A LITTLE FLIGHT READING
ITCHING for adventure, but don’t know where to start? This comprehensive guide has more active escapes than you could poke a trekking pole at. The third in Lonely Planet’s 1000 Ultimate series, this handy paperback volume has every conceivable challenge covered, arranged in chapters such as Icons of Travel ( think navigating the South American Amazon or cycling from Cairo to Cape Town); Wildest Flights (slip- pery landings in Antarctica, shorttarmac touchdowns in Nepal) and Most Thrilling Canyoning Adventures (from the white waters of Costa Rica to something on Reunion Island known rather alarmingly as the Washing Machine). For those who like to live on the edge, the world’s most dangerous places are on the list (Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia and Chechnya get a mention), as well as the most extreme adventures ( base j umping in Kuala Lumpur, cliff diving in Acapulco and, oddly enough, eating one of the world’s hottest chillies in Sri Lanka). But it’s not all hard yakka: watching the spectacular northern lights in Tromso, Norway, or taking a schooner trip around the Seychelles are just the ticket for the less robust. There’s not much detail on each adventure (which makes it easier to fit 1000 entries), but for thrillseekers in need of inspiration, it’s a good starting point. For the wimps among us, it’s an eye-opening insight into some of the crazier things people are willing to do in the name of fun.
Spotting wildebeest on the Mara River, Kenya, is one of the featured adventures