The world’s 10 most underrated adventure travel destinations

10 of the world’s top travel bloggers, including The Planet D, Runaway Juno and Wanderlusters, highlight the amazing destinations that don’t get the attention they deserve and why you should visit them

1: South Korea

Juno Kim (Runaway Juno – runawayjuno.com)


Seoraksan National Park (Runaway Juno)

Wedged between Japan and China, South Korea is often overlooked as a travel destination. South Korea is smaller and seems less exotic than either of those. But this small land, which is about half the size of the United Kingdom, is packed with adventure.

The country is known for its temperate climate with four distinct seasons, which allows many different activities.

Hiking is a national pastime in this country, which is seemingly made for hikers. There are more than 20 mountains just in vicinity of the capital city, Seoul and many rocky peaks are popular for rock climbers. The early morning fog between the mountain peaks can be so beautiful that people believe spirits live there.

Thanks to the well-developed road system, South Korea is also a paradise for cyclists. Pyeongchang, a city in the east, is hosting the Winter Olympics next year. Whatever activity you take on, there’s always delicious Korean food waiting for you at the end of your adventure.

 

2: Kyrgyzstan

Jarryd Salem (NOMADasaurus – nomadasaurus.com)


Old Burana tower on the Silk Road (Dreamstime)

With 93 per cent of the country covered in mountains, the landlocked nation of Kyrgyzstan in Central Asia has been quietly attracting travellers with an affinity for the outdoors for years. It is, in our opinion, the world’s most under-rated adventure travel destination.

In summer, the alpine peaks and valleys turn into an intrepid playground for mountain biking, rafting, horse riding and trekking, allowing people to travel for days or even weeks on incredible expeditions. When the snow falls in winter, the mountains open up for skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers.

Once the legs are burning from an adventure overload, travellers can immerse themselves in the unique nomadic culture, doing traditional yurt stays and learning all about the hospitable Kyrgyz people.

 

3: Wales

Debra Corbeil (The Planet D – theplanetd.com)


Coasteering in Wales (The Planet D)