Define Your Sense of Adventure

What type of adventures appeal to you? The kind where you push your body or your mind?

Working Up A Sweat

Do you want to push the envelope on your personal comfort zone by bicycling along the Tour de France route, hiking a fourteener in Colorado's Rocky Mountains or trying a new sport that revs up your heart rate? How about zipping at 30 miles per hour on a wire line strung between two trees in the jungle, catching phat air on your snowboard in a Superpipe or white water rafting on the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon? Catching updrafts while parasailing, riding in a bi-plane or piloting a fighter plane, and rock climbing up a sheer canyon side each provide different thrills too. If you're out for thrills, think carefully about the extent of adventure you'll really enjoy.

Easy Traveling Experiences

Too much adrenalin for you? Floating overhead in a hot air balloon while watching lions stalk prey on the veld below or walking through Cambodia's Angkor Thom, where temple ruins nearly smothered by giant trees, are gentler styles of adventure travel. So is walking on trails through the Amazon jungle looking at parrots or catching sight of caimans sleeping on the river banks at night.

Adventurous Trips Leave Lasting Memories

Adventurous trips are those travels that change you, enchant you and ensure memories for a lifetime. Some travelers go for the physical thrills and the opportunities that stretch a body's physical capabilities to the utmost degree. Other travelers would rather use their minds, eyes, hearing and cameras to enhance their experiences.

By Lois Friedland