15 Ways to prevent Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS)

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I have read several articles written about Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). As an organiser with Adventures Unlimited (AU), I have conducted numerous high altitude treks to Nepal and India. This post originally appeared in 健行筆記, resonates with me as an adventurer as well as organizer.

I have translated this article from its original form written in Chinese for the hope that it will widen hiker’s education and knowledge on the subject. You can read the original article here[Read more…]

How Travelling Helps in Letting Go of your Painful Experiences

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By Lily Ho, Malaysia

At one point or another, we have been hurt to a point of almost destruction. We have experienced pain beyond words, grief beyond consolation and innumerable heartbreaks. Among these, and all the problems that life throws us, we manage to survive. Before I continue, I would like to congratulate you for making through life, scathed yes, but definitely stronger.

I am writing a special piece that I hold dearly: how travelling helps you to let go of all your painful experiences. It is quite special because I can personally relate to this in a spiritual level. For someone who has experienced a lot of failures and pain, I have tried numerous methods and measures to heal and move on with my life. Shopping therapy, clubbing, jumping from one relationship to another, name it, I tried it. To my surprise nothing worked. I was still the same broken person before I tried to divert my attention to these earthly matters.  [Read more…]

The Importance of Being an Environment Conscious Traveller

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I once read a quote that goes “we are all travellers”. It resonated to me more than I expected it to be. With the advent of cheap air tickets and house sharing services such as AirBnB and couch surfing, travelling these days is relatively cheap as compared to before. Once a luxury to many, going abroad or exploring local destinations is now easier. With that, mass hoards of people from all walks of life travel.

Don’t get me wrong; I think travelling educates one more than academic institution does. It expands your horizons and teaches you life’s greatest lessons. But with this advent to mass travelling, the environment takes the toll, in an irreversible way.  [Read more…]

17 Dream Destinations Adventure Villagers want to visit in 2017/8!

17 Dream Destinations

a collaborative blog post by The Adventure Village

There are some adventures that we do on a regular basis because they are fun or having meaning to us in some way. Then there are the adventures that we dream about doing one day.

We talked to our community members of Adventure Village to see what their dream adventures and destinations would be. Here are the top trekking destinations that members would like to see organized in the future. [Read more…]

Mount Raung – Overcoming the Angry Giant

Each tear is a poet, a teacher and a healer – Rune Lazuli

Mount Raung is a volcanic mount which is famous for volcano trekking. Located in Java Island, Indonesia, one can get to witness an active volcano when hitting this trail. The dimensions of the caldera of Mount Raung ​​alone are 750 m x 2.250 m, or 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) in width, and there are active smokes all round within graying rim – though the rim color can vary depending on the volcanic activity. [Read more…]

I Climbed My First Mountain, and It Changed My Life Forever

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By Gemma Wang

I have always been the type of person who loves challenges. I love to push my limit and see how far I can get, expand my comfort zone and generally, just continue becoming a better individual at any chance I can get. So naturally, when the opportunity came that offered me to climb my first mountain in 2015, I took the chance and said yes. It was one of the most amazing and memorable “yes” I made.

I wasn’t prepared for it. I was not specifically training to navigate rigorous and steep terrain, and who knows whatever challenges there are in climbing a mountain. So when dawn came that we had to start the climb, I was mentally telling myself “You can do this!” [Read more…]

The Worst Advice I’ve Ever Received About Travel

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By Emily Yerman

“It is too expensive!”

Yes, I hear that all the time. If I were to have a dollar every time a person tells it to my face, I would have been rich by now.

I have been travelling for quite some time now, both internationally and locally. Going as far as Europe, North America and Asia, I have proven that the single worst travel advice I have received is to save up rather than travel, because travelling is supposedly expensive. “Save up for rainy days, invest in real estate and stocks, you can travel when you are rich.”

This is so wrong in many levels. For life is not black and white. There is no completely choosing one option and foregoing the other. Trust me, you can travel and save at the same time. It is just a matter of balance. [Read more…]

Gunung Semeru @ 3,676m.a.s.l (The highest volcanic mountain in Java Island, Indonesia)

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By Lily Ho, Malaysia

Mt. Semeru is the second volcanic mountain summited after we climbed Mt. Rinjani last year on the same day. We did not have good experience on Mt. Rinjani as we were only able to reach the summit approximately an hour after the sunrise. In total, it was 5 hours from the base camp to the summit.

Therefore, I decided to choose a volcanic mountain which is lower than Mt. Rinjani, thinking that it would be an easier one. With this, we invited members, bought tickets, and planned accordingly. Only when this process was complete was when I realised that Mt. Semeru is actually more technically demanding if compared with Mt. Rinjani. [Read more…]

16 Reasons Why Hiking Is Better Than Sex (by The Adventure Village)

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Why Hiking Is Better Than Sex

a collaborative blog post by The Adventure Village

There are some essential hiking trails that must be experienced if you are staying in Singapore. Be it Bukit Timah Nature Reserve, the Southern Ridges, Fort Canning Park… each deserves some time with your boots on and cameras out.

Remember to bring some “protection” for your gears so it doesn’t pick up something that requires a good cleaning.

So even though local trails may seem familiar and almost boring, hiking on them can still better than sex in some days – or most days, depending on who you might ask.

Here are 16 reasons that were offered to why hiking is better than sex within the Adventure Village community.

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Blog Release: Bus Rides to Malaysia

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We are saddened to hear of the tragic events which occurred early on Christmas Eve morning. There were 14 people who were unfortunately killed in an accident at Km 137.3 of the highway at Kampung Jayor in Muar, Johor.

According to media reports, the driver of the bus lost control of the vehicle and this caused it to skid off the road, plunging into a 10-metre deep ravine around 3:40am.

http://www.straitstimes.com/asia/se-asia/christmas-eve-crash-kills-13-after-bus-plunges-off-cliff-in-muar

This accident follows one which occurred in July of 2016, where the driver of a tour bus was killed and 25 passengers, all tourists from China, were able to survive after the vehicle skidded and overturned at KM17.2 on Jalan Genting Highlands – Kuala Lumpur in the westbound direction. [Read more…]