Sheryl’s Top 8 Active Trips for 2020

Sheryl’s Top 8 Active Trips for 2020

It’s the time of the year and we suddenly realised time has again passed so quickly that the year is coming to an end. While we often reflect upon what we have did and experienced the past year, we also anticipate what’s the new year will bring too. Holiday planning is always top on the planning list. Don’t you agree ?

Read on to see what’s I have shortlisted from our Wander Collection for your Happiness & Health (H&H) investment. Please join me if you can.

Tour de Brisbane (UCI Gran Fondo World Series), min. 3 days from 3rd April

Cyclist pals who know me will agree I am not a fast or competitive cyclist. But this cycling event does caught my interest as Tourism Queensland asked us if we are keen to promote. Okay, I admit I fell for the UCI Gran Fondo label. Besides the local OCBC Cycle event I had taken part thrice, I have not tried to experience riding in an international cycling event. Furthermore, there are non-competitive category. So I thought why not I give it a try to ride with fellow cyclists from Australia and other parts of the world and see how far and well I can do personally. Moreover, I can extend to do more leisure cycling in the city on OTOT basis (Own Time Own Target). Brisbane has many bikeways and shared pathways which can be easily navigated by using the Cycling Brisbane Bikeway map. The map allows you to see the locations of bike parking, drinking fountains, CityCycle stations and many more.
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Taiwan Scenic East Coast Ride, 6 days from 26th April

One of the earliest Asian countries that embraced cycling with many railway tracks converted to dedicated bike paths. Drivers with great tolerance for cyclists who share the roads with them. Never once I felt unsafe or life threatening experience I had while cycling in Taiwan. This will be my 4th cycling trip to Taiwan and I am still as excited as ever. Taiwan cycling is more than just round island and climbing Wuling. Her beauties are often hidden all over the island and exploring her on 2 wheels is possibly the best options. 70% of Taiwan is mountainous so do expect some lovely challenges as we ride along her east coast into one of the most beautiful limestone national park in the world.

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Jeju International Tourism Marathon RUN-cation, 5 days from 29th May

This will be my 2nd attempt and I really look forward to the RUN-cation. The beautiful coast view of Jeju island and her pretty cafes that line the coast as we run past them. The endless flow of abalone porridge* will be my main source of motivation to complete the run. Also the opportunity to relax in a seawater jimjilbang (local bathhouse) after the run will be a lovely experience not to be missed. A good number of nature walks will be included in the run-cation to keep the active you going. Non-runners are welcome to join us too as the event features a 10 KM walk category.

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*subject to availability and confirmation from event organiser

Hike The Lakes of Kazakhstan, 7 days from 12th June

It’s the Clash Of The TiTANs this summer as we explore the “TAN families” in Central Asia. This June, we start off with Kazakhstan that’s suitable for Beginner hikers who wish to bring their experience beyond. Kazakhstan, with stunning scenery from mountains and gorges to lakes and valleys, is best to be explored on foot. 2 days of (challenge) hiking in above 1,000 metres to 2,800 metres mountains and passes with an overnight camping. Thereafter, we will have 2 days of easier, leisure hiking and walking around Kaindy Lake, Charyn Canyon and Lake Issyk.

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Trek Kyrgyzstan At Leisure, 8 days from 25 July

With 80% of the country covered with the mountainous range of Tien Shan, Kyrgyzstan is often referred to as the “Switzerland of Central Asia”. Trekking is the best way to appreciate the natural beauty of Kyrgyzstan. On this trip, we will be camping for 3 nights and scaling up to 3,860 metres to Ala-Kul Pass. There’s also a leisure kayaking on a lake and a horse riding experience included. Should you be considering this itinerary but have not attempt any mountains above 1,000 M or even a hill, start planning for a training regime now. We want you to join us to enjoy, not to suffer. *wink*

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Active Fun in Mongolia, 6 days from 24th August

If the “TAN families” are too much for you in 2020, let’s go Mongolia ! This leisure trip is designed for the recreational you who enjoy walks than hikes.  Mongolia is known as the “Land of Eternal Blue Sky” with over 250 sunny days in a year. Enjoy a wholesome active experience in outdoor Mongolia. All planned activities are generally suitable for most travellers. There’s horse back and camel riding. Experience nomadic life with a Mongolian family. Stay in ger camps and watch a sea of stars under the sky. It’s surely a memorable outdoor experience with out much effort required.

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Hiking in Ticino Switzerland, 7 days from 12th September

One of the favourite hiking trails among the Swiss where the valleys are scarcely populated and the mountain paths panoramic. A trip highly recommended for every hiker ! Switzerland is one of my favourite European countries. I never say NO to visit Switzerland again and again. This hike brings a good mixture of culture, great food, marvellous views, nice cities and villages between the best of both worlds; the southernmost part of Switzerland and northern Italy. I am coming !

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Cycling in South Korea’s Autumn Colours, 6 days from 28th October

Mabel led a group of cyclists in 2018 and they have been raving about the beauty of Autumn in South Korea since. Even one of the cyclists attests that Korea has one of the best autumn colours in the world. I can’t wait to experience it myself ! A ride for the beginners with over 98% designated cycling paths of generally flat terrain along the Han River and crossing endless tunnels and bridges, whilst admiring the urban and rural landscapes.  This is a cycling trip of a lifetime, regardless whether it's your first overseas cycling holiday or a leisure ride vacation. Not forgetting to mention the wide variety of delicious Korean cuisine we have planned for the trip.

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More upcoming trips in the pipeline such as Chiang Rai Road Classic which I am determined not to miss in 2020 and our first attempt into Outdoor China. Our first destination will be Guilin. Stay tune as they will be updated progressively.

Do book early to enjoy the Early Bird Offers. Your early response will also help us to guarantee departures as soon as the minimum group size is met, and everyone is able to book their air tickets early to enjoy the best fares available.

Trip grading is an indication on the difficulty of the activities included. There are no trips that are not suitable for anybody if you prepare and train yourself for it. Often it is a journey of self-discovery. We are glad to discuss your concerns and answer your queries. Simply PM us at +65 8714 3321 or drop us a message at [email protected].

I look forward to having you on our trips in 2020 !

Wander with Love,

Posted on 28 Nov 2019 0 641
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