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Asia Journeys Beyond the Ordinary Wild Planet Adventures' Borneo itineraries offer the opportunity to see orangutans in the wild. Carla Hunt Adventure travelers in general, and baby boomers in particular, have both ample appetites and ample budgets for vacations that mix up active adventure and involving cultural experiences, enhanced by expert guides and top-quality comfort, according to the Adventure Travel Trade Association. And that's where the growth market seems to be in the wide and wonderful world called Asia, where clients will find a host of different paths to exploring far horizons on journeys beyond the ordinary. Nepal: A Many Splendored Place Myths & Mountains is a prime-time curator of travel experiences that weave together cultures and crafts, religion and pilgrimage sites, environment and natural history, natural healing and traditional medicine into active adventure itineraries. We asked company president Dr. Toni Neubauer for her definition of adventure travel, and her answer says it all. "Adventure is in the eye of the beholder, although the basics include out-of-the-ordinary places, introduced by insightful and expert guides, leading small groups of travelers accommodated in high-end lodgings." Expanding on this, she describes adventure travel as "new-discovery travel, full of different and unexpected experiences that force us to think differently." According to Neubauer, this product mix of active adventure and experiential travel is the "hot" market nowadays, as demonstrated by the company's "huge repeat clientele, who do not always book a new destination, but fall in love with one destination and return to explore its diversity." This is true for Nepal, having a good bookings year with great interest in the 18-day Kalapatar and Everest Base Camp trek. It is here where Myths & Mountains "was born," and where Neubauer founded a READ Global Library program establishing libraries in rural villages in Nepal, India and Bhutan (part of the company's recent Legacy Award from Tourism Cares). It is here, too, where tour members taking the 12-day Nepal: Mountains, Monkeys and Books tour will have a chance to discover that Nepal is not just about climbing Himalayan peaks but about traveling from Kathmandu to Pokhara and up to the Thakali communities, then dropping down to the jungle to spend time with the local Tharus. Along the way, guests can ride a Tibetan pony to Tukuche with a visit to a READ library, and in Chitwan ride elephants, bathe them in the river, visit a breeding center and spot birds from a canoe. In Kathmandu, they'll visit temples and monasteries, meet craftspeople, and shop for jewelry and rugs. Departures this year are Oct. 17 and 28, and in 2017 two departures each in April and October; land cost pp double starts at $3,275. Borneo Now! It is not hard to understand why exotic Borneo is a steady entry on the bucket lists of true nature-loving and adventure-seeking travelers. This mostly untamed island-third largest in the world-has enchanted adventurers since the days of the great Victorian explorers. And it's still the spot to find the largest population of orangutans in the world, who keep company with other indigenous species such as pygmy elephants, clouded leopards and sun bears. However, "Borneo-a laboratory of evolution, along with the Galapagos Islands-is one of those destinations you'd better see while you can," says Josh Cohen, director of Wild Planet Adventures, "for they are felling the oldest rainforest on earth as fast as they can. july 2016 33

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Recommend July 2016

Editor’s Notes
Hotel Desk: Escape the Ordinary
Tour Talk: Rail Travel in Europe
Expedition Cruising: Adventure of a Lifetime
Onboard Review: Holland America’s MS Koningsdam
Do Like the Locals in Latin America
Only on These Islands
Travel Advisor Corner: Dining Out on International
Onsite Review: Barbados
Explore Israel Off the Well-Trodden Road
Onsite Review: South Africa: From Beach to Bush
Explore the Great Outdoors via Rail Travel
Onsite Review: Club Med Sandpiper Bay
Singular Experiences
Onsite Review: At Home in Thuringia, Germany
Journeys Beyond the Ordinary
Come Aboard: India Rail Travel

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