Of all the modes of transport covered by the vast canon of travel writing, trekking is perhaps the most popular.
From the earliest explorers like Xuanzang in the 7th century BC to the Enlightenment to travel writing’s renaissance in the 1970s and ‘80s and beyond, exploring terrains on foot has never fallen out of favour.
And we are forever writing about it, and not always to sing the praises of locations and routes to try.
There’s some great reads you should check out, either as inspiration or eye-openers to the delights and challenges that lie ahead…
After what can only be described, at best, as a patchy summer, the nights are once again rolling in. It’s traditionally the time to put away the pannier bags and forget all about cycling holidays and Euro bike tours for another year.
Unless, that is, you start to think a little further afield into Southern Europe. The dismal UK weather might make touring only for the diehards, but in France and Spain the milder conditions means euro bike tours are very much still in full swing.
There are several reasons why, over the last twenty years, so many Brits have swapped pound for euro, upped sticks and took bike tours abroad – here are just a few:
There are almost too many good reasons to get into trekking: the astonishing scenery, the unparalleled health benefits, the sense of freedom, the feeling of achievement when you reach your destination.
Every year countless people across the world take up trekking for the first time. However, like any other sport, you can’t expect to take on the toughest challenges as a beginner – you’ll need to start humbly and build yourself up to the big hikes.
So let Explore!, one of the leading tour operators in this field, present some of the very best Trekking Holidays for First timers.
The second of four KSP world tour stops is about to drop from September 7-16, 2012. The KSP is the kitesurfing pro world tour that is dedicated to pitting the world’s premiere kitesurfers in the world’s premiere windy waves.
This is the only repeat event from last season. Last year, the tour saw epic conditions at this stop, with consistent wind and waves in the 8-18 foot range. Some of the pictures that were taken last year at this event are nothing short of unreal!
Reigning world champion, Airton Cozzolino from the African island of Cape Verde is back to defend his title. On the girl’s side, local hero and 2011 champion, Ninja Bichler will be back to charge her home break. But what of Mauritius? And what’s in store for the KSP Tour!
Whether you are a seasoned or a novice traveller, Namibia offers a wealth of unforgettable experiences. Unfortunately, there are many people out there who have a ‘been there, done that’ attitude when it comes to travelling.
In fact, travellers are more jaded now than ever before, and even some of the greatest monuments and attractions fail to impress like they did a decade ago.
For example; if you pay a visit to the Sistine Chapel, chances are you will see more people looking at Michelangelo’s most famous painting through an iPhone screen than with their own eyes.In other words, the representation of the thing is more important than the thing itself. However, there are still wonders out there that are so breath-taking that you stand before them in awe, too paralyzed with beauty to even take a picture, let alone post it on Facebook.
Namibia is that type of place. From surreal desert landscapes to world-class game viewing, here are five of Namibia’s must see highlights:
From prancing dromedaries to the dunes of the Sahara, timeless mountains to fruitful wadis, there’s no end of things to see on a Marrakech Safari.
And not just any vehicle will do; ideally you’ll travel in a Landrover Defender with 1.4 ton Zu Rim wheels, high air intake engine and galvanised powder-coated sidebars.
And if you plan overnight camping, hardy roof tents are needed to repel wind, rain and sandstorms.
Sometimes it takes enduring these challenges to reap the rewards. And here’s a few to tempt you on your way.
Acting as the heel of the African continent, South Africa slices the southerly swells of the Antarctic Ocean in two. Surfing in South Africa you’ll enjoy bays and jagged coves which transform ocean pulses into perfect peeling waves.
Shark bumps and chilly water temperatures aren’t enough to overlook the amazing surfing potential here.
And out of the water there’s much to be discovered, in a country that’s vibrating with enthusiasm for its own future.
Back with the waves, a South African surfing holiday would not be complete without visiting one, or more of the following top 10 breaks:
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