With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it is the time to think about how best to celebrate this special day. Mum’s can be hard to buy for; they either have everything they already need or don’t really give you a hint on what they would like, the standard response is usually something like ‘don’t get me anything’! Finding an experience that you can enjoy together is a way to make lifelong memories and give Mum a gift that she may not have bought for herself, it’s a Win-Win.
Looking for a Mother Daughter adventure or even a getaway with your best friend then consider these five unexpected destinations for your next wanderlust journey…
If you are looking for an inspiring and memorable experience then look no further. Learn Rwanda’s story from ruin to being one of the world’s safest countries and most progressive leaders in East Africa At the forefront of this incredible re-emergence are the women of Rwanda. Rich in colour, history, resilience, skill and community building, they are a true success story of rebuilding Remarkable Rwanda and have the largest representation in parliament in the world at 65%. And if that is not enough then there is the incredible unique wildlife experience that will leave you speechless.
Walking Through Cherry Blossoms
Think beyond Japan for Cherry Blossom season. South Korea is often missed as travellers get wrapped up in Japan’s Sakura season or ‘Golden Week’. Follow ‘Dream Road’ in South Korea as you hike and weave through lush forests bursting with soft cherry blossoms. Bowing overhead as you follow abandoned train tracks and pass gurgling streams, explore on foot and absorb nature at its most elegant. The area around Yeojwacheon Stream which is well known as one of the best locations for viewing the spectacular cherry blossoms. Each April, the entire city of Jinhae is filled with cherry blossoms, but the Yeojwacheon Stream area has the most beautiful cherry blossoms.
Wake up with a morning yoga class before jumping head on into Kathmandu’s addictive buzz, mingle with ethnic minority groups and embrace two of the worlds great religions, Hinduism and Buddhism. Unwind at one of the finest Spa Resorts in Nepal offering a blend of Vedic philosophy, Buddhist medicine and traditional Himalayan knowledge. One of the most beautiful dreamlands in Asia; Nepal is a paradise for travellers and a visitor’s dream come true.
Venture deep into Australia’s backyard and into one of the countries greatest untouched wilderness areas as you disregard traditional maps, follow ancient songlines and learn to live with the land and delve into Yolngu land. Gather bush medicine and foods as you are educated on Yolngu kinship, traditional lore and language. Embrace the Homeland lifestyle – unchanged for over 40,000 years. Your mind will boggle as you learn that each homeland has its own creation story, personality and landscape. To be immersed in the most culturally intact Aboriginal nation in Australia is such a rare privilege.
A treasure-trove of natural history where unique wildlife wanders freely and the landscape is dramatic but beautifully desolate. Witness a frigate bird in courtship, the spectacular dive of a blue-footed booby fishing close to shore, or the graceful waved albatross – so comical and clumsy when taking flight. Hike through ancient lava fields, walk along beaches of black, red and green sand. Snorkel with playful sea lions, dolphins, whales and tame sharks in the marine reserve surrounding these extraordinary islands. Slip into a sea kayak and discover hidden tide pools, mangrove forests, beaches and the hardened lava fields smeared onto the edges of the shores. Experience moment after moment of wonder in a land where time stands still.
If any of these ideas have inspired you or if you would like to create your own tailor made experience then please contact us. We love helping our travellers create life long memories!
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This category of tours involves light trekking, walking, cycling, rafting or kayaking for a few hours each day with a small amount of inclines and declines. You will require a reasonable level of fitness and good health to participate. It is important to note that due to the nature of some of our trips, they may take place in remote areas (with basic facilities) and can involve long travelling days on various modes of transport.
Suggested preparation : At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake aerobic exercise (this may include jogging, cycling or fast walking) for 30 minutes, three times a week. It is also advised to walk on variable terrain and in variable weather conditions. For a cycling adventure, road cycling twice a week is recommended and for adventures which involve paddling and kayaking, it is important to gain confidence and rhythm rather than speed prior to departure.
This category of tours involve trekking, kayaking and cycling for period of 6 to 8 hours a day at a fairly consistent pace. Ideal for people looking to slightly increase the heart rate. For our moderately rated tours, you must have a good level of fitness and also be in good health. It is also important to be prepared for variable weather conditions. Altitude may also come into play. This category of tours may involve visiting remote areas where facilities can be quite basic. Accommodation may also involve camping, homestays or basic accommodation where facilities may not be considered of western standards. To enjoy this style of travel, it is suggested for travellers to have a reasonable level of fitness and health, a positive attitude, as well as a fairly active lifestyle. An open mind is also required.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 months prior to departure, it is recommended that you undertake 45mins – 1 hour of aerobic exercise, three to four times a week. Some potential exercises that could be beneficial include hill walking with a backpack on over variable terrain and weather conditions, as well as running and cycling dependent on the activity you plan on undertaking.
This category of tours involves trekking, kayaking, cycling or other adventure activities in remote areas for up to 8 to 10 hours a day. It is important to note that with the remoteness of some regions comes a variety of other challenges such as variable weather conditions, accommodation as well as facilities. You must have an excellent level of fitness and good health to be able to partake in this category of tour. You must have confidence in your own ability and be in good physical condition. Includes extended periods of endurance.
Suggested preparation: At least 3 to 4 months of strenuous exercise, four times a week. When preparing for treks it would be beneficial to participate in hill walks with a weighted day pack (approximately 5-8 kg) once a week for aerobic fitness and strengthening of leg muscles. It is also important to do this on variable terrain to prepare for challenging adventures. When preparing for cycling adventures, regular bike riding (at least 4 to 5 times a week for 1-4 hours is essential). It is also important to cycle on uneven surfaces or even participate in other aerobic exercises such as running or swimming to build up strength and stamina. Altitude may also be a factor in these tours.
This category of tour often involves extreme trekking, cycling or other extreme adventure activities. It is important to expect remote and poorly defined tracks and to be prepared for variable weather conditions for 10 to 12 hours per day (may sometimes be more depending on weather and altitude). These adventures are suitable for travellers who have prior experience in strenuous travel and activities, are extremely fit and have excellent health. It is also important to note that some of the terrain on these adventures will involve trekking in snow, at high attitude levels and may require technical equipment.
Suggested preparation: It is important to note that physical fitness should be an ongoing activity, commencing around 5-6 months prior to departure, or even before if you have no prior fitness. Exercise should focus on building maximum endurance and stamina. Four to five hard sessions of 40-60 mins per week should be completed and can include exercises such as going to the gym, running, swimming or cycling to focus on building aerobic stamina. It could also be beneficial to prepare by hiking on rough terrain, in extreme weather conditions or partake in altitude training.