The Camino de Santiago, or the Way of St. James, began as one of the 3 major Christian Pilgrimage routes in the middle ages. It is alive and well today, walked by thousands of people from around the globe from varying cultures, languages, and belief systems. This fun, practical, and informative talk covers everything you will need to know to be successful on the Camino. Learn about way markings, where to stay, food along the way, packing, training for this 500-mile journey and more. There will be a question and answer session at the end. The talk will be presented by trek trainer and 3XPilgrim SHERI GOODWIN. Sheri has walked the Camino Frances, Camino Norte and Le Puy Camino as well as many other treks around the globe
Remote and otherworldly - Antarctica is one of the most exhilarating adventures on our planet. Exploring a world of immense scale and visual splendor. Nearly 24 hours of daylight at this time of year helps make the most of travel days. Witness huge icebergs in the flat calm of a polar morning. Encounter huge whales,a variety of seals, sea birds, enormous rookeries of penguins, and stunning landscapes. Explore in zodiacs, by foot and kayak, if you choose. This expedition will introduce you to the magic of the South Shetland Islands and the Antarctic Peninsula.
Packing a Carry-on like a Savvy Traveler! All the Packing tips you need to make your travels easier and less stressful and still have everything at your fingertips!
Petra and Alexandra Rousu have visited more than 70 countries combined and will share their experience with packing light and looking good with everything you need in a carry-on size. Your will learn:
How to select the best luggage for your trip,
How to build a travel wardrobe that gets you from sightseeing during the day to a formal dinner in the evening,
Safety and security tips,
How to stay healthy during your travels,
And how to do it all in style and comfort
All in all you will walk away with many practical tips for packing and less wrinkles!
$5.00 at the door
Join us for a fun seminar and enjoy a Mimosa while you are shopping!
This presentation is by Wildland’s Africa guru Chris Moriarty who just returned from nearly a month in Madagascar. After exploring the world’s 4th largest island from tip to tail, Chris will cover everything that you need to know to plan your own adventure to this remote wonderland. With over 80% of the plants and animals on the island found nowhere else on Earth, guests will be mesmerized by the unique wildlife, plants and cultures found there. There are some very important considerations when traveling to Madagascar and this presentation will detail the best routing, lodges and guides to make sure that you make the most of your time here. From rainforests to beaches, from lemurs to chameleons, from the spiny forest to bustling Antananarivo, Chris has the expert inside knowledge you need to plan an amazing adventure to what many call the eighth continent.
Sometimes when we travel we are embarking on not only a journey to a new place, but on a journey to the depths of our souls. Few places on Earth offer the opportunity to discover what lies inside us, while at the same time connecting with people and place. The Moroccan Sahara beckons to you from a time gone by, ancient traditions of crossing the unforgiving desert on the camel caravan live on when you let Travel Life Adventures guide your trip. Come hear about our offerings that center around the nomadic way of life. Join up with the Berber people as they move across the sand and keep alive the culture and tradition that has been going on for thousands of years. Walk in the footsteps of the road to Timbuktu, the origins of the Salt Road and the camel caravans of ancient times. But most of all come to learn how a journey to the Moroccan Sahara can change your life just as it changed ours.
Learn how to create compelling images of travels near and far!
Savvy Traveler has arranged a free workshop with pro photographer Lisa Merrill, whose work has been featured in National Geographic Traveler and other magazines, books and websites around the world. An inspiring educator and photo tour leader, Lisa enjoys helping others unleash creativity and tell visual stories.
In this introductory 1 hour workshop for users of all types of cameras (including cell phones), Lisa will share tips for creating compelling images using examples from her travels. You'll explore many facets of photography including composition, perspective, lighting, flash, portraits, selective focus and more. No experience required.
According to Seattle-based author and expert traveler Cassandra Overby, there’s no better way to discover Europe than by getting off the beaten path and exploring it on foot with a hike. Enjoy meaningful interactions with locals, explore charming villages, soak in rugged alpine views from rocky perches and absorb the landscape through all of your senses. Cassandra will show you how, introducing you to her favorite trails in Europe, with itineraries ranging from one to fifteen days, and sharing her top tips for exploring on foot. You’ll leave inspired to embark on your own cultural hiking adventure—and itching to buy a plane ticket to Europe.
For Americans, Cuba occupies a mysterious and complex place in the lexicon of our cultural and political history. Presenting colorful images and lively video clips, Wildland Director, Kurt Kutay, will share highlights of his people-to-people experiences on small group itineraries and private custom trips organized by Wildland Adventures. Discover a taste of what we learn from our vast community of Cubans representing all walks of life who share their talents, personal lives, and viewpoints in close and meaningful ways including musicians, dancers, budding chefs, market vendors, artists, fishermen, farmers, educators, health care providers and lectures on the history of Cuban music and US-Cuban relations by local professors. Cuba is at a moment in history when more of the countryside is opening to tourism for visits to farms, national parks, and pristine Caribbean islands ideal for more active adventures hiking, kayaking, and biking.
Patagonia is a vast, wild land stretching from the Antarctic environment of Tierra del Fuego to high Andean mountains and wind-swept Patagonian steppe. Wildland Adventures’ will highlight the wildlife, gaucho culture, and the hiking and trekking opportunities throughout this spectacular region of Chile and Argentina. We’ll review the best ways to explore Patagonia, recommended lodges and eco-camps for hiking in the heart of Torres del Paine, Fitzroy, and Los Glaciares National Parks. Beyond Patagonia, we’ll highlight the best of the rest of Chile and Argentina touching on Iguazu Falls, the Atacama Desert, wine tasting and exploring Mendoza and Salta of NW Argentina, Easter Island, the great cities of Buenos Aires and Santiago, and options for jumping off to Antarctica.
Discover two enchanting countries, geographically separated by the Gibraltar Strait; yet intimately connected through their shared Moorish history. Join Genevieve Hathaway, Founder of Archaeo Adventures Tours, on a photographically stunning journey through the highlights of southern Spain and the best of Morocco. Southern Spain, often referred to as the Andalusia region, is rich in history and culture. Marvel at the spectacular architecture of Seville, Granada and Cordoba, heavily influenced by the North African Moors. Enjoy tapas crawls, flamenco, sherry, and stunning sandy beaches. Then it's across the Gibraltar Strait to the port town of Tangier, the northern tip of Morocco. Ancient medinas and towering mosques dominate city skylines. The mighty Sahara desert, white-capped rugged peaks of the High Atlas Mountains and turquoise waters of the Mediterranean provide breathtaking views. Explore Morocco's color-coordinated Imperial cities (Fez, Marrakech, Casablanca and Chefchaouen), get off the beaten path in the massive sand sea of the Sahara, listen to the melodious call to prayer echoing through towns, and dine on some of the best cuisine in North Africa. In this presentation, learn about the highlights from these two regions and the best ways to combine them in a trip.
Chile is well known for its variety of landscapes and ecosystems, diverse cultures, and warm people who invite you into their homes whenever the chance arises. At Travel Life Adventures we are very excited to introduce some new and exciting programs that center around connection to local indigenous communities and experiencing the regions many amazing festivals. In particular learn how you can participate in the Virgen de Aquino festival in the north of Chile where 50,000 people come to celebrate their culture and heritage. In addition we will show you how we can help you experience Chile's breathtaking landscapes from the Atacama Desert in the North, to the very bottom of the Earth in Puerto Williams and everything in between. Come and get inspired and learn how you can secure your spot on one of our 2019 or 2020 excursions!
The Pharaohs, ancient temples and monuments, and legendary tombs of Egypt still draw us in millennia after this ancient civilization. Whether visiting the legendary Pyramids of Giza, diving in the Red Sea or cruising down the mighty Nile River, marveling at Tutankhamun's treasures, mosque-hopping in Islamic Cairo, or taking a pilgrimage to important religious sites. Egypt has an adventure or two for every traveler. Join Genevieve Hathaway, Founder of ArchaeoAdventures Tours, on a photographic adventure through the very best Egypt has to offer. In this presentation, learn about traveling in Egypt, tips for making the most of your time in this fascinating country, why now is a great time to go, how Egypt has changed since the Arab Spring, and learn about Egypt's top experiences and sites.
Don't miss this exciting and enlightening presentation by 4th generation African and native Zimbabwean, Mark "Butch" Butcher. Winner of the 2014 Guardian and Observer ethical travel award, Mark is an ecotourism pioneer, professional safari guide, and leading conservationist who hosts Wildland travelers at his lodges in Victoria Falls, on the Zambezi River, and in Hwange National Park. Mark will share some of his amazing life stories from the African bush: from working as a game ranger fighting rhino poachers in the late 80's, to his latest role leading safaris and saving elephants by employing ex-poachers as an incentive to protect wildlife through ecotourism. Mark will also detail Wildland's special Water for Hwange conservation safari, scheduled for June 10 - 20, 2020, where guests will actively participate in conservation and community projects, side-by-side with rangers and local communities leader, which will benefit both the wildlife and the local people bordering the park. The presentation features amazing lodges and tented camps, the Elephant Express safari train, and incredible wildlife encounters including a video of Mark tracking elephants up close on foot with Wildland founders Kurt and Anne Kutay! Kurt will also be attending to share some of his personal experiences of traveling in Zimbabwe.
To quote Paul William Roberts, India is the "Empire of the Soul." Wildland Adventures' Director, Kurt Kutay, has traveled extensively throughout India and will share his experiences searching for the elusive Bengal tiger, on the Ganges in Varanasi, exploring Rajasthan, and on to the soaring temples, tropical Malabar backwaters and plantations of the Spice Hills in the south. The program features segments of an action-packed documentary movie produced by an Indian filmmaker of Wildland's Tigers and Travels adventure to the tiger parks in Madhya Pradesh (including exceptional footage of tigers), the deserts, villages, historic cities and majestic forts and opulent palaces of Rajasthan, the Taj Mahal, the spiritual city of Varanasi. Kurt will share his personal stories of recent travels to India and opportunities to stay in Maharaja's palaces, home-stay on a cardamom spice plantation, riding elephants and searching for tigers, and exploring the great Rajasthani cities of Jaipur, Jodhpur, and Udaipur, the Taj Mahal, and the erotic temples of Khajuraho, including what to see and do in Delhi.
There are very few truly wild places left on Earth, places where land is untouched and traditions live on. Mongolia is one of those places. Tanner Colton and Kolena Allen have recently returned from a Winter adventure in the Altai Mountains of Western Mongolia and are eager to share what deeply transformative experiences can be found there. From the Kazakh eagle hunters of the West, to the Dukha reindeer herders of the North country, this location calls to the adventurer in all of us. Come and hear what amazing opportunities Travel Life Adventures can bring to you. They will share stories of crossing frozen rivers in a Cold War era Russian van, photographing a wild Grey Wolf from atop a mountain, and witnessing a fox hunt with the Golden Eagle Hunters. Whether you are in search of deep interpersonal connections, rare wildlife viewing, or a discovery of wilderness to enrich your soul, Mongolia has what you seek.
Very few places stir the imagination more than the ancient lands of Egypt and Jordan, the very names of Cairo, Luxor, Petra, Wadi Rum conjuring iconic images from history, literature and cinema. Join Wildland Adventures Middle East Program Director Sherry Howland and Marketing Director Jonathan Burnham on a journey through these legendary sites. We will take you through the highlights of luxury travel in both destinations, but we’ll also take you off the beaten track, on a multi-day trek through the mountains of Jordan’s Dana Nature Reserve into the “back door” of Petra…the fabulous Monastery!
The movie Coco brought a great deal of attention to the famous Day of the Dead festival. Come to this informative and fun talk from Crooked Trails Founder Christine Mackay who will share photos and stories from her 2018 trip to Oaxaca. Learn about what goes into the festival from bread to pulque, and find out how you can travel to Oaxaca to experience this festive and colorful tradition for yourself.
Scotland is quickly becoming one of the more popular destinations for those who love to explore by foot. Sheri Goodwin of Transformational Journeys will share her latest trekking adventure along The West Highland Way, the most popular trek in Scotland, as well as share highlights of trekking The Arran Isle Coastal Path, the Orkney Isles and Isle of Skye.
Scotland's trails take the hiker past castles, ancient stone circles, Neolithic homes, and old pubs; as well as stunning views of the highlands, lochs, coastal cliffs, and the sea. Sightings of puffins, diving gannets, highland cows and dolphins make it easy to understand why Scotland trails are so popular.
You will not only learn about the treks Sheri took, but how to find the best trail for you. Scotland boasts 32+ options of long distance hikes ranging from 38km to 864km. Along the way hikers can stay in B&B's, small hotels or wild camp. Scotland has a trail for every type of hiker.
Come find out how to explore Scotland by foot, where to stay along the way, options for places to eat, packing tips, training tips and more.
Is trekking in the Himalaya on your bucket list? Learn everything you need to know from training to packing on this informative presentation by Crooked Trails Founder Christine Mackay. Chris will share her 15 years of experience going to Nepal and share some of her favorite treks as well as how to travel sustainable.
In April 2015, Beth and Eric Jusino, laden with backpacks and nerves, walked out of a cathedral in the historic village of Le Puy, France, down a cobblestone street, and turned west. Seventy-nine days, a thousand miles, two countries, two mountain ranges, and three pairs of shoes later, they reached the Atlantic Ocean. More than two million pilgrims have walked the Way of Saint James, a long distance hiking trail familiar to most Americans by its Spanish name, the Camino de Santiago. Each pilgrim has their own reason for undertaking the journey, and most opt to do only part of the distance. The Jusinos' pilgrimage was about taking a break from the relentless pace of modern life, getting away from all their electronic devices, and experiencing a three-month sabbatical from regular life in order to complete the entire trail. They just had to walk twelve to fifteen miles every day along a generally well-marked path. Simple.
Beth is not an athlete, not into extreme adventures, and, she insists, she is not a risk-taker of any sort. She does not even speak French or Spanish. But she can tell a story. Walking to the End of the World is a warm-hearted and engaging story about an average couple going on an adventure together, tracing ancient paths first created in the tenth and eleventh centuries, paths that continue to inspire and reveal surprises to today in the twenty first.
Hadrian's Wall and the Antonine Wall were built over 1,800 years ago as defensive fortifications by the Romans stationed on the frontier of the empire. The more popular of the two, Hadrian's Wall, located in Northern England is now a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was built in AD 122, spans 117 kilometers (83 miles) and can be followed on foot along the Hadrian’s Wall Path. The trek along the old wall with its active archaeological sites, museums, lively pubs, B&B's, and beautiful countryside has become popular as an adventure walker's destination. The Antonine wall, located in Scotland between the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Clyde represented the northernmost frontier fortification of the Roman Empire for only 20 years. It was built 20 years after Hadrian's Wall in AD 142 and spans 63 kilometers (39 miles). Unlike Hadrian's Wall, the ruins of the Antonine wall are less evident yet still profound and there are many historical and unique modern sites that you will see along the way. Learn the history of these walls, walking routes, places to stay along the way, what to pack, when to go and more! Training insights will be provided for this physical adventure, so that you don't just survive your journey, you THRIVE!
This Seminar has been CANCELLED due to inclement weather.
There are several reasons why it's an exciting time to visit Zimbabwe. The long-anticipated departure of former President Mugabe in 2017 brought with it new hope among residents, as well as those working to support the economy, communities, and conservation efforts there. Many in the safari industry are buzzing about new opportunities for sharing Zimbabwe's culture, wildlife, and scenery with you.
There's a new airport in Victoria Falls, servicing more airlines and flights. New camps are springing up in areas like Mana Pools, Hwange, Lake Kariba, and Zambezi National Park. Ground operators are offering new ways for you to take-in Zimbabwe's diverse environment and the wildlife it supports, i.e., via game drive vehicle, on foot, within a photography hide, on a mountain bike, or in an inflatable canoe.
Tad Bradley, representative for one of my partners in Zimbabwe, will join me to help breakdown emerging properties and activities on offer in Zimbabwe, i.e., yoga with a view from the rim of Batoka Gorge, or an incredible nostalgic train ride aboard the Stimela Star, which can carry you all the way from Victoria Falls to Hwange National Park (where it's not uncommon to have lions literally stop you in your tracks!).
Learn how to best access destinations in Zimbabwe, as well as ways to combine a visit there with other countries in Africa. An overview of safari options will be presented by Erica Varga, who in the 1990s worked on overland safaris in southern Africa. Erica is currently the owner / operator of Worlds Away Safaris based on Bainbridge Island.
It's been said that observing a troop of baboons in the wild is often much more interesting than watching a pride of lions. As impressive as the cats and all of the 'Big 5' animals are in Africa, often it's the primates, big and small, that people find the most fascinating - including baboons, chimpanzees, gorillas, and the many species of 'Old World' monkeys that inhabit continental Africa and islands off the coast.
There is perhaps no greater thrill than spending an hour nestled down among a family of gorillas. We will discuss the differences in cost, access, and experience with the Mountain Gorillas of Uganda and Rwanda vs. the Western Lowland Gorillas in the Republic of Congo (not to be confused with the much more heard about Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
We will also go in search of monkeys like the Colobus, Moustached, Putty-Nosed, and Black-Faced Vervet, as well as Olive, Yellow, and Chacma Baboons in countries like South Africa, Botswana, Zambia, Tanzania, Rwanda, Uganda, and the Republic of Congo. Options for spending time with Chimpanzees will be explored and we will stop in Madagascar for a few ways to see ring-tailed and other lemurs. Mangabeys and mandrills will be mentioned too!
Discover hut to hut hiking in the Alps of Switzerland, France and Italy. Well-marked trails of the Alps take you along lush mountain meadows, past aqua colored lakes and receding glaciers, up and over mountain passes with spectacular snow capped mountain views and eventually lead you to the days final destination - your mountain hut.
Unlike most long distance mountain treks in the US, hiking through the mountains of the Alps means a lighter backpack. Thanks to the mountain huts you don't have to carry your overnight accommodations. The huts provide warm showers, home-cooked 3-course dinners, a bed, as well as breakfast the next morning and a sack lunch for that day's hike.
Come learn the ins and outs of these mountain huts as well as what the trails are like that lead you to them. The talk will focus on the trails and mountain huts of the Tour de Mont Blanc and the Haute Route.
Often called "Little Tibet," Ladakh is one of the last places in the world where the Buddhist way of life is unpressed and many Tibetan refugees have settled here. The region was once an independent Buddhist kingdom at the crossroads of the Silk Road between China and the Middle East. Ladakh is now part of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir in one of the northernmost regions in India, and although it is a remote part of India, it is a destination that Global Family Travels will always travel to. Join Global Family Travels' Founder and CEO, Jennifer Spatz as she shares her expertise and vibrant images of the region along with practical advice on what you need to know to prepare for a trip to Ladakh! Learn more about Global Family Travels Ladakh: Learn, Serve & Immerse itinerary, which includes the opportunity to contribute meaningfully in the village of Stok by living, working and learning with a host Ladakhi family, and to participate in a community service project with students from the Siddhartha School Project. During the home-stay part of our tour, your family will be immersed in the Ladakhi communal culture and gain a deep understanding of the Buddhist culture and traditions of this stunning region.
Jordan has been delighting travelers for decades with its stunning world heritage sites, dramatic landscapes, tasty food, legendary local hospitality and famous ancient cities, especially Petra. Join Genevieve Hathaway, Founder of ArchaeoAdventures Tours, on a photographically beautifully journey through the best of Jordan and Petra. It is an exciting area of the world to explore - the modern metropolis of Amman, well-preserved Roman ruins of Jerash, dramatic Mars-like landscape of Wadi Rum, the famous below sea level Dead Sea, and the colossal Nabataean ruins of Petra. In this presentation, learn about the highlights and travel tips for exploring the very best of fascinating Jordan.
For the first-timer or seasoned safari-goer, these exceptional countries have something for everyone. Wildland Adventures Africa Program Director, Chris Moriarty will share what he's learned from living and traveling through this region. Cosmopolitan Cape Town and the world-class wine region of South Africa make a perfect start or end to an exploration of this region. What could be better than the wine of Cape Town with the wildlife of Kruger National Park. In Namibia, you can feel like you are perched on the edge of the world while marveling at the desert-adapted lions and rhinos. With towering dunes, shipwreck strewn beaches and the Big 5 in Etosha, it's no wonder this country is a favorite among safari alumni. Learn why Zambia has the best walking safaris on the continent led by some of the most skilled guides. Learn about what makes these destinations so iconic and the inside information that you'll need to plan the safari adventure of a lifetime.
From the Moremi and Okavango Delta to Victoria Falls, Makgadigadi Pans of the Kalahari to Chobe, Hwange and Mana Pools National Park, Wildland Adventures Africa Program Director, Chris Moriarty will share his experience and insight into the best camps to stay at, best times of year to visit and what makes these two countries some of the finest and unique safari destinations in southern Africa. Having just returned from nearly a month in both of these countries, he'll explain how to use trains, helicopters, mountain bikes, and dugout canoes to allow you to explore these wild places and at the end of the day retire to your comfortable, stylish and remote bush-camp.