Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Blacks #EpicAdventures Explore Competition

I love a good competition and this one from Blacks in collaboration with Explore.co.uk is no exception. £2000 of adventure travel is up for grabs! That's enough for a trip to Africa to see the Big 5, cycle the Turquoise coast or it could even go towards an Arctic adventure.


So what, I hear you cry, do you have to do to be in with a chance of winning? It could not be any simpler: either publish a blog post like this one right here with photographs representing the following: Wild, Fast, Panaromic, Epic, tweet the link to @Blacks_Online with the hashtag #epicadventures or upload your photos to the Facebook page. With such a great prize at stake, you might as well enter!

Lacking inspiration? Here's my take on the four topics, all of which I decided to take from my South American travels as it's been my biggest adventure thus far.

Wild
I ashamedly do not have any photos of actual nature during my time in South America (apart from an unfortunate lobster we were about to eat in Cabo de la Vela) so I've had to think a bit out of the box for this one. The best I came up with obviously had to do a lot of the wild (geddit?) partying that was counterpart to South American travelling. This absolute picture-perfect photo comes from my time travelling in Central America during my gap year in 2010 (I hope to God my looks have improved since then!) Martina, my Swiss friend who I met during my time there and I were introduced to the concept of shakey-head photo time by a typically animated Irish man in Antigua, Guatemala. Basically, you have to stick your tongue out, shake your head like a mad man and get the beautiful moment captured in photographic form. This is the drop dead gorgeous result.



Fast
Anyone who's been to South America should know that the only pace of life there is anything but fast. Their driving, on the other hand, is an exception and at times, you will worry for the sanctity of your life. But South American time is a concept completely aside from any temporal concepts we may be acquainted with and our time in Cabo de la Vela, Colombia, demonstrated it beautifully. This kitesurfer was probably the fastest anything went the whole time we were there.



Panoramic
I could have gone for the old cliché and opted for a panoramic of Machu Picchu but I decided that this photo of the Colca valley near Arequipa in Peru was a nice alternative. We saw this beautiful sight on the second day of our Colca Canyon tour after we had spent two hours climbing the Colca Canyon. The intricacy of all the terraces are phenomenal and the photo has the added benefit of a clear blue sky, something the panorama of Machu Picchu unfortunately lacked.



Epic
Whilst I at times feel the word epic is overused, there is no other word to describe the whole Salt Flats tour experience. The experience of watching the sun rise over the plains on the last day made the 4am wake up call all the more worth it and it is certainly an unforgettable experience.



Now, it's your turn - what photos will you enter for Wild, Fast, Panorama and Epic?

What have been your most adventurous travels?

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