With the economy on the rocks and money on the mind, it can be difficult to contemplate the expense of taking a vacation. We were invited to visit friends in Maine and take a tour of the Camden Harbor on his lobster boat. We had three weeks and a camper but not a lot of money. We discovered the “RVer’s Friend”, planned our route and left on one of the hottest days of the year. While that in it tells of a sense of real outback adventures it is his remarkable tale of self-preservation seven years later that sent the people wild. In 1977 when Ansell was 22 he was trapped in the remote Northern Territory region around Fitzmaurice River. He was traveling in a dinghy down the river with his two faithful cattle dogs, his rifle and bush knife. A crocodile, overturning his boat and throwing them into the water, attacked his boat. The three of them swam ashore and survived but were now trapped in the wilderness.

It was really a memorable trip. And I do hope you’ll get to experience this tour one day. This family-run private island has 20 cottages and villas, as well as an overwater spa, spread across 97 acres. Guests can explore coconut-palm groves and jungles that give a deserted-isle feel — or simply unplug from everyday life on the white-sand beach. When traveling abroad it is most obviously the first thing, you must strike off the list. Do your homework based on all your essential documents such as Passport and Visa well before time. If you still have to apply for a passport make sure to do it at least four to six weeks in advance as such procedures take time. In addition, once you know where you are headed make sure to check the country’s rules and regulations as many countries have stricter rules, which can sometimes require a passport to have another six months of validity before it expires. It will only save your time and effort upon arrival. Also leave a copy of your documents with a friend or family as it can serve as a blessing in case you lose your documents abroad.

Talk to staff and guests at hotels, hostels and the local B & B’s. They all will have a good deal of data on the tour people and rely on them for their livelihood. Make sure you cross reference such evaluations as the proprietors may be financially linked. There are also Internet message boards that concentrate on travel matters that can be helpful. Don’t be afraid to join in the discussions on forums to find out first hand what travel insurance to expect. Who knows you may be able to link with other adventure travel aficionados and form a bond for more sharing as your adventure travel experience grows. This small list doesn’t even cover all of the other wonder adventures the area of Banff has to offer. If you are doing this trip in 5 days, be prepared to be exhausted! You will be on the go constantly, but it will be worth it in the end and a trip you will never forget.