Cultural Travel and Alternative Tours
Immersion and Alternative Travel Articles
Adventure Travel: Do It Yourself by Tim
How to research and book budget adventure travel abroad
on your own, as laid out by a long-time world traveler and
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.
by Cargo Ship Around the World by Friedel
Imagine for a moment that you are on the deck of a ship,
sipping a glass of wine. You turn your head towards the
water just in time to spot a pod of dolphins swimming by.
After lingering in the sunshine for a while, it's time to
head inside for a 3-course evening meal and a splash in
the pool before retiring to bed.
Now, what kind of vessel are you on?
Picking and Traditional Cooking in Hidden Andalucía by
In Southern Spain, the magical region of Andalucia offers
options such as working on the olive harvest, learning to
taste and distinguish the olive oils, while enjoying traditional
Treats in Istanbul: Food by Foot by Lies
A culinary tour of the many and varied street foods in Istanbul
turns into a feast without end among very hospitable locals.
Travel in Tana Toraja, Sulawesi, Indonesia by
A richly illustrated voyage to the land, culture, and people
who practice a unique and very colorful form of animism.
the Footsteps of Field Biologist Alfred Wallace: Exploring
the Islands of the Indonesian Archipelago by
An extraordinary and visually compelling voyage following
Darwin's contemporary and collaborator path through the
islands of Indonesia on a "Pinisi."
Botswana by Rob Sangster
A safari (Swahili for "journey") experience in Botswana
reveals not only incredible wildlife but a new emphasis
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.
Immersion Travel in the Dolomites of Italy by
An Italian guide through the small
region in the Italian Dolomites by exploring its many
traditions while traveling slow.
Travel With a Group: Enjoy the Convenience and Camaraderie
of a Tour, While Still Having Your Own Adventure
Jeanne F. Becker offer tips on how she and her husband maintained
their travel independence even while participating in a
group tour to China.
the Journey While You Travel Abroad
Jeff Titelius provides a collection of slow cultural immersion
travel vignettes experienced in Europe, which are more about
the journey than the destination, and are beautifully photographed.
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.
Vacations Offer a Grassroots Taste of Europe
Senior travel editor Alison Gardner describes the options
for a canal and river barging vacation which allows time
for cultural exploration at a slow pace.
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.
Activities in San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
Shanie Matthews describes 10 adventure activies to be enjoyed
in beautiful and eclectic San Carlos de Bariloche, Argentina
while providing resources.
in Morocco's Magical Sahara Desert
Friedel Rother provides inside practical information for
those who wish to partake in a memorable cultural and physical
adventure in the desert.
Travel in the 21st Century
Senior travel editor Alison Gardner describes
the history to date of spiritual travel, and goes into the
nature of the motives and cultural experience. Alison describes
how spiritual travel has changed in the 21st century while
providing ample resources.
about Burgundy Wines on a Budget: Combine Cycling
Through the Vineyards and Drinking Fine Wine
Experienced oenophile and tour guide Michael Kerwin takes
you on a trip through Burgundy and offers tips for drinking
great wine on a budget while cycling to enjoy the beautiful
countryside of this region of France.
and Wine Tasting in Bordeaux
Michael Kerwin takes you on a trip through Bordeaux and
offers tips for drinking great wine while cycling through
Immersion Travel and Living in Palma de Mallorca
How to practice slow immersion travel and living in Palma
de Mallorca, home of tennis champion Rafael Nada,. by Paul
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.
Paris by Bike
Michele Peterson describes a different way to see the great
city of Paris.
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.
the Diversity of Provence: The Foods, Wines, Markets,
and Cultural Life of Avignon
Beebe Baharmi, Ph.D. explores the culinary and
cultural diversity of Provence from one of its richest historical
centers in Avignon, France.
Europe on the Run
Taylor Chase on why seeing Eastern Europe on the run is
one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture
and ambiance of cities such as Budapest, Prague, and Krakow.
Festivals in LIttle Tibet: Ladakh, India
Victor Paul Borg takes us on a cultural voyage to Little
Tibet, where the festivals, rituals, people, and ancient
culture take place within the magical landscapes of Ladakh,
to Plan Your Own Tibetan Trekking Adventure
Andris Bjornson describes options for trekking adventures
in Tibet. He provides excellent practical survival resources
and travel advice.
Three Best Hot Spring Resorts in Japan
Stephen Carr describes the top hot spring resorts in Japan
and provides inside tips on enjoying a unique Japanese cultural
and Cultural Travel in the South of Spain
Regina Winkle-Bryan describes some of the many educational
travel and cultural travel options available in the south
of Spain, including dancing schools, horse-riding schools,
and language schools offering many activities.
Flamenco and Spanish in Granada, Spain: Experience
the Rich Culture with a Short Immersion Program
Mariette Tachdjian decribes her experience studying flamenco
in the rich cultural city of Granada, which lies at the
heart of the Andalusian region of southern Spain.
Thai in Chiang Mai
Michelle McCue describes her experience at a cooking school
Markets of Oaxaca
Ron Mader describes the many and varied markets in Oaxaca,
Mexico and provides tips for shopping responsibly.
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.
David A. Smith describes a safari adventure tour
in Mozambique for those who travel on a budget.
Desert Escape in Egypt
Nicole Feliciano found an escape from the bustling
streets of Cairo on a private desert safari.
on Samos Island in Greece
Artist Donia Lilly provides a tour of the natural and cultural
attractions of the relatively unknown island of Samos, Greece
and describes how adventure sports tourism may help contribute
to sustaining its natural beauty and economy.
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
In Thailand: Study for Self-Defense or Just for Fitness
AJ Hoge paints a picture of the experience while providing
practical resources for the study of increasingly popular
Muay Thai kickboxing in Thailand.
to Learn in France: Vacation Courses Offer Opportunities
Anna Gibson describes the many vacation and cultural travel
options in France.
Sarah Massey describes how she arranged her own program
painting in France after retirement.
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.
to Bhutan: The Land of the Thunder Dragon
Martin Li on responsible cultural travel in the still unspoiled
and magical Kingdom of Bhutan.
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
Ann Woodyard reports on a rustic cooking school
and Tango in Argentina
Andrea Gourgy provides tips based upon her experience
learning to dance the Tango in Buenos Aires.
and Learn Spanish and Buenos Aires
Catherine M. Thomas exults in life in Argentina
with the Instituto de Lengua Española para Extranjeros
and Whitewater Kayaking in Chile
Ann Beman describes her learning adventure in
Chile, where she participated in whitewater rafting while
improving her Spanish.
Travel With a Group
R.M. O'Brien, a tour leader, on the pros and cons
of leaving decisions to others when traveling abroad.
Wine Tour: The Mosel, Ahr, and Franken Wine Regions
A.M. Roos, Ph.D. describes a wine tour through the Mosel,
Ahr and Franken in regions of Germany while offering a taste
of the land and painting pictures of the landscapes.
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.
to a Jungle Lodge in Costa Rica: Indulge in a Sustainable
82-year old Katherine McIntyre describes an adventure tour
on a great rafting river in Costa Rica where the destination
is a sustainable lodge down the river.
Ben Pretorius on the tough but rewarding Fish
River Canyon hiking trail.
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.
Kevin Revolinski on an untouristed and inexpensive
place to dive and eat.
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.
Arts in Northern Ireland
Rhonda Strickland on the many art festivals and
cultural travel options in Northern Ireland.
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