Looking for Adventure

Author: , August 30th, 2013

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Looking for high adventure, unique architecture and dramatic views? EDGE Contributor Richard Frisbie traveled to four countries on three continents to find enough death-defying stunts to satisfy the most jaded thrill-seekers. For everyone else, the breath-taking views and award-winning architecture he discovers are worth the price of admission.

Macau Tower: Macau is a former Portuguese colony on the South China Sea that is now a special administrative region (SAR) of China, similar to Hong Kong. As one of the most visited gambling destinations in the world, some say Macau trumps Vegas! But money is not the only currency when gambling in Macau. You can also take a leap at the highest freefall in the world.

When it was built more than a decade ago, Macau Tower was one of the ten tallest freestanding buildings in the world. Rising from its needle base to the flying saucer-style, glass-enclosed observation deck at the top, the tower offers spectacular day and nighttime views of the surrounding city. On a clear day you can see all the way to Hong Kong — 50 miles away.

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Everything You Need to Know About Grand Canyon Rafting

Author: , February 28th, 2013

RaftingPlanning an adventure trip down the Grand Canyon?  Edge Boston has you covered with some great tips to help you prepare for white-water rafting. From Arizona River Runners:

Dress for the river, not the runway:

A river trip will obviously involve a significant amount of time on the river, which means that you will be on, near, and perhaps in the water. Clothes should be fast drying and okay to get wet. Leave the trendy denim at home. Bring quick-drying nylon shorts and shirts that will dry off quickly or will be dry by morning.

Take protection (yeah, for the sun too):

Sun protection is very important when getting ready for a Colorado River trip. If you haven’t traveled to Arizona before, it is important to understand how powerful those rays can be. Lip balm and lotion with an SPF 30 is recommended and should be reapplied often.

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Are You an Adventure Travel Snob?

Author: , June 8th, 2012

Adventure TravelOn a recent trip to Mexico, I caught myself doing something I once swore I’d never do: rolling my eyes at fellow tourists. While touring Maya ruins, I scoffed (sometimes silently, other times out loud) at others’ overstuffed fanny packs and glacial pace up the steep steps of a towering stone structure. I then scolded myself for criticizing people who were essentially doing the same thing I was doing — just in a different way.

No doubt, adventure travel — a category of the industry that generally encompasses experiential, cultural and outdoors-focused travel — has exploded in recent years (according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association, it’s an $89 billion market).

Unfortunately, with that increase in popularity has come an increase in attitude as well, from criticism of mainstream, group-centric tours to that ever-annoying “tourist or traveler?” debate to, ahem, not-so-discreet eye-rolling at others. So, here’s a tongue-in-cheek quiz to see where you fall on the spectrum. Wherever it is, let’s all vow to do our best to bring the Golden Rule on the road: That is, to travel and let travel.

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Yellowstone Ranked Tops as Adventure Vacation Spot

Author: , June 8th, 2012

Yellowstone National Park has been ranked as the best adventure vacation in the United States by U.S. News and World Report.

The magazine also ranked Yellowstone as the best cheap summer vacation in the country, second best affordable U.S. destination, second best family summer vacation and third best relaxing U.S. getaway.

“Filled with geothermic wonders like Old Faithful and the Mammoth Hot Springs, America’s oldest national park offers miles of undisturbed wilderness that beckon to adventure-thirsty visitors,” the magazine said, noting Yellowstone’s stunning geologic features, unique wildlife, fascinating tours, invigorating winter sports, and endless miles of hiking, biking and walking trails.

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