There anything more essential on a trip to Hawaii than surfing? Our advanced team of travel experts say no as well. Whether a beginner or a professional, Hawaii is the perfect place for surfing. After a couple of good attempts it’ll be as easy as riding a skateboard except much more exhilarating. So go out for a surf and then relax and drink a couple of chi-chis on the beach.

1. Scuba Dive in the Blue Hole, Belize

The Blue Hole is truly one of the the most beautifully unique sites in the world. A large sinkhole that was once a cave that flooded thousands of years ago, the hole now makes for breathtaking scuba diving. The wildlife here includes reef sharks, parrot fish, and other ferocious predators such as bull sharks and hammerheads. Trips here can be day-long which usually includes a dive in the Blue Wall, a dive on Half-Moon Wall and dive sites to the east of Long Caye. I personally feel it’s essential to experience all three, as they each offer different experiences in their own way. It’s no wonder that the Discovery Channel ranked this natural site number one on its “Ten Most Amazing Places on Earth” list.

2. Take a Safari Cruise on the Chobe River in Botswana

Take a safari cruise on a trip to Botswana and experience the wildlife of Africa. The Chobe River is home to hippos, crocodiles, and many other creatures. Fun fact: elephants eat about 16 hours a day, almost as much as me after a hard break-up…I’m running severely low on Ben and Jerry’s.

3. White Water Rafting in Queensland, New Zealand

New Zealand is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever visited and a place everyone should experience at least once. It’s also home to some of the best white water rafting that I have encountered. Now the idea of putting a dozen inexperienced rowers and a guide in a tiny boat may seem like a concoction for disaster, but it’s actually surprisingly safe and makes for a thrilling adventure. With it’s tight corners, incredible twists and turns, and exciting rapids the Shotover river in Queenstown makes for an exhilarating ride. So grab a life jacket, a paddle, and prepare to get wet on this thrill ride.

4. Go Kayaking with Orcas in British Columbia

These mystical giants have unfortunately gotten a bad rap over the years, because they truly are some of the most peaceful and enchanting creatures I’ve ever encountered. The mammals always travel in families or pods and never separate from their mothers for the entirety of their lives (and I thought having a 20 minute phone conversation with my mother was tough). No water park can ever replicate the beautiful sight of watching these creatures in the wild.

5. Try Cliff Jumping in Negril, Jamaica

Here cliff-diving and young people go hand in hand together. I’ve seen kids here jump off 30 foot tall tree branches into shallow water. And don’t be surprised by the dine and dive specials at restaurants near these areas, because that’s just how Jamaicans party. So get your Olympic dive in perfect form or make sure your cannon ball gets everyone soaked at the barbecue because this attraction is a must-do in Jamaica.