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    • Does western first media make you decide where and when travel if at all? You hear those horror stories, man murdered in small town in Mexico...'don't go to Mexico you'll die the press blurts out.'

      In a few of these cases that person/s was in the wrong place at the wrong time, they were just unlucky, sadly thats fate. They forget to tell you of the tens of millions that go there and have a great time

      ...but in other cases the press won't tell you that person was out at 2am in an area looking for drugs but the report will show the nice side of town and the magical town square and not tell you the area was hell, an area like the worst suburb in Chicago that would scare you in the daylight...this person went at night!

      Should you be looking to other areas for your information for adventure travel? ADVrider or Horizons Unlimited people on these sites travel, extensivly, stay with locals, have a great time and have real world experiences.

      Don't think of Mexico like Stuart think of it like Ryan

      ...come out to the Plaza de Armas and meet everyone on the weekend having fun during the day and at night, its all about familes and see scenes like this...

      or maybe to Guatemala in March to see one of the worlds largest religious festivals in the whole of the Americas

      For me I now look further afield and this morning made me look forward to returning to Tajikistan. Where? I hear you say, right next to Afghanistan...yeah really.

      The mountains are majestic

      the people are friendly and don't care about a thing they jsut want to have fun...just like you and me

      But why return?

      Well this morning i came across some information about a place called Seven Lakes in the Fann Mountains of Tajikistan, there's a piece you might easily pass over and not read or not hear about in the western press due to its close proximity to Afghanistan!

      Well the legend goes like this - the lakes were formed when a magician turned a farmer’s seven daughters into seven lakes for refusing their hands in marriage. We can now admire their beauty (but never marry them) 

      That makes me want to go there so i can see something that a minute fraction of westerners will ever get the chance. (photos to come, i'll be there in 2020)

      And if crossing borders doesn't terrify you less than 50 miles away is Samarkand in Uzbekistan where you can see the mosques from the Timurid Empire from the 15th century

      Its an amazing world out there don't let the press sway your decision and make you go to Florida for your vacation!

    • Great food for thought! I love travel shows, books, and blogs, and there are so many beautiful places in the world to explore. While it may not be super-adventurous, one of the things on my travel bucket list is the candlelit evenings at Chateau Vaux-le-Vicomte. Another, more adventurous sight on my bucket list - the "Inside the Volcano" tour in Iceland! (Photo below from the official website)

    • Oooooo Iceland, that is a country very high on my bucket list and a return sailing on the ferry via the Faroe Islands.

      I have a bunch of customers and friends who are Icelandic and are hounding me to come over, right up to a year or so ago.

      Once the Walter Mitty Movie came out, 'people' found out about Iceland and it became overcrowded in a lot of areas. They as locals advised to wait a few years until the 'tourists' move to the next big thing.

      A friend of mine is very well known photographer who does shows and shoots the most random things in his own unique style but is well loved, so if you do get there and find yourself in a city where he has an exibition on, please go say hi from me!

    • I've been fortunate enough to visit Iceland, just in the winter (actually, exactly 5 years ago, I believe, today!) and they don't let you rappel down volcanoes that time of year, just the summer. I'd love to see it when the sun doesn't set, as opposed to when I visited when we got maybe 3-4 hours of daylight and it was freezing cold as seen in the below photo of me on the black beach of Djupalónssandur.

    • Its an amazing world out there don't let the press sway your decision and make you go to Florida for your vacation!



      Yet, there's a LOT to see for me still in North America...I doubt I'll do any substantial overseas travel in the remainder of my lifetime because of that.

      Now, my company did send me on a two-week excursion to Japan several years ago. Fun trip, and yes we did get to wander the streets of Tokyo for a weekend.

      This was in mid-December, and quite obvious that Christmas celebrations weren't a thing there - at all.

    • Last week I drove almost 5400 miles to California and back. Not adventurous. Last summer I went to Thailand and took my bicycle down all sorts of dirt back roads. I hardly knew any of the language, didn't use a map and I felt it was fairly adventurous. I think really adventurous would be to travel somewhere without a plan and with very little money and not knowing the native language. That'd be serious adventure.