International Adventure Travel
International travel can be an adventure in itself, but if
you need more than lost luggage and being robbed, you have a
lot of adventures to choose from. Safaris, balloon tours, swimming
with dolphins, bicycling down volcanoes, trekking in the Himalayas,
trips to Walmart near Christmas - the list is almost endless.
This will not be a comprehensive page of all the adventure opportunities
out there. The intention here is to whet your appetite and point
you in the right direction for more information.
My Own International Adventure Travel
Even before I hitchhiked across the country at sixteen-years-old,
I had a taste for adventure. At fourteen, a friend and I bicycled
hundreds of miles in a few days during one summer adventure.
At seventeen, I finally went international with my adventuring.
I hitchhiked from Michigan to Mexico, and then across much of
that country. By the time I was nineteen, I had hitchhiked over
20,000 miles in the U.S., Mexico and Canada. Having reached forty,
I no longer put out my thumb - not very often, anyhow - but I
still love to travel.
More recent international adventure travel took me to Ecuador,
where in 2001 I climbed to the furthest point from the center
of the earth. Everest is the highest mountain above sea level,
but because of the way the earth bulges at the equator, the peak
of Mount Chimborazo, at 20,600 feet, is the furthest from from
the center of our planet. The top is covered in snow, ice, and
glaciers. My guide didn't speak English, and thought I was a
mountaineer. I had once used an ice axe and crampons to go forty
feet up a sledding hill, in Michigan. For the rest of the story,
go to the page, "Climbing
Adventure Travel Options
Below are a few of your options for international adventure
travel. Rather than update this page continually, I leave out
specifics, like who is offering a given tour, or when. This is
just an introduction, to get you started. Then you'll need to
research a bit to find out more. One of the best sites I've seen
for this, is Adventure
A Jungle Book Safari
In the Royal Chitwan National Park in southern Nepal, you
can see tigers, leopards, rhinos, and sloth-bears. Where better
to see them from than the back of large elephant? These tours
are lead by experienced naturalists and park rangers. You can
stay in the comfortable Safari Lodge and take daily tours into
Horseback Treks In Mongolia
You can travel with, and better understand one of the great
nomadic and horse-based cultures of the world. These trips take
you far beyond tourist routes, and you can customize your trek
to fit your schedule and budget. The operator of these tours
has an office in Mongolia, and provides experienced guides that
Rock Climbing In Rio
Want an outdoor adventure that doesn't take you too far from
the city nightlife? How about a rock climbing tour in the city
of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are routes for all skill levels
in the Sugar Loaf, Urca, Corcovado and Pedra da Gavea mountains.
The tours include bilingual instructors, complete equipment rentals,
and transportation, and they start at under $100 per person.
Swimming With Dolphins In The Croatian Sea
This winter you can escape from the cold to the Cres-Loinj
group of islands, which is known for it's mild climate. Mali
Loinj on the island of Loinj is widely known for
its health resort, but recently, the area is becoming famous
for something else. Bottle-nosed dolphins have made their homes
in the clear and clean waters of the Cres-Loinj group of
islands. You can mingle with them by boat or in your swimsuit.
Climbing Mount Kinabalu
Mt. Kinabalu (4101m) is the undisputed King of the Borneo
sub-continent. It rises 3000 feet higher than the other mountains
in the area; far above the jungle. It attracts international
climbers of all skill levels, who come to scramble, climb and
trek in its unique jungle-alpine environment. Kinabalu lies in
a world heritage site boasting a wide variety of plants and animals.
Experienced guides can take you trekking, or take you to the
Note: Another good resource for information on adventures
around the world is Advenquest. They have news, tips, tours,
photos and more. You can visit them at http://www.advenquest.com . Check out the page
on cheap international
plane tickets before booking a flight.
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