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1. MAKE SOME SERIOUS WAVES

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Join Henry Burkitt and the Kraken Travel crew on the high seas

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Many people take the view that yachting around the Med – or any other stretch of water – is the exclusive preserve of the privileged, but Henry Burkitt and his team are out to change that mindset in the most effective way possible: by taking you on a sailing adventure. Whether you’re part of a small group or a solo-traveller, you’re invited to join the Kraken Travel crew as they race across the Atlantic, explore Arctic music festivals and voyage around little-known Indonesian islets. Now tell us this doesn’t float your boat.

2. GET HIGH ON ADVENTURE

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Mountain Action Holidays provides a menu of peak adventure experiences

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There’s a reason the squad at Mountain Action Holidays rate Chamonix as the ultimate adventure destination. For altitude lovers, there’s climbing, paragliding and mountain biking, while down in the valley, windsurfing, canyoning and white-water rafting are the top draws. No wonder they love creating action-packed itineraries for their clients here – and that’s before you mention the winter sports! But with destinations across Europe, from Croatia to the Lake District, they can tailor a trip for you, wherever you want to go and whatever you choose to do. In fact, they’ll arrange everything aside from flights, including food, transport and a place to stay.

Fly to Geneva

3. DIVE INTO THE LAND OF ICE AND FIRE

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Embark on an Icelandic snorkelling quest with Adventure Vikings

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'Whatever the weather’ is a core credo for Adventure Vikings, a hardy gang of outdoor types who love to show off Iceland’s rugged scenery. For over a decade, they’ve been leading groups of bold souls on snorkelling quests along Silfra, the tectonic boundary that divides North America and Europe and which has the clearest waters in the world, as well as caving missions down ancient lava tubes and paddleboarding on the Atlantic, where you might see wildlife such as puffins and eagles. Throw in hiking, nature bathing in hot river beds and you've got quite the adventure.

Fly to Reykjavik

4. ENJOY THE SKI-FOOD DIET

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Experience the best of the Dolomites by embarking on an On Piste Ski Safari

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For a dizzying fusion of high-speed sport and high-end cuisine, the Dolomites is hard to beat, largely thanks to its fantastic ski area and profusion of top-notch mountain-top restaurants. Now, you can experience the best of it by embarking on an On Piste Ski Safari. Taking in multiple resorts, you’ll be whisked from valley to valley, sleeping in luxury accommodation and eating top-notch grub by night, and skiing by day in the expert care of a guide. Truly the peak of winter holidays.

Fly to Venice

5. TAKE TO THE SKIES

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You’re in safe hands with Paragliding Interlaken

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Imagine escaping the clutches of gravity and soaring with the birds above Switzerland’s bucolic Jungfrau region. Sound like a dream? The high-flying squad at Paragliding Interlaken are here to make it a reality. Summer or winter, they’ve been taking wannabe aviators on slow and scenic – or twisty and wild – tandem jaunts for three decades, doing all the work so you can relax and let your bucket-list fantasy take flight.

Fly to Milan or Zurich

6. IMMERSE YOURSELF IN TENERIFE

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Take a deep dive in Tenerife’s sparkling waters with WhatNext Adventures / Photo: 123rf

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A visit to the ravishingly beautiful island of Tenerife deserves a top-quality guide. And who better to take you on a deep dive than a team of young Scuba enthusiasts? WhatNext Adventures steer clear of the well-trodden tourist hotspots, leading fearless punters everywhere from hush-hush underwater wrecks to white-knuckle paragliding flights. For an action-packed holiday where you do more than dip your toe in, just ask: WhatNext?

Fly to Tenerife South

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