Posts for Adventure Activities Category

Discover Some of Nature’s Most Extreme Environments – in Style!

Adventure Activities, Blog - GoroadTrip - October 22, 2018

There’s nothing like the vast emptiness of the desert, the stark, icy beauty of a glacier field, or the dawn chorus of the rainforest to make our little human problems seem small and insignificant. Experiencing any true wilderness reminds us that the struggle to survive is very real for the other species we share this planet with, and getting out there to take it all in can do wonders for the soul. And with these luxury nature experiences, you don’t even have to sacrifice (all) the creature comforts of home to do so!

The great Namib – the world’s oldest desert

The name Namib means ‘vast space’ – and at 81,000 square kilometers in size, the Namib Desert is certainly that! Many people are drawn to the desert, but if you’re not a fan of extreme heat, then the Namibian coastline, where cool winds from the Atlantic Ocean fan over the sands, might make this just the spot for you to experience the desert in relative comfort! Many people choose to have their holiday in Swakopmund, Namibia, for this exact reason.

Aside from luxurious accommodations and plenty of history and architecture to enjoy, there’s also plenty of opportunity to get out there and experience the stark beauty of the dunes. Even in areas where there seems to be no possibility of finding life, nature surprises! Amazingly, desert elephants, lions, ostriches, antelope like gemsbok and springbok, and various rodents and reptiles manage to eke out an existence – thanks mostly to the morning dew which collects from the ocean breezes. And if you’ve kids or teenagers in tow, then trying your skills at sandboarding is an absolute must.

Experience life in the trees with Keemala Bird’s Nests, Thailand

If you’re after a luxury holiday that will quite literally to shake up your perspective, then this has to be one of the most unique options out there! Located in Phuket, Thailand, with its lush tropical jungles complete with exotic wildlife and blissful, dreamy beaches, it’s the ultimate combination of adventure and luxury.

Although they might look like bird’s nests on the outside, inside it’s all five star opulence – complete with a hovering pool and breathtaking views over the ocean. If you’re seeking a real sanctuary to relax, reflect and rejuvenate, taking some time when you feel like it to explore the jungles and beaches and sample some of that famous Thai cuisine, then you’ve come to the right place!

Glamping… in Antarctica?!

While cruise ship excursions to the planet’s least hospitable continent have become pretty popular in recent years, few trips actually take you into its icy interior, and even fewer involve actually sleeping there. The White Desert tour holiday is set to change this, however, with its eight night ‘glamping’ experience deep in the frozen tundra. While you’ll still be able to experience the harsh, desolate landscape Antarctica is known for, you’ll also be able to escape the elements to your luxury sand-colored ‘pod’ – complete with fur- and leather-lined interiors. And you’ll be in good company too, as famous personalities like Prince Harry and former astronaut Buzz Aldrin have given the establishment their stamp of approval. It’s definitely not the most affordable holiday option out there, but it’s absolutely guaranteed to be one of the most memorable!

How about bungee jumping into a volcano in Chile?

If you like your holiday with a little more sizzle then Pucón, Chilé has it in spades. The highlight of this six-day tour is a bungee jump off of a hovering helicopter, in which you’ll plunge to within just 700 feet of a real bubbling lake of lava. If that doesn’t satisfy your adrenalin craving, then we’re pretty sure nothing will! Once you’ve completed your daredevil stunt, you can reward yourself with some much-needed relaxation back at the hotel with a luxurious spa treatment and some fine dining. Want more thrills? Skydiving and white water rafting happen to be specialties too.

If this sounds tempting, but perhaps just a little bit too exciting, Nicaragua has a slightly less death-defying option for you – ‘volcano boarding’. The sides of Central America’s youngest volcano, Cerro Negro, make a great surface for this activity. It involves a one hour hike to the top though, so you’ll need to be in relatively good shape. But just think of the stories you’ll be able to tell!

Seeking something more laid-back? What about a castaway vacation on a desert island?

Tropical islands might not strike you as an extreme environment, but how about one where the total human population is zero? Apulit Island, part of the Palawan Island Province west off the Filipino mainland, is just such a place. It’s the quintessential idea of paradise – crystal clear water, pristine beaches, huge limestone cliffs and verdant green vegetation – and absolutely no-one else around. If you’re seeking seclusion and a proper escape from the world, this has to be one of the most breathtakingly beautiful spots to do it.

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Kings Canyon National Park

The Kings Canyon National Park in the central Sierra Nevada is in a remote location. This aspect makes it more charming and less spoiled than other popular national parks. You are surrounded by mountains with deep glaciers and gorges, countless lakes, rushing waterfalls, expansive green fields and more than 20 peaks, all 13,000 feet high. There are also six giant redwood groves in the south of the park that the park shares with Sequoia National Park. Both are under the same administration and have a similar terrain. The only point of distinction is that the Sequoia National Park has more numbers of huge trees. Continue Reading

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Water Sports in Santa Catalina Island

Adventure Activities, Blog, Offbeat - GoroadTrip - January 18, 2018

Southwest of Los Angeles is Santa Catalina, one of the Channel Islands. This rocky island is about 22 miles long and 8 miles wide. With its beautiful beaches, the island is full of adventure, sports and holiday attractions. At the top of this list of activities are water sports. There is a lot for lovers of swimming at sea, snorkeling or water skiing. The island of Santa Catalina, which divides into two areas called Avalon and two ports, is a dream destination for sea lovers.

Some water sports to make your trip here unforgettable are:

snorkeling:

One place to dive freely is the Lovers Cove in Avalon. The underwater journey between the colorful sea life has caught you prisoner. If you also want a guided tour, head to Two Harbors on the isthmus of the island where you will have easy access to one of the best dive sites in the world. For clean, clear water with a visibility of 40 to 100 feet, the site was described as “the healthiest marine environment in the world.” With rental equipment as well as guides and instructors, snorkelling becomes unforgettable.

jetski:

This activity involves speed, fun and excitement that will get you into adrenaline. To take a jet ski, you must start from the green pier at Avalon Harbor and be transported to the Jet Ski Barge. From the houseboat you can jet ski with lifejackets and instructions to the sea.

Paragliding:

A highlight of the island of Santa Catalina for tourists is parasailing. Parasailing boats on the water of the ocean are a common sight here with thousands of people doing this adventure. Parasailing takes them about 800 meters above the sea, where they can float from the colorful parasailing while watching the sea and the island below. If you are lucky enough to see the dolphins as well.

Paddle boarding:

Tourists will find stand-up paddle boards, a great way to experience the wonders of Catalina’s beautiful locations such as Avalon Harbor, Casino Point and Lover’s Cove. Paddle boarding is a relatively easy way to enjoy the sun by the sea and also enjoy underwater views.

Surfing:

Santa Catalina has exotic places to surf like Shark Harbor and Ben Weston. Surfers enjoy riding on the calm waves of the sea, where many of them settle.
Santa Catalina also offers a variety of water adventures in organized tours. Ocean Runner Dolphin Tour, Flying Fish Boat Tours and Glass Bottom Boat Trips are the ones you should definitely look for.

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11 Adventure Destinations of India

Adventure Activities, Blog - GoroadTrip - July 21, 2017

Adventure tourism in India is a country that is strong with the various topographical features of our country. Mountains, coasts, vineyards, valleys, national parks, the possibilities of adventure activities are endless. Pack up your daring nature for some of these adventure trips to India:

Hiking, Ladakh:

For trekking adventures, there is no other place than the Ladakh valleys. The topographic features of the Ladakh trails of other popular trekking areas of Himachal and Uttarakhand are its topographical variations. Try the relaxed Sham Valley Trek or increase the setting with the more powerful StokKangri Trek.

Bungee Jumping, Rishikesh:

Rishikesh offers climbing, camping and rafting. But it is the only destination in India to engage in the adventure of bungee jumping to the hair.

Balloon ride, Rajasthan:

The hot air balloon allows tourists, especially newlyweds, to admire the sand dunes, majestic forts and bird-sighted palaces for which Rajasthan is famous.

Wildlife Safari, Bandhavgarh National Park:

Bandhavgarh National Park of Madhya Pradesh Walk an elephant and try a wild cat in Madhya Pradesh. The excitement is not only attracted by wildlife lovers, but also by regular tourists in the spell.

Abseiling, Dandeli:

Dandeli in Karnataka caters to adventurers and offers a variety of activities, including jeep safaris and kayaking.

Mountain bike, Manali:

The Manali Mountains, the destination of number one cycling fanatics, have without a doubt the best roads to cycle the pristine beauty of the Himalayas.

Mountaineering, Sikkim:

Sikkim, the land of the Lepchas, is definitely the land of the mountains. There are so many peaks that you can conquer, like Mount Thingchinkhang, Pandim Mountain and the mighty Mount Kanchenjunga, to get your mountaineering quota.

Cave exploration, Meghalaya:

The excitement and thrill of caving can only come from the “land of the magnificent vineyards” that is Meghalaya.

Heliski, Gulmarg:

An activity for real daredevils, heliskiing in Gulmarg is a must. There is no greater success than the one you get when you jump from a helicopter to hit the snow with your skis.

Climbing, Karnataka:

In most parts of Karnataka, it belongs to hilly areas and becomes a popular destination for climbers. Visit the cities of Savandurga, Ramanagara, Badami, Hampi or Madhugiri for a climbing experience.

Skiing, Auli:

With its dazzling white slopes, high altitude and unspoiled landscape, Auli is undeniably the first destination in India.

 

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5 Memorable Camping Expeditions in South India

Adventure Activities, Blog - GoroadTrip - July 14, 2017

If you are outside, you will find a hotel closed. Open the clear skies, the sprawling hills and the picturesque waters by camping outdoors. Camping in South India is especially cool with the time and generosity of nature.Scout for some amazing campgrounds like the ones listed below:

Coorg

The Coorg Mountains surround you in the green while you camp in the splendor of the Western Ghats. You will find many campsites that offer you the best of nature; a torrent, bubbling water, the fresh air of the mountain and the vast green expanse of hills. A popular place is Bettigiri, Brahmagiri Hills, Madikeri and Kushalnagar.

Matheran

The freshness of Matheran is protected by the fact that it is a mountain resort without a car. Breathe fresh invigorating air when you leave your camp in the morning. Enjoy the sounds of birds and watch them on the green and beautiful slopes of Sahadri. You can walk or ride in this beautiful place.

Munnar:

Munnar is the best place in the world. The hill station is considered one of the best trekking destinations in South India. Try campsites on the high cliff in the Periyar Tiger Wildlife Reserve or in Mattupetty’s luxuriance.

Wayanad

Wayanad, blessed with lush Western ghats, streams, wildlife and hilly terrain, is the perfect place to camp. Swim in the Kalanidhi River, take a walk through the picturesque hills and relax under the stars in front of a camp before retiring to your tent. You can also enjoy water sports such as boating and fishing or opt for the more demanding mountain bike.

Manchinbele:

Manchinbele, a popular birding destination, is about 40 kilometers from Bangalore and is also a popular camping destination. You can choose your own camping trip here
Wayanad, Kerala, Camping in South India
Priority approval of the nearby military base. Or visit the Xtreme Zone, where you can also find other activities such as abseiling, kayaking and paintball for campers.

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