Our Adventure Tourism Blog

Welcome to our blog where you’ll find day-by-day accounts of our Big Adventures, plus articles, updates and photos.

Our Big Burma Adventure January 2017

Days - 16: Bikes - Honda CB500x: Distance - 3,200km

We kicked off 2017 on a high, with another Big Adventure.

Starting in the beautiful, cool climate of Chaing Mai, Thailand, this two-week motorcycle tour took us right into the heart of Burma – exploring ancient pagodas, rugged jungle and unforgettable winding roads.

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Our Big Cambodian Adventure November 2016

After October’s intense but incredible trip to Nepal, we were itching to get back in the saddle for another dirt bike adventure. So where better to test our riding skills than the rugged, technical terrain of Cambodia?

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Our Big Nepal Adventure October 2016

Our Nepal Dirt Bike Adventure gives daring bikers the chance to be among the few to ride in the shadow of Mount Everest. From the bustling madness of Kathmandu to the tranquillity of the Himalayas’ untouched terrain, this ten-day adventure never fails to deliver. We’ve just returned from our Oct ’16 trip and it’s safe to say it was among our most eventful yet!

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6 Things You’ll Only Learn on a Motorcycle Adventure

With pure adrenaline rushing through your veins and an endless stretch of road in front of you, there are few more exciting ways to see the world than from the saddle of a motorbike. Other modes of transport will get you from A to B, but if you want a real adventure, two wheels is the way to go. 

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Dirt Bike Adventures in Romania

Our Romania Dirt Bike Long Weekender is an ultra-concentrated adventure designed to push your riding skills to the limits. We spend 3 full days riding on steep narrow trails through endless forests in the Carpathian Mountains in Central Romania. This region is a Mecca for off-road motorcycling and it really doesn’t get much better than this!

Although this is the shortest trip we offer, by no means is it an ‘easy’ adventure. This is a tough, physically demanding and challenging experience which will take you right out of your comfort zone.

Are you ready for a big adventure in Romania? Read this blog post about our trip in May 2016 and then call us to book your place!

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22 Questions for Faye

Last week Faye O'Toole joined the The Big Adventure Company as a Travel Administrator based in our Bath HQ.

Faye was definitely the most suitable candidate for this role because as well as having a very friendly and happy personality she also has a real passion for travel and big adventures! During her gap year Faye visited Australia and New Zealand where she experienced activities such as extreme water rafting, deep caving, mountain climbing and kayaking. 

Here's 22 questions we asked Faye during her first week at TBAC...

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Our Big Bolivian Jeep Adventure

Our ‘Bolivia Jeep Adventure’ is an exciting and exhilarating trip which offers an opportunity to drive a modern 4x4 jeep on the world’s largest salt flats and the world’s most dangerous road. On our most recent trip (July 2015) we had 6 clients (Keith, Carol, Colin, Nancy, Frank and Brian), and we think it is fair to say that during their two-week journey from the Amazon to the Andes they experienced a lifetime’s worth of adventure.

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Our Big Bolivian Motorbike Adventure

Our ‘Bolivia Motorbike Adventure’ in July 2015 was an absolutely fantastic trip and we think it’s fair to say that during the two-week journey from the Amazon to the Andes our TBAC riders (Ulrich, Peter, Martin, Neil and Garry) and crew (Steve, Matt, medic Sarah and local guide Cory) experienced a lifetime’s worth of adventure.

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5 Ways to Explore Burma

Last year our ‘Burma Motorcycle Adventure’ was included in a travel feature in The Independent newspaper. Written by Sarah Baxter, the article gave information about adventurous and exciting ways to explore this mysterious and magical country. 

We were very proud that TBAC was mentioned in the article alongside other well-known tour companies such as Selective Asia and Exodus. Thank you Sarah for including us! 

 

'5 Ways To Explore Burma' by Sarah Baxter, The Independent

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Our Big Colombian Recce Adventure

We’ve recently returned from our Big Colombian Recce Adventure and what a fantastic trip it was! We absolutely loved this crazy and colourful country and we’re excited about running our first official Colombia Motorbike Adventure in summer 2016.

We started our adventure from Cali and we spent our first few riding days on the never ending twisty roads of the spectacular Andes Mountains, before we headed down to the Caribbean beaches and UNESCO World Heritage city of Cartagena. Following a well deserved day off from riding we jumped back on the bikes to head south towards the vibrant city of Medellin which is located in the Aburra Valley in the heart of the Andes, and then we made our way back to Cali - the salsa capital of the world.

Join us on our Colombian Motorcycle Adventure in Summer 2016

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Dirt Bike Adventures in Cambodia

We're absolutely thrilled that an article about our Cambodia Dirt Bike Adventure appears in the March issue of Red Bull's Red Bulletin. Every month The Red Bulletin features stories of Action, Sports, Adventure, Arts and Music and we're very proud that they've chosen to feature The Big Adventure Company! Read it here....

 

mud-splattered off-road biking in Cambodia

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6 Reasons Why You Should Book With The Big Adventure Company

When it comes to booking an adventure holiday we appreciate that choosing the right company to go with can be a tough decision. We understand that you will want to do your research and find out more about the company, check out their itineraries, photos and videos, and read testimonials from people who have previously travelled with them.

To assist you with your decision making process we’ve put together ‘6 reasons why you should book with The Big Adventure Company’. We hope this helps, however if you want to be sure that a TBAC adventure is right for you, please give us a call on +44 1225 634000 – we’d love to have a chat with you!

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The Big Adventure Company Review of the Year

2015 was a fantastic year for The Big Adventure Company. It was our first full year of operating as TBAC, after officially launching in August 2014, and to date we’ve led 15 big adventures in Romania, Nepal, Bolivia, Burma, Cambodia and Thailand. As we start a New Year we’ve taken this opportunity to reflect on 2015 with a ‘Review of the Year’ blog post.

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6 Reasons Why We Love Bolivia

With its fascinating history, rich culture, colourful markets, and breathtaking and diverse landscapes (including the Amazon rainforest, the Andes Mountains and the high altitude deserts of the Altiplano), Bolivia is a country like no other.

We run our Bolivia Motorbike & Jeep Adventures in April and September of each year and with each visit we become even more enthralled by this incredible South American country. Here are 6 reasons why The Big Adventure Company loves Bolivia.

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Our Big Thailand Adventure

The Golden Triangle region of northern Thailand is dirt bike paradise and riders can expect rocky climbs, jungle trails and river crossings, plus of course stunning mountain views, spectacular waterfalls, ancient temples and a unique opportunity to ride through remote hill tribe villages.

We ran a recce trip to Thailand in 2014, and in October 2015 Steve led our first official Thailand Dirt Bike Adventure. It was a fantastic trip, and for one rider in particular it was a definitely a ‘Big Adventure’ as he’d never done anything like this before.

Thailand Dirt Bike Adventure - October 2015

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Our Big Nepal Adventure by Matt Hogg - Part 3

Here is the 3rd and final instalment of Matt Hogg's brilliant blog about his trip to Nepal in September 2015. 

Matt led our Nepal Dirt Bike Adventure and the group certainly faced some tough riding conditions as it was the tail end of the rainy season, but they all came together as one team and pushed through the challenges to have an epic time on their Himalayan adventure. A huge well done and thank you to Matt for leading his first trip and bringing the troops back safe!

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Our Big Nepal Adventure by Matt Hogg - Part 2

Here is Part 2 of Matt Hogg's fantastic blog which he wrote whilst leading our Nepal Dirt Bike Adventure in September 2015.

In this post you can read about their adventures from Pokhara to Beni and then Tatopani, then up to the dry barren alpine of Jomsom and onwards to the Muktinath Temple which sits at about 3800m above sea level. Our favourite part of this post is Matt's opening line on Day 7 where he says 'If this trip were a meal, ride day seven would be the main course. The Christmas Turkey. And we carved it like starved beggars on 250cc dirt bikes!'. Brilliant. 

Nepal Dirt Bike Adventure - September 2015

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Our Big Nepal Adventure by Matt Hogg - Part 1

In September Matt Hogg returned to Kathmandu to lead our first Nepal Dirt Bike Adventure since the devastating earthquake earlier this year. Matt joined us on our Nepal trip in April and he was assistant team leader on our Bolivia trip in June, and we were delighted that he was up for the challenge of leading this off-road adventure in Nepal along with our fantastic local team.

Matt has written a fantastic account of his time in Nepal which we will publish in 3 separate posts. Here is Part 1. Enjoy! 

Matt Hogg

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My Internship at The Big Adventure Company

We had just started talking in the office about exploring the possibilities of getting an intern in to help us when strangely we got a call out of the blue from a company called “European Placement Network”. They had a Swiss student who was looking for a 5 month placement in the UK! They sent us her CV and we then arranged a Skype call with Rita. We were impressed with her on the phone and so confirmed to the company that we would love to have her with us. Rita started with us on 20th July. We have 2 more months with her before she heads back to Switzerland to start University next year. We are thinking of confiscating her passport so she can’t leave! She has made a huge difference to us here at TBAC and we will miss her greatly! 

Here is Rita's account of her internship at The Big Adventure Company. 

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5 Reasons Why We Love Burma


Often referred to as ‘The Golden Land’, Burma is one of the most mysterious and undiscovered countries in the world. Having only recently opened its borders to tourists, this magical country is on the cusp of great change and we urge you to visit Burma now before everyone else goes.

We ran our first ‘Burma Motorcycle Adventure’ in January 2015 and it was a great success.  We secured the necessary government permissions, permits and guides to allow us to ride in this very secretive country and we spent 2 weeks visiting the ancient temples and pagodas of Mandalay, Bagan and Inle Lake.

We were all completely enchanted by Burma and we’re extremely excited about returning to this incredible country in 2016. Here are 5 reasons why The Big Adventure Company loves Burma. 


 

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Mini Big Adventures in Romania

When setting up The Big Adventure Company in 2014 we felt there was a need for shorter trips in a European country. All our other trips are long haul and we understand that people can’t take always go away for 2 weeks due to work commitments, family holidays, etc. We’d heard amazing things about Romania and we were certain that this would be the perfect country for our mini Big Adventures.

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Our Big Cambodian Adventure

In early 2015 Neil Petersen and his friend Neil Whitehead travelled to Southeast Asia where they had the opportunity to leave their ‘real world’ for a few weeks and enjoy their true passions in life - taking photographs and riding motorcycles. Their trip started with a flight to Bangkok and then a short flight to Chiang Mai in northern Thailand. From Chiang Mai they travelled into and through Laos and then into Cambodia.

We were delighted that they chose to join us on our Cambodia Dirt Bike Adventure where we explored the jungles and ancient temples of this fascinating country.

Here is Neil Petersen’s fantastic blog about their big Cambodian adventure and you can read more about their southeast Asia trip on his website – www.dotpix.co.uk

The middle of rubber plantation country

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