5 Outdoor Recreational Activities that You Must Try in 2017 Vacation

5 Outdoor Recreational Activities that You Must Try in 2017 Vacation

When it comes to vacations, everyone tends to settle for the relaxing, soothing kind of route. But the slight objection that stands to such planning is, that you get to miss a lot of outdoor fun. While we spend most of our times in-doors, outdoor recreational activities are the best way to break that monotonous pattern. Most of these activities seem hectic, although they only demand one thing and that is thirst for adventure. Adventure tourism aims to push people out of their comfort zone to give them a exhilarating experience of a lifetime. Here are some recreational activities you can look forward to, in case you want to give the outdoors a chance:

1. Paragliding

Paragliding

If you are into free-flying but sky diving scares you, paragliding is the best thing out there for you. Not everyone is a experienced para-glider, that is why you have the option of riding with a expert. The best part about paragliding is that you don’t need to do a lot, especially if you are riding with a trainer or expert. It all feels like sitting in a chair and drifting away. It is a fun, safe sport which you will definitely enjoy.

2. River Rafting

This activity will involve a lot of willpower of not just you, but your family as well. Regarded as one of the most fun and popular kinds of river activity, you will fall in love with the rivers, especially if you decide to tackle the mountainous terrains. Divided in 6 grades of difficulty, you can opt for the one that suits you and your rafter family. However, it is advisable not to jump into the grade 6 until and unless you have done it before.

3. Camping and Trekking

camping

Nothing beats the old school camping and trekking. This is probably the easiest yet most enjoyable forms of forest activities that anyone can take up. Once you set out your camps, you will see yourself doing a lot more than sitting by the camp fire and star-gazing. All you need is the best camping sleeping pad, camp set ups and an awesome companion to get the best of this outdoor experience.

4. Desert Safari

Dune Bashing or better known as Desert safari, has gained a lot of attention in the previous decade. Unlike every other kind of safari, this has become popular for the different thrilling stunts and activities that come along in the package. A specialty of Dubai and its sands, this is one of the most sought after Arabian adventures and usually ends on a entertaining note, with food, dance and much more.

5. Scuba Diving

If there is one thing which you can not even imagine is just how the underwater world looks like. The best way to view, enjoy and get the best of the water-world is through scuba diving.  With your own breathing tanks and professional scuba divers with you, you will be able to freely explore the deep-sea world. And the best part is, you won’t get tired of it in any way.

5 Things that Make Sri Linka a Must-Visit Place

5 Things that Make Sri Linka a Must-Visit Place

Ever since I got my hands on Paul Theroux’s The Great Railway Bazaar, Sri Lanka became a personal favorite of mine. But it wasn’t till I had the chance to explore this spectacular island for my self. Be it the warm welcoming people, the endless beaches or a trip down the timeless ruins of the sacred Anuradhapura, there is plenty more that Sri Lanka offers to tourists. So, in case you have always kept this state in your travel log or wanted to know just exactly what goes around in Sri Lanka, be assured that you will have the time of your life. Why is that so? Let’s just say that here are a few reasons that would make Sri Lanka your favorite destination spot for life.

1. Behold the Tropical Paradise

Being home to over 1300 kilometers of sandy beaches, Sri lanka will make you forget the Caribbean island itself.  The Coconut palm trees, with the white sand and turquoise water bodies will leave you absolutely mesmerized. The Sri Lankan water favors divers and snorkelers, therefore you will find yourself involved in several water sports and beach related activities. Not only this, small coastal villages are also another attraction which give a glimpse of the Sri Lankan culture.

2. Breath taking Temples and Caves

One of the biggest attractions of Sri Lanka includes its Dambulla Buddha caves and the very sadistic Wewurukannala Vihara temple. While the Dambulla Buddha cave will astonish you with its absolutely beautiful paintings and Buddha statues, the Wewurukannala Vihara temple will scare you for life. The temple features depiction of gruesome punishments, which are a educational trip in itself.

3. The Many flavors of Sri Lanka

Since Sri Lanka bears a unique location on the world map, it bears a lot of influence from both the western and eastern world. On top of that it is one of the most popular South Asian states as well. This mixture can be vividly identified when it comes to the Cuisines. With much influence from Dutch, Portuguese, English, Arab, Malay and Indian flavors, the Sri Lankan food is a foodies dream. So while you are at it, be sure to try their specialty, which features the dwarf gourami in a never-eaten-before avatar.

4. The Rain Forest Walks

If you haven’t seen the Sinharaja rainforest, then for sure you are missing out on a big piece in life. This beautiful heritage site is one of the trademark locations of Sri Lanka, which is visited by thousands of trekkers. Expect to see the tropical trees covering the waterfalls in its folds. You won’t find much of wildlife here. However, for the wildlife enthusiasts, Yala national Park is the place where you will get the opportunity to witness over 44 different kind of wildlife species.

5. The Ella Rock View

The last and the most unforgettable place in Sri Lanka is the Ella Rock. Known for its scenery, the Ella hill features trekking from the small town of Ella and upon reaching the hill, you will get the view of tea plantations and small forests, which is totally worth the effort. Not only this, you don’t have to worry about anything, for this route has become one of the most established tourist spots as well.

How Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Travel and Live

How Steve Jobs Changed the Way We Travel and Live

Sitting in a hostel, two beers on each arm (gotta stock up during happy hour, of course), you strike up a conversation with the couple having dinner to your right. Soon, some sun-burnt guys across the table join in. The shy girl in the corner has something to say, and soon there’s a rollicking hostel party.

The music in the bar isn’t quite up to par, so you offer the bartender some of your own music. No cumbersome CD case, of course – you simply hand him your little white device, and your own personal playlists are flooding the hostel bar.

Hours later, as the party wraps up, you embrace your new friends, leaving to catch a flight in just a few hours. “Let’s stay in touch,” you promise. Some will hand out business cards, others will draw out notebooks and ask for addresses. But in the summer of 2011, my money’s on the fact that more people than not would have whipped out a little black or white device, opened up a Facebook application, and handed it over to their friends. “Just add yourself,” they say.

Looking around the hostel lounge, home of free wifi, it’s a sea of metallic-colored fruit emblems, as Macbook after Macbook appears perched on every lap. White chargers dot the walls in hostels, backpacker bars, airports and cafes, and shiny tablet-sized iPads emerge from backpacks on trains and busses throughout the world.
In an Apple world, travel has been enhanced enormously in the years since Steve Jobs has revolutionized personal computing. Music, books and movies are at your fingertips – no matter where in the world you may be. We can do our jobs from anywhere, with a personal office that fits inside our backpacks, available for any job from film editing to investment banking.

There’s an app for that” becomes the catchphrase, as restaurants, bars, tourist attractions, events, maps, and of course, hostels, are easily located with a few taps and slides.

As we travel, we learn, we explore, and we grow. We connect with others, we share our interests, we entertain our friends, and we maintain the connections.

Technology is not a hindrance when travelling – on the contrary, it enhances our ability to make friends and to connect with the cultures we visit. And for this, we thank Steve Jobs. Founder, inventor, pioneer, and most importantly, a passionate, inspiring role model we will all sorely miss. The world was a better place with him in it.

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