When it comes to adventurous vacation ideas, one of my most trusted insiders is Nancy Harrison, founding partner of Adventure Media. Offering a blend of expertise, connections, and good value, Nancy and her team specialize in introducing travelers to some of the best adventure travel experiences the world has to offer.

When I read through this hand-selected list of summer travel ideas that Nancy sent along recently, I was ready to pack my bags. I hope it inspires you to do the same. 

1. Explore the Sights, Sounds, and Tastes of China On An Authentic Cultural Family Vacation

Experience the sights, sounds, and tastes of China with your family this summer on this new Smithsonian Family Adventure by family travel experts, Thomson Family Adventures. From cosmopolitan cities to rural villages, this exclusive family adventure takes travelers to see authentic China, a land that’s in transition between ancient and modern. As with all of Thomson’s tours, children have the opportunity to meet a pen pal while on the trip … Thomson Family Adventures

2. Celebrate Summer On A Rafting Trip Down The Wild & Scenic Rogue River

There’s nothing quite like spending long summer days in the great outdoors while breathing in the fresh air of summer and spending time with friends and loved ones. Venture outside to Southern Oregon’s historic Rogue River for some rough and tumble fun on a whitewater rafting vacation that includes riverside camping… Rogue Wilderness Adventures


3. Discover The Magic Of Southern Kenya On An Unforgettable Horseback Riding Safari

At ol Donyo Lodge located in Southern Kenya, families can participate in Ride Kenya, a unique program that takes guests on 2-14 day horseback riding safaris in Southern Kenya. Extending through an awe-inspiring range of ecosystems – from the dry lakebeds of Amboseli in the east and to the majestic Chyulu Hills in the west – this is quintessential East Africa…. Bush and Beyond


4. Lend A Hand On A Volunteer Vacation That Helps The Big Cats of Namibia

Lend a hand on a volunteer vacation, offered by non-profit organization Biosphere Expeditions, that takes a group of global volunteers to the beautiful Khomas Hochland (highlands) in central Namibia to conduct a survey of African cats and their interrelationship with humans and prey animals… Biosphere Expeditions




5. Try Something Spectacular This Summer On A Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

Summer is fast approaching, and celebrating the splendor of the great outdoors is a great way to spend some ‘unplugged’ time together while witnessing something spectacular. Seeing the Grand Canyon from “the bottom up” on a Grand Canyon rafting trip… Arizona River Runners


6. Experience Alaska’s Wild Side On A Women-Only Bear Viewing And Safari

Venture to the Alaska that most tourists don’t see this summer with AdventureWomen, Inc. on an exciting bear viewing and safari—-for women only. Guests fly by bush plane to Alaska’s Bear Camp for two days of amazing grizzly bear viewing and an insider’s glimpse of America’s “last great place” … AdventureWomen, Inc.




 Source: Adventure Media; Photos courtesy mentioned tour operators.


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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".