The Best Adventure Travel Experiences in 2019
Let’s set the record straight: Adventure travel and luxury travel are not mutually exclusive. The dated perception that adventure itineraries with diving, hiking, or off-roading components are not high-end is easily disproved. It’s an assumption that’s likely rooted in the fact that activities involving a little mud aren’t generally thought of as chic.
But what about going on safari? What about touring the great wonders of the world? The world is best explored when you’re willing to trek well above sea level and dive into the ocean's depths. And few understand that better than the modern luxury traveler. Adventure travel means sporting a wetsuit, a ski mask, or a well-secured helmet and seeking out the vertical and horizontal limits the world has to offer.
Bespoke travel companies and hotels have set out to prove that adventure trips can still carry both historical and luxury weight. They are making the far reaches of the earth accessible while highlighting the best properties and cuisine in the selected area. That means setting up stunning glamping retreats in national parks that were previously reserved for expert campers. It also means exploring the arctic on luxury cruise liners with five-star cabins.
These are 2019 Legend Awards honorees for adventure experiences in the most spectacular corners of the world: