Saturday, May 27th, 2017

Travelers’ Night In — Adventure Travel!


This week’s round of Travelers’ Night In, the interactive Twitter discussion for avid travelers and travel lovers, focused on adventure travel!  As always, ten questions were asked, people responded while tagging their tweets #TNI, and learned quite a bit about some new destinations!

Here are the questions for the week:

Q1. What is the most daring thing you have done while traveling?

camorose Cliff jumping into the Mediterranean in Cassis- especially since I don’t like deep water!

TransAmericas 12 day rafting down Dudh Kosi (Nepal) during first flush of the monsoon – class V most of the way

AdventureCenter Having a heart to heart discussion with a bull elephant in estrus in Zimbabwe

For me, it was canyon jumping in Interlaken, Switzerland, the adventure sports capital of Europe.  It’s like bungee jumping, except you swing out through a canyon on a rope swing — after falling 90 meters in four seconds!  (It feels like 10 minutes.)

To this day, my hands sweat profusely whenever I think about it.

Oh, and that was the second extreme sport that weekend!  The first was paragliding:

Q2. What is the most adventurous food you have tried? Where?

clareappleyard ‘urinating shrimp’ cooked fresh on a hong kong street corner

just30something kokoreç in turkey – sounds good? it’s grilled lamb bowel!

terhiPR Jellied Sheep Head Content (?!) in Iceland

I had kangaroo steak with quail eggs and caviar — in Prague, of all places!  Kangaroo was awesome.  It was as flavorful as salami, but in the form of a steak.

Q3. What is the most important item to take on an adventure trip?

medex Travel medical insurance (not just trip cancellation)

nomadicchick bring vaseline. Why? Rub on feet to keep them soft and prevent friction in hiking boots. Serious! It works!

sparksmom1 patience and a sense of adventure!

Definitely a camera with video!  And an antibiotic like Cipro — always a smart idea, especially for women.

Video captures more than pictures ever can.  I would have forgotten about this spontaneous moment at XS Nightclub at the Encore in Las Vegas if it hadn’t been for video:

Q4. What extreme sport is at the top of your list?

travelanswerman Tracking bear in Alaska

airtreks Zorbing! Plus you can’t get hurt!

LuxeTiffany Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro some day!

I’d love to try ziplining.  There are actually some places in New Hampshire where you can do it, so I might not have to wait for a trip to Central America!

Q5. Where’s the most remote place you have been?

nataliebinder Coper Jetis Ponorogo, Indonesia. 6 planes, a bus, a car and a walk.

stancioff Probably Perth, Australia. Populous, but very isolated.

FranciscoJenna Parts of Nevada and Utah while driving across the United States. The U.S. is crazy that way– those huge open spaces.

I’m a city girl.  I don’t do remote, and I probably will not do remote until my eventual RTW a few years from now.  The most remote place I’ve ever been is probably my summer camp in Western Massachusetts.

(I swam across half of this lake in the Camp Nawaka Relay!  And then flirted profusely with my slightly older and very cute competitor as we waited on the other side…oh, memories!)

Image: Mark Richards

Q6. Where was your most interesting place you’ve stayed while traveling for adventure?

allaboutmexico Ice hotel in Quebec!

OverYonderlust Cave full of anemones on the N point of Barbados.

travelsofadam I slept in my Honda Civic at a I-90 rest stop near Niagara Falls b/c all hotels/motels were booked for a biker convention

The Funny Farm hostel in Interlaken is hilarious — read my recap of the bus ride from hell to hear about what I heard when we arrived.  The picture below is a night at the Funny Farm in a nutshell.

Also, my sister and I once stayed overnight at London Heathrow Airport to save money.  There were tons of people doing the same thing, sleeping in booths in a restaurant.

Q7. What is your next adventure trip? What will you do?

GJGBTL231 Going into the Gobi Dessert in Mongolia !

Vagabond3Live Heading to OZ to start our RTW trip! Snorkel, backpack, hiking

TravelMaestro White water rafting w/my 5 teens + their BFs – Besides rapids, Having 5 teens is an adventure all by itself!

The next definite trip will be Vegas in June — and this time we’ll be visiting some new places!  Wet Republic, the pool club at the MGM, as well as Aria’s Haze and the Hard Rock’s Vanity are on the itinerary.

We also might actually spend one night without going to a club, opting instead for a Hangover-esque night of mayhem.

Q8. Show us your best adventure photo!

GotPassport biking across the Golden Gate Bridge w our 7 yo!

theexplorateur JAPANESE TOILET enough said.

rtwdave Making friends w/Gorilla

After we canyon jumped, we had SO much adrenaline coursing through our veins.  We were screaming, crying, throwing our arms around each other.  Here is our after-photo:

Q9. What is the most physically challenging thing you’ve done on your travels?

NewYorkGuest Having a wisdom tooth extracted by emergency surgery in rural Alaska!

GoSaraBeth NY NY ride in vegas in heels and a dress 🙂

leilahbm climbing the Great Pyramid at Giza … when I was 8 years old. (My little legs could barely reach each step!)

When I studied abroad in Florence, I took a ballet course.  And I have just about the worst feet you could have for ballet.  Doing proper ballet, especially with bad feet, is a hell of a physical challenge.

It gets even worse when you add in the frequent study abroad hangovers!

Q10. Who is your favorite person to bring along on adventure travel trips?

lisajanPA YOU GUYS! 🙂

nataliebinder Sherlock Holmes. Books travel well.

locogringocom A SHERPA!

In Vegas, these gorgeous girls:

And anywhere in the world, my lovely sister, pictured in Bruges below:

That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy traveling alone — traveling alone is fabulous.  You’re the master of your own destiny.

It was a great week for #TNI and it was so nice to get to know so many new participants!  Imagine what the coming weeks will bring!

What do you think?  Have any adventures to share?

Travelers’ Night In takes place on Thursdays from 3:30-5:00 ET.  The discussion is organized by the lovely ladies at ZipSetGo.  All are welcome!  Follow the #TNI tag to see the questions and conversation!


4 Responses to “Travelers’ Night In — Adventure Travel!”
  1. Kate – I love reading your #TNI recaps! Thanks for posting. Now, off to that post about the bus ride from hell….

  2. Great recap, Kate – love the pictures! Thanks for including us in your choice of answers to Q3. What is the most important item to take on an adventure trip? Of course, since that’s a big part of what we do, it’s always top of mind for us.

    We look forward to seeing you next week at #TNI and can’t wait to read your next recap!

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