Adventure Travel

10 Places You Will Never Visit: A Challenge?

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

I burned my hand pretty bad when I was at an age when I was longer dirtying my diaper but still believed that the Easter Bunny sometimes went on picnics with Santa Claus and Batman. I scorched it while helping my mom cook in the kitchen (if I was a girl she would have named […]

This Is What Your Trip To Iran Would Look Like

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

It’s hard to imagine today, but back in the ’60s and ’70s, Iran was a widely visited country and an integral part of the “Hippie Trail”, which means your parents are much more likely to have seen Iran than you. Which is, of course, sad since Iran would likely be a major destination for travel […]

What Is The Big Five?

Monday, March 25, 2013

What animals make up the Big Five? Outside of bar trivia night, this classification may not be as important today since travelers going on safari tend to be shooting the animals they see with a camera rather than with a hunting rifle. However, the Big Five is still an important classification for safari-goers interested in […]

Luke In Kenya Part 5: Elephants, Elephants, Elephants: Kenya!

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

The big elephant in the room is that there is no elephant at all. I’ve been in East Africa for two months and in none of my writings have I so much as broached the subject. Matt Stabile claims he’s not mad about this lapse, just disappointed. He has good reason: I am under contract […]

Taking A 350-Foot Plunge Into A Stadium [Video]

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

If you find yourself in Durban, South Africa, and are looking to try to induce your very own coronary while on vacation, head over to the Moses Mabhida Stadium and try out the “Big Rush Big Swing,” a 350-foot-high bungee swing that catapults you across the entire football pitch at bowel-releasing speeds. The above video […]

Into The Amazon: Bolivia’s Gateway To The Jungle

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Pan-American Transmissions: Part 10 “Pan-American Transmissions” is a travel series from Special Contributor Diego Cupolo as he travels south from Nicaragua to Argentina. He has few plans, a $10-a-day budget and one flute-playing gypsy companion. Check back as new dispatches are posted from the road. “The ‘call o’ the wild’ is in the blood of […]

What It’s Like The First Time You Spot A Lion In Africa

Thursday, March 7, 2013

One of the sad parts about going on safari is the speed at which you become desensitized to what would otherwise be an incredible viewing experience anywhere else in the world. For example, during my own mini-safari in South Africa’s Kruger National Park, the first animal my small group encountered was a small gathering of […]

Horsing Around The Masai Mara

Sunday, March 3, 2013

“It’s like the Garden of Eden,” our guide says, looking over the vista of Kenya’s famed Masai Mara National Reserve, “just beautiful . . .” We draw up our reigns to marvel in silent reverence at the vast landscape, dotted with every wild animal we could have hoped to see. Across this lush, buzzing vista, […]

Exploring A Country You Barely Know: Rwanda [Travel Video]

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

In the summer of 2012, film and video production company Mammoth Media, based near Kansas city, was hired by the Rwandan tourism department to produce a promotional video. You know, the kind of video you see in airport terminals and welcome centers all around a country — which they did. But what to do with […]

My Failed Attempt To Conquer Cotopaxi

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Two grueling hours of climbing through ashy volcanic dirt, each frustrating step taken, I slid backward half a step. We progressed slowly, rhythmically. Sergio, our Ecuadorian guide lead the way, with Stonie and I tagging along, bundled up in bright blue and red, wearing steel-toed boots, equipped with a light daypack and glacial-climbing equipment, our […]

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