Why see the world from a car window when you can experience it from a boutique riverboat, chartered yacht or electric bike? Meet the dynamic PUREists (and first-time PURE 2018 delegates) demonstrating why going off-road is the key to taking contemporary travellers off-grid.
Backroads’ philosophy is ‘Active Travel’ – and it’s one they take extremely seriously. With the firm belief that seeing a destination outside the confines of a vehicle is the key to rich, life-enhancing travel experiences, they encourage clients to eschew four wheels in favour of a leisurely hike; a strenuous uphill cycle; or kayaking across serene waters.
Promising to “eliminate the drudgery of travel”, taking an active approach to exploring a new destination has additional perks: tackling tough terrain in a group builds camaraderie and a sense of community; while strolling or cycling allows one soak up the sights with every sense, from stopping to smell the flowers to an impromptu wine-tasting. Next up on the Backroads agenda? An adventurous ocean cruise to Antarctica…
Welcome to Antarctica! Trip Leader @miguel.mas here, taking over the Backroads Instagram to give you a sneak peek as we are here to research our brand new Antarctica Ocean Cruise Multi-Adventure Trip that will begin in January of 2019! It’s a journey to a beautiful land of icebergs, penguins, whales and history on the edge of the world. To get to Antarctica we sailed through the Beagle Strait between Argentina and Chile to cross Drake Passage. Our first clue that we were approaching Antarctica were the icebergs that began to appear all around us. Amazing! #antarctica #icebergs #drakepassage
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: Myanmar remains a tourism outlier among its South Asian neighbours, Thailand, India and Laos – but rich in resources, experiences and heritage, to overlook it is to miss out on sublime sunsets, beautiful temples and cuisine coloured by Chinese, Indian and colonial influences – and handily, it’s best explored by river.
Paukan’s fleet of boutique boats spend their days cruising the Irrawaddy and Chindwin rivers, making tailored stop-offs at ancient pagodas, thriving markets, picturesque villages and more, while providing on-deck entertainment (and all the mohinga one can eat).
NAME: Rascal Voyages
HOW THEY’RE CHANGING WORLDS: Rascal Voyages position their epic chartered yacht adventures as “investments into a unique experience” – a bold claim, but one that their breathtaking expeditions inarguably live up to. Take their Komodo Expedition: as guests arrive at UNESCO-designated Komodo National Park, the on-board private chef and mixologist greet them with whatever they desire. A superyacht in the every sense of the word, Rascal is the palatial lovechild of a traditional Balinese boat (phinisi) and a beach house in the Hamptons, with five above-deck cabins so guests are surrounded by sea, even when they sleep.
They promise to go only “where coconuts grow” – a philosophy that guarantees guests will experience some of the world’s purest beaches, sublime deep-sea diving, immersive tours of mangroves, spice plantations and coral reefs. Personalisation, as with any high-end operator, is order of the day: the yacht’s captain offers navigation masterclasses; evenings are spent stargazing on the rooftop cinema; and speedboats are on hand if guests feel the need to get even closer to the turquoise waters. There’s even an on-board drone – proving that if you’ve dreamed of it, it probably exists on board the Rascal.