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5 Adventure Travel Destinations that will Change Your Life

September 15th, 2014 by karen cleary

Choosing an adventure travel destination can be daunting. The top destinations for adventure travel offer not only opportunities for physical challenge, but also elements that speak to our humanity: an immersion in nature, and the chance to disconnect from the frenetic pace of modern life and reconnect with our inner spirit.

Whether you are feeling unsettled at work, have personal goals that have evaded you, or just feel like you’ve been in a rut, the best adventure travel destinations offer a chance to slow down, breathe deep, recharge, and change your life.

That said, here are Boundless Journeys’ picks for five adventure travel destinations that will change your life:

Costa Rica

A Respledent Quetzal in Costa Rica.

A Respledent quetzal in Costa Rica.

For a first-time adventure traveler, there’s no need to look further than the rainforests, rivers, and coastlines of Costa Rica. A favorite of surfers, paddlers, and those looking to lose themselves in the jungle, Costa Rica is one of the best adventure travel playgrounds on the planet. From adrenaline-pumping ziplines to sea kayaking in the backwaters of Tortuguero—with scenic vistas galore—Costa Rica tops our list.

Peru

Culture  Meets Adventure Travel in Peru.

The citadel of Machu Picchu, in Peru.

Continuing south, consider following in the footsteps of Hiram Bingham, whose travel adventures took him along the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. Peru has become a standard on every traveler’s bucket list of top adventure travel destinations, and the epic snowcapped mountains, vast Amazon River basin (with its wildlife-filled jungles), and ancient ruins of the Inca civilization never disappoint.

Bhutan

Cultural Adventure Travel in Bhutan.

Tiger’s Nest monastery in Bhutan.

The Kingdom of Bhutan, nestled in the Himalayas, is an adventure travel destination for the body and soul. Trails to ancient monasteries are decked with colorful prayers flags, and the tinkling sound of prayer wheels echo from the valley floor. Whether joining a challenging trek to the sacred peak of Mount Chomolhari, or immersing yourself in Buddhist culture during a more zen-like adventure, we’ve always been inspired by this remote Himalayan kingdom.

Botswana

Safaris offer Many Adventure Travel Experiences with Wildlife.

Lions on the Okavango Delta, in Botswana.

If you are the sort who fantasizes about what life could be like on a less-crowded planet, look no further than Botswana for your next travel adventure. Our top destination for discerning safari aficionados, Botswana offers vast desert landscapes, a glittering inland river delta, and a huge population of wild animals. Opportunities for adventure include riding horses through the Kalahari Desert accompanied by giraffe and oryx, walking with a naturalist guide in the Okavango Delta, or paddling a canoe through the waterways of the Linyanti.

The Alps

For adventure travel traditionalists, the Alps of France and Switzerland round out our list of the top five adventure travel destinations that will change your life. Astoundingly scenic hikes follow paths created by the mountaineers of Chamonix and Zermatt, from the Haute Route to the Tour du Mont Blanc.

A hiking adventure trip in the French Alps.

Hiking along the Tour du Mont Blanc, in the French Alps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Boundless Journeys Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator. With a diverse collection of locally guided, small-group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Introducing Croatia: Dalmatian Islands Hiking & Kayaking

August 12th, 2014 by deborah tobey

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast has long been a treasured vacation spot for Europeans who crave the natural beauty, food, wine, and history of the Mediterranean, but want to avoid the crowded coasts of Italy, Spain, and France. In the early 90s, civil war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia quieted tourism in the region, but Dalmatia has long since completed its comeback, while still retaining the charm and character of a destination that’s slightly off the beaten path.

Hikes along the coast of Dalmatia offer postcard-worthy views.

Hikes along the coast of Dalmatia offer postcard-worthy views.

Croatia’s geographic and strategic location made the country either the trading partner or the prize of Greek, Byzantine, Slavic, and Venetian empires—to name a few—and everywhere there’s evidence of ancient influence. We begin our Croatia: Dalmatian Islands Hiking & Kayaking tour in the town of Split, home to the massive 3rd-century Palace of Diocletian, the “retirement home” of the Roman emperor. In the village of Ston, we walk along limestone fortifications exceeded in length only by the Great Wall of China. And, in Dubrovnik, we find a pharmacy that’s been open since the Middle Ages. History breathes from the land itself, and archeological remains date prehistoric settlements along the Dalmatian coast as far back as the Paleolithic Period.
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Dinner is Served! Five Icelandic Dishes for the Fearless Diner

July 7th, 2014 by ninafedrizzi

Iceland is a land of opportunity for the adventurous at heart, and no less so at the dining table. Whether grabbing a quick snack of putrefied shark meat or a hearty meal of boiled sheep’s head and potatoes, Icelanders know how to bring a little excitement in with the dinner bell.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading there with us this summer, be sure to try at least a few of these traditional favorites. Otherwise, mark this menu down on your dining bucket list—if you dare.
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Boundless Guides Make You Feel at Home, Anywhere in the World

May 9th, 2014 by deborah tobey

What makes a Boundless Journeys guide so spectacular? To begin, our guides live in the region where they are guiding. They may know the chef at that lesser-known, but surprisingly good trattoria, or perhaps they will spot an old friend on the trail who invites you to his home for lunch. When you travel with a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. You are welcomed with a hearty “hello” and a genuine smile, and spontaneity unfolds.

Boundless Journeys Costa Rica Guide, Marco "Tex" Fallas

Boundless Journeys Costa Rica Guide, Marco “Tex” Fallas

Additionally, our guides bring years of life experience to their work. Not only are they knowledgeable and experienced on the trail, but many of them are also art historians, musicians, writers, farmers, researchers, archeologists, photographers, community leaders, and mothers and fathers extraordinaire. I don’t believe we have any professional comics on staff, but you can bet there will be many laughs. Our guides make every journey FUN. It will be hard to believe they are at work as they cajole you into trying a new food, stepping off the zip-line platform, or reaching the summit of a trail.

How do they do it time and time again? There is only one way. They love what they do. Our guides have a passion for their country and for introducing it to others. They have seemingly endless energy and enthusiasm, and by the end of the tour, you will undoubtedly have made a new friend.

But don’t just take it from us. Here’s what some of our guests had to say:
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Document Your Adventure with These Cool New Gadgets

April 23rd, 2014 by ninafedrizzi

We’re often blown away by the images our guests return with from the trails. Whether photographing elusive mountain gorillas in the Republic of Congo, capturing Iceland’s ancient, blue-hued glaciers, or snapping the view from the top on the Tour du Mont Blanc, shots taken at some of the world’s most remote and scenic corners are an essential part of the Boundless Journeys experience. But standard cameras and smart phones are just one way to document your trip. These new gadgets are pushing the envelope, offering the perfect combination of size, durability, and versatility essential to the adventure traveler.

GoPro Hero 3+: The latest and lightest version of this mobile action video camera—essential headgear for base jumpers, skateboarders, and skiers everywhere—shoots at up to 4K resolution, offers a Bluetooth remote control, and is rugged enough to film the migrating herds on your off-road safari, or bounce along with the rocky terrain on a Peruvian trek.
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From WS: The Legendary Lionesses of Shumba Camp

March 5th, 2014 by karen cleary

This post originally appeared on February 26, 2014 on Wilderness Safaris blog. It was written by Shumba Camp manager, Ingrid Baas Janssen. Shumba Camp is situated in the center of the Busanga Plains of Zambia, close to permanent water and within easy access of the teeming floodplains. Shumba is known for its large prides of lion that are often seen right next to camp – or even, unusually, in trees. Shumba Camp lies right in the core of the Busanga Prides territory, this coupled with the abundance of lechwe and puku sets the stage for incredible and unique lion sightings and interactions. This camp can be included in a customized safari to Southern Africa; contact karen@BoundlessJourneys.com for more details.

It’s no coincidence that Shumba Camp takes its name from the local vernacular for lion…
The entire Busanga Pride is very comfortable in and around Shumba Camp – on the boardwalks and on the decks of the guest units – so it’s not just one lioness that likes to spend time or raise her cubs in the camp. The current pride consists of three lionesses, three cubs and two male lions. All these lions have been seen on the decks of guest units or on the boardwalk and over the years different lionesses have raised their cubs in and around camp. In 2013 one of the lionesses had three cubs in camp; in 2012 a different lioness had hers here. In 2011, 2010 and 2009 various lionesses had their cubs close to camp or in the staff compound.
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For Your Valentine: Three Exciting Adventures for Two

February 14th, 2014 by ninafedrizzi
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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentines Day, from all of us at Boundless Journeys! Be it a far-flung tropical paradise or a luxurious safari in the heart of Southern Africa, there’s no better way to celebrate the most romantic of holidays than by having a special adventure with the one you love. In keeping with the spirit of the day, here are three Boundless Journeys destinations that make great getaways for two.

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Gear Guide: Hiking Boots, Trail Shoes, or Trail Sandals?

February 5th, 2014 by deborah tobey

Ever hear that an extra pound on your feet is equivalent to five pounds on your back? Whether or not that oft-quoted piece of backcountry wisdom is right, one thing is definitely true: Hiking requires less effort in lightweight footwear. Therein lies the temptation to wear hiking shoes, or even a sturdy pair of sandals, instead of heavier boots. But is it really safe to do so?

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Protecting your feet is a top priority when hiking. The right footwear will carry you far, fast and comfortably. Shoes should be as light and well-fitting as possible for the type of hiking you’re doing, while keeping your feet dry, warm, and well-protected.
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What’s Going on Around the Globe This Winter

January 29th, 2014 by Matt

Mark your calendars! There are great things going on this winter at Boundless Journeys’ destinations around the globe.

A traditional dancer at the Punakha Festival in Bhutan.

A traditional dancer at the Punakha Festival in Bhutan.

VIETNAM: Tet Nguyen Dan (Vietnamese New Year)
Date: January 30 – February 3
Vietnam’s largest national festival is dedicated to the veneration of ancestors, positive thinking, and the ushering in of another year. Beginning a week before the big day, 10 rites culminate in a wild, noisy celebration on New Year’s Eve.                                                                         
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Dreaming of Machu Picchu: A Ride on the Hiram Bingham Train

January 27th, 2014 by amorton

For most travelers, Peru conjures up images of ancient Inca ruins, tidy Quechua villages, and of course, the climactic experience of exploring the citadel of Machu Picchu. On a recent trip to the country, I hiked through the Sacred Valley, dined at restaurants that capture Peru’s budding gastronomy scene, and discovered Machu Picchu for myself. But there was also a pleasant surprise that became one of the highlights of my journey – the chance to ride on the luxury Hiram Bingham train.

A view from inside the Hiram Bingham train.

A view from inside the Hiram Bingham train.

Hiram Bingham was an American explorer who put Machu Picchu on the world map with his discovery of the ruins in 1911. Named after the explorer, the luxurious train is surely not what Hiram Bingham experienced on his own expedition to the citadel. But as a passenger, you get a sense of the monumental journey and feeling of discovery, which is undoubtedly a part of Bingham’s legacy.

The Hiram Bingham train is the last to depart from Machu Picchu to Cusco, which offers the advantage of being able to enjoy the ruins once the crowds of the day dissipate. Traveling alongside the Urubamba River, which carves dramatically through the imposing peaks rising up from the Sacred Valley, the train brings you directly back to Cusco. While aboard, the experience is made complete with an elegant, gourmet meal of authentic Peruvian fare. For those who are feeling festive after the dinner service, passengers can file to the bar car in the back of the train to listen and dance to lively Peruvian musicians over a pisco sour or a glass of wine. There is simply no better way to unwind and conclude your journey to this wonder of the ancient world.
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