April's Travel Article

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Spice up your life with an adventure holiday!

by Loreal Oliver edited by Lynne Hand

Are you bored with the routine of city life? Do you yearn to getaway from the hustle and bustle and put some excitement into your life? Do you hope to visit the places that have been aired over National Geographic Explorer and experience them for yourself? If your answer is yes to these questions, then adventure travel is just the thing for you!

 

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Defining an Adventure Holiday

Ok, so you've decided that you want an adventure holiday. This leads you to the next question – what type of adventure holiday do you want? There is just so much variety and different perceptions of the word "Adventure" that people have come up with all sorts of activities to define this word. For example, there's the nerve-wrenching bungee jump with locations available to do this all over the world. If you are into water adventures, then white-water rafting may be just the thing for you. For mountain climbers, you can scale any mountain in the world, each providing distinctive challenges and excitement.

On the other hand, some people may consider watching a parade in an exotic country as an adventure. For example, the annual carnival at Tobago offers an opportunity for visitors to join in with their celebrations, street parties and multi-coloured parades. Perhaps a cruise to Alaska to watch seals and whales is an adventure to some, while others may prefer a hot air balloon ride amongst the clouds. Those with an archeological spirit within them, may desire to visit the ruins of Anchor Wat or the Pyramids of Kulkulcan and call that an adventure.

The possibilities are endless. And the definitions even wider. In the end, as long as you have a good time, experience a great getaway and have opened your eyes to new sights and sounds, your objectives have been met.

Preparing for your Adventure

Once you have made your decision as to your destination and activity, the next step you need to take is to gather as much information as you can about your destination. Things like health warnings, local hazards, visas and weather conditions are just some of the few things that you need to take note of. It would be advisable to join a forum and try to get to  know others who have gone to the same location and have done the same thing, in order to get advice beforehand on things that you need to watch out for or take with you.

If your trip requires physical exertion, for example activities like mountain climbing, trekking, whitewater rafting or even bungee jumping; you will need to get yourself physically ready. Cross-training and focused exercise is advisable so that you don't get into problems or sustain unnecessary injury during the course of your trip. Also, get a medical check-up before you go, to ensure a clean bill of health and fitness before you embark.

Finally, adventure travel is no doubt a great deal of fun and also a necessary ingredient to add variety to your daily routine. Once you have had a taste of a great adventure, you will no doubt look forward to your next adventure holiday!  

For more information and  bookings on adventure travel in America and overseas please visit www.adventuretraveltips.com

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About the author: Loreal Oliver is an adventurous traveller and pretty crazy too. He has traveled extensively around the world since the age of 17 and never gets tired of it. There are few places unexplored by him and he is always ready for another venture.He loves photography and reading.  www.adventuretraveltips.com