If you can dream it, you can find and experience it on the exotic and fun-filled island destination, Maui. 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.

A short walk from Piccadilly Circus, this 160-roomer is particularly known for its spa, Akasha Holistic Wellbeing. Here, all manner of good health promotion is addressed, including nutrition, meditation, and fitness — just the thing to balance out the decadent afternoon tea served in the hotel’s Oscar Wilde Lounge. We decided not to mortgage our home so we could do the boat tour, which travel insurance is operated by Xanterra Parks and Resorts in cooperation with the Park Service (adults are $28 per person and children are $15 each – our family of 6 would need over $100 for the experience). Safaris and group tours to exotic destinations are great ways to experience the freedom of traveling on your own while still enjoying the safety and security of traveling as part of a group.