Borderline Crazy: 4 Travel Opportunities That Really Cross the Line
Photo courtesy of Limite Zero
Just about one year ago in late September, a trio of men from Norway established a new world record by visiting 19 countries in under 24 hours. (The previous record was 17). They began their trip in Greece and streaked through Bulgaria, Macedonia, Kosovo, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia, Slovenia, Austria, Hungary, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France and Switzerland on their way to Liechtenstein.
Obviously, we encourage our readers to spend more than 60 minutes in the locations they visit, but we also understand the urge to rack up passport stamps. So, as a salute to the setting of this record, we thought we’d look at some more travel opportunities that directly incorporate border crossings.
One of the most daring ways to travel from one country to another is Limite Zero’s almost 2,500-foot zipline that connects Sanlúcar de Guadiana in Andalucia, Spain, with Alcoutim in Portugal. Zipliners attain speeds of almost 50 miles per hour in transit over the Guadiana River, and, since the two endpoints are in different time zones, they even travel back in time during the trip. The experience costs just 17 euros and no passport is required on the Portuguese side. A ferry ride is included in the price to return time travelers back to Spain.
How about breakfast in Croatia, lunch in Italy and dinner in Slovenia? This opportunity is available through the travel agency Slovenia 4 Seasons. The tour begins at 130 euros per person—although the price goes down for larger groups—and begins in the picturesque, medieval hilltop town of Grožnjan in Croatia. From there an English-speaking driver ushers travelers to the
Italian port of Trieste, famous for its architectural diversity and for its fine coffee, and then through the Karst Plateau which connects Slovenia to Italy. A stop at the Slovenian farm town of Lipica provides insight into local life, and a visit to the farm town of štanjel allows tourists to admire the snowy Lipizzaner horses, which are bred there.
One of the most picturesque road trips available on planet Earth also happens to span a trio of countries: Spain, France and Andorra. Costing about 130 euros per person, this 12-hour adventure begins in Barcelona, Spain and then swoops through two exquisite mountain passes including the loftiest peaks in the Pyrenees. Travelers based in Barcelona are picked up early by a well-informed driver and head northwest into the mountains of France. After stops in historic villages and at prime viewing spots, passengers conclude their three-nation tour in the tiny, mountainous country of Andorra.
Although it would be super rad to surf from Nicaragua to Costa Rica, this has not yet been achieved. However, with a little planning it is possible to take a surfin’ safari that includes both nations in a single day. Buzz DePhilippis, a San Diegan ex-pat who works with the Hacienda Iguana in Nicaragua, arranges day trips from one country to the other. “We’re only about an hour from the border,” DePhilippis told TravelPulse. He said that his guests travel by van from Nicaragua to the Costa Rican border, speed through a specially expedited crossing and then board a second vehicle bound for the beach.
“They leave around six in the morning and they’re in the water by about eight thirty. They surf for the day, then head back the same way,” DePhilippis said. Hacienda Iguana, which is located in the San Juan Del Sur region, also arranges day trips to the Rincon de La Vieja national park in CR. The park features family fun activities like whitewater rafting, waterslides, waterfalls and hot mud baths. The surf excursions cost around $350, and the park trip is $180 per person for groups of six or more.
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