Travel is always an adventure and there are endless opportunities for traversing the globe and pushing your limits. Adventure comes in all shapes and sizes and you can choose to express your passions by exploring a new culture, discovering different cuisine, by going on unique wild animal excursions or by participating in thrill-seeking athletic challenges. November is an excellent time of year to throw caution to the wind and start planning your next holiday with HotelQuickly. Here are our top picks for places to go this winter if you are seeking out an activity focused getaway.
Swimming With Whale Sharks In Australia
Whale sharks are the biggest fish on the planet and swimming with these gentle giants is a thrill of a lifetime. One of the best places to get up close and personal with these creatures is Australia. If you can imagine yourself effortlessly gliding alongside a 10-meter-long whale shark, then head to Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. It’s a World Heritage site that is home to the longest fringing reef with 200 species of hard coral, 50 species of soft coral and a dazzling array of marine life including dolphins, turtles, and manta rays.
Monkeying Around In Japan
If you are looking for a nature-focused adventure in Japan, then make your way to Nagano, where you can witness the famous Japanese Macaque or “snow monkeys” chilling out in the hot “onsen” springs. These primates are famous for their red faces, white fur and the fact that they are the only primates that are known to survive winter temperatures that dip below 15C / 59F. Jigokudani Yaenkoen Park, which opened in 1964, is the best place to go if you want to see these animals in their natural habitat and have an experience that is like a surreal scene out of a National Geographic documentary.
Swiss Alps Ski Fantasy
For some people, skiing in the Swiss Alps is the ultimate fantasy. If this is something you want to cross off your list go to Hintertux in Austria. Here you will find one of the best glaciers in the Alps and it is open 365 days a year. The Hintertux Glacier ski resort offers something for both skiers and snowboarders at varying difficulty levels. It is also one of your best bets for being able to hit the slopes in the autumn months if you want to beat the crowds that congregate in January and February.
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Food Crawl In Montreal
When most people think of Canada, its food scene is not usually what comes to mind. Yet hardcore “foodies” know that Montreal has one of the most well-respected regional food scenes in North America. This French-Canadian city boasts European architecture, quaint cobblestone streets, rustic natural beauty and charm and a dynamic and exciting culinary culture all of its own. November is a month blessed with cool, but not yet cold temperatures and is home to a plethora of fall festivals and food-focused activities. You can gorge yourself on everything from poutine, “fèves au lard” (aka baked beans), maple syrup pie, smoked fish and meats, insanely good bagels, and a one of a kind Chinese pie. Montreal is a tasty and delicious city to explore.
Ziplining In Lake Tahoe
If its awe-inspiring vantage points get your heart pounding, then you will want to check out the spectacular views of Lake Tahoe while flying down the zipline at Heavenly Mountain Resorts Blue Streak. Be prepared for a fast, steep descent due to the 525-foot vertical drop that allows you to hit breakneck speeds of more than 50 miles per hour on the way down. They have two separate lines, so you can even go side-by-side with a friend. This is one of the best ways to take in the landscape, and it is one of the longest zip lines in the USA.
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Abu Dhabi Palaces & Ferrari’s
There are 2 “must do” things in Abu Dhabi, and they can be easily accessed in the same day if needed. First, visit Emirates Palace, which is the world’s first 7-star hotel. This palatial beachfront hotel has immaculate gardens, 14 restaurants and bars, a private beach and marina with stunning views of the Arabian Sea. You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the restaurants and spa, and it’s well worth it to do brunch, a light lunch or a romantic dinner at the property so that you can explore the grounds and soak in its opulent atmosphere. Alteratively, adrenaline junkies will want to make their way to Ferrari World and experience the world’s fastest roller coaster, the Formula Rossa, which goes 150 miles per hour. This quick as lighting, heart-stopping thrill ride literally takes your breath away and leaves you weak in the knees, in all the best ways.
Slow Ride In Chiang Mai
If your idea of adventure is taking it slow and pampering yourself, this is the option for you. Known for its misty mountains, dense jungles, and serene Buddhist temples, Chiang Mai in northern Thailand is where you want to go to unwind and relax. One of the best ways to get a spectacular bird’s eye view of the gorgeous temples and landscape is with a Hot Air Balloon & Spa Package with HotelQuickly’s sister company eOasia. Enjoy a sunrise take off and spend the morning gently floating through the clouds. The tour includes an international buffet breakfast once you get back on land and then you’ll be whisked off to Chiang Mai’s award-winning Fah Lanna Spa for your massage.
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Trekking In Nepal
If you’ve always dreamt of standing on the shoulders of giants and hiking the snow-capped mountains in the Himalayas, then November is the perfect time to finally tick that Nepal trek off your list. Both the Annapurna and Everest regions are warm and sunny, while the evenings are crisp and cold. Expect to see rice fields buzzing with activity, lush vegetation, clean air and excellent views of the snow-capped mountain ranges. The teahouses and trails tend to be less crowded this time of year as the approaching winter freeze drives tourist numbers down.
Melissa is a passionate foodie, travel writer, and editor working in media internationally and in the USA. She has lived in Bangkok since 2004 and has a background in the travel industry. Melissa’s writing has been published globally in many prestigious online and print magazines for over a decade. Her motto for life is “You cannot live or love well if you have not wined and dined well!”