Ten Travel Adventures For 2012

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Awhile back, when posting on Nat Geo’s selection of adventure travel destinations for 2012, I indicated that I would also be sharing a similar list in the near future. That list has just gone live over at Gadling.com, and you can read it by clicking here.

When compiling my list of travel adventures for the year ahead, I wanted to do something a bit different this year. Rather than sharing a generic rundown of great destinations – which we all probably know about already – I thought I would share some very specific trips instead. So, for instance, one of the adventures that earned a spot on my list is a last degree journey to the South Pole. But rather than just write about that experience, I also posted a link to the Adventure Consultants page where you can actually book that trip for yourself. I figured that rather than just recommend some amazing trips, I’d also give readers the opportunity to go out and do it for themselves.

Other options that earned a spot on my list this year include visiting Yellowstone in the Winter (one of my personal favorites!), cycling the Silk Road, and climbing Pumori with the Peak Freaks. Obviously this list is made up of some of my own personal picks for great travel adventures, but I tried to find a little something for everyone and unique experience that some people might not have even known was possible.  Some of the trips are incredibly demanding, others a bit more laid back. Some are quite expensive ($52,500 to go to the South Pole!) and others relatively cheap. But each is a trip that most would consider a once-in-a-lifetime adventure that will spawn stories for years to come.

So? What are your plans for the year ahead? Have you decided where you would like to travel in 2012 and what adventures you would like pursue? I’m still considering my options at this point, although I have a few thoughts on where I’d like to end up. For now, I’m going to see where the winds take me, but may make more concrete plans in the very near future. I like that approach and I think it fits well with the optimism that comes with the start of a new year.

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7 thoughts on “Ten Travel Adventures For 2012”

  1. Oh, I love Yellowstone in the Winter. We stayed in West Yellowstone for about a week a few years ago and for this Alabama family it was truly something to behold. Snowmobiles idling behind you at red lights, friendly locals, and the park – though a lot of it was closed for the season was deserted and pristine. Truly a memorable trip.

  2. Couldn't agree more Jane. Absolutely loved it when I was there last year. I recommend it to people all the time. Yellowstone is a magical place any time of the year, but even more so in the Winter.

  3. Thanks for mentioning the Silk Route Bike Tour. I'll be guiding the tour in 2012 so obviously I think it is pretty epic, glad to hear you agree.

    Keep up up the good work with the blog, I really enjoy reading it.

    Paul

  4. Thanks Paul! Keep up the great work yourself. You know I'm a huge fan of all the cycling tours you guys offer. šŸ™‚

  5. Plenty of places to stay that aren't too far away, including budget hotels. Staying inside the park can get a bit pricey. For the absolute best, and most affordable stay, in and around Yellowstone, you may want to consider camping.

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