Adventure Travel

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 […]

What Street Life Looks Like In Kabul Right Now

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Ever wonder what it would look like if you were to, oh, pack up and head to Kabul, Afghanistan, i.e., the ultimate off-the-beaten-path-bet-you-haven’t-been-there city, for a week of R&R? Well, here’s your chance. In October, volunteer Anna Brones spent two weeks in Afghanistan with Mountain2Mountain, a non-profit focused on women in Afghanistan, where she chronicled what […]

A Mostly Forgotten Treasure In The Himalayas Has Me Asking: What Makes Us Travel?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

A mostly forgotten treasure in Guler, a small town in the Punjabi state of India nestled at the foothills of the Himalayas, is home to a 250-year-old crumbling palace that has been taken over by the jungle, leaving behind remnants of a not-too-long-ago past of royal artistry in the valley. The Financial Times recently went in search of this […]

Shhh, Don’t Tell Anyone: The Best Caribbean Islands Are Actually Off The Coast Of Central America

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

The little-known secret that most tourists don’t know about and that many travelers like to keep to themselves is that fact that most of the best Caribbean Islands to visit are not those found in that linear line of islands stretching southward from Florida’s southern tip, but rather are found hundreds of miles away, dotting […]

Uluru In The Rain: How The Worst Weather Can Make For The Best Vacation

Sunday, October 14, 2012

As the plane shook and bounced its way through the remnants of Cyclone Yasi, the strongest storm ever to hit Australia, I began to wonder if I was on the right flight. Inside my head were postcard-inspired visions of the Outback: the looming red rock, the dry red desert, the baking sun. Outside my window […]

Antarctica Is Just A Flight Away, What Are You Waiting For?

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

In 1820, Nathaniel Palmer discovered Antarctica when he was merely 22. Palmer was the captain of sealing ship Hero, and when he was in the area seeking more seals to fill the insatiable New England appetite for seal skins, he spotted the Antarctica Peninsula. In addition to imparting all 20-somethings with feelings of inadequacy (what […]

How I Found Colorado Atop Crestone Needle

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

It was Thursday morning and my cell phone lit up. I had a text. “Look up Crestone Needle and let me know if you have the balls for that one.” It was from my climbing friend Nick. I typed “14ers.com” into my browser — the go-to website for all things pertaining to Colorado’s storied fourteeners […]

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