If you want to take a road trip in a recreational vehicle (RV) through the USA, there are a number of things you will need to know so you can get the most out of your time and money. There are many different routes you can take to certain destinations, including national parks, monuments, and other classic American sights that you will not want to miss out on. Before you begin planning your trip, take the time to read through the practical and useful tips that are laid out in this guide.
Adventure Travel by Travelbusy
This category is one of our main content types. We like to explore extreme travel.
If you are interested in having a true adventure by going hot air ballooning, it is important that you take the time to look into some of the different places around the world that offer the best sights and weather for this. There is no experience that is quite like going up into the air in one of these balloons, and it is crucial that you take enough time to research the various locations that you can travel to.
Loire Valley, France
Loire Valley is located approximately 200 miles southwest of Paris, and it stretches out almost 170 miles with over 800 different castles as well as manor houses. The scenery in this area is the primary reason why most people choose it for hot air ballooning. You will find that Loire Valley is filled with vineyards, sunflower fields, stone villages, rivers, streams, and many other sights that will make your hot air balloon adventure extra special. Considering all of the beautiful sights there are to see in this area, it is highly recommended that you strongly consider traveling there for your hot ballooning adventure.
There are a number of different skiing resorts all around the world, some of which are cheaper than others. If you are looking for a great place to go skiing but need to save as much money as possible, it is important that you take the time to look over this list before deciding where you should go.
While Soll may not be quite as famous as Kitzbuhel, it does share the same ski area. When you purchase the Kitzbuheler Alpen AllStarCard, you will gain access to 10 different ski areas throughout Austria, including St. Johann, Wildschonau, Alpbachtal, and a number of others. Access to all of these areas costs a total of £188 for a total of six days. This is by far one of the better deals when it comes to ski resorts, and there are some truly beautiful areas where you can strap on your skis and hit the slopes.
This post is part of our Adventure travel series by Jane Freeman
Whether you have just taken up rock climbing or you have years of experience, it is important that you have as much information as possible about each of the locations you are thinking about climbing at. There are many different places around the world that offer amazing scenery and challenges for climbers, so you will definitely want to take at this list before deciding where to go. Depending on the amount of climbing experience you have, you will want to pick the location you visit very carefully. Here are some of the best climbing destinations in the world along with options for guided climbing holidays.
Imagine being on holiday in a remote location, only to find yourself separated from your group and stranded in the wilderness. What would you do? In the event of some man-made or natural disaster, would you be able to survive for any length of time on your own? These kinds of scenarios are the basis for wilderness training courses held all over the world. Course providers are teaching students how to survive under some of the most extreme conditions.
Europe has some spectacular scenic destinations, and if you would like to add a little adventure while enjoying the scenery, why not jump out of a plane? The view is much better from up above in some of Europe’s most beautiful locations. Here are our top 5 skydiving locations in Europe:
Located in northern Chile, in the Altiplano region, Laguna Miscanti is home to one of the most amazing deserts on this planet. Incidentally, Laguna Miscanti is one of most important sectors that comprise national reserve Los Flamingos.
Once you are here, you will see a towering volcano and mountain Miscanti Miniques overlooking the magnificent heart shaped lake. The western end of the lake is very close to Salar de Atacama Lake. In fact, the Laguna Miscanti and the Salar de Talar basin share a common boundary. Interestingly, both these lakes can be covered when you are on a tour to San Pedro de Atacama.
Hitting the road can be a huge adventure. There’s nothing quite like disembarking from a long haul flight and the sun hitting you in the face. Travelling can be an amazing time in your life and a completely unforgettable experience. The only thing to remember at all costs is : do not become ill. There are some basic steps to take on the road that might just keep you healthy and fit. Follow these and enjoy your travels.
Egypt has been a destination of choice for European travellers since the 1920’s when the Cairo was a sophisticated city, attracting luminaries such as Agatha Christie. Since the 20’s, Egypt has caught the imagination of travellers as it offers a unique holiday at very reasonable cost.
Hit the Beach
As Sharm El Sheikh is situated at the edge of a desert, the choice and quality of the beaches are five star. Most resorts such offer private beaches that are developed for the discerning tourist. There are umbrellas to provide enough shade for anyone that wants it. Sun loungers are also plentiful, no squabbling about bagging a lounger in Sharm’s five star resorts, it’s all taken care of and there’s no need to place a towel on the sunbed either!
The Red Sea is a draw for professional divers from around the world. Water temperature rarely changes from a balmy 25 degrees and that is good news for fish lovers. The sheer scale of fish is incredible. Napoleon Fish, Parrot fish and even Crocodile fish are found in these waters in huge numbers. If diving seems too adventurous, take a paddle at the shore. If the beach has a reef close to the shore, then it is quite easy to spot these tropical fish as they have no problem with coming to the shore. Water clarity ensures that even a glass bottom boat trip becomes an extraordinary experience. Children love this excursion, in particular, as it gives them a chance to see some truly magnificent coral reefs with all of their inhabitants.
Lawrence of Arabia
If you can picture yourself trotting through the desert like a modern day Lawrence of Arabia, then a trip to Egypt can certainly provide the opportunity. There are many different trips available but the desert camel ride is usually a popular choice. There is a certain romanticism about crossing a small part of the desert by camel and often the trip includes interactions with native Bedouin tribes. Kids are happy to participate and are usually encouraged to make bread around a camp fire.
If astronomy is simply not your cup of tea, then it is time to think again. Light pollution is not a problem in the desert. and a star gazing trip is a very entertaining way to spend an evening. Obvious advantages include no heat from the desert sun, making it a great trip for children. The stars are brilliant, using powerful telescopes it is possible to see the moon in close up, Sirius is a mere arms length away and the whole experience is something memorable to take home with you.
If you’re thinking of taking a gap year from education or work this year, the chances are that you’re picking between backpacking and volunteering.
Most people looking for adventure will get fun and enjoyment out of either. Experiencing new cultures and meeting new people will be exhilarating however you go about it.
But what are the pros and cons, and how do you deicide which way to go? Here are some things to think about while planning your next travels.
Whether you’re planning on backpacking or volunteering, money is likely to be an issue. Most people will take on extra work or fundraise in order to save up enough money for their travels. So making sure that you get the most for your limited cash is crucial.
Both backpacking and volunteering can be expensive. There are always cheaper options available to the savvy traveller, but if you’re looking at more than a month away, volunteering will probably be considerably cheaper.
Placements are available around the world for as little as $10 a day, providing you with accommodation and some meals. Although flights can be expensive, once you arrive it can be even cheaper than being at home.
The costs of backpacking will vary widely depending on which countries you travel to. In Europe, you can expect to pay 10 – 20 Euros a night for a hostel bed, whereas in Asia you could pay less than half that.
One of your main costs when backpacking will be travel between destinations. Moving regularly will keep your travels interesting but could end up costing you dearly. When volunteering, you’re more likely to stay in one location for longer, saving valuable funds.
Culture and experience
When setting out on your adventures, getting some culture and experiencing different countries will probably be high on your list of priorities.
When backpacking most of your experiences are likely to be with other travellers. Most people tend to stay in backpacker hostels and to follow similar routes, so you’re most likely to make friends with fellow backpackers.
When volunteering, you are often immersed in another culture, living and working alongside local people. By living in this way you’re likely to gain a deeper understanding of the country that you’re in and the people that inhabit it.
Whether it’s your first time away from home, or you’re a season globetrotter, having the freedom to come and go as you please is likely to be important.
As a backpacker, you are normally travelling to your own itinerary, able to up sticks and leave as soon as a destination loses its excitement. You can stay for a week in one place or a month in another, with no one to answer to but your bank balance.
As a volunteer you generally have to make a commitment to be in one place for a period of time. Although organisations will try to accommodate any travelling plans you have during your stay, most will still require a certain number of hours per week.
How to get the best of both worlds!
Although people often choose one or the other, it can be very easy to combine backpacking and volunteering, giving yourself the best of both worlds.
If you choose a region you are interested in exploring for your volunteering placement, you can make the most of your weekends by getting away on mini breaks. Or give yourself a month once your placement has finished travelling around your temporary home.
By travelling at the end rather than the beginning of your placement, you’re likely to feel a lot more comfortable with the language and culture. You can also pick up some great tips on places to visit while you’re volunteering.
Alternatively, when you’re planning your backpacking route, have a look for volunteer opportunities along the way. A lot of organisations have short-term placements, so you can take just a week or two out of your hectic schedule to make a difference.
Whatever you decide to do on your travels, the people you’ll meet and the places you’ll go are what will make it great. Getting to know a local culture or spending time with international travellers are both exciting, and you’re bound to return home with a good few stories to tell.