Monthly Archives: February 2014

Best Adventure Travel Destinations in 2014

Adventure awaits you in 2014 ... picture by CC user trekkingrinjani on Flickr

Our planet is home to many great travel destinations for the adventure enthusiast. From mountain biking to sailing and rock climbing, there is adrenaline-fuelled fun to be had in all four corners of the globe. Subsequently, choosing the right destination for your adventure holiday is not always an easy feat. With this in mind, here’s a quick guide to some of the best adventure travel destinations in 2014.

Mountains in Morocco by CC user vkreay on Flickr

Morocco

Morocco is home to four magnificent mountain ranges, the Sahara Desert and awe-inspiring stretches of Mediterranean and Atlantic coastline. This is a great destination for hikers and climbers as there are fewer tourists when compared to many similar Northern American and European trails. Morocco is also an up-and-coming travel destination for surfers with Taghazout offering some top waves.

Climbing in Sardinia (credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Climbing_in_Ogliastra,_2006.jpg)

Italy

Italy has a great deal to offer travellers in search of adventure. Top Italian destinations include the breathtaking Dolomites, Sicily’s rugged cycling routes and the Tour de Mont Blanc alpine hiking trails. Those looking to get off the beaten track can also find excellent rock climbing on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia, giving an adrenaline soaked activity to pair with the amazing beaches and friendly people present here. Most Italian regions are easily reachable by car or train from the capital, so if you’re starting your Italian adventure holiday from Rome, you will be able to find an accommodation through pages like this one.

Hiking near glaciers in Iceland (credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Hiking_the_Skaftafellsj%C3%B6kull.jpg)

Iceland

Iceland is the perfect destination for the avid adrenaline seeker. Home to phenomenal landscapes boasting live volcanos, steaming geysers, spectacular glaciers, striking waterfalls and dramatic fjords, Iceland has something to keep even the most demanding adventurer happy.

Reykjavik makes for a great starting point from which untouched Icelandic terrain is easily reachable.

If you are looking for to get outdoors during your time in Iceland, be sure to gear up beforehand (online sports stores like http://www.onlysportsgear.com/ are great for getting what you need quickly), so you’ll be comfortable whether you are hitting the trail, or exploring one of Iceland’s many glaciers.

swimming at a secret beach in Corfu ... photo by 16179216@N07 on Flickr

Greece

Greece is becoming more and more popular with travellers in search of adventure due to the country’s dramatic coastline, turquoise waters and abundant wildlife. Greece is without a doubt one of the best places in the world for keen swimmers, where they can island-hop until their heart’s content in the Aegean Sea which teems with dolphins, seals and many other forms of marvellous marine life. Want to go swimming during your time here? Of course you do. Ensure you have all the latest swim wear styles before you depart by checking out online sports stores like  www.onlysportsgear.com, which has a better selection than you could ever hope to find on your local high street.

Monkeys in the Amazon rainforest of Brazil ... image from CC user angeloangelo on Flickr

Brazil

Brazil is a fantastic travel destination for the adrenaline junkie. This beautiful country is not only home to stunning beaches but to the Amazon River, wild rainforests, the Iguazu Falls, the Pantanal and a spectacular collection of fabulous flora and fauna. With Brazil hosting the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Summer Olympics, further infrastructure and safety measures have been put in place making this a great time to visit.

Hiking amongst the fijords of Norway by CC user tfjensen on Flickr

Norway

Norway has one of the most beautiful natural landscapes of all featuring remarkable fjords, the incredible Lofoten Islands, and the highest mountain range in the whole of Northern Europe. Adventurers are able to make the most of the country’s liberal camping regulations, the best public huts in the world, phenomenal hiking and cycling trails and an innate true love of the great outdoors.

These wonderful adventure destinations have so much to offer the avid traveller in terms of adrenaline-fuelled activities and striking natural beauty. Once you have chosen a destination, remember to do some research online and plan your trip in order to really make the most out of your unforgettable outdoors adventure!

Working Hard To Live The Dream

Working berry hard to live the dream. Photo by jdhancock on Flickr

So I’ve been conspicuously absent lately … to my dedicated following who has wondering where I went to these past two weeks, apologies! While I am committed to producing an excellent blog that spills the beans on how to enable and live a life of excitement, the enabling part has taken over in the recent few weeks.

In order to fund my playboy lifestyle of wandering exotic parts of the world, I have started up a freelance writing business (got content you need written? Talk to me.) With a little help from my friends in the travel blog community, I’ve inked a number of clients, and in the past couple of months, business has been booming.

While this has been great for the bottom line, it has caused my personal development activities/blog writing to suffer in the short term, which is a balance that I’m looking to redress presently.  As such, I will be doubling my efforts to keep PoE on schedule, to do the things that will improve my life, forward other business ideas that I have, and generally help me to live the dream in a manner that resonates with me.

Even if I post a text blog with a CC image because I’m squeezed for time and I’m in a country where bandwidth flows at the rate it did in 1999 back home (Indonesia)…

Or it could be because I’m downloading the latest episode of the Walking Dead.  Don’t judge … even the busiest of people need a fictional release of the rapid pace of the modern, online world…! 🙂

Are you working in a side hustle/lifestyle business right now? Share your experiences with our audience below! 

Traveling For The Avid Poker Player

Bloggers almost playing poker by CC user fhwrdh on Flickr

NOTE FROM JAMES: The following is a guest post contributed by Angela Stevens, who has become the first author on this site other than myself in its history.  All views expressed are her own and do necessarily reflect my opinion, nor that of The Pursuit of Excitement.  That said, I am a big fan of poker, so it gives me great pleasure to present the following post to you

Take it away, Angela!
When people think of poker, they usually imagine stone-faced gamblers putting their intuition, skill, and mental training all into play. While poker pros engage their fertile brains by going through every hand and analyzing every beat, their faces are usually the epitome of ice-cold calm – their eyes, in particular, staring holes into the table, their cards, and maybe even their opponents’ eyes.

It certainly doesn’t take a grizzled veteran of the poker tables to recognize that poker is truly a complex mind sport; a deceptively simple, decidedly serious game of skill that requires and demands finely honed mental toughness, resilience, and a fair bit of craftiness. Much like board games such as chess and Go, poker has a devoted international following, thus ensuring a consistently high level of true world-class competition on practically every age group and skill level.

Going all in all over the world

The growing popularity of the World Poker Tour (WPT) circuit in locales as diverse as Morocco, South Korea, and Cyprus coupled with the European, African, and Asia-Pacific expansion of the World Series of Poker (WSOP) tournaments has resulted in an increasingly global talent pool that runs the gamut from serious national contenders to amateur poker players and everything in between.

For the elite, cream-of-the-crop poker pros, this means fantastic opportunities to explore the many wondrous attractions on this planet – before (and after) participating in highly stacked poker tournaments, of course. As one of the most widely recognizable faces and voices in the poker universe, Kara Scott is a stunningly fine example of the constantly jet-setting professional poker player.

In 2013 alone, the peripatetic Partypoker ambassador – who has had memorable stints as an ESPN sideline reporter on WSOP Main Events – played in and/or hosted at numerous poker tournaments all over the world. Some of these include WPT National events in Italy, Cyprus, Prague, Denmark, Austria, and France; interviewing football and poker legends for the Road to Old Trafford event in Manchester and the 44th Annual WSOP in Las Vegas. The brunette Alberta native also hosted the 12th edition of the European Poker Awards in Paris, where she won the Poker Personality of the Year award for 2012.

Poker has even taken on the form of organized adventure-style events aptly called “poker runs”. Participants in these organized events use various forms of transportation, including (but definitely not limited to) snowmobiles, motorcycles, longboards, boats, and mountain bikes.

Solo or group participants must draw a playing card at each of the assigned checkpoints in the official course; the primary goal is to possess the best poker hand at the end of the run.

Clearly, poker is a worldwide sensation that caters to millions of diehard fans across the globe.

Launching Lanterns On New Year’s Eve In Chiang Mai

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New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai is a holiday that is treated by the locals in the manner that we regard Christmas.  It’s a joyous occasion where people get to get with their families, celebrate, and make wishes for a prosperous and happy year ahead.  One of these traditions involves lighting a lantern and releasing it into the sky.  On the day of/in the days leading up to the big day, vendors will be selling these collapsed paper bags with a wick that is shaped like a doughnut.  This is what you and thousands of people will be sending into the sky en masse on New Year’s Eve in Chiang Mai …

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To send your lantern into the ether, unfurl it, then light the wick, which has been pre-primed with an accelerant that will keep it lit for a good long while.  Next, it won’t fly away until the air within the lantern is hot enough to provide the upward thrust to keep it rising.  Many people get impatient and let theirs go way too early, leading to it hovering near the ground, and sadly, due to the moat present in the main area of Chiang Mai, splashing down in the water, possibly leading to a year of bad luck 😛

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Eventually though, the heat will have built up to a point where you can let it blast off (3-5 minutes is usually enough time).  Off into the sky it will go, along with thousands of others … before the law of gravity takes over and begins raining fire and extinguished lanterns on the surrounding neighbourhoods! 😛

Have you ever launched paper lanterns into the sky, be it in Thailand or elsewhere in the world?  Tell us about it below!