Rugby

Rugby in New Zealand 

Rugby fans love looking for the next big thing, and nothing is bigger than the Lions rugby tour that’s set to take place in 2017 in New Zealand. And, if you’re an avid adventure junkie and you’re looking to quench your thirst in relation to thrills and spills, you’ll find that as well as being a great place for sports tours, there’s also lots of other adventures you can have while on the other side of the world.

That’s not to say that the Lions rugby experience doesn’t offer enough of its own excitement, as rugby fans will be attending in their thousands, travelling all the way from around the world to make new friends and create some astonishing memories. The Lions Tour is a must for any avid rugby fan.

Skydiving

What else can adventure junkies expect to see during their stay in New Zealand? Well, those looking for an extreme experience may want to consider skydiving. New Zealand really is a beautiful place, and taking in the view as you soar through the clouds is the best way to absorb the stunning landscape.

There are a number of skydiving schools situated throughout New Zealand, as well as numerous drop zones.

On the Water

If you prefer to stay on land, but are still looking for some excitement while absorbing the wonderful natural views, then why not consider taking to the water on a jet-boat. For those staying near Queenstown, adrenaline junkies can choose to travel across Lake Taupo’s Huka Falls. Or maybe enjoy the twists and turns that the Shotover River rapids have to offer.

Those who take part in a jet-boat ride may find themselves keen to experience more water-based adventures. In this regard, why not check out the back water rafting expedition that allows people to ride through Waitomo’s limestone cave, which are made even captivating due to the twinkling lights produced by glow-worms.

Up & Down

A lot of people take to the Auckland Harbour Bridge to take in the breath-taking views, whereas those with a need for thrills will actually jump off the bridge, but don’t worry, it’s all part of the bungee-jumping craze that still remains popular in New Zealand.

Still looking for more thrill-inducing adventures? Fortunately, New Zealand is a haven for everything sport and adventure related. One popular experience is rolling down the Rotorua hillside in a zorb. For those who aren’t sure what a zorb actually is, it is effectively a large transparent plastic ball that you stand in. You then ride within the ball as it reaches speeds of up to 50kph, both on land and water.

So when making arrangements to see the Lions’ Tour in New Zealand, why not consider some other activities to truly make a memorable experience. Whether you’re a fan of heights, the deep sea or travelling at high velocity, you will find plenty to scratch your itch in New Zealand.

Making the most of your time in New Zealand means that you are very rarely posting generic holiday pics, and you will always have a story to tell family and friends when you return.

 

My Top Three Mountain Adventures 

When you’re something of an adrenaline junkie like myself, a week in the sun doesn’t really cut it when travelling abroad. Those seeking thrills have to think outside the box, and mountain climbing has to be one of the most unique experiences available.

Of course, partaking in mountain climbing means that safety comes first, and as such, climbers should ensure they have the right kind of equipment and clothing to ensure that the ascent is made more comfortable – as well as the advice and guidance of an experience guid/organisation.

Climbing mountains is a fun and unique way of spending your free time, but it is made much harder by not carrying out the right kind of research.

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Mont Blanc

Mont Blanc is the highest mountain in the Alps as well as being the highest peak in Europe. As such, this is no walk in the park when it comes to mountain climbing, but would we have it any other way?

Although many say that Mount Blanc is one of the easiest mountains to conquer, this doesn’t mean that that ascending Mount Blanc is a walk in the park.

Climbers are said to experience a series of ‘false dawns’ before they are greeted by the real summit of Mont Blanc, giving Alpinists a real run for their money.

Mount Kilimanjaro

When it comes to mountain climbing, Mount Kilimanjaro is a beacon that attracts visitors from around the world.

Not only is Mount Kilimanjaro the highest peak within the African continent, but it is also the tallest freestanding mountain in the world.

As well as being a hit with mountain enthusiasts, it also serves as an aesthetically pleasing tour that leads to a forest area, where visitors are able to visit Kilimanjaro’s inhabitants, including elephants and buffalo.

Climbing Kilimanjaro is at the top of many bucket lists, and it’s not hard to see why. The beautiful views matched with a challenging ascent means that there is a good five days of climbing to truly embrace the wonder that is Mount Kilimanjaro. Choosing an experienced company to organise and manage your climb (like kilimanjaroclimbingcompany.com) is essential for a safe and enjoyable trip.

Mount Kenya

As the name would suggest, Mount Kenya is based within Kenya, and is the second-highest mountain in Africa following Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya has very eroded slopes, due mostly to it being covered by an ice cap for thousands of years.

There are plenty of remarkable sights, as well as a series of routes for adrenaline junkies to ascend and descend. Mount Kenya generally snow-capped for much of the year, making it one of the most beautiful mountains in the world.

Although the art of mountain climbing can be applied around the world, each mountain has its own unique characteristics. Therefore, it pays to research the mountain you plan to climb and ensure that you have accommodation nearby,

It is also a good idea to check the weather for the time of year you are visiting, as some (not all) mountains could be inhabitable if the weather is too aggressive.

 

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Planning Your First Adventure 

There comes a time in our life when we yearn for something a little more than the run-of-the-mill holiday. Many of us will have a bucket list, or at the very least, a list of destinations that we would like to visit that not only offer us a different culture, but also a taste of the wild side.

Deciding On Your Destination

Although many could assume that this would be the easiest aspect of planning an adventure holiday it can really put a fork in the road for some travellers. However, the first thing travellers should consider is how long they have, and how much they would like to spend on their first adventure.

Once you have these details, you can then research what adventure holidays are within your budget. You may find that with a little more research, you could even create your own package, saving even more money in the end.

Plan an Itinerary

Once you have found a destination that takes your fancy, you should then move on to the planning stage. In order to do this, you should be realistic with your time. Although it can be tempting to fit in as much as possible, you don’t want the trip to become stressful. Ensure you keep time aside for the more spontaneous moments, as well as having a couple of back-up plans should any other plans be cancelled.

Make Preparations for Your Travels

Once you have finalised your plans, you then need to decide what luggage you need to take, as well as book accommodation and travel.

The most cost-effective route really depends on what your plans are. Flights are generally cheaper if they are purchased one by one, so those looking for a little more freedom may be better booking flights as they go along.

Travel agents and airlines will always have a number of special offers. If there is nothing in relation to your chosen destination, then simply sign up for the company newsletter, or create an email alert that will advise you as to when special offers are released in relation to your destination.

Planning ahead is advisable where possible, because it means you have less to do when you actually arrive at your destination. This means that you can use your time more wisely, rather than searching around for accommodation and any extra equipment you need.

Your first adventure can be something that generates a plethora of memories in years to come, but ensuring you do all the necessary research beforehand gives you more time to invest in activities you’ve longed to do for some time.

You should also research the country you wish to visit. While many countries are very accepting of tourists, there’s no reason to visit a country without knowing some of the local traditions, as well as ensuring your manner and behaviour isn’t deemed offensive by the locals.

Adventure holidays give the average vacation an original twist, subjecting people to experiences they never thought were possible.

Adventure Holidays: My Top Five 

While many may like to spend time on the beach or visiting a series of monuments during their holiday, I personally prefer something a little more fast-paced. As an adrenaline junkie, I have had the pleasure of partaking in a number of exciting holiday destinations that really put adventure holidays on the map. However, there is always a new experience to be had, and moving forward, I would really like to experience the following adventure holidays.

2CV Rallying, Spain

The Silver Road Rally does for the Citroen 2CV what ‘The Italian Job’ did for the Mini, in that it pushes an iconic car to its very limits. Fear not, this is no great escape with the police in tow as seen in ‘The Italian Job,’ but that doesn’t make it any less exciting.

The route runs from Gijon to Seville, and to attend the event and cover travel and accommodation, interested parties can expect to pay around £1,250.00. A great investment for those looking to add some extra excitement to their travels.

 

Mountain Trekking, Iraq-Kurdistan

Although Iraq may seem rich for even the biggest of adrenaline junkies, Kurdistan is based within the North and is deemed safe for tourists, although travellers should check the news before confirming any bookings.

Not only are visitors treated to natural beauty such dramatic waterfalls, but they will be introduced to a number of animals, including lynx and brown bears.

Canyoning, the Azores

The Azores is based in the Atlantic and consists of rugged landscapes natural wonder. A number of providers partner adrenaline-fueled activities such as jumping into pools and abseiling down waterfalls.

As well as the activities on offer, canyoning is where the Azores really comes to life. The volcanic landscape that the Azores offers is perfect canyoning terrain.

Extreme Survival, United Kingdom

Sometimes the thrills and spills you seek aren’t too far from your front door, and with survival programmers becoming more and more popular, there has been a sudden surge in popularity in extreme survival-based holidays.

This five-day survival course sees attendees learn a series of survival skills while based on an island within the Scottish Highlands. Those who like the thought of wild camping may like to arrange their own survival trip, as Scotland is the only place in the UK where wild camping is legal.

Surfing, Mozambique

Surfing has something of a reputation when it comes to adventure holidays, and where better to enjoy this adrenaline-fueled activity than on a long white beach matched with turquoise water filled with coral and exotic fish.

There are a number of deals available, that can include extra activities such diving with whale sharks and dune driving. There are also a number of campsites and bungalows by the sea for those who wish to travel independently and visit the established surf beaches.

Adventure holidays offer more than a break, they offer a completely new experience within amazing and beautiful surroundings, giving you more than enough opportunity to take some truly memorable photographs.

Amazing Places in the World

What better way to start my amazing blog than by posting this video fo the 10 most amazing places in the world.

Each of these has something different to offer, but they are all amazing…and the perfect places to visit for anyone in search of an adventure! Enjoy.