11 days of challenging trekking, skiing, snow-shoeing, and sled-hauling, basic mountaineering skills required - You must be in excellent physical condition
One of the most difficult areas of my marriage is the definition of vacation. I'm more a laying-down, beached whale kind of vacationer. While, my husband thinks vacation is for something to be accomplished. There should be some kind of goal involved, so you can feel like you "won". I think if I got tanner, or my stress level lowered, I won.
As I was doing research for my book today, I came across the above quote to describe a "vacation" and I use this term lightly because if the shape you're in, determines if you can go? That right there is not a vacation. This is from the same company whose catalogs littered my in-laws house. They took strenuous hikes on all their vacations. My FIL is still going strong. The last ones I remember: Libya, Antarctica, Greenland and French Guyana. Oh and Bolivia. Which I think is on the "do not travel" site for Americans. I could be wrong, but after hearing their tales about junker single jet planes and harrowing cliff-side walks, I think I'll forgo that one too. They have a globe where they "pin" the countries they've visited. A round to-do list.
Here's the problem for me. I can't lay out in Libya because I'd need my Burka. Antarctica because the Empire penguins would stare at me funny from their ice caps. Greenland...do they have sun? And French Guyana, someone might want my head as a souvenir. If you've guessed I'm not very adventurous, you're dead on. There's enough adventure in knowing what kind of food I'll eat on vacation and can I get coffee?
I LOVE soaking up different cultures, I do. But I'll stick to cultures that define themselves by food and music, not crazy dictators.