4 Haunted Races to Join This October

Scare in White Bear (White Bear Lake, Minn.) (October 27) Ready for a run in the dark? Locals on White Bear Lake—which made a cameo in Mark Twain’s memoir, Life on the Mississippi—stand along the tiki-torch-lined route to cheer for runners at the Scare in White Bear, a kids’ race and family-friendly 5K walk/run that kicks off after dusk. Post-race festivities and perks include performances, a costume contest and cider and hot chocolate for finishers. Sleepy Hollow Halloween 10K (Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.) (October 28) Washington Irving’s classic supernatural tale picks up speed…

10 Best Outdoor Adventure Vacation Destinations on a Budget

1. Acadia National Park – Maine Acadia National Park Acadia National Park is the only national park in New England. It covers much of Mount Desert Island, a massive, rocky island that juts out into the Atlantic Ocean from mainland Maine. Acadia is known for beautiful inland lakes, thick forests that turn glorious hues in fall, and stunning ocean and mountain views from its rocky outcrops. Cadillac Mountain, the tallest peak on the U.S. Atlantic coast, is a must-visit. The quaint town of Bar Harbor sits just outside the park and…

10 best bucket-list adventure trips

Rafting through the Grand Canyon, Ariz. Plan at least five or six days away from civilization for this epic Western adventure on the Colorado River. “It provides excitement and at the same time it offers an amazing tranquility that most people can’t find in everyday life,” Wendt says. Rafters start at Lee’s Ferry, Ariz., and camp along the way. It’s fun to spend a night at historic Phantom Ranch, and while some people then hike 10 miles out of the canyon at that point, others chose to double the length…

Lonely Planet Names the Top 10 Places to Visit in the U.S. for 2018

Nowadays there are lots of travel guides in the world, but few have a more credible and distinguished history than Lonely Planet. Transforming local knowhow from a global canvas into digestible, attainable and original destination guides is no easy thing, so when they offer their top ten places to visit in the US for 2018, as a travel lover I’m always keen to hear what they have to say. © welcomia / Shutterstock The sun flares through the majestic redwoods on California’s coast. 1. California’s Redwood Coast The Lonely Planet…

Damaraland, Namibia: where ‘each day lasts 100 hours’

I walked out into the desert just as the sun was beginning to show above the mountains. I’d been advised not to step out of my bungalow in north-west Namibia while it was dark: there were lion tracks only a few steps away. But now a spotted eagle owl was flapping out of the bushes and beating its broad white wings across the dry emptiness in front of me, and the world was reborn and golden. A guide at the lodge, Johan, had offered to take me on a walk…

Seals the deal: a winter wander on the Lincolnshire coast

At first all we see is a pale blob, but as we approach it resolves into a bundle of thick white fur – a week-old seal pup. Black-eyed and sleepy-looking, it lolls on the tussocky sand of north Lincolnshire’s Donna Nook nature reserve a few metres from its mother, who appears to be doing her best to ignore it. “She’s just given it a good feed and she’s having a break,” says Peter, one of the volunteer wardens who patrol the reserve year-round, but especially at pupping time. Peter tells…

City safari: overnight with wolves and monkeys in Bristol

It’s early evening and the gates to the wildlife park have been closed to the public. All is quiet, except for birdsong, the gentle rustling of wind in the trees and an occasional excited shriek from a gelada monkey. We (my six-year-old daughter Nell and husband Huw) are gathered around a fire pit along with four other families who are trying out Camp Baboon, a new night-time wildlife and bushcraft experience at the Wild Place Project, a satellite venture run by Bristol Zoo. The 125-acre estate – which once belonged…

Why travellers should donate Asia Miles to fight wildlife crime – former Cathay Pacific captain’s campaign

Former Cathay Pacific captain Paul McIntosh has been fundraising to support wildlife conservation in Africa since the 1980s. Now he is calling on travellers from Hong Kong and beyond to donate their extra miles to the protection of some of Africa’s most endangered species, at Kenya’s Lewa Wildlife Conservancy. SCMP Today: Intl Edition Get updates direct to your inbox E-mail * By registering you agree to our T&Cs & Privacy Policy “There are 10 million Asia Miles members,” he says. “And nobody spends all of their miles. You spend some…

Adventure Travel…Have You Tried it?

Maybe your travelers are too elderly, too infirm or too set in their ways to attempt an adventure trip – even a short one. On the other hand, you may find that some of those among your clientele are tired of just riding around in a motorcoach, getting out occasionally to stretch their legs, visit the restroom and perhaps grab a bite of lunch. If this is your scenario, perhaps it’s time to educate yourself as to what “adventure travel” really is and discover an alternative kind of trip that might…

Smoke on the water: a boating holiday adventure in France

It’s a beast of a boat, more Puerto Banús than Canal du Rhône, satin white curves and chrome handrails gleaming in the sun. And it’s ours for the week. This is Horizon, the shiniest and newest addition to the range by Le Boat, the canal boat specialist which offers self-drive craft along the waterways of mainland Europe, UK and Ireland. At a little over 4m wide and 13m long, its footprint is around the same size as a small Victorian terrace, our terrace in fact, but with more en suites,…

Get Lost Intentionally With Black Tomato’s New Adventure Travel program

Those of us beholden to constant communication—who find their phones glued to their hands even while on vacation—have benefitted substantially from trips where WiFi and cell service remains sparse. Many of us—those who’ve traversed the globe to the best of their ability and can list dozens of countries and cities as already explored—also dream of remoteness and the next distant destination. With adventure a driving purpose, some of us even imagine the joy from being lost with only the necessary tools to find one’s way out. This concept happens to…

Why Adventure Travel Is for the Whole Family

You, too, can take your four-year-old on a snowmobiling trip. Tucked inside my jacket, our ten-month-old could barely keep her eyes open against the sway of the snowmobile. I held her tight against my chest as an experienced guide deftly maneuvered us up Vatnajӧkull, the largest ice cap in Europe by volume. Beneath several hundred feet of ice, there is fire: lava fields, and a dozen active volcanoes. Fog, thick and white, obscured everything beyond my fingertips. First to disappear into it: our four-year-old, whose eyes pooled when she discovered we would…