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We're turning 50 and celebrating in style

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It's our birthday

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It's our birthday! 50 years ago today the first Contiki trip departed London on the adventure of a lifetime. The group may have been small, but for £95 pounds passengers embarked on a 12-week trip of the Continent & Scandinavia. With the luck of the kiwi “tiki” talisman with them across the Continent – Contiki was born.

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It's been 50 years, and a lot may have changed, but the same spirit for adventure exists in everything we do. We live and breathe it. Whether it's the adventure that takes place on your first flight or overseas trip, or the adventure of getting lost in the backstreets of Paris only to find something magical. Adventure for us is ordering a meal in the local language, it's about sleeping under the stars in the Aussie outback. It’s about stepping out into the unknown, it’s about changing your view of the world forever. We're about trying new food and meeting new friends, about opening our eyes to other cultures, and giving back to the communities we work in.

As the original youth travel & adventure company we've spent the last 50 years building on everything we do, but we're not done yet. We've been using all the knowledge we've spent decades learning. The adventure's only just begun.

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The Winner will be heading off on a 9 day Contiki European Magic trip to experience the best of Europe. Come back tomorrow & check out our article on Contiki in the ‘70s for another chance to win!

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  • Morgan

    Morgan

    over 2 years ago

    I went to the USA with 4 kids from my school and came home with the mst amazing group of friends who are now my family it is kinda like a contiki trip :)

  • Leigh

    Leigh

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure was cruising through the river system of Borneo and being surrounded by nature and wildlife! Have never experienced something as exciting and life-changing as this. Really shows what we need to care for!

  • vanwyngarden

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    over 2 years ago

    my favorite trip was the European Discovery in 2007. It was truly an incredible trip that I still think about to this day!

  • JamesA

    JamesA

    over 2 years ago

    9 day trip through the islands of Thailand that saw me waking up in a Sushi restaurant one morning, performing a new friend's wedding ceremony, playing musical chairs on a beach and learning about buckets.

  • Kathleen90

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incrediable adventure ive been on was the grand southern!! Contiki has a way to bring travels to life. I now have 60 new friends, spent 27 days with the most amazing tour manager and bus driver, learnt so much about America all through Contikis out of this world experience.

  • Ch3l5

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    over 2 years ago

    On a trip to Las Vegas we took a spontaneous 4-wheel drive tour to see the Grand Canyon, it was such a breathtaking and worthwhile experience!

  • foureyedcrab

    foureyedcrab

    over 2 years ago

    I'd have to say my coolest adventure thus far is going to the World Expo in Shanghai in 2010. Just walking around for 12 hours non-stop, waiting in lines, meeting new people and just being in the atmosphere was amazing. Though, I hope to keep traveling to have even grander adventures :)

  • Niffy

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite trip isn't really that far away from home. Went to Wanaka NZ for the weekend with some friends. A day on the lake tried to attempt water skiing but failed and a amazing BBQ for tea. A day shopping finished with an amazing diner and going to a really cool pub.

  • riotsarefun

    riotsarefun

    over 2 years ago

    I've been saving for Contiki since I was 16 and I finally managed to go 14 days European Discovery on 4th Jan 2012 when I turned 18. It is indeed a once in a lifetime experience. It was my first time travelling abroad alone as well as visiting Europe. I have met people from all different parts of the world during the tour. I love hearing everyone speak as they have their own accent. I loved the part when my tour group was in Munich and whenever we see someone with a "mullet" we would shout the word out loud. I would never do this by myself. I would do anything to hang out with everyone again, it would be so difficult though because everyone is from different part of the world.

  • Explorer1204439

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    over 2 years ago

    High school exchange trip to Japan years ago and also doing back to back Contikis in 2010 Ireland, then London, Paris and Amsterdam, made many new friends and had the time of my life

  • bexta25

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    over 2 years ago

    Skiing in the mountains of Norway and staying in a little wooden cabin in the middle of nowhere, just magical. You couldn't see where the mountains ended and the sky began, everything a crisp bright white.

  • Amy

    Amy

    over 2 years ago

    I did the Winter Wanderer at the start of the year. Favorite moment was probably going to the Barca football game in Barcelona! Such an incredible experience!

  • ROMEL

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    over 2 years ago

    Thailand! it was simply crazy! full moon party strapped with buckets =)

  • jeshy134

    jeshy134

    over 2 years ago

    I went on the "European Discovery" trip back in 2010. It was the most amazing experience and I made quite a few life friends. I also toured around London and got lost which is the best way to explore. The most memorable part of my trip was when one of the guys had an allergic reaction to fish and his throat was closing up. Luckily we had some of America's finest nurses on our tour who found a pharmacy in Venice and got an Epi pen YAY the rest of the tour went without a hitch :)

  • Explorer1248480

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    over 2 years ago

    Easy Rider 2011. Getting lost on a night out in Paris and trying to speak to the locals in basic french so we could get home. Or making rosti in switzerland then our tour cook giving my e packet of it to take home because I loved it so much. Or the biggest adventure. Georges Boat in Greece. Best day ever!!

  • Explorer1200051

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    over 2 years ago

    Aussie Explorer 2010/2011... spent New Years Eve in Kakadu. We had an amazing tour guide who made the night so special and our group just got along so well that I've stayed in touch with many of them. Two of the people who met on the trip are even engaged now to be married! It's a trip I'll never forget!!

  • Alice

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    over 2 years ago

    I went backpacking around Europe when I was 14 with my mum. It was my first time out of NZ and I had the time of my life! It really opened my eyes to what's out there and I have the best memories. I've been itching to travel ever since!

  • RortizGypseekers

    RortizGypseekers

    over 2 years ago

    One of the most incredible adventure so far was my first ever Contiki trip in April of 2008 after my graduation at California State University...During the trip I've met about 30 plus friends from around the globe whom i still have contact with...It taught me 3 things to: Explore. Dream. Discover. 4 years later I will be graduating again with my doctorate degree in Chiropractic..And I would love to travel again. It would be awesome to do it again with Contiki. Contiki for LIFE!

  • Explorer1358551

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    over 2 years ago

    Me and my four best friends had an amazing adventure in Egypt! No other country can compare - the history, the culture, the landmarks! I will never forget sailing down the Nile and going inside a pyramid! :)

  • Maik

    Maik

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've had so far, was the 2 nights sailing between the Whitsundays. It's part of the Beaches and Reefs tour in Australia. We slept under the stars (until it started to rain) Australia's most beautiful night sky. It's just amazing!

  • rahnawyn

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to Europe for a month last summer. The most exciting part? Trying to drive a 9 passenger van with stick shift from Rome to Naples, and through all the tiny little streets of Italy. It was an adventure!

  • naomim

    naomim

    over 2 years ago

    i went on a cruise to australia, up all of queensland. it was the middle of winter but we were on ou the deck tanning everyday. so beautiful!

  • NicoleAlison

    NicoleAlison

    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure so far would be setting out for two years to live as a nanny in the USA. I meet so many amazing people, made some life long friends, learnt so much about myself and got to discover the US in a way that you cant as a tourist! I also discovered my now ever growing LOVE for travel, cant wait for the next adventure :)

  • Explorer1318156

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on SO FAR would be the Australian Outback tour I did over New Years this year. It was AMAZING! to see so many Australian Icons such as the magical Uluru and Katajuta which was spectacular. Not to mention the amazing group of friends from around the world which we made. To add to the experience our Tour manager and Driver were fabulous! They and the amazing group of people I shared the experience with made a spectacular tour even more special. Thank you Contiki for making this possible! (must say even better than the Best of USA tour I did in 2009.) xx

  • Kimberley-Rose

    Kimberley-Rose

    over 2 years ago

    I went on the Italian Espresso last year and it was amazing! I ended up having an allergic reaction on my first day! Italian hospitals are not for the feint hearted if you don't speak a word of Italian. Despite this I saw everything there was so see. I went alone but I left with so many friends and memories. Threw a coin into the Trevi fountan, rode on a gondola, wine tasting in Tuscany and did the must have leaning tower of Pisa "pose". I am so excited for another adventure. x

  • Judith

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    over 2 years ago

    I may have never been very far afield but I must say my most incredible adventure was when I recently took my mum to Prague. My mum thought she would never be able to travel again because she needs life saving dialysis. I was able to convince her to come away with me for mothers day for two days. We had such an amazing time we are looking forward to going away again.

  • contiki_crystal

    contiki_crystal

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure has been with my partner of 12 years and having my three children, without ANY doubt! Yet, knowing I have missed a Contiki opportunity has only driven me to demand my children experience it when they are older, before they settle down... I am only 30 and the world changes everyday! x

  • louiset

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    over 2 years ago

    My best-friend and I have never been over-seas and are currently planning our way around Europe and Greece based entirely around Contiki trips!
    As I have never been overseas the most incredible adventure I have been on so far would be learning to snow-board on Australias mountains, I lost my board off a cliff and almost fell off myself, but still had a hell of a time!

  • Anthraxitus

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    over 2 years ago

    European Vista! We saved a long time for the trip and it was worth every cent. It is impossible to see the places and experience the essence of what is Europe without going on Contiki. Contiki just offers you the best - a knowledgeable Tour Manager, an awesome tour bus driver (because those Italians cannot drive and going around the Arc de Triomf is WAY to dangerous), and tour optionals that is mind blowing. All this with an amazing group of people for next to nothing on price!!! We went on the Winter Vista. Next time... Summer!!!

  • Kaylee

    Kaylee

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was last year. A friend and I went on a european conitki tour together. First time we both been on a aeroplane and first time overseas! It was the most amazing experience of our lives!!! Our favourite was exploring Venice! Going completely WILD at Oktoberfest and ending it off in Amsterdam was the Cherry On top! The weather was on our side which made the experience so much more enjoyable! An adventure WE will never forget!

  • Ash

    Ash

    over 2 years ago

    I went to Queensland Australia with my family when i was 12. It was my first real holiday and I got to see so many great places; all the theme parks, great zoos and some awesome places in the middle of nowhere. It was sunny and being with my family made it even greater. It was an awesome adventure!

  • tubby

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    over 2 years ago

    My birthday is also the 30th April - which doesn't have anything to do my favourite trip - just think it is pretty cool to share my birthday with such an awesome company. My most memorable trip is hard to pick as every journey is an awesome memory. THink at this moment it would have to be 3 weeks very budget style with my now husband. we spent less than $60 on flights in total, we left london 5 days in spain in a half finished golf resort with no power or running water (scary moment where thought locals were going to take me to the cop shop, until I remembered "no problemo") followed by a 1 night sleep over on the floor of Stansted airport (not comfy take a blow up pool bed next tme!!!) then 5 days in germany, with a friend of a friend - lots of christmas markets and gluwein :-) then over to Italy to meet friends but on the way to their house got followed by some rough as guys who am sure were going to mug and kill us, survived by ducking in to an tiny museum. Between the narrowness of spainish rural village roads to the hawkers in milan who were blown away by my partners green hair to fellow floor sleepers in stansted to the border control on Germany, swiss and austria - so many crazy memories - next time we take the BUS - the CONTIKI BUS that is :-)

  • GG

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    over 2 years ago

    Went on a skiing holiday to Aspen and met Ridge from the Bold and the Beautiful on a chairlift who asked me back to a party at a local chalet where I met Danny Devito who was DRUNK and started breakdancing and then we had a breakdancing battle and I WON. AMAZZZZZZAZING

  • Shevaun10

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    over 2 years ago

    My most exciting adventure was my trip to Vietnam - Vietnam Highlights. My first ever solo trip and I had the most amazing time. Made so many new friends. The overnight cruise aboard the junkboat at Halong Bay and visiting the limestine caves are my favourite memories of my trip. Had an absolute blast :)

  • Lacey

    Lacey

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was a trip I did to Europe in 2010. I spent New Years Eve in Paris, the City of Love, being showered with roses by strange men and indulging in crepes with melting Nutella. My journey continued to Lucerne where I kicked my heels through snowy mountain tops, to Barcelona where I danced on nightclub bars, to Rome where I lost my breath in the Colusseum, to Munich where I dressed like a beer wench and drank Duckstein (in true style), and to Amsterdam where my eyes glowed in the district of red lights. <3 What an amazing experience!

  • budeenookoo

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    over 2 years ago

    Hands-down, best experience was walking through my first World Heritage site at Shirakawa-go in Central Japan. The beauty and masterful structures of these in Winter 2009 was amazing! Was only 16 then so definitely opened my eyes up to the world!

  • Wanderlust

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far consisted of: 39 days. 7 flights. 8 countries. 19 World Heritage Sites. 9 museums. Hundreds of ancient monuments. 2028 photos. 5,000+ years of history. 8 vomiting incidences. 1 mini road-trip. 6 theme parties. 1 midnight swim. 2 accounts of skinny-dipping. 1 Space Electronic Disco Teq Teq Teq. So many first times. A whole crew of new friends... One unforgettable, orgasmic, absolutely raging, insanely hectic ADVENTURE.

  • CarlyMc

    CarlyMc

    over 2 years ago

    Its hard to choose between my most incredible adventures! I've completed 3 contiki tours so far....and have another 3 booked for this year. In australia sailing through the whitsundays and jumping off for a dip was a beautiful adventure. In Europe seeing all the amazing sites that I had only seen in movies was a cultural adventure. But I think nothing compares with New Zealand. Some of the incredible adventures included completing the canyon sing (3 times) river boarding and black water rafting....oh and sky diving. But I dont think anything compares with going for a swim while on Fox Glacier! What an amazing, once in a lifetime experience.

  • Explorer1352176

    Explorer1352176

    over 2 years ago

    Traveling is a major part of my life and as a young-well traveled individual, the trip that changed my life was a 10 day, living out of a small backpack, sleeping on the red dirt in the Australian Outback. Hiking by day, "bathing" in cold natural water holes, and pushing myself beyond my own personal limits was an experience and life lesson all in its own. The people I went with are friends for life that will forever know the magic of that trip. I hope everyone experiences that type of life altering experience that traveling to certain unique places offer. Happy and Safe Travels everyone! Start planning your next Contiki, European Discovery with Filippo and Geordie was an AWESOME 12 days!!! Emus UNITE!

  • riannori

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far has been to Cambodia. I was part of a volunteer group from my university and we stayed in Siem Reap for about 3 weeks in which the mornings were dedicated to helping out the community by rebuilding classrooms for a school that had been affected by the flood and then in the afternoons exploring the towns sights. Two of the most memorable things that happened there was the completely random bike ride my friend and I took going down interesting looking dirt roads, getting lost and then witnessing a magnificent sunset and being a part of a water blessing by the monks, thanking us for our contributions to their tight knit village.

  • Duffswed

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure i've been on so far was back in 09' I was only 23 and worked and saved for two years just to go on that tour, my first adventure ever actually on my own, I joined an amazing group of people on The european experience, being on my own taught me a lot about myself and how to adapt in new place with new people, the people I met and the tour guides were incredibly helpful in making that possible, I will never forget it because it was when the SWINE flu was all over the place, so our bus mascot was a PIG, was funny times and europe was just pure fun and an intense learning experience, I think the drive and the stay in france was the most memorable the sights between france and italy made it all worth while.

  • CourtneyC

    CourtneyC

    over 2 years ago

    Me and my then partner where in Kuala Lumpur. I was a small town country girl it was my first overseas trip and I really didn't know what to expect. He knew the city really well. The first night he took me for a walk around the city including some pretty shady areas of town. It was a huge eye opener. The next morning we hired a Jag from the hotel and went to some of the best shopping spots KL has to offer. I was amazed that the city had such vast degree of different opportunities and sites to see! Was the best, most mind blowing, horizon broadening trip of my life!

  • Justrose29

    Justrose29

    over 2 years ago

    Most exciting adventure was my contiki trip to Russia and the Baltics. We were the first tour to do the new trip and had some kinks along the way as a result, like a VERY long wait at the Russian border because they thought the bus was still in the country. The kinks only brought the group closer though and i can say it was my favorite continki so far! Looking forward to another contiki adventure!

  • sarah12

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    over 2 years ago

    Sadly haven' had the great adventure yet... but off to do the European summer soon! Half way through reading Only Two Seats left, amazing book and incredible story! A Contiki tour is definitely on the list!

  • breezee

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on so far would have to be the two contiki tours I did back to back in 2007. My best friend and I went on an Impressions tour around Europe followed by the Big Apple Explorer in New York. It was amazing to visit and experience somewhere as old as Europe, with it's cobblestone streets and beautiful buildings, and then travelling to somewhere as fast paced as New York. It was an incredible experience and one that I will remember for the rest of my life!

  • Explorer1177359

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was travelling Europe and the UK back in 2010 with Contiki! It was the most amazing time of my life learning about the history and seeing some of the most iconic places on earth. Can't wait to hopefully go back one day!

  • Laura

    Laura

    over 2 years ago

    European Experience August 1st-20th 2011, enough said. Words cannot explain!

  • ISKIW

    ISKIW

    over 2 years ago

    When I was 16 I went on a school trip to Europe. We went to Germany, Poland and Czech Republic. Growing up I learned a lot about world war 2 and the harm one man did to the world, but it doesn't really make sense until you see it for yourself. We visited memorials, the ghetto and even went to Auschwitz - Birkenau. Just being in the spot that hundreds of thousands of people died can change you unlike anything you could ever imagine. Going to some of the places where one of the biggest tragedies in history took place, was the most eye opening, life changing experience I've ever had. And although I was only there for a little while, it was the most amazing adventure I've ever had.

  • Samara13

    Samara13

    over 2 years ago

    I went on the Eastern Discovery early 2012, it was my first Contiki tour, and it most definitely won't be my last! I already have 6 more tours picked out and am saving my butt off to make them happen! Going to a different country was mind blowing, life changing and something I will never forget! My tour guide, Kelly was an absolute super star! She had such a high knowledge of every place we visited, and was always there to help with any questions anyone had. The people I toured with (mostly Aussies) are now all close friends of mine, and I will always cherish every memory made on the 14 days I spent with my new friends. It was my first time traveling alone, and it certainly opened my eyes! I can't wait to travel with Contiki again!

  • Rhiannon18

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    over 2 years ago

    The most exciting adventure I had was last summer with the Ultimate tour with Egypt option. Experiencing "wow" moments in Rome (Vatican), Paris (Mona Lisa), London (Big Ben) and Greece (all of Athens) was something that changes you as a person. I can remember walking into the Pyramids of Giza and it hits you that this is a piece of ancient history and holy smokes I'm in Africa. But most of all the greatest thing was coming out of the experience with 45 new friends that I still talk to and planning future trips with. Thank you Contiki for an awesome summer!

  • RubyRocker

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    over 2 years ago

    Reunitng with my Dad in Phuket, Thailand after 23years was like a dream come true and a childhod fairytale. Tok toks, Phi Phi Island, Elephant rides, and the search for the perfect Magarita was a great way to break the ice.

  • Jadelb2

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    over 2 years ago

    Canadian Adventure! I took a gap year off university and found myself jetting off to work in Canada for a year! I worked at a ski resort in the Rocky mountains where I learnt how to snowboard.This was the first time I had been in snow! Exciting! Summer was amazing as I worked on one of Canada's top golf courses. Surrounded by the beautiful Canadian landscape and wildlife like Moose and Bears! After spending a year with people from all over the world I made some truly amazing friends that I will be in contact with for many years to come! I was fortunate to have had the chance to visit Niagara falls in Toronto and spent a few weeks in Vancouver! To end the year off on a high note, a few friends and myself spent a week in Cuba! This trip was one of the best decisions I ever made and am looking forward to many more trips that will top this one! My first Contiki perhaps!

  • Kim

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    over 2 years ago

    The best holiday I ever went on was to Florida a couple of years ago with my friend. We made it great because we planned everything in advance; where we would go each day, bought tickets beforehand, saved up coupons. In the end we did everything we wanted: went to disney, swimming with dolphins, Universal studios and Harry Potter world (my favourite!), shopping, ripley's believe it or not, wonderworks and so many others I can't remember without looking at the diary I kept!

  • Sarahbh90210

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    over 2 years ago

    Contiki infected my normally straight laced preppy life with the miasmic travel bug in 2009 and since then nothing has been the same again. The Winter Wanderer tour was a life revelation. It no longer mattered what you studied or what career path you choose, all that mattered was that you lived life to the fullest and you do and see as much as physically possible with as little sleep as possible!!

  • Lana

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    over 2 years ago

    Contiki Road to Athens 2010 tour ; met the greatest bunch of people, explored amazing European cities and was left with a myriad of wonderful memories. Couldn't have asked for anything better!

  • Pamela

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    over 2 years ago

    I had hardly travelled at all before going to university so when I heard about the amazing hitchhikes the university helped arrange every hear to raise money for charity, I was intrigued! So that's when out of the blue I randomly signed up to hitch hike to Munich. I was dropped off in Edinburgh (Scotland) on a Monday morning with my team members and we had to try and get to Munich (Germany) without spending any money. We did ok, but truth be told we did spend some money. However, we had an amazing adventure on the way which included walking from Newcastle to Sunderland at night because no-one would pick us up, meeting some really cool people(!) (a Scottish man in Scotch corner (England), two really lovely professional poker players, a crazy Dutch man who was disgusted with the Scottish love of haggis). We also got stuck at Rotterdam ferry port after a man drove away and left us so we had to hide in the bunk bed of a truck to get to a service station. We also got fined for train hopping, when in fact the ticket conductor at the station had told us we could pay on the train! One of the most exhausting but exhilarating and fun experiences of my entire life!! :)

  • Pam

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    over 2 years ago

    A trip with my family to England, Scotland, and Wales...perfection!

  • Courtney_H

    Courtney_H

    over 2 years ago

    Last year I travelled to Europe with Contiki on my first overseas trip ever, by myself. It was so eye opening to be able to see so many historical landmarks I had read and dreamt about for years previously. Being able to walk on cobblestone streets in Prague that people have been walking on for hundreds of thousands of years is amazing in itself. The beautiful scenery in Dubrovnik and the awe inspiring Roman landmarks like the Pantheon and Colosseum are things that can only be truly appreciated first hand. I would love to be able to go back and visit again to relive the magic!

  • RazzleDazzle

    RazzleDazzle

    over 2 years ago

    In 2009 a few mates and I booked a Contiki med cruise to Greece and Turkey! It was an incredible and fast paced holiday with a lot of partying and sightseeing... definitely not for the weak :) We visited the Greek islands and discovered Turkey and it's hidden gems. We only almost missed the boat once after an early evening out in Mykonos. We met great people looking for an adventure and we found it! :) I think it is time for another :)...

  • M.Voyage

    M.Voyage

    over 2 years ago

    Backpacking through Europe for 3 months with my best mate after university. 4 week winter contiki over Christmas the greatest experience of my life. Made friends and memories that I will have forever. Greatest time of my life.

  • kiwikyky

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    over 2 years ago

    Being just 19, I am still waiting for my adventure of a lifetime. My most amazing adventure to date would be my first international trip when i was seven years old, across the ditch to the land of the Kangaroos. From the moment i boarded the plane to flying high above Brisbane's beautiful coastline I knew I would never want to leave :) My family and myself hit up all the theme parks in the Gold Coast and I even got to meet my favourite Looney Tune, Bugs Bunny, by kindly standing on his foot and to my horror hearing the man beneath the costume mumble "Ow". I look forward to my new ventures in the near future and the many more adventures to come :)

  • Jadey_Babe

    Jadey_Babe

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure that I have been on was back in 2009 on our "European Vista" Tour!! I made fantastic friends and memories that will last a life time! And considering that was 2009, I'm well overdue a holiday! Please take me back to Paris I want a a falafel please!

  • Brookers92

    Brookers92

    over 2 years ago

    I haven't travelled far... but the week I spent in New Zealand last year on a ski trip was without a doubt the clincher in my decision to travel on contiki this year. I haven't been yet... but I can guarantee that travelling alone by myself after working 30+ hours a week with full time uni to pay for this trip will be the best thing I've ever done. :) I have a severe case of the travel bug.

  • jonesy

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    over 2 years ago

    Ever since I was in grade 8 studying Roman History, I had always wanted to go to Europe. When I graduated year 12 I decided that I was one step closer to my dream holiday. My step dad always said that I wouldnt be brave enough to go byself, my i soon proved hime wrong. I came home one day and said to my parents that I was heading off to Europe in 6 weeks. I had not long turned 18. I had the best time and to this day is still the best holiday I have been on. 1 month travelling from London and finishing in the Greek Islands. What a way to finish the holiday relaxing with new friends and doing some awesome partying. I would definately recommend Contiki to anyone. Bring on the next trip!

  • Adam Lowe

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    over 2 years ago

    the most amazing adventure I've ever had would be the last 3 years of my life. When i met my partner in 2009 i had no intention of travelling. Having been on a NZ contiki herself earlier in the same year, her tales inspired me to take myself out of my country and see a bit of the world on one overseas trip before i settled down and bought a house. In late 2010 We did the European Panorama and the England and Scotland contiki tours. Saying that it was the time of my life hardly sums it up. I met people all around the world that i've been able to meet up with, and some i still call some of my closest friends. 6 months later i went to Mexico for a friends wedding and made sure i saw this amazing country on another contiki. This obviously didnt disappoint, because another 6 months later i managed to convince my partner (it wasn't hard at all) to take me to nz, and she was even more than happy to do the same tour that she had previously done!
    All the amazing adventures that i experienced in these 4 tours have completely changed my view on life, and now i want to see as much of the world as i possibly can!

  • Andre

    Andre

    over 2 years ago

    Well, in Prague (2009) we had quite the adventure. We were staying in a hotel. So the “adventure” started really early in the morning. We went out of the room and since we were at the end of the hallway there was a door to some stairs. Now we were quite certain that those stairs would lead to breakfast kinda faster than walking all the way back to the lifts and then go to where we would eat. There we went through the doors and as the doors closed, we realized that we cannot go back as it was sort of locked from this way back into the hallway. And immediately we had this feeling this was not right – but what can you do now? So we took the stairs and walked all the way down, and down… we passed some hotel workers and 2 security guards (who strangely didn’t ask us where we were heading or why we were there). Anyway, we walked passed them and finally (after what felt like forever) got to lifts and we thought that was our lifts. We got in and you had to use your key card to operate the lift and our key cards didn’t work. Not realizing that when we first got to the hotel and used the lifts there were no such thing in those lifts. But still, the doors finally closed and up we went. Got to the ground floor and the doors opened. Only to realize we were so not in the right hotel. For some reason we came out of the hotel NEXT to our hotel. So what should have been a short trip turned into a much longer, much more thrilling and adventurous trip to breakfast. But at least we got there!

  • Madsgs

    Madsgs

    over 2 years ago

    Aussie Explorer trip November 2011, was the trip of a life time. Hot Air Ballooning over Alice Springs at Sunrise was breathe taking, we saw kangaroos from the air! Watching the sun rise and set over Uluru gave me goose bumps. The more extreme activities of sky diving in Cairns and scuba diving at the Great Barrier Reef, were things I thought I'd never get to do ever in my life. The 24 days I spent on this tour were with the most amazing people, and our mananger Mark and driver Sheldon were incredible. The beautiful surroundings of the Whitsundays cruising around on the Hammer boat, spotting turtles and dolphins. The final destination of Sydney ended my trip, however I was lucky to have meet some 'Sydneysiders' on a previous trip with whom I then spent the next few days with before leaving to continue my adventures in Hong Kong. Thank You for helping me to acheive a dream

  • Wing

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    over 2 years ago

    Traveling only with my mum to Kuala Lumpur, was an adventure, not that it is a big deal, but it is the first time we venture to other country on our own. exploring the city at our own pace, making our own decisions, having fun and chasing after transport to go back to our hotel. really can't wait to go for another adventure and meet new people, learn their culture and enjoy their friendliness.

  • Coffs

    Coffs

    over 2 years ago

    I went on the Contiki Asian Adventure, and came home with a girlfriend, whoops! Met the best bunch of people ever, we have already had a reunion in Melbourne to which twenty people turned up (from all parts of Australia, New Zealand and Ireland!). The highlight of the Contiki trip was definitely Luang Prabang - getting past the curfew by going to an underground nightclub and then on to drunken bowling was the biggest laugh of my life. Oh, the temples were beautiful too!

  • rpayne88

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    over 2 years ago

    Backpacked my way around Eastern Europe. Stayed up late, got up early, lost my dignity, kissed Polish boys and drank way too much cinnamon flavored vodka out of old jam jars in a smoke filled underground karaoke bar. It was a trip that I don't want to ever forget!

  • Pat

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was my first time overseas with 4 of my closest mates. We went on a New Zealand Grand Explorer Contiki tour, where I Bungy Jumped for the first time, touched snow and snowboarded for the first time and enjoyed the nightlife in NZ . The food was amazing, as were the people, but what really got me was the beautiful landscape, with snowy alps, to crystal blue lakes and green forestry. It was my biggest adventure by far, with the memories of Contiki to last me a lifetime! Imagine what adventure I can muster with a 9 Day European Magic Tour? Anything!

  • kate

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    over 2 years ago

    2006, When I was 19, After breaking up with my high school boyfriend of 4 years I decided to exploit my new found freedom. Contiki it was. 16 countries 32 days, bus full of likeminded party addicts/adventures. Our tour driver richie (cousie bro) and our driver were fantastic. I French kissed a French man in France, had water poured on me in the late night streets of Florence for singing, smoked in Amsterdam, floated down the canals in Venice, toga party in Greece- the list is unbelievably long - everyday a new sight, every night a new bar.. priceless. And to do it again would be fantastic.

  • MissGreen

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    over 2 years ago

    It definitely has to be a surrealistic trip to Morocco where we went with my friends 2 years ago. We visited Casablanca where we got some henna tattoos done, took a train down to Marrakech only to meet Hammam owners who invited us to experience true and traditional Arabian spa far away from tourist crowds and took us for a dinner in a private, restored Palace in Marrakech. The trip continued across Atlas mountains to Sahara where we spent 3 days eating and signing with bedouins and travelling across sand dunes on camels until your bum hurts! The trip finished off in Essaouira on the coast where we've eaten the freshest fish in my life (just landed from the ship in front of us). Great adventure for anyone who is after 'something different'!

  • ChloeLmclellan

    ChloeLmclellan

    over 2 years ago

    I haven't had an incredible adventure yet, but I know this year will be one heck of a time and sure to be my best adventure for a long time!!

  • Explorer1142834

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    over 2 years ago

    Crashing a Paris Fashion Week party at Club67 during our Contiki Explorer and getting our tour group into the VIP area... it just goes to show that even when you don't speak the language a smile goes a long way!

  • Scott

    Scott

    over 2 years ago

    My best trip was to Canada about to years ago. My friend and I spent two weeks seeing friends and family through Calgary and drove inland as far as Regina, we couldn't believe how flat the land was and how straight the roads were! We also went to the Calgary stampede which was awesome! We then finished off the trip with a 10 day Contiki through the Rockies which was simply jaw dropping. The favorite part had to be Whistler where I definately want to take my mountain bike one day (and maybe even my snowboard..) My friend and I both made so many friends and still keep in touch regularly and hope to do another Contiki soon! (maybe through Europe if I'm super lucky :P)
    Thanks for all the amazing memories Contiki!!!

  • cmason

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    over 2 years ago

    Moving to London and going to Paris for a week, best time of my life!!

  • Jasmine189

    Jasmine189

    over 2 years ago

    I have loved every country I've been to! But my most incredible adventure was definitely the Peru uncovered tour I did in January. Never in my life have I been exposed to so much culture in one country. We got to experience the crazy driving in Lima, see condors in the Colca Valley, visit the Uros islands on Lake Titicaca, feel the effects of the altitude in Cusco and trek the Inca trail to the breathtaking Machu Picchu! What made it an even more amazing experience was the local tour guide who had so much passion for every place we explored.

  • Minxy

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2010, I traveled back to the 'mother land'. The UK where my family originated from. I did a wonder 16 day tour, met some awesome people. I took loads of pictures, spent heaps of money and had an awesome time. Sadly, my computer crashed a dew weeks ago, and I lost all my photos of my time. If I could have another adventure, I would love to do it all again, plus the continent, so I could take more photos. And spend more money. :)

  • Dan

    Dan

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have ever been on so far was my Contiki tour of Australia. I saved for this tour for 2 years and decided to do the reefs and rainforest start Cairns.

    It was the most amazing experience meeting new people from all over the world, who I can now say are some of my best friends, while at same time seeing places completely different! I did everything available from whitsunday sailing, scuba diving to whitewater rafting, and zip lining! It was the most amazing experience ever and I can't wait for the next one; Europe! Contiki willing! :)

  • Doris

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    over 2 years ago

    An amazing trip to India ended up with an extraordinary experience - traveling on a train like the locals. It was Saturday, my Indian driver-turned-friend said it's gonna be ok, it wouldn't be crowded. I entered the station gasped "this is NOT CROWDED, YOU KIDDING ME RIGHT?" hundreds of people packed on the platform waiting. A train then came - a train without doors, people started jumping off the doorless train before it had come to stop, and other people started climbing up. I struggled a lot to get on the train. you know why? because they all loved to just stand at the entrance. The train was empty inside. So, like the locals, half my body was hanging outside the train, another half grabbing so firmly on the pole wishing I wouldn't die. And of course I made it. Looking back it's a wonderful experience in chaos!

  • yani

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    over 2 years ago

    Went on a trip to Bali to visit family who live there, got to see a side most tourist don't. It was beautiful and amazing and over far too soon.

  • Nikki

    Nikki

    over 2 years ago

    I was lucky enough to go on a winter inspiration tour last October with the lovely Glenn as my tour manager - a fantastic trip all around, highly recommended!!!

  • Explorer1320859

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    over 2 years ago

    Morocco - like nothing I had ever seen or experienced before and one that I'll never forget. Beautiful people, stunning scenery and food like I've never tasted. A complete feast for the senses!

  • Lauren.

    Lauren.

    over 2 years ago

    The best adventure of my life is a combination of the 4 contiki tours I have been on - bungy jumping several times in New Zealand and enjoying the Queenstown atmosphere New Years Eve, running through the streets of Venice to try and catch the last train of the night, getting stuck in a downpour in the middle of Barcelona, exploring the alleys in Bordeaux to find a tiny beautiful restaurant that would serve us escargot quite late in the night, bungy jumping in the middle of the swiss alps, falling into a crevasse in Fox Glacier in New Zealand (dangerous, but a fantastic and original memory), putting a lock on the "Lover Locks" bridge over the river Seine, visiting the cafe in Paris that Amelie' was filmed in, dancing on the tables at Oktoberfest, riding a bike through the beautiful streets of Edam..and above all, making incredible life long friends all over the world that I have been lucky enough to meet up with when they have made their trips to Australia! To be able to experience something like this again would be absolutely amazing and something I would never forget!

  • lesha99

    lesha99

    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure was getting lost in Vennice with a group of 6 or 7 mates on Contiki. We hadn't a clue where we were but we wern't worried. We just moved from shop to cafe to bar to shop to church to gondola to bar... eventually we found our way back and had managed to do everything we wanted to do that day. Most amazing time of my life in one of my favourite places in the world, with the people who grew to be my best friends. Thank you Contiki!! <3

  • Catherine

    Catherine

    over 2 years ago

    Best adventure was last year... first time overseas and travelling with Contiki! We did a 46 day camping tour (Big Chill) and it was the best experience ever. 46 days and we visited 25 countries. Never camped in my life and by the end i was a pro camper (through sunshine, rain and hail). We experienced some unforgettable places, never laughed so hard in my life and met some life long friends. Most remembered moment was our last Contiki cooked dinner in Heidelberg. The chief made mouse for desert with whipped cream, i think most of it ended up smeared on our faces and bodies after a small dare turning into a food fight!! haha

  • Dwilliams_au

    Dwilliams_au

    over 2 years ago

    I've done the USA Grand Northern and the Oz Territory & Outback and had an amazing time on both!!! I have made some awesome friends because of Contiki and have seen unforgettable sights. Doing the tours are probably the best things i have ever done. I was hoping to be heading back to the USA this year but sadly that is not so - maybe next year.
    Seeing Uluru for the first time, exploring the Grand Canyon, having a bonfire night at Kings Canyon, flying for the first time in a helicopter over New York City - all these memories and so, so many more were made possible by Contiki! Can't recommend you guys enough :)

  • Rachael

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    over 2 years ago

    I would have to say the European Highlights tour I went on last September; after many years of hiding away with depression I finally got out of my comfort zone, went on my first ever holiday & grabbed onto life with both hands on a whirlwind trip with my sister & two best friends. Loved every second of the tour (even the hangovers) & made friends for life. Contiki not only opened my eyes to the world but my heart to life :-) Thank-you for reigniting my spark! Now 8 months later I still cant wipe the smile off my face xo

  • HomelessTrolley

    HomelessTrolley

    over 2 years ago

    Last June/July I travelled from New Zealand (home) to Canada to meet up with 4 friends I made online over 2 years ago from Canada & the USA.
    We rode rides at Cedar Point, hung out at the beach, played at arcades and ate and drunk at pubs in Ohio.
    We watched a Yankees game, walked around the CN Tower & rocked out at Warped Tour in Toronto.
    We rode the Staten Island Ferry and saw the Statue of Liberty, found the Harry Potter Exhibition, saw a broadway show, ate cheap, giant pieces of pizza, while watching the 4th of July fireworks, tried pretzels while watching a baseball game in Central Park, shopped till 2am & took a stereotypical red bus tour around New York City.
    We ate Beaver Tails and celebrated Canada Day in Ottawa with the Royals, tried Poutine & Funnel Cake in Montreal and attempted speaking French in Quebec City.
    We experienced Niagara Falls from the Maid of the Mist, explored Clifton Hill and ate at every Hard Rock Cafe we could find.
    Best month of my life so far!! :D

  • caseym

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    over 2 years ago

    My best and only trip so far has been to Bali, I absolutely loved it! The people there are so friendly and are so simply happy. I loved visiting the temples, and the rice fields were beautiful! shopping in the markets for one of a kind items and waking up in the morning walking to get fresh french sticks and fruit for breakfast...delish. the beaches were stunning, and then getting caught in a mini monsoon was strange...we were in a taxi thinking there is no way we can drive this street which is so massively flooded/flooding right now - but the taxi driver was so so about it and floored it through all this water . was awsome. i can't wait to travel more! just need the funds :(

  • hannahv

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    over 2 years ago

    My own self-funded discovery trip around Italy on my own in July 2011. Daunting at first, and with many barriers (language and cultural in particular) experienced, I was terrified and wasn't sure if I'd enjoy my trip. However, it didn't take me long to realise the amazing beauty Italy has to offer. Visiting the Vatican and getting lost in the artwork for hours, climbing the Duomo in Florence and seeing the whole city panoramically from the top, standing on the volcanic ash at Mt Vesuvius, visiting the amazing history of Pompeii, eating my weight and then some in gelato, pizza and pasta; surrounding myself in the amazing and uncomparable beauty of Cinque Terre, seeing the Italian Alps, admiring the stunning country side through trains, gondolaing it up in Venice, getting lost in the windy cobblestone streets of Venice, standing on the exact same spot Julius Caesar once stood, experiencing the incredible Colosseum and so so much more. An experience of a lifetime that I shall never regret and would do one thousand times over if I could. As my first overseas trip, I can definitely say without a doubt that it has been the most incredible adventure I have been on so far and I hope to have many more

  • Mia

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    over 2 years ago

    I was 19 years young with a heart begging for adventure. Travelled on a jet plane. Once landed the adventure began. Hawaiian islands for 5 weeks. I did everything, and I mean everything. Jumping, hiking, kiting, surfing, caving, star gazing, hooking up, chatting with locals and tourists, making friends for life. Nothing will ever compare to the fun I had on this trip. Contiki do you accept the challenge?

  • Kiwi Explorer

    Kiwi Explorer

    over 2 years ago

    Definantly doing the Ultimate European & Great Britain + Ireland tours last summer, Definantly the time of my life! Met the most amazing people and had the best tour manager & driver on the UE who I spent new years with and showed around NZ since. Counting down the days until my next contikis :D

  • Ange

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on the thailand island hopper west and travelled around Thailand earlier this year. I had an absolute ball- meeting wonderful people, experiencing a different culture and of course all the partying. It was simply incredible because not only was it an amazing experience, it has also inspired and given me the courage to study abroad and travel all around europe.

  • Ilang

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    over 2 years ago

    2004, i went with contiki on my first trip alone - 10 countries in 3 weeks. Most of the group were Australians and they tought me how to drink... realy drink. Everyday was something new, something exciting, somewhere wanderfull to go, something Admirable to see. I fell in love with Italy, With the Collessuem in Rome and the Duemo in Florance. Each day i hooked up with different ppl in the group and we traveled together in Paris, at the beaches of Niss and Khan, at the top of the Alps. I saw so many new and wanderful things, and met such beutifull ppl, and it made me reliase that Contiki can realy turn a trip into an unforgattble advanture. To go alone, for the first time, and to be so free, so happy, to be with great ppl from all around the world... it was a lifechanging experiance, and one of the most meaningfull things i have ever done in my life. Even the bad things that happend to me, like being robbed in Viana, or getting lost in Venice... all those experiances turned out to be good after all. Its just a way of looking at things, a state of mind, and i will never forget the things ive learned and saw on that trip. :-)

  • lauren<3

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    over 2 years ago

    My life so far has been the most incredible experience! Although I have been fortunate enough to have travelled to Rarotonga, Australia and America I am 21 this year and It is time for me to create my own incredible experiences away from the security of my family! Europe..Its time to get crazy!!!

  • Explorer1274207

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on was going to Europe for four weeks. It was amazing in every single way, experiencing and appreciating not only their culture and history but also being able to party and meet such awesome people - some of whom are now my best friends. It inspired my love and passion for travel which will stay with me forever.

  • elzsmelz

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    over 2 years ago

    2011, a tramp in the Kaimanuas with a group of 6, from the Outdoor Education class at AUT. Great group! Great location! So much fun!

  • Alicia H

    Alicia H

    over 2 years ago

    One of my favourite experiences has been catching the train from Edinburgh to Culrain, in the Scottish Highlands, and spending a night staying in Carbisdale Castle. Meeting all sorts of people and sleeping a haunted castle was fantastic, and watching the sunset at 11pm was incredible.

  • Kerri

    Kerri

    over 2 years ago

    Last year I did back to back tours of Great Britain & Ireland and European Vista and it was by far the best experience I've ever had, meet soo many great people and saw some amazing sights along the way, it definelty was money well spent. Thanks Contiki, now choosing the next destination is going to be hard, (not)..

  • Moose #10

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    over 2 years ago

    european contrasts tour in 2010. highlight was definately dancing on the bar at coyote ugly bar in Prague with my tour manager. Best experience has to be George's boat in Corfu (need I say more).

  • Amanda

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure has been this year when I went to Europe with my family. A 12 day bus trip, a week in London, a week in Spain. Just immersing ourselves in the culture, getting to travel with and know awesome people, having happy birthday sung to me in Venice, and bringing the travel bug in me alive. I can't wait to go back.

  • jaimee123

    jaimee123

    over 2 years ago

    My dad surprised my sister, mum and I with a trip to Disneyland California when i was younger - everything was planned for us so we could relax and have fun. What more could a 13 year old girl want!!

  • Bennigans

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    over 2 years ago

    My family (Mum, Dad, sister and I) drove across Canada from Ottawa to Vancouver. We stopped in 4 cities along the way, making for some really long days driving, and celebrated by birthday in Winnipeg. We spent 5 days in the Rocky mountains. We drove back through the States, stopping at every national park along the way - even saw a grizzly bear and got stared down by a bison on the road!

  • marypitts

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    over 2 years ago

    I studied in Oxford and while there was able to travel quit bit to several countries! Never been on a trip through Contiki but would LOVE to!!!!!!

  • Avi

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    over 2 years ago

    I've done two trips.
    The first one in 2010 the European contrast.... 29 awesome days travelling around Europe. Eating some great food, enjoying a few drinks, just enjoying all the great sites. Met 52 legendary fellow travellers, had a blast and would hightly recomend this tour to anyone.
    The 56 day Oktoberfest tour is pretty cool as well, it just saves you so much time, so can concentrate on having a great time.

  • Klokkies

    Klokkies

    over 2 years ago

    I went on a tour to South America with some of my friends! It was so awesome! Memories like climbing Machu Picchu, falling over when the metro pulled away, old ladies trying to sell us dodgy stuff in brazil, drinking coconut milk, hangliding over copacabbana, getting bitten by a spider in the amazon (fun :() doing the amazing race to out hotel and the taxi driver actually believing us! Haha! Watching soccer like the locals, orering pizza inspanish and ended up getting something totally different, learning to samba and tango in a tango bar! Aaah South America was the best time of my life!

  • chris_22_perth

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    over 2 years ago

    European explorer in 2010, 3 months of awesome memories with my family, two birthdays ( my 23rd, cousins 28th), 7 planes and 18 countries and enjoying a beer at each destination sometimes way to many. That awesome feeling looking though the photos priceless.

  • katy

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    over 2 years ago

    One of my most amazing adventure so far has been getting lost in the back streets of Macau, meeting some amazing locals, ordering off a menu without knowing what it says, seeing ancient ruins, all because I couldn't understand the bus drivers Portuguese. Made for a very memorable trip off the beaten tourist track!

  • britty27

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    over 2 years ago

    A year ago (to the day!) I flew to New Zealand for the Grand Explorer tour... those 15 days were the best days of my life! I'd just finished up 6 years of university and had never been on any sort of international trip... best decision of my life! Amazing people, amazing scenery, and amazing experiences that I still think about every day. Sky diving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, black water rafting, Zorbing... it was the time of my life!

  • Avi

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    over 2 years ago

    my last post should have said 5 day oktoberfest tour not 56...!!! Ther joys of posting from the mobile phone...!!

  • hazydreams

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2008, I went with a group from my college to San Salvador, El Salvador for a week of service. We worked with an organization on a number of projects in the surrounding area including building a greenhouse for a co-op, building a library, and working on an after school program for underprivileged children. We also were able to sight see and we learned all about El Salvador's history, especially with their Civil War and the role Oscar Romero played in it. The trip was amazing and there's nothing like spending your spring break helping others.

  • Yolly_93

    Yolly_93

    over 2 years ago

    Last year in May i went to Bali and i lost my friend in one of the clubs in the middle of the night. She had all our money and I was really scared as i was a young female and couldn't figure out where i was and how to get to my hotel. When i was going through an alley a lot of Bali boys on motorbikes were asking me if i wanted a lift and they were slowly getting closer and closer to me, this isn't uncommon in Bali the locals constantly beg you to buy from there shop and pretty much get any money out of you they can. This one boy coming past on a motorbike looked really young and asked me for a lift, he was alone and wasn't part of a "gang" and there was just something about him that made me trust him. I told him i had no money and he said that was fine i just looked sad and lost and he just wants to help me any way he can. This was my best experience because it made me actually see that there are decent people in every part of the world no matter what color there skin is or how close they are to poverty. This boy was only 17 and took me all the way home without making me feel uncomfortable in any way. I felt safe and secure with him telling me about the locals and what he does to make a living. When we arrived at the hotel I said i could get money once i get into my room but he didn't take anything just a simple hug goodbye was enough. I will remember that experience for the rest of my life and never forget that there are still honest people in this world.

  • AmyLiz

    AmyLiz

    over 2 years ago

    I just picked up backpacking, so those trips have afforded a lot of adventures along with great times with friends kayaking, hiking, and other outdoors activities. I had the most fun randomly jumping on a plane and just GOING somewhere without a plan. The last place that I did this was Boston. It was literally a last minute ticket for 2 night's stay. I was able to catch a great deal at the Omni House, walk the Freedom Trail, pub crawl a bit, and I completely fell in love with North End (litle Italy)...and I did it all solo! :) I had a great time and I'm really looking forward to doing more travel aboard, so give me that chance Contiki! ;)

  • Kiah

    Kiah

    over 2 years ago

    Teaching two little kids from Kenya how to make origami cranes in the Hiroshima Memorial on my school trip. Absolute magic.

  • Explorer1191653

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    over 2 years ago

    My biggest adventure so far was going on a Contiki this new years to Europe, and my now fiance proposed to me just as we were boarding the plane. We got whisked away on a trip around Europe with a group of people who celebrated with us every night. I couldn't celebrate the engagement any other way. The sights we saw and the people we were with made the adventure incredible!

  • fiozzers

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    over 2 years ago

    The best adventure I have been on was definitely my trip to Amsterdam 2 years ago. We visited Anne Frank's house, Madame Tussauds and spent a lot of time drinking Heineken! It was also very special to me as it was the last holiday I had with my Dad before he passed away

  • Explorer1199824

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was the Winter Wonderer contiki. Our group instantly clicked & i felt like i had known the people for years. Our tour guide Petula was AMAZING! We still talk to her regularly & some of the group has even caught up with her. There is about 15 of us who still see each other. We all live in different states of AUS & every 4-6 months we have a 'Contiki Reunion' where we all fly to one place, stay altogether and party like contiki. I talk to these people on a daily basis & even though I dont see them often, I know i can always count on them. We are planning a big reunion in the greek islands shortly but unfortunately I can;t attend due to money and work commitments. Contiki bought us all together and I wouldnt be able to live my life without any of them. They are my contiki family & im so grateful to contiki for bringing us altogether. I know if i won this tour, everyone would book the tour straight away so we could all be together on that amazing bus again! :) Big shout to Winter Wonder 2010 peeps! Love you guys! BEST TRIP/TOUR EVER!!!!!!! xoxoxox

  • Explorer1222023

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    over 2 years ago

    My contiki last year!!

  • Explorer1143645

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on is my life. While working hard and saving my pennies for another travel adventure I try and see all the ordinary places I go with new eyes like a tourist would. There's beauty and adventure everywhere, we just lose sight of it!

  • Explorer1339801

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    over 2 years ago

    My sister wanted to go on a trip for Schoolies but wasn't able to organise herself so I said 'Let's just go to New Zealand, instead'! She thought I was joking at first, but soon enough realised I wasn't - I booked everything that day, on the spot :) It was truely the most amazing experience we're both done. We made friends for life; jumped into canyons; had a snow ball fight on the top of the Franz Josef Glazier; and experienced the unique culture the country has to offer. I would not have wanted to experience that with anyone else, besides her! Planning for the next life changing adventure is under way and I honestly can't wait! :)

  • Sarah

    Sarah

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure (so far!) was going to Europe with my sister in June 2011, where we spent a week in London, went on Contiki's European Discovery Tour, and then followed it all up with a recovery week in Penang. I'll never forget it - I was chased up the steps by scammers at Montmarte and ate snails around the corner from Notre Dame in Paris, had the most amazing meal of my life in Rome (where our waiter gave us his number and invited us to visit him in Sardinia!), got completely lost in Switzerland, drank what I was told was schnapps (but what I still believe was paint-thinner) after almost drowning in Austria, climbed to the top of St Paul's Cathedral in London... and formed so many memories I could never completely list here! But the best part of it all was meeting the most incredible people from all over the world that have now become very close friends. I fell in love with Europe during my time there, and immediately started saving for my next trip. As a full time student, it's taking me a while, but I can't wait to get back, there is so much more I want to see!!

  • Alison

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    over 2 years ago

    My North American Contiki trips!
    Learning to ski, seeing the Lakers play and visiting Alcatraz on the California Highlights Tour. Swimming with the Dolphins, exploring Chichen Itza and Partying in Cancun on the Mexico Grande. And beyond a doubt the highlight of a incredible holiday; Welcoming in the New Year in Planet Hollywood Times Square on the New York New Years Eve Tour! The trip of a lifetime!

  • r3pt4rlol

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    over 2 years ago

    My trip to Europe last summer was incredible... once in a life time for sure. we spent a month travelling the continent and did things like, paragliding in Austria, swimming near a volcano in Greece, stood on top of the Eiffel tower, and so many more mind blowing experiences. i know for the rest of my life, i want to travel and see the rest of what the world has to offer.

  • Danthanh

    Danthanh

    over 2 years ago

    My most memorable adventure was visiting Vietnam. I was travelling with my mom and we decided to go all the way from the South - Ho Chi Minh City to the North - Hanoi.

    During our trip, I think I managed to take all possible modes of transportation except for flying. Haha. I took a boat over to Vung Tau, sleeping bus to Nha Trang, Da Nang and Hue and then a train to Hanoi. Even made my way through the mountains and countrysides by motorcycle, an unforgettable peaceful experience everyone must try.

    Other highlights I have fond memories of were swimming and snorkelling in Nha Trang (the water was unbelievable blue and clear), taking pictures of the beautiful decorations at Hue festival, where I coincidentally made friends with very nice people who were from Hanoi as well. I don't speak Vietnamese well but we were able to bond over similar interests in music and movies (always universal!). Finally, as I reached Hanoi, those same friends were kind enough to show me around. They took me to their favourite restaurants and famous attractions, showing such hospitality that I still keep in touch with them today.

    Vietnam opened my eyes, giving me a view into not just a third world country with poor conditions (as some may perceive) but to its moments of beauty - whether that is in the bustling city, the peaceful countrysides or the kindness of strangers or belief. This is a country worth discovering.

  • stacey89

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure so far was my first trip to UK/Europe Christmas/New Years 2010-2011!! I went to visit my brother for Christmas as he moved over there! I got to see snow and snowboard for the (technically) first time because I broke my arm the first time doing it. I went up the Eiffel Tower even though it was about -7 degrees and braved the cold to get a photo overlooking Paris! I fell in love with Belfast, Ireland and want to return to live! I have planned a Summer Holiday this June/July and I think that will be just as fantastic!

  • Explorer1125855

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    over 2 years ago

    I would have to say....... when I was 9 years old my mum and I flew from New Zealand to the Philippines, the first time in 14 years that my mum had been home to see her family and obviously my first time! After a looonnggg day of travelling we finally arrived and had an emotional/happy night meeting (what felt like hundreds) of family members! I woke the next morning and headed into the main house to find that one of my aunties had gone into labour and given birth to a gorgeous little girl at the home early that morning (how i never woke up to that I will never know!) I was ever so lucky and privileged to not only get to name this beautiful little girl but also be her godmother! This experience was thee most amazing and something that I am very lucky to have been given, the timing couldn't of been anymore perfect! I named her Alexandra and she is now 13 years old and tells me all the time how much she loves her name :)

  • Danthanh

    Danthanh

    over 2 years ago

    Correction: Vietnam opened my eyes, giving me a view into not just a third world country with poor conditions (as some may perceive) but to its moments of beauty - whether that is in the bustling city, the peaceful countrysides or the kindness of strangers. This is a country worth discovering.

  • LOVEADVENTURE

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    over 2 years ago

    My adventure of a lifetime was when I backpacked China. I got to see some amazing places, met interesting people and eat the strangest food! My favourite place was Yangshuo, a county in Guilin, Guangxi Province, China. Surrounded by magical karst peaks and bordered on one side by the Li River. I travelled by boat from nearby Guilin. Yangshuo has a lot to offer visitors. Visit its popular butterfly cave where you can hire local women in traditional ethnic dress to pose for photographs, or take classes in Chinese calligraphy, tea ceremony, or cooking. It’s China's foremost venue for rock climbing, with around 300 bolted routes and several companies offering guiding and equipment hire. I got to witness amazing Chinese free-style climbers after I hired a bicycle for a cycling trip through the karst scenery and farmlands. Much of the town's traditional culture has been absorbed into the tourist industry. I went on a night boat trip to watch fishermen fishing with cormorants and visited a very hard to find cave system near Moon Hill with mud pools. It was an adventure I could talk about forever and an experience I’ll not forget.

  • bunkster

    bunkster

    over 2 years ago

    My beaches and reefs contiki tour to Australia! The trip truely changed my life. I met so many new friends. Put a whole new perspective on how I view the world. A couple highlights were the weekend long sailing trip in the Whitsundays,petting and holding baby kangaroos and koalas,staying at a surfers camp,visiting an Australian cattle farm and going up in a small plane around the property, and of course snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef. Ill never forget the people,places,and things I saw on my trip!

  • nzsn

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was a university trip to China. It was my first (and remains my only) trip overseas. Not only was it a breathtaking experience seeing the Great Wall in Beijing and the Terracotta Warriors in Xian (not to mention experiencing the more poverty-stricken areas away from tourist spots) but the people in the group have become some of my best friends and we will always share that great experience.

  • Erin Donnelly

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    over 2 years ago

    Bondi baby, Australia. NYE was close, no plans so to avoid an uneventful lousy night we decided to drive from melb to Sydney to embark on an entertaining week and maybe meet the bondi rescue spunks. This was probably the most amazing week of my life, so far. The simple things like the sunset and the beach certainly made this a week of to never forget.

  • Tenille

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    over 2 years ago

    One of my most memorable adventures would have to be the day we were put in the wrong tour group for our day trip to the grand canyon and nearly missed our charter flight and had to run across the tarmac. Then I was so snap happy on the flight to the canyon, the moment i stepped off the plane my camera battery died - i could have cried!. The tour guide then told us the better cafe was right at the end of the lookout - which ended up being shut by the time we got there so we ended up eating ice creams and snacks from the gift shop. But it was all totally worth it to sit on the edge of the canyon with our feet dangling over the edge!. All in all an interesting but unforgettable experience!!

  • clararosekim

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    over 2 years ago

    My most memorable adventure would be cycling around Vienna on a wine tasting. It was so beautiful cycling around the countryside and even though it started raining it was one of the most beautiful places I have seen

  • Jade23

    Jade23

    over 2 years ago

    Hopping on a scooter in Bali with my now ex-boyfriend and just going on the road not worrying about time seeing where we ended up we got to see so many things most tourists wouldn't see was such an incredible experience hoping to do it again some time soon in the future but most likely in thailand or vietnam next

  • Jen_au

    Jen_au

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far was definitely in 2010 when I spent two months in Europe and ticked a tonne of countries off my list mainly thanks for Contiki!!! Met the most amazing people on tour and outside of it too, saw too many amazing sights to count and came back a changed person with a bucket load of new friends from all over the world and started dreaming up the next adventure as I certainly cannot shake this travel bug!!

  • WorldTraveller

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure (so far!) has been the Contiki European Inspiration in December 2011! My sister joined me (and my now husband) and we had the best time ever. By the time we got back I had completely forgotten about real life, responsibilities and the rest - for a few days on that Contiki trip I thought I was going to be travelling the world forever! The travelbug has bitten us and we are already planning our next trip to Asia!! Thanks for giving me 'the bug' :-)

  • SkitzO

    SkitzO

    over 2 years ago

    Would definitely have to be my European trip. I went alone and left the day after uni semester ended and came back the day before it started back up again, and was definitely worth the jet lag the following day. I love to always be on the move and see new and exciting things.
    You never know when it'll be gone.

  • Caroline_Australia

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    over 2 years ago

    3 back-to-back Contikis over the christmas break ('England & Scotland', 'Berlin, Prague and Vienna', and 'Italian Espresso'). We visited amaing places along the way, ate so much delicious food from all over Europe, partied like never before and ended up with a whole new group of mates. I may have been nearly dead at the end of it but it really was the best month of my life!

  • rstoewe

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    over 2 years ago

    My coolest adventure was visiting St. Moritz Switzerland and enjoying the beautiful countryside... climbing into the mountains and looking out, at one time, over the Swiss, Italian, German, and Austrian Alps.

    I've promised myself to get back there, hopefully on a honeymoon or romantic trip... one of the best views I've ever had in my life.

  • TonyMiami

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    over 2 years ago

    The Spanish Spree - a great tour, had the time of my life and met so many awesome new friends.

  • paul360

    paul360

    over 2 years ago

    Being a student coming from a simple family, I've always dreamed of someday experiencing a Contiki Adventure of myself! Though it still is quite a frustration for me since I can't afford it on my own pocket, I went to my own little version of a Contiki Adventure and flew to Malaysia from here in my country of Philippines and met with people I barely met online via chatting! It was a huge risk but as it turned out, I made a rewarding decision! Not only did I get to experience Malaysia once again, but I got to experience it with new-found local friends who welcomed me and joined me wholeheartedly ^^
    Now I know I can fly to another part of this world for possible new friends! I didnt arrange anything, I just trusted my instincts and I went back home winning new people in my life ^^ What seemed like a week-stay with new friends seemed like a stay for so long that I felt I've known them for so long! I guess, I hit the jackpot in meeting great people in Malaysia! Hopefully, next time, I can also hit the jackpot in meeting more people from the rest of the world! I am so ready and wishing for a Contiki :)

  • pmansell

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    over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately I haven't been able to go on any incredible adventures yet in my life, which is why winning a trip with Contiki would be amazing! I often come onto the Contiki site and look at the trips that imagine which ones I would love to go on (pretty much all of them!), imagining myself traveling through different countries and making awesome new friends! I can't wait to finish university so I start adventuring!

  • amycee_nz

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far? My first OE that included a London to Rome Contiki that I did in May/June last year. It was my first OE experience and I couldn't have asked for anything better. We had to overcome some minor hurdles, like being detained by very intense customs officers at our stopover in Beijing as they didn't believe my friend was actually the person her passport stated she was (she was a LOT younger in her photo!), losing our luggage due to being detained, and therefore having no clean clothes when we arrived in Europe, and having my phone hacked - and that was just the first 48 hours! Despite all that, I saw some awe-inspiring places, partied it up in every city we went to, but most importantly shared that experience with some awesome people. I can't wait for my next Contiki!

  • Bella91

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible experience I've had travelling so far was definitely the Anzac Odyssey tour I went on last week. Making the pilgrimage to Anzac Cove with thousands of other people to remember all the soldiers who lost their lives there was unforgettable. It is something I will never forget!

  • Explorer1204824

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    over 2 years ago

    My trip to Samoa in the Pacific Islands with one of my best friends! An amazing, untouched country that is filled with culture and beautiful beaches, waterfalls and scenery. The people are the friendliest people in the world and they live with what they have - no unnecessary things. Great experience and quite eye opening! :)

  • Shaun

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was my European Contiki Contrasts in 2007 - it was without a doubt the best month of my life. It changed me as a person in terms of growth and just understanding myself. It was the first opportunity for my real crazy personality to come out and just go wild, the energy that you get from everyone else in the group was just awesome. everyone is on the same wavelength just wanting to have a great time and experience new things. One day in years to come when I'm 50 or 80, i can sit back and have a smile every now and then at the times I had in Europe when I was 22.
    Gotta love it.

  • Explorer1327921

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    over 2 years ago

    My Best trip has yet to come, it will start Aug 3rd 2012! My only trip I have EVER wanted, was to go to Ireland and see the land and castles the McCarthy's came from. I was super stoked when I read the tour actually STOPS at our castle and we get to kiss the stone of my heritage! That's right, the blarney stone is connected to my family! I was so excited to book this and my fancy camera is ready to capture this dream vacation to show my family upon returning. It will take a lot for ANY tour to top this for me, as this was the one place I had to see before I die, and after 2 cancer fights, I feel honored to get the chance to do this! 2 Years ago I had a traditional Pagan Irish wedding, now I get to see the great land I was named after, Erin, the Green Isle.

  • Angie

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was Egypt , such an amazing place! Got to go inside a pyramid, see the amazing Abu Simbel, haggle for goods in the market & cruise down the Nile. Everyone should visit their at least once!!

  • emilykakisch

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't had an incredible adventure yet and that's why winning a Contiki trip would be amazing! Many friends have traveled all over the world and I've longingly looked at all their Facebook photos wishing it was me.

  • beach_bum

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    over 2 years ago

    As a student my boyfriend and I saved for an entire year so he could take me on my first overseas trip. We went to Fiji for 11 days over valentines day and stayed at the Hilton Resort. It was the most amazing experience of my life as we went to all the different islands, went scuba diving for the first time ever and made some amazing memories neither of us will never forget. We are saving at the moment to hopefully go to Paris next year, the one place in the World I live to visit - you should see my room! (I have approximately 8 Eiffel towers either statues or posters or key rings)

  • Beckles923

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to London for days when I was 11. It was before the eye was even built. We went to see Oliver, the ceremony of the keys, high tea at Hyde Park Hotel, and a bunch of sight-seeing. The trip was a gift from my aunt. It was a January trip and I've been dying to go back to Europe, but haven't had the means to do so. Fingers crossed!

  • JillyTrox

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2009 I went to Tanzania to work in a hospital for 2 weeks. It was pretty surreal and eye opening. But I think that my Contiki Ireland/Scotland adventure in May will give my trip to Africa a run for its money!

  • Explorer1174675

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    over 2 years ago

    My Grand Southern USA Contiki in 2010, best month of my life!! traveling with my best friend, i met some amazing people. The most amazing person being my boyfriend!! we're still together now, i'm from New Zealand and he's an Aussi, without Contiki and that trip we would have never met. Can't wait to do another trip with him, thanks Contiki!!!

  • GavinW

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    over 2 years ago

    European Vista contiki last year. I'm not a very social person, however this trip bought me out of my shell. Had a ball and can't wait to do another one.

  • Explorer1346890

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    over 2 years ago

    Still on my bucket list to go on holiday or explore overseas...this would be the ultimate blessing!!!

  • MariaC

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    over 2 years ago

    A year ago I went to Cyprus for my friends wedding. 1 - I'd never heard of the country and 2 - how do I get there from NZ?! It was definitely an experience, dealing with the heat and how everyone kept thinking we were english and how we had to put them right! Many great photo's were had, new foods and amazing architecture! Also spent 5 days in Dubai/Abu Dhabi - talk about HOT! We took a 2 hour taxi ride from Abu Dhabi to Dubai with a man from Bangladesh, who told us everything we needed to know about the country, we told him how the speed limit is 100km/hour in NZ on the roads, he slowed right down to that, then went "NO WAY! he couldn't handle going that slow" sped back up to 140km/hr. Talk about the cheapest taxi ride ever! I would love to go back there but having experienced it, I would be better prepared!

  • Explorer1361602

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    over 2 years ago

    Still looking forward to the Expedition tour of Europe in July, but have had numerous adventures in the Kruger National Park, which cannot be beaten. I have also seen a lot of my own country, South Africa, which has a lot to offer. I love adventure, and that is why I am having a gap year in the UK

  • Wez

    Wez

    over 2 years ago

    I've been on a few Contiki tours and loved every moment and experience of every one, but my favourate would have to be the Best of USA tour back in 2009. We went to some of the most amazing places on the planet including New York, LA, The Grand Canyon AND Las Vegas! Few words or photographs can do any of these places justice.
    But while on the topic of amazing places, my mind rolls back to July last year when on an Eastern European Contiki, we travelled from Berlin to Budapest via Prague and Vienna. Some of these cities are so majestic that they would not be out of place on either a Contiki tour or a fairytale novel. I cannot wait to keep the good times rolling while ticking off more cities thanks to Contiki. Travel broadens the mind;)

  • Liz

    Liz

    over 2 years ago

    My adventure started at the Contiki pre meeting in the cafe downstairs at the Royal National in London. A young whipper snapper fellow Aussie, who was to be on my 45 day Ultimate European tour with me, started cracking on to me while we sorted out the paperwork with our tour manager. Two and half years younger than me, I immediately wrote him off as too young but the bloke was persistent, and didn't waste a minute of those 45 days to convince me he was worth a shot.

    Seeing a new beau every day for 6 weeks tends to put a relationship on fast forward and sharing such amazing experiences together meant that by Munich we were in love and by Lauterbrunnen I was moving back home to Australia for him.

    Almost 3 years have passed and we've been engaged for nearly 2 of them. We moved back to the UK and had a lot more travel adventures together but now we're recently back home in Australia and looking forward to the adventure of marriage as soon as possible!

  • Dominique

    Dominique

    over 2 years ago

    Every summer my parents would take us on a 2 weeks camping trip somewhere we've never been. I've visited Canada's east coast and parts of Quebec. I now have a trip booked with contiki (Greek Island Hopping) and this will be my first adventure overseas !!

  • jeska_5

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't travelled far.. but the best adventure I have ever had was my first trip ever out of the country, finding my way through Bali. It was the first real holiday I have had without my parents telling me where to go, and I wanted to experience the culture, rather than the typical tourist things.
    Now it's time for some European culture with Contiki!

  • Megan

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing trip ever was going abroad to Europe this past January, where I went to Paris, Rome, Venice, Milan, Siena, Florence, San Gigimano, and Nice. The trip was phenomenal, but what I enjoyed the most was travel days where things do not go as planned. One such day of my 3 week trip was while taking on one of our longer train rides, we learned that an avalanche had blocked the tunnel, so we had to get on buses to take us down the mountains and then get back onto another train. However, since the bus transport took so long, we missed our train. It was stressful for our professors guiding us, but it was a great trip overall! I can't wait to go back!

  • HalieAnn

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure began June 2011.... European Adventurer. After having flights cancelled at 10pm the night before my flight was meant to leave it was the most over whelming, exciting, mind blowing experience of my life. Going by myself and being thrown into a bus of 49 other strangers (12 guys and 38 girls might I add) I have come out of it with best friends, life long memories and a huge thanks needed to be given to Contiki. It has opened my eyes to what the world holds, living in New Zealand you don't get to experience the types of things Europe has to offer and thanks to my amazing tour manager I know more about the world we live in and cultures than I could ever imagine. Seeing the Eiffel tower and Trevi Fountain stick out as best parts. I look back at photos and can't believe I was really there and wish I could re live it every day!

  • Dee

    Dee

    over 2 years ago

    Best international adventure is the European Discovery I did two weeks ago, met the most amazing people, had the best tour manager and bus driver and the most amazing sites to see. Definitely the best thing I've done in my life and I've definitely caught the travel bug and now I can't/don't sit still!!

    Best adventure at home would be driving to the central coast to a camping ground with 4 of my best friends, cooking, finding waterfalls and touching the wildlife animals was definitely something that will stay with me forever.

  • PhatAlice

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    over 2 years ago

    The Simply Italy tour had it all :-) I remember sitting with one of my new Contiki friends watching the most amazing electrical storm either of us had ever witnessed, silently sipping on tea outside a gorgeous little cafe and marvelling at the ferociousness of the forked lightening discharging over the lake and lighting up the sky in a dramatic display – truly magical!

  • Clairebear19

    Clairebear19

    over 2 years ago

    So I've never even left humble South Africa and I'm almost 21 years old. Of course I love Jozi and Cape Town, with its friendly faces and trendy hang outs, but I've always dreamed of travelling abroad. Perhaps the biggest adventure of my life is logging on to the Contiki website and sifting through the endless possibilities of travel, and potential of meeting beautiful faces, eating foreign delicacies and learning so much more about myself and the world around me. Thank you for allowing us to dream, and to help them come true. I'm anxiously awaiting June 28th, my tour 'From London to Athens' will be life changing and the most fun anyone could imagine. Contiki is the ONLY way to go, baby!!!

  • Explorer1297324

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    over 2 years ago

    My first Contiki, The Thai island hopper West!! Had the time of my life!! The beaches, the partying, the sites, the food, the people i met!! Freakin Awsome!! i miss it... Memories I will never ever let fade.. And to anyone thinking of doing it, Think no more!!

  • BeerManZ

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible vacation so far was a week-long trip to Ocho Rios last year. I was able to Scuba dive 5 times, had great evenings with friends and will never forget the time we had!

  • BenR

    BenR

    over 2 years ago

    i had the most amazing trip to phuket with two of my closest friends, after not having a proper holiday for 7 years and after a much needed break we had thai massage everyday, enjoying the culture of the locals and making the most of the night life in Patong. In fact we got patonged about 3 times. lol In the 10 days we were there i think we managed a good 4 hours sleep each night making the most of our days and resting our sunburn at night. I would do that trip in a heartbeat again.

  • Wez

    Wez

    over 2 years ago

    I've been on a few Contiki tours and loved every moment and experience of every one, but my favourate would have to be the Best of USA tour back in 2009. We went to some of the most amazing places on the planet including New York, LA, The Grand Canyon AND Las Vegas! Few words or photographs can do any of these places justice.
    But while on the topic of amazing places, my mind rolls back to July last year when on an Eastern European Contiki, we travelled from Berlin to Budapest via Prague and Vienna. Some of these cities are so majestic that they would not be out of place on either a Contiki tour or a fairytale novel. I cannot wait to keep the good times rolling while ticking off more cities thanks to Contiki. Travel broadens the mind;)

  • bubble-o-bess

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    over 2 years ago

    my best adventure is travelling within nz to be honest gisborne rnv road trip is the best! with friends i love and haven't seen all year becasue of uni! i've only left nz once and that was to go to cairns and port douglas, australia. I'm saving with my new graduate job to go on the Egypt contiki this coming summer (europe winter) with one of my bff's so excited! can't wait to meet new people and see amazing new places! :)

  • Explorer1385332

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2009 I took a trip to Australia to visit my sister who has immigrated. It was the best time of my life! We toured around the Witsunday Islands and made our way down to Brisbane to explore the city night life and other scenery it has to offer. Since then I've used every opportunity available to me to do a bit of travelling. Unfortunately for a South African girl it is difficult to travel abroad (especially Europe!) due to the poor exchange rate for our local rands. I've travelled around in South Africa and decided that 2012 is my year to embark on my first contiki trip. We are looking at the European Magic tour and would love to do it from 1 July. BUT as I've mentioned, there are quite a few rands that fit into a Euro... so my best friend and I are frantically scattering to save up enough money to book the tour. We have already booked our leave but have not yet secured a booking as we do not have enough money yet! Now, reading this you might ask yourself why I deserve to win the trip.. well... I am the life of any party (all my friends would agree!!) and have the ability to make everyone feel welcome in the group. I am so looking forward to meeting a whole group of strangers! You always meet interesting characters whom you could learn from, share with and eventually foster tight friendships with. So I'm saying.. Bring it on! I would be delighted!!!

  • Carissa

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was my solo trip to the USA/Mexico when I was at just the tender age of 15. As part of a tour, we experienced everything from a day in the US high school system to being offered free shots of Tequila in the streets of Tijuana. We learned of the history of Alcatraz, explored the beauty that can be found in such a large city like LA and experienced what it feels like to be left behind by your tour at the boarder of Mexico/USA because you left your passport in your hotel room and you can't get back into the States. SCARY!! The freedom that you feel when traveling and learning and experiencing...there is no word to describe it! I came away from that experience with a surreal feeling of "Did all of that really happen?". It felt like a dream and it was a dream come true. That holiday 12 years ago now ignited a flame and passion for travel that will never be extinguished until I see all that life has to show me. And lucky for me - I have a lifetime to see it!! There is so much yet to experience and there is no time like the present. So start now!

  • Mariana

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing memorie I have is from Las Vegas, dancing the night away at The Palms club on the top of the city!!! I will never forget it!!

  • AliaRabbani

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    over 2 years ago

    Congrats Team!!!
    Well i had booked my first tour with Contiki on the 24th April 2012 but due to visa issues, couldn't join the tour. My friend however is on the tour and is having a hell of a time. Based on her feedback, i am again booking the tour for July and am looking forward to a great time!!!

  • alyssa!

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    over 2 years ago

    2 summers ago, it was my 21st birthday. Which being Canadian meant that for random trips to the USA I could now be legal down south of the border. Randomly cruising the current deals on trips, came across a last minute trip in Europe that put me in London and Paris on my birthday. Best birthday ever! Got to celebrate it with complete strangers as trip just started and I was only just starting to meet everybody, but wouldn't change a thing! (except maybe finding a way to not get robbed while sleeping in Venice...)

  • kewlchicky_lozza

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure would have to be the one I'm living right now- my life! Travel has brought me many adventures & friends from other states and countries; sometimes in the most weirdest of places and moments.

    Contiki, you've taken me to the temples in Bali and taken me to the Grand Canyon in a helicopter. In a few months you're taking me to the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan :)

    Without you, I would have never met my boyfriend of the last 18 months who I met on the Best of USA tour and that to me is the most incredible of all!

  • Cruisey

    Cruisey

    over 2 years ago

    My first contiki was 2006, it's hard to say what has been my most incredible adventure. Each trip has had it's "own adventure".. One that does spark a favorite memory was the "field of dreams" it can only be explained as our tour guide & another member doing naked cartwheels in a paddock in some random field in germany.
    I don't think its just the places you visit that makes the adventure, it's also the people.
    I'm actually heading to Mexico in a weeks time to see my room mate that I haven't seen in 6 years but are still in contact with. :). I can't wait !!:)

  • Explorer1387846

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    over 2 years ago

    At the beginning of this year I went Ecuador South America and it was the best most amazing adventure. I got to help out the unfortunate by painting and building toilets and teaching english and playing soccer with kids in small remote villages. The relationships you make with the locals are amazing and will never be forgotten. Then trekking, tubing and white water rafting in the unimaginable scenery surrounding you making it the most beautiful breathtaking experience. I then went to go to do more touristy stuff by going to Otovalo markets and climbing Cotopaxi and genuinely a once in a life time experience. This traveling experience was my first time overseas by myself and I love meeting new people and it has now made me want to go to so many different places around the world and to go see Europe would be amazing!! :) :)

  • purplelyra

    purplelyra

    over 2 years ago

    7 South Africans, 2 bakkies full of food, tents and gear crossing the border from South Africa for 2 weeks in Namibia during the 2010 Soccer World Cup. Canoeing on the Orange River. Rock climbing at the Aussenkehr crags whilst non-climbers cook up some French toast. Bursting 4 tyres along the way and paying richly to replace them. Making fire and potjies under starry skies. Blowing the vuvuzela over the Fish River Canyon (and everywhere else). Sleeping in campsites seemingly carved out of the Namibian granite. Seeing Sossusvlei for the first time and rolling down the sand dunes. Seeing a full moon over Spitzkoppe. Stopping for lunch on empty dirt roads. Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn. Watching World Cup games at a bar in Swakopmund and Augrabies National Park. Worth every cent spent to get there and back. The journey was wunderbar (as the Germans would say)!

  • Explorer1137760

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    over 2 years ago

    Last year, out of the blue, I got an aupair job in Australia, and within 2 weeks I was moving down under! Huge step in my life as I am from America and have never been this far away from home before. I'm still living here right now and it has been an amazing experience so far!

  • Explorer1380469

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    over 2 years ago

    My first ever overseas trip was my most memorable as most others are too, but i remember going to europe and getting so caught up more pacifically in France and Italy the rich history that i would often wonder off and explore the small side streets and hidden wonders that were there, ever since then every time i travel i go with an open mind to be able to take in everything i can .... :)

  • Explorer1408870

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure was just before leaving london to come home to South Africa we did not have time for Visa's so chose Switzerland, packed our backpacks and bought 4 day train passes. We flew into Basil and spent the next 4 days hoping on and off trains and busses seeing Montreux, Gruyere, Zurich all the incredible landscapes inbetween and even stayed a night in a tiny town on the border of france where the lake was frozen over and we played catch with a border collie who LOVED snowballs! It is a trip I would do again in a heartbeat! Spontaneous unplanned and amazing!

  • KimH

    KimH

    over 2 years ago

    In 2007, I went on a 3 week study abroad course through an American University in London, England and it was an amazing learning experience. I met a bunch of new people, learned a lot about myself (as a person, and as a traveler), realized I am not really meant to live with other people (hah), visited (VIP access!) some amazing companies (BBC, HSBC), took weekend trips to Amsterdam and the Cotswolds, took my first trip alone (to Paris), and my mom came over for a week at the end of the course and we traveled around southern England together (Dover, Brighton, Windsor, Stonehenge and Salisbury, Canterbury). That week together was a huge bonding experience since we had just experienced a huge loss only the week before. I still look back at that time fondly - it was simultaneously the most difficult and most thrilling time in my life.

  • TalissaB

    TalissaB

    over 2 years ago

    my best adventure was not overseas. It did not involve extravagant events, cruises or parties. My best adventure was with my father and younger brother. We visited warranambool, went down the great ocean road and saw the twelve apostles, swam in the ocean with waves that knocked my brother over at the right moment for dad to capture a photo and we sat there after laughing and watching the sun set over the sea on the secluded beach.

    This was the only adventure my father could afford when i was a teenager, and i love him dearly for it :) One day ill return the father with a trip to Macchu Picchu :)

  • tarachristine88

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    over 2 years ago

    My four-month semester exchange to Canada... who would have thought that me, the girl from small-town Darwin, would have the opportunity to become a sorority sister! It's such a beautiful country - and I loved getting into all the fall traditions: pumpkin carving, thanksgiving turkey, halloween parties... oh, Canada ey!!

  • bozalina

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was my 2010 American trip with Contiki. I made the best friend I could ask for on my LA to the bay tour which kicked off on July 4th- best night in San Diego ever!! I would be surprised if it could ever been beated! We then had two weddings in Vegas, a wild college style party in Bass Lake, and ended with a tattoo in San Francisco. Every minute was memorable, and we were all sad it had to end. After San Fran, I had a week travelling with my bestie from home and then we hit up NYC with the Contiki New York Explorer. That tour was so different from the last, but still just as fun! It was 100% value for money, not having to line up so long for things like statue of liberty, and having a metcard for 5 days was fantastic. I saw so many things in New York in such a short amount of time thanks to Contiki. I have had dreams come true, more laughs than you can count, met so many lovely people and will be travelling with Contiki until they kick me out for my age! So Contiki we still have 10 years together - let's make them count! ;)

  • Explorer1376059

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't officially been on an overseas holiday in my 23 years, but I have been keen to check out the sights around Australia whilst I studied at university and had a little bit of extra cash to spend. One trip in particular was a suprise Valentines trip I planned back in 2010 for my partner and I. I got him to pack his bags and we flew to a secret destination, the Whitsundays. On Valentines day, the only day that had blue skies that whole week, we took a boat out to the Great Barrier Reef and went scuba diving. I was a bit hesitant prior as I was scared I would squish the fish, but once I was in i can definatly say it was the most amazing experience and taking in all of the breath taking and beautiful colours of the fish and I even got to see 'Nemo'. During the dive we watched another couple get engaged whilst the fish swam between them. It was also great meeting lots of people and hearing about their travels all over the world. After a great day we began to depart and travelled via the heart shaped coral, what a perfect way to end the day! Although half way back the engines for the boat stopped and the power went out (which meant we all got an endless supply of free ice cream due to the fridges) and we were stranded in the middle of the ocean until another boat pulled up beside us and we jumped from one deck to the other. We finally got ashore at 8pm instead of our 'normal' arrival of 5pm. Overall a great time and a must see!

  • Chelsea

    Chelsea

    over 2 years ago

    My first contiki, the European Experience was my favourite adventure. Getting lost in the lourve and sweating in Rome. Singing 'Wonderwall' in our cabins in Switzerland, drunkenly on the bus from the German beerhall and on our final night on the Amsterdam canal cruise. Meeting the greatest people, including 3 of the best girls I now know, and having the funniest bus driver alive. Everything about that trip was wild, hilarious, thrilling, and absolutely amazing. I still miss it everyday!
    Happy Birthday Contiki, thanks for existing! haha :)

  • Rachele

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    over 2 years ago

    yet to come. Croatian Sailing group 2012

  • Eruss028

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far was living for 3 months in Paris (like a local) and travelling around the rest of France with my friends and family. Also, on the same trip, I celebrated Octoberfest in Munich.

  • Tori

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have ever been on was just this year on my 'European Vista' tour for twenty one days. All 50 of us were Aussies and did everything as a massive group... including a one off trip out to a Ferrari factory in italy organized by our tour manager. Test driving those babies through the italian streets was the highlight of my whole trip! The wind, the speed and the sheer brilliance of it had adrenalin pumping through all the entire group! We were all so excited and in awe! I'm positive that it will be the fasted and most expensive thing I will ever drive!

  • Tori

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have ever been on was just this year on my 'European Vista' tour for twenty one days. All 50 of us were Aussies and did everything as a massive group... including a one off trip out to a Ferrari factory in italy organized by our tour manager. Test driving those babies through the italian streets was the highlight of my whole trip! The wind, the speed and the sheer brilliance of it had adrenalin pumping through all the entire group! We were all so excited and in awe! I'm positive that it will be the fasted and most expensive thing I will ever drive!

  • Explorer1408906

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    over 2 years ago

    Greek Island hopping 3 years ago, it was absolutely incredible! I met the most amazing group of people and explored the most beautiful and memorable Greek Islands. We laughed, we cried, we sung, we danced on tables, we drank strange concoctions, we ate delicious food, we stayed out until sunrise! I still keep in touch with my Contiki friends and we hope to all meet up again and relive our unforgettable adventure!! Highly recommended to everyone!!

  • jessi_wisegirl

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    over 2 years ago

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONTIKI!!
    My most incredible Contiki journey was my trip to Europe in 2009 with 2 great friends... I have the most amazing memories of the 29 days and made some amazing friends which i will never forget!!
    We had the most incredible time, and every city i visited i have a story for but I think one of the most memorable parts was Prague. Prague is AHHHH-mazing and we were lucky enough to spend the day riding bikes around the beautiful city and finishing it off with the funnest night pub crawling, which was unforgettable!!
    I am planning on returning to Europe soon to make some new memories <3

  • Drewskyj

    Drewskyj

    over 2 years ago

    The best trip I went on was the Horizon tour 2011. I had a freakin blast!

  • Liz23

    Liz23

    over 2 years ago

    My best trips have been road trips to Byron Bay with a car load full of my best mates pretending we are off on a magical trip. These magical trips are Contiki! My car load of friends is suddenly multiplied by 10 and the destination more magnificent. My road trips are great, but my contiki trips are magical.

  • escapetheordinary

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    over 2 years ago

    My boyfriend and the time and now my husband and I went on 2 back to back Contiki tours of Spain/Portugal and France. I loved the Barbary apes at Gibraltar, the beauty of Monte Carlo and Chamonix. This was my husband's first to Europe and since then we have been back many times so thanks Contiki for helping us become world travelers!

  • JediKnight

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    over 2 years ago

    My biggest adventure was a contiki road trip from New York to Los Angeles (The Grand Southern) I did such amazing things like stand in the oval office, walked around the Kennedy Space Centre in an astronaut out fit, got bourbon faced on shit street, had a snow ball fight in the mountains of colorado, sat on the edge of the grand canyon and what happened in vagas? well that says in vegas ;)
    Oh and I had a birthday at Disneyland :D
    Now I'm ready for my next adventure so come on and help a brother out :)

  • Alexander

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on is my trip around the world for 6 months visiting places like Czech Republic, Egypt, Thailand, Cambodia, China, Bali to name a few.

  • Tori

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have ever been on was just this year on my 'European Vista' tour for twenty one days. All 50 of us were Aussies and did everything as a massive group... including a one off trip out to a Ferrari factory in Italy organized by our tour manager. Test driving those babies through the Italian streets was the highlight of my whole trip! The wind, the speed and the sheer brilliance of it had adrenalin pumping through the entire group! We were all so excited and in awe! I'm positive that it will be the fastest and most expensive thing I will ever drive!

  • Franklin'sTravels

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    over 2 years ago

    2011 for me was the most unforgettable! Or is it? Cuz most of our best times in Europe were forgotten the next morning. I guess you'd know why. (Only to have the memories haunt us after a couple of months when somebody manages to upload report-worthy pics). On a serious note, my partner and I have lived and worked in London for 4 months, had our laptops and "apples' stolen sometime after the riots, prayed at the Stonehenge for some compensation, flew to Ibiza and the Philippines to reflect, forgive--and party! And now back home in Australia to work, save and travel again some more with Contiki... before we turn 35!

  • LexingtonMic

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    over 2 years ago

    Junior year of high school, the Spanish Club did an 8 day tour of Mexico. My best friend and I went with 3 others girls from out high school, and met up with our tour which included 4 other schools from across the US. I was 15 and had never left the country before and I loved everyday. Ever since, my best friend and I have been taking trips together- Vegas, Cancun, up and down the US east coast. Unfortunately, her husband is being stations 3000 miles away for the Air Force, but I know one thing, her and I will keep traveling, and seeing the world, one small step at a time. It all started in Mexico!

  • Todd

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    over 2 years ago

    It’s got to be my recent trip to Vietnam and the twelve days I spent touring around the country with Contiki. Why was it the most incredible adventure I’ve been on so far, I’ll tell you in one word . . .

    C – Contrasts– from the hustle and bustle of Ho Chi Min, to the waterways of the Mekong Delta, to the lazy streets of Hoi Ann, right through to the mighty limestone pillars of Ha long bay.

    O – Openness – the way the Vietnamese people would welcome you into their homes, their business and their way of life.

    N – Nightlife – the places we partied, like the beaches of Nga Trang or the boat in Ha Long bay will forever take some beating.

    T – Tantalizing - smells of freshly cooked street side food, sights like people sitting on their small plastic chairs, to the sounds of scooter horns in the crazy traffic.

    I – Irresistible – food and drink, from the best spring rolls I’ve ever had, to the wild and wonderful exotic fruits and the fresh tea.

    K – Keepsakes – from my traditional Vietnamese hat, to my custom made shoes, to my bottle of snake wine, I treasure them all.

    I – Iconic - temples to high-rise towers, war memorials to rice patties, the iconic landscape that is Vietnam will always stay with me.

  • rent_boy33

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    over 2 years ago

    When I was 16 I got the crazy idea to go to Australia... so by the time i was 17 i finally saved up enough money to go for a month with my best friend. We spent a month traveling along the coast in Queensland and had many memorable nights and adventures!

  • kfenton

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    over 2 years ago

    Moving to Australia by myself for four months. I did many crazy things, saw many amazing sites, and met the most incredible people. It changed my life and I think about that adventure everyday.

  • Explorer1408906

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    over 2 years ago

    Greek Island hopping 3 years ago, it was absolutely incredible! I met the most amazing group of people and explored the most beautiful and memorable Greek Islands. We laughed, we cried, we sung, we danced on tables, we drank strange concoctions, we ate delicious food, we stayed out until sunrise! I still keep in touch with my Contiki friends and we hope to all meet up again and relive our unforgettable adventure!! Highly recommended to everyone!!

  • Lauren

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    over 2 years ago

    After going on my first Contiki in 2010, I had officially caught the travel bug! In 2011, I decided to venture on the Asian Adventure tour through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Our manager, Jonny, taught us to be travelers, not tourists and I was soon speaking Thai, hopping on tuk tuks, tubes on the river in Laos and elephants in the jungle! Not only was my adventure fantastically fun, I met the most amazing people from all over the globe AND learned invaluable lessons about south east Asia and its culture and people. I am a better, more worldly person for going on this tour and have taken these lessons back home. It's all about what you take with you and being a better person for it. Thank you Contiki, happy birthday, and I hope to meet again with you this year to embark on another unforgettable experience!!

  • Katie.Sease

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    over 2 years ago

    Went in 2006 to France, Italy and Switzerland. Amazing experience with some amazing friends during college. Planning to go on the european horizon this July. Can't wait!

  • NatalieU

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on was on a contiki trip through the west coast of USA.  The trip was amazing especially turning 21 in Vegas!  But the reason it is my most incredible adventure is because of the people on the trip.  6 years on and we still e-mail and catch up (when in town) and reminisce about all aspects of our trip, the grand canyon at new years with snow, Vegas,  group parties in Yosemite, cactus, Disneyland (said the adam slander way) and so much more.

  • isanc012

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    over 2 years ago

    Last year I flew to South Korea to see friends I had met the year before in Spain. It was such a foreign, wonderful experience. We went to different cities in the country and even went paintballing. It was a lot of fun and I would love to repeat it!

  • Abby

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    over 2 years ago

    Besides getting mugged at 3am while walking across the road, Vietnam has been my favourite adventure so far. Ho Chi Minh city's nightlife was incredible or maybe that was because it was just 16 of us Aussie's on a uni scholarship tour who loved it when the locals copied our dance moves. And Hanoi had such a different feel. Vietnam is beautiful, the people are lovely and always smiling. However, if I was to comment after my European Contrasts Contiki tour which finishes in July I might have to change my response.

  • DanWakeling

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    over 2 years ago

    Best trip would be when I spontaneously decided to fly over to Japan. I saw on tv that they had flights for $400 return. So I purchased flight tickets on the Friday and flew out on the Sunday. I did this as a solo traveler as i didn't have any friends that had or could get time off on such short notice but that didn't deter me, I had the greatest of times, i had met locals and foreigners in Osaka and Tokyo that I am still friends with today. It was a great experience doing my first solo adventure in a foreign country where I had to cross language barriers and sampled a vast variety of foods I wouldn't normally eat such as real raw sushi and octopus balls. This was my incredible adventure so far, that is until I go to Europe for 6 weeks this year 3 of those weeks with Contiki!

  • Explorer1298902

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    over 2 years ago

    My trip with Contiki in 2006 to Europe was the most amazing thing I've ever done. Me and 3 girls from college skipped the first week of school to go on the trip and it was totally worth it. We did London, Paris and Amsterdam. We did all the extra optional things on our tour and because we were ahead of schedule one day, we even got to go to Vimy Ridge (back to Canada for an hour!!). I was incredible!

    A few hiccups like getting stuck on a highway in France for like 8 hours because of a major bus accident and I sprained my ankle about 20 minutes after we got to Amsterdam, but didnt let any of that put a damper on things. My foot was the size of my knee by time we left but it was worth it to see Amsterdam! I wouldnt trade a moment of it because those memories will last forever. Really hoping to take another Contiki trip sometime with my fiance who has never been anywhere!!

    Happy Birthday Contiki!

  • Victoria

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible trip I went on was the European discovery, we had the most amazing tour guide and group of people ever! <3

  • vinospizza

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    over 2 years ago

    Easterdam 2012 with Chris & Emma!!

  • Ready2Travel

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    over 2 years ago

    Sharing 6 Days and 5 Nights in the Bush With Kangaroos,
    Pitching Tents in the Snow and Lighting Fires to Dry Shoes.

    The Adventure Is Over But The Memories They Remain,
    Sparking Excitement to Create New Ones Again and Again.

    Contiki 50 Years On and Still Making Dreams Come True,
    Showing Young People How To Travel Since 1962!

  • Candice

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    over 2 years ago

    Without a doubt!! - the Contiki trip I did with my best friend in 2010! We exhausted ourselves doing as much as possible, sometimes literally running to fit in all the sights. It was definitely "the time of my life"!! :D ..the travel bug bit big time!

  • WorldTraveller

    WorldTraveller

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure actually took place in my own country. Canoeing and camping along the Glenelg River in Victora, just two weeks ago was pretty amazing. With a fantastic group of 17 young adults, we had the best time fishing, canoeing, cooking, sleeping under the stars and telling ghost stories by the fire. Some of my favourite memories from my university outdoor education degree. Sometimes you don't have to travel too far from your own backyard to have an amazing travel experience, it all depends on who you are with and your mindset.

  • mnms09

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    over 2 years ago

    The biggest adventure I have ever had is ongoing. My children!! I'm 25 with 4 kids so I have never had the time nor the money to go on an adventure holiday, but raising my children will be by far the most adventurous and rewarding thing I will ever do! Everyday is a new discovery for them and I am blessed to be part of every minute! My sons latest adventure is following in the footsteps of Shaggy and Scooby by solving mysteries like the missing chocolate hahaha!!

  • Explorer1274300

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was when I left home for six months to just travel the world after finishing school. I went alone, and it was the most amazing adventure I've ever had.
    I went to France (Paris and Calais), Italy (Venice, Rome), the Netherlands (Amsterdam), Germany (Munich, Rhine Valley, Saint Goar), Austria (Innsbruck), England (All over), Ireland (All over), Scotland (All over), Wales (Holyhead, Llandudno, Cardiff), America (San Francisco, Anaheim, Los Angeles, New York City, Orlando).
    It was the most amazing experience of my life, and I met so many people, and did so much that I would have never done if I hadn't taken the chance.
    I drank Prosecco in Gondolas, I went to the top of the Eiffel Tower, I saw someone fall out of a window! I swam in Loch Ness, I kissed the Blarney Stone, I saw a musical on Broadway and so SO much more, and I would do anything to experience something so amazing again!!!

    Happy birthday Contiki!!!!!!!!

  • Explorer1267117

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    over 2 years ago

    I went as a solo traveller on a European adventureur Contiki last Summer. Going solo and never having to be on my own travelling was probably the most scariest and nerve racking thing I have ever done. None of my friends had the money, or wanted to go away for a month and a half so I thought fine, I'm doing this for me! So I went and I met so many people, friends who I am still friends with today. I actually went to go see a bunch of my contiki friends in Australia a few months ago. First time being in australia, and having your own personal tour guide and friend to boot was amazing! I was actually looking through my photos the other day and I realized how much I want to go back, and I will go back!! Solo or with a friend, you only life once so do a contiki and live a little! Thanks contiki you have changed my life, though all of the experiences I went though during my trip and I'm sure I can speak for a ton of people that you left a memory that they will never forget!!

  • Jukie_20

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    over 2 years ago

    My best trip ever was the European Panorama I went on with 2 of my best friends in 2008. We went to Europe for 5 weeks to celebrate finishing school. It was amazing. We went to so many amazing cities and museums. We tried all kinds of awesome food and wine. It was great! I'd love to go on a trip like that again someday.

  • Explorer1388221

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    over 2 years ago

    Exploring the ancient ruins of Greece and Turkey was an unforgettable adventure! I remember walking the pathways and thinking of all of the people who walked there before me. The people of Greece were so welcoming and interesting. I left home to travel with a group of people whom I'd never met before, but it turned out to be an exciting journey! I had a sketchbook with me and collected everything from ticket stubs to pressed flowers along with my own sketches. I returned with this amazing scrapbook. I couldn't believe what I was seeing and I took everything in. I experienced as much as possible in the short time that I was there, because I thought that I might not ever be able to return to this amazing place. But someday I hope to return.

  • Flaxykiwi

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday Contiki!
    My best? Trekking in Sapa, Vietnam and getting wasted on rice wine with the hill villagers then pseudo-narrating Vietnamese soap operas on TV. It was awesome, simply because my tour crew of various backgrounds bonded instantly and everyone became great friends. The Red Dao people toast to everything, every three seconds. A toast to you, Contiki!

  • Explorer1313806

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest vacation was when I decided to travel to Japan with a couple of mates. Only one of us knew any japanese at all so it was one of the strangest experiences ever. We travelled all around Japan from the top to bottom. One week later, the tsunami hit and we were all sighing with relief that we had gotten out in time!

  • Kaminari

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    over 2 years ago

    I've been on a few trips, whether it be looking around my "backyard" (country) of New Zealand before I traveled to japan with a small class, or simply moved over the "ditch" to Australia; but the most memorable trip I have had so far, would be the LA to Bay (Winter) with Contiki! Not only did I meet my AMAZING partner on the tour, but I was able to go out an experience a large amount of new things such as snowboarding, snowmobiling, riding a mechanical bull, and going up in a hot air balloon! I did not want that trip to come to an end - I had made so many friends, learnt so much from my guide, and had so many wonderful experiences and sights to behold, coming back to work to gather more funds paled completely. It's all red dust and rocks again for awhile. But the result from that trip has left an wondrous impression that I would love to experience again - although with my partner! <3

  • Blair

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure has yet to happen! If I win this trip, it would become my dream come true. BUT, if I had to choose I would say my backpacking trip to Costa Rica. We went up and down the coast not knowing where we would stay and met people from all walks of life.

  • sarahjane227

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to Arizona with my husband when we were dating and we drove up to Vegas and visited the Hoover Dam along the way too! Lots of fun!

  • LauraJane

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have ever been on was when I went overseas. I skipped out on a few weeks at the end of Year 11, and went to South Africa, England and Scotland. I had the opportunity to meet all different people, and loved every moment of the trip. The highlight of the trip was in London, sitting on roof of a red bus, with the sun shining. It was only a very short trip, and there are so many things I regret not doing and seeing. One thing I want to do in life is travel again, and I have always wanted to do Contiki. :D

  • ICAP

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    over 2 years ago

    Getting lost in Osaka. We were walking up and down this random Street trying to find our hotel, because this was where google maps said.

    Then a really nice lady stopped to help us. She couldn't speak much English but she rang her mum to ring the hotel. It was right near the main train stations so another 30 min train ride later we found it. !

    But that whole trip was the best, cherry blossom everywhere !

  • jdistefano

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    over 2 years ago

    I did the European magic trip 10 years ago. It was a high school graduation trip with a good friend and it was ridiculous. It was my 2nd trip to Europe, but pry the trip that sparked my love for traveling. The tour was a whirlind, but we met some amazing people and my first time to see Rome, London, Paris. My favorite county on this trip would have to have been Germany - the rine valley's beauty and the crazy times at the munich beer hall. Oh memories. These iconic places that I've gotten to visit several times since. The days were jam packed and the evenings spent drinking beer and getting to know the night life and our fellow travelers. It was a ridiculous time and I heart Contiki!

  • Edme

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    over 2 years ago

    The best adventure of my live was my Contiki Italian Espresso tour in 2009 - with Florence at the peak of the list. The start of new worldwide friendships (that still continues 3 years later), good tour leader (Marlen, you were the best), good food, good wine, beautiful landscape, art and David statue, drinks on our Venice Gondola Ride, Seeing thousands-of-years-old Rome... What is not to like about all of this? These memories are some of my fondest memories ever! I can still remember it like yesterday and still get extremely excited when telling the stories!

  • kneenar

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    over 2 years ago

    Most incredible adventure? Unfortunately I've never been on one. I'm saving up to go somewhere in July but I don't think I'll have enough, hah. One day!

  • vicentine

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    over 2 years ago

    I've always been a bit a crummy flyer. My ears just don't handle pressure changes well and as a result, I end up with full blown, incredibly uncomfortable, double ear infections. This fact always prevented me from going anywhere that required flying unless absolutely necessary.

    In 2009, when the final Michael Jackson concert series in London, England was announced, I decided that it was time to risk the discomfort and scratch off one of my bucket list items.

    A friend of mine asked if he could come along and so we booked a 10 day adventure to Europe together. I hadn't been to Europe since I was a wee kid, visiting family with my mum, and he had never stepped foot off North American soil, let alone been in a plane.

    Despite the obvious circumstances that resulted in us never seeing the concert, we had an amazing time exploring and experiencing many parts of England, breaking out of our comfort zones and diving into something new head first.

    Sure, I came home ill for a few weeks, complete with ear infections, but I still look back on that trip fondly, and have craved adventures like that ever since. If only life didn't get in the way, preventing travel adventures like it does.

  • Explorer1244971

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    over 2 years ago

    Last year, I went on a Contiki tour starting in Greece. Although I was a bit nervous at first to travel alone, it was not too long until I discovered Contiki was a great fit! I made lots of friends who I still connect with and had a lot of fun at the same time! I remember touring during the day and partying so much at night that I barely got any sleep. It was probably the first time where I was tired and did not care because every waking moment of my trip was so worth it! It was the happiest I had ever been in my life and had a nice 12 hour plane ride back to get plenty of sleep on :)

  • rusom2

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy 50th Birthday Contiki!
    Although I have never experienced a Contiki tour myself, I have heard nothing but greatness. I hope to have the opportunity to travel with you guys in the near future because I know that it will be an unforgettable adventure. My most incredible adventure was travelling to the Dominican Republic. It was a volunteer trip where I stayed with a local family, building a house for the community. It felt amazing to take in a new culture, and I can't wait to continue my journey, experiencing different cultures.

    Here's to unforgettable adventures,

    Cheers!

  • Alicia86

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    over 2 years ago

    Hands down, it was when I went on Contiki's Ultimate European trip in 2010. I met so many new friends and I loved Egypt. Nothing like taking a camel ride around the pyramids and seeing King Tut! My driver and tour manager were so much fun. I can't wait to do another Contiki trip (hopefully sooner rather than later!)

  • Explorer1245988

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    over 2 years ago

    By far the hardest thing I have done to date, and the biggest best adventure ever, was my year exchange to Japan. Falling in love with everything 'Japanese' on my first visit led to me taking a year between high school and uni to become a Japanese high schooler. Piece of cake? More like the Mount Fuji of personal growth! I learnt to eat things first and ask questions later, do as the locals do, and say whatever my Japanese friends were trying to teach me - sometimes landing me in way over my head. My perspective of the world got a little bigger and I learnt that even though our cultures are vastly different, we can communicate and create the most wonderful encounters and stories from being open minded and willing to try. I hope that every traveller out there gets the chance to learn something from a local - whether it be the best public bath, how to use chopsticks or something that completely blows your mind! These people make our trips unforgettable, so lets help others enjoy their stay in our town and send them home with some amazing memories!
    Con-gra-tiki-lations!

  • sdk81

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    over 2 years ago

    I've never been outside of the U.S. but I've had plenty of adventures here. The best I've had was when I went to New Orleans one summer with 4 of my girlfriends. I'm from Kansas and New Orleans was like a whole different world for me. I LOVED it though! Everything was so different. The people, the atmosphere, the weather. It was great!

  • curtisd54

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    over 2 years ago

    definetly my european inspirations tour a few years ago. Visited London, Amsterdam, Berlin, Munich, Prague, Venice, Rome, Florence, and Paris.. amazing time had by all!

  • Bottle

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    over 2 years ago

    Would definitely have to be my trip to Thailand where I got to work with Gibbons and baby sea turtles at a wild life rescue center as well as getting to wash Elephants (and putting some sort of skin cream on one that apparently had an elephant skin condition). My trip also included plenty of adventure including a bungy jump into what friend at home have described as a glorified puddle (some just don't trust the safety standards in Thailand), a trek to see a traditional hill tribe, a day of sea kayaking and a memorable run in with thai buckets. Good times had by all.

  • Explorer1251513

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday Contiki!!

    My greatest adventure that I have ever been on was the summer of 2011! By far the best summer of my life. I had just finished school for the summer, and I could not bear the idea of spending a summer working a 9 to 5 job here in Toronto. I applied for some teaching jobs online in hopes that I would get one, and i did! I taught in Rome, Italy for 5 weeks and met amazing people from all over the world! It has always been a dream of mine to visit Greece, and if i had to wait for when my friends would be able to afford it, i would never go! So after my 5 weeks of teaching in Rome, i flew to Athens and took a 7 days Contiki cruise tour of Greece and Instanbul Turkey. I absolutely loved it!! There is not a day that goes by since i returned when I don't think about how badly I want to go back! Europe, is amazing and has so much to offer!

  • Michelle

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    over 2 years ago

    My best friend and I travelled with Contiki on a 9 day Ireland tour in April 2010. That tour completely changed my life...I found my future husband in Ireland! We have now been married for 13 months and I couldnt ask for a better life! THANKS CONTIKI & Happy 50th Birthday!
    Cheers!
    Michelle

  • uannasor

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    over 2 years ago

    I've only started traveling in 2008 and I'm not slowly down!

    My most incredible adventure started in 2010 with me living in Los Angeles for 3 months to complete my 3 month internship to graduate from university in Toronto, Canada. Less than a month from returning form Los Angeles, my brother and myself decided and booked our flight to Australia & New Zealand. 3 weeks, 10 flights, experiencing 3 10am's in 1 day (NZ,AUS,CAN) countless hours of walking/hiking and of course experiencing everything with my cameras (yes i said cameras - dslr, film, compact digital). There were many first that happened with this adventure starting with my first international flight lasting 20 hours each way. bungee jumping, snorkeling and scuba diving great barrier reef, 12 apostles, philip island, zorbing, glow warms cave in waitomo, hiking in the beautiful tongariro national park and so much more.

  • Toys

    Toys

    over 2 years ago

    It all started with a road trip to Byron Bay blues festival (from CANBERRA) with my mates.... and ROE ('running on empty' - trusty commodore estate) …With three girls and one prudish boy - it was going to be disaster right? Nah not completely….
    From the start pee (and farts) dominated conversation and influenced the schedule, amazing how at 28 we can still laugh about the same thing over and over....and of course beer had a large role to play …. Classic comment from the pissheads in the back to the driver ' I'll start drinking (driving) if you like', drivers reply ‘no u will not!’ – I swear hilarious at the time..
    After the epic 13hours or so we finally hit Byron, and with ¾ of the crew tanked we finally after much consultation and discussion and re negotiation managed to find a camping spot in the swarming dark camp site without too much disruption.... may have unplugged someone’s electricity out…but not bad effort overall.
    The days that followed was like a fairy tale, swims at the beach, morning footy and rum, camp fires, pancakes and strawberries, BB King, cheese and wine, Nimbin, memories of being caked in mud and falling asleep half in half out the tent, laughter, tears, and sweat and so much fun - a dream with friends an adventure never to be forgot…set in memory for a rainy day…

  • JadeW82

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    over 2 years ago

    Where to start?!?
    I have been fortunate enough to experience more than one of your amazing tours.
    As such, it is so very hard to choose the most incredible one.
    If forced to choose I would have to say it was my Grand Northern back in 2006, it was during that trip that the travel bug truly bit me hard!!!!
    Thanks to the awesome time I had on that trip, with some of the greatest people I have met, I was inspired to travel Europe, 3 times, both alone and on another two Contiki trips.
    This then led me to getting my UK visa which allowed me to enjoy living in the UK.
    If I had not been on that very first Contiki trip through America and Canada I would not have such wonderful memories of some amazing places that many people can only ever dream of.

  • Luca

    Luca

    over 2 years ago

    I had an awesome adventure in Rome. My Contiki friends and I played a city-wide game of Marco Polo. Che bello!

  • Kim

    Kim

    over 2 years ago

    January 2011 Egypt tour with Contiki. Had the best tour group ever! We saw tombs, pyramids, mummies, went cruising up the Nile, drank when we could find alcohol, and ate like there was no tomorrow! Amazing trip!

  • Explorer1228905

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    over 2 years ago

    My mother and I took a tour of Italy in 2009. The Welcome Dinner in Rome was the BEST meal of my life, at an off-the-beaten-path, authentic Italian restaurant. The tour continued to different Italian cities and my favourite stop was definitely Lake Maggiore! The mountains, brightly coloured flowers and turquoise waters were stunningly beautiful; the perfect view for enjoying a lemon gelato!

    In February 2011 I visited Switzerland on a multi-country tour and I have to say that Lucerne was my favourite city! The intricate facades on historic buildings, the snowcapped Alps, the abundant population of swans and the friendly people made the experience unforgettable.

    I can't wait to take a Contiki Tour soon! :)

  • LauraJane

    LauraJane

    over 2 years ago

    I think that my most incredible adventure was my trip overseas when I was 16, I went to South Africa, England and Scotland. Was an incredible experience, to go from the heat of Africa, and waking up to a zebra looking at me through the window, to riding on the roof of a red, double decker bus in London with the sun shining. It was only a short trip, and I have so many regrest; things I didn't get to do, didn't get to see. I have been saving to go on a Contiki tour for years, but my situation never allows me to travel. I have always wanted to travel through Europe, and make friends with people from all around the world.
    Can't wait to be part of the Contiki family.

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    over 2 years ago

    I had known about Contiki for years before I was finally able to take a trip. Throughout my 20s I would look at the brochures and daydream about one day being able to travel, not only abroad but around the US as well. Life circumstances forced me to wait until last year at 33 to set sail on the Wild Western. I was the only solo American traveler, but I instantly met friends from all over the world! The trip was more than I had dreamed it would be and while I was flying over the Grand Canyon I thought, "This is what life is all about. I'm living and truly blessed." Thank you Contiki for a wonderful experience! I only hope to be able to travel with Contiki to Europe before I turn 35. To all the older travelers out there - it's never too late to go after your dreams!

  • sweetkeet

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    over 2 years ago

    my bigest adventure so far in my life was moving from England to NZ, i would love to win a trip so that im able to go and have an adult adventure it would be so much fun. and if i was unable to talk that adventure i do know alot of people who deserve this as much as i think i do, and i would gift it to them because that is the kind of person that i am, if im unable to do somthing that i have be given then i will pass it on to someone who can

  • jakkaj

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    over 2 years ago

    Heading to Europe for my first overseas trip away from home when I was 20 years old. Did the European Escapades trip and had a blast. Favourite memories were hiking in the Swiss Alps, all of Paris, and the new people I met. Would recommend Contiki to anyone and have done so over and over!

  • VanessaWrz

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    over 2 years ago

    My first Contiki trip was last October on the England and Scotland tour, and I will be going on my second one in 19 days!
    In Edinburgh, while having lunch at the World's End Pub on the Royal Mile, a friend discovered that there existed a "pub trail" where if you go to 12 pubs on the list within a year, you would get a free t-shirt, our Tour Manager had never even heard of it. Well, we didn't have a year, we had about 6 hours. So, we went for it! It was such an adventure, in the end it felt like we were in the Amazing Race, during which we met some interesting and hilarious characters all while exploring the beautiful town of Edinburgh. It ended with all of us sprinting down the Royal Mile, and finishing where it began, in the World's End Pub. Such a fantastic night.

  • Explorer1248452

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing adventure I've been on so far is my first Contiki Tour of course!! Last spring I went on the Road to Athens Tour, highlights include Paragliding in Austria, Bike Tour in Munich and Cruising the Greek Islands. I'm dying to go on another Contiki Tour! and encourage all my friends to try it out. Memories to last a lifetime!

  • lterech

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    over 2 years ago

    My exciting adventure is currently ongoing! I'm booked for London and Paris for June 22, and it has been very exiciting since I made the decision to go last week. Everytime I log onto my 'MeetUp,' there is the trip counter, reminding me just how close my trip is getting!

    Making the decision to take a trip like this, as a solo traveller, is a first for me, and I cannot wait for my adventure to start!

  • Travel4Life

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    over 2 years ago

    I have had too many adventures to count: from crazy microbus rides with the locals through Cairo, Egypt to eating chicken cooked underground and spending the night in the Sahara to canoeing through Germany and seeing Holland in miniature in the Netherlands to road tripping all over the East Coast for two weeks, not to mention all of the adventures I've had with friends and family in our own backyards! Life itself has been one big adventure that I have been able to make more exciting through travel and making international friends!

  • Kerri

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    over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately, I have never travelled with Contiki, I have only been out of Australia once - which was to Bali December just gone. I was very nervous to go to Bali as I had heard so many bad things about the place. Once my boyfriend and I landed in Bali, it was nothing like what I had pictured. We only stayed for 6 days, although it was enough time for us to get away, relax and rejuvinate. On our last day in Bali, we made sure all our things were packed and once we arrived at the airport and had to go through the exiting a foreign country section in the airport, we realised we only had one visa entry with us, as it was my first time overseas, I was not aware we needed to keep it, so I had packed one in our luggage. We nearly missed our flight as we only had one card, and they were saying we could not leave the country, but finally one of the staff members filled out another form for us and we were able to fly home. We then had the worst flight home, flying in a storm and it was the most horible landing! The airport actually closed later that day due to the storm. I loved my time in Bali and my partner and I have wanted to travel again in the future, although have not been able to save up yet due to me being in a car accident and injuring my neck and only living off one wage at present. One day though, we will get to travel to another beautiful country. I loved seeing another culture and how they live. It is a real eye opener!!

  • rugbychick_13

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    over 2 years ago

    Two years abroad in Australia...one way ticket, 500 bucks cash and didn't know a soul. Came home with friends that are more family then anything, hundreds of pictures, thousands of memories, and endless experiences. Wouldn't trade it for the world and would do it again in a heartbeat if I could =)

  • Explorer1320325

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    over 2 years ago

    My biggest adventure so far was because of Contiki, i spent a total of 54 days touring North America on a holiday i have dreamed about since i started Highschool. The big apple all the way down and across to Hollywood Boulevard.. Gumbo in New Orleans, Getting (fake) married by Elvis in Las Vegas, Tanning and Speed boat riding around Miami and sporting Minnie Mouse ears from Disney world; Just to name a few. It was so amazing i sometimes wonder if i really did do it, but i have my worldly experiences and great new friends to remind me it really did happen.

  • Explorer1291267

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure would have to be backpacking through Europe with my now husband a few years ago with only a basic plan and no idea of what would happen next, and a lot of the time, where we would be sleeping the next night. The thrill of feeling so free was amazing. My newest most exciting adventure was a road trip to bungee jump from a hot air balloon!

  • Marion

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    over 2 years ago

    I did my first European trip with Contiki! It was the most amazing 3 weeks of my life - I met so many people, did all the things I always dreamed of and came home wishing I could have stayed forever! A memory I will never forget was when our tour guide told everyone to follow us South Africans because that way you will not get robbed!

  • Raelene

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    over 2 years ago

    I had just broken up from a serious relationship, so what better way to cure a broken heart but travel... So the very next day, I booked two Contiki trips through Europe. They were both amazing. Sailing the Greek Islands on a Cruise Ship and Amsterdam to Barcelona through Paris. My favourite part was meandering through Paris.. And the best part was I never felt alone. There was always someone who wanted to go sightseeing or a Contiki activity planned. My favourite photo is all us "Contiki Girls" doing the Can Can out the front the Moulin Rouge.

  • Inserjo1989

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing, incredible, fantastic adventure I've had so far has got to be my exchange trip to the U.S.A (New York) last year- it was a once in a lifetime experience and it changed my life.

    I am from Australia and I am 22 years old- I never thought I would have the opportunity to go overseas or if I did that I would have to wait 30 years until I could save up enough money to travel, but last year I was lucky enough to be accepted into the exchange program at my university and got to spend 4 months in New Paltz in New York City. The funniest thing that happened on exchange was when there was a miscommunication between my room mate and I- I was working on an art assignment asked her if she had a rubber I could borrow, I promised I would return it and she gave me a funny look, it took me a moment to realize that rubbers in America= condoms lol (I was so embarrassed that I went red and started hiccuping like crazy)- when I got over my hiccups I ended up apologizing to her and then explained that I wanted to borrow an eraser not a rubber.

    On my trip I met such amazing people (mostly exchange students who seemed like my family up there), saw many wonderful sights (NY, NJ, Canada, SF), visited family I had never met before and got to experience independence for the first time in 22 years, which really made me appreciate my life back in Australia and my family all that much more. It was truly an incredible experience and I will never forget all the wonderful memories I have of that trip.

  • Renate

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2003 my parents took me overseas and I visited my Dad's home country of Croatia for first time. It was my most incredible adventure due to the intense emotion I felt, seeing this country for the first time that I had heard so much about. My first impression was a hard one, as I was driven through the parts of the country where there are bullet holes in every wall from the war. Was the most shocking experience. Fortunately it had a happy ending when we arrived at the sea side town Vodice, to catch a ferry to the island, Prvic. Seeing the glistening sea, the buzzing cafes and all the boats at the jetty, I could see why my Dad loves this place.

  • Renee

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    over 2 years ago

    My favourite adventure so far, was to New Zealand. The group I travelled with are great people that I keep in touch with. New Zealand was breath taking. Our tour manager and bus drivers took us to all the great places. The one thing I will always remember from my Contiki to NZ will be sky diving with Nzone in Queenstown at 12000ft. Jumping over the Remarkables on a sunny day was magnificent. I can't wait to find another place with awesome views to do it again.

  • Judy

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    over 2 years ago

    Most adventurous trip so far would have to be our honeymoon in Reykjavik, Iceland. We went hiking, whale watching along the artic circle, horseback riding on the Icelandic poni-er-horses, walked along the edge of the waterfalls, and by pure chance we were there during the World Music Festival, so everywhere we went bands were set up and playing in every coffee house and book shop and bar. The greatest day was the one we spent at the Blue Lagoon while a DJ spun beats and we chilled in the 100+ degree waters with our Viking beers while the snow fell around us.

  • shirumie

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    over 2 years ago

    Summer in 2003!

    Trip started in NYC. thereafter took Greyhound bus all alone to Kentucky! Experience indescribable..spent 3 months in the summer camp with wonderful kids and all the locals.. hvin the local southern time of my life..

    Trip continued with my new found Australian friend who JUST did her first Contiki tour to Europe. We headed to Miami for the rest of our summer and back to NYC where we spent the last 2 days. AND we experienced the BIG BLACKOUT in NYC!! We had to cancel our Phantom of the Opera play and spent the rest of our last night in darkness!

    Summer in 2003, Priceless experience!!

  • Explorer1320313

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    over 2 years ago

    My first night ever overseas was when I was 17 and in Rio de Janeiro. Sitting in the back of a taxi after spending the night partying on a boat around the islands I saw a tiny jesus glowing in the sky.... absolutely incredible.

  • jen4510

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    over 2 years ago

    I did the European tour for 2 weeks, It was the best trip I've ever done. Italy and Paris were the best, so much to explore and do. Met great people as well, I would love to do another contiki tour in the near future.

  • Explorer1320313

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    over 2 years ago

    My first night ever overseas was when I was 17 and in Rio de Janeiro. Sitting in the back of a taxi after spending the night partying on a boat around the islands I saw a tiny jesus glowing in the sky.... absolutely incredible.

  • Explorer1325002

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    over 2 years ago

    My most credible - and life changing adventure was a 10 week school trip to Thailand. To this day i still think of memories and smile. We had the opportunity to partake in heaps of different activities - visits to orphanages where all the poor children were affected with HIV, staying at elephant training camps, planting plants for a monk that lived by himself on a small island, waking up in the mornings for almsgiving for monks, a 2 week stay in a hill tribe village where we got to build a whole school of little cuties a new playground, and we got to teach our own classes and think up heaps of games to play with the little ones that we were able to explain without being able to communicate by speaking as we spoke very little Thai and the kids only knew "Aussie Aussie Aussie - Oi Oi Oi." Every day when the school day ended, the children as young as 4 walked back to their homes by themselves, which some houses as far as 20km away! They always asked us to walk back with them, and as i said to myself when i left for this school trip i would say 'yes' to every opportunity - i said yes unlike a lot of my other friends who were happy just to sit and read their books etc. Myself and a few other students would walk a group of kids back each day, and most says once we arrived at their houses, they would invite us in and the parents would smile and prepare us a snack of fruit - although it was clear they didn't have much themselves! And afterwards they would then walk US back to the school again! The whole trip was amazing, full of so many opportunities, and i am so glad i said YES to every single one of them. One of my teachers that took us on the trip from Australia has been built a permanent little house in the hill tribe village we stayed at - and he now spends most of his time there! Everyone we met was amazing - although we couldn't communicate with them fluently, they were all full of smiles and had such a great appreciation for life. VERY long explanation, but too amazing just to say it it one sentence, and after just finishing a boring uni essay, typing something up like this was good fun! Trip of a lifetime.

  • Joe

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure is always my next one!! I have been fortunate to have traveled to 18 countries and hope to reach my goal of over 50 before I die. The friends I've gained, the different points of view, the culture, the locals and the amazing scenery have have impacted my life so much that words cannot explain. For this I am grateful for contiki.

  • Samara

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure i have been on so far is the Sail Croatia trip i did. It was utterly amazing. The people, the country, the food, my travel companions. It was the best time of my life. So very special, i would do it again in a second.

  • Explorer1201960

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    over 2 years ago

    Hi, my name is Hayley, and I am a Contiki-holic. 3 Years ago I had my first taste with Mykonos and Island Cruising and I could not stop at just that! My most incredible journey to date was definitely Contiki Berlin to Budapest July 2011....Getting to experience Eastern European culture with 50 strangers turned best friends (in 10 days) is a true natural high! It must be a Contiki thing... because without the help of our Amazing Tour Manager and Bus Driver (Big Ron), those German/Czech beers would not have tasted so good, our bonds would not have been so close, the nightlife would not have been insane, and our days would not be filled with endless laughs and smiles. If there is a cure to Contiki-holism...I don't want it. Happy Birthday Contiki, wishing you all the best and infinite years to come!

  • MichaelD

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    over 2 years ago

    I would not have said this back then, but I have to say that my two week trip to Belize has been my best adventure. I was in tenth grade and I went with the University of Texas Archaeology program and I spent two weeks with a nice sized group of college students digging in the middle of the forest at Mayan ruins. These ruins have yet to be excavated, and our job was just to learn what we could about it without excavating it. It was extremely taxing work and felt like it lasted forever. I also was able to visit Lamanai, an already excavated Mayan ruin after the first week. I lost a few pounds on this trip, and I didn't have weight to lose! I look back on it and I am so very happy I had the experience.

  • Explorer1390243

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    over 2 years ago

    my most amazing adventure was my first contiki in feb 2012 when i when i went on the east island hopper in thailand... Iv travelled to many countries before but thailand was my first contiki. i found a contiki trip to be sooo much more valuable as everything was already planned and the best activities were chosen. furthermore our tour guide was amazing, he kept us going at all times and made the group activities so much fun. one added benefit of contiki is the relationships that i built with friends from around the world, by the end of the trip we became like family and still keep in touch with each other.... I will continue travelling by contiki every year until im 35, hopefully contiki changes it to maybe 40!!!lol! as il always have a young heart!!! in any case il definately be sending my kids when i do have kids!!! All of my friends and family have learnt about contiki from me and i would love to win the contiki trip....

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • jonnyb

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    over 2 years ago

    Every step of the Italian espresso trip was amazing. From the Venice gondolier, Tuscan art in Florence, to the Vatican. Wow!

  • ConstantTravelerStuckAtDesk

    ConstantTravelerStuckAtDesk

    over 2 years ago

    Bungy Jumping Adventure!
    I had finished up my semester of study abroad in Sydney, Australia. I had someone to travel with for the first week of my two week trip up Australia's coast but the second half would be solo. I had never traveled alone before but I soon find out that it’s a wonderful way to travel! I don’t have to worry about what other people want to do and I get to do everything at my own pace. Plus, as it comes into play later, I have no one to talk me out of doing spare of the moment crazy fun and slightly expensive adventures! I have my whole trip planned except for a good chunk of time the morning of my plane flight back to Sydney. I didn’t want to waste any of my time in Cairns so I decided a quick look at the pamphlets in the AHA lobby might help me decide what to do. I notice one for AJ Hackett's Cairns Bungy Jump! I've never been bungy jumping. I've never really thought about doing it before this exact moment. After furiously checking my schedule to see if I would have time to go bungy jumping and catch my plane in time, I had signed up for the chance to throw myself off a platform with some cords attached to my legs! AH! They even pick me up at my hostel! So I’m on my way to jump off a platform and I meet a girl from Germany who was also traveling alone! We decide to be buddies because both of us want to have video footage our bungy jumping adventure! We get to the location, weigh in, and walk out of the main building to the courtyard where the platform is located. Under the platform is a pond big and deep enough so that people can have a dunk in the pond if they wish to do so while bungy jumping. It’s tempting with the 100 degree weather but I pass due to this being my first time and that seeming a bit extreme for my tastes. I climb up the flights of stairs and everything is fine! I’m not nervous at all yet! This will be easy! I finally reach the top. The view is glorious! When did I get so high? Oh my gods the people on the ground look so small! That pond isn’t very big! IF THE CORD SNAPS I’LL DIE! Every fiber of my body is shaking now! I’m literally quivering in my spot! What was I thinking?! They give me a harness, wrap towels around my legs and strap the bungy to me securely. I’m going over the statistics in my head. This company has never had a fatality or even a serious injury. I’ve already seen 8 people jump and have a wonderful time. Everyone is enjoying themselves. People have been going in pairs! If two people can go at the same time, the cord can hold your weight. Don’t worry. It’ll be fine! Now I’m at the edge looking down, someone taps me on the shoulder and points to a camera telling me to smile! Like a puppet I smile and wave at the camera like my brain is functioning rather than being turned off in a silent scream of panic mode. Next thing I know, it’s time to jump! I stand there and think, “What the hell!? You only live once!” I let my body weight tip me over the edge and I’m falling! I close my eyes at the last moment before I hit the water, but of course, I never hit the water! I’m flying up again and the adrenalin rush is so absolutely unimaginable! I’m alive! My eyes pop open the moment I feel myself going upwards! This is Brilliant! I’m SO DOING IT AGAIN RIGHT NOW or when they get me down from this upside down position, where is that paddle boat anyway? I’m down! I run to the girl who recorded my fall and she and I exclaim excitedly about the jump! We both sign up for our next jump together. I don’t have time to do more than 1 extra jump which is good for my pocketbook because paying for a second jump is already a bit much. I pay, run up the flights of stairs and am ready to jump again. I get to the edge and realize that I’m just as scared as the first time! It’s the most wonderful feeling in the world knowing that you’re scared to the point that you’re shaking but in just a second mind numbing happiness and adrenalin is going to rush through your veins. I brace myself, take a deep breath, and launch myself off the platform in the best swan dive I can manage keeping my eyes wide open the whole way down.

  • Joe

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    over 2 years ago

    We hiked through iceland along the tongue of a beautiful glacier. At one edge there was an incredible geothermal pool - perfect for an impromptu swim.

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    I have travelled many places, but my own personal retreat to Bali was the best trip I went on as it was much needed at the time.

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    I have travelled many places, but my own personal retreat to Bali was the best trip I went on as it was much needed at the time.

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    I have travelled many places, but my own personal retreat to Bali was the best trip I went on as it was much needed at the time.

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    I have travelled many places, but my own personal retreat to Bali was the best trip I went on as it was much needed at the time.

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • Mike56

    Mike56

    over 2 years ago

    September 2011- 17 countries- 37 days- One Awesome TM- One Beast of a Coach Driver- Paragliding- White Water Rafting- All Day- All Night- 17 Feral Australians- 8 Awesome Kiwis- 8 Crazy Canadians- Touching History- Pure Bliss

  • ashleeeymc

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    over 2 years ago

    LONDON FUNDON
    The Halloween weekend I spent in LONDON was by far the best weekend of my life! In a span of 4 days I went to The Rocky Horror Picture Show, an Alice Cooper and New York Dolls show, a fancy dress party, and a Britney Spears concert. And it was… AWESOME. The Rocky Horror Picture Show was a fun night of singing, shouting, and transvestites. For those of you that haven’t seen it, you basically yell at the characters on screen and dance and sing along with all the musical numbers. It was so fun being in a theatre full of people who are dressed up like the characters and have just come together to have fun. Not to mention that the yelling is so much funnier when everyone has a British accent.
    On Saturday night Alice Cooper was performing at the Alexandra Palace: an amazing venue that consists of a mansion on top of a hill. It literally looked like a haunted house that was decorated with cob webs, orange lights, and goblins. When Alice came on stage the fans went crazy! He “killed” himself with a guillotine and a giant Frankenstein paraded his head around stage. I had the best time with my roommate Robyn We had been preparing to hear Alice sing Feed My Frankenstein for weeks by repeatedly watching Wayne’s World.
    On the night of actual Halloween I went with two of my best friends to see the amazing Miss Britney Spears! She played all of her hits including my personal favorites Toxic, Slave 4 You, and Hold It Against Me. She is a goddess. She dressed up in the cutest witch costume which was awesome! Then she was flying in a rain of fire with angel wings. Nobody compares to the queen of pop.
    London has so much to offer and I was able to experience such a wide array of Halloween activities throughout my weekend. I got to enjoy everything from haunted houses to pop princesses, but the thing that made this the best weekend of my life was my friends:)

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    I have travelled many places, but my own personal retreat to Bali was the best trip I went on as it was much needed at the time.

    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty
    caresses a soft and colourful sky
    where leaves of purest green
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter
    for the knowing smile as he passes by
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom
    weaves its magic upon your eye

    These things are what Bali is made of
    These things and many more besides….

  • Meg

    Meg

    over 2 years ago

    My best friend was doing a study abroad in Prague and said on her way home she wanted to stop in Paris because she'd never been there. I flew over and met her in Paris and we had the most amazing time. We wanted to do some sightseeing outside the city but we accidentally got on the wrong train and ended up in some little village in the French countryside...a little freaked out but loving every minute of it.

  • Maleficent84

    Maleficent84

    over 2 years ago

    My Contiki trip in 2010 was by far the greatest adventure I've been on. My husband, my best friend and I went on the Best of Europe tour and it was simply amazing. Each city had its own adventures.. We had a wild night at the Moulin Rouge in Paris; after indulging in the canal cruise in Amsterdam we found a sports bar that loved the contiki crowd so they continually gave us all free shots of alcohol; Berlin's nightlife was amazing; Prague was gorgeous and the beer was fantastic; Rome was so romantic. I spent my 26th birthday in Rome with my Contiki family and it is a night I will not soon forget. We are hoping to do another Contiki in 2013!

  • Kat102542

    Kat102542

    over 2 years ago

    I met the most amazing people on my contiki tour, traveling from London to Amsterdam to Venice to Paris. The tour leaders were intelligent, and very helpful. I will never forget laying in the grass in Paris, in spring, with all the flowers blooming, or taking a boat ride in Venice. Best time of my life. I can't wait for another trip. Next on my list is Asia!

  • Jessymc

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2005, I packed one suitcase and was driven to Chicago where I boarded a plan to London for a 6 month working stint. It was and remains the best 6 months of my life. Living in London, my favourite city in the world, allowed me the chance to see so many other places. I traveled far and wide across England, into Wales, even a week trip to Spain; but the biggest adventure I took was my 3 week Contiki bus about thru Copenhagen, Stockholm, Helsinki, Russia, Minsk, Warsaw and Berlin. I made and kept many friendships from that trip. So many people I never would have met from Oz, Canada, NZ. I look back fondly on that trip and think to myself "I need another", but time flies by and while I've been back to London and I've been a few other places, I've never had a trip as amazing as those three weeks on that Contiki bus.

  • Crystal

    Crystal

    over 2 years ago

    I can attribute the most amazing experiences of my life to Contiki. Coast & Whitsundays this year surpassed all the incredible experiences from European Inspirations in 2008. I cherish every friendship made across the globe. It's surreal to be on a tour with a group of similar minded people, who will never again all be in the same place at the same time. The friendships are priceless and transcend any beach or monument. Ill never forget rolling into Mojo surf camp this spring, with over 40 of us tackling the ocean and curling up next to a bonfire on our last official night on tour. Celebrating Jimmy's birthday at midnight with tequila shots and following house rules at 1am. Brings a smile to my face on a Monday morning in the office. It was the people that made it so great. I can't wait for my next Contiki adventure!!!

  • Ben

    Ben

    over 2 years ago

    My 22-day European Camping trip was life-changing. I met life-long friends, spent time in timeless destinations, and had the best experience that someone on a gap-year could have had. It was the best decision I've made.

  • rSoheil

    rSoheil

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've had was my London & Paris Plus Amsterdam trip in Feb 2012 with Contiki ! made lots of friends and enjoyed every moment of it .

  • travelguy

    travelguy

    over 2 years ago

    In 2005, one of my best friends and I embarked on a one month adventure through Europe. It started with a week in Greece, including 4 nights at the Contiki resort in Mykonos, where we soaked up some sun and just chilled. Then we flew to London for a few nights before heading out on the European Discovery tour for the next 11 days. After the tour, we were supposed to drive from Paris to Prague but got lost on our way and just ended up driving through Germany for a couple of days instead. We discovered a couple German cities we never would have if we hadn't gotten lost before heading to Berlin for a night as planned. The trip ended with 5 nights in Amsterdam, where we were unexpectedly joined by another friend who happened to be traveling through Europe at the time. The details of those 5 nights are a bit hazy ;) It was an amazing adventure and a trip that my friend and I still talk about to this day!

  • rabbit

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    over 2 years ago

    I have been on many trips, but the most incredible one was to Bali, not long after my husband passed away that I went on a personal retreat to find peace.
    ________________
    Beautiful Bali

    Where never ending beauty,
    caresses a soft and colourful sky,
    where leaves of purest green,
    are danced upon by exotic birds and dragonfly,

    Where your heart waits all a’flutter,
    for the knowing smile as he passes by,
    and the gentle delight, that is a lotus in bloom,
    weaves its magic upon your eye,

    These things are what Bali is made of,
    These things and many more besides….

  • ccerro

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing trip I've been on so far was when I went on the Italian Espresso in 2011. I've been on another Contiiki tour that was amazing, but this one was especially wonderful because of the group of people in my tour as wel as our tour manager. We made memories to last a life time and friends that we still keep in contact with. Contiki tours are the best!

  • KMcCarthyUVM05

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    over 2 years ago

    In Summer 2009, my two best friends and I decided that we needed a vacation....so we packed our bags and took a one-way trip to Spokane, WA. From there we rented a car, grabbed a map and just explored. We traveled to Glacier National Park, Vancouver BC, Victoria Island, Seattle and Rialto Beach, camping and hiking the entire way....one of the greatest two weeks I have ever experienced!

  • Alix

    Alix

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure (so far!) was spending 6 weeks in a cloud forest in Honduras volunteering for biodiversity and conservation research. Camping out, hiking, finding new species and helping the locals!

  • Meli26

    Meli26

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure with Contiki was going on the European Encounter with my then boyfriend in September of 2010. In 18 days we managed to travel around Europe and see some of the most beautiful sights one can imagine. From the crazy night life of Amsterdam to the beautiful Rhine river cruise in Germany, this Contiki trip had it all. Some of the highlights include roaming the streets of Venice, discovering a delicious restaurant in Florence, resting on the pebble stone beaches of Nice and getting lost in Paris on a rainy night. I met lifelong friends from as far as South Africa to Gainsville, Florida, that I still keep in touch with to this day. Since my experience, I have been saving and researching for my next trip! I can't wait to do it all over again.

  • Niki

    Niki

    over 2 years ago

    While I'm still waiting to experience my first contiki trip (this Nov - can't wait!), my most adventurous trip was in Scotland 1.5yrs ago with a friend. Few things went right which ended up making everything more fun! At one point, we ended up stranded on the side of the road in the middle of nowhere outside of Inverness waiting for a bus that would never come. A few hours later, a local picked us up and took us to a castle we were hoping to get to, then for some tea at his home (all was safe, I assure you!), and then back to town. We still email. Several other things went awry during our 2 weeks which caused for many other great little adventures and meeting lots of great people! Can't wait to see what New Zealand has in store this fall and experience a Contiki - something I've been wanting to do for several years!

  • Julie

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    over 2 years ago

    Way back in 2005, about 6 months post the '04 Tsunami I took a trip to Thailand with my cousins. I ended up staying for a month and spending part of my trip volunteering to help re-build a small village. It was an amazing life changing experience and I haven't stopped traveling since!

  • Explorer1242566

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible trip was to Costa Rica this past year. From the isolated Drake Bay to the surfing town of Dominical, to the volcano in Arenal and the cloudforest of Monteverde!!! We loved trekking through rainforests, spotting monkeys and sloths, surfing on the coast, horseback riding in the mountains, swimming in waterfalls with crocodiles!, hiking a volcano, zip-lining through the cloud forest, and white water rafting!!! Contiki - make this a tour!!! Guaranteed adventure!! PURA VIDA!

  • Gfinn524

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing trip I have ever been on was my first trip to Rome, Italy. I went during the summer of my freshman year of college with other students who I had never met before. We saw the Vatican and the Spanish Steps, ate dinner at the most amazing restaurants and walked in to every single church imaginable to admire the beautiful paintings and sculptures above us. I made sure to throw TWO coins into the Trevi Fountain and closed my eyes tight as I made wishes I can't remember now.
    On the second to last day of our adventures, I received some bad news from back home in the states, and was absolutely heartbroken. Some of the other students I had become close to, decided to take me to the Colosseum, the only place I hadn't yet visited on my trip. We arrived too late though, and the Colosseum was closed. Despite tireless begging and pleading, the guards would simply not let us in. Thinking it was a terrible end to a terrible day, I turned to walk back to the hotel, but I stopped when I felt a tap on my shoulder. One of the guards motioned to me, and I followed him towards the back of the arena. "I'll show you." He said, and guided us up a steep hill just a few steps from the Colosseum. Walking through big shady trees, we reached the top of the hill, and I lost my breath, because not only could I see the inside of the Colosseum, I could see almost all of Rome. The setting sun filtered through the clouds in huge beams of light and it gave the ruins this incredible red glow. There were old broken stone cages and blocks surrounding us, and wild cats watched silently as we sat taking pictures of the beauty of Rome. The guard teased that the cats were the descendants of the ancient beasts they had used in the arena. He told us wild legends and myths of the land around us involving gladiators and gods and artists. We sat then, in silence, watching the sun go down over the city. We didn’t move until all of the night’s lights had been switched on and the moon was high in the sky.
    It didn't matter whether the stories were true, or where the cats had actually come from. What mattered was that, at that moment, everything was perfect. There’s a reason looking at a picture isn’t always enough, it’s because the picture captures the view, but it doesn’t always capture the journey to get there. Every trip should have a moment like that.

  • claradyn

    claradyn

    over 2 years ago

    I have never been an adventurous person, (for many reasons really). So I have always thought about everything until I found a reason not to do it. And then I struck 30 and realized I ahven't lived. So after that my adventures started. I started studying somethingI wanted to do for the past 15 years. I got a tattoo that really means a lot to me. I made a conscious decision to start enjoying my job, as it really is not as bad as I always made myself believe. And, I'm going on my first Contiki in just over 60 days. So by some of your standards this is boring, but for me: I'm riding the wave.......

  • Jetski_Chick

    Jetski_Chick

    over 2 years ago

    I have been on two contikis, one to New Zealand "GRAND ADVENTURER" and the other all around Europe "EUROPEAN INSPIRATION", both have been amazing. The highlight was meeting my "House Mate to be" on a tour in New Zealand who was my room mate for the duration of the trip, she then ended up moving in with me about a year after we met and lived with me for 2 years, The friends you meet and the experiences you have are worth every cent you spend :)

  • travellust07

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    over 2 years ago

    The greatest adventure that I have been on so far was in the summer of 2010! I went to travel Greece for a few weeks with a friend who I had just met two months before. We both had the travel bug and thought it would be best if we took off for awhile. We saw Athens and parts of northern Greece around the Oracle of Apollo, and the montestaries, took a cruise of the Greek islands and then headed East to the Peloponnese. One of the highlights was riding a donkey up the thousands of stairs in Santorini! The cliff is so high up and they aren't the sturdiest animals, so it was interesting to say the least - so glad we did it! It was the most amazing trip I've been on so far! We met lots of people (a tour group from Contiki on a Greek Island cruise) and saw some many beautiful things. I'll never forget this trip and can't wait for my next adventure somewhere around the world, and to meet wonderful new people!

  • Constantinos

    Constantinos

    over 2 years ago

    Last year I had the chance to spend 2 months crossing Central America. I hiked volcanoes, I dived the Blue Hole in Belize, I enjoyed tropical beaches on the Caribbean, I tried ziplining above the cloudforest, rafting in a grade 4 river, I even spent a week in Cancun during springbreak! I wish that I'll have the chance for another great experience like this in the near future!

  • Audrey_Travel_Fan

    Audrey_Travel_Fan

    over 2 years ago

    Greatest adventure so far is the whole ride of life.... And travel is such a rewarding part of it! And I love that Contiki celebrates the ideal of living your life to the fullest especially when we are in our youths and that there is no boundaries in the world... we are truely young forever! Happy Birthday Contiki... and may you celebrate many more milestones to come!

  • Keyata

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't been anywhere! :(

  • Zenaida

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    over 2 years ago

    Summer of 2007! best time of my life! First time over seas. Two months living in Firenze, Italy. It started with me looking out the window from the plane and seeing the city of Los Angeles further and further away from me. Panic set in for about 10 seconds---What have I done? I will be away from home for 2 months! After a very long plane ride I finally arrived to Italy and my adventure began. Discovering how amazing the food is. I'll never forget how i felt when I ordered pizza ribelle for the first time and was served what looked like to be half pizza half plain dough. I was soooo upset for about a min, thinking to myself how am i just going to eat this dough? So I picked up my knife and sliced it. To my surprise cheese oozed out and I was in love! Half pizza/half calzone! Aside from the delicious new foods at the restaurants I also learned how to cook, even to eat vegetables! Hahaha! How silly is that! With the open market in San Lorenzo how could I turn down the free veggies the nice old italian man gave me as i butchered italian trying to buy fresh cheese and ham. I always went to the same old man week after week. And who can forget the FREE music festivals where the local teens and would stuff themselves in the bus and prayed it wouldn't turn over! Well at least that's what I was praying for :P Anyhow after spending a wonderful summer full of new experiences my departure was inevitable. Ramon--a man that was in love with me and always gave me "disconti" on kabobs from the little whole in the wall restaurant across from my apartment left his restaurant open the night I left. It was about 3 am and my taxi had arrived. I had been taking trips to the door leaving my luggage on the street. I mounted the taxi and looked out the window. With those narrow streets Ramon was right outside the taxi window staring at me and had a sad smile on his face. All I could do is stare back and cry my eyes out. The taxi seemed to be driving 100 miles an hour like if I was trying to escape the night. All I could do was sob quietly in the back of the taxi--and just like that I was gone. I left my heart in Firenze.

  • signore.maria

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    over 2 years ago

    Spring Break, sophomore year of college. I was studying abroad in Rome and three friends and I traveled for 10 days to Madrid, Lisbon, Casablanca, Marrakech, and then Milan. We stayed out all night dancing in Madrid, visited a palace in the clouds in Portugal, drove GoCars around the city of Lisbon on a sunny day, toured the mosque in Casablanca, spent hundreds of dirham in the souq of Marrakech, and went shopping in Milan. It was a crazy amazing whirlwind of a week, with so many memories I will never forget. I was exhausted after, but I wouldn't have had it any other way. I am dying to have another adventure like that.

  • sork05

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    over 2 years ago

    The greatest adventure i went on was when i booked a trip 2 days before my flight and left not knowing where i'd be staying. I'm a very sensible person so it was amazing to strip all the rules and just have fun.

  • adventures4life

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2010 my parents handed me plane tickets and train tickets for Europe departing the next week, for 4 months and said "go, and figure it out on the way." So began my trip to Europe. I had never been before, so I left with just a backpack full of essentials and my tickets. I arrived in London after an overnight flight, hardly sleeping because I was too excited and was met by cousins of my parents. I spent the next 2 months living with them, working in a pub/bar in Maidstone, Kent 40 min outside of London. I made friends with colleagues, and my cousins were the same age as me so I met all their friends. We would travel to nearby castles and historic sites on the weekends in attempt to satisfy my curiosity and appreciation for the extensive history on Europe. I spent the rest of the time taking trips to other parts of England visiting relatives and meeting new people. I spent Canada day in Trafalgar Square. It was spectacular, with a Tim Horton's, hockey tournament, and poutine!
    At the end of the two months, I traveled to Paris, meeting up with my family before driving to Metz to meet more family, then down to the south of France to meet even more family. People I had never met, or had once as a child. It was fascinating and emotional to meet so many wonderful people I was related to and didn't even know it!
    I said goodbye to my new found family members and got on a train bound for Toremolinous, Malaga, Spain, at the extreme southern end of the country. Along the way I spent a night in Barcelona at a hostel and met people on the train that knew people I knew in Canada. (Small world!).
    I spent a week in Toremolinous, soaking up the sun, exploring the city and tasting the fantastic Spanish cooking.
    From here, I boarded a high speed train to Madrid, where I spent the night at another hostel, meeting travels form all over. Leaving was a bit interesting, as in Spain it seems rush hour does not begin at the normal 7:30 - 8am I'm used to. I had to catch a train very early in the morning, and at 7am, the streets still look like the bars have only just closed!
    I was on route to Normandy, France, but the trains were late and I ended up stranded in Bordeaux. But who could not enjoy being stranded in Bordeaux! I changed plans and headed for Canes, France to stay in an old windmill cottage visiting a friend from Canada. We traveled back to Bordeaux to experience the full beauty and tastes of the city. At this point living on bottles of wine (cheaper than water) and whatever was cheap at the market.
    When I finally make it to Normandy, my friend working in the Canadian War museum taught me all there is to learn about the war and the city. We had a night of bicycle riding in the streets, with wine and bread in our baskets, to a beach with fire works. (romantic right?).
    Nearing the end of my trip, I boarded a ferry in Normandy back to England. I spend one last night in London and headed back to Canada.
    Most spectacular trip of my life, and it has kick started my love of travel and experiencing new worlds and cultures.

  • Lisa_O

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    over 2 years ago

    So far my adventures have been close to home, although I have dreamed about a European vacation I have had a few memorable amazing adventures in my back yard. In 2007 my family and I traveled to Ottawa, whilst there we visited the Sparks Street festival and regarded and participated in some of Canada's culturally diverse activities and watched the changing of the guards on parliament hill. In addition being so close to Quebec, we crossed the bridge and enjoyed french dining experiences stumbling through french menus trying to translate in broken french. This was a fun experience with my family but I think I am ready to explore Europe with some new friends and make some more amazing memorable adventures.

  • Mallory

    Mallory

    over 2 years ago

    Last year I had a bit of a “mid-20s breakdown” you could say, and decided to quit my job and take off for a while! I went on a Contiki trip (European Impressions) on my own, and then met my boyfriend and we spent 3 weeks travelling Vietnam and Thailand.
    This was the most amazing experience, and I’m so glad that I had the guts to just “up and go” as they say. I’m usually not a very independent person, so the fact that I booked a three-week tour across Europe on my own was pretty out of character, but I am SO glad I did. I met so many fantastic people from many different countries – a lot of whom I still stay in touch with one year later, and saw some truly breathtaking locations. I built snow-men in the Swiss Alps with friends who had never seen snow before, ate hand-made pizzas in Florence, drank champagne in gondolas on the Venetian canals, danced with the flamenco dancers in Barcelona, drank wine underneath the Eiffel Tower, and shopped like mad in every single city we visited 
    When I met up with my boyfriend, we spent three weeks together seeing amazing sights like Ha Long Bay in Vietnam, attending full moon parties on Koh-Pah-Ngan, riding elephants through jungles in Kanchanaburi, and holding our breath while being whisked through the streets of Bangkok on tuk-tuks!
    Unfortunately, it’s back to reality for me now, but I would LOVE the chance to have just a glimpse at another amazing adventure such as the one I experienced last year 

  • Kate

    Kate

    over 2 years ago

    The greatest adventure I have been on so far, is a tough one because I have been on so many awesome adventures and each and every one has their own Afterglobe. (The warm, fuzzy feeling one gets after a long immensely satisfying trip.) But I will always remember my first Contiki - even if it wasn't a "real" Contiki (I’ve been told many times) because it wasn't 7+ days or longer. But it still got that warm, fuzzy feeling inside of me, that we call the Travel bug. New Years San Francisco. I have been on a few Contiki Tours and nothing beats the Tour manager I had my first time, Monte. He was awesome, fun, did his job fantastically. Highlight of that trip was defiantly walking the Golden Gate Bridge, and I will never forget biking those crazy ass hills in San Francisco. But biking those hills paid off by a wicked contiki new years in the middle of the Bay. Meeting lifelong friends from around the globe. To add on from the First Contiki, a Contiki Reunion in London and Paris, Nothing beats celebrating the Next New years with a fellow Contiki friend with Contiki in Paris. - Bringing people together, bringing the world together is what Contiki does best. <3 Happy 50th Birthday Contiki Holidays & Thank You.

  • Explorer1119838

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    over 2 years ago

    NEW ZEALAND 2012! Wow, awesome trip (Grand Adventurer). Had the most amazing time checking out New Zealand with Contiki! Got up to so much cool stuff, met some awesome people on the bus and some of the locals too, saw so many amazing sights and scenery and the adrenlish rush went through the roof! 4 years of wanting to go, and now I miss the amazing country New Zealand is! And Fergburger! Best burgers out! Definitely gonna go back someday to do it all over again! The travel bug wants more more more!!!

  • kmatheson

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure so far was a 5 week backpacking trip starting with a week sailing trip in Croatia. It was the best time of my life! I met some amazing people, saw beautiful scenes and had a blast partying in 5 different countries. I can't wait to experience it all again somewhere new!!

  • Explorer1320805

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing trip I have been on so far was when I went on the Eastern Caribbean Cruise. It was so beautiful being on the ocean and also going to the beautiful ports. It was amazing seeing all the different places and meeting different types of people! It was some of the most beautiful beaches I have been to and I got to meet so many amazing people. I actually met my boyfriend on the cruise and we have been together for over two years now! My friend invited me to go with her on this cruise last minute for her friend’s wedding and he was there for the same wedding so we are both from the same city. What are the chances! I also did a few excursions and got over some of my fears! For example, I use to be afraid of even swimming with the dolphins and I did it! I have always wanted to go on a Contiki Tour. My friends went after university years back, but I still had exams going and wasn’t able to go with them and they had such an amazing time!! I love experiencing new cultures and learning new things and traveling and seeing amazing places! I would love to be able to go!! Happy Birthday Contiki!

  • Cndianmnky

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    over 2 years ago

    MOST INCREDIBLE ADVENTURE - Being selected to be a contestant on WIPEOUT CANADA where I got to travel to Buenos Aires, Argentina to film the show amongst 19 other crazy Canadians to compete on the "Heroes Edition". I didn't win the $50,000, but I experienced being tortured by the Big Red Balls and the Sweeper. Offset, our soon-to-be close knit friends explored Buenos Aires and Uruguay sleeping only 14 hours over 6 days to get it all in!!!!!

  • Trystan

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    over 2 years ago

    Wales England and fuerteventura 2012 , Went with my Mom and Sister was Awesome Seen all the castles in wales went to Rock of Ages show in london theatre and watched the 6 nations rugby tournament in Fuerteventura at a welsh bar, met a bunch of nice welsh people. Best time of my life !!!!!!!!!!

  • PinkKraze

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on the London & Paris tour last summer (July-August 2011) which was my first trip to Europe. I had decided to travel solo which is extremely out of my comfort zone! I am so glad that I went solo because i was able to meet and become good friends with the people on my tour which may not have happened so easily if i had a friend there to stick by. Our tour manager was wonderful! She was very knowledgeable about the history of the places we visited and really encouraged us to meet everyone. One of my fondest memories was going to the Contiki bar after seeing Moulin Rougue. We stayed out until 3 in the morning (which is something I never do at home!) and decided that we could walk back to the hotel (lol). It took us an hour to find our way back and we ended up stopping in different hotels asking for directions and buying water. That hour long walk in Paris in the wee hours of the morning was the best time I had not only because I got to see a side of Paris that I normally wouldn't have, but I grew closer with my friends on the tour. I can't wait to go on another Contiki tour and I always recommend Contiki to my friends!!!!

  • Krista

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    over 2 years ago

    To be brutally honest, I never go on a lot of trips. In my life, going on a vacation is a special treat that is only saved for special occasions (ie: when I or the family are not working). However, I have gone to some amazing places - not many - but the furthest I've been, which is the best vacation I have ever been too is Hawaii.

    My uncle has a time share in Hawaii and one summer my family and I miraculously got together and headed off to the beautiful big island of Kona, Hawaii. My fondest memory of this trip was...
    1. the ridiculous heat
    2. the beautiful volcanos
    3. how half of the island looked like a desert and the other half was this lush rainforest (we got stuck on the desert side...go figure! And being very pale - how was this a brilliant idea?! lol :P)
    4. The amazing adventures my family and I went on.

    So to explain how I know that the big island of Hawaii is half lush and half desert is because my family and I went on a two day trip around the island. This why it is my favourite trip that I have been on because during that one day trip around the island we went on a helicopter ride and saw these beautiful active volcanos (i assure you these were only small ones), a volcano reservation area (i think that is what it's called) where we saw different types of volcano activities, watching robot chicken in our crappy cheap hotel room and laughing till we nearly passed out, learning a bit about the Hawaiian culture, walking through an enormous rain forest with beautiful waterfalls, walking the black sand beach, and (saving the best for last) going zip-linning, which was a birthday gift from my uncle. Not only was Zip-lining the best thing that I have ever done on a trip, but it was also the best present a girl could ever ask for! I experience Hawaii in a whole new way - with the help of some really awesome tour guides and I (sort of) conquered my fear of falling from large heights. How may you ask?

    Well - as we were all standing there in the forest (which obstructed our view of the last line) our tour guides told us that 'there was no turning back now'. Once we zipped across the second-to-last line we had to zip across the last line in order to get back to the bus. Of course they warned us in advance, but the group and I (I guess you can say) didn't believe how massive this line was until we actually saw it/ was zipping across it. So as we were all standing there the tour guides (one was named Jo-Ka) told us in a pleasant voice that we would be running off a 180 ft cliff and zipping across 1000 ft of cable while suspended over a ridge that was 500 ft in the air- oh! and zipping across at 40 miles an hour (i think I may have actually reached that speed). Well Jo-Ka wasn't kiddin' around because it was seriously high!

    See the strange thing is you don't realize how high your up until you're actually out there zipping across because the cliff that you run off was kind of covered by some bushes and trees, and it didn't look so bad from where I was standing. I guess you could say that I was slightly nervous, but I wasn't going to just bail out now (well I couldn't anyways). Since all the other girls were too nervous, I was given the one to draw the short straw and be the first girl to go across - so I gathered all the courage I have, told myself numerous times that my equipment would hold my weight (hopefully), tried not to picture myself dying in the process, and ran off that cliff.

    At first it felt like being on a trampoline because the cable flexed to hold your weight and then you just feel like nothing after that. Once I was out there, it was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen. Some people say that some places look like post cards, this was my post card moment. It was so beautiful up there! I will never forget that moment. It's hard to describe it in words because words can't describe how beautiful it was up there.

    Well that's all I have to say, because I'm all out of words. That was definitely the best trip I have ever been on and the farthest I've been from home (Ontario lol). Although it would be lovely to hop across the pond and experience Europe. I've always wanted to go there! My family heritage is from there and I would love to immerse myself in that culture. My brother got to do that this year (he went on an exchange - that lucky duck), but I want to go so that I can get myself out of this working/school rut and have some fun. Being immersed in books and papers isn't as fun as being immersed in another countries culture and history.

  • Spicybratinella

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    over 2 years ago

    I've been on many incredible adventures. And anyone who loves to travel knows its the people we meet along the way that can make or break our trip. My most memorable adventure to date would have to be India! It started as an impromptu trip. I didn't have an itinerary nor did I do any research beforehand. I went upon the invitation of a friend who was going for a wedding. So I thought, why not? In a span of 2 weeks, I met incredible individuals who are now great friends; we braved the roads and crazy Indian drivers and went on a road trip of New Dehli, Agra and Jaipur. We marveled at the magnificence of the Taj Majal, visited several forts and was in awe of its rich history. We swallowed our fears of stepping on poop and hole in the ground bathrooms of the railway system and laughed our shock and horrors away. We flew to Raipur and drove for over18 hours to attend a wedding where we were treated like Gods (quite literally), stayed at a King's Lodge and went adventuring on a remote area of Bandarvargh for the greatest Tiger Safar in the world. Overall, India was an epic, epic adventure! And it was all due to our Indian friends who showed us the true meaning of hospitality.

  • NightRaven

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    over 2 years ago

    I graduated from College in Dec of 08 and since my job didn't start wil July I decided to take what money I had and go over to Europe for a month and just explore. My sister was studying abroad in Oxford and we met up in Paris with a couple of her Classmates. We toured Paris - finding all the little hide away nook cafes, exploring the louvre for free with our student IDs and attempting not to pass out on the way to the top of the Sacre Cour in which you could see the winding streets of the city and imagine it as it had been in years past with cobbled streets and vendors along the Seine. My adventures continued alone to the swiss alps where I went to the JungFrauJock and met people to go skiing with. On an overnight train to Rome I made friends with people in my Cabin, learning about their lives in Australia and Greece. In Rome I met up with even more of my sister's classmates (this time without my sister) and we immersed ourselves in a city that is still my favorite. Rich in culture and history. Standing in a renovated cafe eating gelatto staring at the Colleseum. Being awed by the pieta at the vatican. Experiencing the night and laughing when I realized a pickpocket had actually pickpocketed the monopoly money that I had put in a back pocket. The trip lasted through Venice, Vienna, Salzburg, Munich, London and Oxford where my other sister met up with us from the states to go to Dublin where we spent the week enjoying the festivities of St Patty's day and also exploring the real dublin and ireland countryside. Our last and most fond adventure was taking the ferry and train back to London to catch our plane where we shared our area of the ferry and our train car with a rowdy Rugby team that was more than happy to explain the game and teach us their team chants. I can not wait for my next great adventure (although I have many adventures since then that was the best). That experience showed me my love for travel and since then I have gone back to London, as well as Barceloba, Shanghai, and explored more of the US. Showing me the dynamics of different cultures and the beauty that surrounds them.

  • SamOrtiz

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing trips so far have been to fly to Miami,FL for spring break with my best friend and just spontaneously do whatever we wanted. We saw a sign for parasailing while we were driving and within the next hour we were up in the air. It was amazing.

    I hope that my next great adventure will be European Discovery this June! I can't wait to see all the sights and really get a feel for the people and culture of Europe! I definitely want to travel more and hope that Contiki will take me on more adventures!

  • Explorer1256730

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to New Zealand with Contiki and had so many new and life-changing experiences I can't even list them all. Not only was it my first major trip overseas, but it was my first bungy jump, my first time away from home for more than a week and absolutely, hands-down, the best experience of my life. I made friends on that trip that I continue to keep in touch with and have even visited a few of them! The only negative thing I ever have to say about Contiki is that it makes going back home to every-day life so much harder when you have just been on a trip of a lifetime!

  • TravelBug79

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure would have to have been in Brazil. We did a tour with several days out in the Pantanal. I loved the isolation of it. Days filled with adventures from jungle hikes, night safaris, horseback riding, river tours, to my favorite - pirahna fishing! We may not have seen the Jaguars or Anacondas, but we saw so many amazing things. Walking thru the jungles chasing after wild pigs, watching the monkeys in the trees above, listening the those freakin loud Macaws! :) Being semi abandened on a little sandbar after chasing away the caimen. Watching our boat float away with a few people will we hung out, with our feet in the water where they were pirahna fishing, watching the cabyberas cross the river just beide us. not knowing where or if those caimens would return. Not even a little rain spoiled that holiday. Was one of my favorites. (PS. I also loved my Contiki European Magic tour, but the nature in Brazil was amazing!)

  • jmmoran

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    over 2 years ago

    My first Contiki trip back in 2002 was hands-down amazing! It was one of those European Encounter ones I believe, and all the stars aligned for some of the most phenomenal sights and experiences known to man. Got to explore the streets of London and Amsterdam before heading to Paris, where I scored a ticket to a Lenny Kravitz show. When we got to Nice, it just so happened that they were having both the Monte Carlo Grand Prix and the Cannes film festival. Of course I did neither and went to the beach instead, but that trip just can't be topped. Only bad part of that tour was losing a footrace to a rugby-playing Aussie. Meh, you win some you lose some.

  • JackYeong

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    over 2 years ago

    I have never join a Contiki trip before.. But finally, this coming 29 June will be my first Contiki trip to Europe.. London & Paris.. I am really excited and cant wait for that day to come.. I want to remember this trip.. Experience it with the joy and fun =]

  • alispice01

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    over 2 years ago

    Lil ol Perth in Australia, the most isolated capital city in the world was a distant thought in 2010 when I was colouring in a drawing of a Contiki bus. I was colouring in with my best friend who sat next to me as we were designated for todays 'day sheet'. We were somewhere in France, along a road in the coach, most people asleep.

    We talked about the design of the page in soft voices and now we were both silent, concentrating on colouring inside the lines. We didnt have to speak about what we've been through as friends who were actually best friends but just didnt know it. All I knew was that a few days ago I realised and admitted to myself and to this person next to me that after many years I had been friends with her, that she was indeed my best friend and from that moment, that day, I would never know another day that I wouldnt have her in my life... Discovering this while on a journey in Europe was humbling.

    To share so much fun, adventure, discovery, growth, pain, fear, hurt, and joy all in the same Contiki trip, but also on this life journey through friendship, opened my eyes to life, not just travel...

    Its not a spectacularly interesting moment at face value, two people colouring in as they sit on a contiki coach, but its what I realised that makes this so close to my heart. A very humbling and wonderful moment for me .....

  • h.campbell

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    over 2 years ago

    In 20 days I will be leaving on my biggest and hopefully most incredible adventure to Scotland and Ireland. But up till now, my most incredible adventure has been the five weeks I spent in Quebec City a couple years ago for a french language program at Laval University. It was my first time away from home alone for any extended period of time and I was lucky to have met some incredible friends, ate some amazing food, and explored the beautiful city and surrounding areas. Despite the fact that this clearly wasn't some grand trip to Europe, and was really only a 9 hour drive away from my home, I felt like I was a world away and will always remember those few weeks fondly.

  • JoeyC

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2010 I was fortunate enough to have landed a job for the winter Olympics in Canada. With some spare time between Christmas and starting, I decided to check out a bit of America, which I had never had much desire to do, so wasn't really expecting much. Turns out it was the best decision I ever made. The moment I flew in I felt more at home than I have done in my own hometown in nz or in Australia where I have spent half my life. I fell in love with just about every city I visited, the people, the chili cheese fries, and a year later, an amazing man. That split second decision has resulted in multiple trips back, I have even been known to make the day long trek for just a weekend. Best holiday decision I have ever made.

  • Explorer1227190

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    over 2 years ago

    I've never been on one, but I really really really! want to. I wanna go everywhere, but Ireland first. The farthest I've been is NYC and I've toured Vancouver Island. Staying in hostels and meeting fellow travelers, Victoria was the most beautiful.

  • Niki

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    over 2 years ago

    The summer after I turned 16 my best friend and I got this random idea in our head - possibly inspired bad a bad western movie on at 2am - to drive to Texas. So we packed up the car, wrote 'Texas or bust' on the back window, and headed out. What was supposed to be a two week vacation turned into a two month adventure. We met musicians on random low budget tours and hung out with them for a four city mini tour, searched for aliens in Roswell, detoured to the big easy and fell rather in love with southern charm. By the end of it we'd visited 15 states, showered in truck stops, learned how to order a sandwich at a fast food joint for 50 cents and made countless friends. It was probably the cheapest, least luxurious trip I've ever taken but it's the one whose stories I find myself telling most often.

  • Natalie

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    over 2 years ago

    Even the shortest road trip (a weekend getaway) has been an adventure. But now I am getting readyfor my BIGGEST adventure so far.. the Big Indochina Adventure May 13th is just around the corner! My first experience with Contiki and travelling solo, I am ready to see what this big ol' world really looks like!

  • lance_occ

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    over 2 years ago

    Is a great way to travel with contiki. We are not only visiting new places and culture but at sharing the travel experiences and moment of joy with new found travel mates.Contiki really enhances the meaning of travelling and made the world really smaller place.

  • KaraB

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've ever been on is when I did the Great Britain tour with Contiki in May 2010! What an amazing experience! Met awesome people, saw Stonehenge (my "wow" moment!), did a ghost tour through York, had an amazing guide, partied in a 4 story nightclub in Edinburgh, had a group sing-a-long of Galway Girl almost every day in Ireland and lost my voice after kissing the Blarney Stone lol! This was the most amazing trip of my life and definitely won't be my last Contiki trip!

  • Shelby8

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on to date was to Monte Crisiti Dominican Republic, which boarders with Haiti. I had the opportunity to experience their culture and had the pleasure of teaching English to grade 2's and 5's to better their chance of getting a stable job in the tourist industry. Everyday I think of what an incredible and life changing experience it was!

  • EX12K

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    over 2 years ago

    Incredible India! Went there with 4 other spanish mates for 3 weeks. Start from the mental city of bangalore. India economy train to chennai. Got some india silk. Getting used to bottled water. Train to Mahabalipuram - Amazing statues carvings. Visited carving studios. Crazy tuk tuk drivers. Kanchipuram to Chenggapatul Ate a Extra large dosai. Visited an indian family and learnt how to make a masala tea. Rode a scooter for the first time. Mind the traffic. At Madurai - beautiful people and flowers. Invited over for an indian wedding at the temple. Very humbling. Varkala - Amazing sunset view over the cliff. Wrote a large Hello on the sand. No electricity. Shiva's birthday so we've got the candles. Saw the elephants parade. Everyone is out on the street. Train to Goa lasted many hours - 2 for 1 happy hours and hippy sunset party on the hill and then under the stars. Not shower for days. Only sea water. Conned by a taxi driver. Lesson learnt. Had a spanish gazpacho at a tiki hut. Boat trip on the kerala waters. Tried palm wine and held an eagle. Crossing out the temples on my map at Hampi on a bicycle. It was 45 degree celsius. Happy birthday Contiki. Would love to do more.

  • eleniel421

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    over 2 years ago

    My biggest adventure was probably travelling alone from Rome to London (via Paris) in summer 2011. In the space of 4 days, I rode on trains, busses, planes and boats, spoke 3 different languages and successfully avoided about 100 creepy situations. Travelling alone is a terrifying, liberating, crazy experience unlike anything I've ever done before.

  • Explorer1185802

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure i've been on so far was living in Australia for 1 year and a month. I got a work holiday and traveled and worked for a year in Australia. Lived in Manly and enjoyed working at a little cafe and traveling around the surrounding area. Then flew to Alice Springs where I went on my one and only Contiki experience I did the Northern Territories with Contiki. The canyon and the whole day at Uluru was the most amazing day of the trip. Was such a magical experience to be at the rock while the sun rose and there were two rainbows then traveling around the rock and the champaign toast at sunset and parting that followed really made the day complete. Such a fun adventure. After the Contiki Tour I flew to Perth and then to Malyasia and Thailand for added adventure with my cousin and her friend. We all had a blasted especially on Lang Kawi Island. For me the adventure continued with a fantastic roommate who did adventure tours and played the guitar. Was an amazing year as I got to see so much of Australia, Malyasia, Thailand and Bali.

  • Samantha

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    over 2 years ago

    My first contiki, Scandinavia, holds a special place in my heart. An amazing group of people, beautiful sights, and Zsofi, my incredible tour leader made it a trip to remember.

  • Melissa777

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far was a three week backpacking adventure through Italy! It was my very first experience backpacking, and it was amazing! We went all over the country, saw some amazing sites, and stayed in some pretty interesting hostels. We also met friends that we have stayed in touch with (and it's been a few years!). I will never forget those three weeks! I hope to go back someday (and to many many other places!)

  • Katie

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    over 2 years ago

    Doing Europe with by far the best group of people ever!! My friend and I wanted an adventure and it was the right choice to choose Contiki! We had an incredible month of seeing something new everyday and of meeting the most amazing people. Still hoping I get a chance to get to Australia to visit all the amazing friends made on that trip! It was such an experience and I will never forget the memories and friends made!

  • TonyFelgueiras

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    over 2 years ago

    I am yet to go on a proper adventure, but now that I've discovered Contiki, I hope that is about to change! I've been grinding out hard work to "make a name for myself" in the video/photography world for the past several years and finally feel like it's time for me to get out and experience the world, and even document it as well. The last exciting excursion I can remember was back in High School when I visited Portugal for a couple weeks in the mountains. Great experience, but I think I was too young to appreciate like I would now. Happy Birthday Contiki, and I look forward to hopefully sharing some adventures with you soon!

  • Phyllis

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    over 2 years ago

    Oct 2010~ My Japan school trip!!! It all happened when a call came and asked if i was interested in the school learning trip to japan. I said yes!!! And i was asked if any friends were interested as well since there is 3 slots left. Just so happened that right in front were 3 friends of mine and I asked them straightaway. Guess what? The four of us together with the other students who signed up were on our way to Japan on the A380 with our school. It was my first trip to Japan. >.< I could finally touch the grounds of Japan!!! <3 When we landed, all I could feel was bliss. We were so excited. I could experience Japan through my own hands, eyes, mouth, feet... hahaha^-^ Since young i always loved the Japanese culture and their everything and now my dream came true. We went to visit the school trips venue such as NEC, Sony etc. We went for a traditional tea ceremony and tried real matcha tea and desserts. The good part was that we got to explore Japan on our own during free time. One story I would share would be the time at the Tokyo Tower (which has been brought down because of the damage due to Japan 311). We went to the Tokyo Tower to have our meal before we move on to our next stop. We were only dining right below tokyo tower and did not had time to go up. Me and 2 of my friends insisted that we go up the tokyo tower. We gorged our food down and were given 30 minutes before the group leaves after finishing their meal. We rushed to buy our tix to go up the tokyo tower. Waited for the lift. (At the same time, took pictures with the tokyo tower bear) Took the lift to the main observatory of Tokyo Tower. It was such an amazing view and experience~ I almost drop tears of joy. =) We rushed to take photos, videos and bought souvenirs and went back down rushing to our coach where everyone was in. (We were 3 min late.)(We did not went to the top observatory since the wasn't enough time.) Everything was worth it, even the scolding for being late 3 minutes. Other awesome times were when we went out after dinner and went to explore on our own the Japan at night. We ate supper at Yoshinoya (the best ever), Ramen shop, bought our meal tix at the machine and ate at the best ever curry rice shop (which we never got to find it after searching for it the next few nights again and again =( ) . It was chilly in Japan then and we wore tank tops, shorts and slippers at night and walked around and went to eat supper. XD We went wore our robes and on the overhead bridge we did weird dances and videoed it down. We were laughing our ass off and went to have hamburg, egg omelette, omu rice for our last supper in Japan. And I even went to the place every kid would dream of to go, Disneyland. I was so happy to be a kid in Disneyland. The Castle was beautiful and I saw Walter Elias 'Walt' Disney in person. ^-^ The statue of course!! =D It was the craziest trip even though it was a school trip. =') We went back to Singapore and left Japan. Me and 2 other friends made a deal to go back Japan and explore every part of Japan. Since then, we went to Beijing, the three of us. What's up next? Japan, Europe etc <3

  • Bobcat99

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    over 2 years ago

    My trip to Australia's Northern Territory was incredible. Watching the sunrise over Uluru was simply magical, and one of my life's defining moments. Something I'll never forget as long as I live.

  • JessFontana

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing adventure I have been on was getting the opportunity to swim with the Worlds Largest Fish- Whale Sharks. These " Gentle Giants" are stunningly elegant and breathtaking. The simplicity in their movement combined with their size is an overwhelming incredible presence. I replay my encounter with them over and over again. To me, not everyone gets to experience such a phenomemon and for that I know how truly lucky I am.

  • Carlin

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was when I did a 5-week canoeing expedition at age 16. We carried everything with us, and saw no signs of civilization the entire time we paddled and portaged our way through northen Manitoba. It was the most difficult thing I have ever accomplished, but it taught me so much, and is one of my most treasured memories.

  • RCarre25

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    over 2 years ago

    The biggest adventure I have been on, so far, was my Eurotrip in April 2011. My best friend and I were studying in Sevilla, Spain and decided to book a one way ticket from Sevilla to London and then a one way return ticket from Paris to Sevilla. In the span of 10 days, we made plans on the dime traveling from London to Amsterdam, taking a hispeed train from Amsterdam to Brussels, and finishing our trip in Paris. Having the freedom to pack up our things and move onto another city with no specific agenda was a thrilling experience. We emerged ourselves into the culture of each city, and took advantage of every minute of this experience. My advice to anyone who is looking for a true adventure: don't make plans, just go!

  • treetopseven

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    over 2 years ago

    Last year, I was fortunate enough to visit Salvador, Brazil for the start of Carnival. I traveled with my trusted sidekick - the high definition video camera, and a small but talented team of fellow filmmakers.

    In our quest to unearth the origins of Brazilian samba dance, we found ourselves delving deeper into the history and culture of Brazil than we could have anticipated. We filmed an ethnomusicologist with an expertise on the origins of Brazilian music, and practiced Capoeira with an internationally renowned Capoeira school. We were invited to witness a Candomblé ceremony – an Afro Brazilian religion whose origins hail from West Africa. We traveled through one of the most dangerous favelas in Salvador only to experience one of the most joy-filled moments of our trip - a spontaneous music and dance party at a ramshackle watering hole in the middle of the afternoon. The sheer joy the locals found in music and movement was truly inspiring.

    For the first night of Carnival and our last night in country, we rode on the top of a trio elétrico – a type of double decker truck with a stage and sound system built on top - and witnessed the chaotic celebration that is the series of street parties raging across the city. We stayed up all night filming and dancing, unable and unwilling to be worn out by the adventure. It wasn’t until we boarded our flight home early that morning that we realized how exhausting – and exhilarating – the journey had been.

  • Tiffany

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing travel adventure was experiencing Prague by myself over Easter weekend 2007. I've traveled a lot since then, but this was my first expedition traveling alone. I learned a lot about myself and got to know the city very well. The festival in the Old Town Square was amazing and I created a little weekend adventure that I will remember forever.

  • Douglas

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    over 2 years ago

    A whirlwind trip around Europe during my study abroad program. That's when the travel bug first bit and it's been biting ever since!

    Happy birthday, Contiki!

  • nturaveragestud

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    over 2 years ago

    My bestest and wildest travel experience has to be the Wild Western I did with Contiki in the USA 2 years back!

    It was my first time travelling along and what more to the USA! All in all, I've never expect myself to be having the best time of my life in a short span of just 14 days! Highlights of the trips include:

    - getting hitched in a little chapel at 'Vegas... courtesy of my guide Kelly, who noticed I was getting real chummy with a gal from the UK

    - getting drunk and wasted at a gay bar in San Francisco and having my mates snap shots of me in funny poses!

    - most importantly... having the opportunity to meet with like minded folks from all over and in a tour group of close to 50, I can proudly lay claim to having develop a lifelong friendship with at least a quarter of them and in keeping in contact with them regularly that makes me ever-eager to get my butt off to the next destination!

    My "bride" in UK has been egging me on to visit her along and my best bro, Dave from the trip and it is something that I would really wanna do as soon as the opportunity allows! Am saving with all my might for a Contiki Europe at the moment and WINNING this will just allow me to realise my dreams immediately!!! AWESOME AWESOME AWESOME!!!

  • emma_92

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was to Guangzhou, China. I went on this trip with my fellow primary education university students as a study experience to stay at a university there (south china normal university) , visit schools (to make comparisons between their education and ours), as well as finding an adventure for ourselves. We visited the town of Yangshuo which is now my favourite place in the world!! We were originaly going to go to beijing but decided against this as we had little funds and it was a 22 hour train journey! Whereas Yangshuo was around 6 hours and was a total change from big city life. Here the beautiful scenery was capitvating and we went on a river boat cruise, went out to the countryside on mopeds (involving a crash..but we survived!) , visited water caves where we went in a mud bath and hot springs and of course haggled with the local shop keepers as much as possible! The food was amazing and we loved the atmosphere. One culture shock I experienced was seeing cats and dogs for sale for meat...but as shocking as this was I am glad I saw it so I can say I really saw real china! In Guangzhou we visited the circus , safari park and theme park which we really enjoyed but did feel uneasy with some of the treatment of the animals at the safari/circus. (watching bears on motorbikes just did not feel right!) Going up the canton tower was a fantastic experience as we went on the sky drop ride which takes you right to top then drops you down part of the tower! scariest experience of my life as it is higher than the empire state building! We visited hong kong for 2 nights which was amazing , I loved visiting the big buddah and seeing the amazing views at victoria peak. We also really enjoyed the night life! I am really missing chop sticks (surprisingly!) and being in a big group all the time. I really have got th etravel bug and would love to get out there asap!! Dont think I miss the chinese toilets if i am being totally honest but i do miss learning all about a new culture and living on such a lovely campus!

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    over 2 years ago

    also you can read more about my trip to china here dailybooth.com/emma_92

  • Sez

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    over 2 years ago

    At the end of 2010, I spent my salary on traveling around Europe in 10 days. I didn't make it all the way. I managed to get to Amsterdam and then Strasbourg, but the snow stopped me in Strasbourg, where I'd planned to only spend a few hours. I was stuck there for 3 days and found the city to be the most beautiful place I've ever been. The people were lovely, although couldn't speak English, the food was terrible, but the sights and the peace of the city were magnificent. Every time you turn a corner, you gasp. It's heaven. I wanted to stay longer...

    Once the buses were back up and running, I missed Italy, to go to Prague, where I met three other travelers. One was from South Korea, but studying in Berlin, one from Malaysia, but studying in Glasgow, I am from South Africa, but was living in London and our other traveler was in IT and was from Brazil.

    We had the most amazing adventure together (even when we lost the Brazilian after a pub crawl) and continue to be friends...across many continents (I am now back in Africa).

    There is nothing better than traveling 'alone' with a group of strangers.

  • klstars

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    over 2 years ago

    I wish I had an incredible adventure in another country to write about! Going to museums in Italy, seeing the beautiful nature in Ireland, or a festival in Spain... but that is why I am so taken with Contiki! I have been drooling over the trips on this website ever since I found out about it a couple of weeks ago, and since then cannot stop thinking about the day I will be taking a trip (likely more than one) with Contiki. I have the ambition to travel, just haven't had the opportunity. But if I HAVE to write about an adventure I have been on, I loved my trip to Key West in the states (I am from Toronto, Canada). It was a fun road trip with my family, we drove all the way there, meeting some interesting people and circumstances along the way; including almost getting robbed, yikes! But it was a fun road trip nevertheless, and the cute little shops in Key West were the best. And of course seeing Cuba across the water made my ambition to travel tingle. I can't wait to do more travelling, I want to see more of the world! And I think I'll be doing it with Contiki ;)

  • Ty004

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on a 37 day contiki tour across europe and had some of the best times of my life with new friends that i will never forget. Its hard to pick one highlight. I could go with being there for the Cannes film fest and the Monaco grand prix, or with crossing Paris on foot only to end up at the Eiffel tower at sunset...there are too many adventures to count!

  • justsmile3

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    over 2 years ago

    my most incredible adventure started off as a plan to visit a friend who was studying abroad in Australia...

    i went to book my flights, which led to my booking a contiki tour through new zealand for a couple weeks before heading to Melbourne. i was a little apprehensive bc it was my first solo-trip abroad.. but i was never really alone bc the group was so amazing.. and when i got to Australia, i had a new friend to visit!

    a couple weeks in NZ followed by a couple weeks of camping through the outback.. and then some time to just hang out with some locals in Aus.. definitely my most incredible trip. life-changing- like travel should be..

  • eddycky

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    over 2 years ago

    Ever since I was just a little boy, seeing the world has always been my utmost passion in life. I wouldn’t want to view the world just by looking at a screen, seeing it with my own eyes will open me to a whole new dimension. 3 years ago, I was lucky enough to have my first ever trip to Europe, where my first stop would be in Great Britain.
    I meet up with one of my university mate there and I was fortunate enough that he has a car to bring me around Great Britain. In a short 1 week when I was there, I manage to visit famous places such as the Edinburg Castle in Edinburg, the Millennium Bridge and the Angel of North in Newcastle, shopping at the famous Cheshire Oaks in Liverpool, the legendary Stonehenge in Wiltshire, the iconic London and Tower Bridge in London.
    While in London, I managed to grab a seat in the Apollo Victoria Theatre to be mesmerized by the ‘Wicked, The Musical’, in which I was totally awed with their astonishing performance. One of my greatest moments was I miraculously got a football ticket to watch my beloved football club Manchester United played in their famous stadium, Old Trafford in Manchester. That, I would regard as one of my greatest achievement.
    This trip would without doubt be remembered and stayed in my heart indefinitely as the most incredible adventure I’ve been on so far.

  • Noah

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    over 2 years ago

    Caught the travel bug after visiting the middle east and experiencing all the different ways of life over there.

  • Explorer1271016

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    over 2 years ago

    Last summer my sister and I went on the Contiki around Greece. We toured the mainland of Greece and saw all the amazing sites I had studied during my years at Univeristy. It was amazing to finally see first hand the Parthenon, Delphi, Olympia, etc. We then joined up with another Contiki group and did a 3 day cruise of the Greek islands. It was amazing, we saw so many beautiful areas and got to experience the island culture. Santorini was gorgeous and the hike up the volcano was a very cool experience. Our cruise also stopped in Turkey and we took a tour around Ephesus which was amazing and so full of history. We saw so many amazing and historic spots but the people we met on the Contiki were the most memorable part fo the trip. My sister was pregnant at the time and it was our last "sister trip" before she became a mom. Everyone we met was so kind and we have kept in touch with our Contiki friends who were so excited to see pictures of my new nephew. Another pair of sisters from the trip are coming to visit my sister and I this summer and I went and spent a week in London this past October with friends from the trip. I am going this August to stay with contiki friends and tour Australia. Contiki has provided me with friends all over the world who share a similar love of traveling and have made my travels very memorable! I am so thankful that I chose to travel with contiki to Greece as it has provided me with so many new friends and wonderful travel experiences.

  • 01MegsB

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    over 2 years ago

    I was fortunate enough to be able to go on a magical trip to Malaga - Spain, and then a little bit of Island hopping in Greece last year... Since then the Travel bug has bitten - I literally crave it!!! Three glorious weeks immersing myself in the cultures, attempting to pick up the languages, tasting the new & interesting food, and of course stocking up on a few momentos.

    I haven't been lucky enough yet to be able to go on a Contiki tour but hopefully my wish to embark on my first one will be fulfilled thisyear. So many amazing places to see!!! :D

  • Angela K

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing travel experience I have had was with Contiki this past September-December when I visited Thailand, East Coast and West Coast then Australia's East Coast! I rode an elephant, hugged a tiger, feared for my life on a safari through Thailand's rainforest, went scuba diving in both Thailand and the Great Barrier Reef, and made so many wonderful new friends from all over the world on three different Contiki tours! The best moments were the times i connected with my friends and we had our adventures (on the beach singing all night long, dancing until 3 am and getting up at 7 am for the bus, seeing the most beautiful beaches and coastlines in the entire world...). But i was most humbled by the serene and calm beauty of the ocean. I am from Canada and i really felt what it was like to be on the other side of the world. I am SO happy i discovered Contiki! :D

  • Explorer1184759

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing trip with Contiki was for 10 days throughout Europe! I got to see so much and meet so many amazing people in such a short time period! My favourite part of the trip was when we went in to Venice - on the ferry on the way out their was a lightning storm and it was so cool to see!

  • Shaina

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on a trip of Europe in which I managed to get lost in the Colosseum, harassed by young men in Germany, rained on in Venice and rediscovered my youth at Euro-Disney. I wouldn't change any experience I ever had there.

  • Oppi89

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure so far?

    may of last year i did the Best of USA tour and during the San Fran portion of the trip decided to check out the city but left my wallet in the hotel room as a way to stop my self from spending money (didn't realise that the card with my hotel details was in there), after a good hour of exploring decided to head back only had no idea which direction to go in, what followed was a good two hours of aimless wandering asking strangers for directions to the hotel (which i recall the name of so was giving a general description of what i remembered it to look like) most of which sent me in the wrong direction until finally i found a little corner store who were kind enough to point out the hotel i was after was across the road turns out i had walked past it about six times without even noticing due to the construction going on out front!

    i was pretty freaked out for most of the day but looking back i would do it all over again in a heart beat!

    May have gotten myself lost & made a fool of myself but met a bunch of friendly locals, had a blast exploring & got a pretty funny story out of it & learnt a few lessons such as when in a foreign country ALWAYS remember where you're staying...

  • Mioso21

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    over 2 years ago

    I'm 20 years old and have been blessed to have travelled the world at a young age! (In fact, I'm leaving in 5 days for a month long trip with Contiki to Europe!) My greatest adventure so far was my first Contiki tour, the short but adventure-packed Spotlight on Greece tour that got me hooked on Contiki. The tour was only 5 days, but in those 5 days, I saw more adventure and historical sites than I have ever seen in my life and in any of my previous travels. Greece is an amazing and culturally rich country, I'd love to go back. To say I like to travel is an understatement; I live to travel, it's my passion. When you travel, you're thrust into the moment and constantly taking in new and exciting experiences. This is why I love travelling, and Contiki makes my passion a reality with their easy budget-friendly tours. But they're more than just tours, they're life changing, mind-blowing, experiences and I'd recommend to anyone who is able to, to book a ticket and just leave.

  • Jelly_Bean

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure so far was spending a month traversing the USA with Contiki! It couldn't have been more perfect. I had the most amazing bunch of Contiki-ers with me to enjoy the journey - many I still consider to be good friends and meet up with. I got to visit some of the most iconic cities and locations in the USA. Highlights included living it up on the Vegas strip, riding through monument valley in a rickety bus, helicopter rides over the grand canyon, balloon rides across the city of Abequerque, meeting cowboys in Texas, the amazing nightlife and culture in Memphis, New Orleans and Miami, visiting Harry Potter world in Orlando, soaking up some history in Washington DC and far to many more to list! The parties were legendary and we caused our tour manager a lot of grief (sorry Justin!) but he was about the coolest guy you could ever hope for and he made our trip incredible. The trip was topped off by 3 amazing nights in NYC where I shopped, saw lady liberty, China Town, Times Square, the Empire State Building, ground zero, the stock exchange and got to see Billy Elliott on stage (I'm from Newcastle UK so watching Americans do a Geordie accent was hilarious!). Up until this trip I hadn't had the best year so far but this experience made the entire year for me!

  • Explorer1214228

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    over 2 years ago

    My very first time out of the country was on the Contiki Spanish Spree tour back in October 2006. I had the most amazing time meeting meeting people from all over the world. Traveling from city to city, trying out the Spanish cuisine, checking out the night life, learning about the rich culture and history, and seeing the vast difference of each part of this country was truly exhilarating! This trip enabled me to learn about bidets, using room key cards to turn on the electricity in the hotel room, and best of all, I became addicted to traveling! Ever since this trip, I've traveled to 21 other countries and I am nowhere close to being done!

  • Lauren

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    over 2 years ago

    In the summer before my grade 12 year I was lucky enough to travel to Greece and Italy for a month while taking a high school course. It was absolutely eye-opening, I learned and saw so many beautiful and unique things. I went there not knowing anyone, but met amazing people along the way and will always remember this trip as being the biggest leap I have personally taken in my life.

  • Explorer1198292

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure was probably in feb this year. I went to Switzerland with 6 other guider for thinking/founders day. We stayed in a chalet 1200 ft above sea level, tried skiing for the first time, went snow tubing, and went on amazing hikes up and across the alps. I tried so many new things including a bbq in the snow, it was so fun. Getting to know guides and scouts from Norway, America, Canada and Australia is something i'll never forget.

  • Tracy

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far was a trip full of firsts: my first time on a Contiki tour, my first time in Europe, my first time trying escargot, my first time getting lost abroad, and more! The trip was a special study abroad arrangement between Contiki and my school. I went with a group of my fellow students. It was quite a struggle trying to balance studying for class and sight-seeing, but in the end, I had an incredible time and formed lasting bonds with the people I met.

  • Explorer1212774

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    over 2 years ago

    To put it simply...LIFE CHANGING!

  • smp5083

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure thus far has to be on my trip to California in 2008 with my mom. Being the oldest of four children (and the only girl), I do not often get the opportunity to spend alone time with my mom. That is why this trip to Los Angeles with my mom has been my best adventure so far. We got to do all the touristy things, like tour around the celebrity houses and see the Chinese Theatre, but we also got to do things that seem so simple, but were truly highlights of my trip. Like being able to shop together without my brothers hurrying us along. Or choosing a restaurant for reasons other than the fact that there was a t.v. so the boys could watch the latest sports game. Spending that quality time with my mom is something that I will cherish forever.

  • DavidKeely

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    over 2 years ago

    The adventure of a lifetime was in 2011 in New Zealand. Flying out from the UK it was a long journey but stopping off in Sydney made it so worthwile. The adrenaline rush of NZ was epic! I loved every moment from meeting 'heaps' of Aussies to bungee jumping! Best of all was the helicopter over the snow covered mountains and rafting in the snow. Contiki you gave me the chance for a holiday of a life time and I'd love to share many more adventures!

  • peiling

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    over 2 years ago

    it's gotta be my camping trip in the outback in australia! all alone, i joined small group tour. 8 of us in a landrover with a trailer packed with swags (awesome sleeping bags!), tents and tools, pots and pans, water and food. driving into the wilderness, the guide looked out for the perfect spot for us to pitch our tents. we gathered our own firewood, set up campfire, prepare the food together and cook around the fire. snugged in my swag at night, i lost count of the no. of shooting stars in the sky. sitting on top of our rover and watching the sunrise at uluru was kinda magical (minus the tourist crowd on the ground!). celebrating my birthday with my new found mates in the middle of nowhere (cooper pedy) with a surprise cake bought from the only store in town was one of the best birthdays i had. standing high at kings canyon, i felt so small in this big, big world yet, i really thought i could conquer anything at that moment in time... i can hear wilderness calling me again. i need to go! now. wild world. wild heart.

  • Lyvia

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    over 2 years ago

    I´m from Brazil and have been in Hawaii for a month on a vacation with my sister in a friend´s house. Once we arrived there, our friend told us that he no longer had a car, and we didn´t have the money to rent one. So, we met part of Oahu by bus and rides! We took a ride with a military couple who had recently come to Brazil, and on another day we took a ride with a lady whose mother (that was also in the car) have lived on Rio in the 40´s and started speaking portuguese with us, while the lady driver called her son who lives in Brazil, at the city where I lived for college! We went to Waikiki and stood in a hostel where the bedbugs were our room partners! I went with my YMCA friends (which I met in Hawaii) from Madrid and Bolivia to the Koko Head Trail, Diamond Head Crater and Hanauma Bay....then we spend the rest of the days watching the most amazing sunset in the world! Then we went to Maui and Kauai, and also we rode the bus a lot! We met a guy in Lahaina that gave us a ride back to the hotel and took us for dinner on the other day. So, we rented a car for 2 in Maui and went to Jaws to check the big waves! Such a nice road in the middle of a cane sugar field...and in the other day went to the Haleakala Volcano...we left the hotel where the temperature was around 25 Celsius and went to almost 0 Celsius just wearing shorts and a sweater! (never been to a Volcane before). In Kauai we took a taxi to the hotel and the driver (who was also a japanese teacher and a bass player) invited us to go to a bar where he was playing on the next day...so there we were on a Friday, on a bar where only local people go and everybody knew we were tourists....now we have around 8 Kauaian friends to visit next time! We rode the bus a lot there - they had a great initiative that on that month very bus ride was for free - and people helped us a lot with where to go! It was very funny! Then, it started to rain a lot and we got flash flood alerts all around and went back to Oahu in the middle of the greatest storm I´ve ever seen. Once back to Oahu, we decided that we should rent a car, so we took a ride for going to Haleiwa to pick up the bus to Honolulu airport (the only place that was worthy to rent a car) and our ride didn´t let us take the bus...she took us to a Resort to take some drinks and a great afternoon...on the next morning, the same lady drove us to the car rental because she didn´t want us to stay long on a bus. The adventure continued with us exploring everything Oahu has, great waterfalls, great cliffs to jump from in the water, great big waves, trails, hikes, whale watching, great food - ahi poke and everything Hawaii has to offer is great! -....when the trip was almost in the end, we found the temple of the valleys and went to a buddhist temple, where we met an achorite that moved there to help build the temple in the 60´s and that had almost come to Brasil once. Had a great time there, is a magnific place! After that, the trip continued to Waikiki where we met some great guys that gave us shelter and went with us to the First Friday in Chinatown! We met some Brazilian guys on Breaker´s on the day before and they went to Chinatown to meet us, as well! So, we had an awesome "last" First Friday with great friends! The trip has ended, but the memories will last forever! We even have one of the Waikiki´s friends that was here in Brazil with us until last week! It was wonderful!!

  • T.IWANCH

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on was courtesy of Contiki! European Encounter (winter) was AMAZING!!! :D Don't even question or doubt it, just DO IT!!!

  • tmaracle12

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    over 2 years ago

    I have not traveled very much, but the best trip I have ever been on was when I went to Japan with my mother and younger sister. My sister had the opportunity to play hockey in Hachinoha, Japan (northern Japan) and my mom asked if I wanted to go with them, obviously I couldn't pass up an opportunity like this. When we got to Japan we spent 2 days in Tokyo, which was an amzaing time, I must say that I'm not a big fan of crowds and don't like a lot of people in my space, but I LOVED Tokyo, from navigating the subway system, to going to a professional baseball game, to shopping in a mall right off the subway, it was an experience. We then took the bullet train to nothern Japan to what was to be considered a small town, this was definitely no small town. The people that we met were unblievabley friendly and tried to understand what we were saying, I found using a lot of hand gestures and pointing things out actually helped to communicate.I most definitely want to go back some day to be able to travel the country more.

  • biancach

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    over 2 years ago

    Getting lost in Europe when I was only 9 years old!
    My parents, grandparents and I took a 10-hr flight from Brazil to France. When we arrived at the hotel in Paris, I thought I was old enough to go and check out the Eiffel Tower by myself. My parents thought I was with my grandparents, while my grandparents assumed I was with my parents. When they noticed I was missing, they started looking for me desperately and found me at the Eiffel Tower bridge, trying to speak English with a Algerian man who sold those Eiffel Tower keychains. They got really mad at me, but I still own the keychain they bought me on that day.

  • Explorer1185934

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    over 2 years ago

    After I graduated from college me and 2 of my best friends went on a contiki tour (London to Rome) for the summer and it was seriously the most amazing trip of my life. I have travelled alot before, however as an only child I had never been able to experience all the joys of traveling with friends- on the trip we not only got to experience all the fun and joy of Europe together but made life-long friends on our Contiki from all over the world! We have even met up with a few of our friends we made on the trip from Australia since the trip ended! It was amazing and we owe it all to Contiki! <3

  • Explorer1194913

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    over 2 years ago

    Rarely a day goes by that I do not reminisce about my extraordinary travels throughout Europe with Contiki more than a year and a half ago. That journey with my fellow travelers has turned out to be one of the most amazing experiences of my life. It was incredible visiting famous landmarks, which until then, i had only seen in history books and the cinema. I meet so many young, energenic, and interesting people along the way. Now i have many friends on Facebook from all over the world. As for now, i will continue to daydream about the next time i can partake in the ultimate travel experience.

  • ronnie

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    over 2 years ago

    Spotlight on Greece plus 3 day Greek Island Cruise!!!! Contiki Virgin, not expecting much, but blew my mind away. I will never forget riding the donkey down the cliffs of Santorini. I had the best time of my life here and I would love to do it again. It will be a sad day when I am over 35.

  • Erin

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    over 2 years ago

    I think it's really stupid that you're asking what adventures we've been on in order to win an adventure. The whole reason I want to win this is to be able to go on my first adventure. I want to see the world and experience things I've only read about in textbooks. I don't, nor have I ever, had the amount of money I need to be on an adventure.

  • Explorer1271764

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    over 2 years ago

    My Graduation Trip to Australia in 2009.
    Unfortunately, I haven't had an Adventure since then, and I'd Love to Go on a European Trip! :)

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  • biancach

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    over 2 years ago

    Getting lost in Europe when I was only 9!
    My parents, grandparents and I took a 10-hr flight from Brazil to France.
    When we got to the hotel in Paris, I thought I was old enough to go and check out the Eiffel Tower by myself.
    My parents thought I was with my grandparents, while my grandparents assumed I was with my parents. When they noticed I was missing, they started looking desperately for me and found me on the Eiffel Tower bridge, trying to speak English with a Algerian man who sold those Eiffel Tower key chains.
    My parents obviously got really mad at me, but I still own the key chain they bought me on that day!

  • Michael_M

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy 50th Birthday Contiki!

    Traveling the world is what I live for. Experiencing different cultures, waking up in a new city and living like the locals is an experience you'll never forget. I'd have to say my biggest adventure so far was traveling to Italy and Greece last year, with you guys of course! It all started in Rome, my favourite city. I'm a history major, so I couldn't wait until I stepped foot on Roman soil. The first night in Rome was mesmerizing. Walking past the monuments, eating gelato by the Trevi Fountain and mingling with my soon to be friends was the most amazing way to start my 10 day trek. The next day I found myself in the Colosseum and Roman forum; the one place I dreamed of visiting since I began high school. I stood in front of the stone where Ceasar was cremated and right in the center of what was once the epicenter of Roman politics. Once we were done there we ate some authentic Italian pizza and ventured off to the Vatican. I couldn't believe I was there and I had no intentions of leaving.
    Ever been to a Disco in Rome? Well I have. It was perfect. What better way to get to know your tour group than over a few .. or several drinks and some awesome music? Before we knew it, it was 2:45am and we had to be up in only a few hours. We set out to find a taxi and of course, we got lost. It was an adventure for sure. Walking through empty piazza's, sneaking pictures in fountains and eventually making it back to the hotel .. at 3:30am to have to be back down in the lobby at 7:30.

    Adventure was also waiting for me in Sorrento and Capri. Waking up and looking out my window to see Mount Vesuvius was amazing. We spent the next few days walking through Pompeii, the one town I NEEDED to see. It was hot .. really hot but the ruins were amazing and standing at the top of the used-to-be town overlooking Naples is something I won't forget anytime soon - as well as sailing around Capri. Capri is perfect and the blue grotto was an adventure I won't regret .. even though getting sea sick is not fun at all. The night, well, it can be explained with a few simple words, karaoke, a pole, and wandering through the shopping district. You can leave the rest to your imagination, an adventure of your own.
    Lastly, my adventure ends in Greece. Corfu was amazing. Water sports with George's boat was the high light. Para sailing, tubing and banana boats. Tzatziki and fries my favourite. TOGA PARTY; don't want to brag but I can now tie a pretty awesome toga. And last but not least, climbing to the Pantheon and overlooking the entire city of Athens is a must see for everyone.

    I have many more adventures planned. There's so many more places to see!

  • Alli

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    over 2 years ago

    In June of 2004 I had just turned 14 and was about to embark on the most exciting and rewarding adventure of my life. I traveled with a group of 50 student leaders from my home state of Ohio throughout Italy, Austria, France, and Switzerland. This was an extremely eye-opening experience that has no doubt shaped the person I am today. I learned at a young age to respect others of different cultures, and I learned that there was a bigger world outside the world I had known up to that point, an amazing world that I was now addicted to exploring. I met two very important people on this adventure, one was my best friend at the time, and one was a boy that I never quite had the confidence to talk to. Eight years later, I haven't talked to my then best friend, because she passed away three years ago, but without this trip, she would never have been in my life and I can't imagine that. Also eight years later, I am currently dating the boy I was too shy to talk to in 2004, and we've been together for 3 years, since the passing of my good friend. It's a story I can't begin to explain in this small comment, the opportunities I have gained because of this trip are endless. I will travel like this again, and soon, because my soul was meant to travel this way.

  • Alexandria

    Alexandria

    over 2 years ago

    I have only been within the states, never had an international trip, but I did get to go for a week to Chicago to compete with my School for a "national" competition. We got to see an AMAZING City and even took 3rd place while we were there. I would love to be able to see another country and appreciate everything they have to teach us.

  • bayview

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    over 2 years ago

    Has to be Costa Rica which I fund raised for and then spent an amazing 3 weeks, trekking, white water rafting and living in a village helping out the community.

  • traveljunkie4

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest traveling adventure would hands down be when I traveled through Europe with my high school senior class for spring break. We traveled to Rome, Florence, Paris and London and we had the time of our lives. There were 30 students on the trip and in those 10 days we became closer than ever. We explored historic sites and museums but also had time to explore the cities on our own. The time we had to ourselves was definitely the best part of the trip because I got to aimlessly walk around these beautiful cities with my best friend. Our fondest memories together are of us just walking around admiring the cities and the people. My goal in life right now is to try to go back to Europe and explore it all again.

  • Capsfan811

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite adventure was the European Whirl I did last year. It took me out of my comfort zone by traveling alone and hen I arrived in London and realized I was one of three Americans on the tour I was a little worried. I didn't know how hard it would be to make friends because I was with people from all over the world and everyone was talking about Rugby, which here in America isn't so popular. I just went up to people and introduced myself and realizd I was with the best group of people I could imagine. The destinations were amazing, but what I will always have and remember are the memories I made with life long friends. Trying to order things with my friends when we don't speak the native tongue, almost falling out of the white water rafting boat because I was still loopy from the night before, hiking the swiss Alps and feeling on top of the world. That will always be the most memorable summer and I hope to make more great memories with Contiki.

  • Explorer1247143

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    over 2 years ago

    My first time I went to Europe when we went to Prague for a couple days then took and overnight train to Krakrow, Poland then flew to Munich before returning home.

  • Patrick

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    over 2 years ago

    My Favorite Adventure was in 2006, when i took the European Discovery Tour. I met such amazing people from all across the globe. I never expected to meet such a great group of people, and I now have new friends for life because of it. We had the best tour manager and drive you could ask for, we even played match maker during our Tuscan Dinner and got them to do a slow dance. While in Paris our driver turned on the theme music to 007 and at full speed pulled onto the circle around the Arc de Triomphe, it was a thrill. Contiki made my European experience one i will always remember!

  • BieBie

    BieBie

    over 2 years ago

    I had the greatest adventure when I went on my European Discovery last year with *contiki*!!! I had the time of my life ane I still think about it every day!!! Starting in AMsterdam, meeting some incredible people, to St Goar, Munich, Austria, Venice (stunning), Flirenze, ROma, Lucerne(unbelievable) to Paris!! Cant describe everything I had experience!!! I just wanna go back!! I fell in love with COntiki and Europe!!! Thanks for the greatest time ever!!! xxx

  • primaballrina03

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite adventure began when my next-door neighbor and good (older) friend told me all about how she and her husband MET on a Contiki! Soon thereafter, I signed up for my first one and Discovered Europe (aka European Discovery) and had the time of my life! Made so many wonderful memories! Two years later, I reconnected with one of my tour-mates and are now neighbors in my new home of California. It's like Contiki continues to be a part of my life! Since my first, I've also been on a second Contiki to Turkey, Greece, Egypt and Israel which was incredible! I'm hoping to go on another with my husband in the near future!

  • aweber6

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    over 2 years ago

    My first experience of Europe was the Road to Athens a couple of years ago and it was an unbelievable journey! Our tour guide/manager and bus driver were fantastic and my fellow travelers were amazing. Starting in London and traveling down to Athens I made great friends I am still in contact with and continue to meet up with several years later. I even unexpectedly met the love of my life on my trip and now we both have amazing stories of roaming Venice, Florence, Rome, climbing the Eiffel tower, and cruising around on George's boat in Greece. Nothing better ever to share with a loved one!

  • sash.somers

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite adventure so far happened in 2010, after working in Whistler at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics my boyfriend and i packed up our suitcases and hopped on the train, we spent 18 days traveling from BC. to PEI, the first night i could hardly sleep from the excitement of traveling through the rocky mountains it was beautiful. We made stops in Edmonton, Lloydminster,Winipeg, Sudbury, Toronto, Ottawa,Montreal, and then to Moncton where we were picked up to go the rest of the journey to PEI. It was a really amazing experience and i would love to be able to experience Europe in a smilar way some day.

  • sks24

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    over 2 years ago

    Living, working, and traveling in Thailand for 6 months! It was 181 days filled with Pad Thai, Chang beer, buckets of Hong Thong, beaches you only think are in the movies, a massive country wide water fight during the Thai New Year (Songkran), and, of course, the amazing smiley Thai people makes for my most incredible adventure I have been on!

  • Ana

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    over 2 years ago

    My adventure is coming up in two weeks on my first contiki trip!

  • ashleyv

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    over 2 years ago

    So far my favorite adventure was last summer (2011) a five week European holiday with 35 other stangers! It was my first time "across the pond" and I gained so many friends from the trip, including two best friends! We visited ten countries and I wouldn't change a moment of the trip! I am about to embark on what I can assume will be my new favorite holiday. The Great Britain & Ireland trip leaving May 9th!!!! I am so thankful that Contiki is here today to provide me with the ease of traveling the world without having the stress of planning a holiday on my own!! I cannot wait!!!

  • Taz089

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    over 2 years ago

    I have never been outside of South Africa, although I have had numerous trips throughout the Garden Route. Big dreams of going to Europe one day.Contiki tours have always been so appealing because you get to see and experience so many walks of lifes. Would be absolutely incredible.

  • ASweett

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    over 2 years ago

    I drove from Los Angeles up the coast to Vancouver over the course of only 5 days! My friend and I stayed in hostels the whole way stopping in San Jose, Monterrey Bay, Carmel, San Fransisco, Florence, and many more beautiful places. It was one of the most surreal times of my life. It was right after the Tsunami happened in Japan as well so they shut down the Pacific Coast Highway around Big Sur so we were forced to take an alternate route up in the dirt road mountains with tons of pot holes in my Toyota Echo haha! Between adventuring through the caves on the beach, witnessing waves crash so violently yet naturally several feet above me to the ginormous, elderly trees of the Redwood Forest I realized how small I really am in this world. That trip opened my eyes to the beauty of the West Coast of North America connecting me more with nature and the wonderful feeling you get when on any sort of live changing adventure. Next time I want to take a few weeks to drive the coast so I can see Big Sur this time and spend more time in each stop along the way. Basically my biggest goal in life is to walk of much of this planet as possible. I have not been to Europe yet because I can't afford it but if the opportunity was given to me I assure that it would not be wasted.

  • KatherineBertrand

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure i've been on so far was my London to Athens tour last September! Met so many amazing new people, saw so many incredible places i've been dying to see and made countless new memories! Not a day goes by that I dont think about my time on Contiki! <3

  • Ilisa424

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite adventure was on Contiki's Australian Beaches and Reefs - we got to go scuba diving in a shark tank at Underwater World!

  • Luca

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure happened when I was growing up. My friends and I swam a kilometer to small island off the NSW coast. We discovered the island was inhabited by fairy penguins as they swam around us in the water hunting for fish. I'll never forget it.

  • Explorer1178547

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    over 2 years ago

    Going to Egypt was the trip of a lifetime. Climbing inside the the Great Pyramids, taking a cruise down the Nile, and visiting the Valley of the Kings- all while having fun with some great people. It was my favorite adventure.

  • l1sacg

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure so far is getting lost in Paris with me and 1 other friend, neither of us being able to speak much english at all (but not letting the locals drop into english to help us out) and all the amazing places we found - possibly one of the most fun was coming across the latin area in the mist of paris, felt like i had gone to other areas of europe (as my trip was england & france).

  • IlovetroubleCAN

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    over 2 years ago

    Contiki Spanish Spree was by far the most magical journey I've ever taken. Being able to explore one country, and a place as beautiful and welcoming like Spain is such a blessing. The contiki trip hits all of the hot spots, as well as places that other tours don't take you like San Sebastian and Gibraltar. The sites we saw, the people I met on the tour and in Spain, and our awesome tour guide Rory, made this truly the best trip of my life. Thanks for continuing to create awesome experiences Contiki!

  • katztruta

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    over 2 years ago

    I spent a week in Java getting lost looking at temples and volcanoes. I met a lot of locals through my friend (also a local) and traveled the whole time with my best friend. The food was amazing, the scenery was amazing, and the local batik art was also amazing. Ramayana dances and friendly Indonesian corn sellers added to the greatness.

  • Explorer1334809

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    over 2 years ago

    One adventure was being in Tanzania at a national park watching the widlife there. We were 20 minutes pasted the closing time because we were watching this heard of elephants walk towards this pack of lions and we wanted to see what happened and the lions got scared off! our driver was scared of the elephants because her heard one tipped over a car a couple days before. We headed back to the gate when in the middle of the road was a male elephant with tucks the size of tree trunks!! It start flapping it ears and walking towards us... our driver was freaking out! We just burst into laughter but this thing kept coming towards us... We didn't have enough space to turn the car around so we had to reverse and the beeping kept the elephant coming after us... we turned the corner 3 times before it lost interest... We ended up making it to the gate and had to try explain to armed guards why we were there after closing... oops!!

  • KC

    KC

    over 2 years ago

    My European Encounter trip last year was my most incredible adventure of my life. I'd been to most of the main cities in Europe before and I thought I'd seen it all, but I was so wrong.

    I'd thought I'd seen Amsterdam until I had actually seen (rather than just read about) a dyke in action, after having experienced the thrill of riding a bike old enough to be my grandmother's in the most enchanting little town of Eden.

    I thought I'd experienced everything there was to experience in Switzerland, until I'd tried my first ever Swiss beer, experienced an exhilarating (and equally frightening) trip in a cog-rail train up Mount Pilatus and had come face to face with the most moving sculpture on earth.

    I thought I knew Rome inside out, until I'd actually walked in between the crumbling ruins of the Roman Forum and had been sung to by an somewhat old, but still hilariously entertaining opera singer who wouldn't leave our table alone :)

    I thought I'd seen Venice until I was blown away by the breathtaking view from the Bell Tower, had experienced the true magic of a gondola ride (that you read about but don't really believe) and had experienced the sheer Italian warmth of a waiter, whose name I can't remember, but who's charm will live with me forever.

    Finally, I thought I'd seen Paris, until I'd actually been up to the top of the Eiffel Tower (rather than just having seen it in the distance), until I'd dressed up to the nines to attend a breathtaking Cabaret that I will never forget ... so worth every cent of my 1000 South African Rands.

    I could go on and on, because this was such an incredible trip - everything that I could've ever dreamed of, and nothing I would change ... the tour guides, the routes, the optional extras, the contiki family ... every little thing that you did, Contiki, has made this trip such an incredible adventure for me. Thank you!

  • Jen

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    over 2 years ago

    A native Chicagoan, In 2007 I spent a semester at the University of Leeds in the UK. We were given a full month of for spring break and I knew I needed to take advantage of each day. In 25 days I visited a half dozen countries traveling the Eurorail solo. I booked hostels online a day before I arrived. I woke up an Austrian hotel owner in the middle of the night, allowing me to keep my plan B of sleeping at a bus stop, a plan B. I used free public WiFi in the middle of a park while looking at the centuries old Colosseum across the street. One afternoon a group of Italian 9 year olds on a field trip sat around me, and upon discovering I was American, began practicing their English. I wandered into an over-flowing Notre Dame Cathedral, surprised by the sheer crowd, only to realize it was Easter Sunday. I was asked, every place I went, why I was traveling alone. "Because I can." I kissed my comfort zone goodbye and never looked back.

  • Explorer1220488

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    over 2 years ago

    Visiting Berlin, Prague & Vienna holds many memories of exploration & personal growth. Through visiting many tourist areas and smaller towns I was able to meet and grow to love the warmth and friendliness of locals while spending time with my sister & fellow Contiki travelers. And out of all that was done there (seeing incredible scenery, eating amazing food, hearing amazing stories from our tour guide & slipping in the snow) the most fabulous thing was meeting the interesting people (on the tour & from the towns) and growing closer with my sister. Thanks Contiki & Happy Birthday!

  • noellelem

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    over 2 years ago

    I went backpacking in Europe for 3 weeks with my best friend Wendy right after I graduated college. I made it to France, Italy and Spain on a budget but there is so much more of Europe that I am dying to see. We had avendtures on the overnight trains and met so many amazing people. The one adventure we went on was our hike in Itally in Cinqu Terra. Wendy and I got up early to hike and there were some rain showers that day. It was our only day to hike so we toughed it up and went out for our journey rain coats in hand. Not a soul was on the path. The views were spectacular despite the overcast weather. Then, suddenly we heard growls on the path. In between 2 of the cities, staring at us was a giant rabid dog, blocking the path! We could go no further. It stared at us, we stared at it and we were frozen in the path. At this point my friend Wendy was leading the hike. We were both terrified..........the dog moved slowly toward us, paw by paw. Then Wendy and I screamed in fear for our lives. Wendy, then grabbed me, threw me in the front of the path and basically SACRIFICED ME TO THE DOG!!!!!!!!!!!! She thew me in front then blurted out, "No sense in both of us dying, someone needs to tell people what happened!" and then proceeded to run in the opposite direction!!!!! I was scared and in shock that my friend sacrified me and then my brain kicked in and I ran too!!!! Luckily, we outran the dog and survived the hike. It was more enjoyable when we reached town and enjoyed the amazing wine and food Italy has to offer. Needless to say, I would love the opportnity to travel to Europe again. It's been so long and I would love to experience it on a Contiki tour which I have heard so many wonderful things about. I know the people there will protect me and make me feel safe and if there ever were a rabid dog to approach they would protect me:)

  • curliecue

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    over 2 years ago

    I'm still hoping for my big adventure! This would be a great opportunity for me, especially where I am in my life right now. I have been to Europe once for Christmas time when my younger sister was studying abroad in England, where my half brother and his family live now. My parents and I got to join up with both of them for the holidays and I loved it, getting to be the tourist as well as seeing things through the eyes of people actually living there. My experience only scratched the surface of what I could accomplish there and fueled a desire to travel and learn more! I hope I can get that chance from you! Happy birthday!

  • Kev

    Kev

    over 2 years ago

    I did a European Panorama in September and October of 2010. This tour changed my life. Not only did I made life long friends from Australia, New Zealand and Canada, but I met my girlfriend on the tour. We fell in love over the course of the 28 days traveling through Europe. The experience being in Europe was all I was looking for when departing for London from Sydney, but I ended up with so much more. I am now living here in Canada, on the other side of the world with my girlfriend of a year and a half. Before leaving for Europe in September 2010, I had no idea my life would change so dramatically once I got on that plane to London. Now I look back and realize how lucky we both were to be a part of such a wonderful group of people, all of which we got along with. This made falling in love in an amazing part of the world, so much more memorable. I will never forget my first Contiki and cannot wait to go back with my girlfriend yet again.

  • Fivehit

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    over 2 years ago

    I loved the South America Explorer! Lots of amazing sights, sounds and experiences! I'm hoping to try the new Contiki Latin America or Asia tours one day! :)

  • Greer

    Greer

    over 2 years ago

    I went on the London to Athens + Greek Island Hopping Last year in June. It was the best time of my life and i would do it all again in a heartbeat! I met so many amazing people and saw such amazing sites i would love to head back to Europe and do it all again! I cant wait to do another contiki and met new people and see new things... my first contiki was the best and it has made me want to do it again so much more! :)

  • BethanyLB

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't been on a real adventure yet, but the most excting thing I've done is go from Philadelphia, PA to Coney Island, NY entirely through public transit (which isn't as easy in America as it is elsewhere). I will, however, be doing the European Impressions tour this August on my own! It will be my first plane trip alone, let alone the hotel stays, subway rides, etc. It will surely trump my Coney Island experience!

  • Jon

    Jon

    over 2 years ago

    5 Month Trip around the world ranks pretty high! As a group of 3, started off with 6 days in NY, then onto Washington for 4 days before heading over to Santa Monica and then starting a Contiki Wild Western from LA. Coach of 50, ending up being 40 Aussies! Awesome trip & met some great people. After finishing the Contiki, had a couple of 'recovery' days in Fiji before starting a month of campervan'ing around NZ covering both islands. Then onto Aus where we had another 2 months plus campervan booked to cover the east coast from Melbourne to Cairns! By luck of not planning dates prior, ending up staying with a fair few of the Aussie's across the 9 weeks, including Sydney for New Years welcoming in 2010 and then staying with a number of others off the Contiki all the way up the coast, all it cost us was beer and meat for the BBQ in traditional Aussie style! Finished in Cairns and then a couple of days in Singapore before flying home. Safe to say, the Contiki made that trip and has created some great memories and friends, always a bonus to have a home from home on the other side of the world!! JD

  • Meld123

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    over 2 years ago

    Zip lining in Puerto Vallarta in Mexico 90 ft above the forest floor! Conquered my fear of heights and was at one with nature, amazing experience :)

  • Bernadine

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure has been the garden route, we have a wonderful country with so much to see and do. But as amazing as it was, I have dreamed of touring Europe since i was a little girl but just haven't been able to go, each time i almost had enough money saved up, I had a baby... My kiddies are great and even joined me on my wonderful road trip through the garden route. But they old enough now to stay by granny while I have the holiday I have always dreamed of but put aside to be mommy to my babies.

  • Brittany

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    over 2 years ago

    About 6 years ago when I was in grade 11 I went on a school trip to Spain.It was amazing to see and learn about the history of Spain. Going to Barcelona was probably my favorite place. The buildings were incredible (Loved the dripping castle). The trip got even better when we made a day trip to Morocco. Morocco was beautiful and the people were so kind. It was also my birthday when we went to Morocco. The locals dressed me up as a Berber lady and gave me a piece of birthday cake. It was great to be so welcomed into their culture and be able to experience it first hand. I will never forget this trip and I hope I will be able to go back to these beautiful places in the future!

  • vix

    vix

    over 2 years ago

    I did my First Contiki in 2010 it was, and properly will be the best experience of my life!!!! I did the 49 days camping and Wow what an experience!!!! I have made some awesome friends all around the world and have done some crazy stuff that I would never have dreamed of doing!! And not to mention saw some truly amazing sites!! Safe to say I now have the travel Bug! Thanks heaps contiki for the amazing memories!!! :D

  • rbalent

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    over 2 years ago

    Last semester I was able to begin what I hope is a life of adventure and travel by studying abroad in New Zealand based out of Christchurch. It was an experience that I will never forget and has opened my eyes to a world I never knew much about. In particular on this trip a friend and I did a 8 day 120 mile tramping trip through three trails in the northern part of the Island. This was the best adventure I have been on for many reasons. First off the scenery was spectacular and just being able to take the natural buety of the world for that amount of time is priceless. Second due to being poor college kids we hitchhiked from trial to trail which allowed not only for us to meet some very interesting people but showed the amount of kind hearted people that live throughout the world willing to help a couple of strangers and has made me a more compassionate person. lastly this trip was a physical and mental struggle to complete.,half way through we thought about turning back but after completing the tramp am very happy that we didn't as it showed me what I am capable of. Overall my whole abroad experience showed me the beuty this world has to offer and left me craving for more. Once my bank account returns I plan on doing more traveling to gain even more perspectives of the world and to see other lands just waiting to be explored.

  • vwaterhouse

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    over 2 years ago

    Cambodia: Exploring the back streets of Phnom Penh on the back of a motorbike - terror and exhiliration. Dodging traffic in the front of a cyclo - out of control. Navigating the ruins of Angkor Wat on a tuk tuk while being harassed by a thousand street kids? Insane.

  • vix

    vix

    over 2 years ago

    I did my First Contiki in 2010 it was, and properly will be the best experience of my life!!!! I did the 49 days camping and Wow what an experience!!!! I have made some awesome friends all around the world and have done some crazy stuff that I would never have dreamed of doing!! And not to mention saw some truly amazing sites!! Safe to say I now have the travel Bug! Thanks heaps contiki for the amazing memories!!!

  • mpdennis

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    over 2 years ago

    1 month living on a beach in Kefalonia, Greece. I was with the Katelios group, an organization that helps monitor, protect and tag the loggerhead sea turtles that nest on the beaches. The most amazing experience was during our night shifts, where we would walk the beach looking for turtles laying eggs. The first time we found one, it was a full moon and just about midnight. The turtle went into a trance as she laid her eggs (up to 150 per nest). The feeling watching her, checking her tag, and then seeing her "run" back to the ocean was absolutely breathtaking.

  • Explorer1265501

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    over 2 years ago

    Pedal, weeble-wobble, pedal, pedal, pedal, start to sweat, feel the wind blowing through my hair! This was the start of my most incredible adventure so far! It happened on my Great Britain & Ireland tour the summer of 2010. Me and my four girlfriends from school hopped on a ferry with an amazing bunch of fellow Contiki travallers, and rented bikes to tour the Aran Islands. Ditching the Island map we left it up to fate to see where the trail would take us! Along the way we saw cows, talked with Island natives, put our toes in the very cold Aran coast waters, saw more cows and finally found THE cliff. We all made the trek up to the top smiling ear to ear in disbelief of the beautiful scenery and how high up we really were! We ate our packed lunch sitting in a circle on top of the cliff and further solidified the bonds of travelling friendship with talk of where the next chapter in our lives would take us, and what other adventurse we would have. As a rather shy person and not really a risk taker, this adventure was a game changer for me. It was the start of something amazing and new. I don't think I'll ever hop on a bike again and not think of the Aran Island, the friends I shared this adventure with, and how fun leaving things to fate can really be!! Here's to hoping fate is on my side again...I'm ready for a European adventure!!

  • allyawesume

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    over 2 years ago

    Washington D.C! You could walk everywhere or take the metro. All the people and the archetecture of the buildings it was a great experience. Since i was 10 and found out my grandma was a first generation american, (her mother and father were immigrants from italy) i have been borderline obssessed with europe, more specifically italy! :D

  • soph

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    over 2 years ago

    my greatest adventure would have been black water rafting through the Waitomo caves - never being able to see your hand in front on your face makes you really vulnerable so you have to be open to anything, its scary but liberating!

    We have booked an upcoming Contiki for Oktoberfest so im hoping that that will be my greatest adventure ever!

  • Explorer1206216

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    over 2 years ago

    Sea Kayaking in Alaska in 2004. Paddling along in my kayak I was within a foot of a sea otter, had bald eagles overhead and the most amazing realisation of how big the world is and how small I really am. That is a feeling I have taken with me through everything I've done since and it was that experience that led me to my career - as even a single person can make a difference.

    That moment somewhere in the very far North it all clicked and I really was completely humbled by the world around me - which made just want to see more of it - hence two more Contiki's and many other solo trips.

  • Clementine

    Clementine

    over 2 years ago

    My favorite trip away would have to be when I went to New York in 2010.
    Many things went wrong, but it was a definite experience well worth it all.
    The flights took over 15 hours, three nights only stay on the top floor of the hotel (bad idea if you have traveled long distance) and it was a work related trip which definitely topped the downer list (jet lagged totally).
    However, determined I was not to let this ruin my free trip away.
    On our way to our hotel we had a private tour of the sites of New York, which was amazing as I totally felt like Sex in the City, minus the yellow cab lol.
    We stayed at the Sheraton Hotel which was beautiful and so convenient being not far from Central Park and all local attractions and when you have duty free to spark up the sour day nothing could stop the sun coming out.
    Once we had checked in, we straight away had to walk Manhattan Time Square to experience the bright lights and see the big tv's on the buildings.
    With, the hopes also of seeing famous actors, to our dismay we could not get past Denzel Washington's security as he filmed right in the center of Time Square. OMG tho, just knowing he was there was more than enough for me and my friend to let out a bold scream of "We Love You Denzel".
    Sadly we had to go back to our hotel and get right into work, but we where aloud to have some drinks whilst we plodded along which was a bonus.
    Funny thing tho, we all ended up tossing the work and carrying on our merry way with our duty free and talking about the sites of New York and how their police ride horseback whilst competing in who took the best pictures lol.
    The boss was not to pleased the next day and neither was I, as I had lost my camera in my drunken stupor that night :( However, I still think my colleagues have it... so jealous of my cool pictures hahaha...
    The next few days flew past fast, but we still manged to check out the night life and rage up a storm with the boss alongside.
    Not only did the trip create a highlight in my life, but has brought me a lot closer with my boss and colleagues.
    Thank you New York for making my life worthwhile and enlightening me to live life to the fullest.

  • Cher

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    over 2 years ago

    I have never been on a Contiki tour or abroad : - ( But after reading the stories of peoples adventures -WOW - 35 years old is fast approching and i urgently need an adventure to write about - pls Contiki, can i share your birthday with you?

  • Explorer1174267

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure would have to be getting to travel around New Zealand in a camper van with my Mom and Aunt in 2010. Being in my 20's and having to deal with two old ladies was sometimes incredibly challenging but looking back on it, it is something I will always cherish! Was definitely not at all like a contiki trip but still something I wouldn't change for the world.

  • Emma

    Emma

    over 2 years ago

    i went to paris for my 25th birthday for the first time & walked all over the streets for miles visiting the monuments, adventured to disneyland & did all the tourist stuff, the last day was the best with a pauls baguette & sat by the fountain all day watching the world pass by. it was so magical that I almost don’t want to return cos it may ruin the memory of the adventure of my life

  • Shashi

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure so far... I'm gonna have to get back to you on this one after I return from winning the 9 day Contiki European Magic trip to experience the best of Europe. I've always wanted to go on a Contiki adventure where you go to all those magical locales and get to meet interesting people from all over the world but alas, it never did come to fruition. Reading some of these comments, I can't help fighting back feelings of jealousy and envy of all those people that have gone on a Contiki or even just travelled to these amazing and wondrous destinations. Nevertheless, I now have this awesome opportunity to make my dreams come true, so won't you make my dreams come true.

  • Explorer1193715

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    over 2 years ago

    My best experience was playing the Spice Girls and dancing and singing with every single person on our tour bus!

  • Alexis

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    over 2 years ago

    Zip lining, repelling and kayaking through caymen-infested water, at the rip age of 13.... but the highlight of that trip was stopping in a tiny village in the Yucatan and meeting the happiest people in the world. Happy to be alive, to share their home and stories with us, and happy with their one room, one hammock home they shared among 6 people. It was truly the most humbling experience I've had, and changed my entire life.

  • Cori

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    over 2 years ago

    DAFT PUNK!

    Osaka & Tokyo, Japan!

    Back in 2006 my friends and I were completely blown away by the Daft Punk and their brilliant pyramid at Coachella! It was the most amazing things I had ever experienced.

    A few months later I was set to study abroad in Sweden for a year, but at the last minute could not get all the necessary funding and thus had to drop out of the program.

    As I came to terms with the idea that I would no longer be spending a year in Sweden, my friend called me. Unknowing that I had just made this decision he left me a simple voicemail with one question, " Hey dude, do you want to see Daft Punk in Japan??!" And that was that.

    Myself (a female) and my three guy friends planned the trip in one week, and six weeks later were in Tokyo! We toured through tokyo for a few days then caught the bullet train into Osaka for the Summer Sonic Festival! We only had tickets to day two of the festival but I thought, well let's see where the festival is at so we know how to get there tomorrow.

    Once we arrived I knew, we had to get in! After scanning the area for an hour and trying to figure out how we were going to "break in" I thought let's just trying going through the artist entrances. And it worked! We were able to be VIP for Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, and many other performances that night!

    The following day was amazing and totally worth traveling the distance to see one of the best electro-acts in the world! We met another guy, traveling solo for the same reason as us and from our hometown of Los Angeles.

    Although music was the catalyst, I have used this experience and carried it with me in almost everything I do.

  • GEM

    GEM

    over 2 years ago

    This time last year I was in beautiful Budapest, two thirds of the way through my 45 day Ultimate European. I had been to France, Spain, Italy, Greece, Egypt, Turkey, Bulgaria and Serbia and was still yet to see Austria, Switzerland, Germany and the Netherlands... We did so many amazing things there is too many to list here. It was one of the best things I have ever done and I met the most fantastic people. I have no money left to my name but I wouldn't change a thing!!

  • s_inglis

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    over 2 years ago

    Traveled all the way to NYC (from Ontario) to see the Glee cast in their first concert tour. I went primarily to see the concert, but took a whirlwind tour around and fell in love with the city. As someone who isn't a fan of cities, I never expected to love THE big city so much, but it won me over!

  • Cori

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    over 2 years ago

    DAFT PUNK!

    Osaka & Tokyo, Japan!

    Back in 2006 my friends and I were completely blown away by the Daft Punk and their brilliant pyramid at Coachella! It was the most amazing things I had ever experienced.

    A few months later I was set to study abroad in Sweden for a year, but at the last minute could not get all the necessary funding and thus had to drop out of the program.

    As I came to terms with the idea that I would no longer be spending a year in Sweden, my friend called me. Unknowing that I had just made this decision he left me a simple voicemail with one question, " Hey dude, do you want to see Daft Punk in Japan??!" And that was that.

    Myself (a female) and my three guy friends planned the trip in one week, and six weeks later were in Tokyo! We toured through tokyo for a few days then caught the bullet train into Osaka for the Summer Sonic Festival! We only had tickets to day two of the festival but I thought, well let's see where the festival is at so we know how to get there tomorrow.

    Once we arrived I knew, we had to get in! After scanning the area for an hour and trying to figure out how we were going to "break in" I thought let's just trying going through the artist entrances. And it worked! We were able to be VIP for Massive Attack, DJ Shadow, and many other performances that night!

    The following day was amazing and totally worth traveling the distance to see one of the best electro-acts in the world! We met another guy, traveling solo for the same reason as us and from our hometown of Los Angeles.

    Although music was the catalyst, I have used this experience and carried it with me in almost everything I do.

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  • BenCat

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    over 2 years ago

    Got to be in it to win it...

    Just over a year ago I was on the Contiki Australia Beaches to Reefs East coast tour and absolutely loved it! I won't go into the activities I got up to because you wrote the itinerary, but what you wouldn't know is I had the time of my life and met loads of new friends, who I have kept in contact with. Now that a year has passed I need to get out of the routine 9to5 and have another adventure!!

  • Explorer1196825

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    over 2 years ago

    2010 Europe 32 days camping for GAPs!!!

  • omeadhra

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    over 2 years ago

    Of the 2 dozen or so countries I've experienced, I'd have to say my very first trip abroad (a narrow 'ellipse' through central western Europe) was the one that made the most lasting impression on me. It has the advantage of being the very first such experience, but it stands on its own merits. I'd been studying abroad (I'm from the US) in Ireland, and the semester ended I booked a ferry from Waterford, Ireland to Cherbourg, France, which kicked off a multi-country rail experience. Paris, Vienna, Prague, Budapest, Frankfort, and more. I will never forget it and I sometimes feel now that I'm more European than American because of it.

  • DrewyJ

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    over 2 years ago

    Stuck halfway between Hollywood and Las Vegas in the middle of the desert for 4hrs on a broken down Greyhound bus. I swear I was in a movie, some of the characters on the bus were hilarious, and the scenery was amazing! We eventually made it to Vegas after 11hrs, and the next few days were spent exploring the Grand Canyon and famous Las Vegas strip.. and downtown Las Vegas with my new buddies of which were from Spain, Germany, England and South Africa. We had so much in common, yet we were all so different, the conversations were hilarious.. that's the great thing about travel.. it brings people together :)

  • Explorer1316425

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't had the opportunity to take a contiki vacation but would love to!! My biggest adventure to date has been this crazy thing called life. It's had its ups and downs but I've met some amazing people and some not so amazing people on the journey. Every single one of them has taught me something new and useful. I've gotten to see many places too, and my favorite travel adventure has to be Bermuda were I got to swim the clear blue ocean, drive on the wrong side of the road through winding street, tried the most amazing fruit punch I've ever tasted, ate Paella for the first time with my feet in the sand, I saw colors I never knew existed in nature, explored caverns that sparkled and met some of the friendliest people and culture I have ever come across. I would love to be given the chance to travel to Europe as it has always been my dream to!

  • jessicaarleen

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    over 2 years ago

    I have never been off of the North American Continent, at least I haven't yet, and it is my absolute dream to see everything the world has to offer. I will make it happen! Hopefully sooner rather than later..

    My biggest adventure yet has to be my semi-cross country trek from California To Texas and back! Although boring at some points, it was a very important part of my life (I moved to TX for a few months) and every moment was an adventure :)

  • hermanpleez

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible trip so far includes the follwing: The dark continent, 23 students, 7500 km, 6 countries ( SA, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Mozambique), landmarks such as: the wildlife of Botswana, The Vic Falls, Home of Hope, Lake Malawi and the Portugese Islands and one message that knows no boundaries: The Gospel!!

  • TheNamesLuke

    TheNamesLuke

    over 2 years ago

    1week in Egypt on Contiki in 2008. Best week ever! Contiki took us to see all the best sites up and down the Nile. I also remember having a swim in the Nile, the water was so cold but it was the best time ever.

  • jentribier

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't been on a Contiki tour before and I would loooooooove to win this one! My greatest adventure was with my husband who was my boyfriend at the time and we travelled through all of California! We fell in love with San Fransisco! Pick us so we can have an amazing honeymoon!!

  • Travel_Dreamer

    Travel_Dreamer

    over 2 years ago

    Europe with sixty of my high school class mates, twenty chaperones, three children under the age of ten, two tour guides (one who look like Gene Wilder and the other learned English from watching American Porn) and an Assistant Principle (who would go on to marry the tour guide who learned English from Porn the next summer).

    12 days from London, to Paris, to Florance to Rome.

    In London we played the game "How many idiot Americans can you fit into a London Telephone booth?" Fifteen if you were wondering.

    Paris we caught a show at The Moulin Rouge after a friend of mine screamed about Linsdsay Lohan (this was back in 2004) causing the Paparazzi to riot to get a picture of her.

    Florance we were read the riot act so we tamed it down for our grand finale in Rome.

    We (meaning my sixty new best friends) threw a toga party on the roof of our hotel in Rome on our final night in Europe. We wound up getting kicked out of our hotel and spent the night at the airport giggling about our fantastic trip through Europe promising ourselves to go back as soon as possible. Which hasn't yet happened for me!

    One day I'll be back in Europe one day.

  • Chetan

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    over 2 years ago

    the best trip for me by far was the Vietnam experience - as I spent my birthday cruising in the beautiful Halong Bay. Looking forward to the next Contiki adventure!!

  • Explorer1265011

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    over 2 years ago

    Amazing Contiki trip exploring Thailand, Laos and Cambodia! The trip really opens up your eyes to how other parts of the world live, and how much we have to be grateful for! Fantastic activities including elephant rides, feeding the monks, jaw-dropping temples, visiting Angkor Wat and so so so much more! The team were great - I've made so many friends that I still keep in contact with and the tour guide was fantastic! This is a trip I will always remember!!

  • solotravler

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    over 2 years ago

    6 weeks around Europe with 5 of my best friends in the world, where we ate, drank and laughed like you could not believe, we shared the beautiful sites of Europe (Thank you to contiki European Escapades), and came back with memories that we still talk about! We also made a life long friend on this trip who we religiously catch up with and has been to every one of our group of friends weddings since...so not only great memories were made but lifelong friendships!

  • Lindsey

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    over 2 years ago

    i have never been on a contiki trip but it is my dream. So my best experience would have to be going to the gold coast with my family and going to all the theme parks

  • KatyJane

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    over 2 years ago

    I have just arrived home from AfrikaBurn i.e. an eclectic art festival which involves camping for six days out in the middle of the Tankwa Karoo, South Africa. It is modeled on and much like the festival Burning Man in the States. Despite the festival being nothing like I have ever experienced before in my life - the constant stimulation, the fire/burns, the complete absence of judgement and prejudice, the continual collective acts of giving and gifting and, of course, all the breathtaking artworks - it was in fact being in the desert that I found to be most awesome (in the true sense of the word).

    On the second day, we were radically tested by the weather gods as they dealt us a heavy hand of gusting winds, pelting rain, a hailstorm and flash floods. The days to follow were a a lot more bearable with clear-ish skies, sunshine and glitter-like starry skies which gave us all a chance to relocate (if necessary), reconstruct and reestablish ourselves before being shooed away on the final day by a howling sandstorm. Never before have I witnessed such incredible sunrises and sunsets; they were quite spiritual moments, ones which I will never forget. Venturing out into the desert far away from the bustling of the festival, so far that I could no longer hear the music!, was something else. The silence. Nothing but limitless space in every direction. ..

    Sure the adventure didn't include famous museums, tourist hot-spots, cobbled streets or gondola rides, but it was an adventure that I will carry with me forever. I was not only privileged enough to be apart of a beautiful gathering, I also experienced the amazing power and intensity of nature. It made me realize just how insignificant we, as humans, actually are in the grander scheme of things. It was such a liberating six days.

    However, with all that being said, I have my heart firmly set on the Northern Trek (in August/Sept) - a little European adventure is definitely to be something to add to the books. Fingers (and toes) crossed!!

  • nikki.xx

    nikki.xx

    over 2 years ago

    By far the best experience of my life happened in my own backyard. Roadtripping it with a bunch of mates from Auckland to Gisborne NZ for Rythym and Vines 2011 - best week of my life!
    It may not sound like fun but packing the car full of people and all of the absolutely camping essentials (you know, Alcohol, GHD hair straighteners, pretty dresses, heels, enough wet wipes to survive an apocalypse...) and trying not to kill yourself (or each other) on the long and windy drive to the campgrounds. No sleep due to tent overheating at about 7am every morning, dancing and partying until the wee hours and rocking out to some of the best tunes around. The whole thing, even the lack of personal hygiene, is AMAZING, anyone who hasnt spent new years at R&V is missing out!

  • Chanel

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    over 2 years ago

    Trying to juggle mixed feeling from different people was a hard thing for me to do when I went on my first Contiki. I was able to go on my first Contiki to London and Paris in December 2011 through January 2012. My family and tradition/culture have been rooted in the Americas for thousands of years. The idea of going overseas to foreign places where I knew no one personally was an odd thing for me to do, especially in the eyes of family and friends. In my Native culture there are several things that need to be done in order for me to travel safely to new lands. So from the advice of my elder, family and friends I jetted off to Europe. As I left I had the mindset of an explorer but always kept in mind what my elders, family and friends told me. So there I was somewhere over the Atlantic on the plane thinking of all the new people I will meet, the places I will see and all the stories I will have to tell when I returned home. None of my family and friends has been to such a far place for vacation so I knew they were excited for my travels. When I arrived in London I remember feeling how different the weather felt. Everything was so green and wet, which was total opposite of the dry desert that I am use to. This was the way I felt when we made our way down to Paris. Throughout the whole trip I was fascinated to see how old everything was. Buildings were still there even though hundreds of years have passed since they were originally built, such as the Roman Baths in England. In my culture all history is known through oral traditions and teachings. We didn’t have buildings or big structures. So I was shocked to see people still living and using the same buildings that were used hundreds of years ago. A great example of this would have to be the Palace of Versailles. Despite all the differences I still could feel a connection to my home. I remember watching the sun rise on cold morning in Paris. I remember seeing the sheep graze on the rolling green hills in England, much like the sheep my ancestors had. I saw how people created art based on the beauty of the land. On my last night in Europe I remember eating dinner at a small café in Paris. As I was there one of the waiters asked where I was from. I replied I am from America and I was Native American. The waiter then had a look of excitement and told me he had never met a Native American before. For me this was very weird but also very exciting. We talked for a while about various things, mainly questions about culture and where I was from. It was that evening that I knew that I loved traveling. I liked the idea of going to new places and trying new things. I loved learning about culture and people but also like how I could tell people who I was and where I was from. I hope someday in the future I can do the same thing all over the world! Thanks Contiki for a trip of a lifetime!

  • Elizabeth

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    over 2 years ago

    Where to go, what to do?? Conteki Tours!!! January, 2012. I travelled with Conteki in Tasmania. Conteki taught me to be adventurous, outgoing, and to challenge myself. The tour taught me that the sky is the limit, you can do all things if you set your mind to it and always have the attitude to live in the present, living, loving, and embracing life. All the staff were friendly, very helpful and informative. I recommend Conteki to everyone!!! Thankyou Conteki!!! We shall meet again soon xxooxx.

  • PhotosbyMikeH

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite trip was the running of the bulls. It was an amazing trip, but the day that the contiki bus rolled into camp changed everything, they made it a party of a lifetime! I love them!

  • ElizabethNZ

    ElizabethNZ

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far would have to be my first Contiki in America last year. We did the 8 day Western Highlights tour and had pretty much the best time of my life! There were ups - staying on the edge of the amazing Grand canyon - and there were downs - losing my passport on one crazy big night in Vegas (think it's in the Bellagio Hotel somewhere) but all up, the experience was incredible, and had me wishing I could stay on the Contiki bus longer!!
    I can't wait to see the rest of the world - Europe, Asia & South America are all on the '30 places before 30years' list!

  • Ross

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    over 2 years ago

    Although I had travelled quite extensively in the past the best adventure of my life was the Best of USA tour I did in July-Aug 2010. I remember sitting on the flight into LAX sick with nerves, but it turned out to be the best experience of my life! I met great people and did things I never dreamed of doing in the past! That trip opened me to a whole new way of traveling. Since then I have visited Asia with some of my Contiki buddies and I have just returned from doing a Contiki in South America. Who would have thought one adventure would open the door to so many other adventures...

  • Kitty2012

    Kitty2012

    over 2 years ago

    In April 2011, at a mere 19 years old, I ventured to Iceland solo. I came home with a lot of wonderful, and not so wonderful, memories. My only low light - experiencing the break through of my wisdom tooth in a foreign country. I'll never forget racing around Rekjavik from hospitals, to doctors, to shopping malls. But the rest of my time there was utterly magical. Relaxing in the beautiful Blue Lagoon, cross country guides sightseeing volcano craters, the Geysirs, impressive waterfalls, spectacular 11pm sunsets over the ocean. And then there was one memory that can never be lived up to. One day, on my way to a snorkelling trip, we experienced a snow storm, which made it the first time I had ever physically seen snow. Snorkelling in Lake Thingvellir, was just incredible. Crystal clear, 2000 year old glacial waters, and the best part? The lake is located between the Eurasian and the American tectonic plates - I am very proud to say I have snorkelled on two continents at the same time! On the way back to Reykjavik, armed with the yummiest hot cocoa you've ever had, I had told my guide that it was my first time experiencing snow, after he had joked about their "summer" weather. He was so excited and honoured that he could share my memory with me, that he pulled over, lent my camera to his student, and had him film the two of us building my first ever snowman!

    I will never forget my first snowman, those incredible sunsets, and the wonderful friends I made along the way. Going off the beaten track really pays off sometimes!

  • susanimal

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    over 2 years ago

    A few years ago I got the opportunity to visit the rainforest of Belize to study the bioacoustics of multiple species of frogs. Living at a field station for a whole summer, I learned so much about the plants and animals of the region, fueling my passion for wildlife conservation and the tropics. It is simply amazing the amount of biodiversity in those areas.... Climbing an observation tower at the top of a hill, you can see only the expanse of green forest canopy all around you. One can truly appreciate how small an individual is in this world.

  • rigdog

    rigdog

    over 2 years ago

    My favourite trip was my first with contiki, which was 6 years ago. I did the west coast (USA) and have a heap of memories including 4th of July on the Vegas strip, a bike ride through Yosemite National Park and checking out the Rock in San Fran. It was awesome and guest what, it was so awesome I'm going back, in addition to doing what I just mentioned plus more. Contiki make all so easy, I just got to turn up and have a good time.

  • Megs

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible journey was doing Contiki when I turned 18. I meet the most amazing people that I will be friends with for the next 50 years, all thanks to Contiki!!

  • jacim

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was going to Rarotonga with my fiance and leaving to come home with my husband!! and a year on we are still as happy as the day we meet!

  • angelindsay

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    over 2 years ago

    My heart is in Ireland...and not because of an Irish lad!

    Ireland stole my heart from the very moment my wellies stepped foot on the Emerald Isle.

    As the elected driver for our trip, I was immediately placed in the driver seat of our tiny rental car. (The feat of fitting 4 Americans plus their "American sized" luggage in the miniature car was an adventure in itself...) But wait, this is the wrong side of the road! Against every instinct of my 10 years of driving. Will we survive? Say a prayer, I informed my passengers.

    Off we went to begin our exploration of the Irish countryside. We focused our trip exploring the tiniest villages and towns hugging the West Coast. Snuggling in at night in cozy cottages and waking to the smell of homemade black pudding and sausage.

    One morning, after filling our tummies with a traditional full breakfast, we loaded into the car and prepared to face the downpoar sure to fall from the sky any second. We may have been prepared, but our tiny car was not. Only a few minutes later our car would be faced with a Goliath challenge. Flash flooding was blocking our path. We tired our hardest to get through the small puddle, but the little car didn't survive. We were stranded. Pushing our car in our wellies. (I knew those wellies would come in handy!) While we waited for the tow truck, we were invited in for tea by a little old lady who happened to live along this road. She was very kind in taking in a group of complete strangers, but that is an Irish for you, very kind.

    Our tow truck finally arrived. We crammed into the truck and made the best of the situation sharing stories and sharing our adventure with the driver. He dropped us in the nearest town where we checked into the nearest B & B, went down to the pub, and spent the night enjoying pints with the locals.

    The adventure was a memorable one and Ireland will forever hold my heart...for its beauty, its people, and the smiles it still brings to my face!

  • Explorer1147923

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    over 2 years ago

    Prague! Contiki Contrasts- there was a marathon going on in the city and transit was rerouted- we were going to be late to a black light show we had gotten tickets too so we literally ran through the streets of Prague in our club attire- fully having to cut through the marathon several times to get to the side of the street we needed to be on! We made it JUST in time, the black light show was amazing- we followed it up with drinks on the most amazing rooftop patio looking over the city! The night continued hitting up a great club where we wore our newly purchased "Bad Girls Go To Prague" shirts- then ended up at Hot Peppers - the cleanest strip club you will ever go to. Overall the most epic night of my Contiki trip- made lifelong friends and recommend this to everyone!

  • JoshuaJonathanLow

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was my 1st Contiki Trip last October in New Zealand Northern Highlights!

    As a socially inept geek who finds more comfort in electronics than in other people, it was a trur eye opener to meet all kinds of people from different races and cultures. It was like a melting pot of the world narrowed down to just around 30 people.

    If you asked me two days before my trip would I do skydiving,I would definitely said no! But guts and encouragement from my new founded friends changed everything. Before I knew it I was strapped on my skydiving instructor & falling 12,000 feet out of a tiny airplane! Ironically later that day we had a song & meal party and I was too shy to go on stage, but with a little push from my mates I was having the time of my life!

    Ever since that I became an adrenaline junkie, always seeking out adventures and journeys that pushed what I can do. I went on to do zorbing, bungee-jumping, black water rafting and sand surfing!

    This Contiki trip honestly changed me and my perspective of who I am and what I'm capable of doing. Evolving from a nerdy guy with not much friends to a socially joyful person who is living his life to the maximum, with no regrets of what ifs, buts, and maybes. Thank you Contiki for this priceless experience!

  • Clairest

    Clairest

    over 2 years ago

    I was only 19 and didnt't understand the predicament of having a 7am flight from Rome to Paris and myself being 5 hours away the night before. I prepared myself by getting the train the night before and I was going to sleep in the airport if I had to! Well The language barriers and the endless train changes, allowed me to meet a fellow Aussie with whom I sat on the train with a chatted like long lost friends. It wasn't until 3 hours into the trip we both realised that we had got on the wrong train! And were now heading 7 hours in the wrong direction! Mind you it was nearing Midnight and we were in Ancona and I couldn't miss my flight as I was meeting a best friend in Paris and I had all our travel details! So to solve this detour, Daniel my new friend and I hired a car at midnight and did the ultimate journey driving across Italy to get both of us to the Rome airport without sleep and the quest of new friendship and the love of adventure. It was crazy, we were crazy but we pulled it off and it capped off my time in Italy with the scariest, most exhilirating memory I have of being 19. To Daniel out there, thanks for being my wingman and getting me to my best friend! I learnt to take travelling as it comes and do everything you normally wouldn't. To experience a destination is only the beginning of your journey :)

  • Cus

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    over 2 years ago

    Last year in Berlin after visiting Checkpoint Charlie we hired a Bier Bike and hit the streets. We picked up a random Canadian chick who joined us for the ride and she jumped behind the bar to pour us beer. Once the cycling ended we found a bar not too far away and went in for a drink. There were a bunk of loud Scotsman inside the pub - one of them dressed as a woman! Turns out they were there for a buck's party. There was an acoustic guitar hanging on the wall behind the bar and we began discussing who in our group could play. One of the boys asked the girl behind the bar if we could play it and she agreed and passed it over the bar to my mate. Before we knew it everyone in the bar was crowded around us requesting songs (all of which were Oasis songs)!! After singing half a dozen songs we handed the guitar back to the bar chick, said goodbye to the drunken Scotsman and went back to the hotel to try and sober up before the organised pub crawl for the evening. Easily one of the best days of my life!!

  • Christina Caravatta

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    over 2 years ago

    In April of 2010 I has started my big adventure over to England for 1 year for a working/holiday trip! It was absolutely amazing living in Europe being so close to everything. I was able to see a lot of the country and got to do a lot of travelling aswell! Last April 2011 I was able to do a Contiki 21 day European Whirl trip! It was the greatest experience of a lifetime with the greatest group of people! Our tour manager and driver were amazingly helpful and really made the trip what it was! I cant wait to be able to do another Contiki trip, hopefully 2013 to Australia to catch up with some people I met on my trip!!

  • shan-nan

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    over 2 years ago

    My first and only Contiki so far - European Winter Discovery 08/09. Amazing time. Spent New Years in Rhine Valley partying it up in our hotel bar, playing in the snow in Amsterdam, warm wine drinks in Austria. It was all amazing!

  • Melissa

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    over 2 years ago

    I think the most exciting adventure I've been on was my tour through Contiki in New Zealand back in 2006. It was my first trip abroad, by myself even, so I was fairly nervous. Everyone turned out to be super nice and there was always a ton of things to do.

    I remember spending the night on a boat in the middle of a fjord after playing board games all night, canyon swinging (twice!) and the ice bar and some motorized flying airplane type thing in Queenstown, the awesome museum Te Papa in Wellington and exploring the city on my own, teepee'ing our tour manager's room after her favorite rugby team lost to our bus driver's favorite team, a gypsy carnival at one of our pit stops, and the awesome glow worm caves in Waitomo.

    What an amazing trip! It was extremely hard to leave New Zealand, but I have no doubts that I will be back. Also, thank you Contiki, as my travel bug is now a result of this fantastic trip.

  • mat the explorer

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    over 2 years ago

    My first contiki trip was in 2009. First time overseas for me and it changed my life. Got such more perspective on life and has gave me more confience within my self. Can't wait to go on one next year, congrats with the 50 years. Thankyou

  • Boof

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing adventure I've been on was a work visa in the UK. Moving from a small town in outback NSW to London was an eye opener to say the least.
    While in London I used a hostel as "ground zero" where I met many others like me who wanted a taste of the backpacker lifestyle.
    While London was a base of operations for me I would regularly head off to the Continent for the weekly culture shock.
    One of the most memorable trips I completed was to Malaga in Spain, where I completed the climb along the Camino Del Rey, the worlds most dangerous pathway. Needless to say I left my share of fingernails embedded into the gorges edges, though once I had completed the climb I felt like I had achieved something few others would probably even see in their liftimes.

  • Explorer1193287

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    over 2 years ago

    A year and a half ago I had know idea what I wanted to do with my life an was working and studying because I thought I should. One afternoon I was wondering around a natural geographic store and decided to spin the globe of the world, close my eyes and point. I landed on the city of New Orleans. I don't know what changed or came over me all of a sudden but two months later I had quit my job and course and was on a plane to New Orleans. The highlight was when someone at my hostel managed to convince me to ride a unicycle whilst eating fried chicken down the French quarters and I remember laughing and finally thinking I was actually living my own life! The end :D

  • kelliec

    kelliec

    over 2 years ago

    My most exciting adventure so far was getting married in Hawaii

  • Dana

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    over 2 years ago

    Last summer, I studied abroad in Oxford in the UK! It was amazing - I loved meeting other students and going to their track practices since my university doesn't have track, and it was cool exploring many of the colleges and going to pubs. Before going home, 3 friends and I then went to Paris! I enjoyed having some of the language come back to me, and in general I very much enjoy the European lifestyle atmosphere.

  • Niksta

    Niksta

    over 2 years ago

    My big European adventure.
    We partnered the London to Rome tour with some individual travel and we had the best time.
    Saw some amazing sights and met some even more amazing people.
    Of course it was not without incident and our night our in Barcelona left us with a few battle scars but it only made the night more memorable!
    Heading to Vietnam in a little over a month and looking forward to the next adventure!

  • Andy

    Andy

    over 2 years ago

    NUMERO UNO! - I've been on a few overseas trips away but not many compare to my Contiki to New Zealand in July last year. It was the first time I travelled alone, I was really apprehensive on the idea at first but once I arrived and met my tour managers and fellow travellers I knew I had made the right decision. I have made a lot of great new friends, memories and invaluable experiences whilst away and at the time this was exactly what I needed!! I've since been to the USA and ASIA with some friends but I think another SOLO Contiki is next on the calendar!

  • Suzylee

    Suzylee

    over 2 years ago

    Grand Northern 2010!!! Such a great bunch of travellers and an awesome Tour Manager - loved it so much i'm doing the Grand Southern this July.

  • Jredtraveler

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    over 2 years ago

    I took a 6 week trip to Europe. Among the countries I went to were Switzerland, Italy, France, Germany, Austria, Hungary and The United Kingdom. Among the experiences were gondola ride in Venice, gazing at the Sistine Chapel, touring Notre Dame, Climbing the Eiffel Tower, and Getting my picture in front of Big Ben. One of my favorite experiences was in Zermatt, Switzerland. I waited all day to see the Matterhorn because it was an overcast something not uncommon, but the site of it was totally worth it. I met a bunch of travelers and we all went to a club. At first I had my sites on flirting with the Aussie girl in the group but after it took her a while to get beers I decided not to waste the night looking to hook up. I started dancing to the music with a friend I had made in the group who looked a lot like Spicoli, or the surfer guy, off of Fast Times at Ridgemont High. Suddenly something happened I would never have expected. The DJ played Lenny Kravitz "I want to get away." Everyone in the club started dancing to the song putting their hands out like they were airplanes whenever the song said I want to fly away. The decibels of the speakers were vibrating my chest and the beers I had were giving me a warm feeling inside. The song was speaking about how I had felt before I went on the trip. It all spoke to me as I scanned the crowd of strangers. I was in total ecstasy! I was really living!

  • kmruss2

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    over 2 years ago

    The only thing I have ever been sure of it my want to travel the world and experience other cultures. I envy everyone who has been able to go over seas. I can look at pictures for hours of places I want to see and visit. I think the world is so beautiful and it's so sad how little I have been able to see. I beg my parents every year to let me go to Europe, but they have never let me yet and I'm a college student so I don't have a job or anyway to get there myself. I don't have many very exciting adventures like some of the ones I read above. I love seeing and experiencing something new so I try and walk or run in a new part of woods or a hiking trail whenever the weather allows. I love the feeling of something being new, "a first". One of my most heart stopping firsts was the first time I went parasailing. My friend and I went on the highest rope length possible and asked not to be dropped in the water because the ocean was one of my biggest fears at the time. Here we are floating above everything else, it was one of the most peaceful things I've ever experienced. We began to descend, but realized we were not going towards the boat. Now the peacefulness is gone and absolute madness and panic came into the air. Any shadow in the water as we came closer and closer to the water became a shark in our minds. My friend and I are both on the verge of tears as I raised my legs and feet before they touch the water. Well the drivers of the boat were relentless to make us go in and all of a sudden for 2 seconds I am completely under water. As I come up I embarrassingly have the quickest reflex of my life to grab my bottoms as they began to come off. I thankfully caught them before the ended up at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. Once we were back on the boat I was shaking from pure trauma. However, I have been back a few times since and I am at the parasailing company every time. It was a first I will never forget and never regret. It was amazing to overcome a fear. The adrenaline, the new sense of adventure, it was unbelievable. Ever since that day I have had the courage to try something new and even jump at the chance when given the opportunity. Something as simple as one parasailing trip, which to others could be nothing, was life changing to me. Life’s too short. Get out there and try something new, any chance you get.

  • Megan

    Megan

    over 2 years ago

    (As a Canadian) , travelling across Europe with 50 other people, about 40 of which were Ozzies/Kiwis! quite an experience, an awesome one though. This was a month ago on my first Contiki, European Inspiration... also my first time to mainland Europe. Contiki made the experience so special and it definitely won't be my last tour!

  • vanemiamol

    vanemiamol

    over 2 years ago

    the most exciting adventure I have ever had was when I travelled to the Península de Yucatán in México with my two sisters.. we went to the Banco Chinchorro (the largest coral reef in the world after the Australian).. we arrived there in boat sailed by a local guide... the water was turquoise and very calm.

    The guide said: "everybody jump into to the water!"
    we didn´t think it twice when we were submerged...

    I remember the water so warm... so calm... and under the sea a scene full of colours, full on life... all kind of fishes... I saw a turtle and a lot of starfishes.. even we saw sunken ship...

    this was the best trip in my life... the most exciting the most wonderful the most beautiful...

  • Mike

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    over 2 years ago

    The LA to the Bay Tour this past February, I have lived in the US my entire life but had never been west of NM. Getting the chance to see new things in a place I have been for so long really was an eye-opening experience. The first look at the Grand Canyon was definetly the most memorable of them all and a memory that will live with me forever.

  • IAMRENATA

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on a school trip to Italy and Greece with our classics class. I was lucky enough to turn 18 in Rome - I loved the locals who really our group f Kiwi school girls they were all very embracing and friendly. The food and character of both countries was distinct and beautiful, the scenery gorgeous and food DELICIOUS. I am very grateful to a greek local who chased down a pick pocket for me got my bag & bitch slapped him in the street, it was all very heroic and dramatic with hand gestures galore. I enjoyed being amongst the people and culture I have to admit more than the visits to the museums but I loved it and can't wait to go back.

  • Simmo

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    over 2 years ago

    My most exciting adventure was 2011....European Whirl to kick it off, amazing places, food, drinks and having to leave a fellow traveller behind as they missed the bus departure in the morning. Then New York, the city that never sleeps wells and truely lived up to its name.

  • Explorer1275916

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    over 2 years ago

    my adventure is still going. I quit my job and got a work visa for the UK because being a Kiwi it was time for my OE. I had 5 weeks in the States, a couple weeks in London, and then my 6 week tour through Europe! I had the most amazing Contiki guide, driver and cook who I still keep in touch with, not to mention the people I travelled with. I started out on my own, but made some amazing friendships and dfefinite travel buddies for the future. Still have a year left on my work visa, then it's on to the next adventure...I'm thinking South America, most likely with a bit of help from Contiki!

  • Alesha<3

    Alesha<3

    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing experience yet to date was spending the christmas holiday in New York City, watching americans be so passionate and full of spirt on thanks giving with their increadably werid food, to black friday having to hold hands with my friend so we wouldnt get lost and tampeled to death by the masses in maceys to the lighting of the Rockerfella christmas tree and ice skating in the park! so magical! like all the movies :)

  • Jenna

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    over 2 years ago

    I never thought I would get the chance to go to Europe but my parents and my nan surprised me with a plane ticket one Christmas to go to Germany with my Dad. We hired a car out of Frankfurt and travelled the romantic road and visited castles along the way. We ended up in a town called Mittenwald in Bavaria at the end of the trip and met up with my mum's Auntie who lives in Berlin who I hadnt seen in about 10 years and stayed with them for a week. It was amaaaazing! I have had the travel bug ever since and can't wait to explore more but it's so hard to save money at the moment and winning this trip would be absolutely wonderful!

  • drhawking

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on a European Experience tour in 2009 and had the most incredible time of my life! I had only just got to Europe and was traveling on my own for several months but decided to kick it off with a Contiki and it was the best decision I ever made. I had 3 of the best weeks of my life on the tour, seeing and experiencing so much of Europe with the most amazing group of people I have ever known. We partied from Paris to Amsterdam almost every single night, went wine tasting in Beaujolais, rode Gondola's in venice, white water rafted in Austria, toboganned and threw snowballs on one of the highest mountains in swtizerland. I particularly remember how a group of us got to jump on a high speed train to reach Oktoberfest a couple of hours before the rest of the group and how when they arrived they found us dancing and singing on the tables in one of the many beer halls having the time of our lives. I had so many amazing times and experiences over such a short time, the whole trip was one of the greatest adventures I could ever have hoped for. I made an amazing group of friends from around the world and it is a pity I couldnt travel with them all for months rather than weeks. But theres always next time cos cant resist having a Contiki adventure all over again!

  • AusExpat

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    over 2 years ago

    My expat experience in the UK was by far my most exciting adventure to date. Living and working in a different culture was the ultimate experience, even though we speak the same language.
    From my London base I was able to partake in a few (read as many as I could) adventures in and around Europe, from celebrating Hogmanay in Scotland, to Christmas in Paris, skiing in Austria, hang gliding in Switzerland, vodka sampling in Russia and drinking wine & eating cheese in France.
    I was able to do almost all of it thanks to Contiki, I can't wait for my next adventure!
    Congrats on 50 years!

  • Alessia

    Alessia

    over 2 years ago

    So far my greatest adventure would have to be summer 2009, where I studied Italian in Florence. I was 18 and taking morning classes in the heart of the historic city, and then ran to the train/bus station after almost every class to explore Italy! I visited Sienna, Venice, Pisa, the wine countries, many small towns and 6 beaches! And I never missed a class (thank goodness for those strong italian cafes). I will be embarking on the European Impressions tour in June and I know this Contiki trip will be awesome! Can't WAIT!

  • Explorer1152316

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    over 2 years ago

    My first Contiki adventure started in 2003. So since it was my first trip overseas i decided to go all out. Thank god for Contiki, as they offered a 37 day European Adventurer Tour and i could make the most of it!!! Since then ive been hooked and done Contiki in Russia,Scandanavia,Egypt,Best of Usa and Vietnam. These have been the most memorable experiences, from Georges boat in Greece, to drinking with the mafia in Moscow, to dancing in hugh hefners penthouse in vegas ! and id love to go back next year to Celebrate my 10yrs with Contiki in the year i turn 30. 2 major milestones! I have so many stories to share and im still scrapbooking them,nearly ten yrs later!!

  • Porter

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    over 2 years ago

    i went on the european panorama on june 28th 2011. it was my first trip to europe and cant wait to go back. i had the trip of my life because i got to meet 50 new friends from all over the world and spend 28 days with them exploring europe and all its wonders. one of my good mates i met on tour made a video and every time i watch it i remember the best 28days of my life.and now my family can share it with me to. i would have to say the best part would of been starting the night in a munich beer hall then off to a club only to get home at 3am, then to sleep in and almost miss the bus with a hang over to kill a small person. then jumping in the water In austria at a chilly 4 degrees. Hangover gone.
    I cant wait to go back and it will most definatley be with contiki.

  • krystine

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    over 2 years ago

    My partner and I went on a 11 night cruise around the pacific Islands just after Christmas last year. We spend New Years eve on the boat and we went through two timelines just as we celebrated the first count down, we had a second count down half an hour later! Had the time of my life and the next day we woke up to beautiful sunshine streaming in past the deck in to our room as we looked over Vanuatu. We ate so much good food, went to many on board shows and didn't hold back on anything. Bliss!

  • Explorer1394968

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    over 2 years ago

    A year living in Eastern Europe with my family.

  • Jennifer

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    over 2 years ago

    I traveled to Taiwan to visit a friend teaching english over there. We had loads of fun because everyone was so nice, and we ate loads of yummy (but different) foods and had a great time haggling over hotels, and van rides :) yeah it was fantastic!

  • Explorer1105228

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    over 2 years ago

    So far, going to the snowy mountains with my boyfriend.
    We hiked, we drank too much pale ale and schnapps and let the rest of the world slip away.
    Would love some more excitement though!

  • Johanna_21

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    over 2 years ago

    My first contiki, London to Rome, I met the most amazing people, who I have travelling around the world to visit and catch up with.

  • alisonclausing

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to Costa Rica and Panama. Shopping and sightseeing in San Jose, food and good times in Puerto Viejo, hiking and swimming in Cahuita, the most exciting border crossing ever in Sixaola, taking a boat to Bocas del Toro where I was able to see dolphins, hold a star fish and a red frog, swim in the Carribeann, get to know the locals and eat the most fabulous food I have had yet.

  • Explorer1319518

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    over 2 years ago

    When I was 19, I took a month off work- threw a bag of clothes in my little white car and just drove on a solo adventure. With an outdated map and no plan- I criss crossed the outback and tropical north of Queensland staying at backpackers and homestays and taking odd jobs to pay my way. I picked tomatos with Brazilians who taught me how to cook and got lost in town with only 1000 houses! I snorkelled the great barrier reef, served cowboys a beer, learnt how to ride bareback near Mt Isa and volunteered with turtle conservation near Bundaberg. I stumbled hapharzardly onto the best times of my life with people from all walks of life and clocked up over 3,000 kms on my car, collecting over 50 tacky bumper stickers along the way. I love to cram the most amount of activities and new experiences I can while meeting new people on my travels.

  • mz.anderson

    mz.anderson

    over 2 years ago

    WELL I NEVER BEEN TO NO PLACE BUT TURKEY..AND I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN DREAMING OF GOING TO AMERICA ...SO MY BIGGEST ADVENTURE IS MY DREAM FOR USA ! THATS WHY I JOINED CONTIKI CAUSE I BELIEVE THEY COULD MAKE MY WISH COME TRUE!! I REALLY WANNA GO THERE AND MAYBE THAT TIME I WILL B ABLE TO TELL THE MOST AMAZING ADVENTURE OF MY LIFE...SO YOU NEVER KNOW RIGHT?! BUT YE NOTHING IS A SURE THING IN THIS LIFE SO HOPE DIES THE LAST...

  • Explorer1276631

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    over 2 years ago

    Was in Australia and heard about contiki and ended up doing the 37 day european adventurer. The best 37 days of my life. Drank alot, partied and lapped up the rich culture. Met 50 awesome people who i will never forget. After europe I ended up moving to Whistler, Canada, with people i met on a trip. I now live in Canada in the same house as the people I met on that party bus that we tore around europe in. Travelling europe definately changed my life and i would do anything to experience it again.

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on the European Whirl 18 day Contiki tour in 2008. Amazing! We had a great group of people including the tour guide and bus driver. It's definitely a trip that hurt (the liver) but i can honestly say that "the pain was temporary, but the memories will last forever"!

  • Sizzo1220

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    over 2 years ago

    So far I am a contiki virgin, but im just about to book a contiki trip to north America! and I just know it is going to be the most amazing holiday of my life.

  • hayley

    hayley

    over 2 years ago

    I went to moreton Iskand with 7 of my friends for a week in summer camping, it was ana amazing experience out of everywhere I've ever been. We went snorkeling around the wreckes and surfered down the massive sand dunes. A trip ill never forget!

  • zeina

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    over 2 years ago

    Following a split from my long-term boyfriend I suddenly had $10,000 which I was saving for a house with him. One day walking through my local shopping centre I was draw into the travel agents. I had never been on a trip in my life and had always wanted to go to New York... it was my dream. I was given a Contiki book and the very next day I booked the trip of a lifetime! LA, San Fran, Vegas and New York. I arrived all my self scared at shit but met so many amazing people. The whole time I felt like I was in a dream... celebrities and partying in Vegas.... but New York. WOW Cental Park, World Trade site, broadway! The most amazing time of my life. It made it even sweeter to hear my EX boyfriend say how jealous he was!!!

  • bellebee

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2008 i went to Timor as a missionary for 14 days...It was LIFE CHANGING! The beach sunsets, the people you meet and help and getting lost in the culture all made this trip SO WORTH IT! It is the BEST adventure i've had...so far! :D

  • bwindy

    bwindy

    over 2 years ago

    I feel like my greatest adventure is yet to come! This summer I am travelling to Holland for a week, and then am off on the Mediterranean Trail (with 7day Greek Island Cruise)... I have never travelled like this by myself before and I will also be visiting my top two "to see" places (Greece, Turkey). Aside from that, my greatest adventure was probably the 15 day Cruise through the caribbean that I took with my family!

  • Georgiagia

    Georgiagia

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure would have to be my 14 days in Europe with Contiki! It was the European Highlights tour. It was last minute and a whirlwind 14 days. It's everything and more that is described in the description. I made amazing friends who i keep contact with from all over the world. I saw amazing sight's and had amazing nights! So many crazy memories. From climbing the Eiffel Tower at the night to partying till it's daylight. It was everything i could of asked for and i want to do it again! It made me want to be a tour guide, they have the best job in the world! Thank you Contiki for the memories!

  • Explorer1148662

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    over 2 years ago

    It’s your birthday! Happy 50 years. I have now had opportunities to travel to Europe; Singapore and recently the US of YAY! Like Contiki, my first Contiki trip departed London on the adventure of a lifetime, embarking on a 21 day trip of Europe. We too had a kiwi!

    There is no better place to indulge in authentic cuisine than Greece (...or France, from snails to frogs legs). From moussaka to gyros with chips! The amazing blue waters of the French Riviera.

    The visible reminders of the history of Italy and seeing Venice, a most inspiring city and also, my family’s home!

    Really getting to know the vibrant city of Barcelona, lost in the backstreets at 3:00am with a fellow explorer!

    So many different landscapes, foods, styles and people made this trip an amazing experience. And Contiki took me there.

    But I’m not done travelling yet. I want to spend St Patty’s day in Ireland; ANZAC day in Turkey; Oktoberfest in Germany; Halloween in America; New Years in New York; and a Chocolate tour of Europe!

  • Explorer1133581

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on the European Highlights tour in 2008 - it was my first time experiencing Europe and the UK and I loved it so much I ended up moving to London, England two years later! The culture, the excitement and the slew of new friends made this the most memorable holiday of my life. My experience was so positive that last year I went on the Egypt & the Nile trip - it was absolutely incredible!

  • Grace

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    over 2 years ago

    my greatest adventure was in may of 2011 with my best friend and we went all over LA, and San Diego. including Sea World and the garment district. it was so much fun just going to new places and finding amazing deals and items. I cant wait to do it again!

  • xoxoMandieRosexoxo

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was swimming in the bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico. There are only three or four left in the world and it is magical jumping out of your kayak in the middle of the night into the ocean and watching the water light up and glow all around you. Not only an adventure but magical!

  • Explorer1245406

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite traveling experience was Greek island hopping on contiki, had amazing memories, saw wonderful things and met awesome people. Definitely a trip to remember!

  • KP22

    KP22

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far was when I went to Kenya to visit a friend a few months ago. I got to really experience Kenyan life not as a tourist bus as if I was really living in Kenya. I even got to spend 24 hours on a Kenyan farm - really experiencing the rural life (including a hole in the ground for a toilet!) including working on the farm and cooking a real Kenyan dinner. I got to visit the Masai and donated some school supplies to the school. I also went to an animal orphanage so I feel like I really got to experience true Kenya and hope that I can return someday!

  • hwright1

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    over 2 years ago

    Over Thanksgiving break My mom, ten friends and I spent three days running throughout the TAG region (Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia) caving, or as many people like to call it spelunking. There are thousands of caves in this area, some pit caves, some dead, and many living, thriving gorgeous caves with formations that you can only see underground! The caves that we visited were not the simple "crawl in with your flashlight and say 'hey I'm underground'" kind of caves either. Many required that we rappel hundreds of feet down, and ascend with a frog system all the way up. They were worth is of course. There were underground waterfalls and rivers that take your breath away. And the history in some is incredible! Signal light cave, one of the vertical caves that required a rappel, was actually a hide out for Confederate soldiers during the Civil War. There is cave graffiti from many of these soldiers. Can you believe that!? Cave graffiti from the late 1800's! Incredible! This was actually the cave where we found another adventure. The hike up to the cave required us to walk down a set of train tracks which freight trains were flying down every five minutes. We actually had to press ourselves against a cliff wall with all our gear strapped on, as one train came flying by. We were terrified and laughing at the same time. There were so many memories made in those three days. We caved all day and part of the night and then hammock camped until 10AM every morning and ate breakfast huddled around a camp stove laughing. As tiring as it all was, the adventure and the experience were amazing. I don't think people realize the incredible sites that exist below them!

  • Christie

    Christie

    over 2 years ago

    Where do i even start?
    I have done a few "contiki" holidays, but by far the most memorable would have to be my trip to America in 2008.
    Contiki showed me i to be independent (first trip overseas), but also gave me the carefree attitude about experiencing the world, how crazy and fast paced it can be, and do as much as you can when you can.
    Arriving into New York at 4am by myself, catching my booked shuttle, to be left dumped by my shuttle half way through the trip, to be made to catch a taxi, was far by terrifying with me sitting in the back, mobile in hand ready to dial at any second! Being alone, i thought to myself, what have i gotten myself into!?
    It wasnt until 2 days later that i started my first tour trip and what a trip. I fell in love with NY, and have been back since, i travelled with another group- from NY to LA, making friends from all over the world, whom i have visited since, and them visit me.
    Memories that i continually think about and wish i could re-live it all again.

    It gave me the passion for travel....something that i will be eternally grateful~
    thanks contiki!

  • jen1000

    jen1000

    over 2 years ago

    We went to greece 3 years ago for our honeymoon, Where I was able to meet my husbands family! It was such a great opportunity! So many happy memories! We would love now for them to meet their granddaughter/neice

  • Kimberley

    Kimberley

    over 2 years ago

    Definitely European Horizon 2007! I booked it at the last minute, jumped on that bus, drank responsibly (lies!), spent too much money, saw amazing things, met the most wonderful people from all over the world and fell in love. I couldn't have imagined that a holiday could get any better than this...that was until i went on LA to the Bay in 2009. Wow. I preach the word of Contiki to anyone who will listen - if only I worked on commission!

  • Explorer1265505

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    over 2 years ago

    One of my favourite travel adventures was being at Oktoberfest for its 200th year with Contiki! The energy there was incredible, and the beer was pretty good too. ;) Summer of 2010, travelling around Europe with Contiki for parts of it was amazing, I became infected with the travel bug and ever since have had a different perspective on life. Meeting new people from all over the world and realizing you aren’t so different after all…that was one of the great learnings with Contiki and travelling in general!

  • Explorer1268963

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    over 2 years ago

    My sister and I went to America for 3 weeks in 2011; we were only 2 of 52 people on our tour and after almost being left behind on our way to San Francisco, we made a pact to not miss a single thing and to embrace everything we could. We danced the night away on Caesar Palace Casino in Las Vegas, saw famous people at the teen choice awards at Universal Studios in LA (by accident) and waited 3 hours in line to see New Yorks skyline from the Empire State Building and everything else you could imagine from LA to NY and back again. But the single most amazing moment, was at the end at LAX, tired, drained, both in a pretty bad mood with each other, when Joshua Jackson sits down right next to me, I have a mini heart attack, and try to tell my sister silently about who is next to me. He hears me, laughs, and pops his arm around my shoulder and tells me that Australia’s are awesome and that we were gorgeous. After dying from embarrassment a little bit more, we finish off our holiday with an hour long conversation with the mightiest of Mighty Ducks!!

  • Annaeriksson

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2004 I treated myself to 5 nights on Contiki Great Keppel Island. On my last full day I went sky driving, landing on the beach - AMAZING! Then I shared a jet ski with a friend i made, Bridge (we both went alone and are still friends today). We went out of the bay for our tour around the Island and the group was waiting for this one guy to catch up. When he did, it turned out he was too hung over to drive his, so instead of him swimming to shore and the leader towing his jet ski i jumped off the back of mine and drove his for him. I remember he, Mark, hung on tight. That night we had many drinks with our new jet ski friends and one thing led to another. Bridge and i left the next day but i called Mark on the way home and asked him to have a drink for me as i missed the Island. In novemeber this year Mark and I will be celebrating our 6th wedding annervesy with our 3 and 1 year old kids. It was the best adventure of my life which has led to the best life adventure!

  • Taylormac

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    over 2 years ago

    The Best trip i went on was around the northern territory of Australia when i was at school. we got to experience the best of the outback. camping outback style ofcourse..

    but nothing will beat the contiki tour im waiting to do this sept! USA!!!!!

  • Jessie_Claire91

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on a Contiki tour around New Zealand at the start of this year. I met some amazing people, saw many breathtaking places and did some crazy things I have never done before!

  • Tracey

    Tracey

    over 2 years ago

    I have to say my most incredible adventure was during my Year 11 tour of the Australian outback and Kakadu. 18 days, 50 people, camping and very little sleep! We saw and experienced the most amazing things. I saw and learnt things about Australia that I never knew was out there. I came away with lifelong friends and an unyielding thirst to continue to travel with groups of liked minded people which brought me to Contiki.

  • Explorer1192704

    Explorer1192704

    over 2 years ago

    in 2010 i planned a trip to Barcelona, Ibiza, Portugal, London, Paris and Greek Islands with a girlfriend and then meeting up with family in Vegas & Hawaii , it was one of the most amazing trips i have been on because i had just broken up with my partner of 4 years and was just what i needed to get over him.. my girlfriend and i seen some of the most beautiful beaches and sunsets you could ever imagine..

  • huskyluck

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    over 2 years ago

    Wow - where to start - BALI 2011 - the night at KU-TA-DA was AMAZING.. sunset photos were to die for and the memories will never fade.
    USA 2012 - from California Beaches to the Rockys in UTAH.. the most amazing and breathtaking views. Not to mention the indoor Skydiving I did at "IFLY" Salt Lake CITY! Highly reccommend!

  • Rachel

    Rachel

    over 2 years ago

    Hmmm greatezt adventure? I've not travelled that much, my holidays have been amazing but i would have to say packing up and moving to Australia at the age of 14 was probably the biggest and best adventure yet! T the fear of what my new life would hold was obviously there, but the excitement was so incredible! Been 4 and a half years now, think i'm just about ready for another little adventure!!

  • Sophie.D

    Sophie.D

    over 2 years ago

    I am yet to embark on my first Contiki (this September) but I cannot wait! My parents first traveled Europe on a Contiki when they were in their 20's and said it was the best way to see everything and made some incredible life long friends! My parents fell so in love with Europe that they for the past 6 years have made the annual journey to discover more! I am so so excited to explore Europe with Contiki and especially see Amsterdam as this is where my fathers family is from! But my Greatest Adventure so far in life would have to be the holiday I took to Thailand with 3 girlfriends! We slipped cocktails on the beach, walked through markets, went island hoping and met the beautiful locals! Just four Aussie chicks chilling in Thailand having the time of our life!

  • Nic

    Nic

    over 2 years ago

    I went on a European escapade back in 2010. Was the most amazing experience and it completely changed my life. I still hang out with my tour mates and speak to one everyday.

  • Jane85

    Jane85

    over 2 years ago

    On the grand Southern in 2010, a new (and now one of my best) friend and myself did a rim walk of the grand canyon, the scenery and the beginnings of our friendship will stay with me:)

  • Tamika1886

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    over 2 years ago

    I did the Eastern Discovery in 2010 and met a fantastic group of people. I met my best friend on this tour and we have since travelled together again on a Canadian Contiki. We are looking forward to travelling together again soon! Contiki was my first overseas holiday and I travelled alone. Everyone was so welcoming and it was a great group of people. Professional service and advice and a fabulous tour guide and bus driver. I would definitely recommend Contiki for other who are heading overseas alone or for the first time. Everything is taken care of!

  • samantha249

    samantha249

    over 2 years ago

    this 1 time...i went on a contiki all thru europe,consuming pastries at every stop.then headed to england for glastonbury and saw pete doherty.ended up waking up in his flat wiv crack pipe burns all over me. ...it was the greatest. ...then i woke up. BEST DREAM...EVEEEERRR

  • Sarz

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on was my trip to Africa a few years ago. I went to Kenya and Tanzania for the migration. I expored Nairobi and then went on a 12 night camping safari through Kenya and Tanzania which was super scary being my first trip ever and being only 18! I then ended with a week on Zanzibar which was a godsend after nearly 2 weeks camping. I would totally do it all again it is unbelieveable to see so many animals up close and in the wild it takes your breath away!

  • Lisa

    Lisa

    over 2 years ago

    The best adventure I have been on so far is the adventure I have started with my partner Andrew, we started this with the birth of our son Jack just over a year ago, I have experienced many things and hope to continue this adventure for a long time to come - I know this adventure hasn't really had a lot to do with travel so far but I hope to change that because I'd like my son to grow up knowing all about the beautiful world we live in. Apart from that I haven't done too much travel myself been living my life my own way and travel will come to me eventually :)

  • Explorer1091157

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing trip for me was back in 2007 - the first time I had left Australia. Two girlfirends and I did the Road to Athens Contiki, finishing up in Mykonos - we had an absolute ball, saw some amazing places and met some fantastic people. Have the best memories and wish I could do it all over again!

  • angelabording

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    over 2 years ago

    I would have to say that the most incredible adventure I've been on thus far would probably have to be when I packed up and left to work on as a photographer on a cruise ship with less than two weeks notice. It was a completely spur of the moment decision, but one that ultimately given me the travel bug that I can't seem to shake.

    The work was hard, but so was the play! Meeting and working with people from over 50 different countries, visiting a different Caribbean island almost every day, living and working in what can only be compared to a small city of diverse, yet like-minded people was a truly eye opening experience: learning about different cultures, being taught new languages, trying new foods that you aren't even sure what they are.

    Everything from the amazing (visiting national parks, natural wonders) to the seemingly mundane (grocery shopping in a store that is nothing like at home, with no English labels) was a great experience, with great people. I now have friends in six continents and innumerable countries around the world, and that is something I wouldn't give up for anything!

  • Liam

    Liam

    over 2 years ago

    me and my mate done a road trip from Gladstone QLD, Australia to Lorne VIC for a festival called The falls festival, it took us a week and a half to get there with many stops along the way, but got there and it was the best way to bring in a new years!!! the trip home wasnt that great wish we could of kept on drivnig!!!

  • Eliza

    Eliza

    over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately I am yet to travel overseas, but that doesn't mean I haven't had some awesome adventures here in Australia with my friends! We've done a few roadtrips to coastal getaways, and bigger trips up the Eastern Coast to Lorne, Victoria to attend the Falls Music Festival in 2010, and to Woodford, Queensland to attend Splendour in the Grass 2011, not too bad for a couple of girls and guys from Adelaide! The best part is being on the road, all together, and all excited, not sure where we are going but knowing we are going to have a great time regardless. Everyday I spend with my friends, and meeting new people, is a new adventure!

  • LeeshaMarie

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    over 2 years ago

    My best and grandest travel adventure was travelling with two close friends for two months in the UK and Europe! We crammed in 10 countries in 58 days. I travelled by coach, plane, train and foot with my backpack on my back. We planned only a day ahead and we never knew what new and exciting adventures we would encounter by weeks end! I saw all kinds of sights, I experienced all sorts of cultures and foods. From drinking Guiness to chasing after the sound of music tour bus in Mondsee, Germany! We made friends from all over the world. I devour the history of new places and countries. I hunger and ache to travel more and experience new cultures from anywhere and everywhere!

  • EAC13

    EAC13

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure i have been on so far is my life in general! My dream is to make it to Europe and be inspired by their beautiful culture and to have a experience a brand new adventure traveling. It would be absolutely life changing :)

  • TrevorB

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    over 2 years ago

    Definitely my contiki tour! 27 days around europe out of a back pack. Absolutely loved it, want to go back so bad!

  • candicelancaster

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure? I'd say that was still to come.. My holidays as a teenager have been great but I would go slapping on the label, greatest to any of them... However I am about to embark on a trip of 2 months around Europe, with four weeks of it on Contiki.. Contrasts.. Bring on the experience and culture... :) x

  • taybray

    taybray

    over 2 years ago

    I haven't left the country yet, but that hasn't stopped me from having the most amazing adventures here in our home country of Australia. I live in tropical North Queensland on a beautiful beach. For anyone who has travelled up north in winter, it's the same and sometimes even warmer than a London Summer! So the cold was something unknown to me until the Winter of 2004. At this stage I was still knee high to a grasshopper. My parents, siblings and myself set off on the biggest adventure of our lives, from the SAND TO THE SNOW. It only took us a few days to travel several thousands of kms along the eastern coast. I'll never forget arriving and driving up to the blue mountains for the first time, it was simply magical. Snowball fights, snow angels, skiing, tobogganing, hot chocolate, we did it all. Later on in 2008 we went on another adventure to Tasmania, Victoria and South Australia.. but thats another story. I've seen this country Contiki, help me see some others for more memories I can keep for a lifetime. PS. Happy 50th Birthday!

  • Explorer1260478

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    over 2 years ago

    So many memories. 2011 July Road to Athens. Jamie was our driver and Cindy our guide. We had such an amazing time. Every time I hear our morning song it is liked I am taken back to the bus, looking out the window and remembering all of the sites and most importantly the people. The one memory above all others would be the day in Munich. Heading out around the town and to Dauchau. Then onto a beer hall and finally finishing with a party at our hotel. Just such a perfect day in a wonderful place.

  • NaNz

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    over 2 years ago

    Just under 30 days in USA was such an amazing experience..Consisted of SHOPPING, FOOD, SITESEEING...a holiday never to forget...from tasting the different foods & the visual site-seeing the world can offer...Shopping was a plus. Went with a small carry on board bag and came back with 4 large tv boxes worth of goodies for myself & family/friends...Then it was off to disney land to experience the scary/visual effects/joy disney could possible come up with...such an awesome exhausting day. Then to top off the trip it was off to LAS VEGAS for an EXTRAORDINARY CHRISTMAS like no other. Casino/eating/gambling/shopping galore. With a visit to the Lion King Production. To see VEGAS on tv is marvellous but to experience it first hand is *SPEECHLESS*. This was honestly a trip i will never forget. I LOVE travel & seeing what every part of the world has to offer

  • stofathomas

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    over 2 years ago

    Me and 3 mates went on a month trip through Thailand we went through Bangkok and then to chang mi ending up in Patong for a few nights of crazy lights and busy streets, amazing to see, something I would recommend to anyone. We went through many of the island and I fell in love with Phi Phi for the amazing people and how beautiful the place is. Watching the sunset from the tsunami evacuation point is a breath taking experience and something to behold, while meeting people feeling like you are on top of the world in paradise. I fell in love with Phi Phi so much I sent a few of my friends along with the trip and met up with them later, I couldn’t leave the place until I spent some more time there. One of the best time of my life was had over that month, something I will never forget.

  • bradinusa

    bradinusa

    over 2 years ago

    November 2002 I had just turned 21, never been on a plane before, never been overseas. I flew by myself to LA and joined the Wild Western. That trip not only started my passion for travel, it changed my life.

  • jmcarmo4

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    over 2 years ago

    I took a trip to Australia and Fiji in 2008. I had the time of my life!! I did a lot of fun adventure activities for the first time like skydiving and bungee jumping. Can't wait to fo abroad again!

  • Taryn87

    Taryn87

    over 2 years ago

    I have yet to make a contiki memory however, I am looking forward to doing so on my Med. Highlights trip planned in August 2012 (ETA 95 days but, whos countine ;)) I am going solo which I was so scared to do at first but, I think I will make friends of a lifetime and truly find out who I am really suppose to be!!! Zivot Je Lijep!

  • lisa

    lisa

    over 2 years ago

    im nearly 23 and been over seas twice, 1st when i was 16 a birthday prezzie from my family, amazing adventure round cairns into the outback on a hunting trip :) 2nd trip was a trip to new calidonia a 21st birhtday prezzie from my family, loved snokling with on the reef, have been saving away for awhile now and seem to be getting no wear with it a so many things keep changing in life and bills bills and more bills keep comming in, I WILL GET TO EUROPE ONE DAY even if i have to swim there haha

  • Explorer1325122

    Explorer1325122

    over 2 years ago

    Just over a year ago now, my family and I sold almost everything we owned, packed the rest into 13 suitcases and headed for Asia. We first stopped off in Bali which was incredible! Then went to Cambodia to volunteer with an amazing group of kids for two weeks. After Cambodia we went to Thailand for 3 days, and now, we've settled down, and are living in Hoi An, Vietnam. Travelling was so much but it's ever better to be living overseas! You get to know all of the locals and really get involves in the culture. It's been an amazing experience and I can't wait to explore other parts of the world!

  • KarlS

    KarlS

    over 2 years ago

    Grade 10 2006. 1 month school excursion in Italy. Traveled the towns where my Grandparents grew up and got married before they moved to Aus! Living with my Great Uncles Aunts and Cousins, the only English they knew was "window" "door" and "Big Brother". Most awesome experience of my life so far! Started off the travel bug which is why I leave for a 5 week trip in 2 weeks! Dubai, Edinburgh, IBIZA, 2 week European Highlights Tour starting 28th, London Singapore and Home!

  • Explorer1269728

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing trip was when I headed to Oman with my mum to visit some friends. It was the most beautiful place I have ever been to. The rocky hills and the exotic arabian history was incredible. We headed to Nizwa fort and seeing the fort and all it's artefacts still in tact was mind blowing.

  • amynicole

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far has been working out how to use the buses and trains in subways all over Japan. Coming from a town where you don't catch buses and there are no trains to get around town, walking into a subway with all the noise and the enormous amount of people all speaking a language I didn't understand very well was the most eye opening and amazing experience. Working out how to get a ticket and which train to get on was definitely quite an adventure!

  • Darci

    Darci

    over 2 years ago

    First ever contiki was Australia - skydived 14,000 feet over the GBR, scuba dived the GBR, surfed, and met a heap of new friends around the world! Went knowing noone, and came home with over 30 new FB friends! Almost immediatly, I started planning my NEXT contiki to Peru in november '12 to hike Machu Picchu!!!! I wish I would have done contiki sooner in life :)

  • Brian

    Brian

    over 2 years ago

    This year was my first contiki adventure and i loved every moment of it. I met so many good people and will never forget the crazy things we all got up to in aussie. The two week we all spent together went so fast and i still wish we could go back in time and do it all again. At the moment iam planning my second big adventure with contiki planing to go to Europe, but before i can i have to save the money. thats why i love contiki giveing us the time to win free trips. But by far my first contiki trip travelling by my self showed me that there is no need to be scared seeing the world by ur self. BUT IAM READY FOR THE NEXT BIG ADVENTURE!! :)

  • Cassscates

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    over 2 years ago

    I just went on my first overseas trip to New Zealand - i was the first in my family to travel and i cannot beleive how incredible my experience was! I had the opportunity to meet some amazing people on my contiki and i loved all the optional activites that were offered to us! I cannot wait to travel again and i am looking forward to learning about other cultures and how they live, learn and experience things and the beliefs that they hold as a community!

  • Shawnee

    Shawnee

    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing adventure i've ever been on was going to New York in 2009 with my mum. We went for 2 weeks, didn't really think the money side through and accidently ran out 3 days in, causing us to have to call home and getting dad to transfer more money over. Needless to say we had an absolute ball together exploring even though we ended up only window shopping for the 2nd week! Best trip of my life, so many memories!

  • TravellerTeag

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far was a two week trip to Italy in January 2010. I got to see all the wonders of Rome, The Amalfi Coast and Capri. But the best part of the trip was meeting my amazing boyfriend Dave (he was in the same tour group) we're still together and he's the love of my life.
    Winning would be the most amazing thing! I'm a total Europhile :)

  • EastCoaster

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure to date has to be Japan. It serves up surprise after surprise, the people are incredibly kind and hospitable, and the sites I experienced varied from traditional Japanese gardens, Japanese b-boy shows, izakayas for drinks, and my favorite Harajuku and the pop culture it brings. I can't wait for another adventure!!! #LiveforTravel

  • ejs996

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    over 2 years ago

    I used to cry watching travel shows on TV, and now I have been on Contiki in Europe and America :) From driving the amazing French country side, and drinking steaming coffee in Rome to Riding the waves on a Jet boat in Montreal, and riding Horse back through the Rockies :) Contiki lets me live my wildest dreams, THANK YOU!!

  • Elvardien

    Elvardien

    over 2 years ago

    I signed up for the 2010 London to Paris tour and what an amazing trip! I had some incredible adventures, and made some lifelong friends. Looking back, the only regret is that I didn't book a LONGER tour, and I can't wait to go back again for more fun times!

  • chloe98

    chloe98

    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure involved karaoke-ing in Florence, dancing on tables in Nice, experiencing flamenco in Barcelona and learning to salsa in Madrid on the Mediterranean highlights tour with Angie + Pino!

  • btrowley

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    over 2 years ago

    I haven't ventured out of Australia yet but i'm sure I've already got the travel bug! I am planning to do the LA to the bay with a friend next year. I've always wanted to go to Europe and my partner feels the same! This would just be an amazing trip for us both!
    As for the most amazing trip i've done so far, Surfers Paradise is just brilliant! :-)

  • Bomber585

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    over 2 years ago

    My boyfriend and I did the Zealand 15 day Grand explorer. The first time I had been over seas and our 5th year anniversary! We went skydiving, bungy jumping, white water rafting, black water rafting, and quad biking. But the most magical part was the crystal clear lakes that are so clear you can see the reflection of the mountains, simply amazing. We meet heaps of great people and had heaps of fun! Best trip ever.

  • Nat_H22

    Nat_H22

    over 2 years ago

    Most incredible trip would be last June to Europe. Plans fell through to go with a friend so I deceided I didn't want to wait and that I was going to do it alone, which was the best thing I ever did. I booked at Contiki and made more friends there than I think I would've if I went with my own friends. Covered 10 cities in 12 days. I hit the sights hard in the day and partied well into the next. We were still sobering up at our Vatican Tour and then spent a day searching for the hospital where no-one spoke Engligh in Paris. Even though I was sick as anything when i got back it was well worth it.

  • EmmaKateee

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    over 2 years ago

    Christmas 2005 when I was 12, we flew into a remote beach on Stewart Island, NZ. We spent 6 days exploring the West Coast of the Island, in the most breathtaking, rugged and isolated environment I had ever experienced. This trip kindled my love for the outdoors and adventures off the beaten track. At 19, I can't wait to take my adventures overseasl!

  • Explorer1242988

    Explorer1242988

    over 2 years ago

    On a drunken night out in the city me and my friend made a pact that we would make the big trek over to Europe to experience life on a whole new level. It was only in the morning that I turned to my friend and said “sooo how serious are you about going to Europe?” whilst laughing about last night shenanigans. It was agreed – we were off to Europe!!
    It was time to turn our dream into reality – we saved up our pennies and booked our trip, European Adventurer is was 
    37days filled with so much adventure some can only dream off.
    Of course we had snails in Paris, Sangria in Barcelona, were highrollers in Monaco, saw how others lived in Albania, worked on our tan in Mykonos, sweated up a storm in Athens, lived like kings in Montengro (everything was soooo cheap), sailed into the sunset in Croatia, ate the best sushi ever in Slovenia (surprising I know ) white water rafted in Austria, shocked our mothers (Contiki parties), enjoyed the beer halls and pork knuckle in Munich, defiantly made the most of our short time in Liechtenstein, stuffed our faces with chocolate in Switzerland, mmmm chips with mayo after a big night out in Amsterdam and last but not least created memories that will last a life time.
    After the best 37 days ever we said a sad good bye to some Contiki friends and continued travelling with others.
    We travelled around England for a few days – braved the freezing wind to see the breathtaking Stonehenge, lined up for hours to see the roman baths in Bath, participated in the Harry Potter tour in London and who can forget a big night on the town only to end up at an R’n’B club in London where I was told “dam you dance like such a white girl” ahhh thanks? haha
    We also visited the land of the tartan and ginger cows (Scotland) and the land of the best pubs in the world (Ireland) our time in both was short but we jammed packed as much in as we could – kissed the blarney stone in Ireland and ventured through the highlands in Scotland.

    22 countries in 2 months we defiantly made the most of the time we had – and I cannot wait to go back again 

  • Mikey

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure would have to be Kusadasi & Ephesus in southern Turkey, I had no expectations about what the trip entailed and ended up seeing one of the ancient 7 wonders of the world - truly spectacular!

  • GriseldaM

    GriseldaM

    over 2 years ago

    Nothing like watching the sun set on top of the Eiffel Tower in an beautiful spring evening. Knowing that you made it to the top just taking a big deep breath and realizing nothing can beat this feeling. I traveled last year with Contiki and I did London and Paris. And i had the best time of my life not only did i get to travel all the places I ever wanted but I as well met so many wonderful people from all over the world in my group. I still wish I could go back and see more of Europe. For me an art enthusiast I want to see more museum visit artist location to see how they got inspired of all there artworks. London and Paris made me open my life more and see that this world we live in is so much bigger than i thought and that I need to explore all its beauty this world contains for us. So please help me reach my goal and give me the importunity of a lifetime.

  • Rhiannon

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure has got to be the road trip across the southern states of USA when I was 18 with two of my closest friends. We bought a convertible '94 Chrysler LeBaron in San Jose and set off down the incredible 101 on the trip of a lifetime. We drove across the Golden Gate Bridge, spent too much in Vegas, saw wildlife at the Grand Canyon, drove over the Hoover Dam, looked for aliens in Roswell, NM...and we broke down once or twice too! The adventure ended with two wonderful weeks in New York City, where we sold our car and flew home, already planning our next big trip!

  • Explorer1209134

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    over 2 years ago

    Simply Italy! Not one, not two but twelve days of beautiful historic cities, some of the finest wines and cheese and a bus full of people from all different places! Not only was I able to get in touch with my Italian heritage - I had the chance to meet relatives over there and friends that I will remain in contact with for life. Thanks contiki :)

  • ?!?!Lea!?!?

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    over 2 years ago

    I was in a huge rut in my hometown when I came across the Contiki Website. I booked my first overseas trip to New zealand on the Grand Explorer tour of the North and South Island. Contiki gave me the opportunity to travel on my own but without making me feel like I was alone. I made so many friends and got to face my fears and break out of my rut with whitewater rafting, ski-diving, riding four wheelers, blackwater rafting and parasailing - it was the best holiday I have ever had!!

  • jessicahh

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    over 2 years ago

    my most incredible and only overseas experience so far would be bungy jumping over the incredible taupo lake in new zealand and swimming in the naturally heated 38 degree waterfalls we found tucked away while its only 10 degree outside. making new friends in the hostels we stayed at drinking way too much only to crawl into our van and drive to the next hostel and do it all over again.

  • Jacqui

    Jacqui

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible trip I have ever been on was Birdsville in Queensland. Right in the middle of the red dusty sands, humid weather and friendly locals. Although it wasn't your typical luxury holiday; I met and made friends with the locals down at their only pub, I listened to all their stories and and got to experience life from a different perspective and was able to appreciate the place they called home. It was amazing not because of materialistic measures, but because of the history, appreciation, knowledge and friends I walked away with.

  • Mika29

    Mika29

    over 2 years ago

    In 2011 as I stood alone on the rim of the beautiful Grand Canyon, overlooking one of the natural wonders of the world, I was left humbled right to my very core. As I drank in my surrounds, tears sprang to my eyes and I was left speechless. I've never felt that way before. The fact that it was my first trip overseas, and I had made it there solo to join my first Contiki (I have now been on 2 more since then, you rock Contiki!!) definitely amplified my feelings that day. That was definitely the most incredible adventure I've been on so far!

  • Karleen

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventrue was london and paris where I was mostly by myself (when not with my contiki tour). ended up seeing an outdoor international art exibit in the middle of nowhere.

  • Explorer1216622

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    over 2 years ago

    My husband and I honeymooned in Europe last year. We started with a Contiki tour (Road to Athens) and then finished our journey on our own in the Greek Islands.

    We did come to the realisation....

    On a Contiki tour, you are the person you always thought you were. Without the stresses of everyday life getting in the way of your true happiness.
    Every night you go to bed with a new experience under your belt, having had the night of your life in Paris, paragliding in Hoffgarten, white water rafting in Austria or partying on George's boat in Corfu, only to wake up and do it all over again the next day. Friends on the trip feel like family by the end. I will treasure the memories of my tour for the rest of my life. Hopefully one day we can do it all over again.

  • dalton88

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    over 2 years ago

    In March 2009 I travelled with my dad to Ireland. We have hired a car in Wales and caught the barge across and drove around most parts of Ireland. We made a very special trip to my great grandfathers farm where he grew up, and the farm house which he built with his own hands is still there, although it has deteriorated over time. My father told me that the farm still remains in the family.. it was just one of those experiences that I will never forget and continues to give me goosebumps every time I think about it. Was a beautiful holiday and the most incredible adventure.

  • Explorer1245908

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    over 2 years ago

    Best adventure so far is definitely Italy and Greece last August!! Started in Rome, ended in Athens, then a 7 day cruise around the Greek islands with a stop in Kusadasi, Turkey!! Italy was my favourite part of the trip... the Amalfi coast was just spectacular! AND WHO COULD FORGET GETTING STUNG BY A JELLYFISH ON A BOAT TOUR AROUND THE ISLAND OF CAPRI! Made tonnes of great friends from all over, and still keeping in touch!!

    I've been on other tours and trips in the past with other groups of people. This was my second Contiki tour (first was Beaches and Reefs in Australia in 2009 - which was also FANTASTIC) and the people were just amazing and fun, the tour manager was crazy energetic (even at 6am!), and the memories made with new friends will last a lifetime!!

    I will most definitely be going on another Contiki tour, Asia is the plan! I'm dying to go to Thailand and see more of that side of the world!!

  • Will

    Will

    over 2 years ago

    A footy trip to Ireland. Travelling through Ireland with the boys from school and playing Gaelic Football against the best of the best in Ireland in conditions which felt like -22 degrees celsius!! Finishing off with a couple of nights in London completed the footy trip of a lifetime!!

  • Amyloulou

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    over 2 years ago

    A trip to the small island of Bali, Indonesia. Many people would not even class this destination as true travelling, but it was my first time overseas and the happiest I had felt boarding that plane to a foreign country - An unbelievable feeling and experience for anyone visiting a new, unfamiliar place!
    I explored the whole island - rafted down beautiful rainforest rivers, cycled around a volcano mountin and hiked through villages & coffee farms.
    And the people.. So incredibly uplifting and full of joy, despite the fact that they have very little. The Balinese people hold truly inspiring culture and beliefs, and they are always smiling.
    Not much of an adventure to anyone else, but a life changing adventure for me. It open my eyes to the world we live in, I've realised since then that everybody dies yet not everybody lives.. Travel gives us experience and understanding that nothing else possibly could, it allows you to reconnect with your soul.

    Can you see what one adventure has already shown me? I'm ready for the next one now :)

  • Explorer1245908

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    over 2 years ago

    And it's so great reading everyone's stories here! I love chatting with other travellers!!

  • lyt

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure began with a picture in a magazine and a hope that one day I would go there and experience it. Fast forward 2010 and by some miracle a cheap flight to Palau appeared and not knowing anything about this little island nation and only a picture in my mind, I packed my bags to begin my mini adventure in micronesia. The picture in my mind was of Jellyfish Lake, a magical place where one can swim and snorkel with jellyfish! Yes I swam with jellyfish, no they didn't sting me, and yes it was a beautiful sight. Nothing says adventure like facing your fear and taking the plunge when you don't even know how to swim! Here's hoping my next adventure will be the European Magic trip :)

  • Jln91

    Jln91

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far was exploring NZ for two weeks with Contiki and my boyfriend. Parasailing in the Bay of Islands and Black Water Rafting through underground rivers filled with glow worms at Waitamo. Amazing!

  • Jasmin

    Jasmin

    over 2 years ago

    Contiki Bali resort (when it still existed). Warnings were everywhere, the airline I was traveling with collapsed, my travelling companion pulled out - and it was my first time on holidays. I booked another flight (having to extend my stay ;) ) and had 3 weeks with people who still stay in my memory. I still have incesne sticks that smell like Bali and every time someone puts on a certain Black Eyed Peas CD I can close my eyes and pretend I'm still there, - loud music at 6am with an epic hangover from an amazing night out.

  • Ashlea

    Ashlea

    over 2 years ago

    A helicopter flight over the glaciers in New Zealand was an absolutely incredible experience. Surrounded by snow capped peaks, landing on top of a mountain where there are no other footprints. Visiting an untouched part of the world.

  • mayprincess2003

    mayprincess2003

    over 2 years ago

    It was 9 days with Contiki in Egypt. It was one of the most amazing trips of my life. My favorite memory is going up in a hot air balloon at sunrise over the Valley of the Kings - simply breathtaking. And to top it off, I made some great friends that I'm still in touch with several years later!

  • Shunt1

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    over 2 years ago

    The last big adventure I went on was Japan in 2007. I went with school and had an AMAZING time sightseeing and being immersed in the Japanese culture and way of life! My next adventure is planned for christmas next year to Europe and the U.K. and I just can't wait!

  • Kirstinjane

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far was probably my adventure of Rhythm and Vines 2011-2012! The four hour trip was the funniest trip with my three best friends, the time at Rhythm was Better meeting so many amazing people and the 6 hour trip back because of bad whether made the adventure so much better! I haven't really been anywhere out of New Zealand though..

  • Sam_PR

    Sam_PR

    over 2 years ago

    I work for a dive shop in Sydney so I quite often get to take groups of divers on holidays. My two greatest adventures so far have been New years 2010/11 in Truk Lagoon in Micronesia with 16 of the rowdiest, funniest crew ever and New Years 2011/12 in Papua New Guinea with another 16 awesome people. Holidays I will never forget, love group travel, can't wait to do a Contiki tour!!

  • cassrose22

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    over 2 years ago

    In 2008 I went on a trip with my school to South America which was an amazing experience and a huge culture shock, we visited Lake Titicaca and Macchu Piccu, La Boca in Buenos Aires, stayed in the Amazon and swam with pirahnas, Iguacu falls in Brasil. It was the most incredible trip and an area of the world I'd love more time to explore. Next though is Europe!

  • sharkey

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    over 2 years ago

    my best adventure would been the 3month i spent traveling north America and canada where at the start i spent 3 weeks on la to the bay where i made so many friends and learnt so much about the country from our amazing tour guide.

  • Maia1986

    Maia1986

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure thus far was when I traveled to China tot each English 2 years ago. While there I traveled all around and had the wonderful opportunity to be immersed in Chinese culture. The highlight for me would have been walking on the Great Wall!

  • lreddiablo

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    over 2 years ago

    One of the most incredible adventures I took was the European Magic Tour in '03. It was amazing and I still have great memories. Wouldn't mind checking it out again!

  • saaaaammmmmmmm

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    over 2 years ago

    July 2011 my family, my best friend (Erin) and I road tripped to Jindabyne where we had the most amazing snow trip EVER!!! We stayed 10 minutes out of Jindabyne at The Station Resort. Erin, my brother Bailey and I all learnt how to snowboard which was AMAZING!!! Erin and I were not very skilled but we had the most amazing time and the instructors were pretty good looking :) Where we were staying had a pub and a night club which made this adventure so much better. When we got back from our second day of snowboarding we found a brochure on our door advertising that the POTBELLEZ would be playing at the resorts night club. This was the best band, at the best resort, in the best town. Erin and I danced the night away in the front row and captured all the action. We met so many awesome people that night, one of which was a snowboard instructor at Perisher so we got personal lessons after our lessons haha if that makes sense :/ To sum up I had the most amazing time EVER! Erin and I have planned a snow trip for July this year and we are super dooper excited!!!

  • EmilyMorri1

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    over 2 years ago

    Everyones stories sound sooo AMAZING. Im yet to experiance all these places.
    So far my most memoribale and incredible adventure yet would be to Australia, we Hired a Wicked Camper in Brisbane and Drove down the coast, Sleeped on the side of the Road, Checked out each town. Stoped i Byrons Bay for a few nights went to The Cheeky Monkey - an Amazing night with so many different people from all works of the earth. Strip musical chairs. ended up wondering along the beach late at night LOST the van keys in the sand!!! Had to break in. But everything eventually worked out! just winging it was fun!
    but i am hopefully going to make many more awsome memories in every other country soon!!

  • Kayla :)

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    over 2 years ago

    my 16 days in new zealand, is the best trip i have been on so far, at first i was worried about going alone, but once i met my fellow contiki mates, it was like one big family. the many activities we did, and the late night partying made it one amazing trip, and the fact we got to go to places i have never even heard, made it just incredible. since this trip, i have so far booked another two contiki trips for my 21st next year, st pattricks day and ulimate europe. I can not wait 10 months to go! contiki is the best thing i have ever done and i recomend contiki to all my friends. ( even managing them to book a few trips of there own with contiki)

  • Haylz

    Haylz

    over 2 years ago

    Travelling around the Greek Islands in particular Santorini. Best moment was riding a donkey up 512 stairs and being stuck in a group of 30 donkeys trying to get out hahaha best experience. The Greeks are such amazing people with the best lifestyle and food. Can not wait to go back there, and meet the most amazing people and had the best tour guide. Strongly recommend that people go to Greece :)

  • Kayla

    Kayla

    over 2 years ago

    The European Horizon trip I WILL be going on next week!

  • brittabits

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure (so far) is PLANNING my incredible adventure. I missed out on going to Europe with my friends once in Jr. High and twice in high school. I loved hearing about their adventures - clubbing in Berlin, seeing Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower, almost seeing Prince William in London - and always longed to go on one of my own. 5 years after high school, and my biggest adventure has been working hard to save money so that I can go on my very first Europe trip! With so many places to choose from, half of the excitement is in choosing where to go! :]

  • Explorer1371019

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    over 2 years ago

    Up to this point in my life I haven't really had much of a chance to travel overseas. So I've gotta say my most memorable adventure was here on home soil, back when I was about 8. The family packed the bags and drove out west; lots of fossicking, looking for dinosaur bones, and swimming in hot springs. Through the eyes of a child, life doesn't get more exciting than this!

  • taryn

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    over 2 years ago

    unfortunately i haven't had the chance to do any traveling further than a few holidays in australia so far, so the most incredible adventure that i have been on was probably a spur of the moment road trip from tauranga to hamilton and driving back at 2am across the kaimai ranges in the middle of a hail storm!

  • BEC87

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    over 2 years ago

    I was lucky to attend a great high school. In year 11 I went to Europe for 21 days. Many students were out buying their first car but I had other ideas of what I was going to do. So 21 students/staff went on a trip of our lives. Now I am going to the Ultimate European Tour in August! And I am sure that will be the ultimate Trip for me. Only 105 Days until i leave.

  • rachaelxxo

    rachaelxxo

    over 2 years ago

    Can't say I've ever been lucky enough to have a Contiki tour of my own (slowly saving!) but I have had some pretty memorable adventures myself. Road trips with friends and family all over Australia are some of the best memories of my life. Spending days exploring local towns, hours by the lake or on the beach (usually follows with getting burnt to the crisp), camping out under the stars and making some new friends along the way are just some of the amazing experiences I’ve had. Australians are lucky to have such a beautiful country we're able to explore, but I can't wait to experience some European traveling myself!

  • will_2525

    will_2525

    over 2 years ago

    parasailing in bali last year never thought i would ever have such an adrenaline rush was so amazing and was so beautiful

  • rachaelxxo

    rachaelxxo

    over 2 years ago

    Can't say I've ever been lucky enough to have a Contiki tour of my own (slowly saving!) but I have had some pretty memorable adventures myself. Road trips with friends and family all over Australia are some of the best memories of my life. Spending days exploring local towns, hours by the lake or on the beach (usually follows with getting burnt to the crisp), camping out under the stars and making some new friends along the way are just some of the amazing experiences I’ve had. Australians are lucky to have such a beautiful country we're able to explore, but I can't wait to experience some European traveling myself!

  • rachaelxxo

    rachaelxxo

    over 2 years ago

    Can't say I've ever been lucky enough to have a Contiki tour of my own (slowly saving!) but I have had some pretty memorable adventures myself. Road trips with friends and family all over Australia are some of the best memories of my life. Spending days exploring local towns, hours by the lake or on the beach (usually follows with getting burnt to the crisp), camping out under the stars and making some new friends along the way are just some of the amazing experiences I’ve had. Australians are lucky to have such a beautiful country we're able to explore, but I can't wait to experience some European traveling myself!

  • sheree

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    over 2 years ago

    My 4 month adventure in California! I went abroad to study for a semester from NSW, Australia. To date it is the BEST experience I have had in my life. My partner came over for spring break and let’s just say, Halloween spent in Santa Barbara with all my crazy college friends changed him… Halloween has never been then same 

  • kate_goat

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was May last year going on my first Contiki (European Whirl) which was also my first time overseas. I had an absolute blast and loved being in Rome for my birthday!!

  • Rachelle

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    over 2 years ago

    I spent 5 months living in Honolulu, Hawaii and that was a great adventure!

    Happy birthday, Contiki!

  • L&B

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    over 2 years ago

    Gotta pick our trip to Spain & Portugal last fall! The weather was perfect, the food amazing, the drinks kept flowing and the people were so friendly and eager to share thier culture! We saw so many beautiful sights and made memories to last a lifetime! The people there live thier lives to the absolute fullest...something we've try to do every day since! And the best part - this trip was our honeymoon - and it feels like everyday has been our honeymoon since! Can't wait to save up for our next adventure together!!!

  • Carrie EuroFugg 2011

    Carrie EuroFugg 2011

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've had so far was my trip to Europe in 2011. We went all out and we went hard - flying directly into Copenhagen Denmark to get started, then touring 9 days of Norway from top to bottom - I could never grasp that we were 400km NORTH of the arctic circle at one point!! a stop over in Helsinki Finland with a trip to Lake Bodom - then straight into London to begin our 14 day European Highlights tour with Contiki! It was more than we imagined! Our tour manager was great, it was his first tour with Contiki and he absolutely blitzed it!!! From the crazy nights out in Paris and sunbaking on the beaches of Nice to the weird black spaghetti in Venice and donning Drindles at the Beer Halls of Munich, the places, the faces, the culture, the sites Europe is alive with wonder - the whole trip was fantastic!!!! It didnt stop there, recovering from Amsterdam we had one days rest and we were back at it again with our second Contiki through the UK & Scotland! Scotland took my breathe away!!! By means of plane, train, bus, boat & taxi it was the wildest adventure we have ever had! I am currently in the process of planning my second European trip with Contiki - Eastern Road July 2013 - I cannot get enough of Contiki or Europe for that matter!!! Bring it on!

  • Ryle

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    over 2 years ago

    Driving through country towns on my way to Melbourne with a carload of sequinned fabrics and camp queens playing the greatest hits of Tina Turner and Cyndi Lauper. Without a doubt, THE sing-a-long to remember. The looks from the towns population was satisfaction enough to make the trip incredible. 8 hours of pure hilarity.

  • katie

    katie

    over 2 years ago

    i love contiki! i did my first contiki tour last june did the Grand Southern and had the most amazing time ever, 26 days was not long enough, the day after i got back i booked my next contiki to asia and have once again the time of my life!!!
    im currently waiting to get the dates for contiki travel over 2013 and cant wait to book my next tour, i have all my travel planned out till 2015!
    But the best adventure was my first made over 60 new lifelong friends, and just fell deeper in love with travel, contiki is the best way to go!

  • Explorer1376368

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    over 2 years ago

    My favourite adventure was my very first. Mum and Dad braved hostels, trains and flights through Hong Kong, England, Wales, France, Switzerland and Italy with 5 kids. The oldest of us was 12 and even though I was 3 that trip holds so many of my first very vivid memories.People are always amazed by how close our familly are and I believe it's mostly due to the personal jokes and stupidly fun times we had exploring new places together on a very tight budget! I've never been lucky enough to go on a Contiki but have heard wonderful stories about the friendships formed on Contiki and would love to experience that while reliving my European adventure!

  • Snowblind

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    over 2 years ago

    I had a GREAT Contiki in Hopfgarten, Austria, Skiing over new years 3 years ago. Had great snow, drinking all night & New years was CRAZY!

    Who ever thought that trying to hit a nail into a stump of wood in a bar while drinking could be so fun?

  • Explorer1287103

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    over 2 years ago

    Most amazing trip I've ever done was traveling by train through China, Mongolia and Russia with two of the most free-spirited and adventurous people I've ever met. Some of the most vivid memories of the trip include dodging the spit pools on the streets of Beijing, singing songs in the car of some super hospitable Mongolians we met on the train who drove us 2hrs out of their way to show us their Gher tent, and drinking (and drinking...and drinking!) vodka with Russian soldiers who were heading to the cold, far outreaches of the country and who didn't know how long they would be stationed there for. So many memories and such a huge shift in attitude regarding life back home.

  • Mel_tunes

    Mel_tunes

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was finally getting to visit the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. After years of studying to graduate with my Bachelor of Visual Arts I got to see in "REAL LIFE" the paintings and sculptures I had admired and learnt sooo much about, Contiki really made my dreams come true :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY CONTIKI!!!! xoxoxoxox

  • kmessinis

    kmessinis

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was last year, in August - taking my broken heart halfway across the world I went to the jewels of the Mediterranean. In Greece I discovered with my family roots in the idyllic waters of Rhodes, made love as the sunset in Oia - Santorini, and appreciated the wealth of history in Athens. Landing in Croatia, I watched the sun rise over the mountains on the road between Dubrovnik to Split, reunited with my girlfriends for my best friends wedding in Hvar, drank wine and listened to music in the square of the old town in Split, walked the fort walls in Dubrovnik, and danced away my last night in this picturesque country. You don't need to go to Italy to eat, pray in an Ashram in India, or fall in love in Bali to find yourself. I rebuilt my soul in the greatest adventure of MY life.

  • Dimitie

    Dimitie

    over 2 years ago

    CONTIKI!! is with out a doubt the only way to travel, i Went on my 1st contiki in 2010 Great Britian and Ireland!! i met the most amazing people and to this day we have reunions every couple of months! after experiencing contiki i have now booked 7 tours with them and doing a 17 week holiday around europe!!! A big thank you to the kiwi's who invented the only way to see the world!!! Cheers to you!

  • Chrizza88

    Chrizza88

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure thus far was wih my Best Friend to NZ in Jan 2011 with Contiki! We travelled both north and south islands and did white water, black water rafting and even doing the canyon swing together! This trip brought us closer together and met so many incredible ppl in NZ and on the tour and still have remained close friends with most of my fellow contikiers.

  • Tom

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure has been my road trip with a mate to Queensland last year. Pretty lame that that's my most "incredible" adventure. Thanks why I need to win this Contiki in Europe.

  • hollyruth

    hollyruth

    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure would have been Potter Tour 2011 where my mum and I visited England specifically to say goodbye to Harry Potter for the final film premiere. We met all the actors and camped for 3 days in Trafalgar Sq in the rain while simultaneously paying 208 pound a night for a hotel just down the road. Leading up to the premiere we attended the film museums exhibition of Harry Potter where I got the opportunity to battle it out for a double pass to the premiere by duelling with interactive wands. Came 3rd bummer! And spent the rest of afternoon visiting Harry Potter location all over London. WHAT AN ADVENTURE TO COMPLETE THE END OF MY CHILDHOOD WITH HARRY, by being in the same country as HOGWARTS!!! LONG LIVE HARRY POTTER and the country that started it all.

  • Scotty

    Scotty

    over 2 years ago

    My amazing experience was the Winter Wanderer in 2004 - our tour group was stuck on top of Mt Pilatus in Lucerne for days due to an incredible blizzard, and I even celebrated a birthday stuck on top of that mountain... yet Emma our awesome Contiki Tour Manager still managed to arrange a small birthday present! It wasn't quite what we had planned but still an experience I'll remember forever!

  • shelby6294

    shelby6294

    over 2 years ago

    In 1999 My Dad took a job in Africa so the family packed up and moved from Perth-Australia to Mozambique and we lived in this third world country for a year. I was only 9 years old at the time and the memories I have are extremely vague... all I know is this was the best adventure/experience of my life. We lived with different cultures, we went to safari parks, famous landmarks, played with lions, learnt another language, went to villages and brought the kids pens and papier and things to do artwork, took bags of oranges to local orphanages and most of all met some amazing people who would continue to be a massive part of our life’s even to this day. thisadventure gave me a real appreciation of life and people and at such a young age, my only disappointed was that I was so young and I don’t think I appreciated it at the time as much as I would have if I was older. My plans are to travel back to Africa in the next few years and experience it as an adult instead of a child.

    This was my best adventure ever
    Shelbs
    :)

  • Caitlyn-rose

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible trip i’ve been on so far.... there have been the awesome concerts and New Year trips of rhythm and vines etc as I’ve grown older... but nothing has yet to compare to the simple, accessible, yet incredible trips of NZ youth. Camping trips in the backyard or Doc reserves in the blissful NZ Summer, family & friends, dingy tents, sausage sizzles and toasted marshmellows! Best memories! Incredible!

  • natasha1701

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure was last year, when I went on a trip to the US with one of my best mates (Tess).

    We decided to call the trip, Tash and Tess' Ultimate American Adventure, and from the day we started planning it, we vowed we would try anything and everything, and have NO regrets - that we did!

    Our trip started in Vegas - what a way to start an 'Ultimate American Adventure' indeed! We gambled, drank, partied, shopped and even threw in a peep show - hey, it was anything and everything right? And then, we met our Contiki group.

    We decided to do the first half of our trip with Contiki, and the second part by ourselves. Being our first time overseas, we figured Contiki would get us into the jist of travelling, and it worked out to be great value for money.

    We were greeted by our Tour Manager, Eileen, a trusty Californian with a perky attitude and tonnes of energy. Then, we met our tour mates - the 8 Day Californian Highlights tour only had about 12 people in our group, but we were joining a full Contiki bus - there were going to be about 50 of us together!

    We hit the town, hard - Leeny (Eileen's Aussie nickname) got us VIP tickets into the Playboy Club. AND we were getting there in a stretch hummer. Balla much?

    From Vegas, we ventured off to the stunning Yosemite National Park, and San Francisco - one of my favourite places from the whole trip. Making every bit count, we learnt how to play flip cup and beer pong - two iconic American games. We even used the red plastic cups!

    To top it off, it was Pride Weekend (Mardi Gras) in San Fran, and we had the best tickets in town - the parade finished in front of our hotel.

    Our Contiki then ended in LA, and Tess and I were on our own for the rest of the trip! We went to Ashton Kutcher's restaurant (Lemon Basket), Johnny Depp's nightclub (The Viper Room), and even saw the red carpet premiere of 'Horrible Bosses' in front of the Kodak Theatre!

    From LA, we jetted off to Cabo to channel our inner celebrities. Not knowing too much about Cabo, apart from the fact that it's a celebrity hotspot, we had no idea what to expect.

    Cabo was nothing short of amazing. In true 'Ultimate Adventure' spirit, we tried everything. Venturing out into downtown Cabo, where nobody speaks English, resulted in trying the best tacos I have ever had in my life - from a street vendor!

    We went horseback riding on the beach - to get to the beach, we rode our horses on the freeway. Yes, the freeway. We tried cactus (which was surprisingly good), drank real pina coladas, and laughed way too many times at our attempts to speak Spanish.

    We left the Mexican sunshine in Cabo for Austin,Texas - a complete change in the atmosphere!

    Again, not knowing what to expect in Austin, we made it our mission to try all the weird and wonderful foods (chocolate coated bacon, deep fried cheesecake, philly cheese steak, bacon and choc chip waffles) - some were wonderful, and some were just plain weird! In true Texan style, we went to a steakhouse and ordered some ribs - I can honestly say that I would go back to Austin for those ribs (Stubbs BBQ for anyone wondering). We found the Coyote Ugly Bar, and ended up dancing on the bar. I may or may not have a pair of 'drawers' that says 'I danced on the bar at Coyote Ugly' which I scored for free from the waiters, purely because I was Aussie and agreed to do my thang.

    From Austin, we hit Chicago. Famous for it's unique food, we tried deep-dish pizzas, Italian beef hotdogs, saw the rock n roll McDonalds (with a mini museum inside), Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs, the Wizard of Oz park, the Sears Tower (tallest tower in the US, which allows you to see all 4 surrounding states of Illinois) and of course, 'The Bean' in Milennium Park. All in 2 days!

    From Chi-town, we ventured off to Miami, then Connecticut (to see my aunt), and then the Big Apple.

    New York was everything I thought it would be and more. I can't explain the electric vibe that comes with being in this city. The feeling of being on top of the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, downtown Brooklyn (the best zoo I have ever been to), Times Square, bagels, 'dirty water' hotdogs, re-living my childhood at FAO Shwarz and Dylan's Candy Bar, discovering the wonderful streets of SoHo, getting lost in Greenwich Village, Central Park, channeling our inner 'Carrie' at Saks, Bergdorfs, Barney's, Bloomingdales and Macy's, buying my first ever Tiffany and Co from the original 5th Ave store, dekking up for the Yankees Game, the subway, yellow cabs, the amazing district that is Queens, getting emotional at the 9/11 site, seeing the real 'Soup Nazi' from Seinfeld, going to a comedy club, seeing 2 Broadway shows, heck, even the (minor) car accident we got into on the way to the airport! New York was the hardest place to leave.

    From New York, we went to paradise - Hawaii. Hawaii the perfect place to get rid of our post-New York blues, and a perfect place to stop and revive en route home to Sydney. Although we stayed in Waikiki, it was the Northern Beaches that really wowed me. Very Blue Crush. Ala Moana was some of the best shopping I'd seen (although I was broke having spent wayy too much in NYC). Hawaii has it's own culture - a mix of Polynesian and American which carries on into their food (mahi mahi nachos), nightlife (a mix of Western music and traditional Hawaiian music) and lifestyle (they are warm, like Americans but much more relaxed).

    There was not enough tine to discover Hawaii, which is precisely why I'm heading back in July.

  • jenjen1986

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    over 2 years ago

    Living in London on my gap year from Australia, I met 2 new Aussie friends at the walkabout. We had all came to London on our own!! We decided right then and there to plan a trip, writing 8 country names onto pieces of toilet paper haha.... we put them into our empty snakebite glass and pulled one out. GERMANY it was. The next day we were booked for 4 days in Germany, scoring 20 pound return flight we flew into Frankfurt Hahn and hired a car which we nick named PANDA! With no necessary plans we jumped in PANDA and set off heading for Berlin but stopping along the way whenever we felt like it. In and out gorgeous little german villages, with the locals not speakign a word of english but their smile said it all :) Cruising down the AUTOBARN i wont dare say the speed we were doing...we spotted a CONTIKI bus, kind of made us jealous as we couldnt afford to go on one with our gap year wages, DING DING lets follow it haha! SO we follow the bus on a short drive to ST GOAR, an amazing tradtional town of germany! We loved it. We decided to stay the night and mingle with fellow aussies off the contiki bus, two of which were from my friends home town! SMALL WORLD! We left early the nest day bound for berlin... wow what a drive. we arrive lte at night and park the closest we could to the holiday inn yes we lashed out a bit haha! We woke the next morning to find PANDA (our car) gone!!!! poor panda had been towed. Freaking out a little, my 2 newly made friends just start wetting themselves laughing.... and before we new it we all were laughing with tears streaming down. We contact the reception, get all the info and set off to rescue PANDA. What an adventure!!! We finally got PANDA back after calling home in AUS for a money transfer ooooops 180 euro to get lil PANDA back. With Panda back in our arms we set off back to Frankfurt Hann, Where we just make our flight. WHAT AN ADVENTURE - certainly the best 4 days of my life. Not one frown just constant laughter. - Do not fo where the path my lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail - XxxX

  • stefi

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure would be a mini around the world tour in 2007 where i started in Hong Kong catching up with a mate experiencing their wonderful culture, food and my first trip to a Disneyland outside of the USA. Next stop was the UK and seeing Big Ben for the first time, Buckingham palace, Hampton Court and cute market places. I joined my first contiki there to get a taste of Europe and a taste i certainly got. With stops in the Nederland’s, Austria, Germany, France, Italy and Switzerland. Going up the highest peak in Europe Jungfrau Mountain was magnificent the white powder snow a sight i had never seen before being from Sydney it was just magical. Taking in the culture of the Paris was also a huge highlight. Visiting the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe where the unknown solders lay at rest and visiting the battlefields a touching experience. Next was the USA exploring the East Coast and catching up with family before departing to the West Coast for my second contiki tour the Wild West tour with stops in Tijuana, San Diego and visiting its world class zoo, Scottsdale Arizona and the Red rocks of Sedona, going down route 66 to the Grand Canyon where a true natural beauty is and the chopper flight was amazing, partying it up in Las Vegas. Onto Yosemite National Park and Bass Lake where you really got to see the Natural Beauty the USA has to offer. San Francisco the fog that rolls into the beautiful bay and the Golden gate bridge. Alcatraz with so much history from inmates of the 1960’s. Coming back down the coastline to LA a truly beautiful sight.

  • AlexG

    AlexG

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was the first time i went overseas where I roadtripped around Spain and France with dad and got to try and see so many different Spanish and France things. I also got to climb (I walked up the stairs) the Eiffel Tower, in Paris. This adventure was where my travel bug started!!!!

  • Hannah

    Hannah

    over 2 years ago

    In 2009, I was suffering from an extreme case of burnout at work and just felt stuck in life. I needed something to revitalize me. So on a whim, I decided to up and go by myself on the Grand Explorer New Zealand tour. Talk about revitalization! I was able to go black water rafting to see glow worms, go zorbing, hike a glacier, canyon swing, and bungy jump not just one time, but three times! Mind you my first bungy jump ever was the Nevis, the highest and most intense. I was able to cross off many things on my bucket list during that trip. When I came home I quit my job and changed careers for something that will allow me to partake in more of those experiences. To me, that trip was life changing; and those experiences and the lifelong friendships that were made make this the best adventure in my life!

  • apryor01

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    over 2 years ago

    I've never been on a contiki tour although the most memorable trip I've had was when i went to Bali for schoolies!! It was my first time overseas and had absolutely no idea what to expect. I had looked forward to the trip for the whole year with all my savings going into paying for the "best two weeks of my life"! With no parents, forty of my friends from school, keen to do anything other than study, we went white water rafting, visited the local schools, snorkling, visited islands, went out in clubs, went shopping and relaxed by the pool. My favourite thing about the adventure was when we went to an island and snorkelled with HUGE tuna fish!! The Balinese were feeding them by chucking bread into the water around us, and I have never swallowed that much seawater from trying to scream whilst wearing a snorkel. All I can say is that tuna have big teeth! Our screams then attracted a nearby Asian touring boat and to our expense, for the next hour we became the entertainment as the Balinese tried to get the tuna fish to swim closer and closer to us!
    Unfortunately those two weeks went way too quickly and as soon as I knew it, I am now a poor uni student slaving away at the books, waiting for a chance to travel again!!

  • Carin1029

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    over 2 years ago

    My favorite experience was last summer. I went on a European Whirl, and spent another week and a half on my own exploring London and Paris. I wouldn't trade my experience for anything!

  • Joshua93

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    over 2 years ago

    my best adventure is right now! i have been with my girl friend for a long time now and we have just been saving like crazy and going on one holiday after another and now we are about to finish our wild adventure by doing a contiki in erupe we have all ready spent over $14k and i got more to spend im pretty sure, then after that we will be saving again for out next contiki! only problem is it takes so long to save! but like i said i am in my adventure atm and i dont want it to end!

  • Vianka

    Vianka

    over 2 years ago

    Chile. Porque? Food aside (my god, the food!), not only did I end up staying at the base of AND climbing an active volcano, I flew across three kilometres of valleys on what can only be described as the riskiest of flying foxes. I waded neck deep into what were supposedly mud baths (though the smell suggested otherwise), went white water rafting and learnt that no matter how soaking wet you are, you can always be wetter. Oh, and then there's mosying on over via cruise to Antartica. Just because.

    Yes, I'd say I enjoyed myself a bit.

  • tjarvis89

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have been on, so far, has been my first ever overseas holiday with my boyfriend of 4 years to O'ahu, Hawaii. It had been a lifelong dream of mine to visit the islands and they were honestly more spectacular than in any photo or movie I've ever seen. We spent two weeks exploring O'ahu and Hawai'i (The Big Island) and by the end of our stay we felt like locals! I can't recommend Hawaii highly enough and I rave about it to everyone who will listen.. The locals and entire tourism industry are so friendly and helpful and the islands themselves are out of this world. The biggest surprise was yet to come - my boyfriend proposed during a fireworks display on a catamaran cruise off Waikiki on 11/11/11! I have well and truly been bitten by the travel bug now and can't wait to go on another life-changing overseas adventure in the near future.

  • StaceyE

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure so far, was in Jan 2012 when I went to South Africa, Botswana and Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe with my partner on a group tour. It was truly amazing. We traveled with a fantastic group of people and got to see some of the most amazing scenery and natural wonders in the world. Highlights included: safari drives through African wilderness, with a crazy driver going off roading in the dark in a South African game reserve and then getting to see Lions after a hunt in the dark; camping in the middle of the Okavango Delta in Botswana with a group of locals, with no fences and only a ring of tents to protect us from any wandering wildlife through the night; game walks with no protection around the Delta's islands; a helicopter ride over the Okavango Delta after camping there, giving us an idea of the tiny area that we covered in 2 days; Being poled through the delta's waterways by our local Botswanan guides in traditional Mokoros; Going to sleep with an Elephant eating about 10 metres from our tents with no fences; experiencing the adrenalin rush of white water rafting down the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls; Getting to see the incredible Victoria falls in person, made even better by a helicopter flight over the falls as well; Waking up in the middle of the night in a tent to hear a lion roaring in the distance, and just getting to travel through amazing countries with a great group of people. That trip was so amazing, and I am so ready to go back there again!! First though I am heading to UK and Europe to work and explore in a place I've always dreamed of visiting, but Africa, I will be back!!!

  • Explorer1241963

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    over 2 years ago

    12 days traveling through Italy and the French Riviera with some people I didn't know too well from school. turned out they were the best people to travel with ever! tiramisu, "discussion tables", and playgrounds in Monaco can sum up this trip, and my leather jacket from Florence is something I will treasure forever. Can't wait to meet up with these girls and travel the world again!

  • Morgan

    Morgan

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure so far happened about a year ago, when I decided to travel to the USA and Canada with Contiki by myself. I spent a glorious month in two countries that I'd always wanted to explore and made many friends that I know I'll keep for life. I was nervous at first to travel by myself and so far away from home but a lot of people on tour were doing exactly the same thing, so I was never alone. Doing this trip opened my eyes to travel in general (the good, the bad and the u-g-l-y) and encouraged me to explore this wonderful planet further! Can not wait till my next adventure!

  • Sophie

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    over 2 years ago

    A month and a 1/2 travelling with three friends in Thailand and Singapore! We ate weird bugs, were swindled by tuktuk driver and got very little sleep on the various night travel option. But the most amazing adventure was arriving on a party islands with no pre-booked accommodation, everywhere was full. After tramping around all day in the sun we eventually signed up for "lucky dip" resort with a small company 30 minutes away by boat. So we followed a Thai host, hauled our luggage through water to a little boat to go to our surprise destination. The sun was setting and despite being tired, dirty and extremely grumpy at each other it was beautiful...eventually we arrived at a desserted (beautiful beach) and hiked into the bush. However, when we got there we were at an incredible little place nestled in the mountains with almost nobody staying there!

  • Explorer1198473

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    over 2 years ago

    Extensive travel overseas is something I had always wanted to do but work commitments made that difficult. Determine, I saved up for 3 years and lined up all my ducks, so to speak, so I could quit my job in May 2011 to spend the majority of 2011 travelling the world. I started with two months in the US and Canada, completing 4 Contiki tours back to back, (LA Explorer, Grand Southern, New York Explorer, Grand Northern). America was all I imagined it to be and more. It was interesting to me how the culture was more often that not vastly different as we rolled through state by state, unlike home here in Oz. There scenery is fantastic and I don't think they give themselves enough credit for all there beautiful National Parks. Next, I flew back home to wash my clothes and repack before getting back on a plane so I can finally see the Northern Territory. I did the Contiki tour Territory to Outback and finally got to see the magic of Uluru and the Olgas, plus the Milky Way in all its glory! After that trip I flew back home to collect my parents and take them on a trip I put together after researching it all myself of Scotland and then Ireland with a stop over in Dubai. Being a Murphy, we finally got to see where our ancestors came from, finding out we have more of a scottish background than Irish. My parents had never been overseas until I took them so it was even more special to experience 3 fascinating countries together, exploring at our own pace. That took me up to October when I had to come back to reality and get back into work. The whole adventure was so wonderful, I don't think I could ever put into words just how much those 6 months meant to me. It was a dream come true, worth every cent and sacrifice to achieve it.

  • Explorer1344667

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    over 2 years ago

    Travelling through england and scotland with contiki last year, i had the time of my life. Travelling solo was daunting but from our groups first 'strawpedo' together we had all made a great bunch of friends for life. I have never learnt, laughed, seen and experienced so much. I will never forget it and our tour song will always get me up and dancing!

  • Chris

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    over 2 years ago

    The last 23 years have been the adventure of a life time, by searching for "life in every breath" and trying to better myself every single day, life has become my ultimate adventure!

  • Delaurus

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    over 2 years ago

    My mate and I bought tickets to cairns the day before we went. We didn't pack much as we were hungover. We had no accomodation booked or car hire so when we landed we got a taxi to wicked campers and they sorted us out. We drove up north and had lots of adventures. We drove a sugar harvester. Ate baby chocolate (cocoa) straight from the tree. Swam in a freezing waterfall and great barrier reef. We then headed to cairns and hid our van in the wicked carpark and hit up the pubs. Couldn't have planned it better if we had tried.

  • MaryMo

    MaryMo

    over 2 years ago

    One of my most incredible travel experiences was when I was mugged in Rome. Yes, it doesn't sound like and exciting experience, but after having my Eurail pass and passport stolen, (as well as my camera-which was the worst part) I had to get my passport and buy a plane ticket to Dusseldorf, Germany where I was meeting up with a friend in a few days. On the plane from Rome to Dusseldorf, our plane was hit by lightning. After our plane lost power, tray tables falling down, luggage falling from out of the overhead compartments, the pilot came on the intercom, and started speaking very quickly and panicky in German. I didn't speak any German but the lady sitting next to me on the flight was crying and freaking out. I grabbed her hand and held it during the entire experience. I later found out from a friendly passenger who spoke German and English, that we were going to have to make an emergency landing in Cologne, Germany. After our emergency landing, the lovely Germans aboard offered to take me to Dusseldorf, in a car they were going to rent. A lovely family and an experience that I will never forget. Terrifying, but it was an amazing experience to feel so much love from complete strangers abroad.

  • JackieNZ

    JackieNZ

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible travel adventure is going to happen in one year!!!!! I can't wait to go Contiki for the first time!! I've been saving for so long and am just so excited to start my own adventures abroad with you guys :D <3

  • Jessica

    Jessica

    over 2 years ago

    2010. It was the 11th of July - the night of the FIFA World Cup Final, Spain versus the Netherlands. We had been going for Spain since the start of the cup, watching the semi-finals in London pubs and celebrating their wins. Lucky for us, our itinerary took us to Barcelona for the final! We watched the game in a small tapas bar on Las Ramblas, and it was absolutely packed with both locals and tourists, all desperate for Spain to be victorious (save one sad Netherlands supporter in the corner). When Andres Iniesta scored in extra time to make the score 1-nil, the bar erupted. People poured onto Las Ramblas screaming "Viva la Espana!". It was a sea of red and gold, the Spanish flag was everywhere. A massive street party, with people who didn't know each other dancing together. I'd never seen anything like it in my life. Not only this, but I turned 18 at midnight (12th of July) which made an already incredible night something I would never ever forget. The discovery of this city, so passionate and intense, made me realise that I had to return to Barcelona at some point in my life - a dream which will come true when I go on Contiki's Mediterranean Highlights tour in July. I honestly cannot wait to relive what has been the most amazing adventure of my life so far! Only sixty days to go!

  • Jen1101

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    over 2 years ago

    Awesome reading about everyone else's adventures! Travelling is such an amazing thing! My most amazing adventure was with Contiki in June/July of 2011. I did the Explorer with Greek Island Cruising. After a bad break up, I decided to get over it in the best way possible. Join a Contiki tour! Every moment of it was an amazing adventure and I thank Contiki for helping me explore on my own for the first time. Although I was not alone, I met fantastic friends and the Contiki staff was beyond AWESOME! Now I know I'v been to the countries on this prize trip but so what, there is no harm in going back and there is always a new adventure to be found! I look forward to learning new things and finding new amazing places in the places I'v been! I look forward to exploring the world in general and would love to have Contiki as part of it! You guys rock!

  • midnightslow

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    over 2 years ago

    Just spent 4 days hopping from island to island in Palawan, Philippines, camping on white sand beaches, jumping off rock faces into bright blue lagoons, fishing with nothing but nylon strings (& then eating our catch later on in the day under the glow of fireflies and Survivor torches), and making new friends. Best vacation I have ever been on:)

  • Suxin

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    over 2 years ago

    Sarawak was the most incredible travel adventure where i visited the tribal village, the iban tribes. Get a taste of living on iban longhouses, and also learnt about their display of old human skull and human eating history. It was really really an awesome exotic trip!

  • Explorer1171558

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday!! Hmmm...lets see, my favorite adventure so far has gotta be backpacking threw spain and italy. I traveled solo, for alittle over month...Leaving my cell phone and computer behind (i had no conection to home except facebooking my mom once a week to insure her I was alive lol) It was amazing! Theres nothing like truely escaping. Having stayed on farms, in hostels or sometime couchsurfing with kind strangers, I met great people from different walks of life.

  • Traveler-chick9

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on a Contiki trip in 2009 and it was life changing! I learned what freedom really feels like on my Contiki trip. I was 19 at the time when I went and was still living with my parents. This was my first trip oversea's alone, but I was ready for the new experiences!

    Little did I know that I was going to experience certain challenges on my own as well. Like my bags being in my home country still and me being in another country and trying to get my bags to my next stop on the tour! But this was one of the many life lessons well learned and wont take it back for any reason!

    Contiki really is the place to discover and create memories, with new life long friends!

  • Andy

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    over 2 years ago

    While all my friends would rather save their money to buy a house or car, i save mine to spend on adventure. At every opportunity at work I'm researching the next place to spend my paycheck. It doesn't stop there... Once i have booked, i spend the next few months before i leave, trying to live vicariously through message forums, travel reviews and youtube videos. Unfortunately nothing ever prepares you for your own personal experience. My last personal adventure was in Laos, where i traveled exclusively to the Mekong river to experience tubing. The thrills of jumping off 10 meter high platforms and floating downstream in a tube without a care in the world, is worth every cent. After this experience I engaged in true Laos culture, having meet with a local family and being welcomed into the house. When it was time to head home i prayed i wouldn't be able to leave. Of course my wish came true and I became stuck at the Vang Vienne airport without a valid visa. After a trip to the local Vietnamese embassy (the country i had to travel through to get home) i discovered it was closed for the next 3 days due to a national holiday. The next 3 days were spent in a broken down motel room, researching my next adventure!

  • Felicity

    Felicity

    over 2 years ago

    My first tour across the ditch to New Zealand gave me the confidence and courage to try new experiences. The friendships I have created have lead to me travelling interstate and planning new adventures. Jumping off the edge at the Canyon Swing will always be a highlight of my tour. The rush of adrenaline when you you're falling, to the serenity of fresh snowflakes landing on you as you fly through the air. I have defiantly caught the travel bug!

  • Felicity

    Felicity

    over 2 years ago

    My first tour across the ditch to New Zealand gave me the confidence and courage to try new experiences. The friendships I have created have lead to me travelling interstate and planning new adventures. Jumping off the edge at the Canyon Swing will always be a highlight of my tour. The rush of adrenaline when you you're falling, to the serenity of fresh snowflakes landing on you as you fly through the air. I have defiantly caught the travel bug!

  • steph123

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    over 2 years ago

    Wow 50 years!! Well the best adventure I have been on was just accross the ditch to Australia...on a 2 week holiday. saw all the sights, soaked up the sun and did some incredible shopping, have not been on a contiki yet but would love to go to Europe and adventure, too bad my tan has vanished since arriving back in NZ ;)

  • Felicity

    Felicity

    over 2 years ago

    My first tour across the ditch to New Zealand gave me the confidence and courage to try new experiences. The friendships I have created have lead to me travelling interstate and planning new adventures. Jumping off the edge at the Canyon Swing will always be a highlight of my tour. The rush of adrenaline when you you're falling, to the serenity of fresh snowflakes landing on you as you fly through the air. I have defiantly caught the travel bug!

  • tp7

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    over 2 years ago

    2 weeks ago my best friend and I did our first trip together to Brisbane I know not the other side of the world but we went for a concert called SUPAFEST which had all our favorite artists and it was worth the trip! Catching trains and buses by ourselves was huge seeing as were not big on public transport at home and going to this concert being at the very front on the bar that keeps you in was AMAZING! The pushing, shoving and getting to see the our fav singers live was worth having sore arms, legs and backs for the next 3 days!!

  • rknowles

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    over 2 years ago

    Went on my first Contiki last summer on the Indochina tour. I was hesitant at first- my boyfriend of 3 years had just broken up with me and I felt so lonely and so sad. My Mom assured me that it would help me to get some closure. So I decided to go by myself. Let me just say, it was one of the best things I could've done for myself. Not only did I get to see amazing and beautiful places. I got to bike through towns, go on an overnight train, ride an elephant, pet tigers, etc. I found that closure that I needed and met great friends. One of them I consider to be one of my best friends, who I will hopefully be visiting in South Africa at the end of the year! So, I haven't said it yet, but thank you Contiki for helping me realize that being alone isn't so bad. :)

  • Alexandra2

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy birthday Contiki!!

    My greatest adventure hands down was the European Whirl I went on just under a year ago. I had never even been on a plane prior to this trip, but I saved up and took this 23 day escapade all on my own. Although every moment of this trip seemed to be an adventure, "surfing" (standing up on the sides of the boat) while white water rafting in Austria was absolutely insane. Me and a girlfriend did it, fell off into the freezing cold water, and had to swim for our lives back to the boat before nearly getting smashed into jagged-edge rocks. Having an insane hangover certainly didn't increase our balance and swimming abilities, but it was SO exhilerating that we got up and did it again once we got back to the boat. Contiki taught me that moments can only become long-lasting memories if you push yourself outside of your comfort zone and "get amongst". It would be a dream come true to be able to do it again!!

  • Snowflake118

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    over 2 years ago

    Greatest adventure was when I went to Aussie and travelled round by myself. Was amazing meeting ppl and doing things! Can't wait to do the same in Europe

  • Dan-LI-NY

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible trip would have to be my first contiki on the European Panorama tour. I never would have thought I'd spend a month traveling all over Europe and it was my first trip by myself outside of the US. It was so much fun and I'll never forget it.

  • Daniella

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure to date would definitely have to be the contiki trip of NZ I did in 2009. A bus load of (mostly) Aussie's singing 'baby come on' every day, jumping off bridges and out of planes, dancing the night away and making many good friends along the way. A trip I'll never forget.

  • JStarNewYrk

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy Birthday Contiki!

    I just finished my first Contiki tour, the European Vista tour for 3 weeks nearly a month ago. It was a great time had by all. Met many interesting individuals and traveled to many incredible places. I will always remember climbing the Eiffel Tower, playing in the snow in the Swiss Alps, exploring the Colosseum, partying hard at Space in Florence and Lázně in Prague, riding the Gondola in Venice, drinking liter beers at Hofbräuhaus in Munich, attending a sex show in Amsterdam, and meeting 46 (plus 1 incredibly knowledgeable and fun tour manager) well-rounded individuals to share my adventures with.

    Thank you Contiki!

  • jennxinparis

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    over 2 years ago

    I have never been on a contiki trip but have always wanted to. In 2008 I fell in love with a foreign exchange student from Brussels. When he returned home after a year in the States I was heartbroken so I decided to book a flight to Belgium and I stayed with him for a month! It was the most amazing experience I've had; sightseeing in Belgium and drinking the best beer in the world (which made it hard to return home since I wasn't 21 yet!), bike riding all over Paris, and then driving with his family to holiday in the south of France. We stayed in this beautiful French villa and the owners treated us to a five course meal of fresh, local foods and wine. It was the best month of my life and I will always remember it. I can't wait for my next adventure!

  • LauraM12345

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure is a toss-up between two. First was my trip to Rio de Janeiro when I was 14. It was amazing to see the culture, and also be made aware of the extreme poverty that some countries face. Second was of course my first trip with Contiki-European Escapade in 2010! It was my first solo trip, and it really got me out of my comfort zone and LOVED IT. I can't wait for my next contiki adventure coming this summer!!!

  • AmyG

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was the Spirit tour back in 2010. I met so many great people and saw so many great places, it's hard to choose just one! Thank you Contiki for giving me the oportunity to travel Europe without worrying about being a young woman travelling alone and making it so fun!

  • dantheman

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    over 2 years ago

    My Incredible journey began in the cosmopolitan city of Ho Chi Minh. I stood at an intersection for about 5 minutes whilst watching the locals miraculously walk through the oncoming motorcycles. I then realised I had to take the first step and did not look back ☺. After exploring the city and learning about its history it was time to head to Nha Trang. This is where I believe our group really bonded. Perhaps it was the Jam Jars at the sailing club, or maybe I just make great company. This beautiful beach town was highlighted by our cruise, with amazing swim spots for snorkelling and where I went parasailing for my first time! Our mineral mud baths and hot thermal springs was also a great adventure, and left my skin feeling GREAT! Then to Hoi An! This was certainly our groups favourite little town. Everyone kept themselves busy at the tailors, Vietnamese cooking classes, riding around on bicycles, laying on the beach, and enjoying possibly the best food in Vietnam. Halong Bay was another HUGE highlight. One of the 7 natural wonders of the world. If there is heaven on earth, this may be the place! Our overnight cruise, kayaking through hidden caves, exploring the limestone interiors & breathtaking views. Thank you contiki for taking me on what has been my most incredible journey to date. Now time for my next adventure. PICK ME! ☺

  • Hdraper2816

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    over 2 years ago

    Happy B'day Contiki!
    The most incredible adventure I went on was with my High School. We went to France and Belgium and visited the WWI memorials and battlegrounds. It was amazing to experience that with my closest friends.

  • Sophia

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    over 2 years ago

    Hip Hip Ho-ray,,,,its your birthday!

    My greatest adventure would have to be the time I got lost in Rome. My friends and I set of on an adventure around Rome.....My phone had died earlier on in the day, lucky I was with my two best friends who also had mobiles. From the moment my phone died things slowly went wrong. My friends wanted to find Italian hand made leather shoes, I wanted to explore and get the most out of the surrounding culture. My friends were in and out of shops for about an hour, I had enough and decided to wait outside. As time past, I got side track and wondered of down the street. When I returned to the shop I was waiting for my friends at, they were gone. I became flustered and stressed, the tears started and I panicked! I sat down on the "Spanish Steps," as I looked around me I began to smile. I was in ROME, why was I crying? I decided to take advantage of this opportunity to explore the city and get lost in the culture like I had planned to. As I wondered the streets admiring the ancient Roman architecture, I was overwhelmed with excitement. I stopped at the Colosseum and had a beer across the road and just glazed at this magnificent building and tried to imagine what life would have been like here. As I headed back to the hostel my friends and I were staying at, I felt at ease and a type of happiness I had not experienced before. I finally found my friends....they had spent the whole day worrying about where I was and had even gone to the police station. I did not tell them of the experience I had and kept it to myself.

    TAKE ME BACK!!!

  • Ashleigh.C

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible journey i've been on so far would be travelling to Europe with the family. We managed to stop at Marseille, Nice, Rome, Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam, Oslo and London.
    Each country was amazing in their own special way and with the month we were travelling we really had the chance to see what each place had to offer.
    If was a life changing experience in which I will never forget!

  • Elizabeth1404

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    over 2 years ago

    My greatest adventure was going to Europe last year for a pilgrimage. It was an amazing adventure I was able to share with my friends as we travelled like backpackers to Spain and Portugal. Ever since I have been keen to go back and travel like a tourist!

  • Chaloo

    Chaloo

    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure has not been a holiday I have had recently, instead it has been moving from my home country of South Africa, where I grew up visiting national parks where lions and elephants majestically roamed the African plains, to the kangaroo hoping, didgeridoo playing country down under where Aussies were very difficult to understand. I moved to Australia 3 years ago and it has been the biggest adventure of my life. Moving to a new country is difficult enough, but moving to a country you have never set foot in is something entirely different.

    I was lucky enough to not have a language barrier but I still knew nothing about Brisbane. Where were the shops, my new university, the cinemas and why oh why could I not have brought my house keeper along to pick up my mess for me?

    This was a new world where I needed to learn and grow. In time I learnt my way around (after driving the wrong way down a busy one way street), and I began to slowly but surely meet new people and began to understand some Aussie English (some of it still baffles me).

    The biggest challenge I faced was internal. I needed to forget my snobby ways because in Australia there is no room for people with tall poppy syndrome (thinking you are better than the average person) and realise that everyone is equal.

    Figuring out a new city is an amazing adventure and still three years on I am still finding new places, meeting new people and experiencing things I never thought I would have experienced. My thirst for adventure has grown, I have always loved travel but now more than ever I know that moving overseas and discovering a new country has motivated me to live life and make it one big adventure.

    That's why in exactly 52 days (I've been counting) I am setting off on a Contiki trip that has been 4 years in the making with my best friend from South Africa. I have never been as excited for a trip before and I know that it will be a big fun adventure. My dreams are no longer just dreams, I'm making them happen. :)

  • Trvlonmymind

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible travel experience so far was to India. We travelled there at night time and I remember waking up on my first day there, opening my blinds onto this amazing shanty town of building tops ranging in all different colours and patterns. This was my first photo. From here my travel partner and I were sort of lost, after all Delhi does home a unimaginable amount of people. We were found by a man who worked for a travel company who managed to get us a trip to Kashmir where we travelled around on the river on a boat discovering the life of people who lived on mini islands of earth, stayed on a houseboat filled with your nanna's favorite furniture and ate like kings from the food that was made on the boat next to us by locals. From here we went to the Himalayas, in which we trekked 4000 metres up a mountain to stay three nights in a tent on its top, from here you could see the peaks of several other mountains including virgin peak, which has never been conquered. We travelled to two huge lakes filled with water straight from the icy snow caps of mountains. We visited a locals house made of mud and sticks and consisted of two rooms and she made us their salty tea and fresh corn bread on her fire. We then travelled to Jimmu which was 3 ours from the mountains, but took around 8 hours due to India's very heavy traffic. In Agra we visited the most amazing story of love I have ever heard of, the building itself was breathtaking and the locals were happy to tell you all about its history. In Mumbai it was the beginning of monsoon but that didnt stop our adventure in its tracks. India truly was amazing, I ate food I have never heard of, met locals who spoke little to no english but were instantly your best mates and Ive have seen things that were both good and bad that i will never forget. Happy birthday Contiki, I wish you all the best for the future!

  • Marlo

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    over 2 years ago

    An epic road trip down the west coast from Vancouver to San Francisco. We took our time and stopped at every quirky, interesting town and beach. So many great meals, lots of memorable wrong turns and hundreds of pictures!

  • Explorer Mitchy

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    over 2 years ago

    Of all the trips ive done, my favorite trip of all was the "GREAT BRITAIN + IRELAND" trip which will forever be the best trip of my life not just the scenery but the experience as a whole. It was my very first trip with contiki, the tour manager and driver really knew their stuff (not just where to check out the best night spots!) which truly made me appreciate the things we were seeing and gave me more knowlege than i ever expected to gain. I have kept in touch with the people from this particular trip both in the same city, interstate and have even caught up with some people who live internationally. I will forever be appreciative of contiki for this particular experience! THANKYOU!

  • Explorer1315102

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible journey was in my own country! :) I live in Australia and I went over to Sydney for a week with my Dad. It was incredible and I am still amazed at the beauty and size of the Sydney Harbour Bridge! I think I must of asked our tour guide to go over that bridge more than a million times in one day! Boy, would he have been glad to get rid of me at the end of the day.

  • MELandJae

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    over 2 years ago

    my biggest adventure ever is still going, its life. everyday seems to be a new advenrue and challenge and i cant wait to go and see if a contiki adventre can measure up to lifes other great big adventures

  • benpep

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    over 2 years ago

    Definitely the mancation I had with my mates. We went to India, stayed on some random family’s houseboat and got caught in a massive storm. Everything got wet, lost a backpack, but gained a whole lot more (including the life lesson to never build my house on water)

  • Explorer1381087

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    over 2 years ago

    i went on a four month trip with two girlfriends from school.. we started in america, LA,vegas, then down to mexico - cancun for spring break, then back up to miami and new york, had the most amazing time adventuring and partying in every city, the amount of times we got lost is beyond me.
    Then off to europe we went from new york, we started in the greek islands - island hopping from Mykonos, paros, ios then santorini. From Santorini we ventured to Croatia where we were on 7 day contiki from Split to dubrovnik, had an amazing time meetiing new people, partying all day and all night and enjoying meeting the locals and exploring what they had to offer. Then off to Italy and took on the Amalfi Coast which is just out of this world. We then followed the coast up through naples, florence, rome, venice, milan. From Milan we caught the train along the coast to france and explored Nice, Cannes, Marsielle, had the best time going out and meeting new people, taking day tours and advenuring out of our comfort zone, from here we went to Spain - barcelona - loved this place, pamplona for running with the bulls which was the most amazing experience ever. Opening ceremony was somthing i never imgained it was amazing to get involved with the locals and just enjoy.I loved every minute and would love to do it all again, then off to San Sebastian - relaxed and explored what spain had to offer on the beach side of things, it was beautiful. Then we carried on getting the train to Portugal - lagos which had the most amazing blue grotto and the people were so friendly and had a great atmosphere. After Portugal we went to Czech republic - prague, loved everything here the people, the FOOD, the history, the people were so friendly and the partying in the biggest 5 story club in the world. AMAZEBALLS. From prague we shot off to germany - berlin, here to did a few walking tours and got to know the city pretty well, enjoyed the food and the drinks, the people just so kind. Off to Amsterdam next, a whole other world there, we only stayed a few days but made the most of it. was really interesting to see what went on in the red light district and just how people lived. After Amsterdam, off to london we went, so busy, the shopping was amazing and i loved the atmosphere, it was always so busy everywhere we went but we had so much fun. Then from London we ventured home, the best experience of a lifetime, different cultures, food, drinks, people, languages, getting lost and not knowing where to go, its all pat of it. there is so much out there to see and i would give anything to do it all again. Happy birthday Contiki.....

  • Explorer1381087

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    over 2 years ago

    my biggest adventure was with my two best friends we travelled around america, mexico, then all over europe for 4 months. We got lost in every country and organised everything ourselves, getting from country to country with no map or not being able to speak the language made it the best experience ever. Each country was so unique and the people were amazing. the partying was out of control and i loved meeting new people along the way and i would give anything to do it all again.

  • bmorris14

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    over 2 years ago

    New Mexico, June of last year. Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo, Madrid, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque. Exhilirating landscapes, great food, and good people. Cheers.

  • JettaK2

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was a contiki tour of New Zealand - North and South Island where I made some amazing friends and fell in love with a wonderful guy from England. 10 years later we are happily married with a baby and some people from the tour even came to our wedding! Thank you so much Contiki!

  • EmmaBayliss

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    over 2 years ago

    my most amazing adventure was climbing to the annapurna base camp in the himalayan mountains of nepal with my ten best school friends, when we were 16. we spent 10 days trekking and pitching tents everynight, and taking them down in the icy cold mornings. one of the girls injured her knee, and the whole team slowed down for her.
    it was such an emotional milestone, such a physical and mental achievement, that when we arrived at the top of the base camp we had the biggest group hug! the scenery in the mountains makes you feel so insignificant, and confirms the beauty and power of the wonderful world we live in.
    looking forward to my two contikis this year!!! happy birthday, and thanks!
    emma

  • Explorer1368568

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    over 2 years ago

    An amazing holiday to Phuket in Thailand involved visiting Phi Phi Island, James Bond Island, plenty of shopping and copious amounts of delicious (and cheap) thai food! Would love to travel to another country sometime soon - think i've caught the travel bug.

  • JettaK2

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was a contiki tour of New Zealand - North and South Island where I made some amazing friends and fell in love with a wonderful guy from England. 10 years later we are happily married with a baby and some people from the tour even came to our wedding! Thank you so much Contiki!

  • Explorer1228254

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    over 2 years ago

    definitely the contiki trip i took just before christmas in 2010, the craziest 16 days of my life. my favourite part was the massive snowball fight we had on Mt Pilatus in Switzerland. We had so much fun that we forgot that we were running around in minus 10 degrees celcius weather!

  • JettaK2

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was a contiki tour of New Zealand - North and South Island where I made some amazing friends and fell in love with a wonderful guy from England. 10 years later we are happily married with a baby and some people from the tour even came to our wedding! Thank you so much Contiki!

  • Vorbis

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    over 2 years ago

    I was backpacking through Australia. I'd dropped out and was heading North, not to anywhere in particular - North to the top of Australia, then up into Indonesia, then up through into Asia as the mood took me.

    Met a travelling companion along the way - Viking God, a Norwegian ex-doctor who'd had an early mid-life crisis and moved to Vanuatu to be a pearl farmer.

    It's been six years since I've seen him now, and I have his name and the city he was born in, but no other way to contact him to say that I found the pearls he left in the drawer of the backpackers we stayed at last before he went back to Norway (along with two pairs of underpants and a pair of thongs).

    I'd love to track him down and get them back to him somehow. The sleuthing through Scandanavia would be the next big adventure.

  • EmmaBayliss

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    over 2 years ago

    my most amazing adventure was climbing to the annapurna base camp in the himalayan mountains of nepal with my ten best school friends, when we were 16. we spent 10 days trekking and pitching tents everynight, and taking them down in the icy cold mornings. one of the girls injured her knee, and the whole team slowed down for her.
    it was such an emotional milestone, such a physical and mental achievement, that when we arrived at the top of the base camp we had the biggest group hug! the scenery in the mountains makes you feel so insignificant, and confirms the beauty and power of the wonderful world we live in.
    looking forward to my two contikis this year!!! happy birthday, and thanks!
    emma

  • AlexAnderson

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    over 2 years ago

    Cruise from Miami to LA through the Panama canal. Insane!

  • Jessica

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    over 2 years ago

    THE most incredible journey so far that i have undertaken was when i decided to go on exchange to Oregon State University in Oregon, USA. When I thought about it, I decided it would be best to do some touring around hte states as well! (of course!) So i did a CONTIKI tour around california ( with a special trip to vegas!) However i was 10 days off being 21 in Vegas!! (Bummer I KNOW). This trip was not only my first solo trip ever but it was also an over seas adventure! Contiki were so supportive and helped out when things went pear shaped, (i soon learnt to keep my passort close by my side). Not only did i meet some great people on the contiki tour but i got to do a term and OSU and make so many friends, which i miss terribly! I will NEVER forget that trip, filled with ups and downs which has made it something that i will always cherish. Full of memories that i will pass on down to my future children and grandchildren.
    Taking part on another contiki has been on my mind for a while now, however being a university student money is hard to come by so winning one would be EXCELLENT! Come onContiki help me find new exciting adventures in another country again!

  • amandagriffin88

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    over 2 years ago

    Ever since I was a kid "The Parent Trap" was my favorite movie. Watching those adorable red headed twins (i have red hair also, may be a tad bias!) head off to American summer camp and have, what appeared to be, the coolest time ever! There was rowing, food fights, cabins and nice friendly camp leaders - I wanted to be one of those people! So in 2009 I look a leave of absence from Uni and off I went to Philadelphia, USA to be a Camp Councillor for the summer! We made bracelets, played sports, learned cheer-leading and went on weekly trips to the second biggest mall in America! (WOO!) Once a fortnight we also got to "chaperone" on an excursion - New York City, Baltimore, Washington DC, Ocean City or 6 Flags theme park, I was very lucky, and the kid's were not too evil! Camp was an AWESOME adventure and I think it was even better than "The Parent Trap" because not only did I get to enter into a pie eating competition (I came second - A tragedy), but I can confirm that I do not have any hidden twin siblings! Well at least not in Philadelphia....

  • fiona

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure was the Contiki European Magic (winter) tour I went on in January. I made friends with some amazing people and experienced Europe in a way that I dreamed of doing. I enjoyed every minute of the tour and knew that it definitely wouldn't be my last tour! I took part in all the optional extras and went out everynight, making the most of such an amazing experience.
    In Amsterdam I was picked by a stripper in the live sex show to take part, in the Rhine Valley we did enough Flügel shots as a group to knock them down like dominos, in Munich we drank beer like true Germans, in Austria we had the greatest snow fight (the whole tour group got involved), in Italy we relived Romeo and Juliette in Verona and then made our way to the beautiful city of Venice, which truely lived up to my expectations Gondala ride, masks and the Rialto Bridge...the Italians sure have it good! Lucerne provided us with the one and only true Swiss chocolate and Swiss watches and we even got to party it up on our pub crawl with the Swiss Army, as well as losing my coat (definitely didn't help on a European winter tour)! Last but not least, the city of romance and lights, Paris. Paris was amazing and always is, so many sites to see in such little time, but we managed to do it! Our trip to the Eiffle Tower was an experience in itself, ice skating on the Eiffle Tower made it so special and exciting! Our final night together was one to remember, watching a show at the one and only Moulin Rouge.

    I would do anything to relive this experience and see things that I never managed to do. Definitely a trip that I will never forget and people I will never forget!
    Happy 50th Birthday Contiki and thanks!

  • Jessevans

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    over 2 years ago

    By Far my most incredible journey so far was my exchange to thailand in 2009, staying with a family meant you got to experiance everything the country had to offer, and gained a new family in the process. the food was incredible, the sights, sounds and (some) of the smells were amazing. but the people blew me away the most.

  • mw

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    over 2 years ago

    My gfs and I flew into lax and decided to rent a car and road trip to Vegas for a night. Woke up the next morning then drove back to Cali to attend coachella. Spent the next few days sleeping in the desert. Music + sunshine = good times. After coachella spent a few days in Cali. It was a short trip but fell in love in Cali and Vegas and can't wait to go back.

  • Explorer1374859

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    over 2 years ago

    My biggest adventure has been my life, with my family I traveled around australia and lived in nearly every state while I was growing up until we settled back down in Adelaide after my parents split. My life has been full of ups and downs and a lot of scary moments too but last year when both my parents fell sick at the same time I never expected or wanted to imagine that both would pass away within 28 hours of each other, since then I have been wondering aimlessly not sure of what to do with my life, I recently decided I wanted to go to traveling with what money I have left from my fathers estate as he would of wanted me to enjoy it and my mothers husband is now suing us for everything she left us and more so I feel if I leave it I will never get to do this because I will probably end up spending the rest on lawyers bills. If I won this trip I make the most of everyday and the reason I want to travel now is because I need to make myself happy and I can't rely on those around me to do it anymore, I need to live life to the full and enjoy this short time I have because you never know when it may be taken away and I dont want regrets! thanks for those who spent the time reading my story xxx

  • Rob

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    over 2 years ago

    I always wanted to run with the bulls, and the only flight I could get on was to Milan. So I decided to fly there with a couple buddies and drive it. First stop on the road trip was at Nice, France, but on the way there we had to drive through Genoa. The highway that runs through that city is a black whole...so we basically took the main highway through the city and when leaving the city we took a different tunnel each time. However every tunnel we took put us on a one way highway back to the start. After circling the city for 3 hours, we finally figured out the tunnel to take is the one that says it will send you back to Milan.

    We arrive in Nice a couple hours before sunset, but it is a Sunday so only one bar is open. We pre-game at a really crazy hostel and then go to the only bar open on a Sunday, and that was pretty crazy.

    The next day was a stop in Barcelona, but when passing by Marseilles, we decide to stop for lunch to say we've been there. Getting in was easy, but getting out turned out to be impossible. After lunch we got stuck in a traffic jam for another 3 hours, not to mention the fact that the French are some of the most intense drivers I have ever seen, and I am from New York.

    Eventually we end up at Barcelona, only after being stopped at the border by some of the most intense cops with automatic weapons I have ever seen. Once we finally arrive in Barcelona, we have one crazy night. The next day we see La Granada Familia and hang out at the beach. Barcelona is a great city, it has everything from culture to architecture to the beach.

    After two days in Barcelona, we head over to Pamplona for the festival; basically a sea of white clothes and sangria. In the morning we wake up to run with the bulls. Unfortunately we get into the running track at the wrong point and almost get kicked out, along with hundreds and hundreds of other people that made the same mistake. Luckily a small group of people were able to sneak into an enclosure (between the plywood and glass windows/doors, that was there to protect said glass from the bulls. The police saw us go in, but we were able to bar the doors long enough for them to move on and kick out everybody else who made the mistake. After it was safe, we all came out. Luckily a kiwi we were hiding us with told us not to run with the first wave of people, because they end up too far ahead of the bulls and therefore are not allowed into the Colosseum at the end because they do not "deserve it" because they never end up seeing the bulls. I end up running with the second wave and am able to not be run over. Once in the Colosseum, they release smaller bulls with their horns capped, so there are no gorings, but people get knocked around. The running was an adrenaline rush, but the Colosseum was just fun.

    Later we did one more night of the festival, and then had to drive back to Milan in the morning. We end up driving 13hours straight to get back. On the route back we drove through the Alps in pitch black listening to French techno stations, which was a whole adventure of its own.

    We slept in the car under a street lamp and caught our flight the next day...that was my adventure and if it earns my a trip to Europe, it will officially become the trip that keeps on giving.

  • charmed_tiger6

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    over 2 years ago

    European Whirl...11th of May 2007 - 29th of May 2007 (As you can see, I am now getting a bit overdue for an incredible adventure!) Day in, day out hearing the song 'Here we go, here we go, here we go again' which at first we were all like 'oh no..' but in the end we were jumping around singing to it :) Climbing the steps of the Eiffel Tower to avoid wasting heaps of time waiting for the elevator and then part walking, part running to the Lourve from the Eiffel Tower because it decided to rain. Trying out new foods and drinks with people we just met but bonded with real fast. I will never forget the face of one of my fellow travellers when they made her try a snail first because it was her birthday! If only the tour went for longer and we got to visit more countries :) It was quite the experience!

  • SarahBrisbane

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing adventure I have had was the Berlin to Budapest tour at the beginning of the year. It was absolutely magical. We wandered through Berlin and saw the ruins of the Berlin Wall, the site where Hitler spent his final hours and the moving Holocaust memorial. To actually stand where all of these historical events took place was very sobering. We continued on to Prague, which was the most beautiful place I have been. Traditional Czech food, stunning achitecture and very cheap shopping were all amazing.
    In Vienna, we had dinner and a classical concert in a palace, a wonderful experience that we got to share with our new Contiki friends. All in all, it was the most amazing experience I've had in my life!

  • Nina

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    over 2 years ago

    One year, we took a family vacation to Mexico where we rented four wheelers. We rode the four wheelers through the jungle, where I hit a tree, but was fine! Just scared my mom a little bit. Then we drove the four wheelers to a cenote, where we swam for a while. Then we got back on the the four wheelers and drove to a spot where we watched the sun go down. It was an adventure I will never forget.

  • Julie88

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    over 2 years ago

    It was my first trip overseas last year to North America. I spent the most amazing five weeks touring around USA and Canada. I experienced everything the two countries had to offer. From the bright lights of New York, to the French speaking Canada, to the beautiful Niagara Falls, to the quiet life in the Mid-West and a trip to Las Vegas is not complete without getting married by Elvis (even if it was fake). Thanks Contiki for a great time. I made some great friends that will last a lifetime.

  • ap

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was my first ever overseas trip which was to Egypt. I still can't believe that I actually saw the Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, and that I celebrated New Years Egyptian-style on a Nile River felucca. I still dream about waking up to the smell of freshly baked pita bread and eating the freshest and most wholesome falafel for 20c!. Just amazing.

  • Irene

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    over 2 years ago

    My incredible travel adventure is in the golden land of Burma/Myanmar.
    [C]ontemplate thousands of sacred stupas spreaded across the plains of Myanmar which are their country’s greatest treasure.
    [O]verlooking their most sacred Buddhist pagoda covered with genuine gold plates and enshrined with relics of the past four Buddhas, the Shwedagon pagoda.
    [N]oticing their unique culture and high respect of humanity rather than wealth itself.                 
    [T]eaching and encouraging their children to be monks rather than professional job as monks are venerated members of Burmese society and ranked higher than common people disregard of wealth.
    [I]n-depth respect to monks by waiting eagerly every morning to give them food without them asking and offering the front seat of the jeep which is one of their public transport even though it is already packed with people.
    [K]eeping the feeling of disbelief while staring at the golden rock teetering on the edge of chasm at Kyaikthiyo has proven the unbelievable is believable.
    [I]ntrinsically beautiful people and country that invigorate my emotions and will ceaselessly stay in my soul.

  • Steph

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    over 2 years ago

    White water rafting in Cairns, Australia. Part JURASSIC PARK, part LOST, total paradise, it was amazing going down the river and seeing the beautiful butterflies and then of course, being thrown out of the raft after a big rapid. Then, swimming in the river and floating and soaking up my surroundings and enjoying the natural wonders around me. Doesn't get better than that! Well yes, maybe it does on a European adventure?

  • rjworland

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    over 2 years ago

    My incredible adventure took place in April 2007 when I travelled to Thailand with family and family friends. There was 18 of us and we got to enjoy the Thai New Year Songkran festivities. Water fights in the main street and a wonderful day trip where the staff were allowed to join in festivities with us. It was great to see the young workers having fun, smiling ear to ear and sharing their tradition with us.. Was definitely an experience I will never forget =]

  • evelyn<3

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    over 2 years ago

    Last Summer was my very first time taking a vacation all alone, no friends, no bf, just no one. Me, myself and I. To be honest I had a very uneasy feeling in my tummy the whole plane ride. BUT the moment I met my Contiki group at the hotel lobby and got ready to head over to the Eiffel tower ALL insecurities flew away. I met the most amazing group of people. We all became the BEST of friends within a couple of minutes. I had the adventure of a lifetime and cant wait to do it all over again. xoxo

  • gemmz

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    over 2 years ago

    My biggest adventue.... well im still living it. I hail from a small town in nz called Oamaru, i was sitting at work in little ol' Oamaru one day and heard the radio advert say enlist in the royal new zealand navy. i thought why not, so immediately i filled out the application, and within 2 months i was accepted and off to big smoke known as Auckland, on my 20th birthday i signed a contract with the RNZN.. I spent nearly 4 years in the navy, met some of the most amazing people. I left the navy to see what else was out there and ended up working in an adult concept shop for a bit of variety (not as seedy as you may think..). I then moved onto a call centre job where i spent 3 years moving up the chain.. One day in august last year i got asked if i wanted to take up a position in our melbourne office. I immediately said yes!!! 3 weeks later i had packed up my house and the last 8 years of life in Auckland and was on an airoplane to an even bigger "big smoke" Melbourne. I have now been here for nearly 8 months and can honestly say i have and am enjoying every minute of the work opportunities that have come my way.. My next big adventure will hopefully be of a holidaying kind where i can relax and enjoy new sights whithout the hassel of a 9-5 job for a week or two. :-)

  • Johno-W'Gong

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    over 2 years ago

    Went on the most awesome 45 day ultimate european tour. Had the greatest time, made some amazing friends. The it was off to Mykonos for a week and then the 7 day Contiki Cruise around the Greek islands with a great tour manager and great people.

    Amazing 2 month holiday!

  • Explorer1211228

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    over 2 years ago

    Going to New Zealand on contiki in Jan this year, one of the best things I have ever done. I jumped off a bridge, walked on a galcier, drank some amazing new zealand beer and a whole heap more amazing things. I made friends for life and have some of the best memories I'm choosing my next contiki at the moment so I can guarantee an adventure of a lifetime

  • tjb18

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    over 2 years ago

    It was my first trip overseas I was only 16 and traveling to Bali with my family.
    I was so use to the civilization of Australia so when I arrived in Bali I had the shock of my life, walking down the terminal I was getting hassled by these tiny Indonesian people.
    The days went on and I was spending my money on bags, clothes anything I could get my hands on. One day I went off by myself for an adventure and found this village, I stopped at the site of kids playing with sticks and ropes. They noticed me there and invited me into their home, as I was walking in the kids were fascinated by me. I sat on the floor where everyone was sitting, the kids were tugging on me asking me to play so I did and had more fun than I could ever imagine. That was the highlight of my 2 week stay in Bali, I’ve since gone back and visited the kind and amazingly they remembered me.

  • Explorer1382275

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    over 2 years ago

    It is because of my Contiki experience that I can now say I have sung karaoke, paraglided over the Austria alps, drank more schnapps that I could have imagined, been in a bobsled on an olympic track and learnt how ski, even completing a black run by the end of the week! I did all this in just one week on the Ski Austria trip in December 2011. It was such an awesome experience to be able to meet new people and board with them, while all trying so many new things! Its definately an experience I will cherish forever.

  • Hayden

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    over 2 years ago

    I went on an Ultimate European last year for 45 days and made some of the best friends and memories of my life, this was by far the most incredible adventure I have been on! Not long after my holiday Contiki started giving away free Thailand Contiki's with longer European ones and even though we missed out about 20 people from my tour are all going to go on one together anyway at the end of the year and I can't wait to see them again and create even more awesome travel memories!

  • Jezzcar

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was the opportunity of a lifetime for the 16 year old me. My school partnered up with another school in the north of France and began an exchange program. It was the first time I'd ever been overseas, and so far has been the last. I stayed with a host family and got to experience every day life for them, such as the food, the activities and their school life. Things that were so much different to back home in Australia. My group and I went on excursions to Paris, Versailles, Amiens, Fromelles, Belgium and Lille. Some of those trips were very sobering, as we visited gravesites of WWI victims from Australia and NZ, but that was perfectly balanced with exciting and jaw-dropping experiences such as seeing the Eiffel tower for the very first time and going crazy at EuroDisney. It was an amazing experience, and I got to share it with one of my best friends, which was the icing on the cake. It really opened my eyes towards different countries and their cultures and helped me appreciate the diversity of our planet.

  • Aleisha91

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    over 2 years ago

    The best adventure i have been on would hands down have to be travelling to Sydney last year with my sister to see Eminem live!!! best concert i have been too, was able to get into the after party to see royce da 5''9 and Eminem's DJ playing!!! was such an awesome night, will never forget that!!

  • Maddie

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    over 2 years ago

    My first and only overseas adventure so far, involved myself and 6 other medical students travelling to rural Nepal in Dec 2010 to volunteer at a rural medical outpost! This was my first experience of another amazing (and crazy) culture, and it was so exciting to step out of the airport (with no customs) and into a waiting bus for the craziest ride through Kathmandu traffic. Our driver Raj kept asking tik cha, tik cha (ok?) as he weaved madly through little laneways and crowded roads. It was so amazing to spend 1 month with a family in Chitwan, and I grew to love our Ama (mum) and her amazing dhal bhat every day, for twice a day. It was pretty exhilarating to discover we were on teh edge of the National Park, and it wasn't unusual for rhinos to causally wander across for a visit! We definitely felt a bit sore after our 45 minute bike ride to the clinic each way over some pretty rough terrain, but it was definitely worth it for the views of the Himalaya's and the smiling faces of our patients! I will forever remember the amazing children we tutored english, the incredible family we stayed with and friends we met (now call them 'brothers'), and the many 'rooftop parties' and good times we shared. I would love to have another overseas adventure, and couldn't think of a better way than with a contiki through Europe!!!

  • wanderlust89

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to Australia for three months on my own when I was 18, straight out of highschool. I was lucky enough to have the sweetest family take me in and show my around for the first week, than I decided to sign up for the two week 'Beaches and Reefs' Contiki tour of Australia's East Coast. The things I saw, people I met, and things I experienced in those two weeks made the next two months I spent in Australia two hundred times better than it would have been otherwise. I now have friends for life who live around the world from that tour. I'd go back in a heartbeat. <3 Aus

  • jwatson

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure was Contiki New Zealand in 2009. It was a year and a half since my friends and i had finished school and I went with 3 of my closest friends. We met so many amazing people, saw many amazon sights and did every possible exciting activity. Both the bus driver and your guide did everything they possibly could to make it a great trip for everyone. It was my first trip overseas and holiday without my parents and it was certainly one I will never forget!

  • matttk92

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on was a nineteen day Contiki through Europe I did earlier this year. I met some amazing people and had the time of my life. I need to go back so I can do research into a cure for post-Contiki depression (PCD). PCD ruins lives.

  • jh.adman21

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on was a pilgrimage that i did to the Ganges river in Varanasi India a few years back. Watching the nightly ceremony along the banks of the Ganges, a group of merchant kids made their way over to me (clearly a foreigner) to try to sell bracelets and whatnots and there was an 11 year old girl who would not leave me alone. Eventually she stopped heckling me to buy something and just sat and talked to me, turns out she spoke fluent Spanish so we talked even more. We talked for a few hours and the next morning I saw her for a morning sail of the river where we laughed and shared life stories.. after hours of walking the alleyways of Varanasi, I had to say good bye.. with nothing to give her I apologized but she pulls out a photograph that was once taken and developed for her.. gives it to me and thanks me for being her friend.. I’ll never forget that moment.

    But lets fast forward nine months and my twin sister is having an adventure of her own in India.. calls me up at 4am on day and says “I just met Moni”

    My sister walked up to the banks of the river and saw a group of kids.. without seeing their faces and without thinking she said “Moni”.. and a little girl turned around. My sister runs to her and says you know my brother. And she says yea I just sold something to him earlier.. my sister says no no you REALLY know him and pulls out a picture of me to try to explain. Moni begins to cry, and so does my sister. And they went on to share the exact same experience I had with her.

    The world's a small place.. that's why I love traveling.

  • missbee

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on was my around the world trip last year. I worked 3 jobs at the same time to save up for it (i had spent almost a year planning). I did 10 countries in 6 and a half weeks, from asia to western europe across to the UK, over to Canada, down into the US and home again. Severe jet lag was suffered but definitely the craziest, but most amazing trip ever!

  • GJ

    GJ

    over 2 years ago

    My first and so far only Adventure was to Thailand in 2010. The culture explosion that is Bangkok had me hooked from the get go, the markets and food was amazing, then followed by Phuket which was so beautiful and fun at the same time. The locals were worth flying all that way just to meet, most happy people ever!! Next adventure is the Big chill next month, saving up for 2 years for this, getting giddy just thinking about it! :-D

  • Jo

    Jo

    over 2 years ago

    From the scarily awesome bobsledding in Austria, to eating the best pizza-by-weight and hangin' out with the Pope for his Easter address in Rome, to all the sights and experiences of Amsterdam and the interesting vending machines in Switzerland, the USA had a bit to live up to... Which it did! Hot air ballooning in Albuquerque, a chopper ride over the Grand Canyon, the amazing night life of New orleans and the cruisey tunes of BB Kings in Memphis, not to mention the larger than life and fun-filled Vegas, my combined Euro/US contiki adventure of 2011 was so much fun, I love-love-loved the contiki life! Have made some amazing friends from all over the globe, and cant wait to do it again.

  • Jo

    Jo

    over 2 years ago

    From the scarily awesome bobsledding in Austria, to eating the best pizza-by-weight and hangin' out with the Pope for his Easter address in Rome, to all the sights and experiences of Amsterdam and the interesting vending machines in Switzerland, the USA had a bit to live up to... Which it did! Hot air ballooning in Albuquerque, a chopper ride over the Grand Canyon, the amazing night life of New orleans and the cruisey tunes of BB Kings in Memphis, not to mention the larger than life and fun-filled Vegas, my combined Euro/US contiki adventure of 2011 was so much fun, I love-love-loved the contiki life! Have made some amazing friends from all over the globe, and cant wait to do it again.

  • Timothy

    Timothy

    over 2 years ago

    I'm still waiting for that incredible adventure to have

  • sugarr

    sugarr

    over 2 years ago

    I have a bunch of fantastic highlights from various trips including experience a year in Denmark as an exchange student, travelling Europe with a bunch of awesome fellow Contiki-ites which included Oktoberfest (the best party ever), exploring the pyramids of Giza in Egypt, sailing the Greek Islands whilst eating and drinking all day long, freezing to near death in Eastern Europe because I foolishly chose to camp in the month of September, trawling the theme parks in California with my Aussie mate who I met on a previous Contiki and I'm leaving next week for a three week trip to Singapore and Vietnam (and of course travelling again with Contiki through Vietnam)!

  • Katherine

    Katherine

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I've been on so far, was the Territory and outback contiki tour back in 2010 over new years. Meet the most amazing people.

  • mixie3stp

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was seeing the ruins in Mexico, I haven't been that far around the wolrd!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sherry

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    over 2 years ago

    The best and only adventure I've ever been on was Egypt 2010/2011. I practically went and visited most of the amazing attractions there. From the Great Pyramids and Sphinx, to the tombs of the Kings and Queens of Egypt in Luxor and Aswan and their temples. Not only that I got the chance to go on a Nile cruise for 4days. However my adventure didn't end there, in my last 10days of the trip I was forced to stay indoors due to the Revolution that began on 25th January 2011. But it was possibly the best experience. I'd like to extend my experience though with going to Europe, its definitely on top of my list. And I'm sure there is not any other better way to do it than with Contiki :)

  • petahh29

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was one I took recently. Last semester fall 2011 I studied abroad in Cyprus. It consisted of 25 American students from all over the country. 9 out of the 25, including myself were part of the Semester in Europe. We traveled to 16 other different countries in Europe while studying. It was the greatest experience. Also on our free time we were able to travel ourselves. A few friends and I went to Egypt also. I saw everything from the eiffel tower, pyramids, colosseum, greek ruins and so on. I've done a lot while abroad as well such as: jumping off a cliff into the Mediterranean, riding a camel in the Sahara desert, climbing mountains, climbing the eiffel tower, trying endless different kinds of food and MORE. It will take about a whole books length to describe everything I have seen. It was the greatest experience ever!! I experienced many different cultures and experiences, which helped me grow as a person. I also gained a family while abroad, the friendships turned into a family of love. I will never trade this experience for anything!! This experience offered by contiki would help me further my travels and love for adventure.

  • jeany88

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure story is one from my home country. It was spontaneous, girly, and definitely boundary-pushing. It was last year; a group of girlfriends and I decided to up and leave New Zealand's capital city for a week and trip-it down to the Abel Tasman National Park in the South Island. We walked for a few days in the absolute wilderness, through beaches, over bush-clad tracks, and past baches. We stayed in Department of Conservation huts with no electricity and sat outside chatting in the freezing cold with only our eyes and noses showing. By the end of it our muscles ached and we were slightly traumatised by the sight of a trapped ferret but we had bonded, and we were utterly sun-kissed and relaxed. It was great. Couldn't have been better, in fact.

  • Explorer1377283

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was going to the Philippines with my boyfriend! Such an amazing place and we ended up in Boracay, the most beautiful place in the world! Exploring, through hiking, snorkeling, shopping and jet skiing, I will never forget it!
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  • mariakv

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    over 2 years ago

    Warning.. I am rather long winded...

    My craziest adventure is a bit cliche, but it happened in Taupo, New Zealand. Lake Taupo is one of the largest crater lakes, it is big enough to hold all of Singapore. It is said that the lake was formed by one of the largest volcanic explosions in the world.

    A few days prior to arriving I had promised a friend that I would sky dive with her. Why on earth I made said promise I am not sure. Plus.. it was Halloween.

    We didn’t even get dropped off at the hostel, so there wasn’t really much room to back out. We went straight to the sky diving place – called Free Fall. Sky-diving in Taupo is completely weather dependent, so if its raining and gray – you are not going to get to go up. Some how miraculously the sun came out shortly after we arrived so our safety briefing pretty much consisted of “hey guys, weathers good, sign this waiver you know uh.. just in case.. and listen to your guide” So much for extensive instruction! Oh and I should note that they also put on two videos to “pump us up” but all they succeeded in doing is freaking me out even more. It was actually probably a good thing that they didn’t give us a full on briefing because I probably would have had a panic attack.

    After suiting up and becoming completely silent we boarded the plane (when I’m scared/nervous/freaked out I tend to completely shut up… which is a rare thing for me). OH… and I should also state that they said they would not charge us until we “successfully completed the jump” it was SOOOOOOOOOOOoooooooooooooo comforting to know that if I died I wouldn’t be charged $350 for it! fjkaljsksljaks.

    So.. Lucy (my friend) is as happy can be. She decided to get the full on video package so is all smiles and waves and thumbs ups and peace signs in the front of the plane.. and I’m completely mute, scared and worried I’m going to die in the back. It also doesn’t help that the guy I’m jumping with Rhys has a VERY sarcastic personality. A fact that I normally love, but when I’m mute and trying to figure out why the hell I’m jumping out of a plane in the first place the last thing I want to hear is Rhys telling me that ‘my straps are bit lose but hopefully we’ll stay connected’ and that “there is a tear at the top but it should be able to last for one more jump’.

    Oxygen masks came down (because I made the decision to not just do 12,000 but jump 15,000 feet – go big or go home?? I guess? Or I am a complete idiot) and Rhys’s comedy performance had to end. Door opens, and by door I mean pretty much half of the plane (we are in a tiny plane). Here comes major freak out number two (and by number two, I mean number 5,000,002) I am the last person out of the plane. Which you think would be a good thing, but in actuality means you watch 6 other groups of people literally fall out of a plane!! It’s not like they slip out and do a ballet move and smile and blow a kiss and then fall gracefully down, they literally plummet down to the earth, and thats all you see. One group drop.. then another.. then another. Did not help the stress levels! At this point I’m actually extremely grateful that Rhys is connected to me because if he hadn’t been I probably wouldn’t have ever left the plane.

    So finally its go time. I lean back, put my head against his shoulders and the next thing I know.. we are off. Now being the insane WUS that I am, I was expecting to be terrified and screaming the whole day down… not at all! It was actually AMAZING. It’s so crazy because you are literally falling towards the earth.. but it feels like your floating. Ok, your cheeks feel a bit weird because of the wind and it is slightly difficult to breathe, but you can’t really focus on that. You’re too busy taking in everything around you and the crazy view that you have… in my case of Lake Taupo and the surrounding areas. It was seriously amazing… and I’m not kidding when I say it’s not scary at all! (i’m not talking about the plane ride and the initial exiting of the plane.. that of couse did scare the crap of me.. I’m talking about the sky dive itself).

    So after 60 seconds of free falling the parachute goes up. This was freak out number 3 (or 5,000,003). For like 0.00000000000001 of a second I felt like I was being disconnected from Rhys and that I literally was going to die and drop down to earth with out him. I went to scream, but before I even got to do that the parachute went up and I was wisked back up in the air.. and still connected to my good old sarcastic buddy! We then sort of float back down to the ground with Rhys steering the parachutes so we can have different views.

    We get down to the ground and I’m ectstatic. I can’t believe that I just did that. I can’t stop smiling.. literally. Rhys disconnects us and I pretty much say what I just wrote here, followed by good old comforting Rhys saying “Well.. Maria.. YOU didn’t actually do anything” fair play Rhys… fair play.

    But i LOVE LOVE LOVED it. From being so scared to begin with I was so proud of myself afterwords. I really am a huge wus, so the fact that I did actually sky dive at 15,000 feet with 60 seconds of free fall is pretty impressive. And you know what? I would do it again! In a heart beat! Just need to save up enough money and pick a different country to do it in :)

  • a.woolf15

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    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure would have to be going to Fiji last year to help the Girl Guide Association strengthen their programme and train their leaders. We travelled from Nadi to Suva stopping at villages along the way teaching the girls and leaders new songs and new craft ideas. We also did three overnight camps and got to go to Bau Island which is where the Chief and the President of Fiji live.
    We had a homestay for one night and got to experience having cold showers every morning in certain areas of the island and we also had plenty of Kava. It really helps you sleep.
    I met so many amazing people and made friends with the four leaders that came over to join the New Zealand team of four for the three weeks.
    I really love to travel and am actually going to Rarotonga in June and would love to do a Contiki tour but can't afford it at the moment. It is one of the many things I want to do while I have a chance.

  • Heidi

    Heidi

    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure I have ever been on was when I was travelling through Europe with one of my best friends. We had the most amazing time and met the most amazing people. Even though we missed our plane to Denmark, had to fork out 100 euro to upgrade to first class to train to Nice because there "was no seats" and stayed in a hotel in Germany that had no fans or windows, but it was 38 degrees - we still had the best time ever! Skinny dipping in the south of France, meeting famous musicians in London and endless partying and shopping far outweighed the negatives :) My dream is to go to Switzerland and Austria so this adventure sounds absolutely amazing!

  • Jo

    Jo

    over 2 years ago

    From the scarily awesome bobsledding in Austria, to eating the best pizza-by-weight and hangin' with the Pope for his Easter address in Rome, to getting "lost" in Venice, to the sights and experiences of Amsterdam and interesting vendig machines of Switzerland, the USA had a lot to live up to.... which it did! Hot air ballooning in Albuquerque, a chopper ride over the Grand Canyon, the amazing night life of New Orleans, the cruisy tunes of BB King's in Memphis, and of COURSE the larger than life and totally fun-filled Vegas baby, Vegas. My 2011 Euro/US contiki adventure was so much fun, I made some lifelong friends from all over the globe, and I cannot wait to do it again someday!

  • littlesparrow

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    over 2 years ago

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    Feeling the desert wind whisk past the scarf framing my face, I can still remember climbing the pyramids with a strangely still landscape behind me. No queues, no limited availability between ruins. A void Valley of the Kings where we could spend hours admiring the vibrant colours of Nefertiti's tomb. Afternoons resting on board feluccas alongside another empty cruise.

    So few tourists had ventured into the Middle East that December, the handful remaining knew each other intimately. I was eleven years old in 2001. My youngest sister was six. People thought we were crazy.

    Yet if you could look past the calls for 'baksheesh' vastly outnumbering the foreigners, the country was peaceful. One local so welcoming he almost lost his scooter cutting through oncoming Cairo traffic to greet my family. 'Welcome to Egypt' he sang. So saddeningly eager to prove perception in the West wasn't reality. Ramadan still stirred the streets for a half hour each night, the stars lay just as bright around a Bedouin fire, the mosques still greeted the sunrise in beautiful chorus, Arabian scents still drew you through souks, and your hotel's continental breakfasts were still maddeningly bland.

    Eleven years later I'm returning at twice my age to hopefully twice the country I left. This time making the mistake of travelling in the heat of June. I hope to dive into the wake of the Arab Spring and taste an even richer fruit. Flourishing adventure in an oasis nourished by the political swoon.

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  • MM

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure was my Europe trip 2010.
    I love the feeling of exploring a new city, soaking up the culture, trying new foods, (trying to) talk to the locals, experiencing new cultures.
    Most def a life changing experience for me!

  • EmmaV25

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    over 2 years ago

    I am yet to go on a Contiki but my best adventure so far was Summer 2010/2011 - my boyfriend & I hired a Wicked van and travelled the East Coast of Australia - we stopped at Byron Bay for New Years Eve and spent 2 weeks trekking through all of the beautiful East Coast beaches - we didn't plan any of our stopovers and basically just stopped whenever we felt like it! It was the most random and amazing adventure - we met great people, saw BRILLIANT places and had an experience of a lifetime! Next stop: Contiki time =D

  • Tania

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    over 2 years ago

    Last year, a friend and I went on a two month EAA (Epic Asia Adventure). My parents were a bit wary as we were just two girls, but the trip was completely incident-free and we had an absolutely blast. We went to South Korea, Japan, China, Hong Kong and Macau so as you can imagine there was A LOT of shopping done. We ended up having to ship back almost 50kg worth of luggage, and at one point we had to carry 60kg of luggage from Japan to Busan then all way up to Seoul. After that day I really felt like we were Amazing Race material! On once particular day we even crossed three borders in about 24 hours. Very Amazing Race like. I plan to do another trip to Asia at the end of this year if I can convince my parents to let me go by myself. *Fingers crossed!!*

  • DoraExplorer

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    over 2 years ago

    Thanks to Contiki I first caught the travel bug on the 12 Day Vietnam Experience this year. I certainly recommend this tour, the people you travel with, the things you can see and do is all worth it. Visiting Halong Bay on the last couple days is the peak of the tour and the best way to wrap up a trip of a life time. Thanks to Contiki I will definitely be traveling with them again in the near future......once my studies are complete! WOoooO Contiki!!

  • janem

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to Fiji with my family and it was amazing! I was able to talk to the locals and even went shopping at a fiji market. I bought so many dresses and sarongs my cupboard is bursting!! At night time I loved sitting by the pool or getting a cocktail but sometimes both. This adventure was amazing and I'm so glad I got to spend it with my family!!! :)

  • MalUrsiae

    MalUrsiae

    over 2 years ago

    I haven't been on a Contiki adventure. I have been to Madrid for a short trip, which was the most wonderful and eye-opening experience I have had yet. I am a total European history buff and would love to visit all the treasures of my ancestry on a tour through Europe. I am planning to visit Egypt on a Contiki tour in the near future as I have always dreamed of going there. I want to travel as much as I can while I can.

  • KateP

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    over 2 years ago

    I went to America with my family when I was 12 years old. We went to Disneyland which was absolutely amazing, like a fairytale place. It's every kids dream to visit Disneyland and I was fortunate to experience this. While I was just walking around Disneyland I bumped into someone from my school from back in New Zealand where i live. Just goes to show how small the world really is. Such an amazing experience that I will never forget!

  • Explorer1333936

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    over 2 years ago

    Spending 5 months in Canada as an exchange student and learning french at a high school. I got to meet amazing people and try amazing food. I especially loved Toronto <3

  • Emma

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    over 2 years ago

    I did the Wild Western in America, it was the most amazing experience. It was my first solo travel adventure. I was in two minds on whether to go or not because my friend was supposed to come with me but pulled out. It was one of my best decisions to go it alone. I made lifetime friends as we explored the sights of California, Nevada and Arizona. From the clubs and parties of Vegas to the breathtaking views of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite. Next on my list of places to visit is Europe or Asia and I am planning on doing some Contikis along the way :)

  • Cassee

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    over 2 years ago

    I am actually yet to go on a holiday....unless you include camping trips to the closest beach, or when I went to Adelaide for karate :P
    My boyfriend as I have been talking about doing a contiki tour in the near future...would love to go to Europe where both our families are originally from. I reckon it would be so cool, and interesting to experience a different culture, and see what the world has to offer! Cannot wait until I am actually out of Uni, and can actually afford to travel! World, look out!

  • Beki

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    over 2 years ago

    I was taken on my first trip overseas to England when i was 11 with my Nan. This started my love for travel and i was determined i was going to go and see Paris. I then came home to start saving as much as i could for years. I finally then got to complete my dream in 2005 when i did the European Adventure. I still keep in contact on occasion with friends i met on this trip of a lifetime. There are so many incrediable places to see in this world. i hope i never have to stop travelling. its the best feeling :-)

  • Explorer1376389

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    over 2 years ago

    My first and only overseas holiday was to Thailand for 2 weeks with my boyfriend, we had the best time experiencing the thai life, the food and the culture where the best things to experience.

  • Adventurer19

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    over 2 years ago

    I backpacked through Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand with a group of friends. Getting lost in Ho Chi Minh, exploring Halong Bay on a junk boat , relaxing on the beach in Sihanoukville and partiyng in Phuket were the absolute highlights. It was the best thing I've ever done in my life and i can't wait to explore somewhere new.

  • Frances

    Frances

    over 2 years ago

    Following the Christchurch earthquake last year, temporarily and for nearly a year, the central city business which i work for, had to operate partially out of our tiny branch in a small town south of Christchurch. we would all take turns to travel back and forth for hours on end to work, often for a week at a time in which a varying mixture of us, from different specialities and walks of life, would often be staying within the same motel complex, or even the same unit as randomly matched roomates. in our free-time like after work, we would go out together and around to eachothers units, each sharing our individual quake stories and supporting eachother through what was such an uncertain time. this will always be my most memorable adventure, not because of the destination, but because such an unlikely event had pulled together people from all areas of my company, as one, enabling us to get to know eachother much more personally than we ever would have otherwise, giving us strength.

  • Explorer1214890

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure would have to be my first non-family holiday a few years back. Instead of going on schoolies myself and a friend went backpacking around Europe for 3 months (keeping in mind I was 17 the entire 3 months). It was definitely a journey where we got stuck in snow storms on trains and experienced temperatures that were unheard of. Everyday was a new day and it was just so exciting as we never knew what we were going to see, hear or eat. It definitely ignited my passion for travel ( that has costed me ever so much) and changed the way in which I view the world.

  • Clare89

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    over 2 years ago

    The most incredible adventure i've been on so far... was in Spain! It was amazing experiencing the food, culture and people. I made so many new friends from all over the world. I can't wait to explore even more of Europe.

  • Explorer1155543

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    over 2 years ago

    Bussed out into the middle of the desert
    A group of strangers alone with the land
    For the sounds of silence dinner
    White linen and red hot sand

    Set between Uluru and Kata Tjuta
    The sun set as we took to our seats
    Feasting on an exquisite buffet
    Australian wines, canapés and game meats

    As darkness enveloped the sky
    A canopy of stars appeared
    Our cohort of strangers quickly bonded
    And formed friendships, still today, well revered

    Smiles were alit by candlelight
    Laughter filled the night air
    It was truely the most incredible adventure
    One of which I am grateful to have shared!

  • kiki852

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    over 2 years ago

    The most amazing adventure I have been on (so far!) was to Phi Phi Island in Thailand. The perfect mix of island life with just the right amount of crazy; outdoor movies in a bar sipping on cocktails, crazy bargaining for a pair of fisherman pants (that I didn't actually want...), scuba diving with sharks and some of the most amazing aquatic life, getting a traditional bamboo tattoo from a local (while praying that the needle was new), twirling fire on a beach and trying not burn off an eyebrow.....what more could you want really?

  • Lucifaah

    Lucifaah

    over 2 years ago

    Going to New Zealand for my first time snowboarding, the week after getting off crutches and out of a moonboot from my broken ankle.

  • Kirstin

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    over 2 years ago

    My best adventure so far was my working holiday in darwin. I spent 6 months in Darwin in the dry season. I had the best of both worlds, working in remote indigenous communities during the week, and seeing some of the most amazing remote places I have ever seen - and would never of seen if I hadn't had the opportunity to work in those remote communities. And on the weekends checking out the beautiful local floral and fauna.

  • Explorer1251307

    Explorer1251307

    over 2 years ago

    So far, my best adventure was my trip to london in 2011. I had never really spent time out of NZ but my boyfriend was l living in london and after 4 months of being apart I got to go to London and reunite with him :) We got to sight see and explore England together. Because he was busy with work, I ended up doing a short contiki on my own and met some awesome people who I still keep in contact with today! I was worried about going alone, but at the end of it I wished it was longer! I would love to do another one one day

  • aequitas

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    over 2 years ago

    every day is an adventure but i had fun in new york on my own wandering the streets on a hot sunny day with no preassure to go or be anywhere

  • MissDee

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    over 2 years ago

    Okay, where do i begin.....
    This is for all my Australians (and two americans) that were on one sexy European Vista ride in June last year. Firstly, to the contiki staff Parri and Patrice, on behalf of of my whole contiki group, i say thankyou. You two were one of the reasons why this trip was so memorable. Now im guessing (well i definately know) that we were one of the wildest contiki groups ever... for sure! We partied for 21 days straight... NOW for the juicy stories in places youve been before:
    1. Florence - at the disco tecca and the dangerous swipe as you drink credit cards.
    2. Venice - 1 bottle of champagne between 2 people in 20mins on a gondola ride is living proof of when my moral compass goes askew. One marriage proposal and multiple photographic evidence of sneaky venician gondola man kiss later, i dont regret a thing.
    3. Prague - The time we all went out for cocktails and we all decided to get multiple piecings afterwards from a bald old tattoo artist whos credentials were somewhat questionable.
    4. Rhine Valley - One memorable night in Rhine valley: Where we all went from a fancy wine tasting to the bar at our hotel BREAKING THE CONTIKI GROUP RECORD FOR THE AMOUNT OF FLUGEL SHOTS CONSUMED BY ONE GROUP IN ONE NIGHT. Needless to say 1209 flugel shots later made for an interesting cruise ride the next day...

    5. Amsterdam – FINALLY last but certainly not least was when we went to a certain “entertaining show” and when Parri made a surprise appearance on stage was one of the most hilarious and entertaining things I had ever seen.

    I LOVE CONTIKI.I love the people, i love the staff, i love the sights, i love the memories, i love the partying. As for europe? I say come at me again! There are still things i want to do and see and i would love to take another ride with contiki.

  • Explorer89

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    over 2 years ago

    Adventure comes in many shapes and forms, we need to make the conscious decision to ensure that our lives aren't filled with adventure only when we have time off from work or study or when we've saved enough money to afford an adventure. I decided this many years ago and make sure i enjoy each day, that it's always filled with treasured memories and experiences that enrich my mind and soul. My great adventure started the day I decided to make the most of the greatest adventure of them all life. I've tried food from various cultures, some rather unconventional treats because what better way to connect than with food. I went to a nature conservation camping trip in the bush in Africa. I've encountered lions, cheetahs and other magnificent creatures and the extraordinary people who ensure their survival. I've absorbed the energy in Time Square and let it flow through me and electrify my entire being. from the hustling streets of London, to my first contiki with a dear friend. White water rafting in the Austrian Alps and the laughs my friend and I shared after encountering the most interesting sights, sounds and flavours of the Europe on our tour. To singing on our contiki bus. From sneaking into landmarks from back entrances and looking down on buzzing cities from their most prized towers. Skydiving with my friends for my 22nd birthday. From delivering babies in the hospital for the first time to driving around town trying to find a place that will serve us hot chocolate at 3am. ive encountered endless adventures and many of these treasured memories included Contiki and will continue to include contiki, which helped me break out my shell and have the treasured memories with new friends. Adventure can be experienced everyday if we just let it and remember to take in each moment as it will never return. to live, love and learn. to live each moment of my life has been my greatest adventure

  • hayzel02

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible adventure had me on a USA Wild Western Contiki last year, topped off with London & Paris. I had the most incredible, eye opening experience of my life, and caught the travel bug - Thank you Contiki! I am now looking forward to soon visiting UK and adventuring around Europe! Contiki is unforgettable, and "Wild Western" is right! - No better way to learn another place in the world!

  • Explorer1318528

    Explorer1318528

    over 2 years ago

    My most amazing adventure so far, has been European Discovery 2010. Travelled with 2 of my best mates from Australia. Rode bikes in Munich, went White water rafting in Austria, sung karaoke at Space in Venice, bought cheap sparkling and got drunk laying on my back looking up. amazed by the lights that lite up the eiffel tower in Paris - I have never felt more alive and thats what I call an adventure!!!!!! Met life long friends and have memories that will stick with me forever. Now onto my next chapter, im getting married! Hopefully head back with her, for our honeymoon? =)) There is nothing more precious in this life, than time and I plan on living and experiencing as much as I can.

  • Yingz

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    over 2 years ago

    I often thought about this path that I took in life
    When opportunity came, I grabbed it and wished I could do it twice.

    Boarded the plane leaving for China
    Landed in Beijing, its capital
    Headed for the school's hostel in excitement
    The start of an overseas internship
    Can't wait for this moment!

    At the welfare store, I stocked up on sweet treats and more.
    At the canteen, I squeezed to get in line for food with other teens.
    At the common hall, I went up on stage to recite a Chinese rhyme, receiving applause from all.
    At the restaurants and small shops few streets away, I gobbled on sticks of grilled meat, Peking duck and that made my day.
    At the departmental store, I was dazzled by rows and rows of merchandise with discounts being offered and more.
    At tourist attractions, I conquered the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, CCTV Tower, Zoo to my satisfaction.

    Every turn, every corner, it was home away from home.

    This incredible adventure was not about the country in name, but spoke loudly of the wonderful experiences that were chalked up piece by piece, which by the end of the 2 months, became a big part of my life worth remembering.

  • Jarrod

    Jarrod

    over 2 years ago

    Contiki USA - Hands down! Was there for 42 days with Contiki and had a smile on my face the whole time.

  • sarahjw

    sarahjw

    over 2 years ago

    Bangkok and Phuket Thailand, definite culture shock! Amazing to experience a completely different world and way of living. Was a massive eye opener and a great start to my travelling days!

  • stephfenk

    stephfenk

    over 2 years ago

    my most unreal adventure was to aussie where I spent a semester of school abroad. i stayed in melbourne for school but travelled throughout the whole country with friends. it was a trip of a lifetime in which i made so many memories and met some great mates i will forever have. highlights were our skydive and bungees in cairns, whitewater rafting, scuba diving, whitsunday isles and enjoying footy games!

  • Angelmorph

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible holiday experience was my first Contiki trip skiing in the Alps, it was my first time overseas alone and despite any reservations I had a wonderful time. I made so many friends from around the world and never lacked in fellow travellers to ski with, dine with, or just plain talk to. I definitely want to get back over to Europe with Contiki to enjoy more of what the continent has to offer.

  • Angelmorph

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    over 2 years ago

    My most incredible holiday experience was my first Contiki trip skiing in the Alps, it was my first time overseas alone and despite any reservations I had a wonderful time. I made so many friends from around the world and never lacked in fellow travellers to ski with, dine with, or just plain talk to. I definitely want to get back over to Europe with Contiki to enjoy more of what the continent has to offer.

  • Explorer1310761

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    over 2 years ago

    Eating my way through Hong Kong, China and Macau. Not only is it super tasty, and weird at times, but it's also super cheap!

  • Renee

    Renee

    over 2 years ago

    Unfortunately I havent been on a crazy adventure yet but believe me I have big plans with Contiki. I plan on going on an European tour which will include countries like Italy where I want to see all the historical sites, Greece to see all the Roman structures white beaches and most definetely hot bodies, Germany to see where my ancestors came from and to enjoy some german beer. I plan on going to Mexico to see all the Mayan history and see whats up with this end of the world stuff hahaha. So far my crazy adventures have been in my mind but they will absolutely happen!

  • elvalenna5

    elvalenna5

    over 2 years ago

    Egypt 2010 with Contiki. Perfect itinerary, accomodations and guide.

  • ~Kate~

    ~Kate~

    over 2 years ago

    My first 2 contiki tours were awesome and lifechanging. I travelled to Australia and New Zealand on my own. I've never experienced so many fun adventures such as bungy jumping and surfing. In my personal life my most amazing adventure was learning how to become a midwife and helping others on an adventure of their own!

  • christineking

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    over 2 years ago

    My most awesome travels were with Contiki. I traveled around Europe gaining new adventures and life long friends!

  • Explorer1292299

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    over 2 years ago

    My upcoming 2 month trip to Europe will be my greatest adventure!

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