10 best bucket-list adventure trips

You don’t have to fly to the other side of the world for an epic outdoor experience, says George Wendt,founder of OARS.com, an outdoor river adventure company. This country offers incredible opportunities from rafting to hiking to mountain biking. “There’s a lot of joy in these experiences, and it isn’t as tough as people think,” he says. Wendt shares some top adventures with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY. Rafting through the Grand Canyon, Ariz. Plan at least five or six days away from civilization for this epic Western adventure on the Colorado River. “It…

Two Adventures Just for Women Showcase Darwin’s Galapagos through Eyes of Female Naturalists

A leading travel company that specializes in women-only expeditions has teamed up with female Ecuadorian, naturalist-trained guides for two itineraries that explore on land or from the sea the Galapagos, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Wild Women Expeditions offers more active travel departures for women only than any other tour company in the world. Its programs in the Galapagos epitomize for owner Jennifer Haddow the importance of being part of the solutions emerging in places where tourism, among other issues, places fragile infrastructure at risk. “We run adventure programs with highest…

How to Start a Fire, Plus 15 Other Outdoor Skills That Aren’t Complicated

Because having fun outdoors shouldn’t be complicated, here’s a reminder that even some of the most important skills are simpler than we often make them out to be. #1. Start a Fire Fire requires fuel, air, and heat. Start with the smallest, driest fuel source you can find or make. Stack it in such a way that it’s sheltered from the wind but has plenty of internal airflow. Use a lighter, match, or ferro rod to start a flame. As the fire spreads, gently blow on it to add more…

Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar 6: Travel Fairs – How to Get the Most from B2B Tourism Events

Attending travel fairs has been a tried-and-true tactic in the tourism world for decades. The value of these events for networking, creating partnerships, and producing new business is indisputable. However, profitable attendance at these functions is not an accident. Operators who achieve B2B success at fairs have clear strategies that include preparation, information dissemination, precise meeting schedules, and productive follow up. For this session in the Western Balkans Adventure Travel Webinar Series, we’ll speak with three regional tourism experts about the best ways to plan for, think about, and solidify networking…

Hurtigruten Is Kicking Ocean Exploration up a Notch with Underwater Drones

Hurtigruten, the exploration cruise company, has recently partnered with Blueye Robotics; an innovative and environmentally conscious tech company in Norway, for the development of Blueeye Pioneer underwater drones. As the drones share video and images of each guest’s underwater adventure, Blueeye and Hurtigruten implore guests to take exploring into their own hands, with all relevant content being stored and made available to scientists. The underwater drones will be offered to guests on two of Hurtigruten’s groundbreaking hybrid-powered cruise ships; MS Roald Amundsen and MS Fridtjof Nansen. This collaboration between Blueeye…