Studies show that couples that travel together are more likely to develop a deeper connection. While the market is saturated with romantic travel destinations, it often lacks options for adventurous travellers who crave for some adrenalin rush and the exotic. Whether you want to bask in the sun at a remote beach or get lost in a jungle, we came up with a list of travel experiences that every thrill-seeking couple will absolutely enjoy.
1. Go on a pilgrimage in Sri Lanka
For some, an adventure should not only contribute to one’s experiences. It should also enrich one’s soul. What better way to go on a spiritual adventure than by visiting the sacred pilgrimage sites of Sri Lanka? Start with the Temple of Tooth, so-called because it houses the sacred tooth of Buddha.
If you prefer a more active experience, hike the breath-taking Adam’s Peak, which features the “sacred footprint” believed to be that of Buddha. You can also explore the scenic Dowa Cave Temple, which highlights a 38-feet Buddha image carved from a rock and exquisite paintings influenced by Kandyan art.
2. See one of the seven wonders in India
You can’t call yourself a true adventurer if you haven’t seen at least one of the seven wonders of India. So take your partner to India and admire the Gomateshwara, considered as one of the largest freestanding statues in the world. Visit the ruins and relics of the Vijaynagar Kingdom at Hampi. Worship at the Golden Temple, or enjoy the stunning art and sculptures at Khajuraho.
While your holidaying, check the best scenic beaches in India, Goa, from quiet Agonda to lively Anjuna. For a more private feel, visit the Radhanagar Beach on Havelock Island or the laid-back beaches in Karnataka.
3. Save Orangutans in Borneo
With fewer than 54, 000 left, the Bornean Orangutan is critically endangered. Habitat loss, forest fires, and illegal pet trade caused the population decline of these apes.
If you like the idea of helping while having an adventure at the same time, become a volunteer and aid in the rehabilitation efforts of these orangutans. There are several volunteer projects and guided tours at the Matang Wildlife Center, the Samboja Lestari Rescue Centre and the Nyaru Menteng Orangutan Sanctuary. This adventure does not only give you a chance to save orangutans, but it also allows you to meet indigenous tribes and immerse in their unique tribal life.
4. Camping in the Highlands
There is something inherently thrilling and romantic about camping in the wild. So, take your loved one to a campsite in the Scottish Highlands. The Scottish Highlands displays stunning scenery that promises idyllic isolation from the clamour of the city.
If you want a spot where you can lose yourself in the solitude of the wild, pitch your tent at Glencoe. The surrounding mountains, crystal clear streams, and big boulders will protect you from the wind. For mountain climbers, Ben Nevis is the perfect site for you. Soaring 1,345 meters above sea level, it is the tallest peak in the UK and dubbed the roof of Scotland.
5. Trek into the Jungle in Cuba
With its extraordinary biodiversity, Cuba is a paradise for couples that are nature lovers, wildlife enthusiasts, and diehard trekkers. Home to more than 6,000 plant species and an enormous diversity of fauna, Cuba attracts thousands of travellers who desire to explore its rich rainforests and jungles.
One of the best places to trek is the Sierra del Escambray: Topes de Collantes National Park. It features trails that lead to hidden caves, plummeting waterfalls, and glassy pools. If you prefer to get off-the-beaten-track, then the Reserva Ecologica Alturas de Banao is the perfect trekking site for you.