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Great Ideas For Lovers Of Adventure

Adventure holidays don’t necessarily mean scaling the summit of K2, swimming with sharks or skiing death-defying black runs. On some trips you don’t even have to break a sweat – the adventure is all in the location you choose to travel to and the method by which you choose to travel. Here are seven holiday ideas for the adventurous at heart.

Hot air balloon over the Cappadocia in Turkey
Formed from three volcano eruptions and over 30 million years of erosion, Turkey’s extraordinary fairy chimneys are a mesmerising sight, even more so when seen from above. Watching the sun rise on an early morning hot-air balloon ride over the lunar landscape is the best way to see this UNESCO World Heritage site.

Sail by felucca in Egypt

Hop aboard a traditional felucca in the manner of the country’s most regal monarch, Cleopatra, and cruise down the Nile to Luxor passing lush oases and fascinating riverside communities. Once you reach Luxor, Egypt’s ‘open air museum’ there is plenty to see, from Luxor Temple and the Mummification Museum to The Valley of the Kings across the river in ancient Thebes; the place to see Tutankhaman’s tomb.

Take a helicopter ride over the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is one of America’s most spectacular locations, the scene of countless Hollywood movies such as Thelma and Louise and National Lampoon’s Vacation. 277 miles long and 18 miles wide, the best way to see the Canyon is from the air, and a helicopter or small plane is the perfect way to take in the rocky formation’s mammoth proportions and fly into the vast canyon space which was formed from the Colorado river.

Do a car rally in Europe

Car rallies are an altogether different way of discovering the world. There are a few on the circuit and the idea is usually to buy a cheap banger and travel in the fastest way possible to the end destination. The Mongol Rally is the classic travel car rally that begins in Europe and ends in Mongolia, while a little closer to home, the Ramshackle Rally is a 1500-mile rally car race through France, Spain and Italy that requires you to decorate a dilapidated motor with a theme of your choice and kit out your team in fancy dress gear to match.

Go dogsledding in Scandinavia

If you don’t fancy the traditional snowy pursuits of skiing or snowboarding, travelling by huskies is the easier way to get around and a great way to travel in snowier parts of Scandinavia. According to American records, dog sledding has been around since the 18th century, and it’s a great way to see the surrounding winter wonderland.

Cruise to Antarctica
Small adventures cruises don’t get much better than a voyage to Antarctica, the world’s ‘Last Continent’. Few people get to visit the South Pole in their lifetime, but if you’re lucky enough you’ll get to see a mindboggling landscape of milky blue icebergs, enormous glaciers and a collection of endearing wildlife including penguins, seals, whales and an incredible spectrum of birdlife.

Go on a camel safari in Wadi Rum

Walking on foot is the last thing you want to do in humid deserts, but trekking by camel is a great mode of transportation – and a brilliant way to experience the way of life in local townships. The desert of Wadi Rum in Jordan is a great place to visit – discover the historic UNESCO World Heritage site of Petra nearby, then head to the desert to trek by camel and camp under inky black night skies. 

Katie is a freelance travel writer who would love to try dogsledding on her next winter holiday.

Vacations to Panama from Adventure to Family Fun

The next time you are planning a vacation you might want to consider Panama. There is so much to see and do in Panama you will not be disappointed.

For adventure you might want to take an ultimate fishing trip. This trip is not for beginner fishermen. It is a ten-day all-inclusive vacation. On arrival you will stay in a five star hotel. On the first night relax in the roof top pool or have fun in the casino. But, be sure to get your rest for this week of serious fishing. The next seven evenings you will stay in a lodge in the Darien Jungle. This is a remote beachfront haven and you will get there on a short domestic flight over the Panama Bay. You will leave the lodge at 6:30 a.m. every day and return about 3:30 p.m. Days will be filled with fishing in world-class spots, relaxing and more fishing. When you are not fishing you may relax on a beach, kayak, swim or socialize. All your meals, wine, non-alcoholic beverages, and fishing equipment are included in the price. On day nine you will return to the five star hotel to spend you last evening in luxury and then return home on day ten. The prices of these vacations range from $2,500 to $9,570 per person.

For families take a look at the Panama Classic Family Trip. Spend the first night of this eight-day vacation in the heart of Panama, Panama City. On your second day you will learn about Panama’s history. You will visit the Amador Causeway, Casco Antiguo, International Banking area, Panama City center, the Panama Canal, and the ruins of old Panama City. On the third day you will travel to Boquete in the northern Chiriqui province. Soar through the treetops in a Canopy Tour where you glide from platform to platform in the century-old forest. You will see waterfalls and pristine rivers of the National Park La Amistad as well as the Baru volcano. Spend the night in a bed and breakfast on a coffee plantation. Take an Exclusive Wildlife Exploration tour on the fourth day. Only twenty people are permitted on site in a day in the pristine eco-system. You may see Agouti, Howler Monkey, Pygmy Squirrel, Quetzal, Jaguarundi, Kinkajou, Puma and Mexican Porcupine. Take a short flight on the fifth day to the Caribbean coast and stay at the Playa Tortuga Resort. Enjoy a private boat tour on your sixth day around the islands. See dolphins and snorkel at Coral Cay. Play in the pink sand on Isla Zapatillas National Park. Return to Panama City on your seventh day by small aircraft and return home the next day. This family vacation costs $1,200 to $2,000 per person.

Other vacation packages available are honeymoon, relaxation, nature and more. Check into Panama where adventure, excitement, and relaxation await. Whatever your likes from fishing to history you can find it in Panama.

Go For An Adventure In Panama – In Water

Many people find bodies of water incredibly enticing. Oceans, lakes, and rivers are just very appealing and exciting not only for their beauty but for the adventures they can offer. These adventures include such things as boating, rafting, tubing, and many other exciting sports. If you are one of these people intrigued by the beauty and adventure that bodies of water hold, then you should make sure you visit Panama.

Panama, known for the famous body of water the Panama Canal, has beautiful coastlines that have numerous adventures in store for you. The beauty of both the Caribbean and Pacific coastlines make exploratory adventures like diving, scuba diving, and snorkeling truly exciting and even educational.

There are some very well known diving spots. Tiger Rock is a must see if you are going to do any diving. It has beautiful marine life and gorgeous reefs – make sure to take an underwater camera. Hospital Point, another beautiful diving scene, is famous for its nurse sharks and other unique species. Another spot is the Archipelago of San Blas, which is known for its snorkeling. Because of the delicate ecosystem in this spot, scuba diving is not allowed, but you can see quite a bit from the surface of the water. A few other sites worth seeing are the Coiba Islands, Portobelo, the Azeuro Peninsula, the Province of Chiriqui, the Gatun Lake, the Pearl Islands, Isla Grande, and Marlin. Each of these spots offer unique diving experiences, so if you are truly a diving enthusiast try to schedule yourself enough time to visit as many of these destinations as possible on your trip. By doing this, you will ensure that you have the greatest water adventure experience of your lifetime – in just one single country.

The best times to visit these diving spots is November to December or April to May, because these are the times of year when you will see the most species of sea life and the ocean in its true beauty.

Besides those types of in water activities, you can also do a lot of on water activities, like boating or even jet skiing. These on water activities enable you to see a lot of the beautiful on land sights, such as the beautiful islands off the coast and the Bocas del Toro. Taking some on land tours of Panama’s beautiful cities is also worth while, no matter how much of a water enthusiast you are. The beauty of the country is nearly unmatched by any other.

Thus, if you have some vacation time coming up, consider Panama. It’s beautiful beaches, ancient cities, incredible diving, and other adventures will not leave you wanting more. Visiting Panama for just a handful of days enables you to experience tremendous adventures and see fantastic sights that you could barely hope to see in a two week period at other vacation spots. You will find yourself excited, intrigued, and amazed by everything you experience in this famous country. So, what are you waiting for? Book your trip today!

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