Sep 27 2018
Inclusive Excursions’ Top 5 Adventure Travel Destinations
With so much to explore on our beautiful planet, deciding where to go and what to do can be difficult. It was hard to select just a few but lucky for you, we’ve narrowed it down to what we think are the top five destinations for Adventure Travel. This will give you food for thought when planning your next trip!
#5 – Colorado
Colorado has been building in popularity and has become quite a haven for adventure travelers. Colorado offers a bit of everything, except, of course, the ocean. A landlocked state, Colorado is basically dead smack right in the center of the United States. This, however, does not stop the adventurers from flocking to this great state year after year! With stunning scenery and activities year round, who could blame them? Colorado and the surrounding states are home to some of the gnarliest and tallest mountains in the country. Mount Elbert is the tallest mountain in Colorado, coming in at 14,440 feet! That’s high! From summer to winter, if you like to adventure, this is your state!
What to do in Colorado?
- Whitewater rafting – The Colorado River will give you a good thrill as you battle its rapids or take a more soothing ride through some of the more mellow rivers in the state.
- Skiing/Snowboarding/Snowmobiling – With many favorite ski resorts, each one bigger and badder than the next, Colorado has some of the best skiing and snowboarding in the country. Heavy snowfall and breathtaking scenery make a perfect combination for winter fun.
- Fly Fishing – Colorado offers year ‘round fly fishing that will be sure to intrigue the avid fisherman. Some of the biggest trout are pulled out of the rivers of Colorado.
- Horseback riding – Colorado has some beautiful trails for horseback. If you are riding via horse, there is no need to worry about passer-bys startling your steed. The people of Colorado welcome riders. Plan an overnight adventure or ride for an afternoon, horseback riding in Colorado will be a one-of-a-kind experience.
- Mountain biking – Colorado is known for its mountain bike trails, BMX jumps, and downhill bike parks at ski resorts.
- Trekking/Backpacking – Colorado is known for its vast amount of backpacking trails. Here, you can go into your local coffee shop, ask someone where to hike, and you will surely get some informative details on where to go. For best results, see your favorite adventure agent for maps or guides.
…and there is so much more!
#4 – Yosemite National Park
Yosemite National Park is located in California’s Sierra Nevada Mountains. It has been said that you can see more here in one day than anywhere else in the world. Take a day hike up the massive granite face of Half Dome, and experience spectacular panoramic views! The views are well worth the climb. Yosemite offers some of the most breathtaking day hikes and most awe-inspiring waterfalls in the world! It’s certainly one of the most amazing places on the planet and will be one to remember, as long as you plan ahead. If you visit outside the popular summer months, you’ll likely avoid the crowds. If you do visit during the summer season, make sure to get out bright and early to avoid them. Yosemite’s beauty makes it a destination all adventurers should experience at least once in their lifetime.
What to do in Yosemite?
- Day hikes – Hike to the top of Vernal and Nevada Falls via the Mist Trail or summit Half Dome.
- Camping – The camping here is spectacular. If you are a beginner camper, you might enjoy glamping. This is camping with resort-style amenities. Campground reservations are strongly suggested because they book up fast, so planning ahead is recommended.
- Biking – Yosemite offers over 12 miles of paved bike trails, which is great for beginners.
#3 – Swiss Alps, Switzerland
The Swiss Alps or “The Alpine Region of Switzerland” is made up of the most monumental mountains in the country, complimenting the Swiss Plateau and the Swiss portion of the Jura Mountains. The Swiss Alps bring many adventurers each and every year. People travel here from all parts of the world. A group of friends who traveled here to paraglide are seen living their dreams. This is an amazing place, and for sure, it is one of our favorites! Everything is on a large scale here. The skiing, mountain biking, backpacking…it is all 10x as good here! This destination is a must for every adventurers’ bucket list.
What to do in the Swiss Alps?
- Skiing – the skiing in the Alps are hard to beat. Really, picture jagged mountain peaks all around covered in layers and layers of that poofy pow! It is a truly life changing experience.
- Mountain Biking – The trails here are incredible. Picture yourself on top of a beautiful mountain, and then racing down it with your friends…Exhilarating!
- Swiss Rail Tour – Explore the Alps on a first class rail on the legendary rail of Switzerland. Experience scenery you couldn’t experience any other way!
- Trekking/Backpacking – Some of the most memorable and best stories are from the Alps. Ask anyone who has hiked here and they will say, “pack your bags!”
This is just a few of many adventures in the Alps. There are many, many more.
#2 – Patagonia / Chile
- Patagonia is located at the southern tip of Chile South America; it is often referred to as “the edge of the world.” Patagonia slopes down from the Andes towards Antarctica. It is sometimes considered the last frontier of South America covering the sparsely inhabited southern regions of both Chile and Argentina. While you explore through the legendary beauty of Patagonia, get ready to feel like an ant in a city. In Patagonia, Mother Nature runs the show. You will experience the massive volcanoes, towering glaciers, and beautiful floating blue/white icebergs. The green Steppe plains and blue mountain lakes make for yet another reason for beauty in Patagonia. The mountains are white-capped and poke through the clouds to create a dream-like panoramic view. Although called “the edge of the Earth,” Patagonia is now easier than ever to travel to because of its increased access in and out of Santiago, Chile.
- Tourists can set out on a road trip or explore the far corners via cruise ship to get even closer to the beauties of Patagonia. On the Argentinian side, San Carlos de Bariloche is a popular mountain resort and town that offers all the facilities and outdoor pursuits of the Swiss Alps, without the price. Make sure to check out the town of El Chalten – Argentina ’s trekking capital in the Southern Andes. With beautiful waterfalls, immense volcanoes, mountains, and glaciers, and so much more to offer, we had to put Patagonia up at the top of our list.
What to do in Patagonia?
- Make friends with penguins – Chillin’ with penguins in Punta Tombo Argentina should most definitely be on your list of to-dos!
- Kayak – float in one of the blue glacial lakes with floating icebergs, or take it to a more adrenaline pumping river.
- White Water Rafting – Raft down the Futaleufu River with raging rapids, lush green forests, and jagged mountain peaks.
- Mountain biking – MTB through the trails by the mountains, lakes and volcanoes.
- Killer whale watching – experience some of the most amazing creatures in the world up close and personal.
- Skiing – Skiing/snowboarding in Patagonia is life changing…(along with almost everything else here.) The snow, the culture, the mountains, and the terrain all make it for a must do!
- Horseback riding – Ride through the mountain trails are like nowhere else on Earth.
- …and much more
#1 – New Zealand
This is a remote island paradise and home to only 4.5 million people who call themselves Kiwis. Kiwi is also the name of the country’s national symbol which is a flightless bird. From its active volcanoes, deep glacial lakes, unique wildlife, and towering mountains, this place is like another dimension!
Although there are about six hundred smaller islands, New Zealand is actually two main landmasses; the north island and the south island. If your favorite animal so happens to be sheep, this will be your favorite place! (fun fact) There are more sheep here than any other country in the world. New Zealand is also known for its world class hiking trails. Some of the best hiking is done in Fiordland National Park. Four of the major tracks are Milford, Kepler, Routeburn, and Hollyford with forested valleys, diverse birdlife, turquoise lakes, and truly spectacular sceneries.
For Lord of the Rings fans, a visit to Tongariro National Park is a must. The Lord of the Rings was filmed entirely in New Zealand because it truly does feel like another world. While you are here, if the weather cooperates, you will be able to see the view of Mt. Ngauruhoe. If you and your crew are up for a good trek, hiking the Alpine Crossing trail takes about seven hours on average, and it’s 19.4 kilometers. It includes lava field, meadows, and geothermal neon turquoise Emerald Lakes.
New Zealand also has a hike along some of the most beautiful beaches. Along the Otago Coast, you can find some Moeraki Boulders formed from ancient sea sediments. This hike is along the Abel Tasman Coast Track on the south island. Over 40 KM of golden sand beaches and granite cliffs, clear waters, and frolicking fur seals basking in the sun. To top it off with extra adventure, this hike needs to be timed for low tide or the trail will turn into the ocean, so plan accordingly.
What to do in New Zealand?
- Cave diving – rappelling down and ziplining through the hidden abyss of Waitomo Caves in the North Island offers amazing views.
- Jetboat Rides – jetboating through Queenstown Shotover River is one of the most exhilarating ways to experience the scenery of Queenstown.
- Whitewater Rafting – Raft off of Tutea Falls, the highest commercially rafted waterfall in the world, and experience the ride of a lifetime.
- Bungee jumping – Queenstown New Zealand is home to the very first commercial bungee jump by A.J. Hackett, so you can say they know how to do it right.
- Skiing – With so much to offer, it only gets better with skiing & snowboarding. Ski or board at Queenstown, Coronet Peak, and The Remarkables, all within 30 minutes of downtown.
- Surfing – catch the surf at The Bay of Plenty, Whangamata, or the untouched beaches of Gisborne.
It was a hard decision, yet it is still pretty clear to us that New Zealand takes the number one spot for the battle of the top five destinations for Adventure Travel!
Sep 20 2018
If you had one last day on Earth, what would you do; where would you go? Tomorrow is not always a guarantee. Don’t wait until it’s too late to check off your list of travels and adventures. Start planning your bucket list today!
Remember the movie The Bucket List with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman? Great movie…definitely worth seeing. The story though is one we can all relate to…having a bucket list of our own.
Do you have a Bucket List? Have you thought about what should be included on that list? Ideas may range from laughing until you cry to pushing your limits beyond what you thought possible. Bucket Lists will be individualized to each person, but the bottom line is that your list will have challenges to conquer.
In the movie, the two stars brainstorm and write their lists. That’s the best way to start a list of your own…just brainstorm. Outside of careers, what life experiences have you dreamed of accomplishing? Were they to go on a cruise to the Bahamas or to ride the wild rapids in Colorado? Were they to go on an African Safari or climb the pyramids in Mexico? Were they to explore the Amazon or ride a hot air balloon? Maybe your list includes trekking Machu Picchu or simply hiking to some waterfalls in Western North Carolina.
Your bucket list should include all the places you’ve wanted to see and things you’d like to do. Inspire yourself. Be specific and hold yourself accountable, so that it’s not just a dream. Maybe get yourself an accountability partner as they did in the movie. This makes the possibility of you completing your list increase dramatically.
For those of us who don’t take the time to write a Bucket List, or shall we say a list of goals we want to accomplish, too often our days go by like leaves in the wind with no destination. The leaves land somewhere, but wouldn’t it be better to land with a plan. We can’t hit a target that we don’t have! Bucket Lists are goals for a better future. Having a Bucket List reminds us of what is important in our lives and helps us to maximize quality of life. Work to live, don’t live to work.
To get you started, answer these questions:
- What countries have you wanted to see?
- What accomplishments have you wanted to achieve?
- What physical challenges have you wanted to overcome?
- What experiences have you dreamed of pursuing?
- What activities have you wanted to try?
- What is it that intrigues you? …inspires you?
- What pushes your limits and puts you outside your comfort zone?
- Answer these questions on your own….just start writing ideas to your list.
Try not to pass this blog by, and continue on to scroll through social media. Grab a pen, and start jotting your list. You will thank us in the future.
A Bucket List is customized to you and shouldn’t be limited to a certain age. Begin your list now so that you can reach the goals you deserve. Be inspired. Make it happen today.
Sep 13 2018
Here are a few of the best cameras for adventure travel:
There are so many amazing cameras out there today, how do you choose the right one?
- And of course, settings
If you travel frequently, you probably want to invest in a nice camera. The cameras these days are unreal! They shoot amazing quality without the bulk you used to have to lug around. Adventure Travel usually requires a good bit of physical activity. The last thing you want on a vacation is to be limited because of your camera. Slide it in your pocket and go!
These cameras aren’t much bigger than the average point and shoot, except they offer huge 20x or 30x zoom lenses.
Here are the top 10 cameras to travel with for 2018….
#10: Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III
- In-body 5-axis image stabilization for blur-free stills and smooth 4K video
- 16 Megapixel Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VIII Image Processor
- 4K 30P video plus HD 120 frames per second high-speed video
- Timeless, easy to use body design. Compact & lightweight with 2 dials, arrow pad and a Shortcut button
- 3.0″ tilting LCD monitor with intuitive touch screen operation and touch AF one step shutter release
- Cost $699 with carrying bag
#9: Nikon D3400
- SnapBridge Bluetooth Connectivity
- 24.2MP DX-Format CMOS Sensor
- EXPEED 4 Image Processor
- No Optical Low-Pass Filter. Bluetooth Specification Version 4.1. Wi-Fi Functionality-Eye-Fi Compatible
- Native ISO 100-25600; 5 fps Shooting. Compatability information: C firmware v. 1.10 and later ( released August 31, 2016 )
- Average cost: $446.95
#8: Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV
- World’s Fastest AF acquisition speed of 0.03 sec. Optical image stabilisation technology developed by Sony is valuable for handheld still and movie shooting, especially in low light or at the ultra-telephoto end of the zoom range up to 600 mm
- 315 phase-detection AF points covering Approx. 65% of the frame. Light Metering Mode- Multi Pattern, Centre Weighted, Spot (Standard/Large), Entire Screen Avg, Highlight
- ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm3 f.2.4-F4 ultra-zoom Lens
- 20.1MP 1″ back Illuminated Exmor RS stacked CMOS sensor w/ DRAM. Dimensions (W x H x D) (CIPA)-5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 3/4 inches, 5 1/4 x 3 3/4 x 5 1/8 inches (from front of lens to monitor). Weight-2 pounds 6.7 ounce(Battery and SDXC Card included)/ Approx. 2 pounds 5.1 ounce) (Body Only)
- 24 Fps4 continuous shooting up to 249 Frames5 with AF/AE tracking
- Average price – $1698
#7: Canon PowerShot SX730 HS
- 40x optical zoom with zoom framing assist
- 20.3 Megapixel^ CMOS sensor
- Digi 6 image processor
- Average cost $379
#6: Panasonic Lumix ZS70 / TZ90
- 20.3 Megapixel MOS sensor plus 30x Leica DC VARIO-ELMAR Lens (24-720mm), plus 5-axis Hybrid o.I.S. (Optical image stabilizer).
- 0.2-Inch 1, 166k-dot EVF (electronic view Finder) with eye-sensor for easier viewing under sunny outdoor conditions. Shutter Speed [Still Image]: Artistic Nightscape (Approx. 30 sec)
- 4K QFHD video recording (3840×2160), plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus with internal Focus Stacking feature.
- Lens barrel mounted control ring enables quick, intuitive operation of important functions.AC/USB travel charging port
- Wi-Fi plus a 180 degree front flip-up touch feature-enabled screen simplifies selfie photography, and framing for unusual perspectives.
- Average cost $397
#5: Sony Cyber-shot HX90V
- LCD Screen Protector 3 Pack, Ultra-Compact Digital Camera Deluxe Carrying Case
- 64GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card, Hi-Speed SD USB 2.0 Card Reader
- Flexible Mini Table-top Tripod, NP-BX1 1600MAH Battery Pack
- High Speed micro-HDMI to HDMI A/V Cable – 6 Feet, Micro Fiber Cloth
- Average cost $269.91
#4: Panasonic Lumix ZS50 / TZ70
- LUMIX 30X Travel Zoom Camera with Eye Viewfinder
- Enhanced low-light sensitivity for improved sharpness even without a flash
- Built-in eye viewfinder eliminates outdoor glare on sunny days
- Intelligent Zoom 60x
- Lens:12 elements in 9 groups
- Average cost $199
#3: Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI
- 24-200mm F2.8-F4.5 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T lens
- World’s fastest (0.03 sec) hybrid AF system (contrast + phase)
- Battery life:Up to 330 shots / 165 minutes
- In-the-box: Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, AC Adaptor, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Strap Adapter
- Average cost $1,198
#2: Panasonic Lumix ZS100 / TZ100
- Large 1, 20 Megapixel sensor delivers brighter, more colorful photos with fewer image artifacts
- 10x (25-250mm) LEICA DC Lens optical zoom performance with a wide F/2.8-5.9 aperture for impressive background defocus effects
- 4K Ultra HD video recording plus exclusive LUMIX 4K PHOTO and 4K Post Focus photo capture features
- Eye-level Electronic Viewfinder (EVF) and touch-enabled LCD for a wider viewing experience
- Lens-mounted control ring brings DSLR-like exposure control to a compact point-and-shoot camera body
- Average cost $547.99
#1: Panasonic Lumix ZS200 / TZ200
- [Larger 1 Inch Sensor] 20.1 Megapixels large sensor for brighter and more colorful photos (12800 Max ISO).
- [LEICA DC 15x Lens] Leading class optical zoom performance with a bright F3.3 – 6.4 aperture for soft defocus background effects. (24-360mm, 5 Axis Hybrid O.I.S.+)
- [Creative Control] Scene modes, filter modes, adds creativity while traditional aperture and shutter priority modes allow for background defocus or eliminate sports motion blur.
- [4K Features] 4K Video 30p, 4K PHOTO, and 4K Live Crop turn 4K frame capture into photography.
- [Electronic Viewfinder] plus a touch-enabled LCD for greater control and easier image viewing.
- Average cost $797.99
Sep 06 2018
Adventure travel has been booming these past few years!
According to Russell Walters, regional director for the ATTA, Adventure Travel Trade Association, adventure travel has been steadily growing. In 2009, it was an $89 billion industry, and in 2017, it was a $683 billion industry (Travel Weekly June 2018). People are only beginning to tap into all the unexplored destinations. What’s stopping you?
Adventure travel is a specialty and a niche market. With adventure taking over the market, many travel agents are hopping on the train. This is a red flag because the agent might not specialize in Adventure Travel, but still try to sell it. Not every travel agent can go out and say they are an Adventure Travel Expert. Sure, they might get you there, and they might send you on an adventure, but it most likely isn’t going to be the adventure that you would want. It’s like a plumber saying he can pave your driveway. Maybe he can do it, but will it be the best driveway you’ve ever seen? Probably not. This is why you want to use an adventure specialist or expert to send you on the adventure every enthusiast is chasing after.
A good adventure expert knows all the ins and outs all over the world. Rather than trying to find the guides yourself or using a basic travel site, it makes it easier for the consumer. When booking your trip, it’s important that your agent gets to know your hobbies, skill set, and destination. A good agent will customize and tailor your trip to suit your individual style.
What do you enjoy doing? Do you enjoy skiing, snowboarding, hiking, camping, climbing, whitewater rafting/kayaking, or a combination? Whatever your idea of adventure may be, you should consult with an Adventure Agent to see what destination is right for you. If you are a client looking to learn, or if you are an experienced client who has climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro or even Everest, odds are an adventure expert can still supply you with a new way to find that adrenaline pumping thrill that the adventure traveler seeks.
Adventure is limited only to the individual. The most important consideration is how YOU describe adventure. Adventure Travel may be a cultural exchange, interaction with nature, physical activity, risk or thrill. Whether it’s off-roading through the desert in Utah, splashing down rivers in Patagonia, Mountain biking in Peru, taking a cruise through Alaska, taking a safari ride through South Africa, or everything in between; Adventure Travel is in. People like to have fun, and this is the most exhilarating way to do so. Experience the new way of travel.