Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean

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True, the free-wandering ’60s are long gone: you sold your backpack years ago, raised a family, enjoyed a fruitful career. Finally, it’s time to indulge your wanderlust—and rediscover the incredible fun and excitement of traveling off the beaten path.

Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean offers dozens of travel options with the mature traveler in mind. Both an inspiring collection of experiences and a practical how-to guide, the book details 50 of the world’s best adventures,...

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Overview

True, the free-wandering ’60s are long gone: you sold your backpack years ago, raised a family, enjoyed a fruitful career. Finally, it’s time to indulge your wanderlust—and rediscover the incredible fun and excitement of traveling off the beaten path.

Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean offers dozens of travel options with the mature traveler in mind. Both an inspiring collection of experiences and a practical how-to guide, the book details 50 of the world’s best adventures, as selected in a survey by the Adventure Trade Travel Association (ATTA) for people over 40. In-depth narratives convey the rich allure of 25 destinations—with first-person descriptions, lively anecdotes, and subjects of special interest—while concise third-person descriptions highlight the remaining 25 amazing adventures. Both formats show why the experts chose each locale and lay out all the wheres, whys, and hows you need to pick the trips most suited to your time and interest.

The most active possibilities include eight days in interior Antarctica, hiking Peru’s Inca Trail, and canoeing the lush backwaters of India. For those with more spirit than stamina, irresistible adventures still beckon: explore history, culture, and scenery in Tunisia…visit the jungle tribes of Papua New Guinea...tour Scotland’s rugged Outer Hebrides for a taste of island life. With an attractive price and expert credentials, Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean delivers inspiration, information, and fantastic ideas to put adventure-hungry boomers back on the road.

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"One of the best travel books to cross our desks this year ... A wonderful and inspiring read." – Wall Street Journal
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426202780
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 5/20/2008
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Don Mankin is a futurist, psychologist, and business consultant who has written about issues on aging and business. His books include Toward a Post-Industrial Psychology: Emerging Perspectives on Technology, Work, Education and Leisure (1978), and Business Without Boundaries: An Action Framework for Collaborating Across Time, Distance, Organization and Culture (2004). He lives in Los Angeles, CA.

Shannon Stowell is president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), which specializes in marketing and business development for adventure travel tour operators, destinations, and more. Before joining ATTA, Stowell was co-founder of Altrec.com, a successful outdoor and adventure travel gear retailer. He lives in Seattle, WA.

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Table of Contents


Foreword     9
Preface: Rediscover Adventure     11
Introduction: Get Ready!     15
North America
Riding the Hulahula to the Arctic Ocean (Alaska)     27
Touring the Islands of the Gulf of St. Lawrence (Canada)     37
Sea Kayaking Baffin Island (Canada)     47
Packing into the High Sierra Backcountry, the Easy Way (California)     55
Floating Through Time in Dinosaur National Monument (Utah)     65
Sea Kayaking Gwaii Haanas in the Queen Charlotte Islands (Canada)     75
Latin America
Copper Canyon By Rail, Van, and Foot (Mexico)     85
Hiking the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu (Peru)     95
Slowing Down on Isla de Ometepe (Nicaragua)     105
Kayaking in the Sea of Cortez (Mexico)     113
Exploring the Hidden Gems of Brazil     121
Europe
Hiking the Outer Hebrides (Scotland)     131
Cycling-and Eating and Drinking-Through Tuscany (Italy)     141
Greenland and the Reluctant Wife     149
The Camino de Santiago: An Adventure of Body and Soul (Spain)     159
Africa
A Walking Safari in Zambia     169
Tracking Mountain Gorillas in the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest (Uganda)     179
Exploring Tunisia's History, Culture, and DesertScenery     189
Custom Safari in the Okavango Delta (Botswana)     199
Asia
Temples and Treks in the Unreal Reality of Bhutan     207
Scenery, Serenity, History, and Culture in Laos     217
Ethnic Tribes and Outdoor Adventure in Guizhou (China)     227
From the Brahmaputra River to the Malabar Coast (India)     237
Oceania & Antarctica
Visiting the Jungle Tribes of Papua New Guinea     247
Sailing in the Kingdom of Tonga     255
Hanging Out in Antarctica     263
Twenty-Six Additional Trips, in Brief     271
What's Next in Adventure Travel     285
Acknowledgments     295
Contributing Authors     297
Index     299
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