World Adventures We Want to Try

Step out of your comfort zone and embark on one of these mind-blowing experiences.
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Ireland: Lough Carrib

Take in the views of the Connemara mountains and 365 different islands while exploring Lough Corrib, Ireland’s largest lake. Stop at the 13th Century Ashford Castle where you can try falconry, archery, clay pigeon shooting, fishing, horseback riding, cycling, tennis, and sailing on the lake. For more information, go to discoverireland.ie and check out National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime, available here.
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Italy: Tuscany Cycling with REI Adventures

Take a week-long cycling trip through Tuscany to see the best the Italian countryside has to offer. You’ll find cypress trees, medieval villages, olive groves, fortresses, castles and other attractions along the way. The next trip leaves on May 5, 2011. Rates: Non-REI members, $3,650, REI members, $3,299. Cost includes six nights accommodations, transportation to Pienza on day one, a handmade Italian bike put together by your guide, luggage transfer, vehicle support along the cycling route, a wine tasting, itinerary and maps. For more information and to book, click here.
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Costa Rica: Playa to Playa Driving Tour

Highway 160 to Estrada has smooth roads and moves parallel to the pearly white beaches of Playa Carrillo. Once you pass Playa Islita, the dirt road offers up a welcome challenge, winding up and down to the town of Islita and the Open-Air Contemporary Art Museum. For more information on this adventure and others, check out National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime, available here.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

India: Mumbai Market Tour

Start at the Gateway of India at the Apollo Pier, an architectural marvel, then make your way on a tour of the markets and be sure to bargain your way through the endless piles of native goods. Browse Chor Bazaar, for example, a market filled with "curios" such as vintage timepieces, English tea sets and old ship parts; and Crawford Market, where you’ll take a bite out of fresh produce, meat and poultry, and indulge in the cheeses and chocolates. For more information on this adventure and others, check out National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime, available here. For more information on travel in Mumbai and trip deals, visit tripbase.com, a site that’ll help you tailor a trip to your travel preferences.
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Greece: Greek Islands Adventure with Gap Adventures

This 8-day adventure will take you all the way from Santorini to Mykonos on a yacht. The Next departure is May 1, 2011. Rates: $900 per person. For more information and to book, click here.
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Thailand: Pha-Nga Bay Overnight Kayaking Trip with John Gray’s Sea Canoe

Discover the Phang Nga Bay in a self-paddled kayak over the course of this two-day trip. Embark in the afternoon on the "Hong By Starlight" trip through the limestone caves of South Thailand, and then again for an enchanting starlit experience after dinner. Finally, camp out on the beach for a tranquil evening in the heart of nature. Rates: $318.82 for two people. For more information and to book, click here.
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Chile: Hiking in Torres del Paine National Park with Gap Adventures

Over the course of a week, you’ll discover Santiago and Torres del Paine National Park by traversing the snowy landscape yourself. You’ll also have the opportunity to hike, bike, raft and kayak, and interact with native creatures like pink flamingos and penguins. Rates: $1449 per person, including hotel accommodations and transportation in Chile, and meals for three days. For more information and to book, click here.
Photo courtesy of Gap Adventures

South Africa: Southern Africa Safari with Gap Adventures

Feast your eyes on the South African landscape as you embark on a 10-day Discovery Adventure safari inspired by the Discovery Channel. Try this trip if you’re not afraid to rough it on a campsite and you want to interact with the abundant wildlife. Rates: $3999 per person. For more information and to book, click here. *FOR A LOOK AT OUR FAVORITE SPA ADVENTURES, CLICK HERE.*
Photo courtesy of Gap Adventures

Jamaica: A Visit to Pirate Country

Thar she blows! Travel into the old pirate country, starting with the one-time stomping grounds in Port Royal. Travel west along Highway A1 and stop at Bob Marley’s former house, which is now a museum. For more information on this adventure and others, check out National Geographic’s Drives of a Lifetime, available here.
Photo courtesy of National Geographic

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