Outdoor Travel Activities
There are so many possibilities when planning outdoor travel activities.
The outdoors can be the travel focus, like backpacking.
Or your travel can include outdoor activities, like going surfing while in Hawaii.
Either way, it will be a blast.
Here we want to give you ideas of ways to get outside and enjoy nature in your travels.
We live on Earth, a place of incredible beauty.
Rainforest, mountains, desert, tundra, grasslands.
Hot, cold, humid, freezing.
Valleys, canyons, hills, gorges.
So many words we have to describe the vast and complex landscape that covers the surface of this planet. There is so much to see and beauty to absorb.
There are many ways to enjoy all that our world has to offer. Let’s take a look at some activities we can do on land.
Carry all necessities in a backpack, go out into the wilderness and sleep in a tent, hammock, or under the stars.
A Rainforest Adventure: Backpacking the Blue Glacier Trail
It’s like going for a walk, just away from people, out in nature.
How to Become a Hiker – Couch to Trail
Load your car with everything you need to survive for a few days, and drive to a campsite or other location.
Live out of your car, set up a tent, and live outdoors.
Beginners Guide to Car Camping from Kitchn.
Scramble around rock formations, which is called bouldering.
Or get some training and gear and rope and climb up steeper formations.
Outward Bound’s Beginners Guide to Rock Climbing.
Just you and a horse. (And maybe a saddle, if you prefer it to bareback.)
Active Weekender’s guide to getting started in horseback riding.
Spelunking: finding caves and exploring them.
Preferably with a source of light in hand.
Discover hidden spaces in the mountains and underground.
Use your legs to take you places, fast.
From a daily run to running events and races, running is a favorite form of exercise and a great way to get outside and see more of the outdoors.
Running for Beginners: a selection of training plans for running different distances.
The same as running, only your sitting down and pushing two tires, so not at all like running.
Need some encouragement to get out on your bike? Check out Nerd Fitness’ beginning guide to biking.
Riding a bicycle on trails, up mountains.
Adventure in You, Beginners Guide to Mountain Biking: Everything You Need to Know
Mountain climbing is a more intense version of hiking.
Usually involves significant elevation gain.
Mountains for Everybody has a good guide for getting started in mountain climbing.
The grown-ups version of treasure hunting.
A worldwide organization of hidden caches waiting for you.
Use a map and compass to navigate your way from one checkpoint to another.
The goal is to complete a set course.
Orienteering USA has information explaining how and what orienteering is.
It’s in the name. You sled on dunes.
Creek, stream, river, bog, bayou, seashore, bay, ocean, sea, waterfall.
Another aspect of our planet, another series of adventures we can take to explore this world of ours.
Here is a list of water-related activities.
Get in an inflatable raft and float down a river with rapids and lots of splashing.
You may even get wet!
Outdoor Beginner has a guide to white water rafting that is great for first-timers.
On the water in a kayak. Paddle.
The possibilities are nearly endless.
Outside Pursuits has a comprehensive guide to kayaking that is great for beginners.
On the water in a canoe. Paddle.
Check out Cool of the Wild’s beginners guide to Canoeing.
Stand up on a large surfboard-like board, balance, and paddle.
Outside Pursuit- how to guide to paddle boarding.
A board, you, and ocean waves.
Stretch out on your board until a wave comes along, stroke-like mad to catch the thrust of the wave, and then bring yourself into a standing position as the water pushes you ahead.
Adventure in You’s guide to beginner surfing.
Wearing an open parachute, grip onto a tether trailing from a motorboat.
The speed of the motor boat lifts the parachute, and you soar along behind the boat.
What to Expect from Your Parasailing Experience by San Diego Parasail Adventures is a good overview, no matter which outfitter you choose.
Surfing across the water on a board with a sail attached.
Using the wind as well as the waves to propel you along.
How to Windsurf 101 has a series of lessons on its website to get you started. They do suggest taking classes before starting on your own.
With a mask and a tube (snorkel), you can swim around and look under the water’s surface without having to come up for breath.
Explore coral reefs, see fish, and search for sea creatures.
Outside Pursuits has an ultimate guide to snorkeling.
Deep water with air strapped to your back.
You can go down into the water where light doesn’t quite reach.
Outside Pursuits guide to begin scuba diving.
Move around in the water without looking like you’re drowning.
Get Healthy U beginners guide to swimming.
Sport fishing is a popular activity in the Pacific Northwest.
Charter fishing, deep sea fishing, shore fishing, and bass fishing are a few options.
Be aware of Fish and Game license requirements and laws in each state. Game wardens don’t accept ignorance as an excuse; you can be slapped with a hefty fine.
Interested in bass fishing? Your Bass Guy has a thorough post on the topic – How to Catch Bass: The Last Bass Fishing Tips Guide You’ll Ever Need
Air, clouds, wind, horizon.
Defying gravity and taking the adventure to the sky.
Here are a few things to do off the ground.
Strapped into a harness, slide along a cable from one platform to another.
Boundless Adventures tips for beginner zipliners.
Jump from an airplane attached to an expert diver.
Plummet towards the Earth until a parachute is engaged, and you float down to a safe landing.
Reader’s Digest has an informative post to prepare you for your first dive.
Get in a hot air balloon basket and take a unique trip as you float into the sky.
Jump from an elevated location with a parachute-like canopy attached to a harness.
Glide along with the lift of the parachute until you touch the ground.
The US Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association is the go-to source for all things paragliding.
The Inuit people have over 40 words for snow.
If you enjoy snow activities, you probably begin to understand the reason for so many words for snow.
Wet-snow, dry-snow, powder, flurries, snow storms.
Here are some snow-related activities to get you outdoors.
Walk on top of the snow with the help of snowshoes.
Visit this snowshoeing for beginners’ guide at Section Hiker.
Cruise down slopes balanced on a pair of skis.
Beginners guide to skiing- Outside Pursuits.
Slide over a surface of the snow with skis attached to your feet.
Blog Tirol has a post with videos – Getting Started in Cross-Country Skiing – Classic and Skate Skiing Techniques
The skateboard of snow sports.
Attach yourself to a shorter, wider version of a ski and cruise your way down hills of snow.
Still Stoked’s tips for beginner snowboarders.