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02
WELCOME
IssuE 6 n AuTuMN 2008
n AFRICA
WHY AFRICA? 04
Brian Jackman talks of the mighty continent’s allure
FROM WHER
E I sIT...
n EuROPE
READY TO RIDE 08
some dreams never die
Leanne Moore takes the coach back to Europe
There is one thing that even the credit crunch offer, venturing well
n FAMILY TOuRs can’t lessen: people’s desire to travel. However, we beyond the overland truck
HAPPY TRAVELs 10 realise that tough economic times mean that we expeditions to also offer
We chat to Venture reader Leanne Merks all think differently about our holiday plans. What rewarding public transport
are we at Kumuka doing to help you? Simple: tours, small group tours, family adventure tours
n CENTRAL AMERICA continuing to do what we’ve being doing since and tailor-made itineraries. In planning these, we
CuBA REDuX 12 day one – provide unforgettable getaways at are conscious of our impact on the environment
Follow Christopher Baker to this island favourite tremendous prices. It is all about offering value. and try to ensure the smallest possible footprint
Whether you are joining a two-day excursion wherever we go.
n NORTH AMERICA or a 35-week overland expedition, we want you While we have grown and evolved, our core
COMING sOON! 15 to feel like you couldn’t have spent your hard- values have never changed – we put the customer
Kumuka’s Lee Nicholson reveals our exciting plans earned money on anything better. And as we experience first, and ensure our itineraries and
know that the aspirations of travel never cease costs are transparent. We want you to know
n INDIA – no matter what is happening with the economy exactly what you’re getting and the price you’ll
THE BIG PICTuRE 16 – we are continuing to search the globe for new pay. Today, more than ever, these ethics mean you
Bridget Ashford recalls her mystical Rajasthan experiences that will satisfy the grandest of can continue to fulfil your travel dreams.
dreams and the tightest of budgets. In the past
n AsIA year alone, we have added more than 100 new
A TAsTE OF CAMBODIA 18 itineraries. We now offer over 450 exciting tours,
OZ OZBULUTER
Richard Strange follows his nose east covering 75 countries across all seven continents.
MANAGING DIRECTOR
We’ve broadened the nature of holidays we KUMUKA WORLDWIDE
n sOuTH AMERICA
BOLIVIA’s BOuNTY 20
Travel with Kumuka clients David and Kirsty Evans
n sOuTH AMERICA Why should you travel now?
COLOMBIA: THE NEXT BIG THING 22
Bradt author Sarah Woods lifts the lid on this
While tough economic times call for many things, such as tightening the belt when it comes to
burgeoning destination
spending, there’s no need for you to cut back on travel. Indeed, here’s why travel is good for you.
n ANTARCTICA GOOD FOR YOuR HEALTH
FROZEN IN TIME 24 n Just one holiday a year can cut a person’s risk of heart attack by 50 per cent.
Roderick Eime recounts his trip of a lifetime n It only takes one or two days of travel to reduce blood pressure, heart rate and levels
of epinephrine (a stress hormone).
n TRANs-sIBERIAN n Travellers rate their overall health 20 per cent higher while on vacation.
RIDING INTO RussIA’s GOOEY HEART 26 n Most travellers not only get three times more deep sleep after their trip, but
Richard Reid rides the rails on an epic journey they also tend to sleep almost 20 minutes longer upon their return.
n GLOBETROTTING GOOD FOR YOuR jOB
WHAT’s NEW 28 n Travellers experience a 25 per cent increase in performance on vigilance
Venture looks at some of our hottest new tests after returning from vacation. Travellers 45 or older show a 50
tours, and three classics... and more! per cent increase in performance. These facts have led some forward-
thinking businesses to mandate travelling time to their employees.
vENTURE is published four times a year by Kumuka Worldwide.
n Travel may actually put more money in your pocket. According to
It is distributed free of charge in outlets across the United Kingdom
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open-minded, flexible, confident, and tolerant. They attribute
publishers. All information in this magazine was correct at the time of
this change to their travel experiences.
going to press and is subject to alteration.
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n Even the anticipation of travel generates an increase in positive emotions
All holidays featured in this magazine are covered under ATOL
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about one’s life as a whole, family, economic situation and health.
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