2020 has been a rough year and for many people (like me) it’s been a very indoors kind of year.

In my part of the world, things are finally starting to open up again after many months of being stuck at home, unable to travel outside my 5-kilometre radius. We’ve done our best to minimise the Groundhog Day feelings during this time but there’s only so much you can do.

I don’t know about you, but I’m well overdue for an adventure. I feel like I need a challenge – to do something amazing and memorable with my time, and to reconnect with nature and with myself.

If you have a loved one who you think might be feeling the same way, maybe skip buying them ‘stuff’ this Christmas and buy them an experience instead. Adrenaline is just the place to find a gift like this. They’ve got something for every type of loved one. Let’s see if we can help you find the perfect gift and if you’re still stuck or want to let them choose their own adventure, you can always opt for an Adrenaline gift voucher.

Do they like their adventure without too much work (maybe even with a bit of luxury)?

Hot air ballooning - Hunter Valley

Send them on a hot air balloon ride at sunrise. Apart from the whole getting up early factor, this is a pretty luxurious experience. Depending on the location of their tour, they can slowly float above mountains and valleys or even city skylines. On some tours, they’ll even be offered a champagne breakfast. Don’t get me wrong, I like roughing it as much as the next adventurer, but this sounds equally great to me.

Are they someone whose idea of adventure is feeling like they’re risking life and limb?

Skydiving - Newcastle
​Arrange for them to be thrown out of a perfectly good plane with a tandem skydive. If they’re someone who always takes the window seat on flights, they’ll find there’s no better way to see those views of coastlines or valleys than while hurtling towards them at breakneck speeds. Once the freefall is over and the parachute opens, they’ll get to really take in those views while they gently glide to earth. On some tours, they might even be given the opportunity to steer their parachute (and maybe do some tricks) as they descend. If they happen to be in Victoria, I can recommend they try skydiving over the incredible Great Ocean Road.

If you think they might want the same sensation without the risk, maybe you think they’d be better trying indoor skydiving.

Would you consider them an aquaphile?

Kayaking - Batemans Bay

Maybe a kayaking trip would be their jam. You could send them paddling, either on calm bay waters, along rugged coastlines, or even on river rapids. Some tours offer two-seater kayaks, so they’ll be able to paddle with a friend. If they’re the wildlife spotting type, they might like to paddle with dolphins or in a glass-bottomed kayak.

Got that one friend who’s the tree-hugging type?

High ropes - Tamborine

One of the many treetop adventures on offer around Australia might be just the experience that gets them out of their COVID funk. High ropes courses are an awesome adventure for all ages and usually have varying levels of difficulty that will test even the most thrill-seeking adult. Depending on which part of the country you’re in, there are some treetop adventures that are more zipline or flying-fox focused, just to add another element of thrill to the options. My kids and I absolutely loved the one at the Mornington Peninsula’s Enchanted Adventure Garden in Victoria.

Are they a hiker who wants to take their love for the bush a step further?

Canyoning - Blue Mountains
This might be the perfect time to introduce them to canyoning, where they’ll walk, swim, slide, jump and abseil their way through a slot canyon surrounded by pristine rainforest. These take place in the Blue Mountains and the South Coast (NSW), and at Cradle Mountain (TAS), so they’re only for people who are likely to be able to get their adventurous selves to these beautiful destinations. Canyoning at Empress Canyon in the Blue Mountains is still one of my all-time favourite experiences.

Know someone who isn’t scared of sharks?

Diving with sharks - Melbourne Aquarium

Or maybe even someone who wants to face their fear? Either way, diving with sharks is sure to be an experience they’ll never forget. Okay so these tours don’t really make for the most outdoorsy adventure since they’re hosted in aquariums, but once someone is scuba diving up close and personal with all kinds of sharks and rays they’ll likely forget about that pretty quickly.

Not sure which gift your loved one would be most interested in?

Get them an Adrenaline gift voucher instead, so that they can choose their own adventure. Vouchers come in a variety of denominations or you can choose your own if none of them fit your needs.

Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by The Bushwalking Blog and Adrenaline. This has no influence over the opinions presented in the article.

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