What type of traveller are you? Do you love to get in touch with local culture? Do you prefer to hang out in museums or try new food? Are you a hiker, a cyclist, a beach bum? Are you a wildlife lover or more of a city person? Do you crave solitude, busyness, cultural landscapes or wilderness?
Perhaps you want it all, although not always at the same time. Here are the best vacation spots for every type of adventure traveller, part 2.
If you want busyness
If you prefer hectic cities and the buzz of masses of people, what better places to go than the cities of East Asia. Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong in China, Saigon in Vietnam and Bangkok in Thailand are probably some of the busiest, most fun and exciting cities anywhere in the world.
Picture hills clad in vineyards, olive groves surrounding old farm houses, cattle serenely grazing in the meadows, truffle hunters foraging in the forests. Few cultural landscapes can beat those of Provence, Puglia, Tuscany and Umbria. And what better way than to experience them on foot or by bike?
Despite the pressures of modern society there are still some truly wild places left on earth. Here in Canada Hiking the Tombstone Range or paddling and hiking the Yukon will get you into some of the greatest wilderness areas our country has to offer. In the Arctic, Svalbard, the archipelago of which Spitsbergen is the main island, is the best place in the world to see polar bear and with almost the entire island group protected, your wilderness experience is guaranteed. Likewise of course in Antarctica and its islands like South Georgia.
For history lovers
I admit it - I am a bit of a history-loving nerd. And during my travels I take time to explore historic sites and discover the stories of the people that lived there. Some of my favourite places include Rome, Venice and Naples, Istanbul, Iran and Morocco. Peru, Jordan, Egypt, India, Cambodia and China of course all have fascinating histories and should be at the top of your list if you want to discover the world's past.
To the desert
What are the best deserts in the world? Are they the sand dunes of Morocco, Namibia or Rajasthan? The steppes of Mongolia, the sands of Saudi Arabia, the rocks of Wadi Rum or the spectacular landscapes of Chile's Atacama? Or is it perhaps the Australian Outback of Antarctica? For desert lovers there is a whole world to explore!
Tropical rainforests are some of the fastest disappearing landscapes on Earth, but there is a growing awareness that our planet's lungs need to be preserved. Brazil has reversed Bolsonaro's policies, Peru protects the upper Amazon, Costa Rica has many types of rainforests, while Borneo is home to such wild creatures as orangutans and proboscis monkeys.
As you may know, in November I am joining a river cruise along the Main and Rhine in Germany. And Europe is the continent where river cruising is at its most popular, along such beautiful rivers like the Danube, the Douro and the Rhone or the Dutch waterways.
For the seeker of something deeper
Perhaps wellness is not quite going deep enough for you and perhaps you are seeking something more, something spiritual. Some people turn to India, others find it in serene Laos. But the ultimate experience must be hiking the Camino de Santiago - just be sure to go off season to have a quieter experience.
And for sheer variety?
What is your favourite all-round destination? Let us know!