The safari is still a trip of a lifetime, but more and more travelers are trading classic game drives for more adventurous wildlife pursuits. “People want to discover distinctive scenery and observe animals that are unique to a particular destination,” says Ontario, Canada-based Virtuoso travel advisor Úna O’Leary. That could mean scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef or gorilla trekking in Rwanda
, which has recently become more accessible thanks to new infrastructure in the country.
Adventure travelers aren’t speeding through their vacations, but really immersing themselves in a destination – and they’re doing that by, say, trekking in Nepal or biking across countries such as France
. Extra days somewhere also lead to additional benefits, namely having more time to spend with plugged-in locals who can take you to places you’d otherwise never see. Many Virtuoso tour operators that specialize in adventure travel
can arrange excursions or meetings with insiders.