Camel riding, glamping and surfing—oh my!
For many people, travel is all about relaxation but if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous on your next holiday, keep reading.
There are a variety of adventure travel options out there for people of all abilities—you don’t have to be super athletic and fit.
Adventure travel specialist, Stephanie Florian, shares some fun options.
CAMEL RIDING IN THE THAR DESERT IN INDIA
WHY INDIA? From extreme cultural contrasts to history and religions that dates back as far as the beginning of time, the experience of travelling to India will leave a lasting impression. Make sure your India sojourn includes a stop in Jaisalmer, Rajasthan. Located in the Northwest, The Great Indian Thar Desert spans over 200,000 km of arid land and forms a natural boundary between India and Pakistan.
ACCOMODATION: If you can, splurge on accommodation. A night or two at the Suryagarh luxury hotel is worth every penny. Dripping in ancient myth and legend, the moment you approach this jaw-dropping hotel you will instantly know it is one of a kind. The hotel staff welcome you through the gates of the property by a royal entourage of camels
PLAN: Book your safari through an outfitter like Windows On The Wild, they will coordinate your entire camel riding experience in advance. The best time of day to explore the surrounding desert and the Sam Sand Dunes is sunset or sunrise. The best time of the year to visit the Sam Dunes or Jaisalmer is from October to March.
WINTER GLAMPING + STORM WATCHING IN UCLUELET, BC
WHY WINTER GLAMPING? Glamping any other time of year is exciting but not as thrilling as a mid- winter experience during the height of storm season. When you remove yourself just far enough away from civilization that you can unplug and feel secluded, you truly become one with nature and the power of nature.
WHERE? Everyone knows about Tofino – but at the other end of the Pacific Rim is a more local, less touristy town called Ucluelet. Just down the road from Ukey, you’ll find Wya Point Resort. Located on an exclusive beach deep within the coastal rainforest, it is owned and operated by the Ucluelet First Nation which adds culture and history to your rustic seaside experience.
ACCOMODATION: Part of the storm watching adventure is actually sleeping seaside during storm season in a rustic, eco-friendly yurt! Wya Point Resort offers year round glamping. There are also other options in the Tofino-Ucluelet area to choose from.
HELI-SKIING IN BC’S PURCELL MOUNTAINS
WHY HELI-SKIING? There is nothing quite like the rush of flying in a helicopter to unchartered backcountry high above massive peaks, ancient glaciers and endless vistas in the hands of your handsome guides, and then skiing waist deep powder all the way down the mountain! When they land the helicopter on a small summit, you feel like you're both the king of the castle yet smaller than small in the grand scheme of the planet.
WHERE? Located just outside of the B.C. small town of Invermere bordering Alberta is Panorama Resort , one of Canada’s hidden alpine gems. From the happy staff to the majestic scenery (It is called Panorama for a reason) and the family friendly vibe, Panorama’s downhill terrain will make you feel like you are skiing in the European Alps.
WHAT ABOUT FOR THE LESS ADVENTUROUS? If you're keen on a heli-copter adventure minus the backcountry adventure, do try Panorama’s Heli Fondue. You will fly over the legendary Purcell Mountains to the Summit Hut – a cute Euro style cabin on the peak of the mountain where you will then enjoy fondue and beverages with your group before flying back down.
LAS OLAS SURF SAFARI IN SAYULITA, MEXICO
WHY? Everyone needs to catch a wave at least once in this lifetime! Surfing is challenging, rewarding and humbling. In case you didn’t know, the surf ‘culture’ is a bit of a boys club, which is why I recommend Las Olas Women’s Surf Safaris in Sayulita as the perfect learning environment for women of all ages!
WHERE? With easy, international access (fly to Puerta Vallarta), Sayulita is a small surf town known for gentle, consistent, warm waves that are optimum teaching conditions for beginner surfers.
ACCOMODATION: All villas are nestled on a tropical hillside tumbling down to the ocean's edge. Each space is its own work of art, individually designed and built by local craftsmen and artisans to blend smoothly with the environment.
DOG SLEDDING IN THE YUKON
WHY DOGSLEDDING? Tourists flock from all over the world to experience Canada’s true north and explore our wide-open wilderness. It’s time to embrace our heritage and reclaim your wild adventurous side outdoors! Dog Sledding the Yukon is a form of transportation-turned-hobby that will not only get your blood pumping, but also make you appreciate our country, its cold winters and the power of teamwork.
WHY THE YUKON? The Yukon is one of Canada’s best-kept secrets, a gold mine of wilderness thrills waiting to be discovered. With short, direct flights out of Vancouver, Kelowna, Calgary, Edmonton, Ottawa and Yellowknife to Whitehorse (your basecamp for adventure), it’s easier to get to than you might think. Although there are many tour operators close to town that offer half-day dogsledding adventures, I can personally recommend Sky High Wilderness Ranch. The crew has a reputation around town as the ultimate outfitter.
TAKING A GLACIER FLIGHT IN THE YUKON
WHY? Flying high above the Kluane Region Mountains, the glaciers below are surreal. You only live once and big magic happens when you face your fears even if they include small planes, heights and confined spaces. Know that you are in the best of hands. Pilots know the territory like no one else. Bring all the camera gear you can muster—these epic photo opportunities may never come again.
WHAT COMPANY DO YOU RECOMMEND? Rocking Star Adventures is a once in a lifetime splurge that you will never regret.
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