American Way: A last word?
Le Bon: Think of a place you want to visit, study it, pull out the charts and the maps, and pack your rucksack and a sleeping bag and put on your boots and off you go and see the world.
a fine time to go
adventure travel has never been bigger, and the competition never more fierce. good news for you, as quality outfitters abound. a few of the best:
backroads this company made its name with bicycling - and still focuses primarily on two-wheel touring. but, bikes in hand, they have jumped into adventure travel - pedal past glaciers and geysers in new zealand, anyone? - while still applying the lessons it learned via its tamer cycling trips. folks like a grand adventure better when it's followed by a soft bed and a first-rate meal. (800) 462-2848; www.backroads.com
boojum expeditions smaller, but first-rate, boojum offers wonderful trips to the edges of civilization. try riding with mongolia's kazakh eagle hunters (hunting with the hooded golden eagles, not for them) or galloping along on empty beach on the macanao peninsula on isla margarita, off the venezuelan coast. (800) 287-0125; www.boojum.com