Vote for the World’s Best #OutdoorThrills and Win £200

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What would you like to be doing, if you weren’t at your desk/lying on the couch/staring into your phone on the bus right now? Wouldn’t you rather be…

  • Hiking the Inca Trail in Peru?
  • Watching the northern lights in Iceland?
  • Swimming with dolphins in Tanzania?

We thought about it, and came up with 32 outdoor thrills you can try out around the world (including the above) while staying in hostels. Now we want you to tell us which one you’d drop everything to do right now.

The top 15 results will make up our ultimate outdoor thrills page, published in September. All voters will be placed in a draw to win £200 to help make your travel dreams become a reality.

How to vote

Scroll the list below to check out the options, then vote via Twitter by clicking ‘vote here’ under the picture of your favourite outdoor thrill. You will send a tweet voting for your option with the hashtag #OutdoorThrills. Please then go to the @HostelBookers Twitter page, and follow us to become eligible for the prize draw. Voting closes 11.59 GMT 9th September 2013.

The prize

One £200 prize-winner will be chosen at random from competition entrants who are following @HostelBookers and have tweeted a vote using the hashtag #OutdoorThrills. The winner will be contacted on 10th Septmeber via a DM on Twitter, and we will announce their name in this post after they have claimed the prize.

So get voting from the outdoor thrills below…

1. Searching for alligators in the Amazon, Peru


Vote here

Available at Heliconia Amazon River Lodge

Photo: kvn.jns

2. Kayaking Milford Sound, New ZealandKayaking Milford Sound

Vote here

Available at YHA Te Anau

Photo: eyeintim

3. Hiking up the Inca Trail, PeruInca trail hiking

Vote here

Available at Barranco’s Backpackers

Photo: exfordy

4. Exploring the glaciers in Mount Cook, New Zealand

Mount Cook glaciers

Vote here

Available at Mount Cook Backpacker Lodge

Photo: Andrea Schaffer

5. Climbing to the crater of Villarrica Volcano, Chile

Villarica Volcano

Vote here

Available at Backpacker Hostel La Torre Suiza

Photo: DoNotLick

6. Catching some surf in Surfers Paradise, Australia

Surfers Paradise

Vote here

Available at Sleeping Inn Surfers Backpackers

Photo: anthonycramp

7. Gorge swing at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Victoria Falls

Vote here

Available at Victoria Falls Backpackers

Photo: Onestep4ward

8. Riding elephants in Chiang Mai, ThailandChiang Mai elephants

Vote here

Available at Nature Lodge

Photo: Dane Low

9. Surfing in Madeira, Portugal

Surfing in Madeira

Vote here

Available at Quinta Splendida Wellness & Botanical Garden

Photo: Miguel Perestrelo – Direccao Regional do Turismo da Madeira.

10. Watching the northern lights in IcelandNorthern Lights

 Vote here

Available at Kex Hostel

Photo: The Polar Route

11. Scuba diving in the clear waters of Koh Samui, Thailand

Diving in Thailand

Vote here

Available at Seascape Beach Resort

Photo: Tourism Thailand

12. Taking a hot air balloon over Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia ballooning

Vote here

Available at Travellers’ Cave Pension

Photo: LWY

13. Horse riding through Pantanal, BrazilHorseriding in Pantanal, Brazil

Vote here

Available at Hostel Inn Pantanal Ecological Expedition

Photo: comicpie

14. Relaxing in the thermal baths of Rotorua, New ZealandChampagne Pool in Wai-o-tapu thermal wonderland, Rotorua

Vote here

Available at YHA Rotorua

Photo: Finding the Universe

15. Mountaineering tours around the Torres del Paine, ChileTorres del Paine

Vote here

Available at Zapato Amarillo

Photo: Phillie Casablanca

16. Kite-surfing at the famous Tarifa coast, SpainKitesurfing at Tarifa

Vote here

Available at Hostal Las Margaritas

Photo: montuno

17. Mountain bike down the Nevis Range, ScotlandNevis Range mountain biking

Vote here

Available at Fort William Backpackers

Photo: tjmwatson

18. Swimming with sharks in Isla Mujeres, MexicoSwimming with sharks on Isla Murjes

Vote here

Available at Hotel Na Balam


19. Paragliding in the Swiss AlpsParagliding in the Swiss alps

Vote here

Available at Swiss Alps Retreat

Photo: Winkelbohrer

20. Sandboarding in Florianopolis, BrazilSandboarding in Florianopolis

Vote here

Available at Barra Beach Club – Oceanfront Hostel

Photo: over_kind_man

21. Swimming with dolphins in Zanzibar, TanzaniaDolphins in Tanzania

Vote here

Available at Imani Beach Villa

Photo: pintaa

22. Hit the slopes in Nozawa Onsen, JapanNozawa Onsen

Vote here

Available at Lodge Nagano

Photo: fabichan

23. White water rafting in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa RicaWhite water rafting down La Fortuna

Vote here

Available at Cerro Chato Eco Lodge


24. Skydive onto Mission Beach, AustraliaSky diving on Mission Beach

Vote here

Available at Jackaroo Hostel Mission Beach

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

25. Quad biking in the dunes around Swakopmund & Walvis Bay, NamibiaQuad biking

Vote here

Available at Loubser’s B&B Self Catering

Photo: coda

26. Discovering the Waitomo caves, New ZealandWaitomo Caves

Vote here

Available at Kiwi Paka

Photo: Madeleine_H

27. Whale Watching at Costa Playas, EcuadorWhale-watching in Ecuador

Vote here

Available at La Posada del Sueco

Photo: afroboof

28. Snowboarding at Bad Gastein, AustriaSnowboarding at Bad Bastein

Vote here

Available at Euro Youth Hotel

Photo: LGEPR

29. Canopy Zip Lining in Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa RicaCosta Rica ziplining

Vote here

Available at Pura Vida Guesthouse Hostel

Photo: Tourism Costa Rica

30. Sea kayaking around Hervey Bay, AustraliaHervey Bay sea kayaking

Vote here

Available at Flashpackers Hervey Bay

Photo: Tourism and Events Queensland

31. Sailing around the Greek islandsSailing in Greece

Vote here

Available at Corali Hotel

Photo: Greece Ministry of Tourism

32. Trekking in the Wayanad rainforest, India


Vote here

Available at Cavalryan Homes

Photo: Sarath.kuchi


Terms and Conditions

1          This Competition is open to anyone aged 18 and over.

2          This Competition is not open to employees of HostelBookers, their family members, HostelBookers’ agents, or anyone professionally connected with the competition.

3          The competition will run from 00:00 GMT 19th August 2013 until 23.59 GMT 9th September 2013

4          Participants enter the competition by submitting their vote on our “Vote for the World’s Best #OutdoorThrills and Win £200” blog post, tweeting their choice and following @hostelbookers on Twitter.

5          Any entries received or processed after the closing date and time will not be accepted.

6          No responsibility is taken for entries which are lost, delayed or misdirected, or cannot be delivered or entered for any technical or other reason.

7          Only one entry per person is allowed.

8          A draw will be used to choose the winner at random on 10th September 2013.

9          The winner will be notified via Twitter within 7 days of the draw. Once the prize has been claimed, the winner will be announced on the HostelBookers blog.

10         The winners will be required to provide an email address and an active PayPal account. All information provided by participants is collected by HostelBookers. The usual privacy policy terms of HostelBookers apply to all personal information we gather.

11         If HostelBookers cannot contact the winner within fourteen days of the prize draw, HostelBookers reserves the right to conduct another draw to determine a new winner.

12         Cash prize of £200 will be transferred to winner to use on a travel tour of their choice.

13         HostelBookers reserve the right to refuse entry to participants.

14         By entering this competition, entrants agree to be bound by these terms and those imposed by the other suppliers involved in this competition.

15         Travel insurance is not included in the prizes and it is the prize winner’s responsibility to arrange suitable cover for their needs.

16         HostelBookers act as a booking agent on behalf of our Supplier(s). We do not operate any of the services ourselves. For all bookings your contract will be with the Supplier(s) concerned. The suppliers booking conditions will apply to your contract and details can be obtained on request.

17         This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Twitter.

Thanks to eyeintim for the hero shot from Flickr. Please note all images were used under the Creative Commons License at the time of posting.

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