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Irena Peneva  | © Courtesy of 203 Travel Challenges
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10 Travel Challenges to Shake up Your Next Adventure

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Updated: 16 March 2018
In today’s world, we read more and more, but actually learn less and less. We travel more, but change less. We’ve seen infinite tourist destinations a thousand times on the Internet and are no longer easily amazed, even when we visit the place. So why do we bother to travel at all? The following challenges will help you to travel differently—to see, hear and try things you’ve never thought of seeing, hearing or doing before.

The slow return challenge

Choose a destination and go there as quickly as possible, but on the way back home, choose the slowest possible transport and way of returning. Change the several-hour flight for a several-day exciting trip. Stop, change transport, take detours, postpone your arrival—even if only by five minutes. Enjoy every place, every encounter and situation on the road.

Go to the airport and buy a ticket for the cheapest destination of the day

Go to the airport with your luggage packed. You can even go together with your friends. The destination is not important, it’s all about the adventure. Spend the weekend there.

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See a shooting star and make a wish come true

Seeing a shooting star and making a wish on it may seem like a waste of time these days. The truth is, you can increase your chances of making a wish or several wishes, by being in the right place at the right time. Every year, between July 13th and August 24th, but especially around the 12th of August, the night sky fills with hundreds of shooting stars (or meteorites to be exact). The reason is the annual meteor stream called Perseids, so called because the shooting stars seem to be coming from the constellation Perseus. So, get your travel wishes ready and start looking up to the sky this summer!

Trust a friend to organize your trip

Set a budget and leave the organisational side to a close friend. It could be a surprise—in the end, you simply receive an envelope with reservations, GPS coordinates and a list of the necessary items to pack. You in turn organise the next trip for a friend.

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Recreate your childhood memories

Pick your favourite photos from your childhood. Go to the places where they were taken and pose for a photo to replicate the original. See how the world has changed (or not) while you were growing up.

Jump into The Blue Lagoon while it’s snowing There are plenty of warm, mineral pools in the open air around the world. But however pleasant they may be in the summer, there is nothing like getting into one in the winter, when snowflakes are falling from the sky and you are nice and warm. The Blue Lagoon gets its name from the incredible colour created by the mixture of fresh and salt water. It lies 40 km (24 miles) from the capital of Iceland—Reykjavík. The Blue Lagoon contains around 6 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of geothermal water, which renews itself naturally every 40 hours. Courtesy of 203 Travel Challenges | © Irena Peneva

Visit Rome’s most famous attraction at night

In Rome, Italy there are many attractions that stay open even when it’s dark outside. There are also events created to make your night more interesting. It’s a different world when you trade the light of the sun for the light of the moon and the stars, especially when the Colosseum is involved. Every summer from May until October, the Colosseum in Rome is open until midnight on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays (reservation necessary).

Find the world’s largest… whatever

Everything that exists has its LARGEST version somewhere around the world. Whether you’re looking for the largest pumpkin, the largest aquapark, the highest observation deck, this will be a challenge full of dangers and adventures. Do you accept the challenge?

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Walk the narrowest street in the world

The Old Town of Reutlingen, Germany is home to the narrowest street in the world according to the Guinness World Records. Spreuerhofstraße was built in 1727 and at its narrowest point, it is only 31 cm (12.2 in) wide. Skip breakfast on the days you decide to squeeze through some of the narrowest streets in the world, because most of them look like a crevice rather than something that has an official name on the city’s map.

Bathe under a waterfall

Enjoy a free shower from nature. If you find pictures of the world’s most beautiful waterfalls, without a shadow of a doubt, you will want to stand under them the next chance you get. Head to Ouzoud, Morocco to experience a waterfall that looks like it appeared straight from a fairy tale.

This is an excerpt from 203 Travel Challenges. To discover 193 other challenges, check out the book by Maria Angelova and Ivalina Nenova and take the online quiz to discover what type of traveller you are.