battleface has compiled another list of the best adventure travel destinations around the world which deserve your support once we come out the other side of this pandemic.
No one knows for sure what the post-coronavirus travel landscape will look like.
Will a virus-wary public opt for domestic travel experiences? Or will they resume their globetrotting once it’s safe to do so?
But one thing’s for sure: the impact of a near-global lockdown for several months has left many destinations in dire need of tourism.
Local tour companies, independent guides, conservation projects and community initiatives – as well as the many thousands of people indirectly benefiting from tourist revenue – are all facing a perilous future as they get to grips with a new reality: zero visitors.
So, check out the links, add these places to your bucket list and show your support for the under-visited, off-the-beaten-track destinations that make adventure travel the pursuit we all love.
Cardamon Province, Cambodia
The Cardamon Mountains in southwest Cambodia are home to 4.4 million hectares of rainforest and dozens of endangered species. Cardamon Tented Camp is an ecolodge which supports conservation efforts – including ranger patrols to combat poaching – through offering tourists accommodation and guided treks through Cardamon National Park.
Virunga National Park, The Democratic Republic of Congo
DRC has had a chequered history. But it’s just one of many destinations attempting to put the past behind it and forge a new identity for itself as a vibrant and exciting draw for more intrepid tourists. Just ask Obed, founder of Kumbukumbu Tours which offers visitors the chance to get up close and personal with Virunga’s awesome mountain gorillas.
Bamyan Province, Afghanistan
Speaking of chequered histories, Afghanistan has for too long been relegated to that list of countries more synonymous with conflict than care-free travel. And, prior to Covid-19, Bamyan Province was at the forefront of transforming that perception due to its renowned ski slopes and connection with Silk Road history.
Machu Picchu has long been Peru’s ‘flagship’ tourist destination but the country offers so much more – and without the tourist droves that have come to characterise the ancient citadel. The walled settlement of Kuélap, located in the southern Amazonas region and offering fascinating insights into the Chachapoyas culture, gets a fraction of the visitors during a ‘normal’ tourism season. Now, however, it will be suffering especially due to the pandemic. Add it to your travel itinerary for the country and get a glimpse of indigenous history without the crowds.
Camino de Santiago, Spain
Spain gets a bit of a bad rap in adventure travel circles due to its reputation for package holidays and red-faced Brits on the Costa del Sol. But the country’s most famous pilgrimage, Camino de Santiago – which incorporates various routes ending at Santiago de Compostela, Galicia – is a tried-and-tested challenge. And an ideal trip for anyone still keen to exercise some social distancing!