The World First Wander: The best in adventure travel this week
Welcome to another World First Wander, our weekly look at what’s hot in the world of travel blogging and writing. As always it’s compiled by Tristan Rothwell, the man who scours the internet for the very best travel related stuff so you don’t have to.
Pop your head out of the window. Go on. You can almost smell the hot cross buns can’t you? Easter is just around the corner. That means warmer weather and brighter evenings will soon be with us too. Finally! Yep, it’s time to activate the beginning of the end of your hibernation sequence. New adventures await! It’s what travel is all about, right? Right.
What does adventure mean to you?
Adventure means different things to different people. For some it could be a weekend camping in Cardigan Bay. For others it will be going solo and discovering a new country - alone. For others still it will be something more extreme. You know, like scaling Everest. And it’s the extreme side of adventure that we have trained our digital crosshairs on for this week’s Wander. Step forward Steve Backshall.
Life in the Extreme
In 2008 Steve fell from a cliff and broke his back in two places. Twelve operations (and a lot of rehab) later he resumed climbing. His is an inspiring story - and a small part of it is revealed in his recent interview with Sidetracked Magazine. Sleeping on vertical rock faces, suspended hundreds of metres above the ground, with bullet ants and scorpions as bedfellows. Sounds pretty extreme to us: Life in the extreme - an interview with Steve Backshall.
Now we have got a taste for adventure...
Okay, both feet back on firm ground, it’s time for a hike. And where better than the Himalayas? Many travel lovers make the mistake of thinking the Himalayas is for pro ramblers only. It doesn’t have to be that way. The Beas Kund trek carves a distinctly manageable path through these snowy mountain peaks, with a difficulty level of easy to moderate. Just ask Joy from Global Grasshopper. Her account of her Himalayan adventure features some stunning, visceral photography that will make you want to fetch your passport and head for the hills: Trekking the Himalayas - Beas Kund.
Staying in the Himalayas
Of course, it’s almost impossible to speak of the Himalayas without honourable mention of its principal peak. Its pre-eminent pinnacle. It’s most stately summit. You guessed it: Everest - the towering apex in the roof of the world. Scaling Everest has long been the dream of gutsy adventurers, but even getting to the Everest base camp is a mission! Curious? Peregrine Wanderer has the skinny on What to expect on a hike to Everest base camp. And if that whets your walking whistle, soak up the advice of Brian and Noelle from Wandering On: The ultimate guide to walking the Everest base camp trek independently.
In search of Incan civilisation
A staple on the bucket list of travellers far and wide is Machu Pichu. And who can blame them? Thought to have been built in 1450 and abandoned a century later, it remained unknown until 1911. In 1983 it was declared a World Heritage Site and in 2007 was voted as one of the 7 Wonders of the World. A mere glance at any photo from this spectacular destination is enough to stoke the excitement - even if that particular snap is being photobombed by one of the llamas that call this part of Peru home: Trek to Machu Pichu – 10 amazing facts about the mystical Andean beauty.
How many of these can you tick off?
Who loves a travel list? Who doesn’t! When it comes to adventure there are lists for everything. And this next one is going to stoke your hunger to get your next trip booked. Probably. Hop to it: 50 adventures to try in your lifetime.
Time to ride
From two feet, to two wheels. Taking to the bike saddle is fabulous way to see the world. Leisurely peddling hither and yon, from village to village, taking in the sights and sounds and scents and scenery. Sure sounds good to us. Of course there’s an extreme side of cycling too. Just take a look at this insane video from Diamondback as Eric Porter races along the Colorado trail. The scenery and filming is amazing. (Hey, hundreds of cyclists come to us every year to get the cover they need for their two-wheeled adventures. You can too.)
Getting outdoors when you are stuck indoors
Having the appetite for adventure is one thing. But before you fill your boots, chances are you need to figure out how to untether yourself from your desk. Easier said than done. But hey, that doesn’t mean you can’t set your mind free. Fill your lugholes with travel inspiration with Outside’s 8 best outdoorsy podcasts. And for a bonus shot of motivation - hey, we all need it sometimes - watch this short video on the theory of human motivation from the makers of The Dirtbag Diaries. Inspiring stuff.
Persuading your better half
With any adventure, there’s always people that get left behind. And the general rule is that the older (nay, wiser) you get, the more responsibilities and commitments you have. That can make it harder to down tools and set off on your next big adventure. Harder, but not impossible. Author and motivational speaker Alastair Humphreys has the advice you need to make today’s ambitions tomorrow’s memories: Overcoming other commitments to make your adventure happen.
Right then! That’s it for another week. Hopefully there’s more than a little inspiration in here this week to help make a reality of your travel dreams, whether that’s hiking the Himalayas, racing through the dusty downhill sections of the Colorado trail or discovering an ancient civilisation at Machu Pichu.
Over to you... !