Every year, travel companies come out with a list of their top travel destinations. Places you must see, things you must do, food you must eat and experiences you must, well, experience.

However, when deciding on a travel destination, we think you should listen to—wait for it—you!

So if your plan is to squeeze more adventure out of the coming year, how can you decide on the best destination?

gravel road adventure

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Photo: Lachlan Gardiner

A gravel road conjures images of undiscovered terrain; of a path destined for unknown wonders. Perhaps it leads to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro; maybe it winds through the countryside of Cambodia and Vietnam. Wherever it leads, the journey is always as good as the destination. They key is deciding what you seek. Who knows, one road may lead to many more.

new and near adventure

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Photo: Chris Mien

From the exquisite wilderness of the Kimberley region in Western Australia, the ruggedness of Tasmania’s South West to the desolate beauty of the Larapinta Trail through the Northern Territory, you can now take on the adventure-of-a-lifetime without leaving the country.

Paddy Pallin was one of Australia’s pioneer bushwalker’s who after emigrating from Yorkshire in 1926 loved nothing more than exploring the bush in his own backyard. A lifetime love affair wilderness was well nourished by the open spaces of the Australian bush.

So if you’re not interested in the fuss of visas and passports, why not consider a staycation instead?

childhood bucket list adventure

Photo: Dave Casey

Photo: Dave Casey

This might be our favourite way to decide on your next adventure travel destination. We all have that place (or those places) we have longed to visit since childhood. Ask your 12-year-old self what one place would you go, and set about making that kid’s dream come true.

If your looking to help someone else while on your next holiday visit the Inspired Adventures Calendar to find a charity challenge perfect for you.

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About The Author

Freye is captivated by wanderlust and words. Combining her two passions, she works as a Copywriter for fundraising adventure company, Inspired Adventures. With two immigrant parents, Freye was exposed to the thrill of travel from a young age and the desire to explore the world has never ceased. When she is not weaving the wonder of the world into words, you will find Freye: a) eating something delicious at a local Sydney cafe, b) walking her dog, Boris or c) with her nose in a good book.