10 Most Exciting Adventure Trips

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10 Most Exciting Adventure Trips
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Sitting on the beach and sipping strawberry daiquiris isn't for everyone -- some people crave the sort of adventures you can't get unless you're willing to travel far from home. We've put together a list of the 10 most exciting trips from around the world. Don't blame us if you get so caught up in the excitement that you never come home.

Experience a Walkabout in Australia
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Experience a Walkabout in Australia

In a world where no corner seems unexplored, the outback in Australia is one of the last frontiers. Follow in the tradition of the native Aborigines, and go on a walkabout through the mostly uninhabited landscape. Who knows, maybe you'll have an epiphany and return back to civilization a changed person. Book a guided bush tour through Auswalk, starting at roughly $2,750 per person for a week.

Auswalk

Mush in Minnesota
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Mush in Minnesota

Ever dreamed of seeing the wilds of the North from the back of an open dog sled? The good news is you don't even have to leave the United States to do so -- an expert mushing tour guide, the Wintergreen Dogsled Lodge, is located right in Minnesota. Book a luxurious four-night camping trip with cabins for as little as $1,475 a person.

Wintergreen Dogsled Lounge

Discover Evolution in the Galapagos
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Discover Evolution in the Galapagos

More than 150 years ago, Charles Darwin formed the theory of evolution on the Galapagos Islands. Today, you can see what he observed through your own eyes by booking a tour from mainland Ecuador through Southern Explorations. When you're not traversing the protected landmasses with a naturalist guide, spend your time snorkeling or sea kayaking. Prices per person on a basic cruise start at $1,980.

Southern Explorations

Rock Climb in New Zealand
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Rock Climb in New Zealand

New Zealand has one of the most beautiful and rugged terrains on earth. With its limestone ridges and a backbone of mountain ranges, it's also the ultimate destination for rock climbers. You don't even need experience to go on a climbing tour -- all you need is a little courage and $300 to pay for an experienced guide from Climb New Zealand.

Climb New Zealand

Become a Warrior in Mongolia
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Become a Warrior in Mongolia

Have you always fantasized about becoming as mighty as Genghis Khan was when he conquered most of Asia and Europe? Then book a warrior training package in Mongolia through Responsible Travel. From archery lessons to riding a horse on the steppes of the Gobi Desert, by the time you finish this nine-day trip, you might very well be able to take over the world -- or at the very least, feel like master of your domain. Prices per person start at $3,350.

Mongolian Warrior Training

Go on Safari in Africa
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Go on Safari in Africa

Are you both an avid photographer and an animal lover? Then take a safari through Botswana with James Gifford and Steve Stockhall, the authors of "Wildlife in Botswana: A Practical Guide." When you're not capturing shots of lions, elephants or hyenas, spend time with the local tribes, who have lived on the Kalahari Desert for millennia. Organized through Safari Consultants, the trip is pricey -- roughly $7,000 per person for 10 days.

Safari Consultants

Take a Pilgrimage to Petra
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Take a Pilgrimage to Petra

Estimated to have been built in the sixth century B.C. by the Nabateans, an ancient Arab civilization, Petra is an entire city carved into the side of a red stone cliff. A day trip to the ruins costs roughly $240 from Tel Aviv, Israel.

Israel Petra Tours

Learn to Surf in the Domenican Republic
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Learn to Surf in the Domenican Republic

Located 20 minutes away from Puerto Plata, the main port in the Dominican Republic, the Swell Surf camp is the perfect retreat for people who want to learn how to ride waves. Located right on the beach, the program is a great deal for budget-conscious travelers -- a one-week package costs as little as $790 for a complete beginner.

Swell Surf Camp

Live With Elephants in Thailand
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Live With Elephants in Thailand

Does sleeping amid a field of dreaming elephants intrigue you? Do it at the Elephant Nature Park, a rehabilitation center for the majestic animals located an hour outside of Chiang Mai, Thailand. Spend your days helping the staff to feed, bathe and care for the wounded elephants, and your nights eating delicious local cuisine prepared by villagers. An exclusive week at the camp costs roughly $400.

Elephant Nature Park

Meet Mount Everest
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Meet Mount Everest

Is climbing Mount Everest on your bucket list? Even if you don't make it to the top, you can still go on a trek to the base. Mountain Travel Sobek will take you from the Sherpa villages of the Himalayas to the beautiful Tengboche Monastery in Tibet and back again to the stunning face of Mount Everest. A 19-day trek will cost you $4,495, but it will be worth every penny.

Mountain Travel Sobek

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