Why Do You Travel?
What do you love about travel? What is it that makes your heart sing when you look at a travel brochure or an advert on TV for a holiday? Do you travel for pure hedonism, for relaxation, to conquer a mountain, to getaway from everyone or to reconnect with your family/friends in a meaningful way?
Those few weeks in the year, those precious few weeks, that you spend your time off from work should be well and truly thought through. That time is to be cherished, and should be treated as such. So what are your goals of the time off? This could range from spending time with friends, being active, to achieve a life goal, to broaden your mind with culture and food, to do as little as possible, to read a book. The list goes on. And it is usually a combination of all these and more.
If you close your eyes and think about your dream holiday what do you picture? Are you kayaking in crystal blue waters without a care in the world? Are you in a mysterious land where you can smell spices and hear languages that are new to your ears? Are you standing tall on top of a mountain knowing that you have conquered something you have worked towards and trained for and you are now rewarded with a view to take your breath away? Are you getting pampered at a massage retreat? Or maybe a combination of all these.
Think carefully because this is important. This is your precious time, your photographs, your memories, your hard-earned cash. And it is the difference between a good holiday and a great holiday. Entrust this with people who will listen to you and understand why you travel.
There are so many questions we are asked about Kokoda. From How many kilometers do we walk each day? to Should I take a trekking pole and what shoes should I wear?
The following are links to the answers for many of these questions. We have a dedicated website just for Kokoda called kokodaexpeditions.com.au. This site is written with the trekker in mind thus many of the questions that are asked can be found here. To help there is a Search function in the top right corner of the page (look for the magnifying glass).
However before we answer some of the most asked questions here are two that we get asked quite a bit:
1/ Do you walk the War Time Track? This is a classic question caused by some good and negative marketing by trekking companies. The Kokoda Track was not one single file path over the Owen Stanley Ranges. It was a network of trails, some single, many parallel to each other. Some diverted off into different directions taking you well away from the main trails. To do ALL of these trails (which would be considered War Time trails) would take months. Thus we have chosen the trails in which most of the fighting occurred. We visit all the main sites as well as several off the main trail sites. There is no "Eco Tourism" trail. This is a ploy to differentiate some companies from others. It is strange how we are always bumping into groups that are doing the "Wartime" trail. Does that mean we are too?
2/ Which direction do you walk, north south or south north?
We walk usually north to south. This is the direction in which the Japanese advanced on Port Moresby and as such the stories of the fighting retreat of the Australians is told in a chronological order. Thus we talk about the Battle of Kokoda and then Deniki, then Isurava and Eora Creek and Brigade Hill etc as we ourselves walk in the same direction as the Australians' retreated. We also enjoy this way because we will have our Porter team back in Port Moresby to celebrate our great journey across the Owen Stanley Ranges.
In the meantime here are some links to many of the questions you may have about Kokoda.
Planning : This is a great one. Everyone should be thinking about Insurance, Flights and should I get a Personal Porter. Click here for more info on these issues.
Shoes, Back pack, Clothing : What shoes should I wear, boots or low cuts? Are runners ok? What about a backpack and clothes? This is a huge section of very important answers to questions. Click here for more info on Equipment.
How fit do I have to be? This is a difficult question as most of Kokoda is mental fitness. However training is essential to complete the Track. Click here about your physical preperation.
Flowing from this is the medical side of things such as Malaria tablets, evacuations and water purification. Click here to learn about the medical side of Kokoda.
What about the Track itself. What is it like, where do we sleep? These are great questions and can be answered here.
What will we see, what battlesites do we go to? Great questions and here are the answers.
What types of trips do we offer? We offer 11 day Australian Led treks (9 on the Track) and 11 Day Local Led treks. We also run a Fast Track which is 8 Days (6 on the Track). We run Health and Education treks and treks for Schools. For more information on these click here.
In The Media
Our Komodo Kayaking Expedition appears in the 50 Places to Paddle Before You Die book by Chris Santella. Click here to see our great sea kayaking expedition in the Komodo Islands.
This is a short article about what Peter Miller, CEO of No Roads can't travel without. We think he forgot passport and cash as well. This appeared in Air Niugini's Inflight Magazine. Thanks to author Sue Henley.
24 June 2014
Andrew Flanagan takes students to Kokoda next week on what is sure to be a life changing experience.
12 May 2014
24 April 2014
No Roads Does Kokoda
16 April 2012
Herald Sun Article on AED on Kokoda
12 April 2012
Kokoda Operator and RSL Team Up For ANZAC Day Appeal
Tour operator, No Roads Expeditions and the Victorian branch of the RSL, have teamed up to raise awareness of this years ANZAC Day Appeal. The RSL has developed a Kokoda Track pin for this years appeal. The 70th Anniversary of the Kokoda Track Campaign is commemorated with a $30 bronze look pin.
The RSL is teaming up with No Roads Expeditions to raise awareness of the Appeal. From the 16th of April to ANZAC Day, the 25th April, Mr Hadyn Hewitt, a veteran guide for No Roads Expeditions, will be broadcasting directly from the Kokoda Track. Mr Hewitt is escorting a group of 13 Australian Trekkers across the Track in a lead up to the ANZAC ceremony at Bomana War Cemetry in Port Moresby, PNG.
It is hoped that these broadcasts will make people aware of the ANZAC Day Appeal and that they can help by purchasing one of the pins that will be sold by volunteers throughout Victoria up to and on ANZAC Day.
Mr Hewitt, who had relatives fight at Galipoli and on the Western Front, is passionate about Australia's involvement in past conflicts and understands the importance of the appeal. He says "walking the Kokoda Track with other Australians, gives them an insight into what our soldiers went through and gives them an appreciation of the debt we owes these men. Being able to tell our story from the Track directly to Australia will hopefully gives those back home that same sense of indebtedness and go out and support the appeal". Completing Kokoda involves 50 hours of trekking over sharp, timbered ridges, steep valleys and fast flowing rivers: there is good reason why many Kokoda trekkers consider it the toughest physical challenge they've ever done. Through this, Australians gain an insight into what both Australian and Japanese forces faced during their struggle on the Owen Stanley Ranges in 1942.
The RSL has not yet confirmed which radio station or stations will take the daily reports from the Kokoda Track, however they are hoping for a positive response from media outlets.
The RSL will also have live Facebook feeds from along the Track on their Facebook page. This combined with radio, television and print media exposure will hopefully help raise as much as possible.
11 April 2012
Adventure Travel Goes Social
What has an adventure travel company and a software developer got in common? Nothing in particular until you introduce the small SPOT device used by adventurers and combine it with some innovative software. The software allows the adventurer to share their experiences on Social Web platforms like Facebook and Twitter in real time, as they are doing the adventure.
Consider training with 15-20kg of weight so that the recommended 12kg on the track will be lighter than what you're used to. This will offset the strength-sapping impact of PNG's humidity. If you are planning to use trekking poles, train with them now. (They are common now so no-one will think you're strange).
We all have busy lifestyles so if this is not possible, a hike into the hills every two or three weeks would be beneficial. We believe this will really help you enjoy your time on the expedition.
Never do on the Track what’s not been tested by you (for months) in training. That is, if you haven’t tried it during months of advanced training, don’t succumb to last minute “bright ideas” (from yourself or others) on the Track unless it has proven okay for you many times in training, for example:
Don’t wrap your feet or toes in sports tape!
Don’t buy new boots or socks just before going on the Track!
Don’t wear new clothes!
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