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7 Adventure Travel for 2014

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
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We are all different. Each one of us. But we are all the same when it comes to the heart. We all want one thing, the beating of the sound of your heart so loud that you can feel it in your ears. It’s time we make a change to travel plans,  if you haven’t already. How we experience change, that’s up to us. It can feel like death, or it can feel like a second chance at life. If we open our minds, loosen our grips, go with it, it can feel like pure adrenaline. Like at any moment we can finally feel our beating heart, come back to life.

1. Kayaking in Antarctica

We first tried Kayaking in Jamaica and we were hooked, but never found a team/group that was as interested in that sport. Then we found this in the active times. Antarctica has been in many my dreams and Leslie Peterson from The Active Times tells us its her number one favorite too! Venture to the most pristine and exotic location on earth, mingling with penguins, seals, and whales on the last continent of Antarctica. Quark Expeditions’ “Antarctic Express” package flies you from Chile, over the Drake Passage, to the Antarctic Peninsula. Accomplish a feat few humans have achieved as you enter the Antarctic Circle by ship to round Adelaide Island. Adventure options include polar camping, kayaking over quiet waters and through icebergs, or snowshoeing over fresh snow to places otherwise inaccessible.

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2.Kyoto and Beyond by Bike in Japan

Thanks to Katie Rosenbrock, this scenic bike tour begins and ends in the ancient city of Kyoto, but between you’ll cover more than 330 miles by bike. With a small group, you’ll cycle along quite country roads and visit notable Japanese destinations like the gardens of Kenrokuen in Kanazawa and the World Hertiage farmhouses in Shirakawa-go. Aside from opening traveler’s eyes to some of Japan’s most famous landmarks and landscapes, Explore Worldwide boasts the “off the beaten path” aspect of their tour which also offers a glimpse of the rural and rustic side of the island.

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3. Horse riding in Namib Desert

Riding came natural to me, the love for horses fell right into place. So, it’s easy to say yes to horse riding in the desert in Africa. Its the bohemian side of me. Its my past life. Exploring new territories and routes with Sarah Jane Gullick and learning nature conservation and desert ecology with Andrew Gilles. Trekking through south africa with horses are known to be the most challenging adventure, but one of the most breathtaking and rewarding ever, covering over 180 miles of rugged terrain in 11 days and with daily wildlife encounters.  Have a look at Namibia Horse Safari Company.

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4. Trekking in the Dominican
Nothing screams breathtaking than the Caribbean sea! KE adventure offers a 6 day trekking consist of different length sections from the shortest at 7km to the longest walking day of 20km which will take approximately 8 hours. The trail was built in 2012 through sections of virgin rainforest with log bridges and stepping stones. In the rainforest it is likely that it will be muddy underfoot and you will experience high temperatures and humidity at certain times of year. There are also some sections of the trail which go through open grasslands and owing to the effect of the overhead sun, wide brimmed hats are essential. Meeting and interaction with the friendly locals is all part of the experience. Accommodation is in simple friendly guesthouses and small hotels. All luggage is transferred between the nights accommodation and all meals are included.
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5. Rock Climbing in Thailand
Right, so hold on for a minute. If you have never thought about it or tried it, it does not mean it is not for you! We saw kids 6 years of age climbing. Each to at their own pace, each at their own height. The image is intimidating perhaps, but the self accomplishment is worth every,single, push and noise you make letting out while  pushing yourself to the max to get there to save your own life. There is a reason why people sing climb every mountain. Climb Crazy Horse Buttress is an international destination for climbing and a model for climbing development. Along the climbing trail you’ll find shade huts, lunch shacks, sustainable water management, and myriad other signs of an active local climbing community. The only crew that can get you here is the Chiang Mai Climbing Center. Your day will start before the sun is up, so grab a bite at Mickey’s Café, the single restaurant in the Old City open early enough for climbers. The Climbing Center handles your gear, water, protein-rich Thai lunches, and transport to the crag. Craving more adventure? Stay the night in the district of Mae On at the base of the buttress. This undeveloped city embodies undeveloped Thailand with local fare, hot springs, waterfalls, and caving.

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6. Hiking in Norway

The Norwegian fjordlands are a challenge that beckons hikers and mountaineers of all ages and abilities. This trip will put you on intimate terms with the great green hills, monstrous peaks, enormous glaciers and flat-out gorgeous scenery of this isolated chunk of Scandinavia and breathtaking waterfalls. G Adventures offers many options for those who would like to pursue.

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7. Yoga and Trekking in Nepal

Our two favorite words. Yoga. Nepal. You would have thought it would be trekking…but nope. Not so much as Yoga and Nepal put together in a sentence and when you add Trekking, it just makes it perfectly complete. The Yoga and Trekking Program combines two of Nepal’s most distinct traditions. Introducing Yoga into the Trekking experience allows for a richer appreciation of the physical and mental landscape as the body and mind are opened through daily Meditation, Yoga, Stretching, Massage, and Trekking. The combination of these elements creates a more fulfilling physical exercise while strengthening and opening the mind for greater relaxation and awareness all within the beautiful natural environment provided by the Himalayas. The program is open for all experience levels and ages and is a unique opportunity for those interested in the strengthening of both the body and mind. With Purna, all packages and guides are sorted.

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2 comments

  1. Rachel John says:

    wow… what wonderful and adventurous collection…

  2. Lina says:

    Wonderful post, excellent choices. Have you thought about India adventure too? I see that you have gone to Peru too in previous posts, I fell in love with it! Would love to join you on your next trip!!!

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