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Where is Safe? Travelers Seek Havens in Wake of Europe Attacks

September 5, 2016
In the months since the November terrorist attack in Paris and the March bombing of the Brussels airport, Americans did something that may seem counterintuitive. They went to Europe more, with travelers up 5 percent in April, according to the Department of Commerce’s National Travel & Tourism Office.

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Treat Your Five Senses to a Fabulous Fall Trip

August 29, 2016
Use fall as a time to renew your spirit by indulging yourself, not just in a scenic landscape but in a sensual journey. Taste spices and learn how these flavors enhance Moroccan meals; find out how to capture splendid images of New Mexico’s southwest, and follow a 1,200-year-old pilgrimage path in Japan to ancient temples.

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6 Trips to Break Out of Your Comfort Zone

August 11, 2016
Whether admiring fascinating wildlife and dramatic landscapes in the Galápagos Islands or getting off-the-beaten track in Morocco calls to you, there's an exhilarating and transformative trip for you.

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Got time to travel? 8 month-long adventures you can't miss

July 6, 2016
Perhaps you’ve decided to take a year off from the daily grind. or maybe your career allows you to work from anywhere. Or you might be recently retired and ready to see the world. Whatever the reason, if you’ve some serious time on your hand, don’t just sit around. These four week long adventures will get you exploring the globe.

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5 Epic Pilgrimage Walks Around the World

June 20, 2016
While tourism as we know it today is a relatively new concept, travelers around the world have been undertaking walking pilgrimages for millennia. In fact, going on pilgrimage was the often the only opportunity people ever had to leave their native villages. Though pilgrimage walks have traditionally had religious or spiritual associations, the modern pilgrim need not adhere to any faith to find walking traditional pilgrim trails a rewarding way to test their perseverance and experience the planet. From the English countryside to the forests of Japan, here are five of the world's most epic pilgrimage walks.

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Bringing Food Tourism into the Travel Equation

June 8, 2016
At the Adventure Travel Trade Association’s (ATTA) business development event, AdventreElevate in Saguenay, Quebec, the topic of culinary travel and the business of food tourism was a major focus. Not only did delegates eat well, sampling some of Quebec’s traditional delicacies, but a panel of culinary travel experts addressed travel agents, tour operators, media attendees and other guests to discuss the business of food and travel and how to best incorporate a region’s culinary traditions into an itinerary.

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Italy: Walk from Siena to Rome along the ancient Via Francigena

May 10, 2016
Tens of thousands of people hike the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route in Spain each year. But less known and far less traveled is the Via Francigena in Italy. Beginning this fall, Berkeley-based Wilderness Travel will offer guided trips on 80 miles of this ancient route, which once ran 1,000 miles from Canterbury, Britain, to Rome.

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Take a hike in Italy with new trip by Wilderness Travel

May 5, 2016
The Via Francigena is a legendary pilgrimage trail across the Italian countryside to Rome. Whether you're looking for a pilgrimage or just want to hike from Siena to Rome, a new trip being offered by Wilderness Travel will fill the bill.

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Vacation in the Style of Shackleton

April 28, 2016
For those who have grown bored with the standard vacations to warm and luxurious locations, Wilderness Travel’s unique trip for 2016 takes clients on an adventurous expedition to Antarctica. Since its launch in 1978, Wilderness Travel has been running one-of-a-kind trips that take vacationers to unusual locales. For 2016, the company is honoring the 100th anniversary of Sir Ernest Shackleton’s triumphant rescue after his ship, the Endurance, became trapped in ice. Shackleton managed to get his entire crew to safety, and miraculously not a single man was lost.

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Bucket List Luxury Trips: Once In Lifetime 100th Anniversary Shackleton Voyage

April 25, 2016
In the rich history of exploration, adventure and survival, no true story is as amazing as that of Sir Ernest Shackleton, whose very name is now synonymous with overcoming adversity.

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Italy’s ancient pilgrimage route

April 22, 2016
Little-Known La Via Francigena Traverses the Italian Countryside Leading to Rome. Wilderness Travel is First Major Adventure Travel Company to Offer Guided Trip Along the Ancient Pilgrimage Route

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Modern Day Pilgrimage to Rome with Wilderness Travel

April 20, 2016
Modern day travelers will walk the same path as ancient pilgrims venturing to Rome and on to the Holy Land on a new trip from Wilderness Travel. The first major tour company to offer a trek along Italy’s historic La Via Francigena, Wilderness Travel, with their guide who actually lives on the route itself, take guests to the best portions of this 7th-century trail, which originally spanned nearly 1000 miles from Canterbury to Rome.

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Hot and Hotter: 2016's Insider-Only Hotspots

April 15, 2016
Everyone's talking about Iceland. With its dramatic otherworldly landscapes, amazing outdoor activities and short overseas flight from U.S. cities like Boston and Washington D.C., it makes perfect sense. However, you can find similar striking scenery and adventure just as far away from home in Greenland... except without the crowds. Here, sled dogs outnumber people.

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10 Unforgettable Ethical Wildlife Vacations For Animal Lovers

March 3, 2016
Do you want to connect with the world’s wildlife, but don’t know how to do it ethically? Swimming with whale sharks in the Philippines, riding elephants or posing for pictures with tigers in Thailand may sound amazing — until you see or learn about the harsh conditions you may unintentionally support. Fortunately, it’s possible to interact with local wildlife in a way that protects, conserves and enhances their existence, as long as you know where to go.

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8 otherworldly landscapes on planet Earth

March 2, 2016
You don’t have to hop a flight to Mars to see out-of-this-world landscapes. From Krypton-style crystal caves to strange rock formations, Earth gives the seven other planets in our solar system a run for their money. Here are eight of the most jaw-dropping, alien-like places on Mother Earth.

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The 28 Best Trips of 2016

March 1, 2016
From epic skiing in Antarctica to a lazy beer-fueled canoe trip in North Carolina, these are the best places to visit this year

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Sanctions Lifted, American Tourists Head to Iran

February 8, 2016
The lifting of sanctions on Iran last month has resulted in a surge of bookings, tour operators say, many from Americans undeterred by a State Department warning laying out the risks of taking trips there.

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The 30 Most Incredible Trips to Take in 2015

March 11, 2015
Don’t plan any vacations before reading this year’s Best of Travel winners.
Best Outfitted Trips: Anywhere with Wilderness Travel

This 37-year-old team in Berkeley, California, dreams up more than 30 unique trips across 75 countries every year and is known for pioneering adventures that other outfitters copy later —kayaking tours through remote stretches of Tierra del Fuego, the world’s highest trek (at 23,000 feet) across Tibet—and doing it all with an eye toward supporting locals and minimizing environmental impact.

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National Geographic Traveler Magazine Selects Its 2015 Tours of a Lifetime

April 9, 2015
Best Tours in Asia 2015 — Indonesia: Dives and Dragons

Snorkel among manta rays and such exotic species as clown blennies and yellow-ribbon sweetlips in the translucent waters of Komodo National Park. Home is a 98-foot-long wooden schooner, complete with a small team of marine biologists and guides, who give talks on the park’s diversity. A highlight: close-up sightings of Komodo dragons. Wilderness Travel: Komodo Snorkeling Expedition, 11 days; from $5,595.

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World’s Best Awards 2015

March 1, 2015
Travel + Leisure showcases the greatest islands, cities, hotels, cruise lines, airports, and more—as voted by you.
Top Five “World’s Best” Tour Operators: Wilderness Travel

Since its founding in 1978, this adventure company has developed a vast range of trips, including a line called WT Expeditions: rugged, one-off explorations dreamed up as the particular passions of individual guides. T+L Trip pick, Tibet: The World’s Highest Trek. A WT Expedition on the Tibetan plateau, ascending to a base camp within 8,000 feet of Everest’s summit.

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10 warm and wild destinations for families this winter

February 4, 2016
It’s February, and we’re fed up with winter. Whether your kids are nuts for animals or just love the great outdoors, here are some great adventure-filled escapes for your family to get warm again.

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Seven Expeditions You Can Actually Join

January 25, 2016
Legend has it that, in 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton placed a classified seeking men to help him become the first person to cross the continent of Antarctica. Fact or fiction, more than a hundred years later his risky appeal resonates with adventurous types who dream of contributing to a new discovery. From Asian steppe to Arctic sea, here are a handful of upcoming scientific (and science-inspired) trips that anyone—who can afford the price tag—can join.

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10 under-the-radar destinations for 2016

January 13, 2016
Everyone’s talking about Cuba, Brazil (host of the Summer Olympics) and Rome (for the Pope’s Jubilee Year of Mercy), but there are plenty of places around the world that the masses haven’t discovered yet. Here’s our roundup of the best off-the-radar destinations for 2016.

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Hello, Adrenaline: 7 top adventure trips for 2016

December 30, 2015
The world gets smaller every year, making its most scenic, previously off-limits spots more accessible than ever. From joining an Antarctica expedition with Conrad Anker to seeing polar bears in Norway, here are seven trips we're excited about for the new year.

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The Most Thrilling Adventures in New Zealand

August 10, 2015
Thanks to the fact that New Zealand was one of the last lands settled by humans, it happens to be home to one of the most diverse habitats in the entire world. That, and much of its vast wilderness, preserved as world heritage sites and national parks, has been left entirely unspoiled.

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10 great places to see before they change forever

July 10, 2015
Some trips shouldn’t be delayed. Many of the world’s most fascinating places are in the midst of change due to the transforming environment, political shifts and tourism patterns, says Bill Abbott, president and founder of Wilderness Travel, which leads tours to many threatened hot spots. “It’s happening faster than you think and there are a lot of things you need to see right away if you want to see them,” he says. The lifelong traveler shares some top places at risk with Larry Bleiberg for USA TODAY.

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The Most Adventurous Honeymoon Destinations

August 4, 2015
These spots perfectly combine romance and exhilaration for newly married adventure-seekers.

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The week’s best travel deals from around the globe

July 2, 2015
Wilderness Travel is taking $600 off 2016 safari vacations in Tanzania. The 13-day Serengeti Wildlife Safari now starts at $7,595 per person double if 10 people or more sign up and at $7,995 for four to nine guests.

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The world’s most amazing craters

July 10, 2015
One of the best perks of traveling is that you get to see natural wonders up close. Visit a massive crater, and you’ll find yourself reflecting upon the vastness of the world and your tiny role in it.

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3p Weekend: 12 Offbeat Companies for the Conscious Traveler

June 19, 2015
With a busy week behind you and the weekend within reach, there’s no shame in taking things a bit easy on Friday afternoon. With this in mind, every Friday TriplePundit will give you a fun, easy read on a topic you care about. So, take a break from those endless email threads and spend five minutes catching up on the latest trends in sustainability and business.

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The week’s best travel deals from around the globe

July 2, 2015
Wilderness Travel is taking $600 off 2016 safari vacations in Tanzania. The 13-day Serengeti Wildlife Safari now starts at $7,595 per person double if 10 people or more sign up and at $7,995 for four to nine guests. Price includes four nights in deluxe game lodges, eight nights in exclusive private camps, all meals, game drives and walks, and taxes. The itinerary includes Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park; park fees of $1,550 are extra. Select departures January-December (no October or November dates). Info: 800-368-2794, www.wildernesstravel.com.

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10 amazing new guided adventure trips

May 7, 2015
If adventure travel is all about the pursuit of new experiences, guided adventure trips are all about the pursuit of those experiences with a little help from your friends. This year, some of the world’s most renowned adventure tour operators have unveiled brand-new guided group trips that embrace that spirit.

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4 Trips You Didn’t Know You Could Take

April 22, 2015
Iran. Uzbekistan. Iraq. North Korea. Despite the travel warnings issued by the State Department for all but Uzbekistan, Americans can safely travel to each of these countries. These trips may take a bit more preparation than the average vacation, but each destination holds a variety of UNESCO World Heritage sites, ancient mosques and medieval palaces. With the help of organized tours, here’s how you can experience each country.

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Strong Dollar Yields Savings From Tour Operators

March 28, 2015
With the dollar strengthening against many foreign currencies, travel abroad may be cheaper than in the past, inspiring tour operators to offer booking rebates and increase departures.
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Madagascar: See this Eden Before it Vanishes

April 24, 2015
Travel is often a search for the unique on journeys to far-flung destinations: The more different from our own world a place is, the more alluring it becomes.

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An Adventure Travel Sampler

March 5, 2015
According to research by the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), in 2012 some $263 billion was spent on adventure travel, and that was up from the $89 billion spent in 2009. Clearly, the age of adventure travel is upon us. The following adventure opportunities are just a sample of the products out there now for those who want to take a walk on the wild side.

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10 Best New Guided Adventure Travel Trips, 2015 Edition

April 29, 2015
If adventure travel is all about the pursuit of new experiences, guided adventure trips are all about the pursuit of those experiences with a little help from your friends. This year, some of the world’s most renowned adventure tour operators have unveiled brand-new guided group trips that embrace that spirit. Here are 10 that stand out from the rest with unique itineraries around the world in a comfortable small-group setting.

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Four Top Guatemala Tours Offer Adventure and Inspiration

April 22, 2015
Guatemala is a land of exotic landscapes and mystical experiences. A volcanic mountain range extends along the country’s northern Highlands region, while the south is filled with lush forested mountain ranges.

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More North American travelers are looking to fulfill their wanderlust in Wales!

March 1, 2015
Results from VisitBritain’s International Passenger Survey indicate that visits to the country have increased 3.5 percent, according to the most recent data. This heightened demand has sparked a series of new tours to Wales.

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Wilderness Travel Offers Discounts on European Travel

February 23, 2015
With the dollar currently holding strong against the Euro, up as much as 16% from when Wilderness Travel priced its 2015 trips, the adventure travel company is passing the savings—as much as $700 per person on some trips—to its customers.

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Travel Tip: Where You Can Travel While the U.S. Dollar is Strong

March 25, 2015
There’s some good news for travelers this year. The U.S. dollar is strong and holding, which means countries that were once out of your price range may now be within reach.

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How to Travel to Cuba

January 13, 2015
Since President Barack Obama announced that the U.S. would ease diplomatic relations with Cuba, the number of people looking to travel to the largest country in the Caribbean has steeply risen. Travel websites like Tripping.com, a vacation rental search engine, saw a 126 percent increase in searches for Cuban properties. Meanwhile, hotel search engine Trivago.com reported a 180 percent search surge since the Dec. 17 announcement.

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Operators answer the question: ‘Can I just go to Cuba?’

January 20, 2015
The ink was barely dry on the new changes in travel to Cuba, which took effect on Jan. 16, when tour operators reported a surge in phone calls and inquiries from consumers eager to go.

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New Guided Tour Destinations for 2015

January 9, 2015
If you’re getting ready to plan your summer vacation, there are a lot of options this year that include guided tours. While not everyone is a fan of traveling in a group, you can find companies that offer more intimate and genuine experiences in other countries. We found some niche organizations that have new offerings for the new year—including destinations and activities as diverse as vaccinating big cats in Namibia, discovering local culture in Tajikistan, or helicoptering over the Canadian Rockies.

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Affordable dream trips for 2015

January 9, 2015
This is the year to go someplace epic. In 2015, exotic places are trending and new destinations are emerging. And several of them are more affordable than you might think. Catch a total solar eclipse in the Faroe Islands, see The Hobbit movie set’s Hobbit holes on a New Zealand farm, or check out the new ecotourism hot spot dubbed “the next Costa Rica.”

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A Safari With a Closeup on Big Cats

December 31, 2014
New safaris to Namibia from Wilderness Travel allow guests to watch veterinarians and researchers working on cheetahs, leopards and lions in the wild.

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Wilderness Travel Offers Access to the Big Cats

November 27, 2014
Wilderness Travel, a U.S.-based adventure travel company, has launched a new itinerary, In the Realm of the Desert Lion which enables travelers to participate in a veterinary check of leopards, cheetahs and lions and provides access to the desert lion research territory.

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Environmentalist and Filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau Joins October Departure of Wilderness Travel Cruise to South Pacific’s Society Islands

September 8, 2014
Travelers can scuba dive with one of the world’s great ocean environmentalists on the Oct. 25 departure of Wilderness Travel’s 15-day Marquesas, Tuamotus and Society Islands cruise to the South Pacific.

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Disney’s ‘Frozen’ is sending tourists packing for Norway

July 6, 2014
Not even Disney’s legendary marketing prowess could have produced (or anticipated) the overwhelming success of its animated film “Frozen” — or the subsequent surge in travel to Norway it has spurred.

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Disney ‘Frozen’ frenzy includes Norway tourism

June 5, 2014
The popularity of the Disney movie “Frozen” has not only led to box-office profits, sold-out merchandise and long lines to meet “Frozen” characters in Disney parks. It’s also motivating fans to visit Norway to see the landscape that inspired the animated movie setting.

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Wilderness Travel sets sail to Cuba aboard intimate luxury yacht with new small ship cruise launching in November

May 23, 2014
While a variety of trips to Cuba have sprung up over the last year with People-to-People Exchange licenses now available in the U.S., Wilderness Travel is one of the few companies to offer a small ship cruise to the previously closed-off island.

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Guide to commemorating the 70th anniversary of D-Day: #4 Active Adventures

June 5, 2014
Ciclismo Classico, Discover France and Wilderness Travel all offer options that let you work up a sweat while soaking in history.

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Exploring Europe’s Great Wars

March 29, 2014
When in Vienna, most visitors head to the city’s magnificent art museums, but this year the city’s Museum of Military History will get a little more attention. Among the museum’s many historic artifacts is perhaps the most significant item in any museum in Europe: the uniform worn by Archduke Franz Ferdinand when he was assassinated in Sarajevo.

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Choose Your Quest


Hike the Haute Route
There are plenty of multiday treks in the world, but few are as challenging and beautiful as the 119-mile Haute Route, which connects Chamonix, France, to Zermatt, Switzerland, and Mont Blanc to the Matterhorn.

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Alps Hike Featuring a Walk with St. Bernard Pups Takes Top Honors in Outside Magazine’s Best Family Trips

March 24, 2014
Great hiking combined with cute puppies stole the show for Outside Magazine in its 2014 Travel Awards for Best Family Trip...

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Wilderness Travel Doubles its Small-ship Sailings

February 21, 2014
Wilderness Travel, a tour company offering small-group adventures since 1978, is moving into cruising big-time, more than doubling the number of sailings this year...

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Best African Safaris

December 20, 2013
Since 1910, when Teddy Roosevelt made chasing wild herds across the African plains de rigueur for the not-so-idle rich, the idea of the safari has loomed large in the psyche of American men...

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10 Best New Adventure Travel Trips of 2014

January 28, 2014
Wilderness Travel’s new 13-day temple-to-temple hiking trip reveals a hidden Japan rarely seen by casual tourists...

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Great Hikes & Cuisine Series Melds Breathtaking Hikes with Inside Look at a Region’s Food Culture

February 24, 2014
Wilderness Travel, known for its one-of-a-kind detailed itineraries that take travelers deep into an area’s culture, is offering a new collection of trips focusing on regions renowned both for their beautiful landscapes and historic culinary traditions...

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Escape Winter’s Grasp on These 6 Warm Weather Cruises for Families

February 20, 2014
With much of the country still shoveling itself out of a heap of snow and recovering from record subzero temperatures, a warm weather escape certainly sounds appealing...

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7 Spiritual Spots to Commune with Nature

February 17, 2014
In this fast-paced world, aren’t we all looking for a place where we can catch our breath and renew ourselves? Sometimes a beautiful view in the middle of nature is the best refresher...

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Operators Say Interest in Russia has Risen Following Olympics

February 28, 2014
Travel companies are reporting an increase in inquiries and bookings for Russia following the close of the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics...

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5 Best Diving Spots to Warm Your Bones

February 7, 2014
With all the snow and bitter cold we’ve had this winter, it’s hard to imagine jumping into a large body of water. But not far away, there are plenty of warm places...

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Active Vacations Serve as Fitness Alternative

January 9, 2014
About 10 years ago I had to give up running for the usual wear-and-tear reasons. But the void it left was tremendous...

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Singles to get a break on European river cruises

March 25, 2015
Singles tend to get the shaft when traveling. The dreaded single supplement easily can boost the cost of a reasonably priced cruise or tour as much as 50 percent or more from the double-occupancy rate.

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Wilderness Travel Cultivates Spirit of Exploration on One-Time Cruise Commemorating 100th Anniversary of Shackleton’s Epic Antarctica to South Georgia Route
September 2, 2015
Wilderness Travel Offers Serengeti Safari at Rare Discount After West Africa Ebola Outbreak Affects Sign-ups Throughtout Continent
June 29, 2015
Wilderness Travel’s Komodo Snorkeling Highlighted as Tour of Lifetime and New European Hiking Route Selected as Best New Adventure Trip for 2015
May 5, 2015
Outside Magazine Names Wilderness Travel Best Outfitter in the World for 2015
March 20, 2015
Help Vets Check Namibia’s Big Cats and Venture into Desert Lion Territory on New One-of-a-Kind Small Group Safari from Wilderness Travel
November 20, 2014
Iran Journey, New European Hiking Routes & “Seven Years in Tibet” Trek Fill Wilderness Travel’s New Trip Line-Up for 2015
September 25, 2014
Channel Your Inner Indiana Jones on Expedition to Otherworldly Landscape of Sudan
September 8, 2014
Environmentalist and Filmmaker Jean-Michel Cousteau Joins October Departure of Wilderness Travel Cruise to South Pacific’s Society Islands
August 20, 2014
Improve Your Summit Chances on Mount Kilimanjaro with Wilderness Travel
August 4, 2014
Travel + Leisure Names Wilderness Travel a Top 5 Tour Operator in the World
July 21, 2014
Wilderness Travel Sets Sail to Cuba Aboard Intimate Luxury Yacht with New Small Ship Cruise Launching in November
May 7, 2014
Sip Whiskey, Search for Nessie and Hike through Mist-Covered Moors on Wilderness Travel Trek to Europe’s No. 1 Island, Lewis and Harris
April 15, 2014
Wilderness Travel Declares Norway as 2014’s “Hot” Destination Thanks in Part to Disney’s “Frozen”
March 20, 2014
Marine Biologists, Underwater Photographers Lead Trips Tailored for Snorkelers to Remote Destinations in New Collection from Wilderness Travel
March 10, 2014
10 Bucket List Items for the Serious Adventurer in 2014
January 22, 2014