The best countries for adventure travel

By Katherine LaGrave
December 04, 2017, 2:50:31 PM EST

At Condé Nast Traveler, we believe adventure comes in many forms—and that adventure, no matter which way you slice it, can be found in every nook and cranny of the world. That being said, there are certain countries that have a little more of an advantage in the adrenaline department, thanks to a combination of natural resources. With this in mind, we polledTravelerstaff and dug into data from U.S. News and World Report to identify just which countries were best for adventurers.

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With more than 30,000 miles of spectacular coastline, the Outback, a different sort of wild, wild west, and a little place called the Great Barrier Reef, Down Under is ripe with adventure opportunities. Bonus: Given that its population to land ratio is so low—it’s one of the least crowded countries in the world—you’ll even feel like you have huge stretches of it to yourself.


polar bear


Canada may be the world’s second-largest country in terms of sheer size, but it has a population less than that of California—and 82 percent of that population lives in large or medium-sized cities. Get off the grid and into the wild on Haida Gwaii, the country’s “final frontier,” or go on a northern safari and spot polar bears in Manitoba. Got a few years? Hike, bike, ski, and paddle your way across the country on the Trans Canada Trail, which is a 14,864-mile network of paths—and the longest recreational trail in the world.

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