When you’re first getting accustomed to a new home abroad, everything from finding the liquor store to paying bills can be an enthralling adventure. However, once the dust starts to settle, you might be in the mood for a planned adventure. No matter where you live overseas, you should be able to find all kinds of new things to try out that you’ve never done before and still be able to sleep in your own bed that night.
If you’re the outdoorsy type and you live near the water, there’s sure to be lots of options available to you. For a fast and furious time, try a guided river rafting tour. Although sure to get the blood pumping, these tours are generally very safe and offer a unique view of the surrounding area. Plus, you won’t need to go to the gym that evening. For a similar but slightly calmer time, a kayak tour is the perfect way to explore the water and is particularly fun when paired with a snorkeling trip to a reef or in the mangroves.
Fishing tours (whether deep sea, down a river, or on the ice) can be a great way to learn about the local aquatic life while getting dinner at the same time. The added benefit to trying these excursions is that once you know where and how to land fish locally, you can try your hand at fishing solo to put a little food on the table.
If the land is more your speed, another exciting activity to try is zip lining. Costa Rica was the original home of rainforest zip lining, but it’s being introduced into more and more places. These tours are typically in unique and beautiful areas where you’ll be able to fly through the forests or sail over deep river ravines with nothing but a steel cable between you and nature. When going from launch to launch it’s common for your guide to teach you about the local flora and fauna, so you get a tour in addition to the thrill of zipping through otherwise inaccessible parts of the world.
For those that prefer a little more control over their experience, taking a four-wheeler or horseback tour can provide all the fun of romping around on an ATV or horse without having to deal with owning them full time. You’ll be able to get one-on-one with nature without needing the amount of time it would take on foot.
Taking day trips when living abroad is one of the best ways to get to know you new home, while also supporting the local economy. No matter where you live or what kind of adventure you love, there’s sure to be something that’s close and a one-of-a-kind experience.