Category: Adventure Travel

The 7 best things to do in Wanaka and Queenstown, New Zealand

The 7 best things to do in Wanaka and Queenstown, New Zealand

If you have ever visited the Southern Lakes region of New Zealand then you will know that you are spoilt for choice for activities to do. Not only are there a myriad of adventure experiences to choose from, but there are also many more ‘sedate’ options for those that like to take life a little […]

Parachuting off Machu Picchu

Parachuting off Machu Picchu

This video shows what is reputedly the first ever speedflight off Machu Picchu, made in November 2012.  It is said to be a  highly technical flight due to its tricky launch, complex rotor and variable winds.  I should also mention that it is strongly NOT recommended that you attempt this yourself… unless of course you […]

Defying death at Devil's Pool

Defying death at Devil’s Pool

It’s been a while since I last mentioned Devil’s Pool in Zambia on A Luxury Travel Blog. If you’re not already familiar with it, it’s a natural pool right next to the 70 metre drop of the Victoria Falls. Here you can swim right up to the very brink of these impressive falls. Watch the video […]

7 things to do on a ski holiday, other than skiing

7 things to do on a ski holiday, other than skiing

It is the time of year where the choice of family holiday is often a ski one, however there are often members of the group who don’t ski or snowboard or who want to spend some of the day doing other activities. The choice and variety does depend on which resort you are visiting but here […]

New Zealand's #1 ski destination

New Zealand’s #1 ski destination

Sitting down for breakfast you look out the window at the breath-taking landscape. A beautiful blue Lake Wanaka contrasted with snow-capped mountain peaks. Sunshine is streaming through the glass heating your body as you eat your breakfast. Locally sourced organics eggs, toast and freshly squeezed juice. It’s hard to believe its winter outside. Today is […]

Photograph of the week: Springbok encounter in Namibia

Photograph of the week: Springbok encounter in Namibia

This picture of a springbok was taken on the road between Swakopmund and Sossuvlei in Namibia. On this road, you notice the landscape change every 30 minutes with a myriad of amazing sightseeing opportunities. You could drive alone for 3 hours and the only thing you will see is animals such as warthog, ostrich, zebra […]

The most expensive stag weekend in the world

The most expensive stag weekend in the world

Waking up to clear blue skies, icy breaths of wind and sunshine that has not left the sky since early April, when it rose for the first time this year. You wonder for a brief moment where you are and then are hit with the memories of yesterday. The helicopter drop-off, strapping on your skies, […]

Galapagos cruises versus hotel-based island hopping

Galapagos cruises versus hotel-based island hopping

Sea legs. Of all the new sensations during my visit to the Galapagos Islands, that was perhaps the strangest. On about day five of my seven-day catamaran cruise aboard Treasures of Galapagos, I began to notice it. When we made it ashore to a visitor site, I was still swaying, still compensating for the gentle […]

Photograph of the week: Sunset in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes

Photograph of the week: Sunset in the Cordillera Blanca of the Peruvian Andes

This photo was shot near sunset, high in the Cordillera Blanca of Peru’s Andes mountains. On this particular climb Dave Thompson was attempting the 6,000+ metre Tocllaraju Mountain (the peak on the left of the photograph). This is the view from his tent at just over 5,000 metres. Tocllaraju in Quechua language means something akin […]

3 of the ultimate luxury Peru vacations

3 of the ultimate luxury Peru vacations

If you are tempted by luxury travel in South America, have you considered a trip to Peru? Most luxury travellers to South America associate the continent with attractions like the elegant city of Buenos Aires, the wine regions of central Chile or perhaps the picture postcard settings of Rio de Janeiro. Of course these are […]

5 top Christmas gift ideas for holidays

5 top Christmas gift ideas for holidays

Here are some great gift ideas for this Christmas. Included are electronic gadgets, stocking fillers and luxury items. Whether your loved ones are going on a business trip or a skiing holiday, there should be something here for most travellers. Top electronic gadget: Samsung Galaxy Note Many people take a mobile phone, digital camera, iPod, […]

3 top tips for spotting the Bengal tiger in Ranthambhore, India

3 top tips for spotting the Bengal tiger in Ranthambhore, India

Ranthambhore National Park is well known as one of the best places in India to observe the majestic Bengal Tiger in its natural surroundings. The park has a thriving population of more than 40 tigers, along with leopard, sloth bear, deer, crocodile and many varieties of exotic bird and plant species. The ancient ruins of Ranthambhore […]

Walk in the footsteps of royalty with a luxury Inca Trail package

Walk in the footsteps of royalty with a luxury Inca Trail package

You couldn’t find yourself any further from reality when hiking Peru’s famous 4-days Inca Trail to Machu Picchu. The trail which navigates its way through awe-inspiring Andean scenery, frequently passing by remote Inca ruins and descending slowly into the prime Amazon cloud forest is truly one of the world’s best trekking experiences. And now it’s […]

Insights into gorilla trekking in Uganda

Insights into gorilla trekking in Uganda

When looking to plan a trip to see the gorillas in Uganda, the choice can sometimes seem a little overwhelming, so I just wanted to offers some straightforward advice on what it’s like. Bwindi Impenetrable Forest in Uganda is one of two places in the world where you can currently trek mountain gorillas (the other […]

Canada summed up in just 2 minutes

Canada summed up in just 2 minutes

The Canadian Tourism Commission, Canada’s national tourism marketing organisation, asked Canadians to pick up their cameras and share some of Canada’s best travel experiences. Here is the result. The response was incredible; here is just 2 minutes from more than 65 hours of video and over 8,000 submissions. The sound track features Canadian indie rock […]

Africa's first permanent photo safari operator

Africa’s first permanent photo safari operator

Traditionally there has always been conflict on the back of a game viewing vehicle between people of differing interests…. predominantly birders and non-birders and, more recently, between photographers and non-photographers. A new company operating in Botswana’s Chobe National Park aims to solve that conflict by catering purely to people with an interest in wildlife photography. Pangolin […]