AIMING HIGH: Gladstone resident Sarah Kummerow, 30, recently returned from her trek to the Mt Everest base camp, a total of 14 days of hiking. INSET: Sarah at Mt Everest base camp.
AIMING HIGH: Gladstone resident Sarah Kummerow, 30, recently returned from her trek to the Mt Everest base camp, a total of 14 days of hiking. INSET: Sarah at Mt Everest base camp. Contributed

Gladstone residents scale new heights in travel experiences

MT EVEREST and Cuba are increasing in popularity, as Gladstone residents look for something different in their travel experiences.

Like most of Australia, Gladstone has its fair share of locals with the travel bug.

Gladstone's Harvey World Travel manager Carmen Ward said industry workers in town are having an effect.

"I think there is definitely part of the population that has extra disposable income that is opening up new destinations," she said.

"However travel is becoming more affordable at the same time."

Shift workers on extended periods off are tending to head overseas.

"Yes, those that don't necessarily have commitments with where they've come from are using their downtime to get away," Ms Ward said.

"They're usually mid-haul destinations, like Asia."

Many seek adventure, rather than just sight-seeing and Mt Everest is hitting the spot. "I think people are after a unique travel experience," Ms Ward said.

"Most of them that head over have done the usual destinations previously and are looking to challenge themselves."

Ms Ward said interest in Mt Everest had increased more than 50%.

"We had maybe about five enquiries last year," she said.

"This year at least 15 to 20."

Ms Ward said the general demographic seems to be ages 25-35 and female.

Cuba is another destination less heard of that Ms Ward said has increased in enquiries from about three last year to 10.

"I think it's getting a little more attention in the travel press," she said.

The old favourites of Europe in its summer and Canada in its winter are still seeing the majority of interest.

Our girl Sarah climbs to roof of the world

She developed a thirst for adventure after ticking off sky-diving and bungee jumping - but what could push the bar higher?

Mt Everest.

Sarah Kummerow, 30, is one of many Gladstone residents who have made the pilgrimage to Nepal to challenge their body's threshold for fitness and altitude.

"(It was) absolutely amazing," Ms Kummerow said, who returned last week.

"An experience of a lifetime. I definitely would recommend it."

In preparation, Ms Kummerow hiked Mt Larcom every week with a weighted pack, as well as gym sessions and sports training.

"I'm pretty fit and I struggled," she said.

"I think in the end it's the altitude. You don't know how your body will cope"

Working for the council, Ms Kummerow is not one of the Gladstone's big earners, but she believes regardless of money, if there's a will there's a way.

"I don't think it really matters in the end," she said.

"If you're keen to travel and work your butt off to save your money, in the end you'll get there."