Explore the wild and untouched beauty of Zimbabwe, go rafting on the Andes or explore the Thai forest on elephant back. There was a time, when some of the most beautiful places of Nature were inaccessible, through roads. But the advancement of infrastructure, has resulted in better and well connected roads and highways and expressways. The number of people who will be traveling with you depends heavily on where you are going and what you will be doing. It is what you prefer travel insurance for the occasion or for safety. Another day we decided to widen our horizons and try our hand at a whitewater rafting experience. We signed on for the Dave Hansen tour, one of many choices. Whitewater rafting for novices is not only an education in basic river safety, but an exhilarating day of fun and water splashed excitement. One advantage is you can write your own itinerary and the other one is to not think too much of time compared with traveling with a companion.

Looking for reputable tour operators will depend on the type of adventure you are looking for. If you’re planning extreme skiing for instance you need to find the well known skiers in the locale you have picked. If they are ski experts who don’t have tour operator knowledge you may need to get from them the most you can as to type of terrain, accessibility, lodgings, and outfitters who are in the area and then go to those looking for reliable tour guides. In some cases there are individuals who offer both expertise in the adventure mode and also offer tour guiding and tour packages as part of their livelihood. I remember, carrying maps and compass, whenever we were traveling. Even then, we had to ask the local people, at various points, to reach our destination.

Many inexperienced adventure travelers are unsure how they can possibly book an adventure tour on their own. For one thing, there is often a language barrier in far off locations, and you may be many thousands of miles from home in an unfamiliar location. We arranged our trip through an agency that included pre-booked hotels, a car and a driver. We didn’t think about tipping prior to setting off and once we did start considering the idea of tipping our wonderful driver, we had no guidance as to how much the amount should be. We used our best judgment and tipped him $200 at the end, reasoning that he was on the road with us for so long, waking up at the crack of dawn, driving sometimes for eight straight hours (including bathroom stops), and in addition to being our driver, he was also our tour guide and quickly becoming our friend.

But it was time to hit the road again. Because of the large engine in our little truck, we were much faster than the locally made cars, and most trucks on the road. So we made the most of it going up hills and overtaking everything in front of us. Even a couple of motor bikes tried to keep up with us. No hope. When we got to the out skirts of Agra, we pulled up to study the maps and look for the best way to the Famous Taj Mahal. The two bikies we overtook earlier came up to us and asked what sort of we had. They had never seen anything go so fast before. After talking for a while, they said they would be our tour guides for the day. So we followed them into Agra and saw the various touristy things that needed to be seen. The following day we headed to New Delhi and stayed in the posh area of The Golf Links. It is located in Central Delhi, and is close to India Gate, Supreme Court, Racecourse Road, Delhi High Court and other important government offices. Living here, one can easily forget the poverty and slums.