I had never taken a river cruise, and, to be fair, this was my first trip to both Vietnam and Cambodia, though I was fairly certain that a river cruise was the best way to see each country. I had a feeling in my gut that traveling independently by land would mean missing out on half the adventure.
One of the world’s longest rivers, covering 4,000 km from its source high on the Tibetan Plateau, the Mekong River is the lifeblood of Southeast Asia. It flows from China to Vietnam through six countries (China, Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam), and is key to the survival of some 300 million people.
From fishing boats to floating markets, river life along the Mekong is vibrant, and has been for thousands of years. And it captures a diversity that you wouldn’t experience by land; a juxtaposition of ancient temples with modern palaces, of imperial cities with traditional villages.
I didn’t want an incomplete picture of from my trip to Vietnam and Cambodia. I wanted to see the major tourist sites, sure, but I also wanted to see daily life come alive in undeveloped and unexplored parts of the region. I wanted to immerse myself in new languages and lifestyles, to shake hands with locals who had never seen a foreign tourist, and really witness local life as we drifted along the Mekong Delta to Cambodia.
There were definitely those who thought my logic was flawed – to try stand-up paddleboarding for the first time in the middle of Tasmanian winter, when the water was well below 0, and no idea if I could balance.
But what better incentive to stay on the board?!
Stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) is always something I’ve wanted to try, but there are very few opportunities when traveling to find an available board. And I never wanted the hassle of a big, bulky, rigid thing that wouldn’t fit in the car when roadtripping.
But then came Goosehill SUP; a company who make inflatable boards.
An inflatable stand-up paddle board that packs down in to a compact backpack, comes with all the accessories, is light enough to travel with, and doesn’t cost a fortune?! Yes please!
Does a tropical holiday sound good about now? This week long itinerary will take you from your arrival at Faleolo Airport, through many of the natural wonders, fabulous scenery, culture and relaxation that Samoa has on offer.
Explore the two main islands of Upolu and Savaii while experiencing the best of the rainforest, waterfalls, beaches and cultural attractions along the way.
My love for Japan is well documented, and I’ve traveled here more than I have any other country. It’s a truly timeless destination where ancient traditions, futuristic technology, and modern culture have all been thrown into the same melting pot.
Japan might seem small on a map, but don’t be fooled – it’s a very large country. And the mainland is absolutely jam packed with cultural icons. So I don’t blame you if you initially find it hard to decide which cities you’ll focus your attention on.
Thankfully though, you don’t need to settle on a single destination when visiting Japan, since their extensive railway network means you can explore the whole archipelago in a way that’s easy, fast, cheap, and comfortable.
There’s genuinely no better way to get around Japan than by rail, and thanks to the JR Pass for foreign visitors, you can do so quite economically. Read on for everything you need to know about the JR Passes and traveling around Japan.
The United Kingdom is nothing short of beautiful; a destination with ancient landscapes that transports you into a real life fairytale, complete with castles, gardens, kings, and princesses.
A land that overflows with natural attractions, many adventurous travelers opt for road tripping around the cluster of countries that are England, Scotland, Northern Ireland, and Wales.
But the even more adventurous choose to go one step further (literally).
The UK has an amazing selection of long walks; the options are abundant and the places are nothing short of mesmerizing. So, if you’re keen on immersing yourself fully in Britain’s most spectacular landscapes, why not consider walking!
It was 1873, and a spirit of adventure was bubbling throughout Europe. There was a thirst for worldwide adventure, and intrepid explorers were pushing the boundaries to explore unseen worlds.
It was this same year that Jules Verne published his classic adventure novel; a sensational tale of an Englishman named Phileas Fogg, who takes a bet that, with the opening of a new Indian railway, he can circumnavigate the globe in 80 days.
Around the World in 80 Days may have been published almost 150 years ago, but two centuries on, this iconic story is still capturing imaginations, and inspiring new generations to reattempt the challenge.
But what if, with today’s technological advancements, I made you a bet that you could take Jules Verne’s same route in, say 80 hours?!
Around the World in 80 Hours is an interactive guide which plots out realistic routes for those wanting to explore the world by car, train, plane or boat … check it out!
With a long list of outdoor activities like trekking, mountain climbing, bungee jumping, paragliding, and rafting, Nepal is among the best destinations in the world for adventure tourism.
From tracking tigers on a jungle safari, to climbing the world’s highest peak, this small Himalayan nation boasts one heck of an outdoor playground, with activities spread across a highly varied landscape.
Whether you’re aiming to raft down the raging waters of the Himalayas, or head south to the lush jungles of Terai, here are 8 adventurous things to keep in mind!
A safari trip in Africa is by far, one of the most exciting getaways you could ever experience. The vast continent is world famous for its wildlife safaris, incredible landscapes, and options for adventure, from classic jeep safaris, to visiting local tribes.
However, trying to decide on the best destination in Africa can be tricky. Each country that makes up the unique and culture-rich continent provides its own unique experience, though it’s important to decide on a destination that suits your individual requirements.
Both Kenya and Tanzania are the classic options for an African Safari; they both offer breathtaking scenery, amazing wildlife, and a long list of exciting activities from walking safaris to hot air balloon rides.
But, with both destinations sharing a border, they’re both incredibly similar. So, the inevitable question is how do you decide?
When you’re planning a hiking or camping trip, the last thing you want is for it to rain. Your gear gets wet, your clothes are soggy, and, let’s be honest, most of the time you don’t have a water-proof phone case!
The weather is the single most likely factor to negatively affect your trip, though it’s also one of the things most travelers take for granted, and people quite often find themselves caught off guard.
While there are many ways to check the weather ahead of time, accuracy can be a big issue when you’re relying on phone apps or regional forecasts. These weather reports usually only gather information from a small cross section of stations, and if you’re traveling remotely these could be miles away from where you plan on hiking.
If you spend a lot of time outdoors, setting yourself up with a personal weather station could be well worth your time. While many of the options they break down on temperaturesensei.com are weather stations for your home, we’ve also discovered portable weather meters – perfect for camping / hiking.
The river Nile immediately conjures up images of the Pyramids of Giza, and making the distinct journey across the sands of Egypt towards one of the world’s most revered and respected historical landmarks.
But the world’s longest river stretches far beyond Egypt, meandering through Sudan, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Uganda, before finding itself at the beginning of the great Lake Victoria.
This guide will show you that there are plenty of artefacts and architecture to be found beyond the Great Sphinx.
Backpacking in Nepal is an incredible adventure. From intensely chaotic cities, to medieval architecture, and Himalayan trekking, Nepal might be hard to get to, but you’ll probably find that it’s even harder to leave.
Nepal is well set up for independent travel, and has become a mecca among the backpacking scene. It is a culturally rich country that will absolutely enchant you, though it’s definitely a destination that requires prior planning to ensure your safety and comfort.
The following is a backpacking guide to Nepal, with all of the essential info you need to know when planning your trip.
In the Indonesian archipelago, between the islands of Sumbawa and Flores, lies Komodo National Park. It’s the only place on Earth you can have a close encounter with a Komodo dragon, a unique lizard species often referred to as the last living dinosaur.
In an effort to conserve this rare creature and its natural habitat, the Komodo National Park is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The park consists of three major islands (Komodo, Rinca and Padar) that are home to over 2500 of these impressive and fearsome creatures.
Though Komodo is much more than it’s famous wildlife; the islands also boast some of the world’s best diving and snorkelling spots, and landscapes so dramatic the island was recently named one of the world’s “7 New Wonders of Nature.”
With a new airport in Labuan Bajo, on the neighbouring island of Flores, access to Komodo is now just a boat ride away. Here are just five of the many reasons you’ll want to discover the magic this Indonesian gem has to offer.
To say that adventure is one of Nepal’s greatest attributes would not at all be an erroneous claim to make! From jungle safaris to climbing the world’s highest peak, this small Himalayan nation boasts one heck of an outdoor playground.
While there are opportunities for all kinds of adventure in Nepal, the trekking routes here are some of the most famous in the world, and those who enjoy epic experiences are spoiled for choice.
Whether you’re after the time-honored trekking routes like Everest Base Camp and Annapurna Base Camp, or relatively unchartered hikes such as Langtang Valley or the Upper Dolpo Trek, there’s no shortage of adventure.
The following are adventurous treks you can take in Nepal.
Many of us dream of taking a safari at least once in our lives. And to travel through exotic landscapes and get up close and personal with majestic wildlife really is the experience of a lifetime.
Most people automatically assume they’ll head to Africa to go on safari, but there is in fact another region of the world so rich in wildlife that it might even put some African countries to shame.
India is a land of chaotic charm, but beyond its history, culture, and chaos lies a world of breathtaking natural wonder, where snow leopards roam icy peaks, tigers are the king of the forest, and elephants trek across vast plains.
With cheap tickets to India from most countries in the world, here are 5 reasons you should take an Indian safari.
Stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the hottest new tourism trends; you can paddle through destinations like the Maldives, board down iconic European canals, and can enjoy the unique waterways and coastlines via SUP in most countries.
Most people who try stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) are hooked straight away, leading them to buy SUPs for themselves. But even though you can’t pack your board in your luggage, the good news is that you can join classes or pay for a rental all around the world.
One country where travelers can experience SUP is Australia, and from it’s 16,000 miles of coastline, to iconic rivers that flow through the Outback, this offers the unique opportunity to see one of the most beautiful places in the world from a new vantage point.
Visiting Australia? Here are 3 reasons you should jump on a stand up paddle board!
My last trip to Croatia was 2007, though I still remember that summer vividly; jumping from the top of ancient fortifications to splash down into the sea, lazily drinking cocktails on the beach, and exploring the country’s island speckled coastline via sailing.
Oh, the sailing!
Croatia has seen a massive increase in popularity of late, but its status as a sailor’s paradise has been known for decades. And, whether you want to rent a boat in Croatia to be your own captain, or jump on a skippered trip just for a day, everyone visiting Croatia should experience sailing.
Croatia is home to more than 1,000 islands, all with amazing beaches, historic ruins, and Game of Thrones style medieval scenery. And of course, connecting them all is the dazzling sapphire water of the Adriatic Sea; so mezermizing that it ‘sparkles with a jewel-like intensity’.
So, take in Croatia’s national parks, and don’t miss its spectacular walled cities. But definitely don’t miss out on the chance to go sailing. The following are 5 reasons Croatia has just been named as the hottest sailing destination of 2019.
It’s so easy to get bogged down in a daily routine that we often forget what it’s like to experience adventure. 9-5 jobs, obligations, schoolwork, and family obligations can keep you feeling trapped with no escape.
Do you have a list of places you’ve always wanted to travel? If you plan the time off, and drop an obligation or two, you might be able to get away from your hectic schedule a lot easier than you think.
Feel the itch to travel but not sure what your destination should be? Here are 4 exciting destinations that are guaranteed to help you rediscover your sense of adventure.
You’ve made the decision to head off on a trek … awesome! The world is full of incredible hiking trails, and strapping on your boots is a great way to immerse yourself in nature.
But as fun as trekking is, it’s incredibly important that you head out with the right equipment. This doesn’t always mean you need to spend a tonne of money on hiking poles, or camelbacks, but it’s often the simplest things that are the most important on a trek.
Whether you’re heading on a day walk, or a multi day trek, the following are essentials you should always have with you.
This list covers the basics for beginner trekkers, though even if you’re a seasoned pro, it’s important never to become so overconfident that we forget the essentials.
Although Antarctica may seem like a cold, sparse and unwelcoming continent to the uninitiated, it is actually one of the most diverse, interesting and strikingly beautiful places on planet Earth.
From its thriving wildlife and breath-taking scenery, through to its status as an adventure playground for those fond of snowmobiles and sledges, the most southern continent offers a different kind of experience for each type of traveller.
And with more opportunities to get to there than ever before, here are just a few reasons why 2019 should be the year you visit Antarctica.
The Northern hemisphere has already started their ski season and thousands of resorts all over Europe and America welcome outdoor enthusiasts until the melt kicks in around April.
Though even if you can’t make it work to travel to Europe or North America for this years season, that doesn’t mean you have to wait a whole 12 months until next year.
The Southern hemisphere boasts its own excellent scenery, luxury hotels, and reasonable prices, although the ski season will arrive in a few months time, running from early to mid June through to early October in Queenstown & Wanaka New Zealand.
Whether you’re looking to skip Europe’s ski season and jump down to New Zealand, or taking some of those epic European jumps, the following are five ways to prepare for ski season, regardless of your chosen hemisphere.
If you’re planning on trekking in Bhutan, there’s one thing for sure; you’re in for a solid adventure!
A small nation located on the eastern side of Himalayas, and popularly known as the ‘Land of The Thunder Dragon’, Bhutan is world famous as the happiest place on earth, and this small piece of land seems lost in time.
Tucked away in the Himalayas, it is Bhutan’s isolation that has preserved its ancient traditional and cultural lifestyles, and its isolation that makes trekking here such a unique experience; one that is less crowded and allows for the exploration of ancient and untouched trails.
With the majority of the country covered with forests, there are plenty of opportunities to hike on trails that could last anywhere from 2 days to almost a month. Trekking routes vary from easy to challenging, based on the length, altitude and difficulty levels.
The following is a trekking guide to Bhutan with all the basics that first time trekkers should know.
The first time we visited Alaska we flew into Anchorage and planned out a self drive itinerary by land. The thinking was that this would allow us to see and do more.
And while we had an incredible time, camping in the rugged interior of Denali, and encountering bears along some of the States most scenic drives, we actually missed out on the big show.
Because cruising actually allows you to experience more of Alaska than a land based DIY tour; while cruising offers the best of both worlds, and allows for land based excursions, driving means you completely miss out on sailing on the icy seas.
Cruising in Alaska means whale watching at 6am as soon as you fall out of bed. It means the opportunity to visit islands and towns not accessible by road. It means dining on fresh salmon as you float past massive blue glaciers, and snow-capped mountains shrouded in mist.
If you’re thinking of cruising Alaska, the word epic barely does the experience justice. Here are 7 things you can expect to see.
While Niagara Falls is famous for its amazing waterfalls, and is known around the world as a popular honeymoon destination, this beautiful part of North America has a lot more to offer.
When it comes to adventurous activities, there are plenty to choose from, and, despite being one of the most travelled destinations in the world (30 million people visit annually!), Niagara still manages to keep a few secrets.
If you’re planning a trip to the Niagara region, start by booking one of the many great hotels in Niagara Falls, Canada, and then make sure you set aside time for some of these things you probably didn’t know you can do!