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What is adventure travel?

Adventure has many faces. It doesn’t have to be adrenaline pumping action. Adventure is all about experiencing things differently. It is a unique, exciting, interactive way of enjoying a country. Adventure combines cultural interactivity and a historical immersion to create a unique experience totally different from the normal. It is a break from a break. A gentle trek across the foothills of the Andes can be just as exciting as a gruelling hike to Everest base camp in the Himalaya’s. It all depends on who you are, and how you approach it.

Solar Eclipse Tahiti July 2010

I was fortunate enough to accompany our trip to Tahiti this summer to witness a total Solar Eclipse along with 130 Explorers Eclipse travellers, a trip operated through our sister company. This trip combined all the best elements of an adventure trip with the chance to see a unique solar event. The sighting of the Eclipse, lasting just over three and a half minutes was from a remote atoll in the Tuamota Islands, known as Hao. This island is itself over 2 hours away from Tahiti by plane.

Jordan

Jordan is rich in history and culture and is the perfect place to get a feel for the Middle East. I shall never forget visiting the magnificent stone carved temples and monuments of Petra which have made it UNESCO world heritage site. Perhaps my most memorable experience was a night in the desert. We trekked on with camels and slept under the stars, overnighting in the desert is a must here if only for the night sky. Trekking through the Wadi Dana Valley is one of my walking highlights and was where my passion for deserts was born.

Morocco

Morocco is one of my favourite countries. It's North African culture is as rich as its geography. I first visited when I ran the 180 mile Marathon des Sables in the Sahara desert in the south of the country near Ouazouate, dry and clear, it's a perfect place to enjoy the Sahara which is also why it's become a popular film location. I also love the old medieval port of Essaouira  where you can eat fresh fish next to the fishing boats and walk passed wrecked ships on the windy beaches.

Sri Lankan Discovery

We travelled on the Sri Lanka trip during the summer holidays - this trip is an ideal introduction to Asia and the people are extremely friendly and welcoming. The country is increasingly popular since the end of the civil war and there is a big focus on tourism growth. This trip offered an immense variety and a good mix of activity and cultural interest without being too exhausting in terms of travelling distances.

Luangwa National Park

It was like a day at Wimbledon constantly looking from one side to the other. Only I wasn't sat at Centre court, my view was far more spectacular. I was in the back of a Landrover under the African sun as we drove through Luangwa National Park in Zambia. The wildlife here just doesn't stop. During 8 hours of game driving today barely a few minutes went past when a different mammal didn't stroll or a different bird didn't fly in to view.

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I want to take my daughter, who will be 10 by then, to Egypt in April 2011. It will just be the two of us travelling. Has anyone else taken kids of that age on the felucca/valley of the kings trip who could advise me on this holiday? Are the two parent families on the trip friendly to single parents???! It is a big investment for me and I want to be sure it is a good one!

Thank you Emma

Everest Base Camp Trek - March 2010

Nothing worthwhile doing in life is ever easy.....and the Everest Base Camp trek is not for the faint-hearted.

Be prepared to walk for approx 6 hours everyday (and 9 hours on Base Camp day) on steep terrain even when you don't want to Jam Jam anymore and you turn the next corner and say to yourself 'You've got to be kidding me?!'

That being said.....the sense of personal achievement at the end of everyday and the breathtaking scenery along the way makes it an unforgettable experience.

New Trekker!

Adventure Nepal or Himalayan Explorer? Hi, just joined and would love to chat with anyone who has been to Nepal. Have never trekked before and the trip that appeals is Adventure Nepal in Autumn, just not sure whether I am chosing a trek that may be too demanding for a first timer! Am happy to train, but not a fan of the gym! The Himalayan Explorer would be my second choice, but feel I should chose a challenge to work towards over the next 5mths. Any experiences would be appreciated, thanks

Moroccan Experience

I found this trip to be a great overview of Southern Morocco. Marrakech was everything I expected it to be, a wonderfully vibrant city with labyrinthine streets full of colour and excitement. Once out of Marrakech and into the villages of the Atlas Mountains it was clear that we had given the tourists the slip and ventured off the beaten track. The village stay felt like a stepping back to a simpler time, a world away from the 21st Centaury.