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The most popular destinations for adventure travellers?

EgyptiExplore, named the Best Adventure Travel Website by Forbes Magazine and Travel + Leisure, has announced a list of top 10 world travel destinations as determined by purchases made by adventure and experiential travellers.   Egypt retains its number one spot, but South Africa jumps to the number 2 spot (from 19th position the year before). Argentina and Italy fell to 21st and 26th positions respectively, having previously been in the top 10. Here’s their current top 10, with the previous year’s ranking in brackets:
  1. Egypt (#1)
  2. South Africa (#19)
  3. China (#6)
  4. Antarctica (#2)
  5. Peru (#4)
  6. Galapagos (#17)
  7. Thailand (#5)
  8. Costa Rica (#11)
  9. Tanzania (#8)
  10. India (#14)

Paul Johnson

Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Telegraph.

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  1. Hi Nava

    I’m not sure where Israel came in the list as iExplore’s press release only listed the first 10. I shall try and find out for you.


  2. Paul and Nava – Due to the political climate and situation in Israel travel to that region was low in 2007 and did not make the top tracked tours.

  3. It’s nice to see Thailand on the list. I’m not sure what sort of luxury adventure travel is on offer but if you don’t mind roughing it, a trip through the jungle in Northern Thailand is a fantastic experience.

    You can choose short day trips or longer ones that last for several days. The one I went on was for several nights. You need to travel as light as you can because some of the trek is on foot. You can also go on elephant back and by raft. The guide (ours was superb!) carries and cooks all the food for you (obviously no meat, so ideal for vegetarians). You sleep on mats in huts in local villages.

    And in true Thai entrepreneurial spirit, the Thais have set up beer shacks to quench the thirst of parched trekkers. That’s my kind of jungle!

  4. I would really have expected Australia on there! That seems to be where all the adrenaline junkies I know head for, maybe it’s a different kind off adventure.

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