The latest adventure travel blog posts from Monkeys and Mountains!
If you’re here, I’m assuming it’s because you’re an adventure travel junkie like me, and you prefer living life on the edge – sometimes literally, like when you do a Via Ferrata! (Similar to rock climbing, but using holds already secured to the mountain), or willing diving into shark infested waters!
Or perhaps soft adventure is more your thing! As much as I love the hardcore adventures, the majority of what I do is soft adventure. Things like finding a favourite day hike, or snowshoeing in untouched snow or navigating your own way while road cycling!
And wildlife! Anytime you’re around wildlife it’s an adventure in my opinion! One of my top adventures ever was observing Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda, who as it happened, were a little bit drunk from eating bamboo shoots, and could get a little bit rowdy! If being 3 meters from a drunk Silverback weighing up to 400lbs isn’t adventure, I don’t know what is!
But it’s not about me and my adventures, it’s about inspiring you! Giving you ideas about adventures you maybe haven’t thought about trying, or trying them in places you hadn’t previously considered. It’s about getting you outside your comfort zone, as I was when I tried – and failed miserably at sand boarding in Namibia! It’s about knowing when to push yourself…and knowing when to back off!
It’s about spending as much time in the outdoors and in nature as you can! Whether it’s while on vacation or just on a weekend! You know that adventure is always within your reach…wherever you are in the world!
If you enjoy my adventure travel blog, I’d be grateful if you would share it with your fellow adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts!
The #1 reason to do the Everest Base Camp Trek with a guide is to ensure your safety. Many trekkers experience altitude sickness and a guide can help you through it.
5 great places to hike in Europe. Guest post by Jess Singet.
Yala National Park in Sri Lanka is home has the highest leopard population density on the planet. I was fortunate to see a leopard on all three of my visits!
Meteora is home to some of the world’s most adventure-seeking monks! They have to rock climb over 300 vertical meters to reach the monasteries!
A day by day account of what it’s really like to trek to Everest Base Camp in Nepal, including how difficult each day really is.
Calling all adrenalin junkies! The Gelmer Funicular located in the Haslital region of Switzerland is the steepest in the world! It starts off gradual but within minutes you find yourself seated not just perpendicular to the earth below you, but actually overhanging it at 106°!!!! I’m not afraid of heights and even I screeched
Business may seem like a strange word to use to describe climbing the world’s highest mountain, but make no mistake, climbing Everest is big business. It costs the average climber between $50,000 – $100,000!
Everest Base Camp trek with Yomads, an honest review of what I liked and didn’t like about my 16 day trekking tour.
I have a confession to make. I’ve always thought the Finns might be crazy. Now I know for sure. Finns are perhaps best known for their love of the sauna, followed by a dip in a frozen lake. Brrrrr. I’m from Canada and even I think that’s crazy! What is perhaps lesser known is Finns […]
The Hoher Kranzberg, is a mountain overlooking Mittenwald, Bavaria where a panoramic theatre awaits you! Lake side dining, or swimming is also an option!
Molise is the last undiscovered region in Italy. It’s where to go to see a side of Italy you haven’t seen before and to seek solitude.
Deep within Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is home to half of the world’s remaining endangered mountain gorillas.
I only had 2 goals when rafting the Noguera Pallaresa in Catalonia, #1 not to get drenched and #2 not to get thrown out of the raft. See how well those turned out…
Life lessons are awaiting for us at every turn and are a large part of the reason why I love to travel. Here’s what I learned in 2013:
Hut hiking in Germany is not exactly a luxurious experience. It can even be stinky, but I still enjoy it. Find out what it’s really like to sleep in a mountain hut.
For some reason I thought I’d be really good at sandboarding in Namibia. Turns out I wasn’t. In fact, I sucked at it. But I also learned to be thankful for the experience.
I thought the via ferrata in Vallcebre Catalunya would be an easy one. To my pleasant surprise it wasn’t. I loved both the thrill and the challenge. Would you do it?
Costa Brava in Catalunya boast more than 200km of coastline, making for ideal sailing. Expect to be wowed by rugged cliffs, white-washed fishing villages and fresh seafood.
Would you be brave enough to go on a night safari I did in Etosha National Park in Namibia and loved it! Here’s what you can expect:
A photojourney of the Tour du Mont Blanc, a 160km classic hike around the highest summit in western Europe – with a little “magic” thrown in for good measure.
Etosha National Park was one of the highlights of my visit to Namibia. Its dry climate mean the water holes are the place to be for wildlife sightings. Truly incredible!
There were many highlights during my visit to Etosha National Park in Namibia, but if I had to choose just one, it would be the elephants. Check out my photojourney:
How well would you survive in the Namibian bush? A word of caution, it’s not only the predators that will kill you, it’s also the trees! Read on to test your survival skills….
Stuiben Waterfall is the highest not only in the Ötztal, but in all of Tyrol measuring 150m! It’s a family friendly hike to the top w/ viewing platforms. There’s even a restaurant at the top in case you’ve worked up an appetite.
Etosha National Park, in Namibia has some of the most incredible wildlife sightings I’ve ever seen – especially at the Okaukuejo waterhole!
Namibia the cheetah capital of the world is home to an incredible 3000 cheetahs. I was fortunate enough to spend the day with a few of the fastest animals on the planet.
11 awesome facts about Namibia! Did you know that Namibia is home to the world’s largest free-roaming population of cheetahs? One of the planet’s oldest deserts can be found here as well and more!
The Tour du Mont Blanc (TMB) is listed as not only one of Europe’s classic hikes, but one of the best in the world! Here’s how to plan your own trek:
The Tour du Mont Blanc is a 160km hike around western Europe’s highest massive. I feel compelled to do it and here’s why:
Have you ever had an overenthusiastic unvited relative show up out of the blue? Well that was me, when I visited the chimps in Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda.
Meeting mountain gorillas face-to-face in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda was one of the most incredible experiences in my entire life, even if the gorillas were drunk and did fart… a lot!
Abseiling from the Euromast, the highest abseil in Europe is so much fun. It’s a must-do for all adrenalin junkies when in Rotterdam.
Nyungwe Forest in Rwanda is home to 25% of all the primates in Africa, 275 different species of bird and has E. Africa’s only canopy walk. It’s one of Africa’s hidden gems.
I’m soooooo excited to announce that as I write this I am about to begin my dream trip, something I’ve waited years and years for…..a Primate Safari in Rwanda!
When you think of places to hike, Luxembourg is likely not the first place that comes to mind, but it has over 400km of trail and a newly created Naturwander Park delux. It’s worth checking out!
Krimml Waterfall is the highest waterfall in Europe and the world’s fifth highest waterfall! It’s no wonder its one of Austria’s most visited attractions. I loved it!
Natalie, a German tour guide working in Africa still has one animal on her “wish list” that she wishes to encounter – the brown bear. And her wish is about to come true.
I’m convinced that ecotourism should be the future of travel. Here to provide inspiration are unexpected ecotourism destinations from top travel bloggers:
Humpback whale sightings are virtually guaranteed in St Lucia from June-November. It was one of the best whale watching trips I’ve ever been on!
It’s not everyday that I get to take a thermal airship ride over Costa Brava, Catalunya and by that I mean a hot air balloon ride! The views are incredible with the Pyrenees to the north and the Mediterrean to the south!
Tembe Elephant Park in South Africa was my top travel adventure of 2012! It’s home to the tusker elephants, some of the largest elephants in all of Africa.
2012 was the most incredible year of my life for travel adventures! I visited 13 countries on four continents. Here are my favorite adventures from 2012:
Stewart Canyon is an easy hike in Banff National Park, Canada. It’s accessible year round with views that far exceed the minimal effort required.
Cycling ia great way to explore the hidden gems in Costa Brava, Spain.There are 125km of cycling paths for all levels, each with its own theme. Plus, it’s a great way to work off all that delicious Catalan fo od that you’ll be eating!
The bog forest (Moorwald) in Bad Leonfelden, Austria is the most entertaining 4km I’ve ever walked. Where else do you find healing, playing and hiking?
Paragliding has long been on my bucket list, but doing it over Alpe di Suisi (Seiser Alm) in Italy was absolutely breathtaking.
Shark diving in South Africa without a cage is not for the faint of heart. But it offers an incredible chance to first hand observe one of the most misunderstood creatures on the planet.
Riding in a sidecar is one of the most unique ways to go sightseeing in Barcelona, Spain. You cover a lot of sights in a short time period and it’s fun!
Malolotja Canopy Tour was Swaziland’s first canopy tour and it’s currently it’s only one. It’s also the most adrenalin pumping one I’ve done to-date.
There are plenty of beaches in Mallorca where you can relax and do nothing, but there’s also another side to Mallorca: Adventure Travel – one that I find much more appealing: