Archive for Travel Off The Beaten Path – Adventure

An Ode to Cipro….How do I Love Thee!!

The street vendor. Simultaneously your best friend and your worst enemy. Who can resist an awesome photo eating fried crickets in Thailand or balot (duck embryo) in the Philippines? Of course there is also the dare factor along with the “how many chances do I get to try this” multiplier. Many people have traded that photo for 4 days in the bathroom http://www.sfa.univ-savoie.fr/sciences/misc/phpcheck/kamagra-pas-cher.html.

Not to fear, however!! Ever since Cipro (Ciproflaxin to the medically inclined) was invented, people have been able to cut it to a day or so. Ah, the possibilities and photo opportunities!

To the inventor of Cipro, I hoist a drink from a dirty cup along with mystery meat on a stick! You are awesome!

The Orkhon Valley – Where did all the people go?

Alright, so they’ve been gone a very long time, since the Genghis Khan days to be exact. What was once the center of his empire is basically a huge meadow, thousands of square miles wide. If you want to go there, the best way is on horseback and it is definitely off the beaten path www.truba.gov.tr. Miles and miles of Mongolian beauty with remnants of the old grandeur of the Golden Horde. I keep thinking two things: no phone (sweet) and fly fishing (also sweet).

Ogasawara Islands – Am I Sensing A Winter Theme Here?

Okay, yet another idyllic out of the way, off the beaten path, fantastic place. This time it’s in a Japanese territory which in my book makes it even cooler. The best parts? Small population, year round whales and dolphin, fruits of all kinds and just a bunch of beach http://kodu.ut.ee/~roma1956/images/phocagallery2/gallery/generic-viagra.html. This really is one of those places that hasn’t really been trampled. Will your cell phone work there? I’m going to say “no” even though I have no clue. Just trust me, “no”.

Koh Samet – They just need laser beams on their heads

Koh Samet Island has one of those adventure rides where you really didn’t know what you were getting in for. Disguised as a fish farm, and at a very reasonable price, you can walk along floating planks and feed the fish with…. yourself. On both sides of the bouncing planks, should you feel unsteady, you have a choice to fall into the turtle tank or the shark tank, for example. Other tanks (all easily accessible through a welcoming, open top) have less dangerous but still inviting fish to feed. As an added bonus and in case the fish aren’t at a full frenzy, you can buy little fishies to throw in and really stir them up. I actually dug it. Just don’t put your hands too close to the water, watch who you share a plank with and keep to an outside plank!

The Blue Info sign… Learn it, know it, love it

Some people pass these things by without even knowing they are there. The traveler, however, especially the laid-back, unprepared, backpack type traveler lives by them. The blue info sign is the ticket to confidence, the opposite of the confused look. Nothing like getting off a train, figuring out what city you’re in, finding a blue sign and voila! You’re off with a handfull of pamphlets, reservations to some event and a map to your home. The kid behind the counter made a commission, the bed and breakfast lady is preparing your room and most importantly, you’re on the inside!

If You Need a Reason to Go….Learn Scuba!

Did you know that Colorado has the highest number of certified divers of all the landlocked states? Do you think they’re using those certifications in mountain lakes? Uh, no, not really. Why then does Colorado have all those divers? Because those people get up and go! If they’re not in the mountains skiing, climbing, hunting snowshoeing or whatever million other things mountain people do, they’re busting off to the warm places for a nice dive. Not far from Mexico, eh? Or any other warm place? Grab a PADI certification and then do whatever you can to make it work for you! www.padi.com

If I were in the Antartica…or a warzone… or backcountry…. or

Did you know that you can rent a satellite phone? For about 40 bucks and a dollar sixty a minute you can shout out a HEEELLLP! Or someone can let you now that you need to come home NOW! Regardless, it would be pretty cool to have if it all hit the fan.

Travel insurance and travel health insurance, is there a difference?

In short, OH YEAH! One looks out for your luggage and investment in a trip, the other looks out for you. Imagine this: A beautiful evening on the coast in India, a wonderful meal, all the makings of the beginning of appendicitis. Hours later the pain begins as an infection grows and you begin wondering what is happening in your side. I’ll stop there. Let’s just suffice it to say that you will probably want to be in a hospital where they don’t see death as just another step on the wheel of reincarnation. I’m talking about wonders of medevac to a good hospital and overseas medical insurance. These guys here are one of the best at this.

Why do we dream of Winter sports in the Summer?

It can't be that cold can it?
Colorado Huts

 I guess in the summer we think “It can’t be that cold can it? Looks pretty nice!” Actually they are pretty nice. One more thing to make Colorado rank high on awesomeness is a string of back country huts for skiers, snowshoers and backpackers. The idea is you have to go into the backwoods, sometimes in avalanche country, sometimes in less adventurous routes, always requiring quite a bit of effort. The reward? A wood-stove-heated hut, a beautiful view and a comfortable bed in the middle of the wilderness. Awesome idea! for more info, check it out here.