1. Mountain bike in an epic landscape
Get off the trails in Torridon in the Scottish Highlands. Go independently or book a guided tour — WildBike
pioneers new expeditions here each year. From £685 for six nights.
2. Track wild pumas
Join Steppes Travel
’s new Puma Tracking tour in Chile’s Torres del Paine National Park. 11 days from £3,995.
3. Try cat skiing & more
Check into the five-star Gostlin-Keefer Lake Lodge
in British Columbia to explore 86,500 acres of mountainous, forested terrain and ski untouched snow at dawn.
4. Visit a car-free island
Breathe deeply on Sark, in the Channel Islands, where bikes and horse-drawn carriages are the main mode of transport.
5. Snowkite on an iced lake
Switzerland’s Grand Hotel Kronenhof
offers bespoke snowkite packages on frozen lakes. Go in February and you can also watch the 2017 FIS Alpine World Ski Championships in nearby St Moritz.
Mountain bike in Scotland. Credit: Getty
6. Learn the art of bushcraft
Challenge yourself on Ray Mears’ three-day Woodlore Bush Chef
course, learning to cook dishes outdoors. From £450.
7. Meet with a monk
Try a temple stay
in South Korea and learn about a host of Buddhist rituals, including meditating and dining in complete silence.
8. Run on new surfaces
New for 2017 is the Serengeti Half-Marathon Experience. Spot the Big Five on safari, then set off on the big race (21km and 5km routes available). From £2,299 for an eight-day trip. gadventures.co.uk
9. Take a dip in the sea
Get active with coastal swims and island-hopping tours around Croatia, Greece, the Isles of Scilly and the Inner Hebrides with SwimTrek
. A week in Croatia from £790 without flights.
10. Learn a martial art
Mixed martial arts is booming in popularity, with Rio de Janeiro
a mecca for those wanting to learn the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu style of fighting. Try it yourself or watch the pros battle it out at MGM Grand Las Vegas Hotel & Casino
11. Join a safari after dark
Heading to South Africa? See more than just the Big Five. Take a night tour to spot the elusive aardvark at Samara Private Game Reserve
12. Explore tectonic plates
Slip into the Silfra fissure in Iceland’s Þingvellir National Park, a crack between the North American and Eurasian continents. Snorkelling tour: ISK17,900 (£127); diving: ISK39,900 (£282). scuba.is
Published in the Jan/Feb 2017 issue of National Geographic Traveller (UK)