Does waking up next to a boulder, making coffee over an open fire and nailing a 5.13 climb sound like “a pretty chill morning?”
Is your surfboard always in your car in case the last sales call of the day takes you close to the shore?
Do customs agents struggle to find an empty spot for a passport stamp?
If so, experiential adventure travel is probably up your alley.
Some people love to see the sights and follow the dotted line on the map—not that there’s anything wrong with that. That’s the beauty of incentive travel—it’s a huge intrinsic and extrinsic motivator, sure to delight everyone on your team, even if they see travel a little differently.
If your people are looking for the best in experiential adventure travel, here are eight of the hottest adventure travel ideas sure to wow even your most ambitious participant.
1. Whistler, B.C.
Whistler is synonymous with winter wonderland. It’s a skier’s paradise, with twin peaks—Whistler and Blackcomb Mountains—and plenty of incredible double-black-diamond runs to make your hair stand on end. But that doesn’t mean the summer months put the city in a slump. There’s plenty to do after the snow melts.
Zip lining is a popular summer activity, and it’s a great way to check out the local ecology and wildlife while speeding through the sky. Back on land, a whitewater rafting trip down the Green, Squamish or Cheakamus Rivers is a fast-paced thrill.
Or, if the mountain still calls (even in the summer), the Peak 2 Peak Gondola is a must-see. With a record-breaking 1.8 mile span that connects the peaks of Whistler and Blackcomb, this gondola offers breathtaking 360-degree views.
2. Vancouver, B.C.
About two hours south of Whistler is Vancouver, one of Canada’s largest cities. While there’s a lot more people than Whistler, that doesn’t mean it’s any less wild.
As it’s right on the Strait of Georgia, which borders the mainland coast of British Columbia and northern Washington, there’s a lot of fun to have on the water. A whale-watching trip is a have-to—Orca, Humpback and Gray whales are all common sights just south of Vancouver, near the San Juan Islands. While you’re out on the water, the fishing is primo. Salmon and halibut are plentiful in the area.
Struggling to get a pic of Shamu or your monster catch? Try a wildlife photography workshop to learn the finer points of photography, get out in the wild and unleash your artistic side.
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