Looking for a fun new extreme activity for your next trip? How about something totally new! Here is a list of newly invented sports to get your adrenaline pumping. Kiteboarding – extreme wakeboarding / windsurfing popularized in 1996 by Laird Hamilton and Manu Bertin off the Hawaiian coast of Maui involving a harness attached kite…Read
Next time you’re running through the airport terminal trying to catch your next flight, think of how much faster you’d be if you could swim through the crowds like a killer whale (max speed 34.5 mph). Or like Usain Bolt of Jamaica (max speed 23 mph).
Or how about this one. If you were a Spittlebug you could jump vertically from airport terminal to airport terminal. Air-tram?! Who needs them.
Imagine if we compared our abilities to the animal kingdom. The results might surprise you!
Squirrel = 9 mph
Black Mamba Snake = 20 mph
Tyrannosaurus Rex = 18 mph
*Human = 23 mph; Usain Bolt of Jamaica ran 100-meter in 9.72 seconds
Grizzly Bear = 30 mph
House Cat = 30 mph
Cheetah = 50 mphRead
In this global recession the overall mood is dire, and it’s hard to see an end to it all. My advice this weekend is to turn off the television; put down the newspaper; close your laptop; and go outside.
The economic downturn is ushering in a period that should cry out to the adventurer inside of you. New opportunities are at your feet.
Right now, as you read this, the travel industry is slashing budgets and ratcheting down expectations for 2009 and 2010. Airline executives are hosting brainstorming sessions to devise ways to fill seats in the coming quarters. Travel operators, who have seen booking activity come to a standstill, are scrambling to capture your attention. Prices are coming down folks, and fast.Read
Adventure travel is a broad term. There are a few things that I personally keep to when describing my own definition of the term. For me, an adventure has these components:
Engagement with nature and cultures.
Tangible end goal. A tangible end goal that pushes me to expand my known set of abilities.
Physical and mental test. An adventure will test my physically endurance and my mental fortitude. Pushing my mental endurance is even more rewarding than my physical endurance. My body should reach its limits before my mind quits. If this happens, I look back on the trip with pride and see it as a stepping stone to the next adventure.
Like a saving grace, the global recession is making travel cheap for Americans. Currency traders view the dollar as a safe haven during this recession. As a result, the dollar gains strength as the stock market weakens. This may surprise many travelers, because until recently the dollar was weak.
A strong dollar is GREAT news for travelers, especially adventure travelers who love the places that are especially cheap these days. There are 7 countries that are especially cheap right now. I’ll highlight them below:
For example, what used to cost $10 in Iceland in January 2008 now costs $4.50 in US Dollar equivalent. That is a savings of 55%. Read on for a country-by-country analysis.Read
Every cool trip needs a soundtrack. Is your music collection getting a bit stale? Need help preparing a rocking playlist for your upcoming trip? Run out of places to get fresh info about new music? If so, you’re in luck. Mashable Blog has assembled a list websites to add fabulousness to your next trip soundtrack. Below is an excerpt with some additions from us.
When you create your soundtrack consider jamming out at these hotels with in-room iPod docks.
Music Discovery Sites
Musicovery – discover new music with this cool take on Internet radio.
MusicMesh – browse through artists based on their similarities; find track lists and reviews for albums.
Pandora – type in the name of an artist you like, Pandora will create a “radio station” for you featuring that artist and similar acts.Read
Adventure comes in all colors; my favorite is white! Snowflakes, crisp air, the silence of a snowfall. Here’s the list of adventures I’m considering this winter season. I split them into three categories. Extreme, not-extreme, and in between.
Dog sledding. What could be more exhilarating than mushing forward, geeing right, and hawing left behind your very own team of 7 panting huskies as they run down a snow-covered forest trail?
Ice climbing. What could be more death-defying than climbing a frozen waterfall?
Mountain climbing. What could be more self-validating than to climb a mountain in winter and sit atop the ice-laden summit as if it were God’s icy front porch?
This market down-turn is affecting us all. I’m afraid to open my 401k statements these days. Even with the economy in the dumpster, there are adventure travel opportunities that won’t break the (piggy) bank. Here are three. The first is wild and the second one is tame.
1) Climb in Pakistan for 50% off – now is the best time to go on a climbing vacation to Pakistan! According to this report at Everest News, the Ministry of Tourism has announced that climbing fees have been reduced by 50% for 2009. Clearly Pakistan is planning ahead to climbers’ dreams alive and keep the mountains accessible to everyone. Thank you Pakistan. Speaking about good deals, most western hotel brands have super opulent hotels in the capital city of Pakistan at cut-rate prices. The Best Western Islamabad sports a marbled-floored lobby and a snappily dressed staff. Tell the manager, Pariq Mumtaz, that we sent you.Read
“Take a Trip” is one of the most popular New Year’s resolutions. I think it should be the most popular resolution. Here’s the list published by the U.S. Government. “Take a Trip” is such an awesome goal, and way more fun than so many others.
Some other top items on the list are “lose weight,” “eat right,” and “get fit.” Those sound so vague, non-time bounded, and not so much fun. My advice in 2009 is to put away the Slim Fast and the Ab Roller, and take a trip.
My preferred type of trip is an outdoorsy trip.
For a simple trip, try this:
Step 1: Turn off TV or Computer.
Step 2: Drive/walk/run to the nearest forest, beach or lake.
Step 3: Discover the beautiful flora and fauna that lives through quiet observation.
Step 4: Breathe a sigh of relief as you realize how much nicer that was then the Ab Roller.Read
Ever wanted to travel somewhere and accomplish something that had never been done before? Well, wait till you read about this. These are stories about real life adventurers traveling across the globe and making history. Sam ran across the US in 50 days. That’s 60 miles a day! Dee Caffari traveled around the world in a sailboat, against the wind.
National Geographic Adventure Magazine has a new award that they award annually. It is called “Audacious Acts”. It’s an outrageously awesome way to summarize the most audacious adventure feats each year. These guys and gals have traveled across the world and pushed themselves to the limit to accomplish their goals. It’s totally inspiring and great food for thought if want to plan an audacious adventure of your own. Check it out:Read