These holiday travel tips are about planning for the best — best experiences, best trips, best alternatives if you run into issues. It’s about being smart and traveling well — work out all the kinks in advance, keep a cool head, and you’ll set yourself up for smooth-sailing. 1. Plan in Advance Spaces fill up quickly for holiday departures, especially on the most coveted travel dates — which is exactly [...]
It has been such an exciting April at Adventure Life – first with Outside Magazine’s announcement naming us one of nation’s Best Places to Work, and now National Geographic Traveler has selected our Bolivia Backroads + Oruro Festival trip as one of their 2010 Tours of a Lifetime. Margaret Loftus from National Geographic Traveler explains why this trip is so special: Kicking off with Carnaval de Oruro, Bolivia’s most spectacular [...]
The following post is written by Belize traveler, Gail Gross. Thanks for the contribution, Gail! Travel to breathtakingly beautiful Belize must include excursions to the awe-inspiring stone temples and palaces of the ancient Maya civilization. The architecture of this highly advanced civilization remains stunning, adding another spectacular facet to the beauty and culture of Belize. The Maya flourished in Belize from 250 to 900 AD, the Golden [...]
Boasting the largest barrier reef in the Western Hemisphere, Belize offers some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. This 8-day Belize tour is based from Turneffe Flats Resort on Turneffe Atoll. The Turneffe Atoll is one of only three coral atolls in the Caribbean. Formation of these coral atolls is a result of years of coral buildup rather than by volcanic activity – the more common mechanism [...]
Traveler, Elizabeth Coughlan, shares some of her experiences exploring the Actun Tunichil Muknal (or ATM) cave in Belize. Learn a little about the logistics, the how-tos and what to expect. I can tell you from personal experience, you can prepare all you want for this tour, but there is no way to predict what the journey to this archaeological treasure will mean to you. I’ll try [...]
In the June/July 2009 issue, National Geographic Adventure highlights the Galapagos yacht, M/Y Eric, in their “World Class: Lodges + Escapes” feature. What makes the Eric so interesting? Complete with solar panels and wind turbines, the yacht is the first hybrid ship of its kind — but let’s hope it’s not the last. Take a look at the write-up below. By Costas Christ Intelligent Design: A Guilt-Free Solution For Galápagoers [...]
Located in the Yucatan Peninsula, tiny Belize is bordered by Mexico in the north and Guatemala to the west. But don’t let its size fool you. Only 14,270 square miles wide, Belize is home to the largest barrier reef in the Western hemisphere offering some of the best diving and snorkeling in the world. Traveler, Christa Visperas, elaborates below and shares some of the best locations in Belize [...]
My husband, Aaron, and I trekked the Inca Trail last July. We work and play in the Montana Rockies, so we are no strangers to trekking beautiful mountain ranges. But the Andes and the Inca Trail are truly in a league or their own. The historic ruins and rich culture are as captivating as the incredible landscape. Another fellow Inca-Trail-trekker, Doug Klostermann, shares his Inca Trail experiences [...]
Happy Mother’s Day! In celebration of the day’s holiday, I thought I’d share one of my favorite mother-daughter trip journals. Adventure Life staff member, Julia Kocubinski, and her mom, Sue, took a trip to Ecuador’s cloudforest, Quito, Banos, and the wildlife rich Galapagos Islands last November.
Sustainable, Responsible, Green, Eco Tourism — I know it can be tough to get beyond these labels and into the meaning behind such abstracts. But here’s a little help… Traveler, Sarah Shelton, provides some direction and does a great job highlighting the sort of questions you should ask your travel company if you are looking at going green on your next adventure.