Some people are perfectly happy with a vacation involving nothing but loafing and cocktails. Others of us prefer something a bit more adventurous than Sandals or Disney—a trip where no Starbucks can be found. Where we sweat and see new things. Veteran adventure outfitter, Abercrombie & Kent, have the trips we’re looking for. Does dogsledding in the Scandinavian Arctic or a camel safari through Kenya sound better than “the world’s biggest buffet”? A&K’s 15 custom adventure-travel trips are sure to offer you something unexpected & amazing.
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If you want to experience the frozen beauty of Antarctica, you better hurry up. Science confirms our seventh continent is indeed slowly melting into the ocean. But before it goes, you can take the guided trip of a lifetime to this white desert to visit Emperor Penguins, mountains of ice and the exotic, far-flung corner of our planet where few have ever stood. Intriguing? Yes. Cold? Very.
Before you put your life on hold for three days to get sunburnt in the SoCal desert with tens of thousands of pill-popping poseurs, make sure there are at least a few bands you like playing at this year’s Coachella music festival. The official lineup was just released today. Check it. Kanye West? Tickets go on sale Friday.
Unlike many rock stars, guitar legend Eric Clapton survived addiction. Back in the 80s, he started helping others do the same by opening a rehab facility in the Virgin Islands. And now “Slow Hand” is auctioning off truckloads of his personal gear to help out his Crossroads Centre. In March, classic amplifiers and guitars will go up on the auction block. Imagine, you can own an axe he used in Derek & The Dominos or an amp he played on tour: that’s more amazing than a rock star recovery.
Deep in the shadowy pine forests of Harads, Sweden, a crew of esteemed architects & designers have created a unique hotel experience. The Treehotel features one-of-a-kind rooms suspended in trees, bringing guests closer to nature. Choose from the Bird’s Nest, the UFO, Mirror Cube or other cabin room designs. And yes, you’ll sleep like a log.
Hurry up! Before Antarctica melts into the ocean, make the trip of a lifetime to the bottom of the world & climb the remotest of the world’s “Seven Summits.” After crossing the fabled Drake’s Passage in a prop plane, you land on an ice runway, and if you make it that far, the guided climb into the alpine should be no problem.
You wanna do a little dog fighting? No…not Michael Vick style…we’re talking fighter-pilot-for-a-day. Cloud 9 Living specializes in exotic adventure action – like air combat school for you. No experience needed & you jump into the cockpit of a fully-aerobatic Marchetti SF260 Italian fighter plane. This is not some phony joyride either. You learn from real fighter pilots and you fly this bird 90% of the time.
If you’re dropping-in on a new Corvette, you obviously have enough testosterone to handle a trip to the Chevy engine plant in Wixom, Michigan to build your own motor. Tack a mellow $5800 onto your ’Vette’s sticker price & you can literally get your hands in the engine (with tech supervision) as it is custom-built for your car. Where else could you do this but in the good ole USA?
The stakes would have to be pretty high in your next tournament to drop 40-grand on poker lessons. But then again, one-on-one coaching from World Poker Champion, Jamie Gold, is a safe bet you’ll make it to the final table. Cloud 9 Living makes it happen. They are a nationwide dream-fulfillment organization offering a myriad of incredible experiences tailored to blow people’s minds – like poker lessons from Jamie Gold & other unbelievable, outlandish, but totally real stuff.
Fun and thrilling as it is, river rafting is a serious summer adventure. Before you hop in a boat with just any old guide, check out O.A.R.S. They have the most experience, the best guides and offer scores of tours. Everything from mellow weekend jaunts to all-out expeditions in Fiji, you’ll be on board with the most reputable outfit anywhere.