What is adventure travel? In many minds it conjures up images of speed and adrenaline, like racing down a mountain on a bike, white water rafting through class 5 rapids or taking the plunge bungee jumping in New Zealand. To others a big adventure might be a moderate hike to a waterfall or climbing the Sydney Harbor Bridge.
So what is adventure travel? The Answer: the definition is different depending on who you are talking to. An adventurous activity to one person may be difficult and thrilling, yet that same activity may moderate to someone else.
How the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) defines adventure travel is spot on:
A question I often get asked when speaking to people about European river cruises (or any river cruise, for that matter) is whether or not it matters the direction you go. Is it better to cruise downstream or upstream?
I have always been under the impression that going downstream is better - you know, "going with the flow". In the grand scheme of things, though, I think either direction is fine. Cruise lines have designed the itineraries with the direction in mind. You generally have same port stops and of course the same scenery. So the decision is really personal preference.
However, there are a few small and a few major
differences regarding the direction which may be important to you.
A number of years ago I had the opportunity to visit Lago Maggiore in Italy's northern lake district, and I immediately fell in love with the area. What's not to love - a picturesque lake surrounded by majestic mountains, gorgeous scenery and quaint villages. Of course the unbelievable views from the villa we were guests at didn't hurt either.
So when a friend asked about Bellagio on Lake Como (Lago di Como), I was immediately intrigued. I've known about Lake Como for a while (yes - of George Clooney fame), also located in the lake district, but I wasn't that familiar with Bellagio.
When traveling with friends and family, I always seem to get in to the discussion on how and what to pack. I've seen a number of articles recently - each with a slightly different perspective. However they all had one tip in common: Lay out all the clothes you want to take, then put 50% back into the closet!
Well, depending on how many clothes you start off with, putting half of them back into your closet may be a bit drastic. However the point is spot on: Most people simply over pack.
When you spend thousands of dollars on a dream vacation, it can be difficult decision to spend even more on insurance. "Do I really need it? I've traveled forever and nothing has ever happened." Isn't this what often times goes through your mind?
So do you need insurance? Well, it depends, but in most circumstances it is a good idea to protect your travel investment. Think about what could happen....
Laurie Marschall - Owner and Founder