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5 more classic adventure travel destinations that should not be missed.
Looking for details on taking great day hike in the Swiss Alps? Greg Witt, author of
Your choice of an adventure travel company could ensure a wonderful vacation. Here's a selection of reputable companies.
Bad weather in Nepal has led to the death of 17 trekkers, reminding us why adventure travel can be a dangerous activity.
If you are a solo traveler, here are companies, cruise lines and Web sites with lots of information and advice for people who like to travel solo, and singles looking for trips where they can meet others.
Here's an update on the rules because the Transportation Security Administration, including the amount and you can carry gels and liquids in your carry-on plane bag. Plus, details on where to get continually updated info.
Always travel with photocopies of your passport, credit cards, driver's license, health insurance information and otherimportant travel documents. If your purse or wallet is stolen, it's easier to replace everything if you have photocopies of the originals that show the passport and card numbers.
Zip Lines are strung among trees throughout America. If you're looking for adrenalin highs during aerial rides, just take a zip line tour. Whether you're living in or visiting Hawaii, California, New Hampshire, Alaska or dozens of the other states here in the U.S., odds are excellent there will a zip line or canopy tour within easy driving distance.
This country has the longest coastal walking path in the world. And, if you've walked all 870 miles, stopping to surf, go coasteering, biking and beaching, there's a link to yet another long trail.
5 all time classic adventure travel destinations.
Active adventure travel trips for the 50plus crowd that younger travelers will want to (and can) book, too.
Travel junkies visit Magellan’s often to see what’s new in gear, accessories, clothing and supplies.
The adidas Wandertag jacket offers outstanding performance for adventure travelers at a price that can't be beat.
The ancient city of Petra, located in the country of Jordan, is one of the most spectacular wonders that you'll find anywhere in the world.
Couch potatoes will find a variety of adventure shows on the Discovery Channel. Adventurous travelers can get some tips from watching the Discovery Channel's adventure shows on TV.
Packaged and custom adventure travel trips with tour operators aren't free, of course, but there are lots of adventures you can enjoy and sample for free. Here are tips and ideas about where to find free hike and bike trail descriptions, where to explore public lands for free, and even go skiing ski without paying for lift tickets. Looking for an event or store where you can demo sports equipment free? Would you like to know how to snag a free trip?
How dangerous is the Ebola epidemic in West Africa for travelers?
Despite the outbreak of Ebola, and civil unrest in Kenya, now is a great time to go to Africa, as good travel deals can be had.
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Michigan's Upper Peninsula provides great travel opportunities for adventure and outdoor travelers looking for a great escape.
Empty your luggage and hide that foldable or collapsible travel bag under a bed or on a shelf in small hotel rooms or cruise-ship cabins.
People Gather at Machu Picchu, Peru to Watch the Sunrise. Page 8.
Travel company G Adventures is launching a new tour to Haiti that could help jump start the economy in the trouble nation.
Visiting Yellowstone in the winter you can snowmobile or cross country ski past steamy clouds drifting from hot springs, watch Old Faithful erupt framed by the setting sun, photograph bison from the safety of your snow coach and watch wolf packs through a spotting scope.
The Galapagos Islands are a breeding ground for endemic, native and definitely exotic creatures, such as the lava lizards, marine iguanas, land iguanas and the Sally Lightfoot crabs that scuttle on the rocks at the edge of the water. Here are photos of the iguanas that huddle together, or sit on top of one another to keep warm, slide off the shore and swim among the sea lions.
Ever wanted to drive a military tank and fire a cannon? Here's where civilians can do it.
Women's adventure travel is for gutsy women who want to travel with a group. Many women - single or married - like the camaraderie of all female groups. Here's where to find tour operators specializing in women's adventure travel.
Check out these ten unforgettable types of adventure travel. These adventurous travel experiences range from scuba diving on the Great Barrier Reef or hot air ballooning over a desert in New Mexico to kayaking with the kids in the Pacific ocean by Vancouver, Canada.
Nature and wildlife adventure travel trips are growing in popularity. Would you like to dive with whale sharks, watch thundering herds during the annual animal migration in Africa or track wolves with your camera in Yellowstone National Park.
Colorado's Steamboat Resort is famous for its champagne powder, and for skiing in the glades and tightly treed areas. Johnny Sawyer, the Ski Patrol’s supervisor who has worked at the mountain for more than 30 years, offers his take and tips for skiing in the inbounds extreme and treed terrain at Steamboat.
Would you rather purchase a travel package or plan an adventure travel trip yourself? Here are the pros - and cons - of each approach.
Custom and culture guides give you customs, customs, hand gestures and ways to greet locals before you travel to foreign countries.
12 adrenaline-soaked activities, like cage diving and bobsledding, for active travelers who like to push their mental and physical limits.
Gap Adventures, which made National Geographic Adventure magazine’s top “Do It All” outfitter list again in the February, 2009, issue, offers a choice of more than 1,200 small group adventure travel trips to all seven continents.
The Pacsafe Citysafe 200 travel shoulder bag is, quite simply, the best travel purse I've used during my years of exploring the world. The anti-theft features give me a sense of security on busy city streets. The bag's inner pockets keep my passport, credit cards and iPhone secure, but I can quickly reach everything else I've packed into various pockets.
Wife Carrying Contests may have started as a joke in Finland, where supposedly a man would court a prospective wife by racing into a village, grabbing her and carrying her off. True or not, today the Wife Carrying World Championships are held in Finland, the North American Wife Carrying Championships are held at Sunday River, Maine, and there are regional contests in other states.
Volunteer travel abroad and in the United States. Where to find companies with trips with volunteer opportunities while on vacation.
Are you going to ride a zip line on your next trip? Before you start zipping, all reputable zipline tour operators will give you basic training. Here's what to expect.
This tour operator is a leg of the Discovery Channel. Visit and join the local cultures you've seen on TV.
If you're the traveler who prefers small group tours, here's a list of adventure travel companies that plan tours and limit travelers to small groups, often 16 people or less.
The Women's Travel Group offers adventure travel trips that set women in exotic locales, on sandy island beaches and in sophisticated cities.
Download free app for free offline maps. Maps remain interactive even when you're offline. Plot your travels on thousands of interactive maps covering everything from wilderness area to cities and countries around the globe.
Here are several companies offering multi-sport trips and vacations guaranteed to keep your adrenalin flowing.
Tired of pulling your laptop and other electronic gear out of your carry-on bag or backpack? TSA won’t make you take your laptop out of these checkpoint friendly bags and backpacks.
Walking and swimming in the underground river that flows through Rio Secreto was our favorite tourist attraction in Mexico's Riviera Maya. You see caves in an untouched state.
Base jumping is an extreme sport. Base jumpers leap off buildings, antennas, bridges and cliffs to glide, sometimes in a special wingsuit, then open a parachute to land safely.
Guest author and hiking guide Greg Witt believe the Jungfrau region is one of the most beautiful places on earth. It's a glistening mountain landscape and home to the Alps’ highest concentration of glaciers, where you’ll find exquisite hiking trails, dazzling waterfalls, and legendary peaks like the Eiger with its fearsome North Face.
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Riding fat tire bikes on snow and ice-covered trails in the winter is an adventure you can find at several ski resorts and towns in the Mid-West.
Searching for the best zipline adventures (sometimes called a “canopy tour”) in the U.S. and around the world. These zip line adventures cover the globe. Click here to see if there's a zipline or canopy tour where you're taking your next vacation.
Australia's Northern Territory is an adventure travel destination that offers cultural immersion, ancient history, and plenty of outdoor adventure.
TSA approved locks will keep your suitcase closed as it works its way through the baggage system when you're taking a flight. The Transportation Security Administration guards have the keys to open them, if they want to look inside.
Intrepid Travel is a niche adventure travel company that focuses on taking travelers off the beaten track in Asia, and in the Antarctica. Many of their trips are cheap, because travelers stay in the same accommodations as locals do.
Review of the latest generation Zanier Heat-GX heated gloves, which have an adjustable, integrated heating system that will keep your fingers warm for a full ski day.
Older women traveling solo enjoy OAT trips because they are small, have good guides and make traveling easier.
Want your passport faster? Here's how to get your passport application expedited, when you need that document so critical to traveling abroad in a hurry?
Where to walk on the Great Wall of China near Beijing. The Mutianyu section has a cable car,chairlift and alpine slide, creating a Disney-like theme park atmosphere for people going up or back down.
Currently in its fourth decade of operation, this company remains the pioneer in women’s only adventure travel. Adventure trips include easy to moderate day hikes from discovering Death Valley, to challenging treks along the Inca Trail on Machu Picchu.
Nose-to-nose with a 250-pound grouper, the scuba diver waved at the crowd on the far side of the glass in the aquarium. Did you know aquarium scuba diving and snorkeling programs are offered at more than 10 aquariums in the U.S., as well as in other countries?
Colombia isn't the first South American country that comes to mind when deciding where to travel, but here are six reasons you should plan a visit.
Adventure travel news for the week ending September 12, 2014.
Looking for a great Father's Day gift for your dad, husband or a favorite significant other? We've got you covered in choices from pricey to inexpensive.
The GoVoluntouring Web site acts as matchmaker between travelers who want a volunteer experience and projects that need volunteers.
Many travelers enjoy horseback riding but want other activities, such as fly fishing, hiking and spa treatments, too. Here are some dude and guest ranches that offer horseback riding and much more. Some also prefer more luxurious setting than a rustic cabin after a day on the trail.
The trek is worth the effort because of the view when hiking Beehive Basin in Big Sky, Montana.
microadventures help adventure travelers find cheap, close to home, options for when they can't travel abroad.
If you're looking for an inexpensive waterproof camera case to protect your digital camera, we found the DiCAPac Alpha case worked well while snorkeling and river rafting. Read the review.
Hiking, walking and trekking vacations are a lot of fun. Here are suggestions for choosing and getting ready for your trip.
Adventure travel news for the week ending October 3, 2014.
Private tour guides take you where the locals go, can help you avoid long lines at tourist attractions, and give you the best routes for adventurous hikes and bike trips.
REI Adventures offers great active travel trips, such as canoeing on a lake here in the U.S., cycling in Vietnam, or sea kayaking and hiking in Croatia. And, these are just a few of the 90plus weekend-to-multiweek trips offered by REI Adventures, part of the REI that has more than 80 stores in the U.S. chock-full of equipment and clothing for adventure travelers.
Geographic Expeditions offers adventure travel and vacations around the globe. The varied adventures are to remote and challenging destinations since 1981, offers a varied portfolio of overland tours, treks, walks, and expeditionary voyages to the world's most astonishing places.
Heavenly Mountain Resort in California claims it has the longest zipline in the United States. During the 80-second ride, you're guaranteed spectacular views of Lake Tahoe and the ski slopes you underneath as you descend.
Adventure travel news for the week ending 9/19/2014.
The Ogio Commute backpack is an excellent option for urban adventurers exploring their own city or going abroad.
Adventure travel news for the week ending Sept. 26, 2014.
Maps.com bills itself as the world’s largest map store - and the selection of maps, guidebooks, globes and map accessories is astonishing.
Appalachian Mountain Club : A one-stop source of information about hiking trails in the Northeast, places to stay on the trails, and group hiking trips.
Extreme adventure travel choices. Seeking extreme adventures? Push your boundaries skydiving around Mt. Everest, desert trekking, kayaking on the White Nile or your choice of other extreme adventures.
When you are looking for useful, innovative or cool travel gear, supplies and accessories, these companies offer the best choices.
Kids play with toy bulldozers and excavators in a sandbox. At Dig This, adults play with real bulldozers and excavators building roads, digging ditches and moving rocks in the only heavy equipment arena in the United States.
The Suunto X9i is a multifunction GPS watch that avid outdoorsmen, hikers and multi-sport enthusiasts who play in the wilderness will love. It interfaces with National Georgraphic TOPS mapping software, shows your current speed and distance, has an altimeter and thermometer, plus lots more.
Backroads, founded in 1979, is an active travel company that offers 300 itineraries, including biking, walking/hiking, multisport, and Insider Trips, which shift the focus from physical activity to in-depth cultural explorations. Seventy-five percent of Backroads guests have traveled with Backroads before or were referred by a friend.
Best hiking and mountain biking trail sources for Phoenix and Scottsdale, Arizona
Adventure travel news for the week of 9/5/2014
Where you'll find the best fall foliage colors In September to mid-November. Where to use hiking boots or hop on a bike to enjoy the changing colors.
New website Advlo.com is a marketplace for adventure travel experiences.
Sources for adventure family vacations and family trips, plus companies with affordable family vacations and trips.
Cuba: On cultural exchange tours with licensed travel providers, you talk with musicians, historians who have lived through the revolution, seniors and even school-age children you wouldn't be able to visit on most trips.
Adventure travel news for the week ending October 10, 2014.
Voluntourism -- combining a vacation or trip anywhere in the world with a few days or weeks volunteering is one way a growing number of travelers are making a difference. How do you decide if volunteer travel, whether it's spending a day at an African preserve feeding lion cubs or two weeks helping build a town hall in a third-world country, is for you?
Touring Shanghai, China, on a vintage motorbike driven by a professional driver is a novel way to see the city.
Images from Cambodia: Angkor Wat, Angkor Thom and a fishing village on the river.
If you're the horseback rider who wants to play cowboy for a week vacation at a working cattle ranch or join a cattle drive.
Cliff diving - soaring off cliffs up to 80-feet high into lakes and oceans is an extreme sport, for sure. Here's where to learn more about cliff diving and see some great images of cliff divers soaring into lakes and oceans.
How to get in shape for trekking and hiking trips, so you'll enjoy the vacation more.
These companies offer the best bicycle trips through fascinating locales around the globe. Whether you want a biking trip in Utah's slick rock terrain or exotic Morocco, these companies have a variety of biking vacations to tempt you.
Cliff Diving: Diving into the water from a steep cliff. This is a risky sport that should only be done by divers trained to soar from extreme heights.
Competitours is the ordinary adventure traveler’s version of the Amazing Race. While contestants on the Amazing Race Television show race around the world, you can enter a Competitours adventure race, designed to challenge you and immerse you in the culture of the countries you are visiting.
National Geographic Adventure . The Boss' Pitch: Why Travel With Classic Journeys? Edward Piegza, president
International Expeditions offers small-group eco-tours and nature travel trips to exotic locations including the Amazon, Egypt, Galapagos, India and Kenya during the annual animal migration.
A roomy backpack with theftproof features to keep light-fingered thieves at bay.
Top Hot Springs in the United States. Where you can soak in bathing suits or nude.
See polar bears up close in their natural habitat on polar bear tours to Canada and Alaska.
This Web site is an instant chat translator, so you can easily communicate with friends, colleagues, and guides or tour companies around the world who speak different languages.
The iPhone 6 brings some compelling new features that travelers are sure to appreciate.
You might think cheap golf on Kauai, Hawaii, is an oxymoron, when so many courses cost $100 to $200 or more for a round. At Kukuiolono, it's just $9 for the right to play all day! (Plus $3 for a hand cart or $9 for a gas cart.) Thank Walter McByde.
A real cattle drive isn't like what I saw in the City Slickers movie. It's must harder and lots of fun.
The Adventure Blog 's author, Kraig Becker, does a terrific job of scouring the Web then passing links on to us, so we have easy access to a grab bag of extreme adventures.
Best places to learn to ski enjoy powder so deep you need a snorkel, and terrain so steep you get vertigo looking downward. Some programs are within ski resort boundaries, other choices are special camps or heli-skiing weeks taking you to pristine powder in the backcountry.
If you're looking for last minute adventure travel deals visit LastMinute.com for a big selection.
Active adventure travelers will enjoy these trips, which combines adventure travel and the types of exploration for which National Geographic is famous. The company has united with Mountain Travel Sobek to create these new adventure trips. Here's where to find a list of these amazing adventures.
Phone apps that offer medical advice fast, plus links to find the closest doctor or emergency room, alert medics you're have an emergency and can't talk, whether close to home or in a foreign country.
i-to-i is a company that sends more that 5,000 people a year to volunteer at local projects around the world and immerse themselves in local cultures. These travelers choose voluntourism â€“ combining traditional travel with volunteer work â€“ to help make a difference both in their lives and others.
Abseiling, or rappelling as it is called by many mountaineers, is sliding down a rope under controlled conditions. It's a technique used by people who are rock climbing, ice climbing, kloofing, canyoneering and mountaineering to get down steep cliffs or even man-made objects, such as buildings or bridges.
Travel + Leisure named this company, which has a portfolio of extreme adventure trips, one of the “World’s Top Adventure Outfitters” in March 2010 and listed the company among the “World’s Best Tour Operators and Safari Outfitters” for the last 15 consecutive years. National Geographic Adventure called this company one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” in 2009.
Pakems lightweight, comfortable packable shoes. Slip them on after skiing, hiking and other active sports. Easy to put in backpacks and carry-ons.
Skiers have been using Smartwool socks for years (because the company was started by a former ski instructor) and now hikers, mountain bikers and other active sports enthusiasts are opting for them, too. The colorful lifestyle socks are hit in the city scene.
Winter in Yellowstone is more than Old Faithful It is Snowmobiling, Cross Country Skiing and Animal Watching Too.
Homeless Gear is run by active sports lovers who collect old gear and distribute it to the homeless. Have you upgraded tents to sleeping bags and have an attic or garage stuffed with old gear? The homeless man, woman or family you may have seen lying under thin blankets as you walked by on a cold day could be a lot warmer wearing that old jacket hanging in your closet.
Looking for places where you can find extreme backcountry-style skiing or snowboarding experiences but inbounds at resorts so there's avalanche control and ski patrollers around? Look no farther: Here's a list of some of the best places that expert skiers and riders love to explore.
She's so fluid. Lying down, not a muscle twitches, as lion's eyes are riveted on the antelope grazing 300 yards away. They can't see the lioness, but we can. We're following the hunt in Kruger National Park, South Africa.
Defining one's personal adventure style, whether it's choosing physical activities such as biking and hiking, or choosing trips to exotic countries.
Winter Driving School - Get skills to handle snow and ice at these winter driving schools. You'll learn to recover from skids, braking techniques and more.
Edventures and learning vacations - Wonderful ways to escape. Sipping wine in Tuscany, photographing animals in Africa under the guidance of a professional photographer, or participating in an archaeological dig in the Southwest. All of these are EdVenture -- Educational Vacations -- that combine learning with a lot of fun.
Tips for adventure travelers to save money on their next escape.
Looking for a company that offers personalized, reasonably priced adventure travel trips that are limited to 12 people? Here's where to learn more about adventure travel with Austin Adventures
This rechargeable battery that looks just like any other iPhone4 or iPhone 4s case can double your phone's battery life.
Ever have your goggles fog while skiing down a mogul run and you can no longer see the slope, or have them go white in a powder storm? Smith’s Turbo Fan Prodigy, Phenom and Knowledge OTG goggles are a blessing for people who love snowsports and sweat a lot, but even more so for people who wear glasses that constantly fog.
Weekly news, notes, and deals from the world of adventure travel.
Top summer family adventures in the mountains. When temperatures climb in the city, head to the mountain resorts for beat-the-heat family vacations.
Luggage Limits is a free search tool for flight-specific information about baggage allowances and fees. On this Web site, you simply put in airline, the name of the airport you are leaving from and your destination airport, then click.
If you want to keep anything from your passport and camera to huge backpacks safe, Pacsafe has the anti-theft travel gear for you.
CheapTickets.com has teamed up with United Way to offer travelers a route to setting up volunteer vacations, or adding a day or more of volunteering during a planned vacation.
Adventure travel news for the week ending 8/22/2014.
Zipping along 10 zip lines in one trip was a wild intro to the world of zip line adventures. But that’s what you get when you take the Zip Line Adventure at Tsitsikamma Coastal National Park in South Africa. (Adrenalin junkies note: When you’ve done this, head over to Bloukrans Bridge and do the bungie jump.)
Mountain hiking tips for day hikers who enjoy backcountry trails and trails at resorts in the Rocky Mountains.
Hidden places in Russia, Mongolia, Europe and Central Asia - A travel expert's 8 best off-the-beaten places to visit. Have you heard of, or visited, any of these?
Teenagers to retirees are signing up for the American Jewish World Services volunteer and travel programs. You can too.
Whistler Blackcomb not only has some of the longest vertical in North America, it also has a lot of the most challenging terrain at ski resorts on this continent. You can see Canadian guide Derek Foose's extreme skiing style in the latest Warren Miller film: “Children of Winter.”
Is a Wilderness Survival School course for you? Gadgets, from a GPS to a Spot Satellite Messenger to all-weather clothing can help in some situations. But, what about when you’re so far off the beaten track, or hurt, and you’ll need to spend a night or more in the wilderness? These courses might teach you how to turn a potential nightmare into something bearable.
Winter Park Resort ski patroller Jamie Wolter gives you his take on the best inbounds extreme ski terrain at Winter Park Resort. These steep above treeline and gladed areas are for experts skiers and snowboarders only.
Do you need to buy adventure travel insurance? The travel insurance you bought for your next vacation might not cover camel riding in India, snowboarding in the Alps or bungee jumping in New Zealand. Here are companies that offer adventure travel insurance for travelers who love sports and adventurous activities.
Why Travel Medical Insurance? Who will rescue you when injured on a mountainside, or hiking pr biking in a remote location? The cost of medical evacuations is astronomical.
On the largest zip lines in the Midwest you can take a hands-free guided Tour on 9 zip lines and 9 sky bridges.
Alpine Adventures zip lines and treetop canopy tours show you northern New Hampshire from above. Take your choice between racing your friends as you ride dual zip lines, or taking the Treetop Canopy Tour, a six-zip line trip.
Steamboat Springs, Colorado, and the Steamboat Resort, deliver adventures for hikers, bikers, horseback riders and people who enjoy hot springs.
Zicasso matches travelers with travel agents who specialize in the custom trips to locations you want to visit, and activities you want to experience.
Looking for a company that offers family adventures you and your kids will love? Here are several companies that offer family adventure travel chock-full of activities just for kids, plus adventures the entire family will enjoy as a group.
Colombia promises excellent hiking and biking adventures within easy access of its capital, Bogota, and elsewhere in the country. Several adventure travel companies run trips to Colombia.