Screaming Down a Bavarian Hillside on a Luge

05/20/2014 05:09 pm ET Updated Jul 20, 2014

It's important to balance a bus tour itinerary with both serious sightseeing and flat-out fun and exhilaration. And in Bavaria, that means a mountain luge ride (Sommerrodelbahn). We give a careful safety talk and, invariably, someone still drags their elbow on the side of the course and takes home a ripped coat or a nice long luge scab with which to ornament their trip journal. This little video clip gives you a peek at why this ride is a favorite with our groups -- and why travel reminds me that it's never too late to have a happy childhood.