3 Places to Look for Adventure in 2013

It’s nearly the end of January, and let me guess…you haven’t even started to map out your 2013 vacation spots.

How shameful.

Fortunately, you’re here. Here at Nerve Rush HQ, we value adventure, hence when we were dreaming up our 2013 bucket list vacation ideas, we had a gut-wrenching kind of itinerary in mind.

Without further ado, here are three spots to look for adventure in 2013.

1. Myanmar

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Uh, see that video? Looks gorgeous. Until recently, Myanmar wasn’t the kind of country one would simply travel to. In fact, it’s still a little complicated, what with politics and all. While Obama has lifted a number of sanctions against the country, travel companies are slowly seeing an uptick in their clients’ interest in Myanmar.

If you’re looking for an offbeat and authentic travel experience, with a flair of spiritual adventure, look no further than Myanmar.

2. Namibia

In 2010 I visited Swakopmund, Namibia and had the time of my life. I went sandboarding in the world’s oldest desert. I talked to others who had taken helicopter rides, visited the beach, gone quad-biking, hot-air ballooning, surfing, camel riding – I was blown away at this small coastal down which had been deemed the adventure capital of Africa.

A couple of fun facts–it’s the second-least densely populated country (behind Mongolia), and Shiloh Jolie-Pitt, the daughter of Brad and Angelina, was born here.

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This year, Namibia hosts the 2013 Adventure Travel World Summit, which is expected to draw more than 600 visitors from the adventure travel industry. Might have to start looking at plane tickets.

3. Iceland

Why Iceland? Because not only is it ridiculously awesome if you’re interested in the outdoors, but it’s a stone’s throw from the U.S. Seriously, it’s really easy to get to. From Boston or New York, you can find round trip plane tickets via Icelandair for $600-800, including a free stopover in cities like Copenhagen or Amsterdam.

Iceland boasts wild food (try the rotten shark meat or the local spirits), an assortment of adventure activities and some remarkably relaxing volcanic hot springs. For such a small island, it’s jam-packed with adventure. I don’t care what the guidebooks tell you – give yourself a minimum of 3 full days.

Alan Perlman
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