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Top 5 adventure sports destinations in the world

There are some kinds of people that live for the thrill. But these thrills are labeled as idiocy as there are lives at stake...

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Top 5 adventure sports destinations in the world

There are some kinds of people that live for the thrill. But these thrills are labeled as idiocy as there are lives at stake most of the time. A few words of discouragement aren’t going to change the minds of most as the rush of adrenaline is what they crave. Here is a list of adventure sports destinations for hardcore adventure sports enthusiasts.

1.     South Africa

There are plenty of adventure activities that Africa has to offer. This has mostly to do with the diverse geographic features which give the region a huge variety of adventure sports that it can accommodate. The most popular safari, Eastern Transvaal, has pampas that stretch for nearly 400 miles until it reaches the South African border. For trekking enthusiast, there are the Drakensberg Mountains which is situated in Natalthat. The place is also suitable for climbers as well as birdwatchers.

2.     Gauley River

What makes this West Virginian river so suitable for kayaking is the fact that 2800 cubic feet of water is released by the American Army as well as the American Whitewater Affiliation. This lasts for six weeks as paddlers gather to test their skills. river This river requires continuous kayaking. Hence, it is advisable to get into shape before you even plan on going for this. You’ll also need to swim.

3.     Yosemite National Park

Rock climbing is one adventure sport that requires tremendous amounts of skill. You need to be at the top of your game, both physically and mentally to even stand a chance. That is precisely where you’ll need to be if you plan to climb the “El Captain” situated in the Yosemite National Park, United States. You’ll feel a special kind of stress that will be worked on your body as the Yosemite requires a body which cannot be acquired by climbing any other rock or going to the gym.

4.     Wollongong

There’s nothing more that make you feel alive than jumping off of an aircraft several thousand feet off the ground. How about jumping 14,000 feet off the ground level? Wollongong in Sydney offers a skydiving experience like no other as you’ll see the Australian coastline as well as a fantastic view of Sydney from a god’s point of view. Those that suffer from a heart condition aren’t allowed to skydive in general, and when it comes to the Wollongong, you’ll additionally have to be less than 110kgs.

5.     Fiji Islands

There’s so much that is waiting to be explored underwater that the world needs to see. That is exactly what Fiji Islands offer with their scuba diving sport. The diverse life forms that you’ll see underwater can be overwhelming, but there are weather problems that you need to lookout for if you plan on visiting the Fiji Islands.

The Salt Pans of Gozo


I’d never given much thought to salt. Our bodies need it – but not too much; we sprinkle it on icy roads and paths to stop us slipping; and its uses go way back in history.

Other than that, salt is salt. Until that is, I went to Gozo, the tiny sister island to Malta and saw the amazing salt pans.

An Ancient Harvest

I’ve since discovered that there are salt pans all over the world. This ancient method of harvesting sea salt is still used today. Only I’d never seen it until then.

Small but perfectly formed

I was staying with friends in Marsalforn Bay which is Gozo’s most popular resort, and decided to take a nice long walk along the promenade to see where it led me. Although there’s really no such thing as a long walk on Gozo as the entire island is only eight miles long and four miles wide. Despite its size there’s so much to explore. For example beautiful churches and chapels in every town and village; the Ggantija Temples (3600-3000 BC) in Xaghra which are said to be the oldest free standing structure in the world; The Ta’ Dbiegi Craft Village in Gharb which is a must for locally made souvenirs such as pottery, glass, leather and lace; the fascinating capital of Victoria – still known as Rabat by its locals. Plus there’s everything you’d expect of a sunny Mediterranean island – swimming, sunbathing, water sports, bars, restaurants, boat trips – I could go on…

Following the signs

On this particular morning however, I was enjoying my quiet walk along the palm tree dotted promenade with its spectacular views of the deep blue ocean which eventually led me to Qbajjar Bay. Curiously I followed some signs to the Salt Pans. I had no idea what to expect so the view of these salt pans when they came into sight was startling. The landscape looked surreal – a rocky plateau that stretched down to the sea made up of a chequerboard of hundreds maybe thousands of salt pans – a kaleidoscope of oblong and square hollows, hewn out from the rock to form a grid of pans in which to catch the sea water. Overlooking the salt pans were honey coloured rocks and beige-white cliffs and within them was a deep cave chiselled from the rock where I met Gozitans, Alfred and Mary Attard whose ancestors had worked these salt pans for generations. They eagerly invited me into the cave to show me the huge pile of salt crystals stored in there, which to me resembled a huge snow drift! Inviting me to taste it Alfred added, “My wife, her father and his father worked here. The pans and the cave were all cut from the rock by hand, no machinery, just hard work. Nowhere in the world will you find salt like this. This is made from the sea and this land.” Alfred explained in broken English that the incoming tide washed into the pans nearest the sea and then the water is channelled through to the connecting grids stretching further inland. Here the water is left to stand beneath the sun and hot summer breeze until the salt from the water turns into pure crystals and it can be harvested. It’s then bagged up and sent out to be sold or commercially packaged.

Going back to Roman times

I discovered the origins of the Maltese salt pans go back to Roman times and these weren’t the only ones on Gozo plus there are more on the nearby Comino Island as well as on Malta itself. So, if you are visiting Gozo this summer, take time to see salt pans and you may never look at the humble grain of salt in the same way again!

Short Breaks In The Beautiful City Of Bath


Visit this glorious Roman town

Famous for its history, Georgian architecture and spa culture, Bath is one the perfect place for a relaxing short break in the UK.

Designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, Bath offers a striking cityscape of sweeping crescents, grand parades and Georgian buildings and is home to some of the best-preserved Roman remains in Europe. Ideal for short breaks and longer stays, it’s the only place in the country with natural thermal springs so makes an ideal spa retreat. You’ll also find a variety of places to eat out, a fantastic range of shops and plenty of accommodation from comfortable B&Bs to luxurious hotels. Our guide will make sure you don’t miss any of the best bits…

Walk where Romans walked

The Roman Baths is a good place to start your visit and provides a fantastic introduction to the city. Around Britain’s only hot spring, the Romans built a magnificent temple and bathing complex that still flows with natural hot water. Walk where Romans walked, explore Roman artefacts and see the original Great Bath where you’ll get a true sense of the ancients.

Unique architecture

One of the reasons Bath is a World Heritage Site is because of its incredible architecture. The Royal Crescent, Circus and Pulteney Bridge are three of the city’s iconic sights and a must-see for any visitor. But with 5,000 listed buildings, head in any direction and you’re sure to discover remarkable buildings, picturesque parades and cobbled back streets.

Learn from those in the know

The city is best explored with a knowledgeable guide and free walking tours are available daily with the Mayor of Bath’s Honorary Guides. If you prefer to sit back and take it easy, join the City Sightseeing Bus Tour for a relaxing way to reach all the highlights.

Take a dip

One of Bath’s highlights has to be the Thermae Bath Spa. Using the warm, mineral-rich waters which the Celts and Romans enjoyed over 2,000 years ago, Thermae Bath Spa is Britain’s original and only natural thermal Spa. Don’t miss the Spa’s roof-top pool where you can relax in the steaming waters whilst enjoying the wonderful surroundings of Bath’s golden cityscape and countryside beyond.

Time for tea

Bath is the perfect place to enjoy a quintessential British afternoon tea. Head to the elegant 18th Century Pump Room – part of the Roman Baths complex – where the city’s hot Spa water is still drawn for drinking, or visit Sally Lunn’s – the oldest house in Bath (c.1482) – serving the most famous local delicacy; the Original Sally Lunn Bun.

What’s on

Yet Bath is not buried in the past! A lively, year-round calendar of festivals, theatre and vibrant street entertainment bring life and excitement to this beautiful city. Join in the festivities of the Queen’s Jubilee on 5th June at Royal Victoria Park where a free ‘Picnic in the Park’ event will be held, or take part in Bike Bath, a brand new event that is sure to appeal to cycling enthusiasts, with organised rides, fun activities and top-level racing in Royal Victoria Park. If fashion is your thing, join the third Bath in Fashion event which is gearing up for an action packed week of fashion shows, talks and workshops that will appeal to fashionistas young and old.