Travel Trends for Adventurers

For a growing segment of vacationers, adventure and not relaxation is the main purpose of the trip. Many travel agencies track trips that have superior wow factor when it comes to adrenaline rushes and that unforgettable excitement factor. The following trips offer something more than scenic beaches and comfy lounge chairs-they truly take adventurers to another place physically, emotionally, and even spiritually.

Although to many people Antarctica represents the ends of the earth, to some adventurous souls, the continent even further to the south than the land down under is the ideal place to visit. Although the frozen continent is known for its pristine scenery, it is, scientifically speaking, the coldest and driest continent on the planet. And, without any cities-only research stations-the continent is not exactly tourist-friendly. Most travelers who want the wild experience of visiting Antarctica (and are not attached to a particular research project of group there) have several options when it comes to planning a trip. Flights do land there, but contacting a tour operator is the best way to coordinate stays and sight-seeing ventures. Cruises are quite popular and offer various types of tours and activities for intrepid travelers who desire hiking activities, sea kayaking, and animal-watching.

If, on the other hand, you like it hot, you might plan an exciting vacation to Indonesia to explore the volcanoes of Java. This jungle-strewn island is home to no less than forty-two volcanoes including the infamous Krakatoa. Javanese volcano tours are led by volcanologists who guide lava-seekers past steamy craters and other-worldly blue pools, while spewing knowledge about the tumultuous geological history of this section of the Ring of Fire. The travel and hiking is intense; this exciting adventure is not for the faint of heart.

Swimming with fishes and living to tell the tale-is another recent travel trend for adrenaline enthusiasts who find diving with great white sharks to be an adventurous experience. And while most sea-lovers prefer their swim to be shark-free, these courageous few have found the waters off the northwestern coast of Mexico to be particularly promising for swim experiences with the elusive Jaws. And yes, there are companies and guides who specialize in these underwater great white adventures-but they probably require a no-liability form and, hopefully, lots of helpful underwater advice. Shark diving is also popular off the southern coast of South Africa.

Hiking to the top of the world is still regarded as a rite of passage for adventurous souls who have succumbed to the love of mountain climbing. The Himalayas offer great risk, but certainly plenty of adventures for people who want to make the skyward trek up the world’s tallest mountains. For those who make the climb, the experience is said to be spiritual as well as adventuresome. And like many extreme trips, Everest and its fellow peaks require considerable research and physical training before a successful climb is likely to ensue.

A visit to any jungle around the world is fraught with personal risk when one considers the potential for contracting disease or proximity of poisonous creatures. However, the Sundarbans mangrove swamps that lay between India and Burma has an additional hazard-man-eating tigers. The tigers of the Sundarbans have a reputation as man-eaters and this is no myth; but, nevertheless, many travelers desire to catch a glimpse of these majestic creatures in their natural habitat as well as to witness the extreme landscape. Tours are available for extreme cat lovers who don’t mind trekking through swampy terrain.

If these trips don’t spell excitement for you, consider some of the following trips for which there are also guided operators or tours: rock-climbing in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert landscape, canoeing the Amazon River, tracking Rwanda’s mountain gorillas, white water rafting down the Colorado River, or hiking in Australia’s outback. If you need an adrenaline boost, any of these trips is likely to offer the necessary jolt of excitement.

Awesome Family Summer Travel Destinations

The world is full of amazing and awe-inspiring sights and sounds. To squeeze all of Mother Nature’s extravagance into the top ten great summer travel destinations for families is a daunting task. Summer brings everything outdoors; the furniture, toys, children and every kind of outdoor activity one can imagine. However, one of the best ways to enjoy one’s summer vacation is to pack up ones family and go discover the world. Now, you may be wondering, isn’t that what the rich do? Well, today you can find cheap flights to almost anywhere, and once you arrive you can rest assured there are one or two reasonably good cheap hotels to stay in. That said; spoil your family with a vacation to one of the following great summer travel destinations for families:

Costa Rica
This beautiful south Caribbean tropical paradise is located in Central America and bounded by the Pacific Ocean and Caribbean Sea to one side and Nicaragua and Panama on the other. Amazing white beaches and tropical flora and fauna adorn this country making it the perfect tropical paradise to visit. What’s more, many budget airlines that fly to Costa Rica offer discount airfare rates especially when advance bookings are made.

The Hamptons
Located conveniently on the east end of Long Island, NY, this historical summer getaway is great for domestic tourism. Accessible via domestic couriers that offer cheap airline tickets to locals, enjoy the long stretches of beach, sprawling vineyards and magnanimous estates. In addition, experience the unique historical seaside villages that dot the Hampton coastline and make for a great family travel vacation.

Madagascar
This prehistoric island off the Southeastern coast of Africa has some fantastic and extraordinary creatures and plant life. Perfect for a summer vacation eco tour, this country has all sorts of great flora and fauna to keep everyone excited. Popularized by the Hollywood movie, Madagascar, this destination will definitely live up to your expectations. Hospitable locals, exuberant landscapes and cheap hotels all go towards making this a perfect summer vacation destination.

Abu Dhabi, UAE
Tipped ‘the richest city in the world’ (Fortune and CNN) this rapidly growing capital of the United Arab Emirates is fast becoming one of the premier destinations for summer vacationers. Multicultural and super urbanization features characterize this area. As the Emirati begins to diversify the economy of the area, tourism has become a key building block for the developing economy. With cheap flights from the numerous carriers plying the Middle East, experiencing this new city f the world has never been easier.

Cyprus
Located in the Eastern Mediterranean sea, Cyprus is a great summer vacation destination for all. With an excellent economy to match the excellent Mediterranean climate, Cyprus has a booming tourism sector and great packages for the interested traveler. The Mediterranean climate provides warm to hot weather all year round and the azure waters surrounding the island are a great way to kick back and relax.

Australia
This continent ‘down under’ has a great adventure awaiting the intrepid traveler. Arrive in style in either Sydney or Melbourne and embark on an Aussie adventure in this expansive country. Camel hikes, dune bashing, or seaside holidays are all on the itinerary. Once in the country, get some cheap airline tickets form one of the budget airlines in the country and hop from one area of the country to the next, you’ll have a whole continent to explore to your heart’s content.

Kenya
Home of the safari, travel to the renowned Maasia Mara or recline on the white sand beaches enjoy that perfect summer vacation. Hospitable locals, a vibrant, cosmopolitan capital and numerous options available to access, a summer vacation to Kenya would be a different experience altogether.

Scandinavia
Well, you may be wondering, Scandinavia is not a country; exactly the point. Take a summer vacation to one of the Scandinavian countries and simple hop onto a bus, train or cheap flight and in no time, you are in the next Scandinavian country. Offering great summer travel destinations for families, the kids will get a lesson in European geography as well as have a great time.

Tuscany, Italy
Home to the true Italian Renaissance; walk in the neighborhood of great artistic leaders such as Dante, Botticelli, Leonardo De Vinci, and Galileo Galilei amongst others. Breathtaking landscapes add to the rich artistic legacy to create a holiday vacation like no other.

China
Two billion people call this country home and so there must be something to it. In deed there is; from the Great Wall of China to the Yangtze River, China has such diverse landscapes it will leave you wondering if you were in one country or ten. The top vacation destination in Asia, China offers eco-cultural tours like no other.

Charles Dickens: No Armchair Traveller

In addition to his writing, Charles Dickens was a prodigious traveller. And… of interest, when considering his travelling, is the historical context of those journeys. This would have been in the first third of the 19th century, during his childhood and early manhood. In that period of history, horse or horse-drawn vehicle was the only overland means of getting around the country, – apart, of course, from “Shanks’s pony” i.e. on one’s own legs; no railways yet.

Now, there are people today, who journey the length and breadth of the United Kingdom, sometimes for the satisfaction of visiting different places, sometimes to tell others, their friends, work colleagues, about the interesting destinations they have visited, sometimes because a publisher will pay them to write of their experiences. Would these intrepid travellers still have drawn the same thrill from their peregrinations, if transport was at the same stage of development as it was when Dickens used it? It’s one thing to be travelling here, there and everywhere, in the luxury provided by modern transportation, but would today’s travellers have been eager to spend many hours in discomfort and… with no guarantee of being safe from mortal danger?

Or, turning the argument round, if Dickens had had modern streamlining, efficiency and comfort at his disposal, would his travelling have eclipsed his writing? Interesting to speculate upon these different sets of circumstances.

Dickens, as a parliamentary correspondent, in his early 20s, was required, by his profession, to visit many of the far flung corners of Great Britain, covering by-elections and political events and reporting on them. He describes travelling by stage coach to towns and then having to write up the events he had had to cover, during his return journey, – tight deadlines even 180 years ago! – “in the coach, sheet of paper on my knee, candle in my left hand, to give me light to write by; nausea, occasionally having to lean out of the coach window to vomit… “.

Coaches were prone to accidents, often very serious ones. Being rather great in height and made even higher by passengers’ luggage being strapped onto the roof, they tended to become somewhat top heavy and unstable and on occasion could, quite truthfully, be described as “an accident waiting to happen”. Dickens describes, in Nicholas Nickleby, the coach journey, when Mr. Squeers, the schoolmaster, travels up to North Yorkshire, from London, with his new pupils. It is midwinter and the snow lies deep. The coach hits a snowdrift and topples over, causing, not only inconvenience, to its passengers, but injury as well. This tale is, admittedly, fictitious, but the details were, undoubtedly, based upon fact.

Further risk was caused by the state of the roads themselves; which were, apparently, during the late 18th and early 19th century, in the worst condition they had been in since before the Romans arrived in Britain! Journeys were particularly hazardous in very wet weather, when these pot-holes sometimes filled with water and there are stories of at least one coach being lost in one of these holes; they were, on occasion allegedly,the size of small lakes!

Top Adventure Travel Companies In The World

Here are few best adventure travel organizations that provide a discriminating and interesting range of adventurous traveling plans. Hiking the Inca Trail, biking in Morocco and rafting through Grand Canyon are simply the shortest sample of experiences these organizations could provide customers. All their sites list specific adventurous trips, with elaborated travel plans, cost and pictures.

Gap adventures:

This company provides a choice of about 1,200 adventurous trip plans to all 7 continents. To find some discount rates on fascinating tours check out their “Specials” section.

Geographic Expeditions Adventure tours:

This company provides the portfolio of land trips, walks, treks and military ocean trips to the most impressive places in the world, ranging right from travels in Nepal, China and Vietnam to Ghana and Mongolia.

Austin-Lehman adventurous trips:

If you are anticipating adventurous traveling trips that children of all ages could enjoy, or tours only for you or for adolescents, consider this company. Austin-Lehman offers the hike, bike, paddle, climb, ride and Multi-Sport tours– visit such beautiful destination such as Costa Rica, Alaska, Mexico, Bryce, Canada, Yosemite National Parks and Zion.

International Expeditions:

This company provides nature-tours and eco trips to different places comprising the Egypt, Amazon, India, Galapagos and Kenya. International Expeditions provides deep itineraries planned to explore the region’s mortal of the country.

Intrepid Travel:

This is the niche adventure travel company which concentrates on taking customers out-of-the-way track to about ninety place over the world. On this typical tour you could trip in paths similar to localized people, respecting the environment and the culture. This travel tour operator company takes generally public transport, stay and dines in small local-owned organizations.

Small adventurous trips with classic journeys:

This company is specializes in small-group, boutique and soft adventurous trip. Classic journeys functions 3 types of tours: family journeying, cultural walking adventures and culinary trips.