WINTER BREAK ITINERARIES, PART II: The Thrill Seeker
Trying to decide where to spend your upcoming vacation? Here, some itineraries to feed your need (…if that need is an overwhelming adrenaline rush):
Cruising Antarctica: As soon as I have a spare 5K, I’ll be on a plane to Ushuaia (by way of BA). From southern Argentina you’re just a ship trip away from the white continent of whales, seals and penguins (oh my!); November through March is ideal for wildlife spotting, penguin chicks hatch in Dec/Jan. PENGUIN. CHICKS.
Killer Kili Climb: Oh, Mount Kilimanjaro. Make it a new years resolution and start 2013 on a high; January is just the beginning of a short climbing season and thus comparatively less crowded. Flights to KIA via London are easiest, though NBO in Nairobi is cheaper (as long as you don’t mind the ensuing 8 hour bus journey). There’s also several routes to the mountain’s top, varying in difficulty degree. Any way, training is crucial, along with preparatory field trips to REI, my most favorite store.
The New Zealand Plunge: If all of your friends are jumping off a bridge…this is the place to do it! Kawarau Bridge is where bungee jumping began. Fly direct to Auckland, NZ (the capital of adventure sports) and spend some time paragliding, kite surfing and rock climbing around North Island; Build up to the proverbial leap in South Island’s Queenstown, home of the infamous bridge. Unwind after with the scenic three hour drive to Milford Sound, the crown jewel of the Kiwis.
Canadian Club: There’s nothing like our neighbor up North for some thrill-skiing. From back country to cross—with a heli-adventure or two—there’s plenty of pure powder to plunder. Whistler is a perennial favorite, and easily accessible from both Vancouver International Airport or Seattle.
*For Part I in the series, The Restless Traveler, click*