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What does ‘adventure’ mean to you?

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When I was up at the Edinburgh Fringe festival, I met a group of guys that were on to a great concept: an information sharing site, in the form of an interactive video dictionary.  Think Urban Dictionary, Wikipedia and Youtube, combined.

Their site, Wordia.com, launched today, and it looks promising (I may or may not have been talked into recording a definition for them, hehe).

I would like to upload another video on Wordia, but I need your help!  What travel-related word should I define?

Respond below if you want to get involved…this could be fun!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks!

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Congratulations to Sarah Stocks, winner of the isango! Perfect Holiday Contest.

Sarah entertained, surprised and inspired us all with her creative description of paradise, entitled ‘Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’.

Having received the most public votes throughout the month-long competition, she is now entitled to £500 worth if isango! products.

Way to go, Sarah!

Here is her (scandalous!) entry:

Tropical Rainforest? Or is it?’

He looks right into my eyes with his soulful browns, rippling muscles, dressed only in a small loin cloth. “I want to take you to a secret place high in the rainforest” he says “we can make a hammock from the vines.” His voice is so sultry, so sexy. But no, I can’t. Yes, it sounds like paradise, but I am here with my new husband on honeymoon, and he is waiting for me. “I’m so sorry I need to go.” He looks sad for a moment then says “okay, but please let me walk with you to keep you company.” We stroll in the scorching heat, passing all sorts of wild and crazy animals. We walk for miles and eventually reach my partner standing beside a huge castle. My tall, dark stranger turns to me and whispers in my ear, “maybe tomorrow you will return? Balou was looking forward to meeting you and we really need a hand to stitch that hammock.” I replied, “we’ll see, Tarzan – I still haven’t seen Tigger yet, so that’s tomorrow’s goal.” I turn to my husband with freshly dripping ice cream in his hands and think to myself, “I love Disneyland…”

Ooh la la, Sarah! Great work. We hope that your holiday fantasy comes true!

Tours:
Enchanted Rainforest Dinner

Daintree Rainforest Tour

Disneyland Adventure

Disneyworld Adventure

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Canary Island windsurfing at the wind factory

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Many of the world”s biggest events in the windsurfing calendar take place during the summer at Playa de Pozo Izquierdo – known within the water sports fraternity as ”The Wind Factory”.

The Gran Canaria PWA Grand Slam 2008 took place here in July taking advantage of the perfect conditions the location provides for professionals and holidaymakers alike all year round.

Locals are born into windsurfing and the area is home to the renowned International Centre for Windsurfing; considered to be second only to Hawaii for facilities.

Its reputation precedes it as ”a brutal proving ground where scores are settled” and the sport”s biggest names do just that regularly here.
This year”s events include competitions such as men”s slalom, women”s freestyle, and the wave event where spectators are treated to spectacular, gravity defying aerial jumps.

Visiting competitors will be looking to gain entry to the windsurfing hall of fame by trying to out-do the local hotshots who have the luxury of being able to train here all year round.

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London Tourists: Mind your Beckham Bones

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About six weeks ago, on the way home from my office in London, I realized that I could no longer walk; that is, I shifted my weight from the side of my right foot (which, I suddenly/finally acknowledged, had been unnaturally stabilizing my gait for two weeks) and began to consciously move forward as human beings naturally should: by actually pressing the ball of my foot into the ground. Heel-toe, heel-toe, heel-ouch! Ouch! Ouch!  (Of course, when something hurts, you want to do it over and over…) OUCH.  Limp.  GP.  A&E…Stress fracture.”A fracture to my right second metatarsel,” I now casually spout off to any curious passerby who (skeptically) observes me hobbling on crutches without a plaster/cast…or any visible sign of injury.  For I have discovered that the word ‘metatarsel’ actually triggers a psychological mechanism in (most) members of the British public, whereupon glamourous images of David Beckham limping across the football field—sweat dripping from his brow as he winces in pain over his Achilles toe—flash across their mental television screens.  And suddenly, I become cool.  I have a seat on the tube, a hand with my handbag, a pint on my table…Really.At least 1/3 of the ‘Second metatarsel bone’ Wikipedia page is devoted to Beckham’s fatal fall in the 2002 Champions League match + subsequent media sensationalism.  The ‘Beckham Bone’, we now call it. Way to pave your eternal legacy, Big D.  Your heyday may have passed, but you will certainly have at least a photo caption in your great, great grandkid’s anatomy textbook (…Wikibook?).  May the Beckham Bone live on…Potential for increased sex appeal aside, having a stress fracture—albeit a small chink off the BB—actually sucks, and big time.  Especially in a big, expensive city like London.  Take my advice: if that dull-yet-concentrated pain in your foot seems to be worsening by the day, bin the fancy footwear and shuffle your trainers over to the GP (American translation: trash your stilettos and sport those sneakers to the doctor’s office…).Tourists Beware.The doc at the A&E’s first question: how long had I been ‘touring’ Europe? Ignoring his brash assumption that I was not, in fact, a well-adjusted Londoner (hmph!), I listened to what he had to say about tourists.  His insights were rather interesting; for apparently, tons of sightseers (usually Americans) visit UK hospitals each summer, reporting similar such pains in their feet.  Stress fractures are, in fact, common injuries among travelers that depart sedentary lifestyles to embark on a series of extended walking tours through Europe.  And to the utter dismay of the high-energy, culture-hungry tourist, the only treatment for a stress fracture is to sit still.”You must rest your foot for six to eight weeks.”Say wha…?Yes, one week of trapseing around Europe in bad footwear can (especially in the case of women with family histories of Osteoperosis) can lead to two months of lockdown.(FYI, metatarsel stress fractures are also common in army recruits, ballet dancers, and, of course, athletes.  In my particular case, the initial cause of the stress fracture was likely my participation in a weekly, high-impact dance class; walking around London in poor footwear certainly exacerbated the problem, though.  It’s all about the footwear!)Good-bye, Big Ben…Hello, Beckham Bone.Stress fractures seem like minor injuries but can actually become chronic problems if not properly treated: I’ve learned this the hard way, having prolonged the healing process by ignoring the doctor’s orders to sit still.  But the longer you don’t sit, the longer you won’t play.  So, “let pain be your guide”—and not the public eye—unless, of course, you can squeeze a few more pints out of the bartender with your polished Beckham banter…

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It”s a cut-throat world in the Algarve

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More awards are bestowed on Algarve beaches year-on-year for cleanliness and management giving visitors a greater choice.

But as an alternative to sitting on one, holidaymakers can get a good look at the coastline by spending the day onboard the stunning pirate-ship Santa Bernarda.

This beautiful two-masted sailing vessel runs regular trips from Portimao and travels along the Algarve coast to Armacao de Pera in the east and Lagos in the west.

Guests are required to arrive 30 minutes before departure on the full-day excursion which leaves port at 09:45 and sails gracefully out to sea past a mediaeval fortress.

Small launches enable guests to explore coastal caves before the ship drops anchor at a beach which is accessible only by sea for a BBQ lunch.

Here you are free to swim, go snorkelling or just take in the sun before returning to port under wind power in the evening.

The Santa Bernarda complies with EU safety regulations and crew members give a short tutorial on the use of all safety equipment on board.

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It”s a cut-throat world in the Algarve

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More awards are bestowed on Algarve beaches year-on-year for cleanliness and management giving visitors a greater choice.

But as an alternative to sitting on one, holidaymakers can get a good look at the coastline by spending the day onboard the stunning pirate-ship Santa Bernarda.

This beautiful two-masted sailing vessel runs regular trips from Portimao and travels along the Algarve coast to Armacao de Pera in the east and Lagos in the west.

Guests are required to arrive 30 minutes before departure on the full-day excursion which leaves port at 09:45 and sails gracefully out to sea past a mediaeval fortress.

Small launches enable guests to explore coastal caves before the ship drops anchor at a beach which is accessible only by sea for a BBQ lunch.

Here you are free to swim, go snorkelling or just take in the sun before returning to port under wind power in the evening.

The Santa Bernarda complies with EU safety regulations and crew members give a short tutorial on the use of all safety equipment on board.

For Algarve holiday reviews reviews and more about holidays in albufeira go to www.ilovealgarve.net.

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LAST CHANCE TO VOTE PERFECT HOLIDAY

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Attention travel lovers!  Calling all aspiring globetrotters!

TODAY is the LAST CHANCE to VOTE for your favourite PERFECT HOLIDAY CONTEST ENTRY.

Vote HERE, and vote now.

Winner announced in next isango! newsletter, which you can sign up to receive at the bottom of the isango! homepage.

Voting closes at 11:59 pm GMT.

Good luck to our finalists!

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Overnight desert tours by camel

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Jordan has now begun to realise its potential as a top-rated holiday destination since the amazing city of Petra was opened to tourism just few years ago.

While Petra is something everyone should see, there is more to Jordan than just ancient civilisations with its diverse nature reserves, wetlands, deserts and prestigious biblical sites to stir the interest.

The Red Sea country is also a magnet for the active and inquisitive traveller wishing to take advantage of a wide selection of activities and sights.

There are several options available to those who wish to explore such as guided Land Rover drives but going by camelback is the most appealing.

An accredited, English-speaking guide will lead the caravan from Wadi Rum along one of the ancient mountain trails on a whole-day trek full of fascinating features.

On the road to Aqaba, riders will see T E Lawrence”s house, Kazali Canyon, the Small Arch, Seik Canyon and witness the natural phenomenon of the changing colours of the sand dunes around dusk.

Guests will then make camp to spend the night before returning to Wadi Rum the next day via the famous Incense route.

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Bulgaria offers eco-holiday

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The climate of this relatively small country is so diverse that it can provide the sun-seeker with a sandy beach or the active adventurer with a wealth of options.

Holidaymakers here can experience four seasons in two weeks if they choose to explore the country which can offer a choice of Eurasian steppe or middle-European forest, and contains some of the most beautiful scenery there is, such is its advantageous geographical location on the Balkan Peninsula.

From the Black Sea, through plains, rivers, valleys and forests to the changing colours of the Balkan Mountains, Bulgaria is leading the charge in eco-tourism.

A significant chunk of Bulgaria is made up of the Pirin, Rila and Balkan national parks which benefit from the protection of category-two status by The World Conservation Union.

They are among the largest protected areas in Europe and provide a natural habitat to a wide variety of wildlife in its unspoiled wild regions.

For the actively-oriented, these parks offer a broad scope of adventure activities including rock climbing, horseback riding, trekking, mountain-biking and caving.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18763485-ADNFCR

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Monster truck safari in the sun

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Most tourists who choose a Caribbean holiday are usually lured by the promise of the kind of rest and relaxation that the region is famous for but one Dominican Republic excursion guarantees to boost adrenalin levels.

The Monster Truck Safari takes the more intrepid to areas of the island where the more traditional tour coaches can”t, on an 8×8 monster truck that is able to cover harsh terrain giving guests the chance to have a look at the real country.

A fascinating insight into the heart of the island is on offer as the trucks plunge through rivers and over off-the-map trails.

The safari also takes in typical villages where passengers can catch a long look at the Dominican way of life and sample some of the best coffee in the world which may well have been growing that morning.

One of the many stops on the trip is at a river where guests get the chance to have a cooling dip before heading off for the lunch which is included in the package.

Active and Adventure – Air Activities – Enjoy an exhilarating helicopter ride over New York or a serene hot air balloon ride over the Australian outback.ADNFCR-1652-ID-18763061-ADNFCR

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