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Lonely Planet Names Top 10 Countries to Visit in 2011

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Friday, November 5th, 2010

From their new book, Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2011, the editors at this renowned publication have compiled the best in atmosphere, cuisine, culture, and adventure into a list of the Top 10 Countries to visit in the upcoming year. As always, we like to highlight destinations in our collection that are included in these coveted lists, so take a look below to see how you can make a spectacular travel choice in 2011 with Boundless Journeys.

ITALY

“Italy is a beguiling, beautiful, charismatic mess…one of the world’s most magnificent places to be. The food is delicious, sunshine is plentiful, scenery and towns are sublime, and there is millennia-worth of art to look at. There are 44 Unesco World Heritage Sites here, more than in any other country.”

To join Boundless Journeys on an exploration of Italy that will exercise the soul as well as the soles, check out:

Italy: A Taste of Tuscany & Umbria

Italy: Ancient Sicily

TANZANIA

“It’s true, Tanzania is a place of great marvels – Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar… But that’s not all. It also has great herds of elephants in Ruaha, tree-climbing lions around Lake Manyara, chimpanzee sanctuaries in Gombe and Mahale and packs of wild dogs in Selous. There are also sunsets on the Rufiji River, when the water boils with hippos and crocodiles. In fact, the country has the whole panoply of east Africa’s wildlife – including such rarities as the red colobus monkey, black rhino, hawksbill and leatherback turtles and Pemba flying foxes – concentrated in an unrivalled collection of parks and reserves. So you think you’ve seen it all? We’re betting Tanzania still has a surprise or two for you.”

A trip to East Africa is indeed an adventure that changes your outlook on life – let Boundless Journeys assist you in your experience by choosing one of the following itineraries:

Tanzania: Migration Safari

Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti

Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti Private Safari


About Boundless Journeys

Boundless Journeys is an award-winning small group adventure tour operator, selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic ADVENTURE, February 2009; and a “World’s Best” tour operator by Travel + Leisure, August 2009.

With a diverse collection of locally guided, small group itineraries and Private Collection trips around the world, Boundless Journeys offers “The World’s Great Adventures.” The adventure trips for 2-16 guests are active, ranging from leisurely cultural explorations and wildlife safaris to challenging trekking in remote regions ― with plenty of easy to moderate walking and sea kayaking in between.

Baja Sea Kayaking-Why travel with Boundless Journeys?

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Monday, August 10th, 2009


Adapted from Sea Kayaking in Baja
by Andromeda Romano-Lax

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Baja has become one of North America’s top sea kayaking spots, and for good reason. This peninsula, a crooked finger of land west of mainland Mexico, is tantalizingly close to the United States and yet still surprisingly wild and untamed. Flanked by the Sea of Cortez (or Gulf of California) to the east and the Pacific to the west, it is an 800-mile strip of desert bounded by over 2,000 miles of stunning coastline. Much of it remains inaccessible, except by boat. Despite its growing popularity, much of it remains unexplored, except by those adventurers willing to step off the beaten path.

The kayak provides an unparalleled vehicle for exploring this remote and remarkably beautiful coast. With its shallow draft, a kayak can enter any cove, navigate a lonely echoing channel, or steer a course through a maze of offshore boulders. It can be transported to almost any launching spot along the peninsula, be hauled out into a cliff niche, or pulled above the high-tide line of a beautiful, secluded beach. It is less expensive than a yacht, more unobtrusive and ecologically sound than a motorboat. It can be paddled well and safely, even by the beginner. It is great exercise, a perfect craft for the bird-, whale-, and wildlife-watcher, and a good way to burn off the pounds that creep on somewhere in Ensenada.

Why travel to Baja with Boundless Journeys?

KNOWLEDGEABLE & PROFESSIONAL
Our leaders possess a variety of education and training in sea kayaking, marine biology, archeology, geology, history, guiding and wilderness first aid.

PERSONABLE & FUN
A trip with us not only introduces you to the skills of kayaking or the gentle art of whale watching, it brings you in touch with the Mexican people through our talented and charismatic local staff and guides. Their sense of humor and enthusiasm to share knowledge of their culture and country is a special element of each trip.

ENVIRONMENTALLY & CULTURALLY SENSITIVE
Our tours practice “green” techniques for handling organic garbage and recycling in the desert and salt water environment. We operate all trips with the utmost respect for the local culture, flora and fauna.

HIGH STANDARDS IN QUALITY AND SAFETY
All our trips are supported by motorized boats (22-30′ open skiffs) equipped with marine band radios, adding a great measure of safety to each trip. We believe your experience is enhanced by the use of good quality, easy to use, comfortable equipment. Skiffs also provide the luxury of carrying heavy loads from camp to camp so your kayaks are light and easy to paddle.

FOOD
We prepare the most delicious meals you’ll ever taste using local fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs, spices and meats. Special diets are easily accommodated due to the variety of foods we are able to carry. Fresh fish is often a part of every Baja trip for folks interested in catching their dinner, and we keep only what we can eat. Ice cold drinks are provided including fruit juices, soda and Mexican beer. This is a must after a long hot paddle!

PRICE COMPETITIVE
For a week in the beautiful Sea of Cortez, including 2 nights in a first-class hotel, 4 nights full-service camping, friendly, knowledgeable guides, and fresh delicious meals, we offer the best value for your dollar.

Mexico: Baja and the Sea of Cortez Adventure; October 24-30, 2009; Trip price: $1895, but call destination manager Deborah Tobey to learn about some exceptional offers. For more information, or to make a reservation,  call 1-800-941-8010.

About Boundless Journeys
Selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, February 2009; and as the #7 Best Tour Operator in the World by Travel & Leisure, August 2009

If diversity of adventure is what you are seeking, Boundless Journeys has trips to satisfy your most imaginative spirit. Offering worldwide adventure tours, featuring experiences ranging from wilderness treks to cultural journeys, we always find the hidden gems of each destination. Small group or private itineraries, memorable accommodations, and expert local guides define the signature Boundless Journeys adventure travel experience.

Amazing Travel Tips: Boundless Journeys Adventure Travel

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Monday, May 11th, 2009

Adventure travel – whether hiking through the hill towns of Tuscany, trekking through Bhutan and the Himalayas, or sea kayaking in Baja’s Sea of Cortez – creates a sense of excitement and anticipation in even the most seasoned of travelers. This type of travel provides a way to escape the ordinary, and discover and explore with a fresh perspective. Many however are often scared away by the term “adventure”, and according to Webster’s Dictionary:

“adventure” is defined as: 1. a hazardous undertaking 2. an unusual or suspenseful experience 3. participation in hazardous or exciting experiences

“travel” is defined as: 1. to move from one place to another: JOURNEY 2. To journey from one place to another as a traveling sales representative 3. to be transmitted, as light

In these words lie the loose definition of “adventure travel.” Strictly defined, “adventure travel” could mean: “a hazardous undertaking as a traveling sales representative” or “a suspenseful experience being transmitted as light.” However, there is much latitude to create a definition unique to your desired experience. For example, the true essence of adventure travel to me is defined as “unusual or exciting experiences journeying from one place to another.” Or more succinctly stated “Boundless Journeys.” Dial up the adventure, or turn it back. How exciting or how unusual you prefer your travels defines the personal experience that all of us have while traveling.

Here are a few travel tips to help you prepare for your next adventure:

From National Geographic Adventure:
Text by Brad Wieners

Premise: If anyone can tell you how to travel outside your comfort zone, embrace risk, and come back alive, it’s the creators, host, and winners of TV’s The Amazing Race

“Above all, know that the world is really a very safe place.”
-The Amazing Race cocreator Bertram van Munster

Out of the gate it looked as if The Amazing Race, the adventure-travel reality-TV show that made its debut September 5, 2001, on CBS, might end up a one-season wonder. “When I saw the billboards [advertising the series] in lower Manhattan coated in ash from the World Trade Center, I really thought we were in trouble,” recalls the program’s cocreator Bertram van Munster. “I mean, who would want to watch a show with all these airplanes?”

Instead of packing it in, The Amazing Race has taken flight and managed over seven subsequent seasons to sustain a word-of-mouth rep as “the thinking person’s reality-TV show,” even though that sounds oxymoronic to some thinking persons. During each 13-episode run, 11 duos vied for a cool million in cash. (The show’s fall format has ten teams of four extended family members.) By the time it’s over, the racers have completed up to 30 scavenger hunts, physical or phobia-related challenges, and culturally specific rituals-all while circumnavigating the globe in 29 to 30 days.

Perhaps the most exceptional thing about The Amazing Race is its inviting worldview. “It seems like all we ever see of the rest of the world is the aftermath of a natural disaster, war, or someone who hates us, burning an American flag,” says the expat New Zealander Keoghan, who resides with his wife and daughter in Santa Monica, California. He adds, “Our President is constantly warning people about all the ‘evildoers’ out there. It’s no wonder some Americans think they’ll be safer staying home.”

Say what you like about The Amazing Race: that its appealing images of exotic locales act as an antidote to war-on-terror hysteria, or that what the show really delivers is a spot-on satire of the breakneck speed at which Americans travel. Either way, the folks responsible for staging the race indisputably know their way around. Doganieri and van Munster typically travel the 35,000-mile (56,327-kilometer) itinerary of the race twice, and sometimes three times, before each contest gets under way. In all, they’ve visited more than 70 countries, ironing out all the logistics of the show. Their travel savvy, along with advice from Keoghan and season-seven winners Joyce and Uchenna Robinson-Agu, follows. You needn’t be racing to put it to good use.

10 Adventure Travel Tips From The Amazing Race
By Phil Keoghan

1. Face your fear. At 19, Keoghan nearly died when he was trapped inside a shipwreck off the coast of New Zealand during a deepwater dive. Once rescued, he wrote out a “life list” of adventures he wanted to have before he really did cross over and then got paid to do many of them as the go-anywhere, try-anything host of TV magazines Phil Keoghan’s Adventure Crazy and Keoghan’s Heroes (Keoghan rhymes with Hogan). “A recurring theme when people make their lists,” he says, “is that they almost always put down things they’ve been afraid to try.” Keoghan encourages everyone to make these a priority. “I can’t tell you the number of times someone has done something they feared and then found themselves able to make other major life decisions,” he says. It’s corny, he admits, but it works. (For the record, Keoghan is claustrophobic, but he adds, “I’ve managed to push the fear back. It doesn’t inhibit me.” His therapy? Diving to one of the world’s longest known underwater tunnels, Nohoch Nah Chich, under the Yucatán jungle.)

2. Don’t panic. “When you’re trying something you’ve never done before, most people find themselves really hyper about being in a situation that’s out of control,” says Joyce, who watched the show prior to appearing on it. “We learned not to get so excited about everything because there are going to be a lot of new things coming at you all the time.”

3. Pack for one week. “Whether I’m going out for a week or several months, I only ever pack for a week,” says Keoghan. “Because you don’t want to be weighed down, and you can always wash up.”

4. Have a plan before you clear customs. If you aren’t sure where you’re going, ask for information in the airport before you pass through security into the public waiting areas. And get the map.

5. Stick to backpacks, not messenger bags. “If you’re going for anything longer than a weekend, make sure your bag has two shoulder straps,” says Keoghan.
“I find the [single-strap] shoulder bags just bugger your back.”

6. Avoid checking bags. Or, if you can’t get yourself down to one carry-on, keep your total number of bags to an absolute minimum. The more items you have, the more you have to keep track of, and the more you stand to lose. “It’s in the belly of the plane that things can start to go bad,” van Munster warns.

7. There is no simple, over-the-counter solution for jet lag.

8. Never wear shorts. At least, not if you’re male and not if you leave the grounds of a resort, the trail, or the beach. “I recommend lightweight long pants,” says van Munster. “They’re protection against mosquitoes, fleas, dog bites, snakebites…. Many people take malaria drugs, but I don’t. I just keep covered, and I blend in, because in most places adult men wear long pants.” Also, avoid matching outfits. This verily screams “tourist.”

9. Schedules are subject to interpretation. Go with the flow. In Zermatt, Switzerland, your train will depart at exactly 8:42 a.m. as noted, but in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, an 8 a.m. bus might, or might not, leave anytime before dinner. Adjust your outlook accordingly.

10. Always act the guest. If you’re respectful of your foreign hosts and try to see things through their eyes, you’ll most likely find that you’ll be treated hospitably. “People may not like our foreign policy, but people everywhere like Americans,” says van Munster. “There really is something of an American spirit, and people are drawn to it. You’ve got to have confidence in that, and, above all, know that the world is really a very safe place.”

About Boundless Journeys
Selected as one of the “Best Adventure Travel Companies on Earth” by National Geographic Adventure, February 2009.
If diversity of adventure is what you are seeking, Boundless Journeys has trips to satisfy your most imaginative spirit. Offering worldwide adventure tours, featuring experiences ranging from wilderness treks to cultural journeys, we always find the hidden gems of each destination. Small group or private itineraries, memorable accommodations, and expert local guides define the signature Boundless Journeys adventure travel experience.

To Woo Travelers, Airlines Slash Fares

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Wednesday, March 11th, 2009

Adventure Travel, there’s never been a better time.

While the current economic situation may have many of us wondering whether or not we will be able to take our yearly adventure abroad, there are a few things to consider before deciding against it. From a pure cost perspective, it has been at least a decade since there were such great travel values. If you can, now is a great time to take advantage of some of the byproducts of a poor economy. The dollar is stronger than it has been in quite some time, tour operators such as Boundless Journeys and the airlines are offering some significant savings due to decreased demand. For some it may be difficult to justify a walking trip through Tuscany, a hiking trip in Bhutan, or a wildlife safari in Botswana, but for those that are ready to seize the opportunity, this is a tremendous time to travel.

I’m always one whose looking for a good value, and here’s a radio segment I heard on NPR last night that got me thinking about where my next trip might be.

From NPR’s All Things Considered, March 9, 2009

The travel industry is hoping that any stimulus to the economy will mean more airline travel. As a result, airlines have slashed fares.

Rick Seaney, chief executive of Farecompare.com, tells NPR’s Michele Norris that right now is the best time in a decade to fly. That’s a huge reversal from last summer, when prices were among the highest.

“It’s completely flipped on its head in a short year,” he says.

Seaney also has several tips for people looking to travel on the cheap. One trick, he says, is to buy airline tickets on Tuesday afternoons. That’s the time he calls “the perfect sweet spot,” when the sales have come in and all the airlines have matched.

He also says the absolute cheapest days to fly are Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday, and that many of the lowest airfares come with rules stating that travelers can fly only on those days.

Listen Now to the complete interview [4 min 32 sec]

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