As more people are appreciating, having wonderful adventures on holiday means you come home knowing that you have new incomparable memories, away from the usual pace of life, truly refreshed with your energies renewed. Para-glide across the Andes, trek through semi-tropical jungles in Patagonia, wander on camels across the Sahara.
Many have discovered that adventure travel is the best way to experience a country, an African safari is unsurpassed as the way to see Africa’s wild treasures. Get up close to majestic wildlife and genuinely unspoiled African wilderness. Really see the big 5, large as life yourself, take your own photographs. You can combine luxurious resorts with following elephant herds, wandering giraffes and hypnotising big cats. Have the assurance that you are in the safest hands with adventure tours. Simply enjoy your time while experts take you to the action on carefully planned, truly tested itineraries which ensure that you don’t miss any highlights and experiences, with knowledgeable and experienced guides on hand throughout. Come back home truly enriched with memories without the complications, bureaucracies and niggles of organising the details yourself.
Adventure tours mean you can feel the fantastic sense of achievement when you hike to the top of Mount Atlas or traverse gorges in the Pyrenees. Add to the luxury of your adventure as the professionals guide you and even help take your camping gear up the mountain for you, while you simply exhale the crisp mountain air and gasp at the spectacular views. Tours might include planned, organised stays in authentic rural homes for a real taste of local life.
Savour the cool calming breezes and uplifting sunshine in Andorra, nestled in the Pyrenees, while you explore the region on mountain bike or rev up a 4WD. You could choose to bus upstream to Navarrenx, enjoy some lunch on the river beach cooked on an open fire and then climb into an inflatable boat built for a breathtaking white water rafting experience, close to nature.
Starting at Lake Tekapo, walk across New Zealand’s Tasman glacier to Ball Pass and on to Mount Cook. Ascend the peaks and descend steep slopes with experienced mountain guides, qualified in alpine skills. Hear the crunch of snow underfoot as you trek right into the heart of bluffs and rugged gorges in Hooker Valley. Wonder at terraces of lush rich green vegetation. Rest overnight in a charming practical, comfortable alpine hut, with a warm fire. Be entranced by the panoramic mountain views from the windows. Relishing the challenges and spectacular beauty of a 4 day alpine trek could leave you a positively improved person with such a voyage of discovery.
Dare to bungee jump from the highest operated bungee jump in the world, the high arch of the Bridge at Bloukrans River in Western Cape, close to South Africa’s Plettenberg Bay. The valley floor is some 216 metres below the platform you climb to just below the roadway along the bridge.
To the converted, participating in your own real holiday adventure is fully participating in life. Meet uniquely like minded people with a thirst for life. Don’t just have a holiday, have the experiences of a lifetime, which you truly will never forget.
Jane Burt was born in London and raised in India, Scotland and New York, she caught the travel bug at a young age and now writes regularly on the subject of adventure travel for a range of holiday websites and blogs.