Committed to giving travelers one-of-a-kind vacation getaways, Frosch Travel, the Houston-based travel management company, is offering its list of 10 uncommon, out-of-the-box voyages for the adventurous traveler, citing the Adventure Travel Report which says that, in the last five years, 98 million U.S. adults have taken an adventure trip.
Included in the top 10 list are heli-skiing the snow-capped peaks of Switzerland, France, and Italy and a 10-day trek to monasteries in the Himalayas of Bhutan. Travelers can also experience the space centrifuge and simulators while learning to execute flight tasks at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Centre in Star City, Russia.
According to Lara Leibman, senior vice president of Frosch, “The adventure vacations we are showcasing are certainly off the beaten path. They are not trips commonly taken because people don't know about them—who would think of cosmonaut training in Russia? They are truly unique travel destinations, with experiences that are unusual and exciting.”
As an example of the expeditions available, a geothermal diving safari in Iceland includes a dive between two tectonic plates brimming with marine life in an awe-inspiring underwater landscape. The next day includes high-energy activities, from snowmobile racing and a gourmet lunch on a glacier, to an afternoon soaking in a thermal lagoon or white-water rafting on a glacial river.
“Hiking glaciers in Patagonia in Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia has been very popular with younger travelers, as has quad biking in Botswana,” adds Leibman. “Others enjoy chartering the high-performance submersible Super Aviator, which dives to at least 600 feet. In 2010, trips on the two-seated, rocket-powered vehicle Lynx 1 will be available in California.”
Rounding out the top 10 are sailing the exotic islands of Indonesia and mountain climbing in Antarctica, which includes 13 days of camping, abseiling, and visiting penguin rookeries. As Leibman notes of the Antarctica voyage, “best of all is the drive deep into the Wohlthat Mountains to spend an unforgettable night at Scott Camp, an exact replica of the pyramid tents used by the great explorer.”
Frosch is a 37-year-old travel company generating over $600 million in annual sales, through its corporate, leisure, incentive, meeting, and group divisions.