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Adventure Travel Guide for 2021

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For those of you dreaming for this year’s adventure travel, we have put together some of the best destinations to visit.

We know Covid has restricted where we travel again this year, so we have aimed for the second half of the year.

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Photo by Chris Watson



Paradise and laid back vibes await in the archipelago off the east coast of Africa. July is a great time to visit during Zanzibar’s dry season, perfect for checking out those white sand beaches and turquoise waters.


Friend of Salkan, Ben Cooper went and said this: “We went for the colour: for the ocean, the vibrant towns, luscious forests and bright white sand, when we return, it will be for the people.” 

Adventure Travel Guide for 2021
Photo by Ben Cooper



If the rescheduled Summer Olympics (23rd July – 8th Aug) goes ahead in Tokyo, then August this year will be a great time to eat as much ramen and sushi as your stomach can take. Be prepared for hot temperatures as it can get up to 40 degrees celsius in August.


Be sure to check out the small village of Fujikawa at the foot of Mount Fiji, recommended by Joe Hall who took this photo.


Adventure Travel Guide for 2021
Photo by Joe Hall


If you’re wanting to take in the whole country from Hanoi in North Vietnam all the way down to Ho Chi Minh in South Vietnam, then August is a great time to get decent weather across the country. Lots travel by motorbike as this is how the entire country gets around.


August is also the time to do the 4-day jungle trek in Phong Nha to the worlds largest cave – which was only properly explored back in 2009. Most of the year it’s inaccessible due to flooding.


Vietnam is where we make The Backpacker and we love exploring when we are on our product developing trips.

Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


South Africa

If you love the thought of a self drive safari then head to Kruger National Park where you can spend days spotting “The Big 5”. 

September is a great month to visit because the vegetation in the park is ow and water is restricted to the watering holes, which makes it a lot easier to spot wildlife.


Adventure Travel Guide for 2021
Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


There is something special about being surrounded by desert but seeing a glimmer of snow atop the Atlas mountains. October is a great month to visit the gateway to Africa, avoiding the searing heat of mid summer and allowing you to explore the souks in Marrakesh or wander the Sahara on camel back. Morocco makes for a great road trip and you can see a lot in a short space of time. Perfect for avoiding the crowds during October half term.


Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


Tignes, France

If you are like us and itching to get to the mountains but worried this season is running out of time, then Tignes is a great place to head for all year round snow. Avoid the crowds in November and, as the resort sits at 2000 meters, you can take the train up the Grande Motte and ski down the glacier. Will and Tom, the founders of Salkan, met here whilst working in the neighbouring resort Val D’isere and we still think it’s one of the best ski resorts in the world.


Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


The Gambia

Looking to squeeze a trip in after Christmas and before heading back to work? …Then The Gambia is an excellent choice; not much time difference from Europe means you have enough time to explore this tiny country in West Africa.


Nestled around The River Gambie, beautiful beaches and the chance to see wild chimpanzees, plus one hell of a New Years Eve party, makes it perfect for some winter sun this December.

Adventure Travel Guide for 2021
Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


There are 7,641 islands in the Philippines. If you wanted to spend a day on each it would take you 20 years, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have a good go at exploring its diversity.



December is a great month to visit as it’s cool in the highland and a manageable heat when you hit the many beaches, plus they go mad for Christmas so it won’t feel like you are missing out on the festive period even though you are in the tropics.

Adventure Travel Guide for 2021
Adventure Travel Guide for 2021


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