Kedarkanth Trek 2010: An Ideal Option for Summer Adventures

Kedarkanth Trek 2010: An Ideal Option for Summer Adventures

Youth Hostel Association of India (YHAI) is organizing Kedarkanth Trek from May 1 to 31, 2010. It winds through some of the beautiful sites of Uttarakhand- Juda Talao, Kedarkanth Peak, Dhundha and Talhouti-India. It is an ideal option for people who wish to trek in the Himalayas but do not want to go through the time consuming planning exercise. The YHAI camps also unfold an opportunity to interact with people from different parts of India and some times from other countries.

The 12-day expedition costs INR 3200/- per head that includes stay at Mussoorie Youth Hostel, camping, vegetarian food, forest entry fee, insurance, equipment and guidance.

http://www.yhaindia.org/files/adv_programs/description/kedar.html

Adventure Offering Trends: 2008 vs. 2009

Adventure Offering Trends: 2008 vs. 2009

The “2009 Trends in Adventure Offerings” by Xola Consulting, Inc. and the “2008 Adventure Industry Research Roundup” by Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA) show that customized and family adventure offerings are growing rapidly.

Xola observed that some of the “specialty” adventure companies are opting for geographic and activity-based diversification. More number of adventure companies are developing multi-activity holiday trips- rafting, biking, kayaking and/or hiking combo packages.

ATTA reported an increase in sea expeditions toAlaska, Galapagos andArctic, women-specific trips and dedicated measures taken to cut down environmental impact and carbon imprint. “Frequent traveler programs” were launched to win customer loyalty. Read full reports at

http://www.xolaconsulting.com/blog/2010/01/2009-trends-in-adventure-offerings/  and

http://www.adventuretravel.biz/2008roundup.aspx.

Is Night Tourism viable without Proper Security Arrangements for Tourists, Travelers?

Is Night Tourism viable without Proper Security Arrangements for Tourists, Travelers?

At many destinations tourists just leave after sunset for lack of interesting options. So the concept of night tourism, focusing on experiences and activities that take place after the night has set in, was introduced in different parts of the world, encouraging tourists to stay back. For instance, recent proposal of illuminatingChandigarhlandmarks in night is just the beginning. But, what about safety of travelers at night in the city where many cases of molestation and rape in daytime have come to light in the recent past?

Chandigarh Industrial and Tourism Development Corporation Limited (CITCO) planned to illuminate major landmarks, including Open Hand Symbol, secretariats and high courts of Haryana and Punjab, assembly hall, Sukhna Lake Islands, Rock and Rose Gardens in the City Beautiful Chandigarh to promote night tourism. CITCO will also illuminate entry points such as Panchkula, Mohali and Mullanpur. The illumination plan is a bid to encourage participants and audiences of the 2010 Commonwealth Games (New Delhi) to visitChandigarh.

Full Body Scanners: Majority Air Travelers Ready to Compromise on Privacy

Full Body Scanners: Majority Air Travelers Ready to Compromise on Privacy

 

During the UK based Skyscanner Ltd’s poll, two third travelers favored the use of full body scanners at the airports for improved security. But 30% travelers disapproved the use considering privacy and health (radiation) issues. And another poll conducted by the USA Today/Gallup, based in the US, also concludes that more than 75% air travelers are in favor of using the scanner despite privacy issues.

Intelligent Planning Can Prevent PTD

Intelligent Planning Can Prevent PTD

I remember, in one of my treks to the Himalayas, a team member openly confessed that “hangovers” of these trips always last for a few days after reaching home. And you may also be experiencing the same after a nice winter holiday. These post travel depression (PTD) or post vacation blues- nostalgic feelings, loss of appetite and tiredness- are generally proportional to the length of the trip. But nothing to worry! They will disappear gradually. Sharing holiday experiences and photographs may reduce the blues.

But to prevent PTD, don’t plan something very hectic for the next vacations, take short vacations instead of one long one and return from vacation on Fridays. Do not forget that tourism / vacationing / holidaying connotes relaxation, rejuvenation, having fun instead of trying to see and do as much as possible in a short duration.