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Adventure swimming in the mountains of Oman
Swimming high in the mountains of Oman. Photo by Lies Ouwerkerk.

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Adventure Travel Solo versus Group Adventure Travel: Solo or in a Small Group? by Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior Contributing Editor
An exploration of the pros and cons of solo and group adventure travel abroad by a very experienced globetrotter who has explored very remote regions.
Small Group Travel The Practical Guide to a Successful Small Group Tour by Stephanie Dyson
If you are considering an adventure, cultural, or responsible tour to an exotic or otherwise inaccessible location, here is a guide to let you know what to expect.
Adventure Travel in a Group Adventure Travel in a Group by R.M. O'Brien
An adventure tour leader describes both the pros and cons of leaving some travel decisions to others, and offers resources for those who wish to go on small group tours with an emphasis on responsible tourism.
Budget adventure travel Budget Adventure Travel: Do It Yourself by Tim Leffel
How to research and book budget adventure travel or tours abroad on your own, as laid out by a long-time world traveler and author.
Being an explorer Four Ways You Are Already An Explorer by Amy Gigi Alexander
"Exploration today is about our own human potential—whether it is an inner journey or one based on discovery outside of ourselves."
Adventure Travel Abroad by a Senior Adventure Travel as a Senior by Dorothy Conlon
A unique perspective by an experienced senior describing her many adventurous travels around the globe, sharing some of her many memories.
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South Africa elephant Camping Safari in Northern South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe by Lies Ouwerkerk, Senior Contributing Editor
A series of illusrated adventures through remarkable regions and countries in Africa while in a small group, camping and seeing spectacular wildlife and natural wonders, and meeting local people along the way.
Travel in South Africa Five Unforgettable Adventures in South Africa by Ted Campbell
Adventures in South Africa, where the realities for a traveler far exceed what can ever be imagined
Zimbabwe elephant Why Zimbabwe is the Best Safari Destination for Ethical Travelers by Rebecca Shapiro
Zimbabwe is undergoing a positive transformation, and is now home to many great ethical safari companies who provide much-needed income to locals while protecting the animals and land.
Adventure Travel with Tuaregs in Mail Among the Blue Men: Travel, Ritual, and Adventure with a Tuareg Nomadic Tribe in Mali by James Michael Dorsey
A nomadic tribe in Mali graciously invite an adventurous author into their clan, where he witnesses their unique rituals and lives.
Adventure travel in Patagonia Visiting Patagonia with an Argentinean Adventure Travel Company by Lies Ouwerkerk
A low-cost adventure travel tour with a local Argentinean company in beautiful and diverse Patagonia.
Group adventure travel in Norway Norway State of Mind: A Passion for Adventures in Nature by Jeff Titelius
Life in Norway is dominated by a love for total immersion and celebration of nature. This is the story of a group adventure along with trip resources.
Adventure Travel in the Arctic Call of the Arctic: Voyage by Icebreaker Ship Along the Edge of the World by Lies Ouwerkerk
Traveling on an icebreaker had been on my wish list for quite a long time. Polar expeditions do not come cheap, however, as icebreakers are extremely expensive to run, due to high fuel costs and crew/staff—passenger ratio. But when an extra work contract fell unexpectedly into my lap this year, I jumped on the sudden opportunity to make my dream come true.
Travel in North Sudan Cruising Through the Magical Desert of Northern Sudan by Lies Ouwerkerk
Travel through Northern Sudan reveals a wealth of historical and cultural surprises making for a great adventure.
Climbing Kilimanjaro in Kenya

Listening to the Silence: Climbing Kilimanjaro and Encounting a Maasai Elder in Kenya by James Michael Dorsey
Narrative Travel Writing Contest winning entry describing a life-changing adventure in which the author climbs Kilimanjaro and later meets a wise Maasai elder from a tribe in Kenya.

Monks in China China’s Ethnic and Cultural Diversity: Along Yunnan’s Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road by Lies Ouwerkerk
A beautifully-illustrated voyage deep into the diverse Yunnan tea and horse caravan road in China leads to a plethora of interesting rituals and experiences with the many local subcultures.
Genghis Khan shrine in China The Spirit of Genghis Khan: The Stone Monoliths of Kanas, China by James Michael Dorsey
An exploration of the origin and meaning of sacred stone monoliths in Northwestern China, from the era of the legendary historical figure Genghis Khan — shaman and legendary leader.
Sustainable Mexican tourism A More Sustainable Face of Mexican Tourism by Tim Leffel
Some sustainable tours in Mexico for those who wish to explore regions of the country without taking a generic package.
Whale in Mexico The Whale Keepers of San Ignacio by James Michael Dorsey
The story of a unique community in Mexico with whom the author has worked for many years.
Sailing on a sailboat Around the World by Sailboat by Andy Schnell
The euphoria and the realities of traveling around the world on a large sailboat, with advice and resources on how to find such adventurous life-changing travel and even work.
Early mankind in Tanzania The Hadzabe of Tanzania: Visiting My Own Ancestors by James Michael Dorsey
How often are you allowed into a clan who live as did early humanity, able to observe and even asked to participate in primordial rituals that represent the essence of our existence? The author describes the experience vividly.
Monk in Myanmar Going in Circles in Myanmar by James Michael Dorsey
Taking the circle train from Yangon, Myanmar offers an entrancing inside view into a fascinating country.
Biking around the world Budget Adventure Travel: Tour the World on a Bike by Friedel Rother
The many ways to bicycle anywhere in the world—options which range from independent to luxury group travel.
Mekong river Bagan Rising by James Michael Dorsey
Over 1,000 ago Bagan — in what is now Myanmar — was created as a sacred city and is now an untouched archeological site. The author takes you to a spiritual place of beauty tourists and Buddhists come to revere.
Mekong river Life on the Mekong River by James Michael Dorsey
The Mekong River flows through parts of six countries, carries much commerce, and is where people live colorful lives. James Michael Dorsey paints in words and images an iconic region.
Maasai tribe Walking with Markus by James Michael Dorsey
Markus, a warm and generous host, generously shares a glimpse into the material and spiritual lives of a Maasai community in East Africa.
An exorcism in Burkino Faso The Accidental Spirit: Experiencing an Exorcism in Burkina Faso, West Africa by James Michael Dorsey
A very rare first-hand experience by an westerner who becomes accidentally involved in an exorcism during a traditional ceremony.
Travel in Tana Toraja Indonesia Travel in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia by Lies Ouwerkerk
A richly illustrated and adventurous voyage to the land, culture, and people who practice a unique and very colorful form of animism.
Bariloche adventure activities 9 Adventure Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina by Shanie Matthews
Beautiful and eclectic San Carlos de Bariloche provides a plethora of activities for the adventurous.
Tibet adventures How to Plan Your Own Tibetan Trekking Adventure by Andris Bjornson
The many options for trekking adventures in Tibet, including practical survival resources and travel advice.
Safari in Botswana Journey Botswana by Rob Sangster
A safari (Swahili for "journey") experience in Botswana reveals not only incredible wildlife but a new emphasis on ecology.
Travel Mauritania Travels and Adventures Along Mauritania's Ancient Caravan Routes by Lies Ouwerkerk
A fascinating and colorful account of a series of adventures in the desert along the ancient caravan routes in the relatively unvisited country of Mauritania, North Africa.
Adventure in Morocco Adventures in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Practical information for those who wish to enjoy in a memorable cultural and physical adventure.
Adventures in the Galapagos Islands Exploring the Galapagos Islands: Fragile and Fabulous by Alison Gardner
An adventure visiting the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador via an eco-cruise with Ecoventura, a tour operator committed to conservaton of the fragile and fabulous ecological environment.
Costa rica rafting Rafting to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica: Indulge in a Sustainable Adventure by Katherine McIntyre
An adventure tour on a great rafting river in Costa Rica where the destination is a sustainable lodge down the river.
Travel by cargo ship worldwide Travel by Cargo Ship Around the World by Friedel Rother
The many advantages of travel by cargo ship, which is at once adventurous, cheap, and practical.
Cultural tours in Latin America Top Mountain Towns to Learn Spanish in Latin America and Spain
Schools that Combine Language Learning and Adventure Tours
by Mary Beth Strawn 
Six of the top language schools to learn Spanish and experience adventure tours in Latin America and Spain.
Adventure sports in Greece Adventure on Samos Island in Greece by Donia Lilly
A tour of the natural and cultural attractions of the relatively unknown island of Samos, Greece and a description of how adventure sports tourism may help contribute to sustaining its natural beauty and economy.
Haida Totems in Canada The Haida Monumental Totem Poles by James Michael Dorsey
A visit to a remote archipelago on the Northwest Coast of Canada where the Haida Nation creates the last of the free-standing totems.
Adventure and Nature-Based Travel in Costa Rica: A Group Trip Provides a Rich Sampling
Amy Angelilli on nature and adventure tours in Costa Rica which offer discoveries of some of the best the country has to offer.
Trekking the Himalayas
Larry Morgan provides inside tips on trekking in the Himalayas and supplements his report with excellent resources and some breath-taking photos from his own adventurous journey in Nepal.
Trekking in Patagonia, Argentina
Volker Poelzl on his adventure hiking through Patagonia in Argentina and visiting the Mapuche Indian community. Volker provides tips and resources should you wish to explore the region and contribute to the local community.
How to Improve Your Spanish and Kayak in Chile
Ann Beman describes her learning adventure in Chile, where she participated in whitewater rafting while improving her Spanish.
Budget Safaris in South Africa
David A. Smith describes a safari adventure tour in South Africa for those who travel on a budget.
Budget Safari Adventure in Ghana
Lauren Edwards describes an alternative adventure safari in Ghana that will not break your budget.
Namibian Camping Safaris: Budget-Priced Community-Based Nature Tourism
Anne Loxton on budget Namibian Safaris where the money goes back to the local community.
A Desert Escape in Egypt
Nicole Feliciano found an escape from the bustling streets of Cairo on a private desert safari.
Hot Air Ballooning in Cappadocia, Turkey
Alison Gardner describes her exhilarating trip in a hot air balloon over the volcanic landscapes and stone-house communities in Cappadocia, Turkey. She also provides resources for ballooning in beautiful locations around the world.
Intimate Glimpses of Canada's Wild West Coast
Alison Gardner on her trip aboard a historic boat which visits Canadas's west coast shoreline and culturally rich islands with Mothership Adventures tours.
Budget Adventure Travel in the Dominican Republic: Inexpensive if You Go On Your Own
Barbara Gail Warden shares her experience of the many options for budget adventure travel in the beautiful land of the Dominican Republic.
Diving in Honduras
Kevin Revolinski on an untouristed and inexpensive place to dive and eat.
4 Ways to Travel the World by Bicycle
Friedel Rother describes the many solo and group options to bike your way through countries worldwide while meeting the locals.
Biking in Eastern Europe
Tim Leffel describes some of the many cycling options in Eastern Europe. Biking options range from organizations which provide itineraries for independent cyclists to group cycling tours, and may include visits to wineries.
Cycling and Wine Tasting in Bordeaux
Michael Kerwin takes you on a trip through Bordeaux and offers tips for drinking great wine while cycling through the countryside.
Cycling and Learning About Wines in New Zealand
Michael Kerwin takes you on a trip through two areas of New Zealand and offers tips for learning to find great wine while cycling and enjoying the countryside.
Biking Across Africa
Hope Wall on a great way to see the continent and meet the natives.
Bicycle Touring In Europe
Rick Steves and Kathy Widing provide practical information on European bicycling adventures and bicycling tours.
Camping in Africa
Janet Williams writes that camping in Africa is the best form of immersion with the people, the culture, and the wildlife and provides tips and resources on how to do so respectfully.
An Adventure Surfing on the Cheap in Cornwall, England
Ben Keene on learning to surf at a surfing school in Penzance, a port in Cornwall, England.
Adventure Travel in Eastern Quebec by Lies Ouwerkerk
A unique adventure travel experience in beautiful Eastern Quebec, which included an activity involving swinging from tree to tree.
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