You want to book an adventure, but you are bored with the beach, sick of the city, and tired of family vacations. One country or one city just isn’t enough. You want more! You’re in need of a sweeping, grand adventure that will make you forget your day job and replenish your body, mind, and soul. If this sounds like your predicament, you’re most likely in need of multi-country tours full of physical activity, cultural exchange, and mother nature! With this big ol’ world just waiting to be explored, why limit yourself to one place and one experience? Find adventure tourism companies that help you find it all — have your travel cake and eat it, too!
Since you’re planning to visit multiple countries, the first decision you must make when picking your travel locations is what continent you want to explore! Any region of the world is attractive, but you need to focus on one landmass, then narrow your focus to specific countries of interest.
Book an adventure to Southeast Asia and explore Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam for a perfect combination of nature, history, beauty, nightlife, tranquil beaches, and rainforests. Rescue elephants in Thailand. Go diving in Cambodia. Visit sacred temples in Vietnam. Now this would be a journey as far away from your desk at the office as you can possibly get.
Interested in arranging your own safari trip? Consider multi country vacation packages in Africa, where you could visit countries such as Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, and Zimbabwe. Practice your ranger skills in the bush and learn about flora and other African fauna. Explore the diverse ecosystems of Botswana. Practice elephant conservation in Namibia. And where else can you see “The Big Five” game animals all in one place than in South Africa? The African lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and rhinoceros, oh my! Then canoe down the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.
Multi-country European tours and explore the British Isles of England, Ireland, and Scotland, where travel adventure opportunities are growing in Eastern Europe. During your time in England, forget the historic sites, and take a hike north along the coast. As you make your way north to the historic Scottish Highlands, keep an eye out for the Loch Ness monster! Just imagine exploring the mountain ranges and climbing the highest peak, Ben Nevis. Prepare for an altogether different experience as you float over to Ireland where you will explore the Cliffs of Moher, Dublin, and Galway.
Oceania is comprised of 14 countries and thousands of islands. Holy kangaroo! That is a lot of opportunity for multi country vacation packages! Maybe start big and explore the Australian outback. Take a walk on the wild side and go “Lord of the Rings” style, hiking “Mount Doom” (Mount Ruapehu) in New Zealand, and pray that it doesn’t erupt! If you can’t find enough to keep you occupied in those two locations, no sweat because there are 10,000 islands in Oceania to explore!
The world is a mighty big place, and you have equally big expectations when it comes to choosing the right program from adventure tourism companies. No matter what your interests, budget, and intended length of stay, you’ll find an opportunity waiting for you. Most programs will be a two-for-one package. Combining volunteer work, language programs, or more general study with organized adventure travel.
Volunteer & Adventure. Do you want to spend your time tracking wildlife, assisting park rangers, rescuing sea turtles, or observing “The Big Five”? Book a program in multiple locations abroad where you can do all of the above and more in a wildlife and conservation program. If you enjoy adventure, but a more refined type, consider a performing arts program. You could travel the world and inspire people from different countries with your musical talents while at the same time learning about their unique culture. Sign up for multi-country tours where you’ll discover what makes each region unique, gaining a better understanding of its politics, history, culture, geography, environmental issues, religions, and economics.
Eco-Adventures for Students. Still in school and looking for an adventure of a lifetime while you study? Consider a semester at sea. Depart from Australia and cruise to Thailand, while visiting multiple countries in between. Imagine surfing, snorkeling, diving, navigating currents, combined with onshore adventures at each stop. This type of program will allow you to incorporate studying and cultural exchange with adventure for all ages, from multi-country European tours to flits about Latin America and more.
Gap Year. If you want to go BIG, take an entire year off and visit multiple countries by booking a gap year program. What other time in your life will you have the time to go diving in nine different countries on three continents? Learn about the people, culture, religion, history, and issues of multiple regions of the world the program will take you through.
All of these multi-country adventure travel programs will help you gain skills, confidence, appreciation for diversity in cultures, leadership and group skills, and an understanding of international issues. If you have the time, the program you desire is waiting for you.
Costs & Affordability
Of course, since you are a travel and adventure junkie, you aspire to see the entire world. However, some locations are more expensive than others, so it is important to do your research ahead of time to ensure your eyes aren’t bigger than your pocketbook.
Program costs usually cover the major expenses, but what about the standard items you will need on your adventure that aren’t included? To give you an idea of costs, you can expect to pay about $1.00 for a coke in Australia, for example, while it costs around $0.50 in South Africa. In other words, do some in-depth research so there aren’t too many surprises.
For more details on what is or isn’t included in your program, you’ll need to coordinate directly with the specific program provider. Generally, most program fees include transportation in and between countries will be as well as accommodations and most meals. Additional costs will likely include flights to and from your initial destination, required visas and passport, as well as extra spending money for all of those shiny souvenirs or optional excursions you might stumble upon.
So, you might not be a millionaire, unfortunately, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous adventure. Travel smart and seek adventure tourism companies that caters to travelers on a budget. They know the ins and outs of the region and all its adventures and have already done the research for you. Some companies also offer fewer inclusions to cut costs or offer simpler accommodations. What better way to get back to nature than tent camping?
Accommodation & Visas
Where you hang your hat for the night will depend on what leg of your journey you’re on, which could change daily. While visiting cities or historical sites, expect to stay in a hotels or hostels. If you are roughing it in the backcountry bush, you might find yourself in a tent swatting away mosquitos. Some programs that visit multiple locations will incorporate a good mix of both outdoor and urban adventures. You might even find yourself sleeping on a boat for a month or two if you have sea legs and love to check out countries byway of their ports.
An important step to consider when planning your trip is determining which countries will require a visa for entry. Since you are planning to visit multiple countries on your adventure abroad, you will likely be able to get by on a 90-day tourist visa, but this isn’t always the case. Most programs with multi-country tours will supply you with the necessary information to obtain visas for each country ahead of time. Don’t hesitate to double check on your own though. Visit GoAbroad’s Embassy Directory to find your closest embassy and get more information about visa requirements.
Benefits & Challenges
Traveling abroad does require a lot more planning than domestic travel. But as they say, nothing worth having comes easy. You're seeing the world and having some of the best adventure vacations! You're getting a crash course in being travel savvy. You're exposing yourself to new languages, new cultures, new foods, and new people on the daily. You are out of your comfort zone, you are away from your cubicle at work, and you’re finding yourself on the other side of the planet.
Traveling can be tiring, and constantly being on the move from one adrenaline-pumping activity to the next will only compound that. Make sure you're not burning the candle at both ends. Get your rest, drink your water, and wake up every day refreshed and ready for the next escapade. You also might not get a fully immersive experience, so if you're really wanting to get to know a community or learn a language, this might not be the route you go.
So, it’s a done deal. Now it’s time to pack, board that plane, and get ready to meet people from all around the world who have the same thirst for adventure, nature, travel, and culture as you do. After all, the best adventure vacations start and end with friends.