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The Best Adventure Travel Books

March 3rd, 2015 by amorton

When you’re not making your own adventure travel memories, a great travel book is often the best way to bridge the gap. Immersive and beautifully written, these 10 books will whisk you away to far off places—all from the comfort of your own home.

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

On the Road Book Cover

Kerouac’s timeless novel inspires the rolling stone in all of us, capturing the brave eccentricity of the post-WWII Beatnik generation and the vibrant American landscapes—from New York to L.A.—that inspired it.

2. Down and Out in Paris and London by George Orwell

Down and Out in London and Paris Book Cover

Two of Europe’s finest cities are the focus of this book, which chronicles the adventures of a penniless British writer experiencing society alongside the down-and-out citizens of Paris and London.

3. Green Hills of Africa by Earnest Hemingway

Green Hills of Africa Book Cover

On the plains of East Africa in 1933, Ernest Hemingway’s lyrical journal captures the thrill and ferocity of a month-long, big game hunt while painting a detailed portrait of Africa’s dynamic landscapes in all their glory.

4. In a Sunburned Country by Bill Bryson

In a Sunburned Country Book Cover

Best-selling American author Bill Bryson provides a humorous account of his time in the vast, quirky, and ultimately charming country/continent of Australia—a place with an endless supply of dangerous wildlife, cold beer, and radiant sunshine.

5. The Old Patagonian Express: By Train Through the Americas by Paul Theroux

The Old Patagonian Express Book Cover

Theroux’s lesser-known train travel novel charts his journey through South America on the rickety Old Patagonia Express, providing a backdrop for Theroux’s adventures in dusty Mexican border towns, through El Salvador and Costa Rica, along the soaring Andes of Peru, and down to the remote, windy heart of Patagonia.

6. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

The Innocents Abroad Book Cover

Twain’s 1867 travel novel made him an overnight sensation and today it still shines, capturing the wonder, humor, and occasional irritation that accompanied the author—and all travelers before and since—on his trip from New York to Europe and the Holy Land.

7. The Snow Leopard by Peter Matthiessen

The Snow Leopard Book Cover

The journey is as much inside as it is out for Peter Matthiessen who, in 1973, traveled with a biologist friend to the remote mountains of Nepal to study blue sheep, expand his knowledge of Zen Buddhism, and—if he’s very lucky—catch a glimpse of the rare Himalayan Snow Leopard.

8. Travels with Charley in Search of America by John Steinbeck

Travels with Charley in Search of America Book Cover

With only his French poodle Charley to accompany him, at age 58, Steinbeck set out to discover the “real America” in all its glory. From long stretches of open road, to Yellowstone National Park, and on to San Francisco, the author examines racial tension, loneliness, and the unexpected kindness of strangers.

9. In Patagonia by Bruce Chatwin

In Patagonia Book Cover

“Have gone to Patagonia” was the telegram Chatwin famously used to quit his Sunday Times Magazine job and disappear into the wilds of Patagonia in 1974. We’re glad he did. The author’s sparse prose perfectly captures the forgotten legends, tempestuous history, and vast allure of this, “the uttermost part of the earth”.

10. Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger

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The parched, desert sands of the Middle East are the setting for this Ethiopia-born British diplomat’s 1959 novel, which chronicles his desire to escape the trappings of Western life behind during a five-year odyssey among the bedouins of southern Arabia.

Book cover photos from Amazon.com.

Get Ready for the Trails in 2015: Classes, Gear and More…

February 16th, 2015 by amorton

Heading out on the trails with us in 2015? Travel smarter with these new hiking classes, gear, and more:

REI Outdoor School classesGet Fit: REI Outdoor School Classes

There’s nothing pleasant about finding yourself less prepared for a hiking trip or trekking adventure than you hoped to be. Proper fitness training before you go is key, but finding a program that understands the unique stresses that hiking can put on your body can be a challenge, especially if, like many of our travelers, you don’t happen to have a mountain range in your backyard. The good news? You might not need one. Instead, just head to your nearest REI store. (http://www.rei.com/outdoorschool/outdoor-fitness-classes.html)

Starting this month, REI and the American Council on Exercise (ACE) have joined forces to offer specialized classes for mountain climbing, backpacking, and training for 5-10K runs in select REI store communities. The brand hopes to bring a deeper understanding of fitness to its current Outdoor School, preparing participants to achieve their various goals—whether they be navigating the Annapurnas or crossing the finish line at a local 5K.
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5 Top Destinations for Women Who Love Adventure

February 10th, 2015 by amorton

It’s never too late to make 2015 your year of adventure, and at Boundless Journeys, we offer plenty of opportunities for our female travelers to get out on the trails in remarkable places, see sights they’ve only dreamed of (and capture them on film!), and enjoy rich cultural encounters with local schools, artisan groups, and more.

Whether you’re traveling with a group of girlfriends or are a single traveler looking to make new friends and escape the ordinary, here are five destinations for women who love adventure.
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Our Favorite Adventure Travel Blogs

November 21st, 2014 by karen cleary

For those of us in the adventure travel world, there is nothing like getting on a plane and landing in a foreign land: somewhere new and unknown, ripe for exploration. It’s what we all live for at Boundless Journeys. But at the same time, each of us at the office has a life here in Vermont, sometimes keeping us grounded for longer than we’d intended.

When that happens, the next best thing is to take a short, virtual sabbatical to check in with the adventurers who inspire us, make us laugh, and make us think. From thoughtful travelers who explore where few others have been before, to writers specializing in capturing the magic and frustrations of living abroad – from the high profile to the obscure – these are just a few of the adventure travel blogs we love.
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How to Find the Right Adventure Travel Company

November 14th, 2014 by deborah tobey

Whether you want to trek the Himalayas, walk through the Italian countryside, or go white water rafting in Costa Rica, adventure travel is filled with once in a lifetime experiences. But finding a top adventure travel company that suits your budget, fitness level, expectations, and safety needs can feel overwhelming.
Adventure travelers trust their outfitters to provide a safe, secure experience while maintaining a feeling of stepping out on the edge. Outfitters are also trusted with payment, accommodations, and being able to help should anything go wrong.

Rafting along the Balsa River, in Costa Rica.

Rafting along the Balsa River, in Costa Rica.

In choosing an outfitter, the first step is to browse adventure travel options online and determine the destination or activity you’re seeking. Then pick up the phone and reach out to each of the companies you’re interested in. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. This is the best way to get a feel for the operator and the trip you are considering.
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The 10 Best Adventure Travel Destinations in 2015

November 3rd, 2014 by ninafedrizzi

‘Where to next?’ is one of our favorite questions to ask here at Boundless Journeys, and now is the perfect time to look ahead at next year’s travel calendar. From the sapphire-blue Mediterranean to the storied green hills of East Africa, we have a host of exciting new departures on the horizon, and picking our top spots is never easy. But while there are plenty of reasons why each country in our portfolio can be a trip of a lifetime for you, we think these 10 adventure travel destinations are the places to be in 2015. Read the rest of this entry »

Rediscover Your Love of Travel with These Adventure Tours

October 1st, 2014 by Matt

Recently I was talking to an otherwise enthusiastic world traveler who was experiencing what I’ll call, “Bucket List Fatigue.” She’d brainstormed all of her dream destinations and had been energetically checking them off: the Eiffel Tower, the Grand Canyon, the Great Pyramids of Giza. The first trips were filled with wonder and joy, but as she made her way down the list, she was starting to feel burned out. Her natural love of travel was starting to seem like a chore.

Th Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

The Great Pyramids of Giza, Egypt.

She said that she imagined that people like me—people who work in the travel industry—must feel that way, too. I admitted that the logistics of travel could get to be a drag (I’ve never met a line that I wanted to stand in). But the trips themselves never did. I then let her in on something I’ve learned over the years. “If you want to rediscover your love of travel, then stop thinking about it in terms of the destination, and start thinking about it in terms of people,” I said.
Don’t get me wrong. I’m all for having a bucket list if it motivates you to see the wonders of the world. And places like the Grand Canyon, Eiffel Tower, and the Great Pyramids of Giza are all must-sees. But when I think about my favorite travel adventures, they’re all smaller, more intimate experiences. It’s the conversations, stories, jokes, confessions, even awkward silences—it’s those human moments where I’ve connected with a person I never would have otherwise met. Read the rest of this entry »

5 Adventure Travel Destinations that will Change Your Life

September 15th, 2014 by karen cleary

Choosing an adventure travel destination can be daunting. The top destinations for adventure travel offer not only opportunities for physical challenge, but also elements that speak to our humanity: an immersion in nature, and the chance to disconnect from the frenetic pace of modern life and reconnect with our inner spirit.

Whether you are feeling unsettled at work, have personal goals that have evaded you, or just feel like you’ve been in a rut, the best adventure travel destinations offer a chance to slow down, breathe deep, recharge, and change your life.

That said, here are Boundless Journeys’ picks for five adventure travel destinations that will change your life:
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Introducing Croatia: Dalmatian Islands Hiking & Kayaking

August 12th, 2014 by deborah tobey

Croatia’s Dalmatian Coast has long been a treasured vacation spot for Europeans who crave the natural beauty, food, wine, and history of the Mediterranean, but want to avoid the crowded coasts of Italy, Spain, and France. In the early 90s, civil war in the former Republic of Yugoslavia quieted tourism in the region, but Dalmatia has long since completed its comeback, while still retaining the charm and character of a destination that’s slightly off the beaten path.

Hikes along the coast of Dalmatia offer postcard-worthy views.

Hikes along the coast of Dalmatia offer postcard-worthy views.

Croatia’s geographic and strategic location made the country either the trading partner or the prize of Greek, Byzantine, Slavic, and Venetian empires—to name a few—and everywhere there’s evidence of ancient influence. We begin our Croatia: Dalmatian Islands Hiking & Kayaking tour in the town of Split, home to the massive 3rd-century Palace of Diocletian, the “retirement home” of the Roman emperor. In the village of Ston, we walk along limestone fortifications exceeded in length only by the Great Wall of China. And, in Dubrovnik, we find a pharmacy that’s been open since the Middle Ages. History breathes from the land itself, and archeological remains date prehistoric settlements along the Dalmatian coast as far back as the Paleolithic Period.
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Dinner is Served! Five Icelandic Dishes for the Fearless Diner

July 7th, 2014 by ninafedrizzi

Iceland is a land of opportunity for the adventurous at heart, and no less so at the dining table. Whether grabbing a quick snack of putrefied shark meat or a hearty meal of boiled sheep’s head and potatoes, Icelanders know how to bring a little excitement in with the dinner bell.

If you’re lucky enough to be heading there with us this summer, be sure to try at least a few of these traditional favorites. Otherwise, mark this menu down on your dining bucket list—if you dare.
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