Going on holiday is one of the most popular things for people to do and something that most people look forward to for months. There are many types of holidays, the most popular being a beach holiday, a city break, or snow sports holidays. Another type of holiday that more people are becoming interested in is survival holidays. A lot of preparation goes into any holiday but much more preparation is required for a survival holiday. This type of holiday is meant to be challenging but it’s important you have everything you need, some of the basic necessities include a good quality tent, a warm sleeping bag, and a portable charger for your phone, you can get all of these items online from places like footsloggers. Survival holidays can be both physically and mentally challenging so it’s important that you think about if you’ll be able to handle it.  If you want to be the next Bear Grylls and think that you’re up to the challenge of a survival holiday, then we’ve found some of the most popular survival holiday locations where you can test out your skills. 


Alaska is one of the 50 states that makes up the United States of America. Any trip to Alaska could be classed as a survival holiday due to the extremely cold temperatures, any trip here is definitely an adventure. It’s the most western state of America and is also one of the most beautiful. If you’re a thrill-seeker then you’ll be delighted to know that every year in June a company called Expedition Alaska hosts a 7-day event that is known to be one of the most challenging in the world. It’s a 500km event that involves many different things from hiking to mountain biking and even abseiling. This location is one of the hardest locations to survive in so you’d have to go on many practice expeditions to qualify for the event as a beginner would not be able to survive. It’s known as the biggest survival test and is one of the most physically demanding events in the world.  

New Zealand

New Zealand is a sparsely populated country with the majority of its residents living in the 5 main cities there and the rest of the Island being amazing scenery and a great place to travel. With so much nature there was bound to be a survival challenge located here. The hardest survival challenge that takes place here is called Speight’s Coast to Coast. It is a 2-day event that thousands of people take part in during February every year. It’s over 200km and involves running, biking, and kayaking from one coast to the other. If you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, then this would be a great survival event for you to take part in as the route passes through many of the areas that were used to film the Lord of the Rings.  


Australia is known worldwide for being home to venomous snakes and deadly spiders, so where better to test your survival skills than here. The most dangerous part of Australia is the outback, it’s one of the most inhospitable places in the world, it has high temperatures, and the remoteness of the location makes the psychological side of a survival holiday much more difficult. If you want to test your skills here, there are 3-day survival courses you can take to learn all the basics like fire building and how to navigate. Once you’ve done this if you still want more of an adventure there are also 8-day survival holidays that you can book. 

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