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Jul 27, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Hana Highway, Hawaii

Today we bring you something completely different. Instead of a destination, we would like to present to you the road to a destination. We decided to do this since this 52-mile, serpentine Road to Hana on Maui’s eastern coast is consistently ranked as one of the most scenic drives in the world. It can take upwards of three hours to navigate the road, built in 1926, from Kahului in the north to Hana in the south. It is also highly recommended to fuel up in Paia, the last sizable town before the highway. But the slow pace is to tourists’ benefit. On the lush jungle road, it just means more time to stop and smell the ginger blossoms.

Guidebooks often devote large sections to traveling the highway leading to the eastern side of Maui and document the many waterfalls and attractions that can be found along the way. Some of these attractions lie within or through private property and will often have “no trespassing” signs posted or even signs claiming that the attraction does not exist. All beaches in Hawaii are public. Some guidebooks document the “keep out” areas and ways past barbed wire fences and locked gates to reach attractions. At the end of the H?na Highway (actually past Hana in a clockwise direction around eastern Maui) is the ?Ohe?o Gulch, also known as the “Seven Sacred Pools”. This series of waterfalls and pools is located inside the Haleakala National Park.

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Jun 28, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Parasailing

It is very exciting but not that extreme, try out a new experience, Parasailing. This sport is not that extreme, because it is one of the most safest things you can boost your adrenalin with. The excitement in parasailing is in the beauty of the look and the feeling that you have while not taking any control of your flight.

Parasailing, also known as parascending, or “parakiting” is a recreational kiting activity where a person is towed behind a vehicle (usually a boat) while attached to a specially designed canopy wing that reminds one of a parachute, known as a parasail wing. On land or over water the manned kite’s moving anchor may be a car, truck, or boat; parasailing just by kiting in heavy winds is highly discouraged. The boat then drives off, carrying the parascender or wing and person into the air. If the boat is powerful enough, two or three people can parasail behind it at the same time. The parascender has little or no control over the parachute. This is a rare opportunity, to do something so exciting but be completely safe at the same time. You should really try this out.
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Jun 26, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Hot Air Ballooning over Cappadocia, Turkey

If you have a passion about hot air ballooning then you really need to try this out, but even if you don’t we still highly recommend you experience this. The superb landscape of Cappadocia makes this experience unforgettable. If you choose to book this then the crew will pick you up at your hotel before dawn and will drive you to the takeoff site. After a chilly dawn launch you float silently above the Cappadocian moonscape dotted with villages, vineyards and fruit orchards for about an hour, coming down in a farmer’s field. The crew retrieves you and the aircraft, then breaks out the bubbly for a traditional champagne toast to a successful aeronautical adventure.

You can choose between 3 types of flights:
Regular Flight - Regular 1 hour flight, operated with 14, 16 or 20 people capacity balloons.
Deluxe Flight - Longer 1.5 hour flight, operated with smaller capacity balloons.
Private Flight - Perfect for special anniversaries, honeymoons, weddings, birthdays, the duration is optional, and it can be anywhere from half an hour to two hours.

The best flying weather is from April through October when the skies are clear and the winds light at dawn, but some companies fly in winter as well on days with favorable weather for flying.

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Jun 19, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Paragliding over Annecy, France

Paragliding is an extreme air sport in which you are overflying a certain location and experiencing various feelings along with beautiful views from the sky. On this location you are overflying a mountain, a lake, a town and a civilization. There are a lot of apartments, villas and hotels, that offer you a luxurious stay in Annecy. While enjoying your stay, you can have your own little expedition, visit some Annecy sights such as: The Palais de l’Isle, also called the “old prison”; The Château d’Annecy (Annecy Castle); The Cathedral of Saint-Pierre; The rue Sainte-Claire; The church of Saint-Maurice; The European Gardens; The Pont des Amours; The Impérial Palace, but lets get back to paragliding.

Every day you can see a bunch of colorful paraglides in the quaint lakeside mountain town of Annecy. That is because this is one of the world’s most populous destination for paragliding. Lake Annecy in the French Alps is the second largest lake in France, and offers you a stunning jump over the beautiful landscapes. For a jump you will need to have certain qualifications:
- You must not be afraid of height.
- You must have normal weight (Men: from 80 to 120, Women: From 60 to 90).
- You need to be informed, trained and prepared for the jump.
- You need to be handsome or pretty (just kidding :) ).

Here you can see a beautiful 360° panorama and below you can see some great images along with a video.
Have fun.
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Jun 3, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Glass Walkway at China’s Tianmen Mountain Park

This is something for the people who really love extreme experiences in their lives. If you are afraid of heights then seeing the photos will be enough for you, maybe even a little too much. This path in China’s Tianmen Mountain national park offers visitors a unique adventure. The floor and rails of the pathway are composed of glass, offering walkers a vertigo-inducing look at the sheer drops and wilderness below. The walkway spans three feet wide, and is composed of glass that is 2.5-inches thick.

The path is approximately 200 feet (61 meters) long, and is raised almost a mile into the air at about 4700 feet
(1430 meters), and is often compared to the Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona, USA. The passage joins the west cliff at the Yunmeng Fairy summit, where Tianmen Mountain and Zhang Jiajie meet. Visitors are requested to wear shoe covers to keep the glass transparent and clean. The walkway is just one of the lures to the beauty spot. Tianmen Mountain takes its name from a huge natural cave half way up. Literally translated, Tianmen means Heavenly Gate Mountain. There’s one of the longest cable cars to help tourists to get around the national park.

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Jun 2, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Skydiving in Las Vegas

Boost your adrenalin and experience the highest free fall at 15,000 feet. While falling in Las Vegas you can view Hoover Dam, Lake Mead, Colorado River and Valley of Fire. That is why this destination is so special. Everyone wants to make their life more exciting and fun, so this is a perfect opportunity, don’t miss it. Skydivers know that this is one of the best destinations for skydiving along with skydiving in Dubai and a few other locations.
If you are a first time jumper you need to know some basic rules and requirements for skydiving like:
-You must be at least 18 years of age, please come with a valid ID.
- Bring athletic and comfortable clothes. Wear sneakers/sport shoes, no Sandals or Boots, no shoes with heals.
- You must be within these weight limits:
Ladies: Less than 200 lbs (90 kg).
Men: Less than 220 lbs (100 kg).
- Absolutely No alcohol and/or drugs in your system before making a tandem skydive.
You can book your experience here. The price is 199$ and it includes complimentary shuttle bus transfers from the Strip and back, training, equipment, taxes, airport fees, and of course, the Tandem Skydive. Below you can see some great photos of skydiving in Las Vegas along with a video.
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Jun 2, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Wildlife Watching in Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

This is one of the greatest safari adventures you can experience. Ngorongoro Crater is the main attraction of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and is a large, unbroken, unflooded volcanic caldera. Although thought of as “a natural enclosure” for a very wide variety of wildlife, up to 20% or more of the wildebeest and half the zebra populations vacate the Crater in the wet season. However, a side effect of this enclosure is that the population of Ngorongoro lions is significantly inbred, with many genetic problems passed from generation to generation.

Animal populations in the crater include most of the species found in East Africa, but there are no impalas, topis, oribis, giraffes, or crocodiles. The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Fever Trees. The Munge Stream drains Olmoti Crater to the north, and is the main water source draining into the seasonal salt lake in the center of the crater. This lake is known by two names: Makat as the Maasai called it, meaning salt; and Magadi. The other major water source in the crater is the Ngoitokitok Spring, near the eastern crater wall. There is a picnic site here open to tourists and a huge swamp fed by the spring, and the area is inhabited by hippopotamus, elephants, lions, and many others. Aside from herds of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater is home to rhinoceros, lions, leopards, elephants, and buffalos. The crater plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25 000 animals within the crater. Pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable adventure.

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Jun 1, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Hot Air Ballooning

Dreams of flight come in different forms, and hot air ballooning is definitely one you shouldn’t miss out on. It is the oldest successful human-carrying flight technology. The flight lasts approximately an hour, and you should plan to spend about 3-4 hours for the entire adventure. Flights will take place near dawn and dusk since that is when the wind is the calmest.

Balloons are aircraft, regulated under the same Federal Aviation Regulations as every other category. Balloons are aerostats, that is, static within the air. Once a balloon is buoyant, it moves with the air mass in which it floats, no faster, no slower, no different direction. The pilot has altitudinal control, and can alter the balloon’s course by finding an air mass going in a slightly different direction. A balloon has an envelope, basket, and sometimes a burner and fuel system. The envelope is the fabric part of the balloon, the bag that holds the lifting gas. The basket (traditionally wicker) is the passenger compartment. In a hot air balloon, a burner hangs between the envelope and the basket. It burns liquefied propane gas to make an intensely hot and long flame, capable of heating a large volume of air very quickly. This might not be filled with adrenaline for you adventurers, but it is still something you should try and enjoy, spending a calm day like this may be one of the best experiences in your life.

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May 28, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Orienteering

If you like mind challenges in life more, then this experience will be hard to avoid. It can also be a cute family sport. Orienteering is in the same time developing your mind and body, maintaining relatively development of those two. It is a sport that all adventurists absolutely love, but whether you are a adventurist or not, you should definitely try this, because this might just become one of your favorite activities.

Orienteering is a family of sports that requires navigational skills using a map and compass to navigate from point to point in diverse and usually unfamiliar terrain, and normally moving at speed. Participants are given a topographical map, usually a specially prepared orienteering map, which they use to find control points. Originally a training exercise in land navigation for military officers, orienteering has developed many variations. Among these, the oldest and the most popular is foot orienteering. For the purposes of this article, foot orienteering serves as a point of departure for discussion of all other variations, but basically any sport that involves racing against a clock and requires navigation using a map is a type of orienteering.
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May 21, 2012 - Experiences    No Comments

Mountain Climbing

As kids, we all loved climbing on furniture, trees and buildings. In those expeditions we usually faced some difficulties and that would make the adventures exciting. Go back to your childhood and make a goal climbing some bigger heights. In life, it is very important to set a goal and adjust yourself for accomplishing it, because it gives you a picture of who and how big you are, what are you ready to do for yourself and how big that goal is.

Mountaineering or Mountain Climbing is a challenge that varies from a sport over a hobby to professional hiking, skiing, and climbing mountains. While mountaineering began as attempts to reach the highest point of unclimbed big mountains it has branched into specializations that address different aspects of the mountain and consists of three areas: rock-craft, snow-craft and skiing, depending on whether the route chosen is over rock, snow or ice. It is very important to be in a good shape, no really, workout! It is also important to have a planned climb, consult with experienced climbers about the equipment you will need and attend the climb.Raise your adrenalin and conquer a mountain, put it on your bucket list having in mind to actually accomplish it. Have fun with your friends and good luck!

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