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Young or old, bold or shy, we all dream of seeing the world. Right from the ground lying on a beach with toes buried in the warm sand to from up above after a hike to the top of a mountain.
Few experiences parallel the adrenalin rush of skydiving from 10,000 feet above sea level or plunging the depths of the oceans for the wonders that hide underwater. No problem is too big, no goal too tough. It’s true that travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer. Especially when you experience the planet and its one-of-a-kind beauty in a way that makes you feel alive.
So grab your loved ones and go on an adventure trip. Make this holiday season one for the books!
When it comes to the world’s wonders, there’s just so much to choose from. However, too many choices can sometimes be overwhelming, in particular if you are travelling in a group and everyone has a preference. Maybe we can help. In our Allianz Adventure Map, we pick out some breathtaking places around the globe that offer thrilling outdoor activities. Are you a beach bunny? Or a hiking addict? Are you a diving devotee? Or a city stroller? Take your pick from our favorite hotspots:
Heard of the ‘Sea of Stars’? The beaches of the Maldives are well known for their beauty on a sunny day. But what most people don’t know is that they are hauntingly beautiful at nights too, mainly Vaadhoo Island.
Bioluminescence covers the sea at this island with a starry blanket at night. Enjoy the feeling of the stars shimmering above you and dancing near your ankles. Fill your days with fun water sports such as ‘fly boarding’ and your nights with cocktails by the sparkling ocean.
Are cityscapes more your style? This time around, ditch the streets and take an aerial view. Yes, we know you’ve already hovered over New York City in a helicopter.
So head for Dubai instead to enjoy the feeling of invincibility atop the Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building that stands over 2,700 feet tall. It takes just a minute for the elevator to take you to the observation deck on the 124th floor.
Let the vast desert take your breath away.
Are you a biking buff? Then get your blood pumping right in the middle of nature with a mountain biking trip in Italy’s dolomites.
The dolomites offer exciting trails over hills and dales and the delightful sensation of the warm sunrays alternating with the cold breeze from the snow-covered peak on your skin.
Don’t forget your helmet!
Can you imagine sharing the planet with another world? A mostly unexplored world, which is still a mystery to us. A world that is so close and yet so far away.
Confused? Only a true diving enthusiast would know that we are talking about the endless depths of the sea. You don’t have to be an experienced diver to take a peek into the fascinating underwater world.
The 2,000 km long Great Barrier Reef lets you experience the ocean through Nemo’s glasses.
This one is on every adventurer’s bucket list - river rafting in the Grand Canyon. It’s exhilarating, fun, and a perfect beat to the summer heat.
The duration and difficulty level of the boating trip varies, making it easy to tailor it to a family or a thrill-seeker.
It sure beats just gazing at the Grand Canyon from a viewing platform.
Is the exotic and the mysterious more your type? Add a dash of wanderlust with a hike across the legendary Inca trail in the ancient city of Machu Picchu in Peru.
The hike lasts several days, taking you through the deep history of the Inca folk, isolated ruins and tropical canyons. Because of its extraordinary location, this place is also called the ‘City in the Sky’.
Feel the history and soak up the energy of the Inca at this wonderful site.
Are you inspired yet? Are your fingers itching to book your tickets? Wait! Shrug off care before you dare. Prevent unforeseen problems from pouring water over your fun times by covering your risks. Whether you’re traveling alone or in a group, pick up the right kind of ‘adventure pack’ insurance.
For example, Allianz Travel Insurance and Online Travel Insurance from Australia offer a range of options for adventure seekers. The Allianz Travel Insurance and Online Travel Insurance Product Disclosure Statements tell you what activities are covered and what are not. Be sure to check what is offered in your country and what it covers. “Does the idea of sitting on a beach bore you but jumping out of plane sounds like the perfect afternoon? We understand adventurers,” says Brendon Dyer, Allianz Travel Insurance General Manager of Direct and Retail Australia. “If there’s fun to be had, you’ll have it. If not, you’ll make it. Depending on where you book your travel insurance, many adventures are automatically covered when you take out one of our policies. If your thrill-seeking adventure isn’t covered by one of our standard policies, you might find that they are covered by an additional adventure pack option. Check the Product Disclosure Statements for details.”
Do note that some sports and activities are not covered under any circumstances. Play it safe and do your homework before making your plans.
The anticipation of adventure is as heady a feeling as the experience itself. But don’t forget to pick up advice and tips from people who have been there, done that – online or in your own social circles. Keep someone informed about your plans at all times, should there be an emergency. Also, don’t forget to keep some cash with you, just in case a trail leads to a place that is yet to enter the card payment age.
It’s a wild, wonderful world. Test your boundaries!
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