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  • Twitter could be your most powerful social media tool

    Sheila's Guide
    Sheila Scarborough
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Surprised to learn that people book travel based on whether you’re responsive online?   Visitors these days turn to Twitter for interaction with travel brands, especially to get help with the airlines rather than sit on Hold with a call center. What does that mean for the tourism and hospitality industries? I think that hotels, CVBs (Convention & Visitors Bureaus,) DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations,) Tourist Boards, and Chambers of Commerce that handle tourism should also start thinking of Twitter as more of a powerful quick-response visitor/guest service tool and…
  • TripAdvisor: A love story, with glitter and rainbows

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    Sean O'Neill
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    If you adore TripAdvisor and think it’s the most innovative company in travel, you’ll enjoy today’s 2,300-word feature on the Massachusetts-based giant in The Washington Post. The writer describes the company this way: “Without question, TripAdvisor has become a monster. Not a mean ogre that eats all of your Girl Scout cookies but a friendly, helpful beast that accompanies countless travelers on their vacations.” Like Shrek, perhaps. The writer visits the humble birthplace of the company — above a pizza joint, back in 2000. She then contrasts that humble…
  • Food tastes better in a clean place

    Kansas Sampler Foundation-GET KANSAS!
    Get Kansas!
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    I've been wanting to write this blog post for awhile.  We're about 78 counties into our statewide journey for guidebook research.  One thing we have really come to appreciate is cleanliness, in restaurants especially.  You still need to have good food, preferably made-from-scratch, but a disgusting bathroom and a dirty kitchen that extends out to the dining area is something that will trump good food and likely eliminate a restaurant from guidebook consideration.  Whether you're a customer, owner, or employee, it's easy to become accustomed to what you see regularly. …
  • Still Hard to Grasp

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    28 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
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  • Funky semi-gentrified Venice Beach, California. Interesting architecture.

    Canadian and World Tourism
    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Interesting architecture to be seen along the boardwalk of Venice Beach, California30 years ago, Venice Beach was one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles. It still is. Mind you 30 years ago it was much grittier, even a bit dangerous. But it's always been a great place to watch some amazing characters (some homeless, some out of it). Today there's a strip of new houses (saw a couple for sale) with very interesting architecture. Like the house on this photo. There are many hotels in the area, which are much more affordable than those in Santa Monica, the more sophisticated, if that's the right…
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    Sheila's Guide

  • Twitter could be your most powerful social media tool

    Sheila Scarborough
    14 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Surprised to learn that people book travel based on whether you’re responsive online?   Visitors these days turn to Twitter for interaction with travel brands, especially to get help with the airlines rather than sit on Hold with a call center. What does that mean for the tourism and hospitality industries? I think that hotels, CVBs (Convention & Visitors Bureaus,) DMOs (Destination Marketing Organizations,) Tourist Boards, and Chambers of Commerce that handle tourism should also start thinking of Twitter as more of a powerful quick-response visitor/guest service tool and…
  • Making the cultural arts work for your community

    Sheila Scarborough
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:19 pm
    Poster for downtown cultural arts presentation by Georgetown TX Main Street (photo by Sheila Scarborough) Although there are examples and case studies about how the arts can revitalize a town, you probably have anecdotal evidence from your own experiences, too. What is often the first step to a downtown renewal? Artists and creative types move in because the rent is cheap. The area becomes hip and cool instead of empty and dangerous. People are drawn to it, creative enterprises blossom….then rents go up, chains move in, and everyone starts complaining that it’s gotten too…
  • How to get started as a professional (paid) speaker

    Sheila Scarborough
    13 May 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Speaking at an international travel technology conference in Kerala, India in 2013. I had just finished threading a microphone wire through my top in front of a room full of mostly men – be ready for anything as a speaker. Although I’ve been a speaker on social media for tourism for years, I vividly remember getting started and the things that made me scratch my head. When someone asked in a LinkedIn Group about becoming a pro speaker, this is the advice that I shared…. What Do You Speak About? First I had to decide what sort of expertise I had that would translate into a 45…
  • What is SXSW Interactive?

    Sheila Scarborough
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:44 pm
    Cover of SXSWi 2007 print conference guide (photo by Sheila Scarborough) It is that time of year here in central Texas. Time for “South by.” SXSW. South by Southwest in Austin, Texas. “The thing that ate the month of March.” There are three parts to the SXSW festival – Interactive, Film, and Music. Many only know about the well-publicized Music portion (which is indeed a huge deal) but in fact the Interactive/technology part of the event draws the most attendees – 30,000+ in 2014, with the same number or more expected this year in 2015. Some think of it as…
  • Travel media resources to share with your customers

    Sheila Scarborough
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Magazine rack; so many choices for content! (photo courtesy Cathy Stanley-Erickson on Flickr CC) While putting together a presentation for the ETC (Educational Travel Community) conference in Boston, I was asked by the organizers to create a list of 15 travel-related resource sites that tour operators, tour suppliers, alumni group travel organizers, and others could monitor for current items of interest, and then share with their email and social media audiences. Useful content that you share is content that YOU don’t have to create. It’s a time-saver and it’s also helpful…
 
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  • TripAdvisor: A love story, with glitter and rainbows

    Sean O'Neill
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:16 am
    If you adore TripAdvisor and think it’s the most innovative company in travel, you’ll enjoy today’s 2,300-word feature on the Massachusetts-based giant in The Washington Post. The writer describes the company this way: “Without question, TripAdvisor has become a monster. Not a mean ogre that eats all of your Girl Scout cookies but a friendly, helpful beast that accompanies countless travelers on their vacations.” Like Shrek, perhaps. The writer visits the humble birthplace of the company — above a pizza joint, back in 2000. She then contrasts that humble…
  • One out of four hoteliers still use pen and paper to manage properties in the US

    Linda Fox
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Software Advice, a trade purchasing-advice platform, has dug into its dealings with hoteliers in the United States in the past year to gauge some trends in hotel technology buying behaviour. It’s created a snapshot of how those charged with buying hotel technology. Revelations include that 34% of buyers are looking to replace an existing hotel management system, while a quarter want software to replace current offline – that’s pen and paper- processes. In addition, 16% have no system at all. When it comes to what they want included in a system, an online booking engine is…
  • Djubo nets funding from Ibibo, the rising Indian travco

    Sean O'Neill
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:06 am
    Launched in February, Djubo, which sells a hotel central reservations system (CRS), has sold a minority equity stake to ibibo, the online travel company that owns Goibibo.com, redBus.in, and Yourbus. Djubo has 100 independent hotels using its services today. It says this funding will give it the leverage to reach 2,000 hotels within a year. Djubo offers a mobile-app-based booking platform, with responsive-design templates and a booking engine and payment gateway. It also gives hotels a cloud-based online channel management tool that synchs up with multiple online travel agencies (OTAs), such…
  • eDreams reports strategy progress with mobile and conversion gains

    Linda Fox
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:31 am
    eDreams Odigeo says it is making progress on the strategic initiatives it announced in June which include improving the customer experience and a greater focus on mobile. During a results presentation for the first quarter ended June 30, 2015, chief executive Dana Dunne laid out some of the progress that has been made for the first phase of the strategy which focuses on short-term gains. Dunne pointed to the increased share of mobile bookings which is now 20% of total bookings compared to 15% year-on-year and 17% one quarter ago. He also expanded on new mobile functionality to improve the…
  • Why travel needs to embrace cross-device marketing

    Special Nodes
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    The way we advertise to and engage with consumers has changed dramatically thanks to the explosion of mobile.  Today’s travelers use multiple devices to plan their trips, research new destinations, buy travel packages and then stay up-to-date while on-the-go. NB This is a guest article by Susan Lietz, senior vice president of marketing at Tapad. More than 61% of travelers in the US will use a mobile device to look up information prior to a trip – representing 47.4% of all digital travel research, according to eMarketer. By next year, this number is expected to hit 72.8 million,…
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    Kansas Sampler Foundation-GET KANSAS!

  • Food tastes better in a clean place

    Get Kansas!
    3 Aug 2015 | 7:22 pm
    I've been wanting to write this blog post for awhile.  We're about 78 counties into our statewide journey for guidebook research.  One thing we have really come to appreciate is cleanliness, in restaurants especially.  You still need to have good food, preferably made-from-scratch, but a disgusting bathroom and a dirty kitchen that extends out to the dining area is something that will trump good food and likely eliminate a restaurant from guidebook consideration.  Whether you're a customer, owner, or employee, it's easy to become accustomed to what you see regularly. …
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  • Flash mob presentation

    Get Kansas!
    19 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    Dena Patte of Ellis Alliance won a We Kan! Award -- but she didn't know it.  The awards are first presented at the Kansas Sampler Festival, held in May.  Those who aren't present are awarded in a variety of other ways in the following weeks and months.WenDee and I were on our way to Sherman County to do our guidebook research.  We intentionally went through Ellis to present Dena her We Kan! award plate.  About 15 minutes before we got to Ellis we had the idea to call the city office and see who they could round up to be at Dena's award presentation.We drove into town and…
  • Is it you?

    Get Kansas!
    18 Jan 2015 | 6:28 pm
    Is your organization, event, or council thriving? If not, it may be time to ask yourself the hard question.  Is it me?Can you find volunteers for your event?Do you have enthusiastic, or frustrated workers?Do you have turnover and don’t know why?Do you have a growing membership?Are things really clicking in your daily operations?Are your meetings productive and end with action items?When we are the problem, it’s really hard to see, even harder to admit.  And, it’s hard for someone to tell you that it’s you.If things aren’t working, you probably aren’t happy…
  • A GROCERY STORE OPENING

    Get Kansas!
    18 Nov 2013 | 6:59 pm
    It seems so cut and dry.  A grocery store opening.  In a small town, a grocery store opening is everything, it's about sustainability.  It's about a future.A grocery store makes a town functional.Morland is a town of about 150 people. For a wholesale truck to stop, a store has to buy $10,000 worth of inventory a week.This fact, plus utility costs, has made it almost impossible for small towns to have a store.  Morland found a way.Due to a very determined Morland Community Foundation board and a supportive citizenry, a store that provides groceries in Morland is once…
 
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  • Still Hard to Grasp

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:05 am
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  • Throwback Tourism Thursday

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:04 am
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  • It's (All) About the Promise

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    26 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
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  • It's (All) About the Music

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:37 am
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  • Going Underground

    Bill Geist's Zeitgeist
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:00 am
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    Canadian and World Tourism

  • Funky semi-gentrified Venice Beach, California. Interesting architecture.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:32 am
    Interesting architecture to be seen along the boardwalk of Venice Beach, California30 years ago, Venice Beach was one of my favorite spots in Los Angeles. It still is. Mind you 30 years ago it was much grittier, even a bit dangerous. But it's always been a great place to watch some amazing characters (some homeless, some out of it). Today there's a strip of new houses (saw a couple for sale) with very interesting architecture. Like the house on this photo. There are many hotels in the area, which are much more affordable than those in Santa Monica, the more sophisticated, if that's the right…
  • Rediscovering my LA! Marina del Rey, Venice Beach and Santa Monica.

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    23 Aug 2015 | 8:00 am
    In the heart of Venice Beach, California. Photo: © Canadian and World Tourism.com (Cactus Rock)I Love LA! I lived in Los Angeles for a while as an international student many moons ago. But, in the last 30 years I have only been back once, for a conference in the mid 2000s. At that time I only had a little time to go sightseeing and basically just spent some time around Hollywood. Until now. This time, I went back for a proper visit with my wife, who has seen very little of El Pueblo de Nuestra Señora de Los Angeles. We stayed in Marina del Rey, a spot I used to frequent for lunch way back…
  • The Iconic Robert Redford will Narrate National Parks Centennial Film - National Parks Adventure

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    Horseshoe Bend Glen Canyon National Recreation Area. Photo courtesy MacGillivray Films, Discover AmericaWhen I learned about a new giant format film with the working title America Wild about America's National Parks, I got excited about seeing it next year. Giant film format (I think 72 mm) is the perfect format to try and capture some of the essence of these amazing places on Earth. Of course, like with any other film (or Instagram picture or Facebook post), it's not the same as being there in the flesh. But we'll take it. Can't travel all the time to every place we'd like, right? Mind you,…
  • Quite possibly the best Fudge I've ever tasted! The Mill Fudge Factory from New Hampshire, USA

    Jaime Horwitz Rodriguez
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:04 am
    Amazing fudge from New Hampshire, USA!I recently learned about The Mill Fudge Factory from New Hampshire and wrote a blog post about it. I became interested because I like to explore small towns and love little places with authentic local food or treats. In addition, the notice I received caught my attention because the Mill Fudge Factory has a space for live music (The Backroom at the Mill). At first I thought I'd write about live music in small towns, but without having been there, I focused more on the fudge. I love fudge. Don't eat it often mind you because, well, let's face it, it's…
 
 
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  • Tourism industry faces Chinese 'colonization' - nation.lk - The Nation Newspaper

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:32 pm
    nation.lk - The Nation NewspaperTourism industry faces Chinese 'colonization'nation.lk - The Nation NewspaperThis influx of Chinese tourists however, is also creating issues for the local travel industry, with Chinese nationals taking advantage of legal loopholes and in some cases, blatantly disregarding the country's immigration laws to set up their own and more »
  • Thailand bombing won't crush tourism - CNBC

    28 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    CNBCThailand bombing won't crush tourismCNBCThe short-term economic consequences of the recent bombing of the Erawan Shrine in Bangkok continue to be felt. But one lesson from past crises is that the Thai tourism sector will survive — and once again thrive. More than 20 nations have issued Thai police arrest suspect in Bangkok bombingCNNSuspect in deadly Bangkok bombing arrested by Thai police9news.com.auBangkok bombing: Thai police arrest man 'likely involved' with attackABC Onlineall 686 news articles »
  • AdTheorent's Travel & Tourism Industry Mobile Ad Performance Analyses - ADOTAS

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:14 am
    AdTheorent's Travel & Tourism Industry Mobile Ad Performance AnalysesADOTASAdTheorent, Inc. today announced summary findings from internal travel and tourism industry mobile ad performance analyses conducted across its network during Q2 of 2015. Tapping its data-driven predictive modeling platform with a focus on the travel
  • Travel Oregon Wins National Tourism Industry Awards - PR Newswire (press release)

    27 Aug 2015 | 2:40 pm
    PR Newswire (press release)Travel Oregon Wins National Tourism Industry AwardsPR Newswire (press release)27, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Winners of the National Council of State Tourism Directors (NCSTD) 2015 Mercury awards were announced yesterday during U.S. Travel Association's annual Educational Seminar for Tourism Organizations (ESTO) conference held ...and more »
  • Tourism Industry Sees Minimal Impact From Waikiki Beach Closure - Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2

    27 Aug 2015 | 3:34 am
    Hawaii Public Radio-HPR2Tourism Industry Sees Minimal Impact From Waikiki Beach ClosureHawaii Public Radio-HPR2But according to tourism officials, it looks like the impacts on the tourism industry are minimal. "We got very little feedback from the hotels. Nobody's canceling, everyone's coming," said George Szigeti, the President and CEO of Hawai'i Tourism and more »
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    The Travel Word

  • The Joys of Sustainable Travel

    editor
    8 Aug 2015 | 6:05 pm
    THIS POST IS BROUGHT TO YOU BY THOMSON UK As many parts of our world become more and more accessible, so too does the importance of traveling and exploring in a way that not only respects local cultures and environments but helps to sustain it. The goal is to protect the unique qualities of a place so that it can continue to be enjoyed by others and provide a healthy living for locals. While some travelers might hear the term “sustainable travel” and think of a vacation that is limited primarily to outdoor environmental endeavors, there are many more fun activities and options available…
  • A Life-Changing Experience Challenge in Ghana

    editor
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:35 am
    With every trip we take, we bring home stories: how we saw the Northern Lights from the airplane on our way to Reykjavik, Iceland; how it felt like we were being showered with stars as we snuggled into our blankets in Jordan’s Wadi Rum desert; how we realised that yes, balsamic vinegar can be taken to the next level in Modena, Italy. Jiah Ham with William, her host at AfriKids Blue Sky Travel in Ghana. Photo courtesy of AfriKids Blue Sky Travel But the story I brought back from my Experience Challenge in Ghana with AfriKids’ Blue Sky Travel Ltd. was one about people. And it was…
  • The Brutal Truth About Voluntourism – And What to Do About It

    editor
    13 Jul 2015 | 5:18 am
    When you hear the word “voluntourism,” what comes to mind? If you’re like many people, you may picture privileged white people heading to a developing country and doing a few days of service with the aim of inflating their egos while embellishing their Instagram streams. Yuck. This type of surface voluntourism has given the industry a bad rap – and deservedly so. Volunteer vacations should be fun and educational. Here, a volunteer in the Dominican Republic takes a break from building a clinic made of plastic bottles to practice some dance steps with a local youth. Photo…
  • The Fight Against Human Trafficking: A Visit to the Indian Border with Maiti Nepal

    editor
    25 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: This article was written before the devastating earthquakes that hammered Nepal. It was intended for publication at a time when the additional burdens of recovery from natural disaster were not foremost in everyone’s mind. Although it doesn’t address the specifics of these pressing needs, it still addresses a concern of critical importance, as times like these are when predators step up their work taking advantage of the weak. It is a time when girls are most at risk. We stood at the border between India and Nepal surrounded by a cacophony of sounds and…
  • The Homestay Initiative in Malawi: Appreciating Local Culture

    editor
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:15 am
    The Responsible Safari Company (RSC) and Youth for Development and Productivity (YODEP) are in the process of designing a Homestay Initiative through which guests can experience authentic village life in Malawi. The hope is that through guests experiencing day-to-day life and taking part in traditional customs, local people will appreciate the importance of safeguarding their cultural practices and traditions, despite the speed with which the world is changing around them. It will also be an income-generating activity for YODEP, sponsored by RSC. At the same time, guests will learn about…
 
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    Small City Branding Around the World

  • Scenic Bikeways Boost Rural Oregon Economic Development

    Bill Baker
    11 Aug 2015 | 9:37 am
    Scenic Byways have been a fixture of the American touring landscape since the early ‘90s. The program was established by Congress in 1991 to preserve and protect the nation's scenic but often less-traveled roads and promote tourism and economic development. They have been particularly successful in boosting tourism in small rural towns that do not have the drawing power alone to attract many visitors. But when combined with others within the region, these towns can also leverage benefits and savings through cooperative marketing. Capitalizing on Oregon’s outstanding scenic beauty and its…
  • Are These Nine Tourist Icons Dying?

    Bill Baker
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:13 pm
    A recent feature on CNN warning of the dangers of tourism to some of the world’s most iconic locations caught my attention. While many places around the world are doing an admirable job in protecting their sites of great cultural and natural significance, some of the most unique and popular may not be doing so well. The CNN article highlighted the delicate state of nine iconic attractions because of the hordes of visitors they attract at peak times and the impacts of climate change. Angkor Wot Caves of Altimira Great Barrier Reef Great Wall of China Machu Picchu Masai Mara Sistine Chapel…
  • Who’s Killing America’s Summer Vacation?

    Bill Baker
    14 Jul 2015 | 4:21 pm
    During my years visiting, living and working in the USA, I never cease to be aware at how hard Americans work and how little vacation time they receive. Actually, the USA is the only Advanced Economy not to provide its workers with guaranteed vacation time.  Employers are not required to offer any paid holidays or time off. A Time Magazine cover story on June 1 titled, “Who Killed Summer Vacation?, shone a light on many of the issues that are seeing Americans with less and less time off work. Despite productivity gains since 2000, the American worker has, on average, ceded a full week of…
  • Will Japan’s Tourism Boom Lead to a Place Branding Boom?

    Bill Baker
    22 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Over the years many of my most well-travelled friends have said that Japan is the most beautiful and fascinating country they have visited. It turns out they were well-informed early adopters because Japan is emerging as one of the world’s hottest destinations following decades of sluggish visitation numbers. The cheaper Yen, easier visas, booming outbound tourism from China and increased destination marketing have resulted in international arrivals exceeding 10 million for the first time.  The aim of Japan National Tourism Office is to attract over 20 million visitors when Tokyo hosts the…
  • What are the Greatest Opportunities in Branding Small Cities?

    Bill Baker
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Branding cities of all sizes can at once  bring great opportunities and also real challenges. Get it right and there can be great synergy, focus and prosperity. Hit the wrong notes and there can be lost momentum and wasted funds. Of course, the brand journey can reveal more opportunities and involve many more rewards when working with professional, experienced specialists in place branding. Place Brand Observer is seeking comments from practitioners and academics to discover the greatest opportunities and challenges posed when branding small cities with a population under 100,000. Contribute…
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    Capture Africa Tours

  • World Lion Day

    africa
    10 Aug 2015 | 5:22 pm
    World Lion Day In honor of World Lion Day I’d like to share my thoughts about the unfortunate death of Cecil, the lion recently killed by a trophy hunter in Zimbabwe.  Cecil was one of Zimbabwe’s most iconic and well-loved lions.   I believe everything happens for a reason and believe Cecil’s death, as sad as it is, has renewed the concern for a species that is at the tipping point for extinction. The biggest threats to lions today are habitat loss, human wildlife conflicts, and trophy or sport hunting.  Twenty years ago lion populations were estimated at 250,000 and…
  • Private South African Tour

    africa
    4 May 2015 | 2:51 pm
    Private Southern Africa Safari Southern Africa is home to incredible diversity in scenery and habitats. I fell in love with this area when I visited in January and met some inspiring people. I want YOU to experience this area from a new perspective and I’m excited to share that I’ve partnered with an amazing team to make it happen. Talk about perspective. When you stand beneath a 6 ton elephant you feel pretty insignificant. This gentle giant, Tembo, is a 35 year old male that weighs 6 tons and has 10 more years of growth. He’s an ambassador for protecting his species. I feel honored…
  • The Elusive Leopard

    africa
    26 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    I recently went to South Africa with one goal in mind…to be able to offer a completely different experience to our future participants. And I hit the jackpot in the Klaserie Game Reserve in South Africa. While driving into the Klaserie we spotted leopard tracks in the road that were heading in the same direction we were travelling. As we got out of the vehicle for a better view and to make sure they were leopard tracks, a movement caught my eye. About 50 yards off we spotted a leopard on the game trail but she headed into the brush after seeing us. We caught up to her and proceeded to…
  • the pamoja project

    africa
    5 Jan 2015 | 6:13 pm
    The Pamoja Project is a series of three short documentary films that tell the incredible story of three Tanzanian women working in the areas of education, microfinance, and health. In Swahili the world “pamoja” means together. Together alongside the women in these stories, we will share their incredible journey of hope, humanity, and empowerment as they work tirelessly to create real change for the people of Tanzania. Powerful and inspiring leadership already exists in Tanzania. We believe that sharing these stories across a broad audience will help to promote a cross-cultural…
  • Portable Hard Drives

    africa
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Portable External Hard Drive Take your laptop, and portable external drives to download your images from your CF/SD cards after you complete your day and head back to your camp or lodge. You can also hook your camera up directly to your laptop without taking the card out and using a CF card reader. Check your camera manual for the proper procedure on how to complete this task. Bring at least a 1-TB (Terabyte) hard-drive…I suggest two…and make copies of all the images you shoot. After you have downloaded the images off your cards copy them over to your external hard drive. After…
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  • Spend a night in a transparent pod suspended 1000 feet up a cliff

    Luke Charny
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:14 am
    This is perhaps one of the most unique ‘hotels’ I’ve ever come across. Hanging from the side of a mountain in the Sacred Valley near Cuzco in Peru are three transparent capsules. Described as like sleeping in a condor’s nest, the Skylodge Adventure Suites do certainly offer sublime views over the valley from their aerial position. This will not be for those who suffer from vertigo. To sleep in a capsule one must first climb up 400 metres of terrifying near vertical cliffside via ferrata, fortunately with the help of iron rungs, plenty of safety gear and a guide. But it is worth it.
  • Completely bizarre things you never knew you could bring on a plane

    Luke Charny
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:53 am
    With much tighter controls on what is and isn’t allowed on a flight I’ve always erred on the side of caution when packing for a holiday. However, you’ll be surprised to know that there are plenty of things you can bring with the right permits or correct packing procedure. Next time you’re considering whether to bring your cattle prod or box cutter, fear not. Infographic: CheapFlights.com
  • 8 of the spookiest places to camp on Earth

    Angharad Bates
    19 Aug 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Flickr: Pat David Think you’re brave? We dare you to spend the night, in a tent, in any of these places.. Four Corners, USA Flickr: Leonora Enking The meeting point of Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and Utah, this region has some of the most stunning landscapes in the US, such as Monument Valley and Chaco Canyon. However, it appears this is also a hotbed for tales of strange creatures prowling in the night. Skinwalkers are one notorious and terrifying legend. Having inspired several movies, these half wolf half man beasts are apparently American Indian shamans who through evil rites can…
  • 10 wonderful Swedish words you need to know

    Angharad Bates
    19 Aug 2015 | 9:27 am
    Flickr: Oskar Annermarken Swedish is a wonderful sounding language full of woody vowels and endearing words for things. If you are coming to Sweden to live or even just on holiday here are some of the words you will commonly encounter which might be a tad confusing on first inspection. There’s a few more thrown in for their unique Swedishness. Lagom Ok this one will probably be explained to you as soon as you strike up conversation with a Swede about Swedish. Untranslatable into English, it means not too much, not too little.. just right. It is perhaps ironic we have no word for this in…
  • The 99 greatest travel quotes of all time

    Luke Charny
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:08 am
    1. “I love getting lost on purpose” – Lisa Desrochers 2. “A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step.” –  Lao Tzu 3. “Anyone who needs more than one suitcase is a tourist, not a traveler” – Ira Levin 4. “Paris is always a good idea.” 5. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J. R. R. Tolkien 6. “Leave no path untaken.” – Neil Gaiman 7. “I haven’t been everywhere but it’s on my list.” – Susan Sontag 8. “Did you ever notice that the first piece of luggage on the carousel never belongs to anyone?” –…
 
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