If you’re looking for a fun, adventurous getaway in Iowa, the Waterloo and Cedar Falls area should be on your radar! Waterloo is predominantly known for its connection to John Deere, the iconic green and yellow tractors have been manufactured in Waterloo for 100 years! But did you know there are some great outdoor adventures to be had in the Cedar Falls and Waterloo area?!
The whole reason I wanted to visit Queenstown, New Zealand was because of the HUGE range of adrenaline activities they offer, it is literally an adrenaline junkie’s dream come true. I tacked a short stop in Queenstown onto the end of my Australia trip and it literally cost me £1000, half of what 2 and half weeks in Australia cost me (but a certain Queenstown swing that I became obsessed with may have been to blame for that)! It was worth every penny! Here are my top 4 MUST DO Queenstown activities!
Caye Caulker is a tiny little island off the coast of Belize in Central America. It’s less than 1 mile wide and 5 miles long BUT the Northern part of Caye Caulker is a protected forest reserve, the South is mainly just an air strip, making Caye Caulker Village around 300m from East to West and just over 1 mile North to South! There are no cars on the island, everyone either walks, rides a bike or drives around in a golf cart (the beer delivery truck is a tractor…). With an island motto of “Go Slow’ you can expect a stay in Caye Caulker to be pretty laid back and relaxing!
There are several different things I take into consideration when planning my travels. A big one is the attractions that are available in the area, I’ll often base myself close to the places I want to visit! One of these 3 Ocho Rios excursions was the whole reason Jamaica made it on to my bucket list! These excursions are perfect for those that love a bit of adventure when they travel!
Another item finally ticked off the bucket list! I could never imagine grabbing a rubber swim ring and floating down a British river, I just always associate them with being a bit grubby and full of rats and shopping trolleys (carts)! But when you’re in America, 1000 miles away from the nearest ocean, beggars can’t be choosers!
One of the cool parts of travelling is being able to experience things that are part of the culture you are visiting. Before I went to Hawaii, a neighbour recommended us to have a go on an Outrigger Canoe while visiting Oahu. Outrigger Canoes are similar to a narrow dug out canoe but with a giant stabiliser on one side. In Polynesian cultures as well as a method of transport, they are used in racing too!
I’m always under the impression that if I lived in a place that had a nice beach/waterfront boardwalk, I’d be the type of person that’d go running in the morning or evening, it always looks so relaxing. Currently I live on the edge of town, with fields, a river and a lovely new cycle path, but do I run along it? No, not anymore, because you just used to end up being chased by dogs. So it seems that when I travel, I actually exercise more than what I do when I’m at home. Here are 5 fun ways to stay active while on the road!
There are a few different waterfalls in Oahu, however some of them can’t be seen year round, as it depends on things like rainfall (*did you know* Uluru/Ayers Rock actually has waterfalls after heavy rains but then they’ll dry up!). One of my favourite experiences in Hawaii was swimming in Waimea Falls! There’s an easy hike through the Waimea Valley to reach the falls too!