A little intimidating? Perhaps. Life changing? You betcha.

1. Rising Star: Sri Lanka

On the rebound from a quarter-century of civil war and the 2004 tsunami, Sri Lanka is coming into its own as an adventure destination. People have long been drawn here for the rich culture: Sri Lanka has eight unesco World Heritage sites, including the fifth-century city of Sigiriya. Now they’re discovering the incredible wildlife, including some of the world’s best whale-watching. Things to enjoy include tea plantations, religious festivals, leopard tracking, and the annual elephant migration in Minneriya National Park. Nights are spent in stylish hotels.

2. Ancient Ruins: Turkey, Fourth Century B.C

Catamaran excursion off Turkey’s Aegean coast sails alongside the rock tombs at Dalyan, carved into the cliffs by the Lycians.

3. For the Wildlife Lover: Namibia

Spot wildlife, hike the world’s tallest sand dune, and meet Himba tribesmen on a beginner-friendly mountain biking safari . You’ll ride to the starkly beautiful Skeleton Coast and inland watering holes frequented by elephants, lions, and endangered black rhinos.

Distance: 28 miles, or three hours, per day on dirt tracks.

Difficulty: Easy

4. For the Nomad: Morocco

The latest  is a varied trip, with stops at Marrakesh’s souk, Berber villages in the High Atlas Mountains, and Richard Branson’s Kasbah Tamadot. On the last night, you’ll wheel across the desert to a remote, starlit oasis.

Distance: 24–36 miles, or about four hours, per day.

Difficulty: Medium

5. Walking and Hiking: Italy

Itinerary spotlights Tuscany’s little-visited Maremma region, home to ancient hilltop towns and sleepy fishing villages. You’ll stay at family-run villas and a seaside resort, sip Bianco di Pitigliano wines, and soak in millennia-old thermal baths.

Distance: Four to seven miles per day; van transfers available.

6.Walking and Hiking: New Zealand

The latest tour  is a highlight reel of South Island landscapes, from the soaring mountains of Nelson Lakes National Park to the pristine beaches along the Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Distance: Two to six miles, or one to five hours, per day, with van shuttles.

7.Camping in Style: India

In India, the Ultimate Travelling Camp  has a series of stylish mobile tents throughout the country that allow travellers to experience everything from the monasteries of Ladakh to the lush hills of Nagaland, on the border with Burma.

8.For the High-Altitude Junkie: Switzerland and Italy

A new itinerary  takes on the Alpine topography along the Swiss-Italian border, with incredible village-to-village rides over high-elevation passes. Ease sore muscles at a 2,000-year-old spa where ancient Romans—and, later, Leonardo da Vinci—soaked.

Distance: 16 miles, or five to six hours, per day on mountain tracks.

Difficulty: Strenuous

9.Walking and Hiking: Zambia

Experience African wildlife at close range with Zambia-based Robin Pope Safaris, whose intimate walking excursions follow the Mupamadzi River through South Luangwa National Park. Each day ends with cold drinks and hot showers at a luxurious mobile camp.

Distance: Six miles, or four hours, per day

10.Camping in Style: Kenya

The best way to slip into the wild? With only a canvas wall between you and the great outdoors—the king-size beds and en suite bathrooms are a bonus. Once available only for group bookings, the seven elegantly redesigned tents of Richard’s River Camp in Kenya, are now open to individuals, offering access to the great migrations of the Masai Mara National Reserve, but set on a serene conservancy just outside the park.