In search of adventure?

11 12 2010

Hi all,

Just sitting around watching Futurama, coughing everywhere. I was thinking how nice it would be to get away from the UK for a winter holiday. Away from all the students, politicians, students fighting politicians, X-Factor, Strictly, Katie Price, Kate Middleton, royals getting married and royals getting covered in paint.

I’ve never been on a proper adventure holiday, I’ve normally just gone for sitting by a pool and marveling at how a lot of Brits abroad look like Wayne Rooney’s extended family.

It’s a bit of a fanciful column today but I’ve been looking online and I’ve found several holidays that look like a lot of fun.

1. Searching for the Aurora Borealis, Finland

Includes:

  • Cross-country skiing
  • Husky Safari to see the Northern Lights
  • Skiing
  • Snowboarding
  • Snowshoeing

The unspoilt village of Luosto is almost entirely surrounded by the fells of Central Lapland. This small ski resort offers genuine wilderness encounters but from the comfort of your own log cabin or one of two excellent hotels.

This trip aims to maximise the chances of seeing the Northern Lights. On arrival at the hotel you will be given a mobile phone and if the aurora appears in the night sky you will be alerted by text. Obviously it’s a natural phenomenon and down to chance but if the lights take place, they will find them!

But even if you don’t see the lights, all is not lost! If you like a challenge, the activities included mean you will thoroughly enjoy yourself. I’m a complete sucker for dogs and love snowboarding so the prospect of the husky trip and then hitting the slopes just made me dribble a bit on my jumper.

For more information, visit Activities Abroad

2. South African Activity Holiday

Includes:

  • Boating
  • Cultural
  • High Ropes and Zip Wiring
  • Safari
  • Great White Shark Cage Diving
  • Dolphin Trails
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Hiking

This holiday takes in some of the true gems of South Africa! Starting in the stunning Greater Kruger National Park you will have the chance to see the big five game animals, learn about the flora and fauna and even practice your game tracking skills during some incredible walking safaris. Staying in fixed, unfenced camps there is no way of getting closer to nature!

It is then straight to Cape Town. This magnificent city has so many activities such as meeting the residents of the townships, visiting Robben Island,  wine tasting, abseiling, hiking…….. the list goes on so Activities Abroad also supply you with a hire car to explore with.

Next you head along the famed Garden Route for your date with the Indian Ocean… and some of its inhabitants. Great White Shark cage diving is an absolute must when visiting this area and whether you do decide to dive or just want to go for the trip it is something that will never be forgotten. The final leg is a trip to the coastline of the Tsitsikamma region to do the world’s highest bungy jump, an exhilarating canopy tour and a Dolphin Trail. The trail is newly opened and allows you to do a great hiking trail without being lumbered with your luggage and you certainly don’t need to rough it as you overnight in luxury chalets. Boom.

For more information, visit Activities Abroad

Kerala Cycling Holiday:

India, home of one of the world’s oldest civilizations with its rich and diverse cultures draws millions of travelers every year. Kerala, is undoubtedly one of its most beautiful and fascinating parts. The National Geographic Traveler selected Kerala as one of the world’s 50 must-see destinations.

Involves:

  • Visiting Kerala’s numerous  national parks
  • Visit Tea  Plantations
  • Guided tours and elephant spotting
  • Cultural visits
  • Sample Kerala’s delicious cusine
  • Up to 120km of cycling every day over the course of 15 days… phew!

The geographical diversity of the land, with the Arabian Sea on the West and the mountains of the Western Ghats to the East, offer a great variety of cycling. Experience exotic beaches, lush green misty hill stations, sloping Tea Plantations, blue lagoons and tropical rainforests before finally exploring the fascinating beauty of the inland backwaters. These backwaters with their serene ambience are one of the unique attractions of Kerala.

The tour includes the unforgettable experience of spending a night on a luxury houseboat or ‘Kettuvalom’. We will also have time to cruise through the small lakes where we can relax in the tranquility of Kerala’s amazing scenery.

Another highlight is the food. Keralan cuisine is wonderfully distinctive with lots of natural herbs and spices, great for vegetarians and far less fiery than some northern dishes.

This tour will give you a great insight into this fantastic region and its culture. There is no better way of doing this than by bike!

See the Red Spokes website for more information.

Well I hoped that’s inspired you on this dark December evening!

More tomorrow!

D.

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