They always say it’s not the destination that counts but the journey. In these cases it really is the trip that is the adventure.
Virgin GalacticSub-Space Travel Space is no longer the final frontier for ordinary travellers thanks to Sir Richard Branson and the team at Virgin Galactic, a company specializing in sub-orbit space travel for the public, albeit a public with deep pockets. The flight duration is 3.5 hours and includes a six-minute period where you experience zero gravity; you can float about the cabin and show the folks back on earth. The price tag starts at $200,000 per person. Flights have yet to begin but are expected to blast off in the next year or two. The countdown is on.
Shutterstock/Vladimir SazonovAir Cruising Kiss long check-in and security lines goodbye and say hello to personalized air travel. Air cruise companies, popular in Europe, North America and Australia, fly into regional or private airports; they even serve in-flight meals – remember that? Check-in and depart 15 minutes later – now that’s civilized. Why spend the time in an airport line-up when you can spend it sipping wine in the Napa Valley, horseback riding in Arizona, or relaxing on a beach in the Caribbean? Your time is sacred.
Shutterstock/Chris Douglas123River Cruising Mega-ships and 5,000 fellow cruisers not your thing? Get off the floating cities and hop on a river cruise and go places the big guys can’t. Like the Mekong Delta in Southeast Asia. Discover an intriguing mix of Cambodian, Laotian and Vietnamese culture while sailing along the Mekong River. Shore excursions include the French Colonial architecture of Phnom Penh and the mysterious jungle-shrouded Angkor Wat dating back to the 12th century. Small ships allow you to personalize your cruise experience – get to know fellow passengers and cruise personnel. The ships may be smaller but the demand for river cruises is getting bigger.
Shutterstock/Philip LangeCamel Trek Channel the spirit of Lawrence of Arabia on a Moroccan camel trek across the Sahara Desert. But, unlike Lawrence, the only battle you will have will be directing your cantankerous camel. The Erg Chigaga is a remote desert wilderness where the nomadic Ait Atta Berber tribe live. Share stories and meals with the locals. Sleep under the stars in a nomad tent. Bask in the tranquility of the desert at night. Now you understand Lawrence’s passion for the desert and the Bedouin lifestyle.