There is one Exodus trip, offered in South Africa by Wandering Free, that is rated a “7” on the difficulty scale. It is an epic cycle through the Pyranees mountains on the borders of France and Spain, and it takes cyclists over almost 800kms of rugged, hard climbs to the top of eleven separate mountains over just eight days. It’s a ride of absolutely epic beauty, the kind of thing that nearly everyone thinks of when they hear the term “Adventure Travel”, and absolutely insane.
One of the big perception battles we have at Wandering Free is trying to explain to people that Adventure travel, of which we are the only dedicated company in the country, is not just about those adventures that take years of training and are only for the most rough-hewn traveler. When we speak of adventure we speak specifically about unique holidays, different destinations and unusual ways of seeing them. Some of our most popular tours are to places people go all the time: Italy, France, Vietnam and Croatia, but what we offer are different ways of seeing these places. Why take an air-conditioned coach, watching the landscape whizz by from behind tinted windows, and stay at cookie cutter international hotels, when you can actually drift slowly from town to town on bicycle staying in quaint communities, monasteries, or BnBs, eating hand made traditional foods with the locals at their favourite eating places?
And every adventure is different, every trip a unique experience. Because groups are small and the destinations so different to those you see listed in corporate travel company brochures, you are always sure to return home with original stories, and photographs.
Personally we are looking to hike either the Norwegian Fjords http://www.wanderingfree.co.za/holiday/?code=TSH or the rugged volcanic north of Iceland http://www.wanderingfree.co.za/holiday/?code=TSF next, with an eye to South America, or perhaps a cycle through the wine-lands of France to follow.
Of course we do understand there are people who are stronger, harder and tougher than us, and we like to cater to them too. Why not try the cycle from Lhasa to Kathmandu in which you will ride over the Himalayas, with stunning views of Everest itself and down into the lush valley of Nepal?
Whoever you are, we can find and tailor the right adventures for you ensuring you get the most of your holiday seeing the real people, and places that make up this stunning world of ours, and not just the things the tour companies find it simplest to get you to.