Who needs an excuse to travel? Studies show that heading off overseas is good for your heart, good for your health, and best of all – good for your happiness.
In a survey by G Adventures four years ago an astounding 83% of people surveyed said travel rated far higher in the happiness stakes than getting married, buying a house or getting promoted at work. At Adventure Travel, we’re not just about travel – we’re about creating extraordinary experiences.Our team of experts put together unique itineraries so people like you can travel the globe what ever the reason; retirement, a new challenge, an adventure, exploring a hobby or interest, some family time, a celebration – or just for the sheer joy of travelling.
Looking back on 2017, here’s a snapshot of some of our clients’ great adventures.
Adventure Travel expert Sam Eves has just returned from a safari through the Madikwe Game Reserve, a hidden-gem that is the fifth largest game reserve in South Africa. The conservation area in the north west province bordering Botswana is home to a variety of exotic wildlife, including elephants, lions, leopards and rhinos, plus endangered wild dogs. South African-born Sam has spent more than a decade living in New Zealand, but returning to her homeland was special this time because she took her Kiwi husband for the first time.
Adventure Travel consultant Sydel Berryman has just stepped off the plane from an awe-inspiring fortnight in Peru; a rich and colourful country in South America that's home to the Amazon rainforest and Inca Trail to Machu Picchu, an ancient city high in the Andes mountains.
Travelling with Chimu Adventures, her first few days were spent in vibrant Lima and Cusco, before she embarked on a five-day high-altitude Lares Trek, climbing to a steep mountain pass with an elevation of 4219m. The finale of Sydel’s South American adventure was a three-day cruise on the waterways of the earth’s largest forest, the Amazon.
Adventure Travel consultant Yvette Park loves nothing more than exploring at her own pace – so she wasn’t sure she’d enjoy a 15-day Avalon Waterways cruise through central Europe from Budapest to Amsterdam. But as Yvette soon found out, passengers get to spend just as much time on terra firma as they do on board the luxury ship watching the world glide by.
The cruise took Yvette went through the dramatic Rhine Gorge past the legendary Lorelei rock, and through quaint towns, stunning scenery and gothic ruins along the Danube, Main and Rhine Rivers. Most afternoons, Yvette and her now-husband disembarked to cycle through Amsterdam’s historic villages, sample some of Germany’s famous beer at charming cafes set on 16th century cobblestones, or join a tour through one of the many world-renowned museums and galleries that central Europe has to offer.
Adventure Travel consultant Yvette Park has done six trips with Intrepid Travel, the latest was a journey through northern Italy, from the bustling capital of Rome through to the romantic floating city of Venice. After so many years in the travel industry planning other people’s trips, Yvette says it’s a treat to travel with Intrepid and relax in the knowledge they’ve put the best itinerary together.