Five adventurous places to see this year, from Josh Gates of 'Destination Truth'
Syfy's "Destination Truth" TV series sent Josh Gates out to spend the night in King Tut's tomb and in the temple at Cambodia's Angkor Wat. He has done time at the nuclear accident site of Chernobyl, in Ukraine, and climbed Africa's highest peak, Mt. Kilimanjaro. What does it take to ratchet up the adventure factor on your next trip? Gates will offer his advice at the Los Angeles Times Travel Show on Feb. 23 and 24 in a session called "From Monster Hunting to Mojitos: A Guide to Adventure in 2013." Until then, here are five destinations Gates recommends to get you started. --Mary Forgione
East Africa is in the "Goldilocks zone" for adventure travelers. Not too rough, and not too plush. Whether you're in the market for the jaw-dropping spectacle of the circle of life, or you want to reach the roof of Africa atop Mt. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania caters to all breed of adventure travelers. A safari here could consist of basic camping on lion-infested African veldt, or a canopy bed and a Champagne toast in a five-star lodge. Choose your own adventure.