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!
Adventure travelers looking for incredible mountain treks will find a wealth of truly off the beaten path locations scattered around Peru.
While Machu Picchu and the Inca Trail receive the majority of attention, Peru offers a number of alternatives if you’re hoping to feel less like a tourist and more like a true explorer.
The Andes form the longest continental mountain range in the world, offering treks of all lengths and degrees of difficulties. Peru is lucky enough to be home to many of the most notable mountain treks along the range, many of which manage to remain under the radar from mass tourism.
There is no denying that Machu Picchu is an incredible Wonder of the World, but those looking for something more unique and less restrictive may want to look into some of Peru’s other incredible mountain treks.
The following treks will not only provide you with equally as impressive scenery, but will also leave you with stories very few other travelers have experienced.
From ancient cities to Saharan dunes, Morocco is one of those destinations that truly captures your imagination; a dizzying diversity awaits travelers whether you’re interested in trekking in the desert, shopping in the maze of medinas, or simply people watching.
With vivid images of lyrical landscapes, richly colored souks, exotic culture and a diverse geography, this is a bucket-list destination if there ever was one, and there is so much to see and do.
Morocco is captivating, dazzling, and seductive. It is a country that will fascinate, bewitch and beguile you. It is exotic in the true sense of the word, and has hundreds of faces, sounds, smells, and stories just waiting to be uncovered.
Whether you’re browsing Morocco vacation packages, or organizing the trip yourself, the following are epic things to do in Morocco before you die.
It’s one of the biggest countries in the world, home to the largest population on the planet, heck- the landmass covers five entire time zones (errr, even though there’s only one).
There are no two ways about it: traveling in China is next some next level nomad business.
Anyone who’s ever spent time in the big Zhongguo can tell you that China’s diversity of language, culture, and landscape is enormous. Sometimes just traveling from province to province feels like you’re crossing international borders; it’s that different.
For the adventurous among us, this can actually be the most exciting thing about traveling in China- you can have a lifetime worth of crazy experiences, all within the borders of a single country.
From teetering over the edge of a sky-high mountain to skimming your surfboard down the lip of a wave, here’s our pick of the craziest, kookiest, and downright coolest outdoor activities you can do while traveling in China.
Many of us dream of taking an African safari at least once in our lives. And to witness wild lions lazing in the grass, and elephants trekking across vast plains; to spend time watching a magical sunrise as the African landscape comes alive; this truly is the experience of a lifetime.
But just as there are many countries to choose from for an African safari, there are also many types of safari experience, and the key to planning a memorable trip is to choose one that aligns with your interests.
Whether you’re a wildlife explorer ready to track wildlife in a classic jeep, or a cultural enthusiast who wants to take a walking safari led by local tribes, there isn’t one set ‘African Safari’. There are a huge range of safaris suited to all types of travelers, and all types of budgets, so don’t be fooled into thinking that your destination is the most important choice to make.
Here are our tips for choosing the perfect safari experience.
Ask any resident or visitor to Tasmania about the biggest highlight of the island and most will say Cradle Mountain. Cradle Mountain–Lake St Clair National Park makes up part of the Tasmanian Wilderness World Heritage Area, which is one of the largest conservation areas in Australia. Home to a wide array of rare and endemic plants and animals, it showcases the best nature and wildlife Tasmania has to offer.
According to latest statistics, half of all travelers to Tasmania come to see its wildlife and many natural attractions. Most travellers place Cradle Mountain on their itinerary due to its ease of access and range of facilities available.
The Cradle Mountain Hotel offers the chance to take in this wild and rugged natural Aussie icon in comfort and luxury. Our own personal Cradle Mountain Hotel experience was one we will never forget and already has us planning our next getaway to this remarkable part of Tasmania.
There’s definitely no shortage of things to do in London, though you may not consider it to be an overly adventurous city.
Historic, yes. Culture, certainly. But adrenaline pumping adventure?
Despite the UK’s often stiff reputation, there are in fact a number of thrilling activities for heart pumping adventure in London, or just outside the city.
If you’re looking for a base that’s close to it all, staying at The Barbican Rooms London offers an ideal location in the heart of London, and convenient access to the best adventure spots in and around the city.
Consider jumping and diving into the following activities!
While New York City may be a maze of congested roadways and skyscrapers, Long Island offers the perfect escape from city life where you will find all kinds of adventurous outdoor activities.
Stretching nearly 120 miles from New York Harbor to Montauk Point, it is the longest island in the contiguous United States. Because of its sheer size, both in terms of area and population, knowing where to base yourself in Long Island is key.
Ideally located in the heart of Long Island, the area around Patchogue offers accommodation that will allow you to easily visit all the island has to offer.
If you’re off on a camping adventure around Australia, you’re in for a serious scenic treat, not to mention an experience like no other. The landscapes you will see will blow your mind, the wildlife is unlike anywhere else in the world, and camping facilities throughout the country are first class.
Of course, any epic trip needs serious planning and consideration, and when it comes to packing, you need to seriously look at your requirements; this isn’t a trip you want to be missing something from!
What you need specifically depends on how you want to travel, how long you are going for, and how many people you are travelling with, but there are a few common items which should appear on everyone’s list of essentials. The following are the main items you will be needing for your epic Australian camping adventure, whichever direction you head off in.
Exploring a destination goes well beyond hitting the top attractions and sharing a few selfies on social media. Explorers travel in order to truly learn about destinations and to then share their importance with the world. An explorer looks to protect and give back to the places they experience, not take from or leave a negative impact.
To be human is to want to explore, it’s in our blood. And nearly all of us dream of following in the footsteps of the world’s great explorers. While many of the world’s greatest expeditions are suited to the small minority who are willing to sacrifice their lives for the expedition, there is one incredible expedition that anyone can experience without having to subject themself to brutal conditions.
Antarctica remains one of the least explored and largely untouched regions of the world. But these days it is also one of the very rare expeditions that you can experience in luxury.
Travel is fun and exciting, and typically increases your happiness levels before, during and after the adventure.
Before your trip, a powerful source of joy is the anticipation in planning your adventure. Booking your trip, purchasing cool travel bags, and thinking about everything you will do has been proven to increase happiness for the days and weeks leading up to a trip through delayed gratification.
And of course there’s no doubt that during your travels you’re naturally excited, appreciative, less stressed, and more present; all emotions and states of being that lead to feelings of happiness.
Though what may surprise you is that it is increasingly noted that the changes experienced while traveling can last far longer than it takes for your tan to fade.
Traveling hаѕ a number of long lasting bеnеfitѕ on mental, emotional and physical health that can increase your overall level of happiness.