As far as extreme thrills go, white water rafting is about as good as it gets. Making your way down raging rivers, traversing rampaging currents and dropping down torrential waterfalls, all on what is essentially a glorified airbed, is certainly an exhilarating experience.
And the best bit is that all of this is just on the doorstep across the continent.
Travelling around in Europe may be pretty easy these days thanks to the Schengen agreement – this allows freedom of movement within most EU member states (and even a few non members). And it gives us access to some fantastic rivers!
The philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking”. And in the modern world, filled with mobile phones, wi-fi hotspots, Twitter and digital TV, walking is one of the few pastimes left where our imaginations have the space to expand.
Walking is also a fantastic way to get to know a new country. You may not see as much of it as you would driving or travelling by plane, but the parts that you do see you will affect you in a more profound way.
There are plenty of well-trodden walking routes around the world, but if you want to experience something really different and unique, you need to get off the metaphorical (and literal) beaten path and discover something new.
‘Man’s real home is not a house, but the road,’ so wrote Bruce Chatwin. The urge to travel great distances in a caravan and get in adventures may be as old as humanity itself, but it is now adapting to our technological age.
Useful kit such as car tents, 4×4 cabs, motor homes and caravans allow you to extend a day trip into a month-long+ expedition. You needn’t plan your itinerary according to where hotels and camp sites are located – you’re pretty much free to go wherever you like and sleep wherever you like.
Let’s take a closer look at the sort of trips you can do in ‘moveable accommodations’.
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!
The windsurfing scene in Turkey has become a tremendous attraction for solo adventurers and families alike. The jagged coastline is dotted with bays and coves that provide calm waters with gorgeous sandy beaches.
The primary wind source, the Agean Sea, causes airflow to travel east to west in an optimal cross-shore direction.
The best time to visit is in the summer when both air temperature and wind speed is peaking. While there are a few windsurfing spots on the Black Sea Coast, prime Turkish windsurfing is found on the Agean.
If your brood prefer family activity holidays where they mix excitment and action with beach life, there’s plenty of choice here. The following are the 10 best beaches to check out when windsurfing in Turkey.
One of the world’s most significant cities in terms of history, geography, culture, and politics, Istanbul is the gateway between Europe and Asia. Straddling the Bosphorus Straight – a narrow causeway between the Mediterranean Sea (represented by the Sea of Mamara) and the Black Sea – the city is a conglomerate of Eastern and Western culture and a popular tourist destination.
While the unique geography of Istanbul has made it a principal metropolis in the region for two thousand years, the hills, seas, beaches, and the straight also create excellent opportunities for rafting in Istanbul – for residents and visitors alike.
Naturally, sailing has evolved as a popular activity for water goers. But the mountains and rivers of Turkey make rafting the more tempting of treats.
Tourists looking for an activity holiday in Europe this year could do worse than arrange yacht charters in Turkey or go flotilla sailing in the country. With more than 5,000 miles of breathtaking coastline, holidaymakers have an array of choices at their fingertips when selecting potential destinations in Turkey.
When not enjoying the spray of the sea, people can head inland to experience adrenaline-surging activities such as rock-climbing and trekking excursions, or they can don their wetsuits for white water rafting.
Joanna Marsh, PR co-ordinator for the Turkish Culture and Tourism Office, also recommended that “a hot air balloon ride over the fairy chimneys of Cappadocia is another experience not to be missed”.
The office has also suggested that visitors make a trip to Istanbul, a city which it claims has a unique culture and must be visited by travellers at least once in their life.
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