The Weekend Australian - Travel - - Destination Adventure - MICHELLE ROWE

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

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