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2012 was an epic year for travel adventures. 14 countries and over 10,000 photos. Makes it hard to choose just 12 of our favourites but we have tried!

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Costa Brava Church, Cycling in Costa Brava

2012. What a year it has been.

It’s hard to imagine that the year is nearly over because it feels like only yesterday that we were in Egypts capital city, Cairo, ringing in the New Year.

But since then it has been a whirlwind of travel adventures for us.

2012 Travel Adventures in Photos

This is actually the first time that we have looked back on all the travel adventures we have done this year. We are so fortunate to have been to 14 countries this year. 

So grab a coffee, sit back and take a moment to reflect back on the last 12 months of travel.

January 2012 – Egypt

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Pyramids of Giza, Cairo, Egypt.

Egypt was the perfect start to the year. It had been a dream of mine to visit the Pyramids of Giza for a longtime and I had huge fears that they wouldn’t live up to my exaggerated expectations. Luckily the Pyramids, and Egypt in general blew my mind.

A truly magnificent country.

February 2012 – Amsterdam

Amsterdam at Night, Red Light District

Red Light District Canals, Amsterdam

We wrote a few risqué posts from our 48 hours in Amsterdam. No surprises that our “How to smoke weed in Amsterdam” and “Visiting a Peep Show” posts continue to drive thousands of visitors to our travel blog each month.

What amazed me the most about Amsterdam was the high number (pun intended) of  Tourists that miss out on the highlights of Amsterdam such as the Anne Frank Museum. I guess they are too busy eating waffles, smoking weed and visiting the Red Light District,

March 2012 – 3 Valleys, France

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3 Valleys Panorama, France

We hadn’t skied in over a year when we made the decision to go skiing in the 3 Valleys. The snowcapped French Alps were endless and we quickly fell in love with the area.

It’s also why we are moving there for this winter season. So you can expect lots more picturesque panoramas to come 🙂

April 2012 – Scottish Highlands

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Eilean Donan Castle, Scotland

We are so glad that we made the decision to live in Edinburgh rather than London. Scotland continues to grow on us every day with its stunning Scottish Highlands and Castles around every corner.

We did countless drives around Scotland, but the one that stands out the most was our trip to the Isle of Skye. A vast, windswept and rugged Isle that left us wanting more.

If only the weather was a little better.

May 2012 – Turkey

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Sail Turkey with Busabout, Turkey

After shivering in Scotland for the winter we knew we had to escape to somewhere warm. Turkey proved to be one of the best decisions in the last 3 years.

We originally planned to just visit Istanbul and attend the incredibly moving ANZAC ceremony in Gallipoli. As an afterthought we tacked on a Sail Turkey cruise with Busabout. In one week lifelong friendships were forged and it has been one of the best travel adventures we have done.

June 2012 – Italy

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Roman Colosseum, Rome, Italy

I get shivers looking at the Colosseum. While others may not agree with me I think it is one of the most beautiful buildings in the world.

But Rome wasn’t the only highlight in Italy. For 4 weeks we toured the northern half. We hiked Cinque Terre, explored Tuscany by scooter, ate copious amounts of Pizza and Pasta, sea kayaked in Naples, visited Ferrari museums and celebrated La Notte Rosa in Rimini.

We could travel around Italy forever.

July 2012 – Running with the Bulls, Spain

Running with the Bulls, San Fermin Bull Fighting Pamplona, travel adventures

San Fermin Bull Fight, Pamplona, Spain

With the blood pumping in our ears and the vibrations of hooves on the cobbles we ran for our lives during the San Fermin Running with the Bulls festival in Pamplona. Never in my life have I been more terrified, excited and pumped up on adrenaline than for those 2 minutes.

The bullfighting wasn’t the only travel adventure we got involved in though. Surfing in San Sebastian for 2 weeks helped me rediscover that passion that I had forgotten while we have been travelling.

August 2012 – Budapest, Hungary

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Széchenyi Baths, Budapest, Hungary

Budapest turned out to be a real eye opener for us. We hadn’t yet ventured into Eastern Europe on our travels but it had always been in the backs of our minds. It’s funny how one little trip changes everything because now we want to bike around Eastern Europe next summer.

Not only did we get to relax in the local Széchenyi Baths, but we also attended the Sziget Music festival and Adela faced her fears by going caving under Budapest.

September 2012 – Costa Brava, Spain

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Ermita de Sant Elm Church, Costa Brava, Spain

This photos sums up Costa Brava for me. Gorgeous. On my second (out of three) trips to Spain this year I had the opportunity to explore the northeast of Spain in depth like a local.

Costa Brava has all sorts of travel adventures from hot air ballooning, remote Castle villages like Besalu and cycling old rail trails. It really is the perfect place to visit.

October 2012 – Oslo, Norway

Oslo Guide Vigeland Park, Crazy Baby Statue Oslo

Vigeland Park, Oslo, Norway

Living in the UK has been great but unfortunately I could only obtain a two year visa. Before I got booted out of the country for good we did a quick visa run across the North Sea to Oslo.

In hindsight we could have chosen somewhere cheaper (Oslo is the worlds most expensive city) but it turns out that Oslo in Autumn is spectacular. The fall colours and crazy baby statues make it a really fun city to explore.

We are also planning on returning to Norway in summer because we have heard they have some of the best adventure activities in the world.

November 2012 – Whangamata, New Zealand

Clark Island, Whangamata Beach, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

Clark Island, Whangamata, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

For the first time in over 3 years I nearly quit travelling when I returned home to New Zealand. See the problem with travelling is that you miss out on so much back home. Especially when your home is one of the most talked about countries in the world.

Being able to go diving or surfing in Whangamata and relax on the beach afterwards with views like this are what I miss the most. After family of course. This is what will pull me home sooner than I thought…

December 2012 – Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

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Wentworth Valley, Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

And to top off our travel adventures for the year, another photo from New Zealand. This one was taken on the hike up to Wentworth Falls. I don’t think it needs much explanation as to why it joins the 2012 adventure travels list. Who wouldn’t want to hike here!

Lets hope that 2013 brings just as many, if not more, travel adventures as 2012 did.

Tell us your favourite travel memory from 2012 below.

Cole is one half of New Zealand's leading adventure travel blogging couple who have been wearing out their jandals around the world since 2009. He loves any adventure activities and anything to do with the water whether it is Surfing, Diving, Swimming, Snorkeling or just lounging nearby on the beach. You can follow Cole on Google+. Or consider following us via RSS Feed, Twitter, Facebook and subscribe to our Newsletter.

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  1. Dusty Soles

    December 17, 2012 at 6:59 PM

    What a round up! Except for NZ and Amsterdam these are locations I’ve dreamed of but not quite made it to.. and I’m supposed to be bloody European! It’s true that when something is on your doorstep, you’re less likely to take advantage of it.

    Cannot wait to hear what adventures 2013 has for you!!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:14 PM

      Well at least you have made it all the way down to NZ! Not many people can claim that 🙂 We hope for lots of adventures too. Going to be hard to beat 2012 but we will give it a shot!

  2. Stephen S.

    December 17, 2012 at 9:01 PM

    Man what a year! Looks like great fun. That is an epic picture of Eilean Donan!I saw you did Busabout sail turkey, and seemed like you enjoyed it. I am sailing Croatia with Busabout and debating doing the sail turkey after Oktoberfest to kill some time before TBEX Dublin

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:15 PM

      Sail Turkey was definitely a highlight of this year. Met loads of people we then became friends with long term and travelled with throughout the year. I think it is a lot more chilled out than Sail Croatia to be honest. Not as many parties although nothing to stop you having a good time too.

  3. Jade - OurOyster.com

    December 18, 2012 at 4:07 AM

    Sounds like an awesome year! Can’t wait to see what you get up to in 2013

  4. The Time-Crunched Traveler (Ellen)

    December 18, 2012 at 5:18 AM

    What an amazing year you guys have had! I’ve certainly enjoyed following along and I look forward to seeing what the coming year holds for you. Enjoy the slopes in France!

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:19 PM

      Cheers Ellen! We have enjoyed sharing our adventures with you and are stoked you follow us 🙂 So much snow falling here in France at the moment too. Looks like a perfect season!

  5. Jennifer

    December 18, 2012 at 10:08 AM

    What an amazing year you both had! Here’s to hoping 2013 is even more amazing for you.

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:22 PM

      It has been crazy busy but very enjoyable! Mostly because of the people we have met 😉

  6. Salika Jay

    December 18, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    You guys seem to have had an amazing year. It’s always nice to read your articles. Looking forward to reading about your adventures in the coming year 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      December 18, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Thank you so much for reading along with us Salika! The adventures are more fun when we share them with people 😉

  7. Jeremy Branham

    December 18, 2012 at 3:48 PM

    What a great year of travels! I’ve been to many of the countries you’ve visited. However, I am still envious of a few of your adventures. I’ve got a similar photo of the Szechenyi Baths in Budapest. I went there in 2007 when a lot of people didn’t know about them (too bad I didn’t have a blog back then!).

    However, the one I am most envious of is the Scottish Highlands. I’ve covered some Scottish festivals here and have wanted to go there for a few years.

    • Cole Burmester

      December 19, 2012 at 6:14 PM

      Haha I have so many places I still have to write about from when I didn’t have a blog 😉 You definitely need to make your way over to Scotland. Lots of places for you to connect with!

  8. Karen @ Trans-Americas Journey

    December 18, 2012 at 10:43 PM

    Another great year. Congratulations you guys! But 14 countries in 12 months makes our heads spin. We managed only three countries in 2012 but BOY do we KNOW Costa Rica, Nicaragua and Panama by now….

    • Cole Burmester

      December 19, 2012 at 5:41 PM

      We couldn’t believe we had been to 14 either. We spent two months in Spain and Italy so that was good that we managed to get to know them much better than the others! Would love to travel slower if we could afford to.

  9. Ruth (Tanama Tales)

    December 19, 2012 at 2:03 AM

    What ana amazing year. Hope next years bring more awesome adventures!

  10. Laurence

    December 19, 2012 at 9:05 AM

    Well, no idea how you’re going to top that lot in 2013, but I’m sure you’ve got a cunning plan 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      December 19, 2012 at 6:12 PM

      Starting with France and then… mind blank. Nothing planned yet 😉

  11. Steven

    December 20, 2012 at 11:45 AM

    Sounds like (or looks like) you’ve had an awesome year! That is a great photo of the Ermita de Sant Elm Church, and what is with that wild statue in Olso..

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Was a fantastic year even if Vigeland park in Oslo was really confusing with the crazy statues haha.

  12. Laura @Travelocafe

    December 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    What a wonderful year! May 2013 be at least as adventure packed as 2012 for you!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Thanks Laura 🙂 We can’t wait to see what it brings!

  13. Pete

    December 20, 2012 at 2:42 PM

    Great photos mate. All the best in 2013 and enjoy the slopes in France 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 8:58 PM

      Thanks Pete. Hopefully this is the year we get to catch up on the road.

  14. Arti

    December 21, 2012 at 1:47 AM

    What a memorable 2012 you had! I was there with you most of the time! My most memorable travel trip of 2012 was my 6 day trip Japan, what a fascinating country.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 9:00 PM

      Thanks for following us in 2012! Hope you enjoy following this year too. We also want to get to Japan towards the end of this year so might have to ask for some travel tips sometime Arti 😉

      • Arti

        January 20, 2013 at 1:55 AM

        I will be glad to help you 🙂

  15. Stephanie - The Travel Chica

    December 25, 2012 at 2:41 AM

    What a great way to reflect on the past year. I’m totally stealing your idea 🙂

  16. D.J. - The World of Deej

    December 25, 2012 at 12:27 PM

    A great year and enjoyed tagging along with you here. Here’s to a great 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 14, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Cheers D.J. Been a pleasure having you onboard for our travels! Maybe we get to catch up somewhere on the road this year.

  17. Noah

    December 26, 2012 at 5:35 PM

    Love the photos. Costa Brava, Oslo, and the Scottish Highlands are incredible shots. I really enjoyed my ten-week honeymoon, but if I had to narrow down that collection of awesome snapshots to just one, I would have to say hiking Sapa in the rain. The rice paddies were greener than I could have imagined.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:14 AM

      We haven’t experienced much of Asia yet and can’t wait to get there hopefully this year! I bet there are some amazing photos to be taken 🙂

  18. Cheryl

    December 26, 2012 at 8:22 PM

    Wow, that’s one heck of a good year! Loved following your adventures, seeing your photos and look forward to following them even more closely in the new year! 🙂

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:15 AM

      Was great having you along for the ride Cheryl! You don’t realise how much we always appreciate your comments 😛

      • Cheryl

        January 17, 2013 at 3:36 PM

        Awww, glad to hear! =)

  19. Suzzane from Travel Universally

    December 27, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Of all your travel pics , the most attractive is Oslo, though it’s the most expensive city, but the nature of the Autumn city attracts me !

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      Did you see our Autumn post with all the photos? Stunning! Although I have heard summer is just (if not more) lovely.

  20. kami

    December 27, 2012 at 10:34 PM

    it truly loks like you’ve had an amazing year! hope that 2013 will be even better for you!
    and since I’m considering booking a flight to Cairo – would you say it’s safe for a solo femal traveler to go there?

  21. Belle

    December 28, 2012 at 12:16 PM

    What an awesome tribute to 2012, as someone who has only just hit the road, I can’t wait till I can look back at all the places I would have been to over 12 months!!!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:22 AM

      Good luck for your travels in 2013 Belle! Look forward to your end of year wrap up post 🙂

  22. Joy

    December 29, 2012 at 4:35 AM

    Great pics! They’re so colorful. You’ve had a great year!

  23. Felicity

    December 30, 2012 at 1:31 PM

    The photo of Budapest is beautiful. I’ve just recently followed your website and I’m always amazed by your travel. Hope you guys continue to share your travels to us

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      Thanks for your comment Felicity! Hope you enjoy the rest of our posts for 2013 😀

  24. Jeremy Branham

    December 31, 2012 at 4:08 PM

    I am jealous of your trips to Scotland and Budapest. I went to Hungary years ago and loved it. I think it’s one of the most underrated destinations in Europe. As for Scotland, it tops my bucket list. Awesome photo as well! Best wishes in 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:32 AM

      You loved Ireland so you will LOVE Scotland Jeremy! Let us know if you make it here before the end of the year.

  25. Erik

    January 1, 2013 at 3:55 PM

    WOW! It looks like you’ve lived four years in that past 12 months 🙂

    As incredible as 2012 was for your guys, I’m hoping 2013 is as equally blessed with adventures and safe travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 10:33 AM

      Sometimes it feels like we did too much to be honest Erik! We hope 2013 is as great for us (AND YOU) as well. Cheers.

  26. Michael

    January 3, 2013 at 9:49 AM

    Wow, wonderful pictures. Can’t wait for your latest traveling in 2013.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:12 AM

      We hope that our travels are just as exciting and picturesque 😉

  27. ANGLO/Dale

    January 4, 2013 at 12:03 PM

    New Zealand has been on the lips of everyone recently, whether it has anything to do with ‘The Hobbit’ coming out at Christmas I couldn’t say, but, it looks every ounce as amazing & scenically beautiful in your pictures.

    Secretly holding out that we’ll make in there this year 😉

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:13 AM

      I really hope you guys make it out there this year too Dale! We hope to be back sometime towards the end of the year too 😉

  28. Matthew Karsten

    January 5, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    Love the bullfight ring photo. 14 is a lot of countries in one year!! You guys are travel machines! 😀

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:14 AM

      We were exhausted after it all anyway! Totally burnt out by November. Hopefully things will be just as exciting this year, but also a little slower. No one can keep it up for that long.

  29. Jenna

    January 5, 2013 at 5:17 AM

    This is one of my favorite round-ups of 2012 that I have seen. So many amazing travel destinations and photos! The Scotland photo is particularly great. I also have always wanted to see the Great Pyramids, but many other places on here are on my list, including Scotland and New Zealand.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM

      We were extremely lucky to have the opportunity to see so many wonderful places in 2012! Hopefully this year will top it, or at least equal it 🙂

  30. Red Hunt

    January 8, 2013 at 1:30 AM

    Great travels, wow! The Scottish Highlands shot is super, it makes me want to be there….I love those kind of shots. And Egypt….oh Egypt, one day I’ll get there…have fun in 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:30 AM

      Hopefully you can make it to Egypt in 2013! It is a fascinating place with SO much history. Totally blew my mind.

  31. Michael Figueiredo

    January 8, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Beautiful photos! It certainly looks like you had a great year of travel. Best wishes for 2013!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:32 AM

      Thank you Michael! We hope that your year of travel goes well too 🙂

  32. memographer

    January 10, 2013 at 5:21 AM

    Seems like a great year. Surprised that you went to Egypt. I am afraid it is still not safe to go there.

  33. Kristy

    January 10, 2013 at 6:21 AM

    I am looking forward for your next travel stories this 2013! Hopefully I can also go to Egypt! I super love all the pictures you’ve posted here about your travel escapades.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:39 AM

      Thanks for dropping by Kristy! Appreciate your comments and hope your travels go well in 2013 too. Maybe Egypt will be ticked off for you!

  34. Lady

    January 10, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Wow! Beautiful pics. I can’t wait to see more of your travels!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:40 AM

      Cheers Lady! We hope that our photos at the end of this year can live up to the yours (and our) expectations!

  35. Mary @ Green Global Travel

    January 11, 2013 at 6:44 PM

    So many of these are on our Dream Destination List for 2013. Thanks for the great photo wrap up!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 11:49 AM

      Maybe we should swap travel plans for a year or something! You guys are always on trips we want to do haha.

  36. Dana

    January 13, 2013 at 9:15 PM

    Wow! Those are gorgeous places… and gorgeous photos! What a wonderful year of travel!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 16, 2013 at 12:04 PM

      We are hoping that 2013 will be just as beautiful! Good luck for all your travels too 🙂

  37. Laurel

    January 19, 2013 at 11:50 AM

    You guys have really had an incredible year! New Zealand is still on my list, can’t believe I haven’t gone yet, considering how I keep hearing how good the hiking is.

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 7:55 PM

      Put NZ on your list just before Istanbul 😉 Hiking is world class!

  38. ourjourneytothesea

    January 20, 2013 at 10:52 AM

    What a beautiful collection. I can only imagine what is contained in the other 9,988 photos!

    • Cole Burmester

      January 20, 2013 at 8:01 PM

      It is tough to take good photos sometimes! Thanks for the kind words 🙂

  39. Simon

    February 7, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Great photos of 2012. My favorits are: Scotland, Clark Island and Amsterdam. I am looking forward to reading your travel reports of 2013. Take care of you!

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Scottsdale – Come for the Sights, Stay for the Experience

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Scottsdale, Arizona is one of the most popular destinations in the Grand Canyon State. Known for its resorts, natural trails, and association with nightlife, the city has become a must visit for anyone who wants to experience contemporary life in a former desert.

Scottsdale is very famous for its modern hospitality and geographical sights. Keeping this in mind, it wouldn’t be surprising to know that finding a Scottsdale nightclub is on the minds of many tourists who pay the city a visit – even those who do so to explore one of its mountainous ranges.

If you are planning to head down to the Copper State anytime soon and enjoy life, then Scottsdale may prove to be a great summer destination.

To help you understand what the city would have to offer in terms of recreation, here are some of the top Scottsdale vacation and dining options that make the West’s Most Western Town, a must visit.

Old Town Scottsdale

Old Town Scottsdale is perhaps the most popular destination in the city. With its unique lineup of culturally rich events, this colorful area has a vibe that defines old West meeting its modern counterpart to a T.

While Scottsdale remains famous for its modern nightlife, club scene, and luxurious resorts, Old Town Scottsdale brings about the old Western charm for tourists to experience firsthand. Old architecture, preserving museums, and cultural activities are just a few of the many things that you could experience at this destination.

With an array of fine dining restaurants that prove to be the best in the state, you could grab a bite in luxury after roaming around in the sun.

And if you feel a bit more adventurous, then you could do that exploration while riding on a Segway instead of using your good old feet. With plenty of Segway tours being conducted each day, you will easily be able to find something that suits your schedule.

Taliesin West

As the winter home to famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright, Taliesin West boasts of an unmatched architectural design.

Now a museum, the destination doesn’t only showcase the building in all of its glory, but also offers insights into Wright’s work and his mind through detailed tours of the facility.

It is due to these reasons that Taliesin West ranks as one of the topmost destinations to visit in Scottsdale among many professional guides.

Since the building or its experience cannot be replicated elsewhere, it remains a must visit for whenever you are in Scottsdale.

Scottsdale Fashion Square

Want to visit the biggest shopping mall in Arizona? You would find it to be located in the heart of Scottsdale.

With around 2 million square feet of shopping space, the Scottsdale Fashion Square is one of the biggest malls in the whole country. Made up of high end, luxury retail locations, it is literally the one stop shop for upscale items that you may not find elsewhere in the city. With that, the mall holds plenty of fine dining locations as well. What more could you want from a shopping destination, really?

Due to its modern inventory and access to high fashion, the Scottsdale Fashion Square could be a must visit before you hit the popular nightclub scene of the city. Whether you are finding some club wear or just want to spruce up your existing outfit with some Loboutins, this mall would provide you with plenty of choices and fun to boot.

Scottsdale Has Something for Everyone

Depending upon your personal preference, Scottsdale has plenty to offer.  Whether you want to indulge in the city’s party scene or just explore its natural history, you would find that the destination has something for everyone.

So the next time that you are about to visit the Wild West, don’t forget to put Scottsdale at the top of your list. You won’t be disappointed with what you get to work with.

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5 Fun Adventure Activities in Vietnam

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A stunning country with glorious scenery and an amazing culture, Vietnam offers many attractions for the modern tourist. It would be easy to spend a holiday in Vietnam just sightseeing and immersing yourself in the culture – which thanks to a heavy French influence, is different to its South Eastern Asian neighbours – but why pass up on some of the fun adventure activities in Vietnam?

Sandboarding

Also called sand surfing, sandboarding is an extreme sport, exactly like snowboarding, but on sand dunes instead of snow. Regularly named among the best sandboarding destinations in the world, are the Mue Ne Dunes. A series of red dunes around the resort town of the same name, sandboarding has not yet hit the professional heights here but is more of a fun cultural experience. Women in cone hats rent out boards to everyone from kids to saffron-robed Buddhist monks.

Mue Nie is also home to the magical Fairy Stream. This small shallow river winds through moon-like rock formations and is fun to walk through. You can watch the fish as you walk up to two kms in the water or you might try your hand at fishing. You’ll need some basic tackle including rod and reels. Check out these great options for beginners.

Take on Mount Fansipan

Nicknamed “the Roof of Indochina”, Fanispan at 3,143 metres is the highest mountain in the region. Located in Sapa, a town in the Lao Cai province in Northern Vietnam, the mountain can be conquered via two main climbing routes, one categorised as 2D1N, the other a longer 3D2N route. Both climbs require a guide. For those who prefer an easier way to the summit, the Fanispan cable car takes just 15 minutes to achieve what climbers do in 2-3 days, travelling on cables high above primitive forests.

Ride a Motorbike from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi

One of the enduring images of Vietnam is the streets of Ho Chi Minh crowded with motorbikes, but motorbikes are also popular outside the cities and Vietnam has become known for some amazing motorbike routes. One of the favourite journeys is from Ho Chi Minh to Hanoi. There are various routes to cover the distance of more than 2,000 kms, all taking you through gorgeous scenery and fascinating towns and villages.

Marble Mountain Rappelling Tour with Temple and Cave Exploration

You might think that abseiling down a vertical rock face is for experienced adrenalin junkies but not so on a rappelling tour in the Marble Mountains in Vietnam. Located just north of the popular resort city of Hoi An, the Marble Mountains are known locally as the “Five Elements Mountains”. Tours start in the city and once in the mountains, all equipment and instruction is provided to complete at least two rappels (depending on the tour company you choose). Besides the rappelling, the tours have spectacular views of the coast and include trekking through the mountains, visiting caves and temples

Canyoning

Canyoning is a thrilling adrenaline rush of an adventure sport wherein you jump into a fast-flowing mountain stream and allow yourself to be carried at high speed downstream. The most popular place for canyoning in Vietnam is Dalat. Dalat is in the Central Highlands and is a lovely resort town near a lake becoming renown as a destination for honeymoons as well as the adventure sports of cliff jumping, waterfall rappelling, natural water slides, and hiking, as well as canyoning. Various companies offer canyoning tours in Dalat all at similar prices for similar itineraries, so just choose which appeals most.

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The 4 Best US Cities for an Outdoor Adventure

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If you are looking for a destination that will get your heart racing and adrenaline pumping, you will be spoilt for options in the US. Offering various landscapes and tough terrains to tackle, outdoor enthusiasts can find some of the biggest and best challenges in different states across the country.

If you want to enjoy an adrenaline fix in 2019, check out the following four best US cities for an outdoor adventure.

  • Los Angeles, California

There is more to Los Angeles than celebrity homes, high-end stores and boutiques, and fun Hollywood tours. Not only can you book charter jets Los Angeles to touch down in the city with ease, but there are many superb outdoor pursuits for adventure enthusiasts.

For example, you could try your hand at horseback riding at Griffith Park, or you could hike up Mount Baldy, which is the highest mountain point within Los Angeles County. Also, if you want to come face-to-face with various forms of marine life, you will be happy to learn you can snorkel in the stunning Lover’s Cove.

  • Seattle, Washington

As Seattle is surrounded by water, you can choose from a multitude of fun watersports during a visit in the Emerald City. For example, you can take to the city’s lakes and waterways to enjoy a spot of:

  • Kayaking
  • Canoeing
  • Sailing
  • Jet skiing
  • Paddle boarding
  • Kite boarding

While hikers, cyclists, and runners will love to tackle the Burke-Gilman Trail, which is an extensive trail located north of Ballard by Puget Sound.

  • Portland, Oregon

Offering more than 40 state parks and eight beautiful beaches, those looking for a fun outdoor adventure should look no further than Portland. Avid hikers should head straight to Forest Park once they arrive in the cool, laidback city, as it covers approximately 5,100 acres and is one of the largest urban forests in America.

Visitors can also escape the hustle and bustle of the city at Columbia River Gorge, which offers the largest concentration of waterfalls in the US, including the 620ft tall Multnomah Falls. It will offer a great hike for almost every age and can help visitors to reconnect with nature.

  • Aurora, Colorado

Offering more than 300 days of glorious sunshine throughout the year, it is easy to see why many people make their way to Aurora to enjoy its many outdoor pursuits. One destination you shouldn’t overlook is Aurora Reservoir, which allows visitors to enjoy a spot of fishing, sailing, swimming, windsurfing, and boating.

If, however, you are looking for a destination that offers superb horseback riding opportunities, don’t miss out on 12 Mile Stables, which has been serving both locals and tourists for many decades. It’s an experience you will not forget in a hurry, as you can enjoy 27 miles of riding trails across 3,300 acres at Cherry Creek State Park.

If you are considering an outdoor getaway in the United States, you can rest assured the above destinations will not let you down.

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Cole and AdelaWe have been wearing out our jandals (Kiwi for flip-flops) on our travel adventures around the world since 2009. We think our blog is thought provoking and a little witty. But we have been proven wrong before. Find out more about us here...

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