In our last post we left you hanging after describing only three of our six favorite travel adventures — things we did that took us slightly outside our comfort zone while on the road. As mentioned previously, one thing we’ve learned is that adding a bit of a thrill to your travels can only make them more memorable. And so, without further delay, we give you the remaining three in the hopes you might try one of them yourself next time you have the opportunity. You won’t regret it. Except maybe the last one on our list…don’t try that one!
High above the rain forest in Costa Rica! Image courtesy of Costa Rica Anywhere.
Zip Lining in the Costa Rican Rain Forest: Zip lining is clearly becoming more and more popular today. In Costa Rica’s rain forests near the Arenal Volcano (which is exciting enough, with smoke constantly spewing from its dome), there is a zip lining tour that takes you high above the rivers and valleys below. How high? Let’s just say if you fell for some reason you would most likely not survive. The line reaches several hundred feet above the ground in some places. Of course, we were attached securely, and as we stood on the first of 11 platforms, I watched my family take off, one by one, across the skies and through the trees. When it came to be my turn, however, I hesitated. Continue reading
I’ll admit — I am not one to sit back and relax poolside for the entire duration of any vacation, even if the intent behind my trip is to chill out. For me, getting out and exploring the native culture, foods and most of all, the sights and experiences of the region, is what travel is all about. And that often means that a little adventure is in order. While I don’t consider myself to be anything close to an extreme adventurist, I enjoy a bit of a thrill every now and then. Here are six adventurous activities that have made my travels more memorable, and that you might consider yourself:
One of many spectacular views from our open-air heli ride on Maui.
New Zealand makes for a challenging place to visit, not only because it’s so remote, but also because there is something worthwhile to see in every corner of the country. On our trip, we (wisely) chose to spend time on the incredibly beautiful Coromandel Peninsula — which is less than a two-hour drive from Auckland. During our stay (for which we previously blogged about our amazing and affordable accommodations), we fell in love with the region, which features a magnificent coastline and an extremely pleasant lifestyle. Here, we capture the beauty of Coromandel in words and pictures:
Small islands line the Coromandel Peninsula, adding to the beauty of this lush coastal paradise — where hidden coves and unforgettable beaches are in abundance.
This post courtesy of our sister site, TopCaliforniaBeaches.com
|When it comes to the top California beaches, the Santa Barbara and Ventura coasts are in a class by themselves. These charming towns boast a unique blend of coastal beauty, history, culture and classic California style.
Above: the stretch of coast along the town of Summerland, just south of Santa Barbara, is one of the most beautiful areas you’ll see as you drive along Highway 101.
There are plenty of hidden coves and stunning yet quiet beaches that you can hike down to along the Santa Barbara/Ventura coastline — many of them viewable from the highway that hugs the coast. But if sun, fun and activities are what you’re looking for, you can’t beat Santa Barbara, where beach volleyball is played almost 24/7. From the main beach area, known as East Beach, you can also rent kayaks, paddle board, people watch and enjoy easy access to all the great food that Santa Barbara has to offer. State Street, just minutes from East Beach, is lined with great shopping and top-notch restaurants.
Santa Barbara just may be the beach volleyball capital of the world. The above photo taken at East Beach — right in the center of town. Image courtesy of USA Today.
Post courtesy of our sister site, Top California Beaches.
Quiet. Romantic. Unspoiled. The top California beaches along the area known as the Central Coast are considered by many to be the most stunning in the state. Often overshadowed by the more populated coastal regions of California, the Central Coast extends as far north as the Monterey Peninsula and includes miles and miles of rugged coastline.
Pictured above: the famous Pfeiffer Arch, Pfeiffer Beach, BIg Sur area. Image courtesy Monterey County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Canyons, cliffs, vineyards and valleys form a beautiful backdrop to the blue-green sea, creating endless opportunities for exploring, discovering and enjoying all that the region has to offer. A surfer’s paradise, it is home to many fine campgrounds, and offers easy access to excellent wine tasting as well as hiking and other activities.
After two weeks in New Zealand, we weren’t planning on heading to Kauai this year, but when we came across an Alaska Airlines deal for $318 roundtrip flights to Maui, it became an easy decision. We booked the air travel, adding on a quick island-hopper flight to Kauai, and soon came across a cost-effective yet charming ocean-view studio available at $100 per night. All told, the total costs for airfare and five nights of lodging for two came to only $1536 — not bad! An added bonus was that the owner of the studio let us check out late for our 9pm flight home at no charge.
Having just launched the SavvySojourns travel blog in 2011, I attended my first TBEX (Travel Blog Exchange) conference recently in Keystone, Colorado – and what an introduction it was to the movers and shakers in the travel industry. More than anything, however, TBEX offered me a way to experience the beauty of the Rocky Mountains at a very affordable cost. The $85 conference fee granted me admission to two extraordinary complimentary dinners, reduced rate lodging, free golfing and gondola rides, as well as other freebies and discounts.
Keystone Resort & Spa – photo courtesy of Keystone Resort
If you’ve set your sights on a tropical island getaway, and want something different and more adventurous than Hawaii, look no further than Moorea, in French Polynesia. Best known for its breathtaking mountain peaks and brilliant blue-green lagoons, Moorea is the ultimate island paradise.
The pool at the X2 Kui Buri Resort
Going to Thailand has always been a dream of mine. That’s why a recent Fodor’s story, “Where to Find Luxury for Less in Thailand,” caught my eye. Just a few hours outside of the hustle and bustle of Bangkok, the country’s capital, the article says you can find unbelievable views and affordable beachfront resorts.
If you’re like me, you’re always in search of the cheapest and fastest way to get where you’re going. But because the airline industry faces the ongoing impact of rising fuel prices and new regulations, figuring out how far in advance to book a flight to get the best possible rate is a constantly moving target.