Travel and Tour Abroad Advisor
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
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."
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.
Adventure Travel: Do It Yourself by
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.
Travel as a Senior by Dorothy
A unique perspective by an experienced senior describing
her many adventurous travels around the globe,
sharing some of her many memories.
||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.
||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.
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.
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.
||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.
of the Arctic: Voyage by Icebreaker Ship
Along the Edge of the World by
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.
||Cruising Through the Magical Desert of Northern Sudan by
Travel through Northern Sudan reveals a wealth of historical and cultural surprises making for a great adventure.
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.
Ethnic and Cultural Diversity: Along Yunnan’s
Ancient Tea and Horse Caravan Road by
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.
Spirit of Genghis Khan: The Stone Monoliths
of Kanas, China by James
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.
||A More Sustainable Face of Mexican Tourism by
Some sustainable tours in Mexico for those who wish to explore regions of the country without taking a generic package.
||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.
the World by Sailboat by Andy
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.
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.
||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.
Adventure Travel: Tour the World on a Bike by
The many ways to bicycle anywhere in the world—options
which range from independent to luxury group travel.
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.
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.
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.
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.
in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia by
A richly illustrated and adventurous voyage to
the land, culture, and people who practice a unique
and very colorful form of animism.
||9 Adventure Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina by
Beautiful and eclectic San Carlos de
Bariloche provides a plethora of activities for the adventurous.
to Plan Your Own Tibetan Trekking Adventure by
The many options for trekking adventures in Tibet,
including practical survival resources and travel
Botswana by Rob Sangster
A safari (Swahili for "journey") experience in
Botswana reveals not only incredible wildlife but
a new emphasis on ecology.
and Adventures Along Mauritania's Ancient
Caravan Routes by
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.
in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert by Friedel Rother
Practical information for
those who wish to enjoy in a memorable cultural and physical
||Exploring the Galapagos Islands: Fragile and Fabulous by
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.
to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica: Indulge
in a Sustainable Adventure by
An adventure tour on a great rafting river in Costa Rica where the destination is a sustainable lodge down the river.
by Cargo Ship Around the World by
The many advantages of travel by cargo ship, which
is at once adventurous, cheap, and practical.
||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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
and Whitewater Kayaking in Chile
Ann Beman describes her learning adventure in
Chile, where she participated in whitewater rafting while
improving her Spanish.
David A. Smith describes a safari adventure tour
in Mozambique for those who travel on a budget.
Safari Adventure in Ghana
Lauren Edwards describes an alternative adventure
safari in Ghana that will not break your budget.
Camping Safaris: Budget-Priced Community-Based Nature
Anne Loxton on budget Namibian Safaris where the
money goes back to the local community.
Desert Escape in Egypt
Nicole Feliciano found an escape from the bustling
streets of Cairo on a private desert safari.
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.
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.
Rebirth of an Island: Thailand ’s Koh Phi Phi
Dive Camp Is Open for Business
Chris Mitchell describes the renaissance of one of the most
beautiful islands, and finest scuba diving locations in
Thailand after a remarkable post-tsunami clean-up spearheaded
to Okinawa: The Center for Martial Arts
Nolan Webb describes how to travel and train in
Okinawa, Japan—the virtual mecca for those who have
dedicated their lives to the study of the martial arts.
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.
Daniela Persike on rock climbing in Germany.
with Sharks in South Africa
Sharon Harris participated in a program in South
Africa which dispelled all myths about sharks.
Kevin Revolinski on an untouristed and inexpensive
place to dive and eat.
Ben Pretorius on the tough but rewarding Fish
River Canyon hiking trail.
Daniel Andrzejek on worldwide bicycling adventures
and bicycling tours which allow you to travel at a pace
to meet the local people.
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.
and Wine Tasting in Bordeaux
Michael Kerwin takes you on a trip through Bordeaux and
offers tips for drinking great wine while cycling through
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.
Hope Wall on a great way to see the continent
and meet the natives.
Touring In Europe
Rick Steves and Kathy Widing provide practical
information on European bicycling adventures and bicycling
Biking in the Alps
Mark Diorio on the adventures he experienced mountain
biking through the Alps.
Janet Williams says 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.
Adventures in Finland
Brent Cassidy shares his love forthe adventure
he experienced in the winter wonderland that is Finland.
in the Yucatan
Lauryn Axelrod tells her story of "unique
week-long painting, writing, biking, cooking, sea kayaking,
snorkeling, fishing, nature watching, and other art and
adventure workshops based in a secluded ecolodge on the
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.