The Best “Adventurous” Trips for Non-Adventurous People
You’ll still go home with a story to tell
In theory, you want to climb Mount Everest/zipline through Costa Rica/hike the Pacific Coast Highway. But in practice: eek (heights), ew (bugs) and ugh (physical exertion).
Here, six trips that seem adventurous but are actually great for secretly lazy people.
Trek through the Amazon...on a luxury cruise
Yes, you’d like to get all up close and personal with monkeys and piranhas. But you also want a warm meal and a decent bed. When you cruise with Aqua Expeditions, you begin and end in northern Peru and loop through the Amazon River for upwards of a week. Dine on five-star meals cooked by a renowned Peruvian chef and enjoy exotic views from the safe distance of your bedroom’s floor-to-ceiling windows.
Aqua Expeditions, from $3,165 per person
Climb the Alps...in a Gondola
The infamous Matterhorn has a place on every extreme climber’s bucket list. But you are no extreme climber. For a safer, less sweaty journey, hop aboard a luxury gondola that’ll whisk you above breathtaking views of Italy and Switzerland, all while dining on cheese fondue and Valais wine.
Zermatt Bergbahnen for $95 per person
Explore the Grand Canyon...by Helicopter
Hate heat? And walking. And donkeys. The four-hour tours lead by Papillion Helicopters give you a bird’s eye view of the Hoover Dam, the Mojave Desert, Lake Mead and the sprawling Colorado River--without having to strap on your hiking boots. Break for lunch on a private plateau where you’ll enjoy a gourmet picnic and first-class Champagne.
Papillon Helicopters, from $320 per person
Explore an Icelandic volcano...in a cable lift
Want to travel to the center of the earth without too much work? When you sign up for an Extreme Iceland tour, expert guides will pick you up at your Reykjavik hotel, then transport you 30 minutes away to the world-famous Thrihnukagigur volcano. (Don’t worry—it hasn’t erupted in 40,000 years.) After a very moderate hike, you hop inside a cable lift that will take you 400 feet inside the magma chamber.
Extreme Iceland, $300 per person
Sleep under the Northern Lights...a luxury, glass igloo
The Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort in northern Finland boasts 20 thermal glass igloos, where you can sleep out under the Northern Lights (you have the best chance at catching them from January through March) without exactly roughing it. The resort is also home to the largest smoke sauna in the entire world.
Kakslauttanen Arctic Resort, from $400 per person per night
Trek Through the Moroccan Desert...on a Camel
This two-night trip through Morocco’s Erg Chebbi desert is very Lawrence of Arabia. Spend your days sand-boarding, bird-watching and exploring local villages. Then, after the sun goes down, camp in luxury, covered tents while attempting to get the sand out of your caftan.
Desert Luxury Camp, $760 per person