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Active in the Pyrenees

For me this was a completely new experience. I’ve in the past always gone on one week beach holidays or weekend city breaks with friends but this time needed something different – something active. And it was different and it was active.
This time I went alone, made new friends, got lots of exercise and loved it. Andorra really is a beautiful place and for an active adventure holiday, it’s perfect. The scenery was beautiful, the mountain biking exhilarating and the white water rafting (well can I do that again NOW)

Teenage family trip to Cappadocia

When I was asked to join a teenage family trip to Cappadocia I was a little nervous, not having a family, teenage or otherwise. I left the wettest British August in history behind, and arrived in sunny Kayseri with some trepidation. We were staying the first few nights in Goreme, which is basically fairyland, with its weird rock formations and cave dwellings. The first night I sat at the teenage end of the table with the tour leader Turan, and by the end of the evening the teens had pretty much bonded over pottery kebabs.

Delta to Victoria Falls

I just want to let you know about the great trip we had on the Delta to Victoria Falls tour. 

Our trip started of well, with some beautiful rhino sighting in Khama Rhino Sanctuary. We came across a cow and her calf about ten minutes into our game drive, with numerous species of antelope, warthogs, giraffe and jackal. We ended off our first game drive with three more rhinos close to the pan. Sunset was spectacular and we appreciated the calmness while sitting around the campfire under beautiful African skies.

Family adventure to Prague

Our trip started in Prague with an overnight stay before taking the overnight sleeper train to Slovakia. We were pleasantly surprised by Prague- its very compact and easy to get around by tram or metro- walking tours of the city are also very popular. It was ideal for family sightseeing- clean, feels relatively safe (though pick- pocketing in built up areas is always a risk) and the people are very friendly. We also had the benefit of staying in a pretty centrally located hotel, within a short tram ride of the old town quarter.

Used The Adventure Company twice....so far!

We've used The Aventure Company twice so far. South Africa 2007 and Namibia 2008.
The guides in South Africa were great. Ruben with his knowledge of snakes and Hendrick with his knowledge of birds made the travelling interesting. In Namibia Raymond and Joe were likewise knowledgeable and very interesting to talk to.
South Africa.

En route

There’s one main way up to the Nepalese side of Everest, and this is it – and out here you can forget about roads, cable cars or trains. Every single item in the Khumbu – from the cornerstones of Western trekking (bottled water, Coke, Snickers, Pringles and toilet paper) to the bed you sleep on and the toilet you, er, go to – has to come up this two-metre wide dirt track, on the back of man or beast. 

Everest Base Camp

It sounded straightforward. Put one foot in front of another, repeat for six hours. Replenish with copious amounts of black tea and restless sleep, repeat for eight days. Get to Everest, take photo, turn around and scoot back down, making up for every beer that you denied yourself on the way up. Easy.

We made it!

Altitude is an intriguing leveller: it’s better to be more Chris Moyles than Olympic machine. So I’d imagined that I’d be fine. Yet, the next morning, minutes after leaving the lodge my head felt like it was in a vice, my legs had turned to lead and my stomach was doing flip flops. As the team looked back in mild sympathy, Doctor Deaglan trotted up alongside me with unfair ease, sparked up a Malboro Light and murmured in my ear: “Aspirin, anti-emetic, Diamox?” Near the top of the world, things clearly get back to front: not smoking bad, drugs good. 

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Antarctica - The Circle Quest

Family fun in Croatia

It was here at last It had seemed such a long way off when I booked it the previous November. It was our first holiday just the 3 of us, I was both nervous and excited. My 2 girls aged then 8 and 9 couldn’t wait to set off.