As the year draws to a close, it’s always fun to looking back at the amazing journeys you’ve taken. That’s why we were excited to see so many of Vantage travelers’ favorite destinations on World Travel Awards’ 2016 list for Leading Adventure Tourism Destinations. From America to Asia, here are the winners and why one of them should be your next adventure.
CHILE & ECUADOR (RUNNER UP)
Traversing South America means exploring some of the world’s most iconic natural wonders and observing truly unique wildlife all without traveling between too many time zones—a huge advantage for both new and seasoned travelers. With an astounding array of terrains and diverse cultures, Chile offers plenty of opportunity for adventure, from water rafting to horseback riding. Or, check out Ecuador—which you can enjoy on our Legendary Machu Picchu & the Galapagos Islands tour, also featuring a Quito post-trip extension. Join us on Across Patagonia: Chile’s Lakes, Mountains, and Wildlife or Chile & Argentina or President’s Adventure: Patagonian Wonders and Cosmopolitan Capitals to see the best of Chile in deluxe style.
AUSTRALIA & NEW ZEALAND
From soaring mountains to underwater kingdoms, Australia and New Zealand are full of natural wonders. The perfect destination to indulge your adventurous side, you’ll find a variety of exciting activities to experience nature up close, from mountain hiking to snorkeling. Swim with the fish of the Great Barrier Reef and join an Aborigine for a cultural tour of Mossman Gorge in Australia & New Zealand: An Adventure Down Under.
JAPAN & THAILAND
Asia is brimming with historic countries and diverse cultures, so it’s no surprise that Japan and Thailand made this year’s list of top destinations. A contrast of old and new, Asia is an astonishing mix of bustling cities, decadent traditions, and incredible architecture just waiting to be explored. Elevate your Asia adventures further with an extension to these amazing countries on Mysteries of Angkor Wat & the Mekong River or Imperial China, Mysterious Tibet & the Yangtze River.
Quite possibly one of the most picturesque and unspoiled countries in the world, Canada is lush with natural beauty. Full of snowcapped mountains and rolling ranchlands, our neighbor to the north has a variety of national parks to explore, including Jasper, Banff, and Yoho, as well as a large stretch of the stunning Rocky Mountains. Add a little adventure to these rich landscapes with activities such as a snowcoach ride over a 900-foot-thick glacier during Canadian Rail Adventure & the Rockies.
It’s easy to forget the natural wonders that exist in your back yard, but when it comes to adventure travel, America has plenty to offer. Just look at our incredible collection of national parks, from the verdant forests of Yellowstone to the vast spaces of the Grand Canyon. You can explore our country’s history in the Old West and the stunning scenery that surrounds it on America’s Treasures: The U.S. National Parks.