing have long been the domain of the ultra-fit, but E‑bikes mean that the less ener­getic don’t need to miss out on the delights of whizzing up and down a steep path. Bet­ter yet, elec­tric bikes are an envi­ron­men­tal­ly-friend­ly way to explore a des­ti­na­tion, and with no license required to dri­ve one, you can sim­ply hop on and go! 

With all this in mind, we took a look at the top areas for an active hol­i­day that has plen­ty of delight­ful­ly mud­dy paths, and quick­ly came to the con­clu­sion that West­ern Europe offers unlim­it­ed options! The UK is one such exam­ple, as from the Bre­con Bea­cons in Wales through to The Lake Dis­trict in Eng­land, this arti­cle sug­gests some great options. The rest of West­ern Europe is also home to excep­tion­al­ly rugged ter­rain. This arti­cle on Europe’s best des­ti­na­tions for an E‑MTB hol­i­day sug­gests the Tirol region in Aus­tria, Arosa in Switzer­land, Bischof­s­mais in Ger­many and plen­ty more – whether you’re hik­ing or on two wheels (motorised or tra­di­tion­al), you’ll be spoilt for choice. 

Enjoy mother nature at her finest with a safari or wildlife-viewing experience

Turtle swimming in turquoise water

Swim with tur­tles in the Caribbean.

The Caribbean is an excep­tion­al des­ti­na­tion for wildlife spot­ting. Many peo­ple under­stand­ably imag­ine a safari as includ­ing ele­phant and hip­po-spot­ting, but the Caribbean islands hold their own allure, as you can expect to see any­thing from trop­i­cal birds (such as flamin­gos and hum­ming­birds) through to tur­tles, mon­keys and sloths. For exam­ple, did you know that there are more than 160 dif­fer­ent species of bird in Grena­da alone, while 20 species of whale can be found in the waters sur­round­ing Domini­ca? Whether you’re hik­ing through the rain­for­est in Puer­to Rico or scu­ba div­ing in Tobago’s trop­i­cal waters, there are loads of excep­tion­al wildlife encoun­ters to be enjoyed. 

For those who aren’t phys­i­cal­ly able to take part in some of the more adven­tur­ous activ­i­ties required to see these ani­mals in their nat­ur­al habi­tats, Atlantis Sub­marines in Bar­ba­dos offer a great way to enjoy some wildlife action with­out any effort on your part. This under­sea voy­age will take you to depths of 150 feet, where you’ll wit­ness colour­ful fish dart­ing in and out of the ship­wreck lying on the sea floor, all off­set by colour­ful corals. 

Find some ‘me time’ with a wellness, photography or gastronomic break

Woman looking out at nature

Treat your­self to a gen­tler pace of life with a well­ness break.

Once again the Unit­ed States has made it into the list of the most pop­u­lar des­ti­na­tions to vis­it – and quite right­ly so, as it’s an immense coun­try with a wealth of things to see, do and explore. So when we noticed that the top adven­tures activ­i­ties for the com­ing months includ­ed well­ness, pho­tog­ra­phy and gas­tro­nom­ic expe­ri­ences, we knew this was a mar­riage made in heav­en, as all of these activ­i­ties can be enjoyed in the same break. 

Depend­ing on how indul­gent you want to be will impact on the type of break you’re plan­ning. If you’re will­ing to throw some cash at an amaz­ing day spa where you can have some seri­ous­ly indul­gent spa treats and an excep­tion­al­ly healthy meal – or even attend a chef-led cook­ery class – all against the back­drop of an Ins­ta-wor­thy lake set­ting, then you can’t go wrong with the lux­u­ri­ous Lake Austin Spa Resort. Alter­na­tive­ly, head to Shou Sugi Ban House in the Hamp­tons for a food-led well­ness expe­ri­ence that’s enhanced by the most indul­gent spa treat­ments. Bring your cam­era, because this is a foody-well­ness hybrid that you’ll def­i­nite­ly want to document! 

For lots more ideas on well­ness-focused breaks that will also allow you to eat exquis­ite meals and take some incred­i­ble pho­tos, take a look at TimeOut’s arti­cle on the best spas and spa resorts in the US.

If the thought of a well­ness hol­i­day leaves you cold but you love pho­tog­ra­phy, then this blog on the most pho­tographed places in the US should pro­vide you with food for thought. And let’s not for­get that the scope for a culi­nary trip in the US is excep­tion­al – head to Louisiana for cajun and cre­ole dish­es, Kansas City and Texas for a BBQ feast, New York for a bagel extrav­a­gan­za… the list lit­er­al­ly nev­er ends! 

Cultural breaks and cycling on paved surfaces are two of the top activities

Woman cycling

Hire a bike and cycle round a glo­ri­ous city.

Cul­tur­al breaks’ made it onto the list of the top trend­ing adven­ture activ­i­ties for next year – which was some­thing of a sur­prise, as it’s not exact­ly the most stren­u­ous of activ­i­ties! Either way, we’re delight­ed to see cul­ture being tout­ed as one of the top hol­i­day types. Cycling also made yet anoth­er appear­ance in the list of the top activ­i­ties for next year – but this time it’s on roads and paved sur­faces, rather than slog­ging up a moun­tain path. It’s a bril­liant activ­i­ty for every­one of all fit­ness lev­els, as you can be as ener­getic or as sedate as you like. And bet­ter yet, cul­ture and cycling are two activ­i­ties that go hand-in-hand – par­tic­u­lar­ly in the Mediter­ranean where there’s so much to see and do. 

Italy is undoubt­ed­ly one of the best places to com­bine both cul­ture and cycling. Head to Rome for an unfor­get­table city break, while Mar­seille in France and Barcelona and Valen­cia in Spain also offer amaz­ing cycle-based cul­tur­al options. If you’d pre­fer to see the coun­try­side, then sad­dle up and head to Tus­cany in Italy or ped­al your way around the Greek islands. Or for a tru­ly spe­cial vaca­tion that will com­bine both a city-break and coun­try­side, con­sid­er Croa­t­ia. Sim­ply base your­self in Dubrovnik or Split for ancient ruins, island hop­ping and stun­ning nation­al parks.