Canoeing can take you into frontier territory simply by turning a bend in the river. It’s a great escape and yet so accessible – from the back canals of Europe to America’s great lakes, there’s always a river somewhere. There are few other sports-cum-travel experiences that allow you to stash clothes, bedding and food so you can enjoy a complete wilderness experience over several days. Better still, you don’t need to be a super athlete. There are so many easy paddles, or if it does get hard simply get out and walk. Canoeing also offers great scenery, sleepy pools, quick rapids, wildlife and good swimming. You don’t even need your own boat; they can be rented everywhere. Combined with the appreciation of nature, this is a travel option for the real outdoor sports person.