the adventure travel blog
From climbing a glacier in Iceland to hot air ballooning above Myanmar, from whitewater rafting through Bosnia-Herzegovina and into Montenegro to horse riding amid Lesotho's snow-capped mountains, and from walking along the Great Wall of China to snorkelling with giant Manta Rays in Indonesia, The Adventure Travel Blog compiles those incredible experiences in foreign lands which have well and truly taken me out of my comfort zone.
"Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing the lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain."
Jack Kerouac, American Writer
travel tips, links & resources
- Doing something more active abroad firmly takes you out of the ordinary and well-away from the relative safety and banality of typical tourist traps. Active travelling offers you the chance of an extra buzz, a chance to see the landscape and, more often than not, a chance to share the experience with other like-minded travellers from all over the world who, like you, are up for a bit of something different or just there to tick off the bucket list.
- Getting active abroad is one of the best ways to by-pass all of the tourist confectionery. Break free from the mould, bypass the tourist hordes and escape from the sanitised city by organising an excursion before you set off. You'll be glad you did.
- Away from the safety of the hotel room, pretty much most things can go wrong - even more so if you're engaged in something more active than just sightseeing. Therefore, it's important to check what your insurance covers you for when abroad before you set off.
- It is worthwhile ensuring you take with you a small first aid kit on any active day experiences. There have been countless times when we've either been without one entirely or have remembered to pack it - only for it to not have in it the things needed at the time. Iodine is worth consideration - especially if you are taking part in any underwater activities; marine bacterial infections can get very nasty (as I was to discover).
- I try to avoid booking myself on any excursions which revolve around many people being on a bus. Try to organise a 'private' experience as far as possible as, in my experience, this maximises your enjoyment.
- Read up carefully on any company with whom you are placing your safety and wellbeing. Obviously, online reviews are a good place to start. Consider: what is their feedback score? Are the reviews suspicious or genuine? How long have they been operating? What awards or accreditations do they have?
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