Spain - Culture and Adventure Everywhere

Maybe when you think of international travel, you think of the hassle and stress of all the preparation including getting or changing your passport. Getting a new passport or adding pages to your passport can be done quickly and easily with online services available. You can spend your time deciding where to go and what to pack but preparing for a trip, even if you will be traveling internationally, has been made stress free with services offered on the internet.

If I have convinced you to lose your fear of international travel, please consider Spain to be your destination. Fine food and Spain seem to be inseparable and the Spanish city of Barcelona is known around the world for serving the finest cuisine available. Speaking of eating delight, Tapas are a Spanish tradition enjoyed at restaurants, sidewalk cafes and even taverns throughout Spain. Tapas are a sort of appetizer that has become a tradition to the Spanish modern culture and can consist of a variety of meats, Spanish Cheeses, or even pastries but always irresistible.

The colorful character of Spain can be easily enjoyed by strolling among the streets of Barcelona. It is not uncommon to find street performers along your travels through this incredible city as well as artwork, architecture and sculptures that can take your breath away. If you are an architecture buff, you probably know the work of Gaudi and Barcelona is considered the home of his famous architecture. He is known for his unique style which, while produced during the Art Nouveau period, must be classified as uniquely his own. It is imperative to have a current passport to enjoy this experience and expedited passport renewal makes it quick and easy to get your passport in hand.

You may find yourself enjoying be beaches of Costa del Sol but only two hours away, you will find some of the finest skiing in the world in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Imagine, vacationing in a country where the experiences of relaxing on the beach and skiing snow covered mountains have only two hours between them.

You can't mention Spain and forget the Running of the Bulls along the streets of San Fermin. This event occurs during the summer so go online and find when it is scheduled and plan your trip accordingly if you happen to be a thrill seeking traveler. Remember, while anyone is welcomed to run, you run at your own risk.

London Sightseeing - Spectacular Passes and Adventures of the Capital

The summer months are the ideal time to take advantage of the good weather and explore the nation's capital, London, still regarded as one of the most spectacular cities on the planet. It is possible to enjoy London's most famous landmarks and even some of its hidden gems with a range of London sightseeing tours.

One of the most traditional ways to explore the capital is via double-decker bus. A family bus tour of London encapsulates many of the must-see landmarks such as Madame Tussaud's, St Paul's Cathedral, the Tower of London, Houses of Parliament, Trafalgar Square and more. Informative guided tours are often included in the trip, with the chance to walk down Downing Street or witness the changing of the guard at Buckingham Palace.

Alternatively, there are many unique adventures that visitors can embark upon across London. A River Thames cruise is one of the most picturesque options, providing an altogether different view of the city from both sides, while a trip on the London Eye gives visitors a birds-eye viewpoint of the metropolis which provides views for miles on end on a clear day.

There are areas of particular cultural interest in the City of London, with literature and theatrical enthusiasts almost certain to head to the Globe Theatre for a unique insight into Shakespeare's world with a guided tour of the famous theatre. Meanwhile rail transport fanatics would love the opportunity to head out on the British Pullman, part of the collection from the Orient Express, for a magnificent steam engine journey across the British countryside.

There are London sightseeing adventures to cater for all interests from sporting to gourmet food, but these spectacular passes make it easy for you to experience the best sights of the capital.

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Come Close to Nature With Luxury Adventure Tours

Planning a vacation to relax and rejuvenate is one of the best escapes from a hectic and busy lifestyle. Spending time with the family in the arms of the mother nature and uninhibited wildlife is one of the most preferred options these days. Travelers travel to far off destinations to explore places with rich and diverse flora and fauna. People these days are ready to spend some extra in order to enjoy top class arrangements during their vacations.

Africa is a mystic place that offers the opportunity to explore nature and wildlife, along with the chance to enjoy various other activities. Traveling to Africa provides travelers a mesmerizing experience that can be cherished by them for their entire life. These trips to Africa have gained immense popularity over the years.

Along with safari adventures,adventure tours offer several activities such as mountain climbing, kayaking, rafting, fishing and many others. Apart from the activities, adventure trips also ensure proper stay and complete safety of the travelers. These adventure tours are designed according to the different requirements of travelers so that they can have a memorable experience. These tours offer royal treatment to travelers to make their holiday comfortable and unforgettable. Everything, starting from stay, food, to activities, is arranged keeping in perspective the preference of travelers.

With more and more number of travelers visiting Africa every year, travel agencies are offering luxury adventure trips that cater to individual's choices and budget. Hence, due to numerous options of these tours available at affordable prices, planning a holiday to Africa is now easy.

20 Tips for Your Next Adventure Trip

Here are 20 tips for planning your next adventure trip:

    1. When choosing your adventure destination consider parts of the world that are endangered and unlikely to be around much longer, like the glaciers in the Antarctic or areas with endangered species. See them while they still exist.

    1. Use the Internet to get information from travel guides; chat with travelers who have recently returned from an adventure trip; consult with local authorities; check what travel documents and visas are necessary and book flights and accommodation.

    1. Plan your route carefully making use of reliable maps. Use terrain maps showing elevation, water crossings, mountains etc. Include in your route where you are going to sleep, plan the distance you want to cover in a day and how long will it take to get from resting point to resting point.

    1. Make sure you have money in the local currency as most adventure trips are off the beaten track where Traveler's Checks or foreign currency will not be accepted. Take some smaller denominations for tips, baksheesh and the occasional bribe!

    1. Get your papers in order including detailed maps, passports, visas, insurance policy, camping or other permits. Carry with you photocopies of your passport and I.D. Don't forget to take a list of any medical information (allergies, blood type) in case of emergency.

    1. Perhaps one of the most important items for survival is water. Plan to take water and to know where to find water sources along your route.

    1. Allow for emergency exits, places where you can ditch the trip if something goes wrong. Plan for at least two potential exit points each day where there is access to transport, means of communication or other contact with the world at large.

    1. Plan the food for your adventure trip, consider how much you can carry, what food will last longest, will you have access to places to buy food along the way and how will you prepare the food. Choose foods by how easy they will be to carry and prepare.

    1. Pack light, although you need to pack for all events-wet and dry weather etc. Keep clothes to a minimum, in most cases you can wash some clothing along the route or live in the same jeans for a week!

    1. The necessary equipment for an adventure trip can be expensive but you can buy second-hand, rent or borrow all kinds of specialty equipment and climate specific clothing.

    1. Always pack emergency items like flares, thermal silver blankets and a first aid kit. Check which emergency drugs might become essential for treating animal and insect bites.

    1. Get fit before you go on your adventure trip, there is nothing worse than not being able to keep up or having to miss out on an activity because you are unfit.

    1. Take a solar recharger for your mobile phone. These rechargers also work for camera batteries and can be purchased online. If you know there won't be service for your phone, consider using a satellite phone, they can be a life saver in an emergency.

    1. How long you spend on your trip depends on how long you can get away from the "real" world. Calculate the travel time to and from your destination as this takes a chunk out of your trip.

    1. Go on an adventure trip with someone you get along with and someone of similar fitness level so you are not kept back by others. Consider hooking up with a club or group of people with similar interests.

    1. If it is your first adventure trip then consider going with an organized group with a guide. Independent travelers might also choose to incorporate an organized activity into their adventure trip.

    1. Consider taking fast transportation to get you to the focal points of your trip. Spend time on what is really important and not on getting from point A to point B.

    1. Integrate adventurous activities into your adventure trip. On a trip into the desert be sure to share a night with Bedouin; in the wilderness include water rafting or in Lapland try ice fishing.

    1. On an adventure trip try to disconnect from electronic gadgets as much as possible but have a phone in case of emergencies. Look into using iPhone or smartphone applications to help you along the way - maps, GPS etc.

  1. Meet the locals and learn about their traditions and way of live. Try to book a home-stay to really get a feel of the local culture.

Most importantly live life to the fullest, take calculated risks and be adventurous.

The Flat Iron Hike: An Extraordinary Rock Climbing, Canyon Trekking andExtreme Fitness Challenge

By the month of September, when temperatures here in the Arizona desert begin to start cooling down, those of us who live here in this region of the state know that fall is finally on its way and with it also, arguably, the best outdoors hiking season of all. The rugged Superstition Mountains, also known as "Arizona's best known wilderness area" is an excellent and very popular destination for hiking, rock climbing and backpacking due to its gorgeous scenery and large network of some of the best and most challenging hikes located only a short distance from the Phoenix area. If you are more of an advanced hiker who has at least some basic climbing skills, for an excellent fall hike and an extraordinary rock climbing, canyon trekking and extreme fitness training challenge equivalent to doing two Camelbacks in a row, I highly recommend checking out the Siphon Draw to Flat Iron Hike, in the Superstition Wilderness, Mesa, Arizona.

This "very strenuous" rated fitness training and canyon hiking adventure began very early with meeting Eric Kinneman and the TLC Hiking group at 5:30am at a designated meet up location at Route 60 and Sossaman Road in Mesa. After gathering all of the group members together we set out at about 5:45am for our trailhead at the Lost Dutchman State Park, about 5 miles from Apache Junction on Hwy 88 or also known as the Apache Trail. After arriving at the park and paying the $7 park entrance and day use fee, we parked our cars at the Siphon Draw trailhead and after a quick rest room break, we set out on our hike shortly after day break by about 6:15am.

Immediately, Eric Kinneman started the hike off at a pretty good pace and we were quickly on our way up to the Flat Iron! The Siphon Draw trail, elevation 2080, actually begins via the Discovery Interpretive Trail, hangs a left past the park's Amphitheater then becomes the Siphon Draw #53 Trail. It's a moderate level hike from there, crossing over the park's boundary and into the Superstition Wilderness, about a two mile journey until you reach the Siphon Draw basin and canyon. The view from this all rock basin looking up into the rugged, steep canyon ahead with Flat Iron at the very top, absolutely incredible! And that's where we were heading too! From the basin, the adventure actually begins because it's a steep, very strenuous and challenging, almost 3000 foot vertical ascent, averaging they say some 70 feet of elevation per every 100 feet of trail, about a 45 degree angle straight up to the top of Flat Iron!

But we continued on our journey through the basin and further into the Siphon Draw canyon. By this time, Eric as well as most of the TLC group members were completely out of site. It was only a small group of us that were still traversing but at a slower pace. We pressed on though, scrambling over boulders, climbing hand-over-foot in many places as it continued to get more and more steeper the further we made our way up into the canyon. The trail by now was not an official trail, just a "use trail" and is not clearly marked. I would advise being really careful to pay close attention to where you are heading and watch for the painted dots and markings on the rocks to help keep you on the right course. There is really no need to route find or trail blaze as the painted markings are there as a helpful guide for you to follow and will direct you to the right and on the correct and easiest canyon route to the top.

As we continued to venture on, all along the way, the views off to the distance as well as looking down into the below you continued to become more and more breathtaking and stunning. It was roughly at about ½ way up that we suddenly heard a few members of our group shouting something down to us. They had encountered a rattlesnake! One of the real hazards of this type of canyon hiking, they had come upon a pretty decent sized Mojave rattlesnake, one of the most venomous rattlesnakes in all of North America, which was sunning himself on the rocks a few feet off to their side and was ready to strike. Luckily though, no one got bit and by the time we had reached the same area a few minutes later, much to my disappointment, it was gone.

Finally, after climbing the more than 2000 feet in elevation, and after getting a few much needed tugs and pulls from my good friend and fellow hiker Dan, I grabbed onto a tree to the left and with my right arm grabbed Dan's hand and went straight up and over the last 10-12 foot vertical rock wall which was the last and highest of the approximately three vertical rock walls, and an estimated class 3-4 rated climb in summation. I had made it, he said. Wow, now that was fun! I looked up and the views here from at the saddle, incredible! What an exciting journey and workout it had been so far too.

Immediately from the saddle we followed the defined trail that takes off to the right and quickly takes you to the top of Flat Iron. On our way we met up with Eric and the rest of the TLC members but only briefly as they had made it to the top, rested and were already on their way to see the other side, North Peak, as it is commonly known. We continued on the trail to the top of Flat Iron and met up with a group of other TLC group members and enjoyed hanging out for a time there, resting, picture taking and enjoying the breath taking and stunning views of all the surrounding Phoenix and Apache Junction area. It was the "fruits of our journey" I guess you could say. The elevation at the top of Flat Iron is estimated to be about 4700 feet so the temperatures on this mid-September day were absolutely perfect, very cool and refreshing, just what we needed too.

After a short break, myself, along with a small group of other fellow TLC hikers started to make our way over to North Peak. Meanwhile Eric and the rest of the TLC group started to make their way back down again and arrived back within a reasonable time, around 12 noon and before the afternoon heat set in. The trek over to the strange looking rock formations and hoodoos at North Peak, estimated elevation 5027, and an approximate 150 foot climb, starts out as a short trail but then you find yourself, route finding, boulder hopping, and scrambling the rest of the way till you reach North Peak. However, it is really not very difficult and well worth doing if you have the time because the panoramic views of the eastern side of the Superstition Wilderness with the Four Peaks Wilderness off to the distance, wow, absolutely gorgeous! It was even more beautiful and breathtaking from North Peak than it was from Flat Iron! After arriving at North Peak and before heading back again, we decided to take a well deserved short break first, and relaxed, took some more pictures and really enjoyed the beautiful and tranquil scenery there.

It was roughly about close to noon that we decided it was time to start making our way back again. So up and over the rocks, boulders, we slowly made our way back down from North Peak and within minutes arrived back at the saddle and the beginning of the "use trail", the place we had originally come up. From the saddle, the return journey was again a vertical drop and scramble straight down, continuing all the way back through the canyon the same way you had come up until you reached the basin. I actually did not find the journey down half as difficult as the journey up had been earlier. Again, you just need to be careful to continue to look up and make sure you are following the painted dots and markings to keep yourself on course because the trail is not easily recognizable. After a short side trip about a ¼ of the way down to visit the wreckage from a small military jet crash from the early 1970's, we finally reached the basin where from there was a two mile hike again on the Siphon Draw Trail #53. We arrived back at the Lost Dutchman State Park by about 2:30pm. Our total hiking time was about 8 hours including the break at North Peak and the side trip to the crash site (the average hiking time is only about 5-6 hours) and a total hiking distance of about 5 miles round trip.

The Siphon Draw to Flat Iron hike, absolutely an extraordinary hike. It was a very challenging and strenuous rock climbing, canyon trekking workout & training session, yet also a very beautiful and exciting journey into the vast and rugged Superstition Wilderness with gorgeous, stunning views you won't soon forget. In all, an excellent fall hike and extreme fitness training session, well planned and organized by Eric Kinneman himself of the TLC Hiking Group. Definitely a very thrilling and exciting adventure hike that I highly recommend and look forward to doing again too in the near future.

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Adventure Trip Minus the Ridiculous Cost

Going for an adventure trip with your friends? If you are, then go ahead with the planning. Do not make budget or your financial status be a hindrance towards that perfectly laid out adventure trip plan. For even if this kind of trip isn't the usual one, you can still make this happen without involving the big bucks.

Usually, the idea of going for an adventure trip involves costs. This is because the real essence of adventure travel entails a unique exploration of a remote destination. This is usually done together with like-minded individuals who are under the "leadership" of professionals.

From this definition alone, it is clear that there's a lot of cost entailed. For one, you need to pay for these professionals who will guide you through your exotic exploration. Of course, you need to pay for tickets and travel packages.

But, can adventure trip be made possible without burning your pockets? Indeed, it is. Here are some tips:

Remember your Camping Skills

Instead of spending thousands of dollars to pay for an expansive hotel room, go pack your tent and sleeping bag. Not only you will be able to save on costs, but more importantly, you will have the chance to revisit your camping skills developed during your younger years. You will not lay comfortably on comfortable mattresses but you will be able to sleep tight knowing that you are safe and sound using one of man's earliest skills. Now, this is really some kind of an adventure trip, right?

Be Physically Fit

When doing your adventure travel planning be sure to include being physically fit. This kind of travel has some physical activity involved, so be prepared to walk more, run more and of course, jump more. When it comes to participating in a trip that has an adventurous twist, you need to be prepared to walk long hours. This allows you to save on your transportation costs, because instead of boarding the bus, you are now open to the idea of walking.

Get Ready with Instant Remedies

An adventure trip, or any traveling for that matter, is not worthwhile if along the way you have some bodily complaints. A mountain hiking wouldn't be as enjoyable if a migraine is walking with you on the trails. Exploring a secluded yet pristine beach would not give you a sunny disposition if you are photosensitive and rashes grow on any part of your body every time you get exposed to the sun.

Therefore, on your adventure trip that has dash of adventure, make sure that you have your first aid medical kit ready. Have your pain killers handy. Don't forget anti-itch creams and tablets for diarrhea. Adventure trip is to a large extent also about adventure eating. In order for you not to become a killjoy, get ready with your back up remedies.

Better to be safe than sorry, right? So make sure that on your adventure trip, you have your emergency numbers with you. Have your doctor's number ready. Make sure you have the contact number of the nearest hospital.

Traveling is a great stress-reliever. That is no mystery to anyone. How much more enjoyable should one trip be if it revolves around adventure. When planning for an adventure trip, remember the pointers mentioned above. More importantly, bear in mind that such a kind of travel doesn't need to be expensive.

The Best and Adventurous Holiday Destinations of the World

These days people are not just interested in going for holidays but at the same time they want adventure and thrill in their trip. They want an experience that will relieve them from the mental pressure of work. So they are always looking for destinations that are exotic and different.

The holidays are enjoyed by the people of all age groups. So this article will tell you about some of the best holiday packages for you and your family.

North America Adventure Holidays - Yosemite National Park
The America's national Park is marked by lush green stretch of land with beautiful landscapes. There is something more to enjoy rather than sitting besides the pool or enjoying the sun. It is like a paradise for the people who love to do plenty of activities like the rock climbing. The mountains are very high and it is a great challenge for the rock climbers. The whole visit to the park will be completed in about ten to twelve hours. There are many lodging facilities available near the valley. The best time is during the winters when there is heavy snow.

Europe Adventure Holidays - via Ferrata in the Italian Dolomites
This holiday offers you a combination of Italian Holiday and also the scenic beauty of the mountains. The Dolomite Mountains are very high forming the first battle ground. There are huge rock statues which are the striking feature of the place. It has many tours available for ferrata but experienced visitors can continue with a few instructions. The ferrata is nothing but a rope with one end attached to the cliff and other in your harness. The ideal time is during the summers

Australasia Adventure Holidays - New Zealand is the adventure holiday capital of the world
New Zealand is considered as the world's best holiday as it has adventurous opportunities. The main highlight is the kayaking done in the Abel Tasman National Park. The park is a scintillating one with sandy beaches. The Maori village can be a good destination to visit after kayaking. Even campaigning can be enjoyed while having a good time on beaches.

Asia adventure holidays - Horse trekking in Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan is like a paradise for lovers as it is a perfect holiday destination. A variety of treks are available in different places. The snow covered peaks are just awesome to view. The hospitality that you receive from the local people is just outstanding. The delicious and mouth watering foods are exclusive here.

Discover The True Facts About Going On An Adventure Travel Trip

Adventure Travel is a catch all term for scores of ways to get into uncrowded, unspoiled countryside or untouch wilderness and to be actively involved with the environment and with your fellow travelers. It is an escape from the pressures of urban living as well as a welcome change from passive travel that shows you the world through the windows of a tour bus or a car. Since groups are small and camaraderie between participation is strong, the percentage of single vacationers who choose this kind of vacation is predictably high.

For years, travel labeled "adventure" was considered exotic, limited to hardy backpackers or thrill-seekers who delighted in climbing Mount Everest or careening over dangerous rapids in a rubber raft. But owing to their explosion in popularity over the last decades, adventure trips have become accessible and safe for almost everyone.

In 1949, eighty years after John Wesley Powell completed the first descent of the Colorado River, only one hundred people had ever rafted through the Grand Canyon. By 1972, the National Park Service was forced to limit traffic on the river to 17,000 people a year.

By now, millions of people have experienced the thrill of exploring the bottom of the canyon by boat. Figures published in 1998 by the Travel Industry of America reported that ninety-eight million people had taken an adventure trip in the previous five years. In 2001, 17 percent of travelers included outdoor activities in their trips, a total of 173 million people.

With so many people signing on, the number of operators offering adventure outings has zoomed, and the variety of trips is truly amazing. Just a few of the choices include rafting, backpacking, backcountry skiing, horseback trekking, mountain climbing, and gentler pursuits such as sailing, biking, and walking. Tour operators grade their offerings to suit a wide range of abilities, making it easy for travelers to make a wise choice.

Trips are offered on the seven continents and almost every place on earth, from the subarctic ice floes to the jungles of the equator to the placid countryside of Europe or the United States. You can take your choice of camping out or staying in quarters that are positively plush.

Adventure trips depends for its success and safety on the experience and skill of the operator, so check references carefully before you make your choice. There are a few sources for information. Groups operating in national parks must have a permit from the superintendent, so you can write or call to verify the credentials and ask park authorities about the reputation of the company.

Camping Adventures - The Best Way to Organize Your Next Camping Trip

Anyone that loves the thrill of adventure and enjoys getting away from city life can see why taking a camping trip could be a lot of fun. In addition to the many fun activities you can do while you're camping, it also gives you the opportunity to enjoy all of nature's gifts. The only requirement to having a great time on your next camping trip is that you plan ahead. You need to know exactly where you are going to camp, how long you are going to be there, and the best way to get to your destination. With a little planning, your camping trips can be a treasure chest of great times and memorable moments.

Many people that go camping on a regular basis do it because they enjoy the outdoors and they like to rough it far away from civilization. Some true outdoors lovers don't even care where they go as long as they get to enjoy the wonders of Mother Nature. But if you don't take the time to plan your trip properly, it could end up ruining your fun.

In order to make sure your camping trip is a success, it's a good idea to check with some well-known camping organizations that can help you plan your trip. These organizations also give you the opportunity to meet and interact with some of your fellow campers. Actually, if you are able to find the right organizations, they can help you plan some really exciting activities for your trip.

Keep in mind that although these organizations can be very helpful, you will likely have to pay a fee for their services. But you should take advantage of the opportunity they offer to help you plan fun adventure trips like canoeing, white water rafting, or rock climbing.

The greatest thing about using a camping organization to plan your camping trip is that they can direct you to the most deeply forested areas where nature provides some of its best scenery. These unique settings get you as close as you want to be to some amazing wildlife and make the entire trip worth the small extra cost you had to pay.

Besides determining where you are going to be camping, you should also pay attention to which camping gear you will need to bring along. In order to truly enjoy your camping trip, it is essential that safety comes first and that you have the necessary camping gear. By bringing the right types of equipment, you can ensure that your trip will go off smoothly and you can concentrate on just having fun.

Camping is something that can be enjoyed by the entire family. But before you get the urge to just pack up and go, be sure you take the time to plan your trip properly. The little extra time you spend planning now will make all the difference in your next outdoor adventure.

Camping has always been one of Jack's passions and he is always brings the best gear for his overnight trips. If you want to get a great night's sleep on your next outdoor adventure, check out Jack's raised air bed website where you can find the best blow up beds for your next overnight trip.


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