Head Down Under for Some Adventure

Head Down Under for Some Adventure

If you an active traveler looking forward to the next vacation, then head down under for some adventure travel. Whether you love water sports, hiking or biking, Australia gives travelers an array of options. It is a beautiful country with some of the friendliest people on the planet and every traveller should head there at least once. Here are some of things you need to add to your travel itinerary.

The Oodnadatta Track, South Australia:

Australia is famous for its “Outback” trails. Ride roads traveled by cowboys of yesteryear in rural Australia. Setup on 5.5 million acres this adventurous get-away is at Ana Creek Station. The trail is centuries old and leads to rocky and desert terrain, great way to see the landscape in Australia. This dusty trail has become more accessible with modern amenities so it is not difficult. Adventurers of all levels can spend time walking through Australia’s past.  Here are a few of the highlights.

The Great Barrier Reef:

This beautiful ecosystem is the largest on earth and open for exploration to adventurers. It is filled with color and is one of the few earth structures seen from outer space. The Great Barrier Reef is a mainstay in the culture of the country and a national treasure.

Ningaloo Reef:

Take the plunge and swim with whale sharks. If you have ever wanted to experience what it is like to be near these amazing sea creatures here is your chance. Swim with manta rays or simply go diving. If you prefer to stay dry, take a flight over the area and get a more expansive view.

Mount Gower:

Put on your gear and climb Mount Gower. A day trip to Mount Gower will leave you exhilarated. The trek is not for the faint hearted with a trying 875 metre climb. Along the route, see Mt. Lidgbird, Balls Pyramid and many orchids and ferns native to the area. The trip is a five-hour climb and takes four hours climbing down from Mount Gower.

Tasmanian Wilderness:

Half of this region is part of the National Park system and the next a National heritage site. Walk this fantastic region of Australia. Climb up the timber stairs and view the ocean from “Neck Lookout”. Visit Mount Wellington and brave the cliffs of Dolerite.

Australia has great waves for water lovers. A visitor can spend a whole vacation visiting the different coastal regions following the waves. If bird watching is your idea of adventure, there are many magnificent species to investigate in the forest of this beautiful country. The country takes a traveler to any level of adventure they care to pursue.

Best Destinations to Hit When Backpacking Through Europe

Best Destinations to Hit When Backpacking Through Europe

Backpacking around Europe is a rite of passage when you are in college, or any time in your life for that matter.  If you want to get out of the tourist traps and see the real Europe then this is the way to go.  You can visit all of the world famous sites and meet some great people along the way, but Europe is massive and your time may be limited so here are the best destinations to hit when backpacking through Europe.

London

If you are coming from North America then chances are London is the closest and easiest destination.  It’s also a great historic city with plenty to see and do.  You need to go see Buckingham Palace, especially during the changing of the guard.  After that you will want to hit some of the landmarks like Westminster Abbey, The Tower of London and Piccadilly Circus.  London has lots to see, so map out your trip ahead of time so you can see everything you want to.

Paris

From London you want to take the train to Paris just so you can say you have been through the “chunnel”.  Paris, is much like London in that there is so much to see you may have trouble fitting everything in.  Start with the Eiffel Tower and of course The Louvre and at some point you will want to have lunch in one of the outdoor cafes on the Left Bank where you can have wine, cheese and bread (French staples).  Notre Dame Cathedral and the Sacre Coeur Basilica are also incredible examples of Gothic architecture that are impressive.

Berlin

After you leave Paris then you should make your way over to Berlin.  It is a perfect blend of old and new Europe, with castles and modern architecture it really is a city like no other.  For the history lover’s you need to go to the Brandenburg Gate, which once divided East and West Germany and now stands as a symbol of the unification.  It really is a place to have some fun, great food and an awesome experience.

Cinque Terre

If you have had enough of the big cities and want to see what small town Europe has to offer then these 5 towns on the west coast of Italy are idyllic.  You can find colorful buildings, beaches and some natural cliffs.  You can get a day pass for the trains that will allow you to get around all five towns as often as you like.  The place is absolutely picturesque, but it can also be filled with tourists.  Don’t forget to try the local cuisine…it is to die for!

There are dozens of destinations throughout Europe that are worth seeing aside from those above.  Before you head off, plan which ones are on your must-see list and plan accordingly.