Travellers have long been fascinated by the tiny Indian state of Goa. In the 1960s, hippies came for enlightenment. In the 1980s, DJs and clubbers came for its party scene.
These days, Goa is one of South Asia’s most popular tourist destinations, but this hasn’t compromised its beauty.
Its 105km coastline, pinnacles, shipwrecks and healthy coral attract scuba diving trips from all over the globe.
The dive season in Goa begins in October and ends in May. At 27 to 30 degrees, the water is hospitably warm.
So, what should you expect when you touchdown? And where should you be headed when the time comes to descend into Goa’s waters?
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.
In the 70-odd years since its invention, paragliding has become a truly global extreme sport. Turkey – especially in the Istanbul area – is becoming the place to go; the conditions are excellent and the sights astounding.
If at any time during your trip you feel like taking a break from paragliding – perish the thought – you’ll find plenty else to do in one of the world’s most cultural and historical cities.
And you can rest easy knowing that accommodation is cheap and easy to find. A little insider knowledge is needed to pick up the best winds and landing zones – here it is!
Few sports offer quite the same thrill factor as snowkiting. The long snowy runs and heart-in-mouth ridges make snow kiting in the Chicago area an adventure sport challenge that few people think of when they book up to visit this US giant.
New on the block, or just looking to tick off yet another sporting experience as you travel the globe, it’s a perfect place for this novel and beguiling winter sport.
The destinations below offer everything a dedicated snowkiter needs: consistent wind, wide open space and intriguing terrain.
Snowboarders love Vancouver. Freeride, alpine and extreme boarders alike will find plenty of challenges in this snow-capped playground of gorgeous plateaux, stunning ridges and awesome vertical drops.
Add to this some of the deepest snow on Earth, an all-natural Snowboarding Park and several impressive peaks.
And after all this you’ll need to recharge your batteries, so instead of booking at bigger hotels, snowboarders can check out offers on Hostelbookers.com. Save your money for lift passes!
Here’s our mini-guide to snowboarding in Vancouver: See you there!
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