Gorgeous Natural Destinations for Adventurous Travelers

June 6, 2018

There are two types of travelers: the adventurer and the comfort-seeker. Neither type is right or wrong, they’re merely matters of preference, but some destinations are simply not cut out for the comfort-seeker. The gorgeous natural destinations featured in the slideshow below are for adventurous travelers only.

Only the most adventurous of travelers will take a chance on the beauty of Antartica.

Drive the winding roads of St. Kitts and Nevis in the West Indies.

Natural Destinations, Amanyara, Turks and Caicos

Watch the sunset at Amanyara, a hotel in Turks and Caicos that's built into its natural surroundings.

Natural Destination, Xhale Villa, St. Lucia

The lush mountains of St. Lucia are the perfect setting for relaxation and meditation.

Beaver Creek, CO Westin Riverfront Hotel

Excitement and serenity await those kayaking down the legendary Beaver Creek in Colorado.

Natural Destination, Gstaad, Switzerland

Walk the winding paths among summertime greenery and mountains in Gstaad, Switzerland.

Natural Destination, Copa Caneel,St. Croix, US Virgin Islands

Lounge in the hammock at Copa Caneel on the island of St. Croix in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Natural Destination, Telluride, Colorado

Traverse the pink-hued fields at sunset in Telluride, a gorgeous mountain town in Colorado.

Natural Destination, Mykonos, Greece

Soak up the fresh, ocean air in the beautiful coastal town of Mykonos in Greece.

Natural Destinations, Big Sur, California

Cruise along California's coastline and stop in at Big Sur, one of the state's most beautiful destinations.

Natural Destination, Big Sky, Montana

Big Sky, Montana is one of America's best kept secrets and a must-see for nature lovers.

Natural Destinations, Vancouver, British Columbia

Walk the hazy hiking trails of Vancouver, British Columbia in the springtime.

Natural Destination, Wailea, Maui, Hawaii

Wailea is one of the most beautifully treacherous places in Maui.

Natural Destinations, Zermatt, Switzerland

Explore the stunning mountain scenery in Zermatt, Switzerland.

When the two types of travelers go on vacation, they are each searching for drastically different things. The comfort-seeker prefers destinations with predictability, easy transportation, and a large variety of places to lounge on site. On the other hand, the adventurer prefers to be surprised, even challenged, every step of the way.

Adventurers love when their destinations require multiple forms of transportation to get there, i.e. a flight to a ferry ride to horseback, while comfort-seekers might request a pre-paid car to meet them at the airport the minute they land. Comfort-seekers like to know what they’re getting into before they arrive, while adventurous travelers prefer the road less traveled. Predictability is what sets these two types of travelers apart.

Caribbean Adventurous Travelers

There are plenty of island destinations in the Caribbean that are perfect for the comfort-seeker. Jamaica, The Bahamas, even Turks and Caicos are ideal for travelers seeking predictable transportation, resorts, and languages.

Some islands in the West Indies are less predictable, like St. Kitts and Nevis, a 100 square-mile area with less than 60,000 residents known for it’s expert-level hikes, winding roads, and untouched beauty. And while the crime rate is still a conversation topic, if travelers don’t walk alone at night in urban areas, there should be nothing to worry about…although carrying around a can of pepper spray couldn’t hurt.

Another destination only the most adventurous of travelers would enjoy is Antarctica. Crossing Drake’s Passage, the world’s most tumultuous body of water, is only one of the discomforts Antarctic adventurers will have to endure. Staying on board is your first task.

Of course, once sailors reach the peninsula, the seas are about as calm as they come. As Antarctica’s tourism scene grows, the ships get bigger and the amenities get richer, making this adventure less dangerous (and way less uncomfortable) than it’s ever been.

Antartica Adventurous Travelers

There are two types of travelers, meaning there are two types of destinations: those for the comfort-seeker and those for the adventurer. Thankfully, there are plenty of travelers that fall on both sides of the spectrum, so no destination will ever go untraveled or unloved. If you’re not sure which end you fall on, perhaps you might give one of the adventurous destinations above a try to figure it out.