Wednesday, June 28th, 2017

Snorkeling Silfra: The Coldest, Bluest Waters of Iceland

One of the absolute most extreme things you can do in Iceland?  Snorkeling (or even diving!) Silfra. Silfra, also known as “The Rift,” is home to astonishingly clear waters — some say the clearest in the world.  The water is fed by glaciers and keeps to a temperature of about 2 degrees C (34 F), […]

Glacier Hiking in Iceland

Of all the activities I wanted to experience in Iceland, one stood at the top of the list: glacier hiking.  I’ve wanted to do this for years, but I’ve never visited a destination with a glacier!  After researching tour companies in Iceland, I found Arctic Adventures‘ Blue Ice Tour, which included an ice-climbing session as well. […]

Adventurous Kate Crashes a Wedding

Readers, I have a challenge for you.  I dare you to find me one person who saw Wedding Crashers and said to themselves, “You know what?  That looks kind of lame.” Good luck — because everyone I know who saw that movie walked out of the theater bright-eyed and excited, saying, “I SO have to […]

Freezing in a Hot Air Balloon in Cappadocia

If you ever plan on getting into a hot air balloon someday, here’s a suggestion for you: do it in Cappadocia, Turkey.  Hot air balloon flights are incredibly popular in Cappadocia — several dozen balloons go up each day, even in the winter, so people can see the incredible landscape from the air. I booked […]

Petra by Night? More like Petra by DOWNPOUR!

Petra by Night is a lovely introduction to Petra — you visit the famed Treasury while it’s illuminated by candlelight as soft music plays and they serve tea. Under normal circumstances, it looks like this: Image: Debraj It didn’t exactly happen that way for me. The weather had been good all week, but it began […]

Camping with Bedouins in Wadi Rum

I was very much looking forward to the Wadi Rum leg of my trip to Jordan — because I would be camping in the desert!  As a girl who has camped her entire life, first went camping at twelve days old (!), and took her first steps in a tent (seriously), I knew camping with […]

Adventurous Kate Gets Naked in Public

Getting naked in public is not the kind of thing I set out to do on a regular basis, but in Istanbul, I knew I had to experience a traditional hammam, or Turkish bath! These communal bathing facilities are an institution in Turkey.  A traditional hammam includes a bath, a heavy-duty body scrub, and a […]

Climbing Mount Snowdon — Wales’s Highest Peak

Climbing Mount Snowdon is one of the top adventures Wales has to offer!  At 1,085 meters, Mount Snowdon is the tallest mountain in Wales (and taller than anything in England as well — only Scotland has higher peaks!), and climbing it is a rite of passage for adrenaline junkies in the UK. Mount Snowdon is […]

Whitewater Rafting in Austria

The next activity on our Action Adventure tour through the Tirol region of Austria?  Whitewater rafting with Wiggi Rafting! I had never been whitewater rafting in my life, though I had always been intrigued.  We would be rafting on Level III rapids (most people are allowed to raft levels I-V, with V being the most […]

Climbing the Tirolean Alps

You can add “climbing the Alps” to the ever-growing list of things I never thought I’d do — but ended up doing anyway! One great thing about TBU was that post-conference blog trips were included in the price of attending the conference.  There were lots of trips to choose from, and I ended up on — naturally! […]