Holidays aren’t always perfect, but sometimes, when the unexpected happens, it leads to the most memorable moments of our lives. Here in the first of a three part blog series, some of our members of staff recall their own real life adventures. Rhian Evans on breaking down on the Yosemite & Grand Canyon tour. “Breaking down in the middle of the desert in Arizona we ended up camping at the side of Route 66 and eating at the “Roadkill Café”. The skies were the best we had seen and the hospitality amazing. It was a very small town so everyone knew us as “the ones who’s bus has broken” ! Rhian then spent some time in India, where getting stuck being a convoy of trucks while leading the Southern Images tour, led to an interesting discovery… “Getting stuck in India behind loads of truck of elephants – very mysterious. We were very behind time and followed them all to what turned out to be an Elephant Holiday Health Camp where all the temple elephants in Tamil Nadu go for rest and relaxation for 6 weeks of the year – turned out to be a highlight of the trip!"
Next, Yvonne reveals how a trek in Mexico turned in to a real adventure after their support vehicle broke down. “We got to our camp ground after trekking through the Sierra Madre for 7 hours in tropical heat, after a steep ascent to the village of San Marcos we arrived exhausted but the support vehicle couldn’t make it as it had broken down in a valley next door – meaning no tents, no food, no change of clothes. The villagers clubbed together and offered us a village hut floor, got us floor mats, provided us with blankets, soap and water, and made us the best dinner and breakfast ever….accompanied by the local fire water Mezcal!! (that was with the dinner of course) Also they kept tea on the brew for us all night! A fantastic experience…”
Lastly, Eileen tells us how a sudden downpour gave her and her gorup a unique insight into the everyday lives of the Nepalese people... "Walking in a remote area in the foothills of the Himalayas on our Discover Nepal tour we were caught in the rain, (an absolute downpour); a local lady called us over to her veranda for shelter and made us all tea; she gave us a tour of her home proudly showing us her very few precious possessions’ (pots & blankets mainly). Our hostess was so pleased to see us, and we were all really delighted to have this unique opportunity, for me it was the most civilised encounter I’ve ever experienced. To this day I believe the Nepalese are amongst the friendliest people in the world. (When was the last time you invited a group of 16 strangers into your home out of the rain?). Someone in our group later mentioned the fact that “they are so uncivilised” (meaning so few white goods)
This blog is part of our Campaign for Real Adventure, which we are just getting started. We are looking for stories about adventures you have been on, where the unexpected leads to something exciting, memorable or even life changing. Send your stories to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line ‘I support real adventures’. The 5 best stories will receive a copy of ‘The Road Less Travelled’. However even if you don’t win a prize, all stories submitted will become part of our Campaign for Real Adventure – our way of showing the world how fun life can be when you let adventure in!