TRAVEL QUIZ: What is your adventure style?

12 01 2008

Choose the answer(s) that best fit your response to each question.

1. You’ve just arrived in a strange new city. You head straight for:
A. The “Sights”
B. Nowhere in particular, you like to wander around for a while first
C. A nearby park or garden
D. An art museum

2. When packing for a trip, you ALWAYS take:
A. Toiletry kit
B. Corkscrew
C. Hiking boots
D. Guidebook(s)

3. Your idea of the perfect meal experience:
A. Five courses and five stars
B. A candlelight dinner overlooking a beautiful sunset or twilight cityscape
C. A picnic meal on the side of a mountain
D. Authentic regional cuisine of the country you’re visiting

4. Your favorite mode of transportation is:
A. Plane
B. Train
C. Feet
D. Local transportation- whatever that might be!

5. Your ideal honeymoon would be a trip to:
A. Somewhere warm and sunny with umbrellas on the beach and in the drinks
B. Paris
C. Peru, hiking the Inca Trail- who cares if there are no showers?
D. China, focusing on monasteries, cuisine, and small villages

7. On any given flight, you can be found:
A. Watching the in-flight movie
B. Snuggling with your seatmate and sipping something warm
C. Sleeping
D. Reading up on your destination

8. You’ve just sat down at a café in Budapest. You order:
A. Coffee- it’s a café.
B. Red wine
C. Bottled water- gotta keep hydrated
D. The local brew

9. You have a week to spend in India. You can be found:
A. in New Delhi, Rajasthan, and at the Taj Mahal
B. Staying in the former palaces of Maharajas
C. Trekking in the northern mountains
D. Mingling in the markets and trying out your Hindi

10. If you were a continent, you would be:
A. North America
B. Europe
C. South America
D. Asia

11. You just returned from your last vacation and you can’t stop talking about:
A. Those amazing temples/cathedrals/museums
B. How much fun you had with your travel partner
C. The mountains! The oceans!
D. The wonderful people you met

12. Close your eyes and picture “someday”. You see:
A. Yourself wrapped up in fine bed linens eating from a silver room service tray
B. Turquoise water, white sand, twenty toes
C. A vast mountain range stretching out before you
D. Living in a far away village or city


Mostly A’s: You’re a CLASSIC ADVENTURER: You enjoy new experiences as long as you don’t have to sacrifice comfort (or hotel star rating), and you like travel for travel’s sake- a true adventurer of style. You like to see the important sights, eat the delicious cuisine, and get back to where you came from in one piece. In your travel destiny: A grand tour of Europe OR a small group adventure to China with deluxe digs.

af014901.jpg The Louvre, Paris
Mostly B’s: You’re a ROMANTIC ADVENTURER: You like to travel in 2’s and drink in the aesthetic beauty of a place while appreciating it’s art, cuisine, and culture. You travel to escape the mundane world and to intoxicate your senses with new and exciting adventures. In your travel future: an over water bungalow in Tahiti for a week, an adventure through the deserts and vibrant cities of Morocco, or the lovers’ favorite: Paris.
2006-french-polynesia-tahiti-and-moorea-135.jpg Moorea, French Polynesia

Mostly C’s: You’re a PHYSICAL ADVENTURER: You love to travel to spectacular locations and prove yourself while you’re there. You never shy away from a challenge, whether it’s fermented yak’s milk in Mongolia or sky-diving in Switzerland. You enjoy meeting new people on your travels and secretly harbor a desire to climb Mount Everest. Your next trip: to Kilimanjaro, to hike the world’s tallest free-standing mountain, to New Zealand to explore the incredible scenery, or to the seventh continent: Antarctica

.2004-marahau-2-to-milford-sound-1-205.jpg Lake Matheson, New Zealand

Mostly D’s: You’re a CULTURAL ADVENTURER: You see travel as an opportunity for growth and education and a chance to get to know a place and a people that are far outside your own world view. You are an independent and confident traveler; you always read up on your destination before you go and try to learn a few words of the local language. In your travel destiny: a visit with the tribes of Papua New Guinea, a six month trans-Africa expedition, or a trip to Japan to explore the nuances of Shinto and sushi

.af013001.jpg Saqqara, Egypt

“The proper function of man is to live, not to exist. I shall not waste my days on trying to prolong them. I shall use my time.” Jack London

So what are you waiting for? Your next life?

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Posted by: Shilo Urban


New Zealand Black Water Rafting

18 12 2007

The brochure did not mention the eels.

I signed up for underground rivers, rappelling down a deep, dark, hourglass-shaped hole in the earth, green constellations of glowworms, squeezing under waterfalls along the cave wall, ziplining to rock ledges, the spirits of Ruakiri and the ancient Maori chiefs, water up to my neck and the cave roof mere inches over my head, inching my way through holes with names like “Birth”, and climbing up waterfalls to find a way out- but eels? Eels? There are two things in the world I fear: the dentist, and eels. I had even avoided the proudly advertised “tame eels” in random restaurant/eel petting zoos around the country. Welcome to New Zealand.

But as I wade chest-deep through the flowing river two hundred feet below the surface at the Waitomo Glowworm Caves on the north island, I begin to doubt my decision to sign up for the most extreme Black Abyss Adventure with the Legendary Black Water Rafting Company. Why couldn’t I have gone skydiving in Taupo, jet boating in Queenstown, or hang gliding in Christchurch? New Zealand is so full of adventure sports options, you must prioritize your adrenaline rushes and pick and choose how you will experience the Land of the Long White Cloud. Though I had selected black water rafting because it was an experience unique to New Zealand, I had also literally submerged myself in the only option that would truly make my heart squirm with fear.

I try to brush away the hideous thought of the cave eels (much as they were brushing along my thighs) and concentrated on my ‘cave snack’ of chocolate and hot orange juice, which is surprisingly comforting when surrounded by the apple green glowworms- though cave insiders know what they are really admiring on the cavern’s ceiling is glowing maggot feces. The term “glowworm” is just so much more romantic. The three hours spent underground are unlike any others in my life. This is no walk-through, look-at-the-stalactites caving experience. This is raw, cold, exhausting, and you might just look up that waterfall to the cave exit and doubt you can climb up through it. But you will, and you will emerge back out of the earth changed forever. Beware though: the brochure does not mention the eels.

Shilo Urban