215.065 kilometers and $170.863: our ultimate adventure bucket list

11 July 2018

The ultimate adventure bucket list is a bit of a mouth full. Too much travel and adventure? No such thing. Here, at Thrillism, we are all about inspiring you to pursue an adventure; something you may have dreamed of trying or by packing up and heading out to do something you already know and love. From hiking, freeriding and kayaking to kitesurfing or surfing.

The world has many corners that are largely unexplored by the mainstream tourists, matched with destinations that are well known. Whether it’s surfing in Hawaii, away from the tourists, or discovering a new mountain to shred in Canada, it is all out there.

Grab a coffee or a beer and sit down on a comfy sofa, preferably next to a window so you can longingly look  outside. Read from start to finish (mad respect) or select your continent. Either way, sit back and enjoy.

Side bar, our start point is London Heathrow, from there this epic journey begins.

The stats

Also, before we dive in, let''s check what it takes to complete a journey like this.

You are going to spend over $170,000 USD during the whole journey, visit 101 destinations, travel 5.3 times around the globe and spend on average close to 4 dollars on beer.

Yeah, it's going to cost you a bit, but we know that it will be money well spent and, you know what, we can all dream and start picking some of the destinations.

Never mind the data, let's get to it!

 Travelled: 314km

 Dollar spent: $110

Burgh Island, UK

We kick off in the UK, starting our ultimate Bucket List in a relaxed environment with a slow pace. Burgh Island is a truly unique place. It has inspired various kinds of artists over the years. Ben Howard's studio album really captured the essence of the island. What's even more amazing is the tide, exposing the island and the walking path during only selected times of the day, making an adventure to the island even more special. The above image perfectly encapsulates the vibe on this little island. Full chill! Photo by @lewisnewbould.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The area of Bigbury and Burgh Island is part of the South West Coast Path - and you can spend hours wandering along the stunning coastline just looking out to the sea. 

What's your top general recommendation?

If you aren't lucky enough to be staying at the Burgh Island Hotel, you can still visit the island. Take a walk around the island and discover the unique wildlife that lives on its shores, explore the remains of the chapel or stop for lunch or dinner at either the Hotel or the Pilchard Inn. 

Anything else to add?

The Pilchard Inn on the island was a 14th century hideout for smugglers and pirates - and is said to be haunted. Spooky! 

South Devon Tourist Board

The tourism board of South Devon is the place to go for info on the local area, plus top recommendations.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.70

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $100

 Travelled: 1228km

 Dollar spent: $320

Giants Causeway

Ireland is one of those islands that has done well to keep its secrets. Aside from what many around the world relate Ireland with - Guinness and upbeat and cheerful folks with funny accents - Ireland is home to natural sights of huge significance. Giants Causeway is one of many spectacular things to see. Beaten by the harsh winds of the North Atlantic and carved by the ever-changing weather of N.Ireland, there is no wonder so many artists have been inspired by this rugged landscape.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The Grand Causeway is the largest of three rock outcrops which make up the Giant's Causeway. These collections of curious columns contributed to the Causeway being designated Northern Ireland's only World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1986.

What's your top general recommendation?

An essential stop on any visit to the Causeway is at the Wishing Chair, a natural throne formed from a perfectly arranged set of columns. It has been sat on so often, the basalt stones are shiny, smooth and very comfortable! Did you know... some years ago only ladies were permitted to sit in the Wishing Chair?

Anything else to add?

The visitors center was officially opened in July 2012. The Giant's Causeway Visitor Center was the result of an international architecture competition. Dublin-based architects firm Heneghan peng won the £18.5 million commission to design the building. 

National Trust

The national trust has been working to preserve and promote places of interest and national heritage around the UK. Head to their website to learn more.

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $17

 Daily spend: $85

 Travelled: 1540km

 Dollar spent: $450

Lake Windermere

The vivid and captivating colours of Lake Windermere stimulate the senses. With plenty of photo ops for an avid Instagrammer or the perfect place to discover the quintessentially charming British culture. Come grey skies (which offer an eerily romantic backdrop to the lake) or the warm sunshine on early summer, the Lake attracts hikers from all over the UK and beyond.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Windermere and the surrounding area is arguably the most famous and popular area in the whole of the Lake District. There are a range of activities, attractions, places of interest and things to do around the lake, and on it!

What's your top general recommendation?

If you find yourself thirsty or hungry along the way, find many pubs and quaint little cafes that offer a welcome break to a tired and weary walker. 

Anything else to add?

Windermere in the Lake District - ten and a half miles long and 219 feet deep - is England's largest lake. Its name comes from the Scandinavian for 'lake of a man called Vinandr'.

Lake Windermere Tourism Board

The Lake District National Park Authority looks after this unique corner of England, encouraging people to enjoy and understand its beauty and helping those who live and work here. Head to their website to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $100

 Travelled: 2150km

 Dollar spent: $670

Isle Of Skye

Against the raw and rugged Skye landscape, the hiking possibilities are peculiar, intriguing and exciting. With the beaches and lakes looking like the opening strip of a Scandi Noir film, the Isle Of Skye is less like its southern British counterparts with rolling hills and soft greens, raising the bar with strong and dark colours and challenging ground. Incredibly mesmerising image of Skye by Sven.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The Isle of Skye is a great destination for Wildlife watching with the White Tailed Sea Eagle at the top of bird watchers' lists. Otters, seals, whales, dolphins and red deer are just some of the other impressive creatures that can be seen on and around the Isle of Skye.

What's your top general recommendation?

Skye is a world-class destination for walkers and climbers. ‘The Cuillin Range’ and ‘The Trotternish Ridge’ offer challenging climbs and interesting scrambles. 

Anything else to add?

The island has a rich history covering many topics, such as: Dinosaur Fossils, Clan Warfare, Highland Clearances and the infamous ‘Bonnie Prince Charlie’ and the Jacobite Rebellion.

 

Isle Of Skye Tourism 

The ultimate guide to the Isle of Skye in the Highlands of Scotland. Head to their website here to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5.50

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $100

 Travelled: 4682km

 Dollar spent: $993

Sólheimajökull Glacier, Iceland

Sólheimajökull is part of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier. A unique destination, it is one of few places in Iceland where you can easily walk near to 2 active volcanoes, Katla and Eijafjallajökkull. Full of hiking and mountaineering possibilities, it's unmissable! Image captured by the lovely travel blog thewanderingdarlings. Follow her on Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Enjoy a Glacier Walk on Sólheimajökull Glacier. You will find blue ice, crevasses and amazing ice formations that will leave you in awe.

What's your top general recommendation?

Take a Glacier Walk tour to learn how to walk on ice and feel like a true local. It does not require any special skills and, therefore, the tour can be enjoyed by people of all levels in good health.

Anything else to add?

If the climate continues to warm, there is a possibility that the glaciers will have virtually disappeared in 100 to 200 years.

Extreme ICEland Tours

Extreme Excursions and Travel Packages to explore Iceland. Head to their website to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $10

 Average meal: $22

 Daily spend: $130

 Travelled: 6397km

 Dollar spent: $1293

Narvik, Norway

With islands to the west and mountains in every other direction, Narvik offers sporting and sightseeing activities in scenic surroundings. Go fishing in the Ofotfjord, enjoy skiing or hiking in the mountains, or visit the Narvik War Museum. You can even ride the cable car that offers breath-taking views over Narvik City.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The city of Narvik is surrounded by majestic mountains and is perfect for both mountaineering and skiingNarvik’s ski resort Narvik fjellet offers some of the best extreme and alpine skiing in Norway.

What's your top general recommendation?

Come to visit us the in Summer. The dense and steep mountains of Skjomen, 50 kilometres south of the city, give hot temperatures in the summer. 

Anything else to add?

The skies in Narvik are especially clear and great for observing the northern lights in the late autumn, winter and early spring. From the end of May to the end of July you can experience the midnight sun.

Visit Norway

Visit the Official Tourism Board of Norway to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $10

 Average meal: $20

 Daily spend: $130

 Travelled: 8044km

 Dollar spent: $1593

Gotland, Sweden

Gotland is the largest island of Sweden in the Baltic sea. Visby, the capital city, is a former Viking site and the main centre of the Hanseatic League in the Baltic from the 12th to the 14th century. As the best preserved North European walled town and example of a fortified commercial centre, it is considered world heritage by UNESCO. A short walk inside the walls, on the cobblestoned paths among the beautiful buildings, will suffice to understand why. And the fun doesn't stop there, as you can enjoy all kinds of activities against Gotland's beautiful scenery, like at this beautiful beach captured by Jonatan Lundmark.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

When the wind is present Gotland is one of the best kite destinations out there, whether it’s flat water or waves you’re chasing, Tjurudden and Nisseviken are two of my favourites.

What's your top general recommendation?

For those not into kitesurfing there’s heaps of other stuff to explore, both the old town and all along the coast, rent a car and drive without a plan.

Anything else to add?

A dinner at “Surfers” and a drink to the sunset at “Krönet” is a must! Even though I’ve lived here for 5 years now, I still discover new places!

jonatan lundmark

Kitesurfer with a habit of breaking stuff or himself. Co-founder at @boots.and.beer. Check out this Instagram here

Key data

 Average beer price: $7.50

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $260 (Including Kite Surfing)

 Travelled: 8536km

 Dollar spent: $1683

Lundåkra, Sweden

This is the second of two spots on Skåne's west coast, offering excellent flat-water conditions. On a good day Lundåkra attracts 60+ kiters. The area attracts kite surfers from Sweden and further afield, all flocking to experience the flat water conditions paired with the Swedish lifestyle. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Must do when visiting Lundåkra is to get on the water as quick as possible and enjoy kiting on the amazing flatwater the spot offers! One of the best flatwater spots in Sweden! My recommendation for this spot is to visit when there is wind coming from W, SW, S, SE & E. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Kitesurfing is a growing extreme sport which suits all human beings no matter gender or age, it's all about technique! Try it and you are hooked for life! 

Anything else to add?

Grab your friends and head outside, there is no better way to experience the area.

niklas tilldal

Team rider at KITEKALLE, local lad and all round lover of kitesurfing and travel. Check out his Instagram here

Key data

 Average beer price: $7.50

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $90 

 Travelled: 10846km

 Dollar spent: $1834

Åre, Sweden

Åre is one of the leading Scandinavian ski resorts, but there are opportunities for other adrenaline boosting activities as well, like biking, hiking, trail running, canoeing and kayaking, making it a good destination both in wintertime and summertime! Awesome image by local legend Reine Barkered featuring his wonderfully talented partner in crime Jackie Paaso. Get more from this local expert on his adventures in his home town all the way to the Freeride World Tour and beyond on his Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Barren mountain, ancient mountain birches and meandering forest paths. Biking top to bottom on Mt Åreskutan brings it all in one ride. This, combined with a height difference of 853 meters, lead to putting Åre Bike Park on the map as one of Europe’s favorite spots for downhill bikers.

What's your top general recommendation?

A short hike from the top of the cable car to the very top of the mountain, a sweaty tour around the small hill Totthummeln or a mindful walk along the Channel trail (Kanalleden)? Whichever hiking adventure you choose, Åre is always here to welcome you. 

Anything else to add?

Discover our village beyond the obvious. Get to know the historic buildings and events that took Åre from a farmer’s village to an international renowned ski resort. Add today’s history in its making with local artisan food, arts and crafts and natural phenomena that take your breath away. Go explore!

Åre Sweden

The Official tourism board for Åre Sweden. The go-to place for insider knowledge. Head to their website.

Key data

 Average beer price: $7.50

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $85 

 Travelled: 11890km

 Dollar spent: $2034

Riksgränsen, Sweden

200 km north of the Arctic circle is where Riksgränsen lies. Imagine a skiing season from February to June! You can experience the midnight sun here and you might even come upon some winter testing of pre-production cars by various European manufacturers, that frequently occurs here. Killer image lent to us by the awesome twosome Abbe & Theo of FAT & FURIOUS snowboarding.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Skiing! 1952 saw the first ski lift installed and the rest is history. Nowadays, Riksgränsen has become a world-class metropolis for skiing and outdoor recreation.

What's your top general recommendation?

A lot of the skiing takes place off-piste, but definitely not all. There are plenty of great pistes that are cropped and winding. Whilst experienced skiers will find plenty of challenges, like “Uffes vägg”, “Rimfors” and, of course, Nordalsfjäll, where the Scandinavian Big Mountain Championships are held every year, in May.

Anything else to add?

Riksgränsen is an extraordinary place; with a long and special history. The vast amounts of snow that once emptied the place are nowadays the attraction that draws hundreds of thousands of visitors.

Riksgränsen

Skiing in Swedish Lapland. On a good day, no other ski resort in Sweden can match the skiing in Riksgränsen. Follow them on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $7.50

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $85

 Travelled: 14095km

 Dollar spent: $2334

Åkrogen beach, Denmark

Åkrogen beach is a public beach and park in the northern parts of Aarhus. Trees and rows of bushes in the park are designed to provide windbreaks and privacy to beachgoers and sunbathers. Areas of grass extend to the beach itself, providing enough room to fly kites or play team sports. With Denmark's mild sun and good wind days, it is an ideal destination for kitesurfing lovers. Captivating image by Erik, follow him on Instagram

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Åkrogen Beach offers many excellent outdoor activities, bathing, beach games, ballgames, hand gliding, and walks (by the path crossing the bridge at Egå to Egå Marina, and along the beach towards the town to Bellevue).

What's your top general recommendation?

The art museum, ARoS, delivers groundbreaking works from some of the world’s most progressive artists. Den Gamle By – The Old Town Museum is a unique international attraction and Moesgaard Museum will give visitors a world class museum experience.

Anything else to add?

A vibrant mix of youthful energy and a blast from the past makes Aarhus a city with an energetic beat. In Aarhus, when we say walking distance, we really do mean walking distance. 

visit aarhus

We are VisitAarhus - the official tourism, convention and event organization - ready to answer your questions!  Visit Aarhus on Instagram

Key data

 Average beer price: $7

 Average meal: $18

 Daily spend: $120

 Travelled: 14724km

 Dollar spent: $2492

Berlin, Germany

Full of history and culture, the hipster and urban hub of Europe, Berlin, is a pretty cool place. With so much to see and do, it's a must visit! From food to the Berlin wall, and from clubbing to the Brandenburg gate, you will not be disappointed. Epic image captured by Berlin traveler Stefi, follow her travels on Instagram. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Every Berlin tour is sure to take in the TV Tower with its stunning views, the famous Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag parliament building.

What's your top general recommendation?

Berlin has it all – sights, attractions and UNESCO World Heritage Sites. To recharge your batteries, it also has places of worship for all the world’s main religions, palaces, parks and gardens. For a quiet moment of reflection visit the spreading green cemeteries.

Anything else to add?

Berlin’s vantage points offer stunning views of the city – for instance, from the TV Tower, the Panoramapunkt on the 24th and 25th floors of the Kohlhoff Tower at Potsdamer Platz or, for a taste of Berlin’s countryside, the Müggelberg hills.

VisitBerlin.de

The Visit Berlin official tourism website! The official experts. Head to there website to plan your trip.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.50

 Average meal: $10

 Daily spend: $40

 Travelled: 15966km

 Dollar spent: $2712

Belgrade, Serbia

Belgrade is an undercover cool city. Forget about other Balcan popular destinations. Belgrade is home to a vibrant music scene and a thriving coffee and beer culture. Belgrade also has many parks to offer that provide a sanctuary of the great outdoors, making hiking and even hunting and fishing popular activities. Biking is another very nice thing to do in Belgrade, especially down the Sava river and on Ada Island, where there are great bicycle paths.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

If you visit some of the many historical museums in Belgrade, you will get a pretty good picture of everything that has happened here throughout the ages. Then you might be able to understand better the way of life of the local population, their customs and mentality.

What's your top general recommendation?

Belgrade is most famous for its vibrant nightlife and the vast variety of options it offers for having fun, especially for young people. Here you can find your own place of joy no matter what kind of music you prefer, how much money you have or what kind of food you like to eat. There is something for everybody: from modern restaurants, “splavs” (floating river clubs), alternative music clubs and theatres to famous “kafanas” (traditional Serbian taverns) of Skadarlija.

Anything else to add?

One of the oldest cities in Europe and the only one built on the confluence of two riversBelgrade is the city that never sleeps and the symbol of great nightlife

Serbia.com

The go-to place for all the info on Serbia and its beautiful capital! Head to their website here.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.50

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $45

 Travelled: 16453km

 Dollar spent: $2756

Shkodër, Albania

Albania might not be at the top of your destinations list, but maybe it's time for it to make its way there! Ancient mountain codes of behaviour, forgotten archaeological sites and villages where time seems to have stood still are all on the menu. Visit Albania for truly authentic experiences. It is totally worth it!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Stock up on supplies and head out to the Skutari lake for a proper wild camping experience. 

What's your top general recommendation?

On a clear day, you can enjoy the sunset over the mountain ranges of Montenegro.

Anything else to add?

Enjoy exploring Albania- It's Europe's best-kept secret! 

Zumuto Pastorius

I am on an improvised trip, long way home from Baku to Zurich with my bike, planning my route from day to day with and through local tips. Visit Zumuto on Instagram here.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.50

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $30

 Travelled: 17043km

 Dollar spent: $2853

Medulin, Croatia

Once a fisherman's village, Medulin offers many opportunities for activities like horseback riding, scuba diving, biking, sup and more. Visit Medulin for an off the beaten path destination that combines lazy times on the beach and active days doing the sport you love.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The most famous beach in Medulin is certainly Bijeca located in the very town of Medulin. The sandy beach spreads more than 1 km along the coast and has a mild and gradual sea entrance. All this together with a variety of additional facilities makes Bijeca beach the ideal place to spend the entire day, offering a peaceful and relaxing surrounding, but also great fun for the whole family

What's your top general recommendation?

Those who prefer natural beauties can visit the Brijuni National Park, Plitvice Lakes National Park and unavoidable nature park Cape Kamenjak, situated in the very heart of the Medulin Riviera.

Anything else to add?

Medulin and its surroundings were inhabited as early as antiquity. Well-preserved remains of ancient civilizations constantly attract tourists searching for new information and insight. 

medulin riviera

The Official Tourist board Of The Holiday region Medulin Riviera.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $85 (Including Windsurf hire)

 Travelled: 17660km

 Dollar spent: $2928

Omiš, Croatia

The greatest opportunities for an active holiday are provided precisely by the unspoiled nature of the Cetina canyon, which has enjoyed the status of protected significant landscape ever since 1963. Along its more than 100 kilometres long course, the Cetina river has something to offer to all.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Canyoning! The advanced level of canyoning includes all the fun and excitement the basic level provides and adds a lot more!

What's your top general recommendation?

Try out abseiling (with rope) down the 60-meter-high waterfall Gubavica, an abseil down a 25-meter-high cliff and lots of cliff jumps.

Anything else to add?

Enjoy, in the hidden natural beauty of Cetina's canyon, miraculous rocky landscapes of the canyon that has depth up to 150 m.

Adventure Omiš

Adventure Omiš was founded in 2013 by a few enthusiasts, with a combined love for nature and extreme sports. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $45 (Including a canyoning adventure)

 Travelled: 18791km

 Dollar spent: $3125

Zermatt, Switzerland

Under the watchful eye of the Matterhorn, Zermatt is a sight for sore eyes. With its postcard, chocolate box perfect appearance, car-free streets and traditional architecture, this mountain town comes with a price tag to match. World class skiing that will make your eyes water for the riding possibilities, but also at how much a beer will cost you. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Ski everywhere! It's amazing. Enjoy a Pizza and a craft beer at the North Wall Bar. You can also enjoy a cold beer and some good company at the Cable Car (bar). There's also pool, darts, table football and an escape room. The apres ski is epic with some great live music with a fantastic Matterhorn view from the Cervo. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Take the scenic Gornergrat train to the top - the line opened in 1898, was the first electric rack railway to be built in Switzerland and has one of the best views you'll ever find at the top. On the mountain, enjoy a meal at restaurant Simi (that's a big insider's tip). In town have a meal at Snowboat and a drink beforehand at the bar upstairs.

Anything else to add?

Book a lesson with me at Stoked ski school and have your skiing changed for life!

Sam Allen

Sam Allen is an adopted Zermatt local and badass big mountain skier: "pro ski bum, I love this sport and everywhere it takes me". Follow him on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $12

 Average meal: $24

 Daily spend: $150 (Including a guided lesson- whatever the level- with Sam)

 Travelled: 18911km

 Dollar spent: $3125

Verbier, Switzerland

You can easily put Verbier side by side with the world's freeride capital of Chamonix. With amazing terrain and, much like Zermatt, also coming with an insane price tag. However, the riding is so damn good for both skiers and snowboarders, it's a price you just have to be willing to pay! Stunning image of Marte Tveten. Follow her on Instagram here

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

A freeride paradise, the resort is a must for skiers and snowboarders from all over the world, and its après-ski and aperitifs are a veritable institution on terraces where a cosmopolitan clientele of all generations is to be found.

What's your top general recommendation?

While this resort is a true paradise for winter sports, its summer options are just as appealing and are an open invitation to endless discoveries. The resort is a huge adventure playground for those skilled at mountain biking.

Anything else to add?

Perched on a sunny plateau in the heart of the mountains, with its slate-roofed chalets, Verbier has carefully maintained its charm as an alpine village. This is the gateway to the 4 Vallées ski area – with nearly 100 lifts and more than 400 km of ski runs for all levels of expertise at your feet.

Verbier Official

The official tourism board of Verbier. The go-to place for info on all activities in Verbier, whatever the season! #PureEnergy

Key data

 Average beer price: $7

 Average meal: $24

 Daily spend: $160 (Including MTB or Ski/Snowboard equipment hire)

 Travelled: 19438km

 Dollar spent: $3247

Soustons, France

Seignosse is a coastal village on the French west coast. A classic french surfer town vibe, chilled and slow paced. Grab your board and relax knowing you won't have to fight for your ride. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Surfing! The best place to surf in France, famous worldwide for its magnificent beach breaks.

What's your top general recommendation?

Be immersed in South West France surf culture and experience local surf spirit close to Nature near Hossegor.

Anything else to add?

Join us for a stress-free surfing holiday. We offer a surf week package from April till November.

Natural Surf Lodge

Natural Surf Lodge is like coming to a paradise of surf and nature. Discover a piece of it in Seignosse, in South West France.

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $14

 Daily spend: $120 (Including a surf lesson with Natural Surf Lodge)

 Travelled: 20863km

 Dollar spent: $3450

Marina Di Ravenna, Italy

Marina di Ravenna is the most ancient beach resort on the Ravenna coast. When strong north-easterly Bora is raging, Marina di Ravenna is the best spot in Emilia Romagna. A 1.5km-long jetty arranges the waves nicely, producing excellent conditions for wind or kitesurfing.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

I often go to Marina di Ravenna. Something you must do is the happy hour in summer time from 6 to 12 p.m. The way next to the beach is full of bars where you can have a lot of fun. 

What's your top general recommendation?

You can find different music styles, people of different ages, you can dance, drink or if you want a peaceful moment you can go through the beach to the sea and listen to the sound of waves.

Anything else to add?

Summer time is the best time!

Francesca Asciano

Based in Bologna Italy, she loves to take photos and travel. Often visits Marina Di Ravenna. Follow her on Instagram!

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $40

 Travelled: 21377km

 Dollar spent: $3510

Bolzano, Italy

Largely unknown to mainstream tourism, standing firmly in the shadow of big names, Northern Italian city Bolzano is a secret escape in nature. Next level scenery, set to a backdrop that is better than a screen saver, Bolzano feels like you are living in a painting. Plus the coffee is excellent, the wine is even better and you can get hella good ice cream to enjoy after a day's hiking. Simply stunning image by the talented Stefano Termanini - follow his adventures on Instagram

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

If you'd like to discover Bolzano, why don't you participate in our rich programme of guided tours, recommended by both the Tourist Information Board and the Association of Tourist Guides? Working closely together, they organize various weekly appointments, from April to October, including guided tours of the historic town, its fine palaces, the main churches, and the Archaeological Museum, where the famous ice mummy of Similaun "Ötzi" is exhibited.

What's your top general recommendation?

Bolzano's cuisine is a great attraction for food lovers. It is characterized by different flavours. On one hand, there is a solid genuine country cooking, on the other, there are the specialities of the Mediterranean gastronomic tradition. The same often includes spaghetti (Italian pasta) and Knödel (bread dumplings), Ossobuco (marrow-bone) and Gröstl (beef cooked in a saucepan with potatoes and onions).

Anything else to add?

Visiting the city is discovering the peculiarities of the fusion between the Mediterranean and central Europe.

turismo Bolzano Bozen

The official tourism board of Bolzano is the best place to go for info on the city and all the adventures you can get up to there! 

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $60 (Including cable car access)

 Travelled: 21505km

 Dollar spent: $3660

Lago Di Ledro, Italy

A stone's throw from Lago Di Garda, Lake Ledro is home to the most passionately blue lake. Sit and enjoy a picnic, cliff diving or canyoning. You simply can't miss a visit to Lake Garda's cuter little sister. Insanely beautiful image by Edward Radu. Check out more of his amazing photography on his Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Bike through the breathtaking paths with a Mountain Bike or an E-Bike. It can take the whole morning, so in the evening you take a good and long swim with your loved ones.

What's your top general recommendation?

Go drinking some good craft beer at the brewery near by.

Anything else to add?

You can visit the Palafitte Museum, which is on the side of the lake.

EDWARD RADU

Videographer and traveller. Check him out on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $10

 Daily spend: $160 (Including canyoning with Canyon Adventure, head to their website for amazing adventures.)

 Travelled: 1239km

 Dollar spent: $3670

Lago Di Garda, Italy

Lago Di Garda is a real treasure trove for adventure. From windsurfing, sailing, SUP, canyoning, kitesurfing- we are not done yet - name a sport and it's guaranteed you can find it on the Lake. It's an adventure lover paradise. Need we say more? This image has been lovingly captured by our good friend Matteo Righi. Follow his incredible work around the North of Lake Garda on Instagram

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Driven by the Ora or the Pelèr, windsurfing in Garda Trentino is good for beginners and experts alike. Riva del Garda, but above all Torbole Sul Garda, are the most famous locations for “riding down the wind”, also thanks to the quality services available.

What's your top general recommendation?

Garda Trentino offers the best conditions to practice SUP with or without wind & waves.  You can crossover to discover little coves along the lakeshore, have fun doing tricks on flat water, or ride the waves before the Ora, the wind which blows every day in the afternoon, comes. It is relaxing and fun, you can practice it as an exercise to better your windsurf or as a proper activity to keep fit and alleviate stress, thanks to a beautiful environment.

Anything else to add?

Eat and drink your way through the area and learn about the culture through the food and drink. Live the Italian way. 

Garda trentino

The official tourism officer for Garda North Lake & the Trentino area. Head to their website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $110 (Including windsurf hire with Pier windsurf club. Head to their website to learn more.) 

 Travelled: 22808km

 Dollar spent: $3874

Taormina, Sicily

An enchanting island and an even more lovely town. Growing in popularity as more and more people hear about its raw and undisturbed natural beauty, including the ancient Greek and Roman ruins and the shoreline. We certainly hope it remains under the radar, as it's one of our favourite summer holiday destinations to relax. Plus a childhood home of our Head Of Content here at Thrillism - Angelica. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Whoever comes to Sicily can't help but visit Taormina. Taormina the pearl of the Ionio, a paradise on earth that has it all; sun, sea, culture and fun.

What's your top general recommendation?

To experience the best of Taormina, you have to walk through the narrow streets of the historic centre to better enjoy its beauties. The night time view over the water is truly beautiful from the Piazza. Or a visit to Castelmola- where you should pass by Bar Turrisi, not for the faint of heart! But it does the BEST Amaretto in the world. 

Anything else to add?

Taormina offers a little something for everyone, the adventure and sport lovers can spend the morning SUP-ing when the wind is flat and others can enjoy the vibrant food. Everyone should be sure to try the traditional granita di lemone with the classic Sicilian lemons!

hotel andromaco

The Hotel Andromaco is a traditional family run hotel nestled in the hills in Taormina. Its the perfect base to explore the area. Our friends at the Andromaco will ensure you have everything you need. Head to their website to learn more.

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $10

 Daily spend: $60 (Including SUP hire at Il Re Del Sole Beach, plus the best food at the beach club.)

 Travelled: 23786km

 Dollar spent: $4174

Foca, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Nature around Foca will reward the most demanding nature lovers of you out there. Amazing sceneries, not damaged by tourism and development yet, will get you naturally high. Discover one of the hidden gems in the Balkans and enjoy a genuine adventure in its beautiful, untouched surroundings.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

When visiting Foca, must do is, of course, rafting on Tara and Drina rivers. There are also a lot of places around to visit, for example the Sand pyramids, the national park Sutjeska and one of the last untouched rainforests in the world, Perucica, with more than 1000 species of plants and plenty of wild animals, which I think can be very interesting to see. Also, there is the highest mountain peak in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Maglic.

What's your top general recommendation?

Zelengora is also a beautiful mountain nearby and we organize sightseeing tours to all of these places. A lot of people visit these places, but rafting is definitely the activity that everyone chooses first - mainly because of its price.

Anything else to add?

Whilst staying at Stari Dud Kamp you can enjoy meals at the on-site restaurant. Here, you will find delicious home-cooked meals, many of them from traditional family recipes, and with true local flavours and tastes. Relish the succulence of spit-roasted lamb or pork, warm-up after a day in the water with baked and grilled dishes, or enjoy vegetarian cuisine.

Stari Dud Kamp

Find fabulous fun and adventure in Foca. On the banks of the Drina River, near the borders of Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia Herzegovina with Rafting Kamp Stari Dud.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.50

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $65 (Including rafting for the day with Rafting Kamp Stari Dud.)

 Travelled: 25861km

 Dollar spent: $4374

Barcelona, Spain

From Parc Guell to Sagrada Familia, Barcelona is the perfect mix of beach and city. We normally stay away from cities as we are more the "open spaces kind" but Barcelona has so much to offer, we couldn't miss putting it on this list. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

There are plenty. Some places you need to visit are the Barcelona Cathedral, the Gothic Quarter, Port Vell, Barceloneta Beach, Parc de Ciutadella, Cassa Batlló, Casa de Milá and Sagrada Familia. Don't miss going to Boqueria Market to taste fresh and traditional food.

What's your top general recommendation?

Head to Tibidabo to be rewarded with a great view and ride a bike along the Barceloneta beach.

Anything else to add?

Spain is all about good food. Eat paella, wash it down with sangría and definitely do a tapas tour!

Mr Traveller

GoPro Global Marketing Image Winner and Barcelona local. Follow him on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $65

 Travelled: 26939km

 Dollar spent: $4682

Fuerteventura, Canary Islands

Fuerteventura literally means "strong fortune" but is translated by some as "Strong Winds" or a corruption of the French term for "Great Adventure". That says it all! If you are an adventure and sports enthusiast, then this island is the must-go-to destination. With its 150km of sandy beaches and amazing waters, it will blow your mind. But you probably already know that! The awesome picture is from Fuerteventura.Surf.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Sports! Practice surfing, golf, cycling, hiking etc. in the best possible conditions.

What's your top general recommendation?

Relax, sit back and enjoy - Discover the best beaches in Europe. White sandy beaches and turquoise waters.

Anything else to add?

Discover vast natural landscapes and share the natural openness of its people. A place to enjoy numerous activities in the best conditions. That paradise is Fuerteventura.

visit fuerteventura.es

The official tourism board of the area! The go-to spot for insider info. Head to their website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $120 )Including surf equipment.)

 Travelled: 28709km

 Dollar spent: $4900

Tarifa, Spain

Love kitesurfing? Then no doubt you will be very much familiar with Tarifa. With reliable winds, cool waters and a laid back atmosphere, it's everything a kite surfer would want. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Surfing & Yoga, of course. We provide surfing, kite surfing and yoga classes for all ages and all abilities. Whether you’re at a beginner, intermediate or advanced level, our knowledgeable tutors will improve your skills, develop your technique and ensure you have a fantastic day out on the waves or the yoga mat! 

What's your top general recommendation?

The area is perfectly geared up to a gastronomic experience with the abundance of fruit and vegetables. A heaven for veggies and vegans, so you simply must refuel after a hard day' s surfing with the local dishes!

Anything else to add?

Tarifa Natural Surf Club is located just a 10-minute drive west of Tarifa, a small Spanish town in the province of Cádiz, Andalusia. From the villa, we’re just a five-minute walk from the nearest beach, where we teach our surfing, kitesurfing and yoga classes.

TARIFA NATURAL SURF CLUB

Tarifa Natural Surf Club is a private sports club located in Southern Spain on the coast of Andalucia. Here our talented guides-come-sportsmen provide surf lessons, kitesurfing lessons and yoga retreats for all abilities from beginner up to advanced. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $10

 Daily spend: $120 (Including a day's surfing hire with Tarifa Natural Surf Club.)

 Travelled: 29969km

 Dollar spent: $5043

Azores, Portugal 

Feel the force of nature in the raw. A world of mud-pots, geysers, sapphire blue, emerald green, hot springs, volcanic cones, magic grottos, hydrangeas, azaleas and magnificent surf beaches. A land for poets and surfers.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Stay in a fantastic hill-side villa at Ponta Delgada. Surf each day or simply explore the island.

What's your top general recommendation?

Relax in the cosmopolitan town of Ponta Delgada, where you will find a harmonious mix of the contemporary and historical - with plenty of restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. 

Anything else to add?

Adventurers should explore more of the island and the Azores group, with options including; whale watching, hiking, canyoning, horse-riding, mountain biking, and diving. 

Surfana

Surfing pilgrims journey with Surfana. Travel to exotic places meet exciting people, experience dynamic cultures, and surf the very best waves. Explore their adventures by heading to their listing on our website or follow them on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $4.50

 Daily spend: $45

 Travelled: 31169km

 Dollar spent: $5103

Lagos, Portugal 

Feel the buzz and bustle of Algarve as you explore the historic coastline and village of Lagos. Surf on golden beaches with great breaks. Breathe in the fresh Atlantic air, taste fabulous cuisine and experience the vibrant culture.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

When visiting the area in the Algarve, Portugal, it's a must to go visit the many beautiful beaches on the west and south coast.

What's your top general recommendation?

You would definitely have to try the typical tremocos with a good glass of red wine, local fresh fish and the famous and delicious Portuguese pastel de nata. There are many amazing views and sunsets seen from the cliffs and nature is really stunning.

Anything else to add?

Also you would have to go to the pizza party on Friday evening with us. It's on a farm in the middle of nowhere with a lot of pizza, good vibes and dancing under the stars!

Surfana

Surfing pilgrims journey with Surfana. Travel to exotic places meet exciting people, experience dynamic cultures, and surf the very best waves. Explore their adventures by heading to their listing on our website or follow them on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $4.50

 Daily spend: $45

 Travelled: 31506km

 Dollar spent: $5130

Ericeira, Portugal

A small and intimate area with a real surfer vibe. When it comes to surf you are a walking distance to 8 beaches all offering different conditions catering for the different Surf skills/ levels and all stunningly beautiful. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Ericeira is a charming old fishermen’s town with a lot to offer, if you choose this place as your holiday destination. It’s a surfer’s town, being this one of the main factors that attract tourism. This place offers options of surf spots that can cater to all levels, from the absolute beginner to the more advanced levels, the main surf brands settled here with shops, skateparks and outlets to reinforce the lifestyle, but Ericeira is not just about surf.

What's your top general recommendation?

It’s a complete package. It’s the restaurants that offer amazing food and stay open until late, the bars & cafés where you can have a good time, the market with fresh fish, the sunsets each day in a different colour but all picture-perfect, the narrow cobbled streets with the traditional architecture, the fishing port, the beaches, the street fairs and the welcoming people. Portuguese people are welcoming hosts and truth to be told most time they go above and beyond just to put a smile on your face and Ericeira is no exception.

Anything else to add?

Another great asset is the fact that it is so close to a few interesting places: Lisbon (the capital), Sintra (an UNESCO Heritage Site), Cabo da Roca (The most westerly point in mainland Europe) and Obidos (an enclosed medieval town) full of history and stories.

MAGIKVANILLA SURF CAMP

Susie and Steve (the owners) are world travellers who fell in love 14 Summers ago. It happened in this little seaside village, on the edge of Europe's West coast. Check out their listing here.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $55

 Travelled: 35961km

 Dollar spent: $5602

Naxos, Greece

The largest island of the Cyclades archipelago, Naxos combines whitewashed, cube-shaped houses and medieval Venetian mansions in a perfect-for-the-eye aesthetic fusion. It goes without saying that you will find amazing beaches, good food but also a vibrant nightlife and quite a few adventures around the island's nature. You may want to avoid the high season of July and August for a more relaxed overall feeling. Extra tip: the sea is quite cold around Naxos, so it will for sure cool you down, when you've overdosed on heat. Caught-in-action picture by Flisvos Watersports.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

There are a few: See the sunset from the Temple of Apollo (Portara) at the harbor, walk and shop in the narrow streets of the old town and the Venetian castle of Naxos, conquer the highest peak of the Cyclades (1000 meters) on mount Zeus, have fun doing water sports (windsurfing, waterski, jet ski, flyboard, sup, canoe) on the beach of Agios Georgios in Chora, round the island with a boat, hike, run or cycle along the paths of the island (Kourounohori, Kouros, Potamia, Sagri, Temple of Demeter).

What's your top general recommendation?

Enjoy your swim at the beaches of the southern side of the island (Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Plaka, Mikri Vigla, Alyko, Hawaii). Dive into the blue-green waters of the Aegean sea. 

Anything else to add?

Visit the seaside and mountainous villages of Naxos (Kourounohori, Potamia, Sagri, Halki, Filoti, Apeiranthos, Moutsouna, Psili Ammos, Panormos, Koronos, Appolo) With so much to do, a couple of days isn't enough!

FLISVOS WATERSPORTS

Flisvos was founded in 1974 on the beach of Agios Georgios in Naxos Town, by Michalis Mavroyannopoulos, a restless and pioneering young man, who was motivated by his love for the sea and the water sports and he created the first school of water sports in Naxos and one of the first schools in Greece.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.50

 Average meal: $13

 Daily spend: $60 (rent a kite+board for the day: $100)

 Travelled: 36332km

 Dollar spent: $5644

Rhodes, Greece

Rhodes belongs to the Dodecanese and its nickname is The Island of the Knights, named after the Knights of Saint John of Jerusalem, who once conquered the land. Rhodes was the home of one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the 33m. high statue of the Colossus of Rhodes, which collapsed during an earthquake in 226BC. When in Rhodes, definitely take a walk at the Medieval Old Town which has been declared a World Heritage Site, but also enjoy your opportunities for all kinds of adventures, like hiking, diving, climbing, surfing and kitesurfing.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

I think the best is Lindos because of nature and history. Acrópolis is really amazing.

What's your top general recommendation?

I suggest visiting the south part of the island. For example, Monolithos castle zone is very nice with fantastic views. And, also, Prasonisi is a place well worth a visit.

Anything else to add?

Tip: go around with a car, because it makes it much easier!

Giorgio

Giorgio comes from Italy and lives in Finland. Until March 2018 he was in Spain, Barcelona. He likes travelling and discovering everything about the culture and the people in the places he visits.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.50

 Average meal: $13

 Daily spend: $60 (Rent a kite+board for the day: $100)

 Travelled: 37473km

 Dollar spent: $5764

Mount Olympus, Greece

Live an authentic experience of Greece's hidden landscapes, exploring off the beaten tracks to take in the raw and rugged Greek countryside, mountains and ancient cities. Mount Olympus is the highest mountain in Greece at 2.918m and, yes, it was considered the home of the 12 Greek Gods in ancient times. Explore its deep gorges, and exceptional biodiversity. Because Greece is not only about its beautiful islands!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Mt. Olympus' eastern flanks were the country's first national park (created in the 1930s), with dozens of endemic species of flowers, as well as some endangered bird and butterfly species - totally worth visiting.

What's your top general recommendation?

Trekking alongside a passionate and experienced guide who will give all the local knowledge and show you the varied and exciting Greek flora and fauna, wildlife and local people.

Anything else to add?

For nature mountain lovers – climb Mt.Olympus Greece’s highest and mythical mountain!

TREKKING HELLAS

Trekking Hellas have been offering trekking tours for many years. They are true locals!

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.50

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $80 (2 day hiking & guide & accomodation:$390)

 Travelled: 38765km

 Dollar spent: $5964

Alacati, Turkey

Alacatı is a Turkish town by the Aegean sea. Constant winds make the area a very popular water sports center. It actually ranks among the best known places for windsurfing in the world. Largely undiscovered outside Turkey, Alacati is where many locals, including several national celebrities, spend their holidays to escape the more touristy scene in Bodrum.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Sun, wind and a cute town. Positive vibes, windsurf paradise, and good food - what more can a person want? You must take a windsurfing course, the best school is Alaçatı surf paradise club, or have a drink at Wishbone, while watching surfers.

What's your top general recommendation?

Another must do is to eat ice cream in town, most of the ice cream shops are amazing but my favourite one is Da franco, the italian place. Also, definitely have a walk in the town, Hacımemiş - such a cute place! There is good food and cute architecture everywhere.

Anything else to add?

My top recommendations are Mitu restaurant, Cafe plaza restaurant, Da franco gelato. And, if you are a sports person, Alaçatı Surf Paradise Club to hang out during the day.

Göksu Okar

Leads a sports lifestyle. Likes to windsurf, surf, skate, paddle, juggle, kite, read, eat, sleep and repeat! Head to her Instgram here

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $3.50

 Daily spend: $30

 Travelled: 39350km

 Dollar spent: $6013

Kerpe, Turkey

A tiny town with a strong local flavor. Here, the restaurants most probably will not have a menu and your dish options will be limited to only 4 different types of fish, all cooked amazingly well, though. You will find locals eating and smoking by the sea and you will enjoy a very genuine taste of Turkey.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Get ready for the best surf of your life in the Black Sea! Head to Surf City Babali on Instagram to get info on the best spots!

What's your top general recommendation?

Stay away from the crowds and the city life and spend time in the nature of the Black Sea in the Babali surf city.

Anything else to add?

Surfing, surfing, and, -oh!- did we say surfing?

Danube Surf Community House

A Surf Community that offers accommodation and classes. Follow them on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $3.50

 Daily spend: $45 (1 day surf camp, all inclusive: $100)

 Travelled: 45157km

 Dollar spent: $6265

Varkala, India

Varkala is a town in the south Indian state of Kerala. It’s on the Arabian Sea and known for Varkala Beach, backed by palm-covered red cliffs. It is one of the few Surfing Destinations in India. Head to the southern cliff which is a Surfer’s Paradise. Varkala beach generates waves for all levels of surfers in different seasons.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The beach cliff view is a main attraction and a "must do" is eat at one of the cliff side restaurants with sea food. The sunset view from the cliff is an amazing experience.

What's your top general recommendation?

Be a tourist for the day and do a sightseeing tour with a guide.

Anything else to add?

Nature is where it's at! Enjoying swimming and eating, that's the best way to experience the culture. 

JIBIN, your local guide

Jibin is a Kerala tour guide and driver. A local expert! Follow him on Instagram here

Key data

 Average beer price: $1

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $15

 Travelled: 45300km

 Dollar spent: $6280

Kanyakumari, India

Kanyakumari might be one of the windiest places on Earth. So, yes this is a spot to windsurf in India. The windy waves can be very big, promising an adventurous windsurf session to all enthusiasts out there!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Kanyakumari is the southernmost point of peninsular India and the meeting point of three oceans - the Bay of Bengal, the Arabian Sea and the Indian Ocean. Besides its importance as a Hindu pilgrim center, it is famous for its beautiful views of sunrise and sunset over the waters. The multicolored sand is unique.

What's your top general recommendation?

The Chaitra Purnima Festival (the April full-moon day, celebrated in the first week of May), Navratri (last week of October), and the Holy Annual Festival of the Roman Catholic Church (fourth week of December) are the notable festivals celebrated in Kanyakumari.

Anything else to add?

Due to its proximity to the sea, Kanyakumari enjoys a pleasant climate and can be visited throughout the year. However, the best season to visit this place would be between October and March. During summers, the temperature can rise to a high of 34.8°C, while it can dip to a low of 20.4°C during winters.

Tourism Of india

Visit the official site of tourism in India to learn more.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $25

 Travelled: 46429km

 Dollar spent: $6330

Krishna river, Bay of Bengal, India

The Krishna River enters the Bay of Bengal and divides itself into many streams. It is difficult to access, but the waves there are just great for surfing. Not many people have managed to surf them, but maybe you will!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Take a walk along the river bed, paddeling your feet in the cool water- the perfect match against the heat.

What's your top general recommendation?

Immerse yourself in the local culture by exploring the whole of the Bengal area, including the wonderful Darjeeling area.

Anything else to add?

Must try cuisine: The authentic cuisine of Bengal’s coastal region (Fish / Crab / Prawn - curry & Rice)!

Bengal Tourism

Our mission is to offer Tour & Travel packages for guests and travelers wishing to visit and explore Enchanting Bengal and Incredible India.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $25

 Travelled: 47712km

 Dollar spent: $6350

Puri, India

Puri is a holy city in India, attracting a lot of pilgrims, but lately it has acquired a new audience, one that feels the mysticism and bliss one can find when surfing waves. The yearly India Surf Festival takes place here, as the beaches of Puri offer some of the best waves for surfing in India.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The ultimate recommendation is to bathe in the sea! It's beautiful.

What's your top general recommendation?

Exploring temples in the area is a great way to get to know the culture a little better. 

Anything else to add?

Don't miss out on trying the dessert/sweet named Goja! It's totally delicious.

Sourav Chatterjee

A photographer and traveler capturing India in a unique way. Follow him on Instagram right here.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $25

 Travelled: 49424km

 Dollar spent: $6740

Kalpetta, India

The town of Kalpetta is surrounded by dense coffee and tea plantations and mountains. You can use Kalpetta as a base to explore the many attractions that await you in the area. Hiking, trekking, visiting temples and exploring the rich flora and fauna are among your options.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

To explore the hidden depths of India’s expansive mountains, rolling hills and lush green forests you simply have to be hiking with a local and, thanks to Muddy Boots, you can do just that. 

What's your top general recommendation?

When passing through villages, the tour likes to stop at locally run, small, restaurants to ensure our visit benefits the community. Large chains are not on the cards but delicious home-cooked Kerala lunches most certainly are.

Anything else to add?

Biking is also a possibility in Kalpetta! Get out there and get exploring! 

MUDDY BOOTS

Muddy Boots owner, Pradeep Murthy, is an avid trekker, diver and climber. Find out more about the packages on offer by heading to the Muddy Boots listing. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $1

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $60 (Including a guided tour with Muddy Boots)

 Travelled: 51563km

 Dollar spent: $7112

Everest Base Camp, Nepal

Earth's highest mountain doesn't need an introduction. It lies in so many people's bucket list and it could not be missing from ours. It is simply a once-in-a-lifetime experience to be up there. You don't have to go climbing, you can go for trekking and still live a unique experience, one destined to be discussed even with your grandchildren!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Trekking in Nepal is one of best activities to do during adventure vacations. Trekking in the country of Mount Everest can be done all seasons over the year.

What's your top general recommendation?

Expert guides will help you get to know all about the cultures and traditions, the surroundings, lifestyles and numerous new things.

Anything else to add?

Best periods to trek in Nepal are in February-May and September- November.

THE NEPAL TREKKING CO.

The Nepal trekking company: we are an established company specialised in Tour, Trekking and Expedition business in Nepal. We want to prove the old Nepali proverb “Guests are Gods to us”. Head to their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $2

 Daily spend: $55 (Including a guided tour for the day.) 

 Travelled: 51717km

 Dollar spent: $7137

Kathmandu, Nepal

At an elevation of approximately 1,400 metres, lies Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. With a rich history, spanning nearly 2000 years, you will find yourself enjoying the amazing scenery, the distinctive and special Nepali culture, as well as a wide array of activities you can throw yourself at to explore the area.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Being surrounded by the tallest mountain in the world and other peaks over 8000m, spectacular lakes and glaciers is definitely a lifetime experience that one should not miss. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Along with snow-capped mountain views, the biodiversity is very beautiful. The flora and fauna with Rhodondron forests and the wildlife, like musk deer, is awe-inspiring.

Anything else to add?

We offer trips of different length and difficulty. Do not miss out on an amazing experience in the land with the highest mountain on earth! 

DISCOVERY WORLD TREKKING

Paul Gurung is the founder. He is well-known as a dynamic, flexible, open-minded professional leader and he works very hard with sheer passion and complete devotion towards tourism. Check out their listing for more info. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $2

 Daily spend: $25

 Travelled: 58070km

 Dollar spent: $7440

Banda Aceh, Indonesia

Located on the island of Sumatra, the province is one of the lesser visited provinces in Indonesia, so you will find yourself a bit more relaxed when trying to catch the perfect wave! The area offers the best conditions for surfing and kitesurfing, and also has some beautiful beaches and natural landscapes. Note that it is the only place in Indonesia to have Shariah law, but visitors will find it remarkably laid back.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Kitesurfing and surfing of course! 

What's your top general recommendation?

The riverside in Lhoknga has many varieties of trees and flowers that have to be seen to be believed. 

Anything else to add?

Kitesurf during the wind season from May until middle October or Surfing during the opposite season from October to April and Stand up Paddle Board all year round.

Aceh Kitecamp

Aceh-kitecamp is situated in the beautiful resort of Lhoknga Riverside surrounded by mountain, river and the Indian Ocean. Check out their listing here. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.50

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $20

 Travelled: 61802km

 Dollar spent: $7562

Canggu, Bali, Indonesia

So many tourists and surfers alike flock to Canggu throughout the year, however, other than what you find on the surface, Canggu offers so much more. The area offers some renowned and challenging surfing spots and can offer top surf conditions all year long. Amazing images from our good friend John - check out his adventures on Instagram

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Surfing of course! Canggu is one of the most popular areas for surfers in Bali, we are close to perfect waves all year long. The spots are good for all levels – from beginners to upper intermediates.

What's your top general recommendation?

Besides surfing you can also join our Sunrise and Sunset Yoga session in the beautiful garden or one of the community events, like movie nights or traditional workshops that run weekly at Surfers House.

Anything else to add?

Take advantage of the amazing tuition on offer and brush up on your skills, no matter your level! 

IN DA SURF BALI

Here at In da Surf Bali we enjoy life, we like to explore and we love to surf!

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $1.80

 Daily spend: $60 (Including the surf and stay package with In Da Surf!)

 Travelled: 72334km

 Dollar spent: $7871

Weligama, Sri Lanka

Weligama is a fishing town where you can experience a great mix of local culture and surfers chilling out. If you are looking for uncrowded surf and friendly locals, look no further!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Experience a secret enclave on the enchanted island of Sri Lanka. With monkeys, peacocks, crystal clear waters, and sensational surf-breaks – your dreams will become reality. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Socialise and party with great people in fabulous restaurants and bars, experience authentic Sri Lanka in a small traditional fishing port.

Anything else to add?

Escape the hustle and bustle of the busier Sri Lanka to find peace and harmony amongst the monkeys and peacocks of Elsewhere. Practice yoga in a setting guaranteed to bring you peace of mind and soul. 

Elsewhere Surf Camps

Surfing and yoga camps that make the most of Sri Lankan geography, culture, ecology and the Indian Ocean swell. Head to their listing here to learn more.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.20

 Average meal: $1.60

 Daily spend: $20

 Travelled: 79451km

 Dollar spent: $7960

Patong Kathu Phuket, Thailand

What should we say about Patong? It is one of the most popular destinations on the Phuket island and with good reasons! The tourist Mecca will offer you beautiful scenery, amazing surfing and great nightlife and shopping.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Play in paradise as you find your thrills in phenomenal Patong. Surf in supernatural locations as you discover the ecstasy and passion of surfing. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Dreaming of the best beaches in thrilling locations - awake to find your dreams are a reality. Discover the joy of riding a wave - with surfing tuition, SUP, surfing safaris, and wake-boarding.

Anything else to add?

There is no place on earth quite like Patong and no place for adventure quite like Andaman Sea Surf. Sleep, eat and holiday at a luxurious surf themed hotel on a quiet hill in Patong - enjoying easy access to all the island's beaches. 

ANDAMAN SEA SURF

The perfect surf holiday for learner or experienced surfers. Not raging barrels, just fun surf in warm water. Sleep, eat and holiday at a luxurious surf themed hotel on a quiet hill in Patong.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $3.60

 Daily spend: $18

 Travelled: 82236km

 Dollar spent: $8200

South Malé Atoll, Maldives

If you are looking for a paradise-like scenery, Maldives is the place to be, but if you are looking for a more relaxed and intimate place, with far less people, then visit South Male Atoll. You will find that its insanely beautiful beaches are full of wonder and fun activities! Incredible image by the talented @Double_Dragon.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Surfing! It’s time to step away from the white sand and get into adventures amidst the blue Indian Ocean and its world-class waves. Explore the island surrounds by paddleboard or set sail in search of the surf.

What's your top general recommendation?

Freediving! Stripping away the restraints attached with traditional scuba diving, the less-explored activity of freediving lets you pioneer a new aquatic experience. A truly liberating activity that leaves you free to move unhindered through the translucent Maldivian waters.

Anything else to add?

Life is filled with opportunities to seek the exceptional, encounter the new and widen our horizons. Find your next extraordinary moment with Anantara.

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa

Anantara Dhigu Resort & Spa, Maldives gives you the resort experience of your dreams, an island paradise that feels like your home away from home.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $100 (Including surf equipment hire)

 Travelled: 88073km

 Dollar spent: $8507

Siargao, Philippines

You can't complain you don't have much to do when on the Siargao island. Begin with surfing, available for all levels, continue with jumping into the Magpupungko Rock Pools, visit the Coconut Palm forest and explore so many more adventures! Beautiful image by the talented Arriane Fritz - follow her on Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Surf surf surf! The best known surfing wave on Siargao with a worldwide reputation for thick, hollow tubes is "Cloud 9". This right-breaking reef wave is the site of the annual Siargao Cup, a domestic and international surfing competition sponsored by the provincial government of Surigao del Norte.

What's your top general recommendation?

The tide of Siargao is diurnal with tidal curves typically present especially on the east coast of the island. It is the Surfing Capital of the Philippines.

Anything else to add?

Head offshore, a classic tropical island lies protected within its surrounding coral reef with dozens of coconut palms dressed in the center circle of the island. Off to the right, well within the massive coastal reef, lies a shining white sand bar, (Pansukian, or Naked island) some 200 meters long. The tide of Siargao is diurnal with tidal curves typically present, especially on the east coast of the island.

siargao islands

Siargao is a tear-drop shaped island in the Philippine Sea situated 800 kilometers southeast of Manila in the province of Surigao del Norte.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $20

 Travelled: 91549km

 Dollar spent: $8572

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China is more than 13,000 miles in length and took a millenia to build. It is the most recognizable symbol of China and should be on every Bucket List that respects itself! Originally built for preventing incursions from barbarian nomads, it now offers opportunities for unique adventures!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

You will never know the beauty of China until you see it with your own eyes. Hiking at the Great Wall is just an ordinary thing. 

What's your top general recommendation?

The best experience to have is to camp at the Great Wall, see the beautiful sunrise and feel the nature around you. 

Anything else to add?

Even if you are just visiting for a day, take a roller coaster cart down from the great wall - it's an enjoyable experience.

Felix Pradjanata

Felix Pradjanata is a student, hiker, adventurer, photographer, traveler who offers guiding in Beijing. Head to his Instagram to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.50

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $40

 Travelled: 93567km

 Dollar spent: $8893

Mount Fuji, Japan

Mount Fuji is actually a volcano. It last erupted in 1707 – 1708. Its cultural and religious significance has led many artists to get inspired by it for their art. You, on the other hand, can get inspired by the numerous adventure activities you can do in its splendid nature - hiking, canoeing, rafting and so much more! Stunning image by Takeshi - follow him on Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

To enjoy Mt. Fuji at a more leisurely pace, the best thing to do is spend a night in a ryokan in Hakone or the Fuji Five Lakes area and enjoy its splendid views from a rotenburo (outdoor hot spring spa). 

What's your top general recommendation?

Mt. Fuji has long been the centre of mountain worship of ancient Japan. Today, it is a popular mountain to climb, and many people climb Mt. Fuji to watch the sunrise, called Goraiko, from the top.

Anything else to add?

The easiest way to view Mt. Fuji is by the train on a trip along the Tokaido Line between Tokyo and Osaka. However, be aware if you are on the bullet train it will go by in a flash! On clear days it can be seen from Tokyo and Yokohama. Visibility tends to be better during the colder seasons of the year than in summer, and in the early morning and late evening hours.

Visit japan

Japan National Tourism Organisation's London office.

Key data

 Average beer price: $3.50

 Average meal: $7

 Daily spend: $55

 Travelled: 93805km

 Dollar spent: $9009

Hakuba, Japan

Hakuba is a top winter resort area, offering some of the best winter sports action in Japan. 9 ski resorts offer the best conditions for skiing and snowboarding. This captivating image was taken in Hakuba in January by Thrillism's good friend, Mirte. She is such a rising star and a talented photographer. Check her out on Instagram as she travels with her partner in crime, Sebastian

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Freeriding! The mountains in the Hakuba valley are like nothing I've ever seen in the Alps, the freeriding potential is truly incredible. The terrain is full of possibility for those champagne powder turns that we all dream of! 

What's your top general recommendation?

The Japanese, much like our Scandanavian friends, love a good "spa" except in Japan they are called "Onsen". They are everywhere - it's the perfect way to rest tired muscles after a long day riding. 

Anything else to add?

The food, my gosh the food! Hakuba is home to (like all of Japan) some incredible gastronomic delights. Eat your way through the valley and enjoy all the delights. Be sure to try the Gyoza and the local ramen variations!

Angelica Sykes

Thrillism.com's own Head Of Content, Angelica, is an adventure lover and travels every second she isn't producing inspiring content for you- she spent a month snowboarding in Hakuba this year! 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $10

 Daily spend: $100 (Inlcuding a ski pass for Happo One or Hakuba 47)

 Travelled: 94220km

 Dollar spent: $9062

Kyoto, Japan

Countless temples, shrines and other historically priceless structures survive in Kyoto today. As Kyoto is considered the cultural capital of Japan, you will immerse yourself in the true essence of the Japanese ways. What's more, Kyoto is all about delicious food, sushi spots and Michelin-starred restaurants. We are normally all about adventure but one thing we do love besides adventure is food! That's why we are IN LOVE with the account @konosora18 where you can find more mouth drooling images like the one featured here.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Japanese cuisine or “Washoku/Nihon Ryori” has come to be highly regarded as both delicious and healthy by food-lovers all over the world. In 2013, UNESCO officially designated “Washoku: Traditional Dietary Cultures of Japanese” (Japanese Traditional Dietary Culture) as an intangible cultural heritage asset.

What's your top general recommendation?

Zen Meditation. . . Zazen is a unique form of meditation that functions centrally in Zen Buddhism. So central in fact that Zen Buddhists are generally known as the "meditation Buddhists". Its goals are to calm the body and mind, and experience insight into the nature of existence and thereby gain enlightenment, known as "Satori". One might also say that Zazen is the study of the self.

Anything else to add?

There are many places where one can enjoy authentic Japanese cultural experiences in Kyoto. Enjoy experiencing the traditional culture of Japan in the many traditional temples and sites which can be found only in Kyoto.

kyoto.travel

Kyoto Travel is your official virtual guide to Kyoto. The perfect resource to plan your trip.

Key data

 Average beer price: $3.50

 Average meal: $7

 Daily spend: $55

 Travelled: 99411km

 Dollar spent: $9569

Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea

Milne Bay offers great opportunities for adventure activities set to amazing scenery. You can go diving, walking, trekking or take it more easy with bird watching and island hopping. Super cool image by Lalatuai Grogan. Check out this local girl's Instagram

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Alotau is spectacularly situated on the edge of Milne Bay. It is a good base for visiting the outlying islands. Fergusson Island has an active thermal region, hot springs, bubbling mud pools, spouting geysers and volcanoes and Misima Island was the scene of a 1930 gold rush from which a major mine has now been developed. Woodlark Island is populated by people of Melanesian ancestry, who are known for their expertly crafted wood carvings.

What's your top general recommendation?

Samarai & the China Strait: The 24ha Samarai Island was the provincial government headquarters until 1968. There are guesthouses here or you can stay on other nearby islands. All have good beaches and reefs and some have walking trails.

Anything else to add?

Milne Bay Province takes in the land at the extreme eastern end of Papua New Guinea together with seven groups of islands; the Trobriand, Woodlark, Laughlan, Louisiade Archipelago, the Conflict Group, the Samarai Group and the D'Entrecasteaux Group. The names come from a variety of explorers from as early as 1660 when D'Entrecasteaux sailed through the area.

Papua New Guinea Tourism

Papua New Guinea tourism board is the perfect place to go to plan your trip to Milne Bay.

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $30

 Travelled: 100450km

 Dollar spent: $9759

Marovo, Solomon Islands

If you are looking for a diving and snorkeling paradise, Marovo Lagoon is the place to visit. Located at the South Pacific, Marovo is both exotic and fun. You can also do kayaking to experience it at its best. This totally amazing image that exudes the island vibes was captured by Chris Mclenna. Head to his Instagram for more images

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

There is outstanding diversity and richness of life, both above and below the water. Once you snorkel or dive the waters of the Marovo Lagoon, you will understand why the lagoon was once proposed for World Heritage listing. It is brimming with an impressive variety of fish and corals, numbering more than 1000 and representing every colour of the rainbow.

What's your top general recommendation?

The diversity and abundance is easily experienced throughout, but there is one particular spot where Marovo snorkelers are treated to the best of the best: the Welcome Jetty of the Uepi Island Resort. You literally only need to step into the water to be surrounded by up to half a dozen black tip, white tip and grey reef sharks. It is a mind blowing, adrenaline pumping experience, even though everyone around you will assure you that they do not bite.

Anything else to add?

Uepi is a diver’s paradise. The resort offers a dive shop and first-class dive sites only minutes away. Some are accessed directly from the island itself, while many others are reached by a short boat trip. 

Pacific Island Living

The go-to place for information on the Pacific Islands. Plan your trip, get inspiration and more. Head to their website for more!

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $100 (Including diving equipment for the day.)

 Travelled: 102799km

 Dollar spent: $10015

Namotu Lefts, Fiji

Namotu Lefts is one of the best places to surf in Fiji, if you want to test out some new manoeuvres. Long ride lengths and plenty of friendly sections give you more than enough time to try out new techniques or get in a long ride on a great swell. And if that wasn't enough, get a load of this epic image by James Jenkins - check out more of his surfing adventures on Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Namotu Lefts is a world class reef break that's more forgiving than its fearsome neighbour Cloudbreak. From six to fifteen feet, Namotu Lefts can be the thrill of a lifetime, but from two to six feet, it can be a shortboard, fish, longboarder or SUPper's paradise, and easily one of the longest rides in the region. 

What's your top general recommendation?

When the wind is going strong side shore, Namotu Lefts is as legendary in the sailboard and kitesurf world as Cloudbreak is in the surfing world.

Anything else to add?

Namotu Lefts is one of the longest rides you'll find in the Mamanucas, sometimes going for more than 100 yards. It's more forgiving than Cloudbreak but no less thrilling, especially when the waves start coming in at 6 feet or higher. If Cloudbreak is too intimidating, head over to Namotu Lefts. You'll find a more mellow ride that won't disappoint.

Namotu Island

Namotu Fiji Islands Premier boutique water sports Resort. Head to their website for more info. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $9

 Daily spend: $120 (Including surfing hire for the day)

 Travelled: 106809km

 Dollar spent: $10324

Katoomba, Australia

Katoomba is located in The Blue Mountains, in New South Wales. Breathtaking nature awaits you outside of the scenic town. You can do hiking, canyoning, rappelling, biking or ride the railway with the steepest incline in the world - one of the most popular attractions in the area. This image is by Gary P Hayes and it's the perfect image to sum up the beauty of the area, head to his Instagram and check out this work.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Dylan Jones from Blue Mountains Adventure Company loves the Grand Canyon walk at Blackheath - from the rainforest-clad walls at the bottom of the canyon to the stunning views over the mighty Grose Valley at the top.

What's your top general recommendation?

To make the trip even more amazing you could book a guided trip with BMAC that sees you abseil into a section of the Grand Canyon where there is no walking track. Instead you are dressed in a wetsuit so you can swim and scramble through this unbelievably beautiful section of the slot canyon.

Anything else to add?

Katoomba is the main town in the heart of the Blue Mountains National Park. This is where you’ll find the majority of hotels, restaurants and shops within the park which makes it a great meeting point for us and you alike!

Blue Mountain Adventure Company

Based in Katoomba we run daily canyoning, abseiling and climbing excursions around the park with fully qualified (and rather good-looking) guides. Check out their listing here

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $11

 Daily spend: $70

 Travelled: 106921km

 Dollar spent: $10419

Byron Bay, Australia

With its beautiful beaches, surfing and scuba diving sites, many choose Byron Bay for their vacation. But Byron Bay is more than that. Grab the chance and visit the nearby rain forest region and watch the stunning view up from the Byron Bay Lighthouse. Don't miss a good night out and a walk at a local market. Beautiful image by the talented Sarah of Salty Luxe! Check her out on Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Journey to the Eastern most point of mainland Australia. Discover a location of startling beauty and bounty with all modern amenities. Enjoy beautiful beaches filled with activity and excitement.

What's your top general recommendation?

If you prefer some solitude, then visit the paradisical Arakwal National Park and Tallow Beach. A largely deserted sandy beach that extends for 7km south from Cape Byron. Byron Bay is a well-known centre for alternative therapy, so make sure you enjoy some relaxing time taking in a massage or other treatment.

Anything else to add?

Artisans and creators have been drawn to Byron Bay by the fabulous lifestyle and natural serenity. You will find wonderful local markets, at which to shop for the perfect creation or the freshest produce. Although in Northern New South Wales, flight access to Byron Bay is usually through Queensland. It is only 170 kilometres south of Brisbane and about 90 kilometres south of the Gold Coast, both of which have airports with regular flights.

GO SEA KAYAK BYRON BAY

Kurt is the owner/operator of Go Sea Kayak and he lives for the ocean, and all its moods and beauty. Kurt has spent a lifetime involved with the ocean surrounding Byron Bay. View their listing here.

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $11

 Daily spend: $70

 Travelled: 109127km

 Dollar spent: $10588

Franz Josef, New Zealand

Use Franz Josef as your base to explore the spectacular surrounding area, considered a World Heritage. The highlight is the glacier, but you can also hike, dive into hot pools, bike or do rafting to get that adrenaline pumping.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

A treasure in the land down under – Ross is a small gold mining town located in West Coast, South Island. Explore unique turquoise gorges hiding deep into the mountains. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Join a treetop tour and get a bird’s-eye view of lush canopies as you view your surroundings 50m high above the ground. Get a breathtaking view of snowy alps, while drinking at a nearby café.

Anything else to add?

Sample delectable dishes cooked the kiwi way, packed with flavour and made with meticulous attention. Shop at bespoke boutiques and get souvenirs for friends and family. Join adventure travels and experience a different kind of excitement as you take on the challenge of white water rafting, hiking, bungee jumping, canyoning and so much more.

Eco Rafting Adventures

Operating for 15 years, Eco Rafting Adventures was founded by Josh James, a family man, TV personality, and rafting enthusiast.

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $65 (ONE DAY RAFTING ADVENTURE: $130)

 Travelled: 109427km

 Dollar spent: $10651

Wanaka, New Zealand

Wanaka is the place to be for adrenaline junkies and nature lovers. The possibilities for activities and fun are endless. From climbing, canyoning and kayaking to hiking, hunting and skiing in winter time, everything is there.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Go canyoning! Explore deep pools nestled in amongst a stupendous sculptured stone scape. Jump, swim and abseil the most beautiful abseil of your life.

What's your top general recommendation?

The Wanaka region is New Zealand’s premier outdoor adventure area and the canyon trips here are no exception, with a range of world-class canyons on our doorstep.

Anything else to add?

Get out into nature and explore! 

Deep Canyon

Get Wet, Get Real Wet! New Zealand's longest running canyon guiding company. Head to their listing to discover their canyon adventures. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5.50

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $65

 Travelled: 119963km

 Dollar spent: $12302

Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape, South Africa

Beaconing surfers from all four corners of the globe, Jeffreys Bay is a surf break paradise. Throw soft sand, dolphins and unique coral reefs into the mix and you have a slice of heaven! This hella cool image was taken by talented surf photographer Trevor Moran of surfing legend Jeremy Flores. Check Trevor and Jeremy out on Instagram. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Surfers and others who found it hard to leave such an idyllic spot have turned Jeffreys Bay into a year round fun place to be, creating a thriving local craft industry besides the surf shops on just about every corner.

What's your top general recommendation?

The bustling town is bordered on both sides by nature reserves and rivers – the Kabeljous and Seekoei estuaries and within Jeffreys Bay –the Noorsekloof nature reserve. We invite you to soak up the sunshine, enjoy the relaxed atmosphere and have a wonderful stay.

Anything else to add?

Grab some food! A good selection of coffee shops, fast food takeaways and restaurants cater for every culinary taste, from black tie to barefoot on the beach.

jeffreys bay tourism

The official website of Jeffreys Bay Tourism. Head to their website for more information. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $9

 Daily spend: $50

 Travelled: 120763km

 Dollar spent: $12369

Kommetjie, Long Beach, Western Cape, South Africa

Another fantastic destination for surfing, Kometjie is one of South Africa's longest beaches, spanning 8km of champagne white sand! The town has a really relaxed local feeling. Due to the water being a little on the cold side, (perfect for water sports) it attracts less sunbathers and swimmers and more people running and enjoying the dog friendly beach. Wonderful image by @gidz4e.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

A must do in Cape Town would be hiking Skeleton Gorge up and down via Nursery Ravine. Simply stunning views, amazing dam and white beach on top.

What's your top general recommendation?

Sunset on clifton is a classic if there's a lot of wind. The wind almost never hits the beaches there. Score!

Anything else to add?

Cape Town has so much to offer,  grab your surf board and enjoy the incredible nature. 

JULIE BRONDEEL

Content creator, videographer & storyteller, Cape Town local. Head to her Instagram for more surf/travel/adventure inspiration.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $9

 Daily spend: $50

 Travelled: 123498km

 Dollar spent: $12472

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You’ll never run out of things to do in Zimbabwe. Join rafting trips in the world-renowned Victoria Falls. Test your limits as you accomplish a half or full stretch up to 26km of rapids. If you want to add a little more excitement, try high adrenaline activities, including bungee jumping and microlight flying.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

After a long day rafting, relax with a full body massage!

What's your top general recommendation?

Make sure to take your time to marvel at the sunset glow that’s sure to make you feel appreciative of your travel experience.

Anything else to add?

Connect with nature as you spend days in the safari, watching wildlife in action. Admire rhinos, hippos, lions, buffalos, zebras and exotic birds as they roam around freely in their natural habitat.

Shockwave Whitewater Rafting Adventures

Founded in 2001 by Philani Moyo, with assistance from Paul Brees and Chris Mongo. They created the company to promote local tourism in Africa. View their listing for more info on their amazing adventures. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend:$50 (Including one day rafting trip: $150)

 Travelled: 126034km

 Dollar spent: $12772

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The coast of Zanzibar is building its reputation as a world class kiting paradise, but still keeps this atmosphere of being undiscovered and a real secret escape. Zanzibar is a small but mostly idyllic holiday paradise just off the Tanzanian coast in the Indian Ocean. Crystal clear water, white sandy beaches and views that are screen saver ready!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Kitesurfing in Zanzibar: we have found paradise! Pearly white sandy beaches, 27 degree turquoise waters, palm trees, friendly people and especially lovely kite conditions for every level. For beginners to freestylers there is flat shallow water all the way to the reef. And on the reef there are beautiful waves for the advanced wave kitesurfers among us.

What's your top general recommendation?

Our kiteboarding camp package has everything included. We take care of the accommodation in a luxurious beachfront hotel, with the kitesurf school and coffee bar on the same plot. You ‘roll’ from your room in to the pool or ocean and your gear will be ready on the beach. 

Anything else to add?

The conditions vary by the tides, with flat water on both lagoons when it is low to middle tide, and beach kickers at high tide.

Oceanbirdz Kiteboarding Camps

Progression coaching for beginners up to advanced riders. Owner of Girlzactive: Women only kite camps. Head to their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $50

 Travelled: 1241444km

 Dollar spent: $12931

Moshi, Tanzania

Stand on the rooftop of Africa, saunter in the Serengeti, break bread with the Maasai people. A region overflowing with superlatives, iconic landscapes, and wildlife. Your odyssey begins here in Northern Tanzania, from the slopes of Kilimanjaro to the astounding mix of national parks, including Serengeti and Tarangire.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Stay in Moshi, a Tanzanian municipality situated on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro. Now a tourist hub for those starting or completing a climb of the nearby mountain, it descended from a German military camp (Neu-Moschi) established in 1893.

What's your top general recommendation?

Aside from the mountain, there is so much more this locale has to offer. You can choose to explore multiple national parks or conservation areas including the Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Lake Natron, or Lake Eyasi. 

Anything else to add?

If you desire another mountain then why not summit Mount Meru? Explore the best safari circuit in Africa, with each conservation estate adding a new dimension to the startling array of flora and fauna you will experience. For the anthropologically minded take this opportunity to participate in cultural activities amongst the Maasai people, or to observe the vanishing lifestyle of the Hadzabe a remarkable group of true hunter-gatherers.

Nyange Adventures

Known as Praise to his friends, Ombeni Nyange is the founder and Managing Director of Nyange Adventures Ltd. Praise is the perfect nickname for a man so devoted to his local culture, environment and the care of others.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.30

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $35

 Travelled: 126085km

 Dollar spent: $12976

Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Kilimanjaro is so much more than conquering inner demons; instead go to reach new physical limits as well as the ecosystem, the mesmerising beauty of the nature and the friendly locals. Don't be a basic hipster, heading to climb this famous peak- while you're here, truly experience Tanzania! Sensational, image by Dan Schneider, head to this Instagram for more adventures.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro is the highlight of most visitors’ experiences in Tanzania. Few mountains can claim the grandeur, the breathtaking views of Amboseli National Park in Kenya, the Rift Valley, and the Masaai Steppe, that belongs to Kilimanjaro. 

What's your top general recommendation?

But there is so much more to Kili than her summit. The ascent of the slopes is a virtual climatic world tour, from the tropics to the Arctic.
Even before you cross the national park boundary (at the 2,700m contour), the cultivated footslopes give way to lush montane forest, inhabited by elusive elephant, leopard, buffalo, the endangered Abbot’s duiker, and other small antelope and primates. Higher still lies the moorland zone, where a cover of giant heather is studded with otherworldly giant lobelias.

Anything else to add?

The most frequent expeditions are obviously to Mt. Kilimanjaro and Mt. Meru, but there are also other destinations such as the Crater Highlands. Trekking companies will happily put together an itinerary that suits your preferences.

Tanzania Tourist Board

The official tourism board for destination Tanzania, home of Kilimanjaro, Serengeti, Zanzibar, and much more! Head to their website for more info. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $1

 Average meal: $3.50

 Daily spend: $30

 Travelled: 126291km

 Dollar spent: $13062

Nairobi, Kenya

Bounding with energy, an electric feel to the city, Nairobi is a truly awesome place. Still the gateway to Africa's incredible safari escapes, no longer should you simply pass through without taking in the amazing culture Nairobi has to offer.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

When in Nairobi you have to do a Game Drive at the Nairobi National Park.

What's your top general recommendation?

Enjoy the amazing sunsets at Ole-sereni Hotel which overlooks the National Park, as you enjoy your cocktail, beer or wine.

Anything else to add?

 There is so much to see and do around Nairobi, you certainly shouldn't miss it! 

Mwendwa KirimI

Mwendwa Kirimi is a popular Kenyan fashion blogger. Head to her Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $42

 Travelled: 128391km

 Dollar spent: $13379

Lake Malawi, Malawi

There are a few places you visit and you think, man, how is this not my desktop screensaver! Lake Malawi is one of them. With pure white sand, a rich and diverse ecosystem and the sweetest people. From eating freshly BBQ'ed fish taken direct from the lake and eating side by side with the locals to diving in one of the world's most rich marine life areas or soaking up in the sun, Lake Malawi is unmissable.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Galloping along the shores of Lake Malawi on horse back, swimming with your horse and having the sunset behind you is truly unforgettable.- Kande Horse Malawi

What's your top general recommendation?

Lake Malawi is the best kept secret of Southern Africa, and at 365miles long, there is so much opportunity to explore!- Steph

Anything else to add?

Don’t miss the relaxed beaches of Senga Bay, perfect for kayaking or SUP boarding, or the fun hippy vibes at Nkhata Bay.- Steph

Steph, The Pink Backpack

Canadian solo traveller obsessed with adventure. Exploring Tanzania and Malawi. Check her out on Instagram.

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.50

 Average meal: $4

 Daily spend: $25

 Travelled: 131374km

 Dollar spent: $13722

Limbe, Cameroon

Between the National parks and the wildlife you have world renowned black sandy beaches and land untouched by mainstream tourism. Limbe is a well kept secret in Africa and it's well worth a visit to experience everything it has to offer. Lovely image from Cameroon local Gabber Blabbers - follow her on Instagram

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Limbe is a touristic town because it’s located on a beautiful bay against the backdrop of a major mountain range. Limbe is one of two coastal towns that are popular among Western tourists because of black sand beaches.

What's your top general recommendation?

Other touristic sites are the Limbe wild life centre and the Limbe Botanic Gardens.

Anything else to add?

Limbe has a hot climate compared to that of other towns like Douala, but, as it is close to the Atlantic ocean, the climate is different offering a good sea-breeze at most hours of day. It is considered the most attractive town in the country with many touristic sites, beaches and other attractions.

All about CAMEROON

Your source on anything about Cameroon. The go-to for all the tourist info you could need. Head to their website to learn more.

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $20

 Travelled: 137249km

 Dollar spent: $14214

Marrakech, Morocco

Vibrant, colourful, romantic and mesmerising; Marrakech is quite something. Densely packed medinas, mosques, palaces all enclosed in a medieval city! Plus the food, oh boy, the food! Sensational image by Isabella, when she was recently on an adventure in Marrakech. She totally inspired us to explore the area. Check her out on Instagram right here.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Be enchanted by the Ochre city of Marrakesh, a city of adventure and excitement. Behold, vibrant red walls rising out of the Moroccan deserts, magical Moorish architecture, aromatic gardens, minarets, archways, and fountains. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Simply step out of the doorway and enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and aromas of this colourful place. Haggle your way to happiness in the many souks of Marrakesh, shopping for anything you can imagine, and even items that you have never considered. Purchase North African spices, wonderful local art, magic carpets, slippers or jewellery, the list goes on and on. 

Anything else to add?

Had enough of shopping, make sure you visit the Majorelle Garden previously owned by Yves Saint Laurent. Here you can enjoy the sunshine and mosaic fountains. 

MTB MOROCCO

Passionate about Morocco, its ecology, history and culture. Avid sports-people and cyclists they will make your journey unforgettable. Check out their listing here

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $50

 Travelled: 137249km

 Dollar spent: $13479

Tamraght, Morocco

Exuding warm and welcoming vibes like only the Moroccans can offer, embracing each traveller to the area like an old friend. A small and embracing surf community offering a new adventure to all who pass through.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The Surf camp sits between Banana Beach point and Devil’s Rock point, with Km 11, and Crocodile all in a walking distance. Anchor Point , the famous epic wave of Taghazout is easily accessible and it’s only 5 minute drive. 

What's your top general recommendation?

The Surf Camp is built in a traditional Moroccan style and exudes warm and welcoming vibes, making guests feel comfortable and at home. The Surf Camp has a beautiful dining and living room in a open area.

Anything else to add?

Add value to the surf camp by enjoying the traditional Moroccan life of Tamraght, with beautiful colorful villas.

Abo Surf Morocco

The Surf Camp will get you close to waves, the closest you can stay to some of the best waves here in Tamraght. Check out their listing here.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: 4120 (Including a days surfing hire)

 Travelled: 137501km

 Dollar spent: $13500

Taghazout, Morocco

Tamaraght and Taghazout are communities a short distance to the North of the city of Agadir on the Atlantic Coast of Morocco. More importantly, they are smack-bang in the middle of great surf breaks. Carve up some of the best surf in Europe with breaks such as – Boilers, Draculas, Donkeys, Camel Point, Killer Point, Mysteries, Anchor Point, Crocs, Devils Rock, and Spiders.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Escape the hustle and bustle of big city Morocco to be surrounded by a world of natural beauty. Enjoy the culture and tranquillity of this small Berber village where you can experience authentic Moroccan life with its traditional cafes and shops. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Enjoy the surfing vibe as you cross paths and stories with surfers from all around the globe. Enjoy the many beachside cafes and restaurants whilst being surrounded by traditional Moroccan village life. 

Anything else to add?

Food food food! Go Moroccan with sweet mint tea, or enjoy the energy burst of fresh coffee. Sup Moroccan Harira soup, and savour the aromas and flavours of freshly baked bread. Enjoy perfect omelettes, or pancakes, with honey, jam, fresh fruit, cereals, cheese, olives, and eggs.

Surf Coast Morocco 

Excellent surfing tuition or guiding in small intimate groups that are tailored to your level and needs. Check out their listing here to learn more

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $100 (Includes surfing utition for the day)

 Travelled: 139584km

 Dollar spent: $14018

Sal, Cape Verde

A lush oasis found in the middle of the turquoise ocean not far from the desert, you will find Sal and its pearly white sand! "Sal" derives from the word for Salt, as the Island was the home of the salt mining industry. Now it welcomes kite surfers and beach lovers alike.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

We have so many suggestions! After having a kite lesson with ELVIS at 100 Feet kite School: go for happy hour at Calema from 18 to 22 and then visit Rodizio 's Pizza.  After dinner experience the night life with live music at Buddy's. The perfect day!

What's your top general recommendation?

Food is a huge part of the discovery of Sal. Try a tuna carpaccio or tartare at Barracuda Restaurant and then take a walk on the beach until Ponta Preta for sunset photos.

Anything else to add?

Don't forget to try the sashimi at Compad Restaurant followed by a quad ride to the island of Sal and bathe in Pedra do Lume Vulcano (salinas).

100 Feet Kite School

Elvis has worked for a lot of schools in Sal but decided to try his way with a new adventure: the 100 feet Kite School.

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $4.50

 Daily spend: $75 (Includes kite lessons for the day)

 Travelled: 145498km

 Dollar spent: $144792

Hurghada, Egypt

Hurghada, Egypt is one of those kitesurfing trips basically every kiteboarder must experience at least once. Trust us when we say this is a kiteboarding trip like nothing you have ever experienced before.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The Red Sea Kite Safari in Egypt is one of those kitesurfing trips that is unmissable. A week on a beautiful yacht far away from civilization and noise, but surrounded by shimmering turquoise sea, dolphins and glassy lagoons.

What's your top general recommendation?

By staying on a boat we have the freedom to kitesurf wherever we want, so we can adjust to the conditions. You will have all the space on the water, as we visit deserted sandbanks in the open sea. 

Anything else to add?

Besides kitesurfing there are many other activities to do. For example, take a look at the wonderful underwater world of the Red Sea. This is one of the most beautiful places on earth for snorkeling and diving. 

Oceanbirdz Kiteboarding Camps

Progression coaching for beginners up to advanced riders. Owner of Girlzactive: Women only kite camps. Head to their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $180 (Including a kit surfing lesson)

 Travelled: 155387km

 Dollar spent: $145879

Turks & Caicos

The epitome of paradise, everything you imagine from a distant and exotic adventure. Aqua blue water, white sand, cold beer and more kite/wind/wave surfing than you could possibly ask for.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

A must do thing is to do a day trip with @waketowaketc to the shipwreck and go water-skiing and wakesurfing with dolphins! They have an amazing boat and all the gear you need!

What's your top general recommendation?

Turks & Caicos is such an incredible place, and with the water being amazingly clear as it is, you can't pass up on diving either! 

Anything else to add?

Drink a cold beer with your friends, sit on the beach as the sun goes down and enjoy life! 

Chris Rogers

Travel & Action Sports Filmmaker, Co-founder of @gdomeglobal.

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $14

 Daily spend: $130 inc Kite rentals (includes kite, bar, and lines):
$150 per day

 Travelled: 157442km

 Dollar spent: $146349

Bridgetown, Barbados

An electric mix of Bajan and western culture, as the worlds collide with street vendors selling fresh food to all the water sport lovers who flock there. So that's why it's understandable that it was named a UNESCO World Heritage site in 2012.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

It's all about why we do what we do, to ignite those deep seeded emotions of adrenaline excitement and awe inside everyone no matter what walk of life you come from.

What's your top general recommendation?

Jetblading is of course our top recommendation, it's so much fun and a great way to experience all the charm of the ocean! 

Anything else to add?

Being in nature is the best way to experience Barbados. The people and the atmosphere is electric! 

JetBlade Babardos

Barbados No 1 Hydro Flight Authority Certified Master Xjetpack Operation. Follow their adventures on Instagram

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $9

 Daily spend: $90

 Travelled: 158809km

 Dollar spent: $147049

Cabarete, Dominican Republic

Located to the north of the island and with Encuentro beach in your front yard, you couldn’t pick a better location to begin your surfing or kitesurfing adventures. The local town is only a few kilometres away and with bikes and scooters, provided free of charge, you can enjoy the local restaurants and bars that can be found on the main street of Calle Principle, along the waterfront.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Definitely try surfing and kitesurfing. Cabarete is referred to as the mecca for them.

What's your top general recommendation?

Whale watching, horse riding, windsurfing, scuba diving, hiking, mountain biking, SUP, kayaking, canyoning, snorkelling, zip lining and fishing. So much to do! 

Anything else to add?

With warm weather all year round this location is available 365 days a year!

Hooked Cabarete

An ideal base for adventure seekers to explore a range of activities around the island. Head to their listing on our website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $7

 Daily spend: $45

 Travelled: 160064km

 Dollar spent: $147985

Grenadines, Caribbean

The deserted islands with multiple palm trees are surrounded by crystal clear water and coral reefs full of tropical marine life. The flat water kiteboarding and sailing around the paradisial islands is so spectacular that it has been said to be one of the top 10 destinations on the planet for sailing and kitesurfing.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Kite traveling turns you into a storyteller; Our Grenadines Dreamtrip. Kitesurf on deserted islands, catch your own lobster in between for lunch and take our stunning, luxurious catamaran to move you and your kitebuddies to the next kitestop.

What's your top general recommendation?

Palmtrees, white beach, turtles and nobody around except some local carribean inhabitants that like to play a nice tune while you are sipping on your cocktail.

Anything else to add?

Stop and take in all the emotions, feelings and the atmosphere, this island is full of charm! 

Oceanbirdz Kiteboarding Camps

Progression coaching for beginners up to advanced riders. Owner of Girlzactive: Women only kite camps. Head to their listing to learn more

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $80 (Including a kite lesson)

 Travelled: 167560km

 Dollar spent: $149067

Cerro Castor, Patagonia, Argentina

From sand white beaches to snow and the harsh mountain winds of the Patagonia mountain range. Cerro Castor is one of the more popular resorts in the area and offers an experience like no other. Afterall, how many people get to say they rode big mountain in Patagonia, now that's cool! Just like Thomas Finsterbusch, who is responsible for this epic image. Check out his unconventional mountain adventures on his Instagram.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Skiing of course! Being the southernmost ski center on the planet, it has characteristics that make it unique and different. Skiing in Cerro Castor is to enjoy the best quality of snow, thanks to the orientation of the mountain.

What's your top general recommendation?

7 amazing gastronomic points that allow you to appreciate the Fuegian landscape from different places as well as the cuisine of the area.

Anything else to add?

The Area is located 26 km from the international airport of Ushuaia, capital of Tierra del Fuego, allowing in a few minutes easy access to a unique place.

Cerro Castor

Cerro Castor official tourism board. The ideal place to get info on your stay in Patagonia. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $110 (Including a ski pass for the day)

 Travelled: 175076km

 Dollar spent: $150297

La Cruz, Costa Rica

On the northern Pacific coast of Costa Rica, surrounded by beautiful beaches: if you’re a fan of the great outdoors, a lover of nature or an adrenaline junkie this is the spot for you!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Our primary activity is kiteboarding. However, there’s lots of fun to be had in the nearby area and activities to take part in including snorkelling, sea kayaking and stand up paddleboarding. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Other popular activities include mountain biking, boat tours, scuba diving and sports fishing.

Anything else to add?

Come visit us anytime for the kiteboarding experience of a lifetime! 

Blue dream Kiteboarding 

Blue Dream Kiteboarding Resort sits on the north Pacific coast of Costa Rica, in the province of Guanacaste, just 12km from the city of La Cruz. Head to their listing to learn more.

Key data

 Average beer price: $2.50

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $100 (Including kite boarding lessons for the day)

 Travelled: 175532km

 Dollar spent: $150359

Asseradores, Nicaragua

Punta Aposentillo is a true beach lovers paradise. Located in Northern Nicaragua you can expect lush tropical forests as well as palm tree littered beaches just a short walk away from everything in the town. You will have the luxury of choice with beaches in abundance and varying in difficulty for all types of surfers.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Punta Aposentillo is a true beach lovers paradise. Located in Northern Nicaragua you can expect lush tropical forests as well as palm tree littered beaches just a short walk away from your ideally located accommodation.

What's your top general recommendation?

Alongside surfing and yoga, you can also choose among fishing, volcano hiking, horseback riding, stand up paddle tours, boat trip, and city tours.

Anything else to add?

Rise Up Surf Camp sits upon the clifftop of Nicaraguan beaches. From your hammock, you can enjoy views of the Pacific ocean as well as take the stairs to a private beach. Located near the best surfing in the country, you will be just a short ride to the best breaks.

Rise Up Surf Nicaragua

Welcome to the Rise Up familia! Experience a Surf, Yoga & Wellness adventure in beautiful Northern Nicaragua. We create a home away from home. Check out their listing here. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $1.50

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $35

 Travelled: 187287km

 Dollar spent: $151136

Machu Picchu, Peru

Another extremely popular choice for tourists who seek a sense of accomplishment. However you can steer away from the beaten track and learn about and experience Machu Picchu through the locals' eyes.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Explore the fauna in the reserve: bear, cock-of-the-rocks or "tunqui", tankas, wildcats and an impressive variety of butterflies and insects unique in the region.


What's your top general recommendation?

The shape of the land, the natural surroundings and the strategic location of Machu Picchu lend this monument a fusion of beauty, harmony and balance between the work of the ancient Peruvians and the whims of nature.

Anything else to add?

Machu Picchu is the land of the Orchids. Many species of plants live through the centuries in the Sanctuary, but only one is the queen of all plants and living creatures. With over 300 species and many colors, this plant is such a beautiful thing to observe and smell! That’s why Machu Picchu, Land of the Orchids, must live forever.

Machu Picchu Travel Office 

The best place to go for info to plan your trip to Peru. Head to their website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $2

 Average meal: $3

 Daily spend: $30 

 Travelled: 180199km

 Dollar spent: $151538

Mancora, Peru

The long soft sand beaches and side-on-wind combine to create one of the best kitesurfing spots in the country. Combine that with consistent weather conditions, the warm Atlantic Ocean and the surrounding abundant wildlife and we think we’re on to a winner.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Along with tailored kitesurfing lessons on the beach we also offer customized kitesurfing trips to nearby destinations to expand your skill set and to connect you with the surrounding Peruvian coastline.

What's your top general recommendation?

Kitesurfing is our primary sport. Nevertheless, as there’s usually no high winds until midday, we also teach surfing and stand up paddleboarding.

Anything else to add?

Other nearby activities include horse riding, fishing, quad bikes, and yoga.

Wild Kite Peru

WKP is a kite/surf club based in Mancora, Peru. Come discover a superb northshore, we design your kite trip of a lifetime! Head to their listing to learn more

Key data

 Average beer price: $3

 Average meal: $5

 Daily spend: $80 (Includes kiteboarding for the day)

 Travelled: 184796km

 Dollar spent: $152118

San Vicente, Chile

Skiing freeride in Chile I hear you cry? It's a crazy notion right? But it must be experienced to be believed. Sensational conditions set to the jagged and imposing Chilean landscape. It's something many riders dream about.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

With endless terrain and vertical available to POWDER SOUTH, our guides find safe runs for those who want to challenge themselves and improve their skills as well as those who want a mellow, fun, and exclusive powder day in the backcountry.

What's your top general recommendation?

Chile is a narrow country, so everything is nearby. In a short time you can be in so different surroundings by helicopter. If poor weather does not allowed to heli-ski, you can head to Valle Nevado’s ski resort or go cat skiing at Valle Arpa or why not go to the beach to eat fresh fish & seafood or, furthermore, visit a winery and savor a wine tasting or go shopping in the modern malls of Santiago.

Anything else to add?

We have the benefit of a maritime snowpack, which is light and dry due to the high altitude, synonymous with champagne powder at its best. 

Powder South Heli Skiing

Powder South has been the Chilean Andes’ premier helicopter skiing operation since 2002. We offer a range of trips, June to October. Head to their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $4

 Average meal: $6

 Daily spend: $460 (Includes a help ski drop)

 Travelled: 196026km

 Dollar spent: $154218

Kauai, Hawaii

A mecca for outdoor lovers, Hawaii is an excellent spot for many different adventurous pursuits. Explore Kauai’s peaks, valleys, canyons, rivers and coastlines, and inevitably fall in love with its many faces and moods.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

In order of popularity: paddling, hiking or sightseeing by motorboat or helicopter at the remote Na Pali coast. After that, beach walking, surfing, paddling, or snorkeling the mile-long beach of Hanalei Bay.

What's your top general recommendation?

Limahuli Gardens, the Kilauea Lighthouse and the highlands of Koke’e for walking, hiking, and birdwatching.

Anything else to add?

Mark Twain, a famous North American writer and pundit, once described Hawaii as “ the loveliest fleet of islands that lies anchored in any ocean.”  One of the crowning jewels of that “fleet” would have to be Kauai, with its natural beauty and friendliness.

Kayak Kauai

The ultimate adventure company in Kauai! Check out their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $8

 Daily spend: $130 (Including a one day surf adventure)

 Travelled: 196076km

 Dollar spent: $154579

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico

Do some snorkelling and dive in the depths of the sea to watch the beautiful marine life, surf in the cool, clean and calm blue waters or maybe go on kayaking among the caves. Whatever your choice, adventure is afoot! Check out our operator High Tide Los Cabos and learn more about the adventures on offer. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

There are many places to see and stay in Los Cabos but my number one recommendation is to charter a Seashine Adventures yacht for a few hours or for the day. The company and crew are extremely attentive, professional, and FUN! It is the best way to experience Cabo San Lucas with your friends or family.

What's your top general recommendation?

I absolutely LOVE Mexico. Especially Cabo San Lucas! The people, the culture, the food, and the scenery are absolute perfection.

Anything else to add?

As long as you are in a bikini and in good company, it's impossible not to relax and have a great time in Los Cabos!

aLEXandra dieck

A New York based designer of silk scarves, fluent in fashion, beauty and travel. Check out her awesome Instagram

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $7

 Daily spend: $60

 Travelled: 198252km

 Dollar spent: $155029

Grand Canyon Arizona, USA

It's one of those destinations that really needs no introduction. It's on so many people's bucket list simply for the sheer magnitude of the area's raw and natural beauty. Big love to our good friend Agnes Maltesdotter of AMBA STUDIOS- Lifestyle photographer who took this amazing image. Follow her amazing travels here

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Powerful and inspiring, Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona is no doubt on every traveler’s must-see list. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is arguably one of the USA’s most famous landmarks and encompasses nearly 5,000 square kilometers of plummeting canyons, multicolored rocks, dramatic cliffs and stunning ravines.

What's your top general recommendation?

Nearly as alluring as the canyon is the powerful Colorado River snaking its way through Grand Canyon National Park, beckoning visitors to take short guided boat trips or a multi-day adventure. 

Anything else to add?

Sign up for a ranger-led program to learn about geologic history, majestic birds of prey, animals living in the extreme environment and the area’s early inhabitants. 

Visit The USA

Welcome to the USA’s official travel & tourism organization.

Key data

 Average beer price: $4.50

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $45

 Travelled: 199092km

 Dollar spent: $155150

Salt Lake City, Utah, USA

A cool and chill city surrounded by imposing and exciting mountains that beacon adventure lovers like a call to action, unable to ignore - this is why so many folk to Salt Lake City, to use it as a base, a gateway for trekking, skiing and kayaking opportunities.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

If you’re a nature lover, a drive through Big Cottonwood Canyon and Little Cottonwood Canyon is a must! It’s just outside of the city with lots of hidden hiking trails!

What's your top general recommendation?

My personal favorite is Lake Blanche, with magnificent views of mountains and lakes!

Anything else to add?

Get out in nature and be with good friends, it's good for the soul and the best way to discover the USA. 

Nicole Zibolski

From Minnesota, currently road tripping through the States. Follow her road trip on Instagram. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $90

 Travelled: 200123km

 Dollar spent: $155280

Whitefish Montana, USA

There are a few places in the world that will capture your imagination and will remain as a distant dream to visit. However, you don't need to make Montana an unattainable goal. Whitefish is a destination that you simply need to visit to feed your soul. Every powder lover needs to pass by to experience the wonder. We can't wait for winter, join us there this season!

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

It’s called Big Mountain for a reason. It features 3,000 acres to choose from in winter and a myriad of different activities to choose from in summer. The mountain is home to light champagne like powder and perfect freeride conditions in the winter. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Summer is a magical time to visit Whitefish. Explore the Whitefish Bike Park. With more than 30 miles of lift-accessed and cross-country trails ranging from beginner to expert, there’s something for everyone.

Anything else to add?

Our helpful employees will help point you in the right direction for your perfect trip to the mountain.

Whitefish Mtn Resort

Enjoying the good old days of skiing, snowboarding & summer adventure in Whitefish, MT. Head to their website to plan your trip. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $6

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $160 (Includes a one day ski pass)

 Travelled: 200412km

 Dollar spent: $155600

Jumbo Glacier, British Columbia, Canada

Maybe you saw the Netflix special "Jumbo Wild" maybe you didn't, either way, there is something so intrinsically captivating about an area shrouded in mystery and controversy as Jumbo Glacier is. Without passing judgement, whether you visit the "soon to be built" resort or not, this area should be put firmly on your bucket list to discover the ancient culture of the natives and this largely untouched area of British Columbia. This could well be the world's new home of freeride. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Jumbo Glacier Resort is a unique sightseeing destination and is the only year round ski resort in North America. It will be located at the foot of Jumbo Mountain and Jumbo Glacier — 53 km west of Invermere, British Columbia, on a former sawmill site. 

What's your top general recommendation?

Climatic conditions, in the mountains where heli-skiing was born, are ideal for skiing: consistently huge annual snowfalls in a dry and protected region with an above average number of sunny days. 

Anything else to add?

The area is protected from the humid climate of the Pacific Coast and from the cold Arctic air that penetrates Banff National Park. Because of the elevations, snowmaking will not be required, and rain in winter is not a threat — unlike most existing resorts in North America.

jumbo glacier resort

Jumbo Glacier Resort is a proposed year round ski resort located at the foot of Jumbo Mountain and Jumbo Glacier. Head to their website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $0

 Average meal: $0

 Daily spend: $0

 Travelled: 200980km

 Dollar spent: $156000

Big White, British Columbia, Canada

This resort is well known for being a family friendly place for people looking to ski piste and unwind. However, don't tell anyone, but Big White is also home to amazing big mountain lines, touring trails and has so much to offer to those looking to investigate outside the patrolled area. Striking image lovingly captured by Andrew Jay who is a Photographing Snowboarder, Shoot Snow in the Winter and Dirt in the Summer. Follow his adventures on Instagram here

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Big White’s Main Street is actually a ski run! Hailed as Canada's largest ski-in ski-out resort village, guests can ski to their doorstep or stroll through the village, shopping and dining in world-class restaurants and pubs.

What's your top general recommendation?

Big White provides everything you will need for a great vacation, all within walking distance to your accommodation.

Anything else to add?

Big White offers so many activities, no matter the time of year. World class skiing and snowboarding in the winter (plus perfect champagne like conditions) as internationally renowned MTB and hiking trails in the summer! 

Big White Ski Resort

Big White is Canada's favourite family ski resort! Home to 15 lifts & 118 runs. Head to their website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $11

 Daily spend: $90

 Travelled: 201683km

 Dollar spent: $156065

Maligne Lake, Alberta

Let us set the scene: vivid ice cold water, illustrious peaks and blue skies reflected on the mirror-like water. Blissful solitude and peace, need we say any more or have you already decided to visit Maligne Lake? Image by the amazing Garrett King. Head to his Instagram to follow his travels. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Our Wildlife & Waterfalls Tour explores the Maligne Valley and Maligne Canyon.  Join our professional certified guides on one of our guided hikes or walks to spectacular areas such as Mt. Edith Cavell or Maligne Lake.

What's your top general recommendation?

Get out early to make the most of your day. Wildlife sightings in Jasper National Park are most frequent in the early morning and during the evening. Guided tours offer the opportunity to observe wildlife such as elk, bear, moose, sheep and deer at the dawn of another day.

Anything else to add?

We welcome you to join us on an adventure you won’t forget in Jasper National Park.

Maligne Adventures

Showcasing the natural beauty and adventure of Jasper National Park. Canyon Icewalks, Wildlife Tours, Rafting & more. Head to their website to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $5

 Average meal: $15

 Daily spend: $85

 Travelled: 201932km

 Dollar spent: $156548

Abraham Lake, Alberta

Abraham lake is an undisputed photo op. Much like Maligne Lake, Abraham Lake is the physical manifestation of tranquility. Walking along the shore, canoeing, or simply meditating and reconnecting are just a few things to do there.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The lake itself is a true wonder and a MUST SEE.  Its turquoise color may be one of the most breathtaking sites you may ever see.  The extremely dynamic color is caused by "rock flower" (silt ground from rocks by glacier movement).

What's your top general recommendation?

The lake is a great place to walk, have a picnic in the summer and a paddle in the water (If you can brave the chill!)

Anything else to add?

The man and his family that the lake was named after is Silas Abraham who lived in the North Saskatchewan River valley in the late 1800's. Cool, right?

Travel Alberta

The official Tourism Account For Travel Alberta. Head to their website here

Key data

 Average beer price: $15

 Average meal: $10

 Daily spend: $100

 Travelled: 202271km

 Dollar spent: $156826

Edmonton, Canada

Unforgettable cycling experiences with the backdrop of the Canadian Rockies. Take in this breathtaking landscape at the perfect speed with no barriers between you, the mountains and the road before you. Head to Mountain Madness tour's listing for incredible MTB experiences like the one in the image.  

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

My favourite place in Edmonton has got to be the river valley. It’s so beautiful in every season and definitely has the best views in the city!

What's your top general recommendation?

There are also a ton of cute cafes around Whyte Ave and downtown that are worth checking out.

Anything else to add?

There is nothing better than exploring nature around Edmonton with good friends in tow! 

JENNA ROSZELL

Originally from Edmonton, currently travelling around Europe, exploring new awesome places! Head to her Instagram here. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $7

 Average meal: $13

 Daily spend: $110

 Travelled: 202965km

 Dollar spent: $156949

Revelstoke, Canada

Revelstoke is synonymous with big mountain riding. An unbridled backcountry experience. Eagle Pass Heliski (one of our amazing operators) lies in the heart of Canada's Monashee Mountains. We think Heli-skiing is the best way to see Revelstoke. Stunning image from one of our favorite skiing bad asses, Malou Peterson. Follow her adventures on Instagram. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

You haven’t truly carved your way down a mountain until you’ve conquered the Monashee’s. More than a vacation, it’s a pilgrimage taking you to a place with champagne powder and mountains as far as your eye can see.

What's your top general recommendation?

Touring is also a great way to get up close and personal with the mountains, grab your skins and head up! 

Anything else to add?

Enjoy some delicious mountain food and a cold beer after a hard day's riding! 

 Eagle Pass Heliski

Local heli-ski guides offering an unpretentious friendly atmosphere. Heliskiing is at the core of their philosophy. Head to their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $8

 Average meal: $16

 Daily spend: $160 (Including a ski pass for the day)

 Travelled: 203475km

 Dollar spent: $157028

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada

When thinking big mountain riding, you think of Whistler. The two go hand in hand. Although you may have to fight for your line, damn,' it would be worth it to brush shoulders with the biggest and best names in the industry, perhaps even ride along side them! 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Backcountry riding of course. Grab your backpack, a trail map and some good friends and head out exploring. 

What's your top general recommendation?

You can't miss out on Apres ski- it's all art of the charm. Grabbing a drink with your friends after a long day riding is such a wonderful thing. 

Anything else to add?

Always be safe when you go off piste, take care, take the correct equipment and always think twice and you're sure to have an amazing experience. 

Isabella Dodkins

Outdoor enthusiast at home anywhere but England- Skier instructor who spent Winter 2017/18 in Whistler. Follow her adventures on Instagram. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $10

 Average meal: $19

 Daily spend: $170 (A day ski's pass included)

 Travelled: 206748km

 Dollar spent: $157680

Valdez, United States

These are some of the tallest coastal mountains in the world, rising like tidal waves straight out of the sea. Therefore, similar to the conditions in Japan, you have light and dry snow, perfect for those dream like powder turns. The stuff of dreams. Plus with Alaska being so sparsely populated, its a really exclusive riding experience.

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Heli-skiing in the legendary Chugach Mountain Range surrounding Valdez Alaska and Thompson Pass.

What's your top general recommendation?

There is a Winter activity to suit everyone: Heli-skiing, Yacht Skiing, Snow Cat Skiing, Sled Trips, Touring Camp and Boat Based Ski Touring!

Anything else to add?

Always ride with the accompaniment of a guide, this area is as spectacular as it is dangerous. Be safe and smart!

Black Ops Valdez Heli Skiing

The only option for the Best Heli-Skiing and Snowboarding on the Planet! World-class accommodations provided by the Robe Lake Lodge, Valdez, Alaska. Head to their listing to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $9

 Average meal: $13

 Daily spend: $580 (Includes a heli ski drop)

 Travelled: 207860km

 Dollar spent: $158279

Haines, Alaska, USA

Home to one of the stops on the illusive Freeride World Tour, how could one not think of Haines for Freeriding delights? Much like Valdez, the maritime situation means light snow, stabe pack and perfect heli-ski conditions in the winter. The summer also offers amazing rafting/kayaking opportunities. 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The truly majestic scenery of Haines comes from the glacier terrain that formed the area many years ago. Haines is surrounded by mountains and water. This of course means that Haines is the home of rafting, kayaking, hiking, heliskiing and much more!

What's your top general recommendation?

Why not get to know the culture of the area, that has a deep and rich history to exhibit? Just head to one of the many museums! 

Anything else to add?

Haines is beautiful any time of year, we can't wait to meet you! 

Visit Haines

Haines Convention & Visitors Bureau represents a small rural community in the upper Lynn Canal of Southeast Alaska with big adventure opportunities for the tame explorer and thrill seekers alike. Head to their website to learn more. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $8

 Average meal: $12

 Daily spend: $80

 Travelled: 210213km

 Dollar spent: $159068

Somerset Island, Arctic Circle, Canada

Nestled in the entrance to the arctic circle, Somerset experiences all four seasons passionately; harsh cold winters, warm welcoming summers. Experience a place that few international tourists visit. Insane wildlife, mind boggling views and rich culture. What more could you want? Awe-inspiring aerial shot of a beluga whale pod, captured by pilot Neil Walton. We simply had to share this captivating shot of this mysterious area. Head to his Instagram here

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Visit one of the best locations in the world for viewing arctic wildlife at this lodge on Somerset Island in Nunavut.  Somerset Island is of particular interest to naturalists because of the abundance of wildlife

What's your top general recommendation?

Hikers and adventurers love the area because of the diversity of activities available which include hiking, kayaking, rafting, fishing, mountain biking and ATVing.

Anything else to add?

Though whale watching is the major attraction, it is also a haven for bird watching and for viewing polar bears, muskox, arctic fox, seals, arctic hare as well as visiting the many historical sites in the area. 

The Great Canadian Adventure Company

Adventure Trips Canada | Canadian Adventure Tours. Head to their website for more info. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $10

 Average meal: $20

 Daily spend: $150

 Travelled: 212469km

 Dollar spent: $160298

Greenland, Arctic Circle

As you get further North, the mystery increases and the desire to explore and discover grows with it. Greenland, what do we know? Landmass covered in Ice, home to strong and resilient natives. Also a wonderfully unique chance to understand the landscape through adventure - trekking, ice water kayaking and more. This flawless and inspiring image is by travel and adventure photographer Chandler Borries. Head to his Instagram for more from his Greenland trip and more! 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

The kayak is a cultural link between the earliest immigrants in Greenland, the common everyday experience by local kayakers and the modern rugged adventure expeditions. It's a must! 

What's your top general recommendation?

The Greenlandic roots are an exciting mix of various immigrating peoples and their ability to adapt to the Arctic challenges on the world’s largest island. Learn about the rich native culture. 

Anything else to add?

Head to our website and discover one of our many guide tours, including kayaking, mountaineering, hiking and more. Explore Greenland with the people who know it best! 

Visit Greenland

Visit Greenland owned by the Government of Greenland, who is responsible for marketing the country's adventures and opportunities. Head to their website. 

Key data

 Average beer price: $12

 Average meal: $22

 Daily spend: $120

 Travelled: 215065km

 Dollar spent: $162177

London, UK

Back to the start, why not add London onto our list. You shouldn't simply pass through via Heathrow Airport but rather take a look around. It may not be surrounded by nature, but London is an epic city! From the palace, Big ben and beyond. Plus, after a bucket list adventure you may have worked an appetite and London does food like no other. Image courtesy of one of Angelica's favorite London Instagrammers, Isabella Thordsen. Follow Isabella on her adventures around the world, too! 

The insider's secrets

What is a “must do” when visiting the area?

Take a picnic and head to the Southbank area. Grab some fresh food from one of the many markets and sit by the water with your friends and relax. Plus there is an epic skate park there, too! 

What's your top general recommendation?

London Dungeons. It's a weird suggestion for an adventure but I LOVE A GOOD THRILL and London dungeons are fun, informative and will give you a good giggle. 

Anything else to add?

Normally you can find me in Nature but when I'm not getting dirty outdoors, I don't mind a little shopping as the London style is totally cool. Head to Camden Market, then to Oxford street and compare and contrast. Great vegan food in Camden, too! 

Angelica Sykes

Thrillism.com's own Head Of Content Angelica is an adventure lover and travels every second she isn't producing inspiring content for you. She is also from the UK- who better to celebrate their own capital city! 

Key data

 Average beer price: $9

 Average meal: $17

 Daily spend: $100 


That's it, that's all folks. We have come full circle.

Impossible? Maybe? Not only because our geography is somewhat off here, but also because this would be one HELLA EXPENSIVE trip, racking up a total of 215,065 KM and spending a colossal $162,177 on just travel, this is without even factoring in spends!

But, this article is not a step by step guide, it's to inspire you to reignite the flame of desire to travel and explore. Leave no stone unturned and see things you could only have dreamed of seeing. Perhaps you can select your favourite destinations or maybe you only visit one spot- either way, we hope that you learn something new, meet someone new, grow as an adventurer and in appreciation for this beautiful planet.

Until next time, adventurers!

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