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The Adventuress is a blog for women with adventurous spirits.
It's a source of inspiration, planning, tips, and advice from experienced travelers and outdoor adventurers
with the extra flair of being for women and by women only.

Announcing Partnerships with National Parks' Friends Groups
Adventures in Good Company is proud to announce partnerships with the official partners of twelve U.S. National Parks.
Five Highlights of Traveling as a Mother-Daughter Duo
With Mother’s Day right around the corner, we’ve been thinking about some of the mother/daughter duos who have traveled with us over the years.
An Interview with Enkh-Oyun Erdenebaatar, Director of Mongolian Gobi Taiga Tour Company
The story of AGC’s partnership with Mongolian Gobi Taiga Tour Co. is one of female relationships and support.
2020 Trips and Our New Website
Last year we had all of our 2020 international trips posted on our website by the end of March.
Traveling While Vegan- Five Tips for Success
When you’re a world traveler and avid hiker who has been a vegetarian for more than 50 years, you learn a few pointers about how to eat well on the road.
20 Ideas for Responsible Travel
Perhaps you’ve heard of sustainable travel, low impact travel, or green travel. We like the term "Responsible Travel."
An Interview with Sabina Sirco
One of the greatest joys of adventure travel is meeting like-minded women all over the globe.
An Interview with Maria Abud, Owner of Patagonia Trails
We talked about sustainability, women in business, and the joy of the mountains.
Best Parks for Sustainable Travel
If you want to help diminish your impact on our public lands, here are some of the parks that I think do that best.
20 Nonfiction Adventure Travel Books
Having something to read while you travel is almost as important as having your suitcase!
10 Ways to be a Responsible Traveler
Responsible travel is travel that has a positive impact on the places we visit, in environmental, cultural, social and economic spheres. In addition, it's an approach to travel that seeks to minimize negative impact on those places. Here are 10 ways you can practice responsible travel (and still have fun on your vacation!)
What (and Where) is the Via Dinarica?
Wild. Austere. Pioneering. The Via Dinarica is unlike any other trail you’ve ever trekked
20 Tips for International Travel
In honor of our 20th Anniversary, we're sharing some of the priceless wisdom we've learned over our last two decades of guiding women's adventure travel. This month: 20 tips for international travel!
High Altitude Hiking - What You Need to Know to Handle Elevation!
You are planning a trip to a high-altitude location, but you live close to sea level. How do you prepare?
20 Ways Adventure Travel Has Changed in 20 Years
We’ve seen a lot of change in our 20 years of adventure travel, and much of this change mirrors larger changes in our society. Here are 20 things that have dramatically changed in the world of adventure travel over the last two decades.
Announcing Our Adventuress of the Year Finalists
We're excited to announce our 15 finalists for the 2018 Adventuress of the Year Contest.
Tips for Getting Onto the AGC Trip You Want
We hear it often- "How do I make sure that I get on the trip that I want?"
Giving Back this Holiday Season
If you're looking to give back this holiday season, the groups below are organizations or individuals that we know, love, and endorse.
Two Widows from Nepal Climbing Towards Equality in the Mountains
When our early morning flight along the Himalayan peaks ended quickly on the short runway in Lucla, Nepal, we walked off the 16-seater Summit Airlines plane to meet our female guide team for our 14-day trek to Everest Base Camp. We didn’t know yet that the summit of Mount Everest, not just the base camp, was the dream for two of our guides.
First Day Hikes 2019
First Day Hikes are part of a nationwide initiative led by America’s State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors. On New Year’s Day, hundreds of free, guided hikes will be organized in all 50 states.
Magic of Mongolia- A Photo Essay
We recently returned from Mongolia and our guide Jan pulled together some of the photos that best represented this year's trip, group, and experience.
Top 5 Ways to Cultivate Gratitude in Nature
Have you ever been hiking and felt like you were in a bit of a trance? What about when you’re riding a bike and get lost in thought, or paddling on the water and find yourself in a sense of flow? Some people call this mindfulness, and it’s a perfect segue to cultivating gratitude.
Seven Tips on Packing Light for Any Type of Travel
When you start packing your suitcase, you know a trip is real! But how do make sure you have everything you need without also packing the kitchen sink?
Adventuress of the Year Campaign
We're excited to announce our first Adventuress of the Year Campaign.
Opt Outside with Adventures in Good Company
You're invited to join Adventures in Good Company guides in Opting Outside this Black Friday.
9 Health Tips for Active Travelers
Nothing can ruin a trip like an unhealthy body. It's easy to get out of our routines while we travel, so here are some easy ways to stay healthy while on the road, on the trail, and in the sky.
When and Why to Use Rubber Tips on Trekking Poles
What's the deal with the rubber tips? Why are they there, and should you use them?
Adventure Travel for Women Under 50
What about adventure travel and that significant group of women who fall between these two bookends- Women Under 50?
I'm In Love with the Land of Fire and Ice
Why Iceland needs to go to the top of your ‘need to see’ list.
The Nine Most Frequently Asked Questions by New AGC Travelers
Excited about group travel but a little unsure about how we at AGC do things? These are the nine most frequently asked questions asked by travelers who are new to Adventures in Good Company.
Hiker's Glossary Part 5: Navigational Terms
This fifth and final installment of the Hiker's Glossary is a guide to navigational terms.
Program Manager position available
We've been growing in the last couple of years and we're looking for a fun and talented person to grow with us.
Trail Etiquette for Hiking Groups
Like everything in life, there are some all-too-often unspoken norms that dictate hiking etiquette. This is especially true for hiking in a group!
Hiker's Glossary Part 4: Different Types of Hiking
This fourth installment of the Hiker's Glossary is a guide to different types of hiking.
Hiker's Glossary Part 3: Common Terms
This third installment of the Hiker's Glossary is a guide to common hiking terms.
Epic Journey: Hiking and Kayaking in Greenland
There were a few fields of bright green grass in the small villages we visited.
Hiker's Glossary Part 2: Terrain
This second installment of the Hiker's Glossary is a guide to hiking terms related to terrain.
Hiker's Glossary Part 1: Trail Types
Whether you've been hiking for half a century or are looking to hit the trail for the first time, one of the greatest joys of hiking is that there are so many different things to discover on your own two feet.
Five Tips for Getting Plane Tickets for Your Next Trip
You’ve booked your trip and now you need to get your plane tickets.
Visiting Cuba in 2018 - What's Changed?
Confused about traveling to Cuba? We can understand why due to the new travel regulations and recent news.
How to See the Northern Lights in Alaska
The northern lights are one of the most stunning natural phenomena mankind can experience.
A Traveler's Guide to Finding Safe Food and Water Abroad
One of the best parts of international exploration is diving into new cuisines that entice and challenge our palate.
The 6 Best Hiking Apps
It's one thing to lose yourself in nature. It's an entirely different thing to get lost in nature.
GPS Devices for Hikers
GPS devices are the topo maps and compass bearings of modern hikers.
Changes for 2019
Although we're only a third of the way into 2018, we're already focused on getting our 2019 trips on the calendar.
Through a Guide's Eyes: Sketching in Tanzania with Brenda Porter
I absolutely love sharing and facilitating experiences throughout the world for women who want to be active and explore through sustainable travel.
AGC and Social Media
In our opinion, adventure travel is about much more than just taking a trip.
Training For a Hike On and Off the Trail
If you think that the only way to train for a hike is by going hiking, you’re not alone.
Seven FAQs about Leave No Trace
You’ve heard of Leave No Trace (LNT). You take only pictures and leave only footprints. But you probably still have questions about how to follow LNT guidelines in less obvious ways.
Five mistakes to avoid on your next international trip
We love international travel! We do it not only to see new things and meet new people, but AmalfiCoast.jpgto enrich our understanding of the world and humanity, and our own place in it.
We Cannot Be Safe, We Are Not in Danger
I woke up this morning to the news that a bomb had gone off in Sultanahmet, the Old City of Istanbul.
Making an impact through charitable contributions: resources for informed giving
Did you know that a leading charity-research group recommends giving to a single, specific charity this year?
Patagonia in Pictures
Patagonia is a vast, sparsely populated region of South America.
The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Adventure Travelers
Having been in the adventure travel business for over 16 years, we've seen a lot of people have truly amazing experiences during their travels. What habits do they cultivate?
AGC meets GoodReads: A Summer Reading List
One of the many pleasures of women's hiking trip is that often the talk turns to books that we're currently reading or that we particularly enjoyed.
How to Train for Your Next Hiking Trip
The correct title for this should probably be "How I'm training for my next hiking trip".
Choosing the right active vacation
In rock climbing lingo, the definition of "sandbag" is: "A climb which receives a much lower grade than deserved.
Getting ready for your next backpacking trip
I'm sitting here looking at a lot of snow and dreaming about being on the Appalachian Trail instead!
The Story of the Buff
In our February newsletter, we talked about buffs- what they are, their many uses, and that we are starting to offer them as an option for women who go on a trip.
Ebola and travel to Africa: Is it safe?
Safety is always our first priority at Adventures in Good Company, and we are constantly evaluating the safety of the places we go and the activities we're doing
Do I really need to buy rain pants for my rafting or hiking trip
Rain pants are an essential piece of outdoor gear, especially but not only for hiking trips. But do you always need them?
How We Price Our Adventure Trips
Like many women, I was brought up not to talk about money. But as I schedule our 2015 trips and determine what we'll charge for our adventure trips, I wanted to share some of our pricing principles.
How Adventures in Good Company got its start
March 22 was our 15th anniversary. People on our trips often ask how the company gotwomen on an adventure started so this seems like an appropriate occasion to tell the story more broadly.
Lodging options for your next active vacation
So you're planning your next active vacation and, having made your plane reservations, the next question is lodging.
Buying airline tickets for your next adventure vacation - Part 2
So after reading "Buying airline tickets for your next adventure vacation - Part 1" you have decided not to use a travel agent and that now is the time you should start looking.
Buying airline tickets for your next adventure vacation - Part 1
I've written a blog post about this previously but there are some new considerations and some new websites that make it worth updating.
How To Keep Your Feet Warm During Winter Outdoor Adventures
After the last blog post about How to Stay Warm in Winter a reader asked that question. And in this winter of unrelentinAWT1 copyg polar vortices and plunging temperatures, it's an important consideration.
Climbing Kilimanjaro: 5 decisions to make
Climbing Mt Kilimanjaro is a dream for many women. It's non-technical, meaning you don't need mountaineering skills or even to be an athlete. It is also truly a physical and mental challenge.
How to Stay Warm Outside in Winter
Plunging temperatures this week may have you convinced there is no alternative to staying indoors with a good book until Spring. Think again!
A New Year's Resolution Worth Making
If you make New Year's Resolutions about diet, exercise, or general self-improvement, the odds are you won't keep them. Don't be discouraged, breaking old habits takes time. But here is one that doesn't require you to sweat, make radical changes, or deprive yourself.
Trekking poles for hiking trips: the 4 most common questions
We always have hiking poles on the packing list of any hiking trip we offer. Here are the most common questions we get.
How to start an adventure travel company
Occasionally someone calls to ask advice on how to start an adventure travel company. Since I love talking about business in general and Adventures in Good Company in particular, I'm always happy to share my experience with the emphasis that it is simply my experience.
Boots for hiking vs boots for backpacking
Q & A
Choosing Trekking Poles for your Next Hiking Trip
We are all huge fans of using trekking poles on almost any hiking, trekking or backpacking trip.
Do you really have to have all that stuff on a hiking trip?
One of our guides just returned from the Canadian Rockies Hiking holiday, a hiking trip in the Canadian Rockies, and wrote "A participant suggested a topic for a blog...basically, it was 'why we are carrying all this stuff and wearing hiking boots when others are wearing flip flops and not carrying a damn thing' ".
How to Find Hiking Partners
In response to a recent blog, one reader commented with a question: Does anyone have ideas about how to find hiking partners?
Advice on Backpacks from AGC's Lightweight Lady
Our resident (and self-proclaimed) outdoor gear geek, Jan Latham, is always eager answer questions and pass along purchasing advice to inquiring minds searching for pieces to add to adventure travel gear selection.
Should you try barefoot hiking on your next hiking trip?
The other day, I was walking on a nearby trail when I took a double take of a fellow hiker passing me. She was walking when I first saw her; my gaze turned down and I noticed she was not wearing shoes.
Adventure Travel for Women Over 60
I, and many of the women who have traveled with us over the past 20 years, passed the 50 year-old mark years ago. So how about adventure travel for women over 60?
Five Ways to Celebrate the Summer Solstice
The ‘official’ start of summer is around the corner! I have always been drawn to the season of summer, as a child it meant no school, long days at the pool, family vacations, and evenings spent chasing lightening bugs through the neighborhood.
Should you have expectations for adventure travel?
I started thinking about the issue of expectations and adventure travel after receiving a trip evaluation from a woman returning from her second trip with us.
What is small group adventure travel?
The other day I was perusing another company's website and saw the claim "Small group adventure travel, never over 18". For non-adventure travel companies I've seen the same claim for groups up to 25. Which got me thinking - what is a small group and is that desirable?
Sweet Dreams on the Trail Part II: Sleeping Pads for Lightweight Backpacking
Sufficient rest is a main ingredient of a safe and enjoyable hike. While sleeping on the ground may not seem enticing, a proper sleeping bag and sleeping pad can make all the difference on camping and backpacking trips.
Sweet Dreams on the Trail Part I: Sleeping Bag Selection
To get a good night's sleep you need to have a sleeping bag that fits you and is the right temperature rating and a sleep pad that allows you a comfort level you can handle.
Being an Adventure Travel Guide: Part 2
I intended to write the second part about being an adventure travel guide before leaving on my latest trip (Exploring Utah's National Parks) but I'm glad I waited.
Trip Preparation: Three Organizational Strategies to Minimize Stress
When working for a travel company like Adventures in Good Company, you have the chance to get your travel prep systems pretty fine-tuned. So I thought I’d share a few pre-trip organizational strategies that have worked for me.
Gearing up for Adventure Travel: Going to Get Gaiters?
On our AGC participant packing lists, we include a short list of “optional” items to bring on a trip. By “optional,” we mean – if you have this item, then bring it!
Being an adventure travel guide: Part 1
We're frequently asked how one becomes an adventure travel guide. Less often asked, but at least equally important for anyone who is thinking about it, is what being a guide is actually like.
The unspoken fear about women's travel groups
There are several common fears about traveling as a member of a women's travel group: Will I be the oldest? Will I be the slowest? Will everyone else want to spend a lot of time shopping?
Unplugging from the Outside World
Packing up to leave for a recent trip on the Colorado River, I felt a twinge of angst as I threw my cell phone in the suitcase to leave behind. “When was the last time I was without this constant companion?
Hydration and hiking trips: how much water do you need?
Someone on one of our recent hiking trips suggested that we should increase the amount of water we recommend carrying from 2 liters to 3 liters, particularly on one hike. I had done that hike a few years back and knew I didn't even finish my 1.5 liters on it, but it got me todescribe the image thinking: how do you know how much water to carry?
Training Tips (Part III of III): Hiking Leg Preparation
For years, my exercise routine included cardio (running/walking, cycling, stair master, etc.), upper body weight training, and abs. I figured that my cardio routine was ‘enough’ exercise for my legs, so I could skip lower body weight training.
Choosing a tent for lightweight backpacking
If you're making the switch to lightweight backpacking, one of the easiest ways to decrease weight is to get a new tent. Yes, it can be hard on the wallet but it can make a big difference. So here are some things to consider.
A 'Heart Healthy' Valentines the AGC Way
Tis the season (or at least weekend) for chocolates, roses, and heart tipped arrows. And while chocolate is a staple in my essential outdoor supply kit – I thought I’d take the opportunity this February 14th to share a few alternative Valentine’s Day celebrations Adventures in Good Company style.
Foot care on hiking and backpacking trips
My first long backpacking trip was 40 years ago in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. The first week my companion had constant trouble with blisters, trying a variety of treatments that were marginally successful.
Planning your adventure vacation itinerary
We are in the thick of planning for 2014 and even 2015, and while planning for a group of people who are paying you is different in some respects than planning an itinerary for your partner or friends, there are still some key questions that you have to ask.
Training Tips (Part II of III): RPE Decoded for Active Travel
A few mornings each week, I teach a group cycling class at a local gym. There are typically about 25 people in the class at all different fitness levels, each with different fitness goals. So how do I ensure each student gets the workout they need/want?
Adventure travel and the beaten path
Like many travelers, the first time I went to Switzerland I read Rick Steves "Switzerland Through the Back Door". His guidebooks often have suggestions you don't see in others so they're always worth looking at.
Training Tips (Part I of III): 3 Month Sample Cardio Routine
2013 is underway – and for some, starting an exercise program may be among your New Year resolutions. We all know the many benefits of exercise – from improving our mood to decreasing the risk of heart disease- even preventing Alzheimer’s!
Three myths about training for hiking trips
Arriving at a hiking trip that you're really not physically prepared for is no fun. But at the same time you don't want to unnecessarily talk yourself out of a hiking trip that you might love.
Sifting Through Your Travel Bucket List
"You know all those things you've always wanted to do? You should go do them." Ever since I saw that quote, I've been pondering it.
First Day Hikes - January 1, 2013
Two holidays down, one to go! As 2013 approaches, fresh starts and new habits are on the minds of many including our nation’s state parks.
Gifts for women who already have a lot
What do you give to the woman who has everything - or at least anything she doesn't have is not something you can afford to get her anyway?
Travel Tips: Surviving Holiday Air Travel
If you are leaving on a jet plane this month to spend time with friends or family, then airports are likely a part of your holiday plan.
Adventure Vacations: The Ten Best Free Attractions in Sydney
Glamorous Sydney is one of Australia’s priciest cities, but that needn’t deter visitors on a budget. Like all great cities, Sydney has plenty of free attractions.
Should novice hikers go on beginner hiking trips?
The first time I started to realize what a difference hiking experience made was about 20 years ago. I was in my early 40s and guiding a backpacking trip in the Grand Canyon.
Getting Ready for Kayak Tours: 5 Upper Body Exercises
Physical preparation for an adventure travel paddling trip is a great way to kick start or enhance your upper body resistance training routine.
Can adventure travel be too cheap?
I've written before about why adventure travel is so expensive and what goes into the the price of a trip. But can adventure travel be too cheap?
Hawaii: Adventure Travel Style (psst... it's not all about beaches)
Images and advertisements for Hawaiian Vacations often depict coconut milk sipping tourists lounging on beach chairs, with leis around their necks, and grass skirts hula dancing by. Those images are certainly not false and are quite enticing… but did you know that Hawaii is a lot more than luaus and lying ocean-side?
Should women travel alone or join a group?
I saw a question in a TripAdvisor's Forum from someone who was interested in a Gutsy Women Travel tour to Europe and wanted to know if anyone had experience with them (Gutsy Women is a women's travel company that offers (non-adventure) group tours to a variety of destinations).
Adventure Travel Training Trips: Training for Outdoor Travel Inside?
In most places, unbearable temperatures have made way for breezy, cool afternoons; among the perks of fall weather is the ability to get outdoors and train for your next adventure travel vacation.
High altitude adventure trips for women: what you need to know
Should you even consider one of our adventure trips for women that involve high altitude? If you're like most people, you may never have been over 8 - 10,000 feet and you have no idea how you will respond.
Knotty Active Travel Tips
Whether or not you earned your knot-tying badge in Girl Scouts, remembering how to tie certain knots can be challenging on adventure travel vacations.
Adventure Vacations in Outerspace
Take a hike – on the moon! No really… I’m serious – space travel for tourists is becoming a reality; that is, if you have a few hundred thousand (and for some trips a few million) dollars lying around.
Rock art or Sign post?
If you’ve hiked a trail or two – along the way you may have seen a pile of rocks stacked in the form of a tower. Some hikers may admire stone sculpture like a work of art and assuming it was crafted by a wandering hiker.
How to sabotage your next adventure vacation
Sometimes your adventure vacation goes wrong all by itself - your flight is delayed or cancelled, you get sick just before you were supposed to leave, there is a flood or fire in the area you were supposed to visit, etc.
Happy Birthday Appalachian Trail!
This week marks the 75th anniversary of the Appalachian Trail. Quite appropriately a group of women with Adventures in Good Company is out backpacking a section of the “AT” this week in Vermont.
International adventure travel and low fat diets
A couple of years ago I had to start restricting my intake of saturated and trans-fats for health reasons, and I wondered how it would impact my international adventure travel plans. I've definitely made some adjustments but it really hasn't been that difficult.
4 Reasons to Visit Bryce and Zion National Parks
My first experience with women's adventure travel was in 2008 on AGC's Hiking in Bryce and Zion trip. As this annual trip approaches – I am reminded of that memorable experience.
The Art of Unpacking after Active Vacations
We all talk about and have our systems for packing for active vacations, hiking trips and other adventures; following a packing list, packing in ‘cubes’ or bags, having our underwear in the zippered compartments, taking a laundry bag for soiled items – to name a few. But---what is your system for un-packing?
When it comes to adventure travel, there is no bad weather
When it comes to adventure travel, there is no bad weather; there is only inadequate gear.
Simplify Adventure Travel for Women with This Piece of Clothing
The image of a fellow traveler sans luggage – bewildered me... I mean not even a briefcase? How does he do it?
Preventing Wildfires
When planning travel trips for women – safety is Adventures in Good Company's number one priority.
Adventure travel for women over 50: Are there limitations?
No, there are no limitations on adventure travel for women over 50. See, wasn't that a simple answer?
Part II. Cleaning gear POST Active Vacations
You may be able to wash you sheets or even comforters with one hand tied around your back... but a sleeping bag may seem a little less familiar.
Cleaning gear POST hiking trips
You may be a whiz at cleaning your kitchen floor or toilet bowl... but a hydration system, backpack, or sleeping bag may not seem so instinctual. Seasoned AGC guide, Jan Latham, shares a few tip on how to handle your outdoor gear with care...
Hydration made Easy for Active Vacations or Everyday Living
Its summer time and temperatures are rising. So, whether participating in active travel or staying close to home – hiking, biking, walking, or gardening – a well hydrated body will lead to a more pleasant experience.
Women's travel tips: Some packing suggestions
I'm thinking about packing right now because it's Sunday night and I just finished packing for a trip to Scotland, for which I leave Friday evening. I'm not someone who loves packing, but I do it fairly often. And I know that when I follow these tips, my trip will be easier and less stressful.
Backpacking for women: Multifunction keeps it light
One of the keys to lightweight backpacking for women is to look at everything we want to take and see if anything can be used for more than one function.
Traveling with hiking poles on hiking vacations
One of the pieces of equipment that we recommend on all our hiking vacations is hiking (also called trekking) poles. Assuming we have sold you on why they are so critical, the next question is how to get them to your destination.
Appalachian Trail Backpacking – the movie!
You may be familiar with the storied Appalachian Trail. Affectionately known as the “Green Tunnel” or “AT,” it stretches approximately 2,200 miles from Georgia to Maine. Eight of AGC's adventure travel trips include portions of the Appalachian Trail.
Dressing for your next hiking vacation
This picture of some women who were on our recent Wildflowers and Waterfalls hike perfectly demonstrates the equipment and clothing you need for a hiking vacation.
Tips: Attitude and Gear Check for Adventure Travel
Throughout years of lightweight backpacking and adventure travel I have learned that and attitude and gear are two keys in preparation for active travel!
Hiking Vacations and Fitness: The Perfect Match
Hiking vacations have always been my personal favorite: hiking through beautiful scenery by day, enjoying fabulous food without any worries about weight gain, and then ending the day tired and happy in a cozy bed - it doesn't get better than that! But I now have confirmation that not only is it enjoyable, it's even good for me!!
National Geographic's Best Summer Trips 2012: Northern Michigan
National Geographic and Adventures in Good Company both agree that Northern Michigan is one of the best kept secrets among outdoor adventure travel destinations.
Five things you may hate about European travel
Although European travel is full of delights, there are at least five aspects you may find you don't like. But if you're prepared for them, you'll be in a better position to cope even if you can't change them.
Backpacking Adventures: Thoughts on Ultralight and Lightweight Backpacking
I go to the mountains on backpacking adventures to enjoy natural beauty and solitude. I want to get away from houses, roads, and city life. To do this I take very little stuff with me
Hiking Amalfi Coast: Five things you might not know
Maybe you have experience hiking Amalfi Coast so you do know these things, but I sure didn't the first time I did our "Amazing Amalfi" trip.
Travel Tips: 5 Travel Apps That Could Save Your Life
After about a decade of using a flip phone, I finally caved and got an iphone.
Staying in touch on international adventure travel trips
One of the most confusing issues travelers face on international adventure trips is how to stay in touch with people back home. There are so many options and so many variables, and it all changes so quickly!
7 ways to prepare for international adventure travel
On the trip document for our international adventure travel trips, we always recommend books you might want to read in advance just to get prepared or get the feel of a country. But, in addition of course to packing, there are lots of other fun ways to "get ready" too. Here are some ideas.
Celebrate Earth Day with Adventure Travel & Green Travel Tips
Sunday, April 22nd is Earth Day! 2012 marks the 42nd Anniversary of the eco-friendly holiday.
The Hunger Games and Adventure Travel
On Adventures in Good Company trips, participants often share some of their favorite books. The conversations usually results in a compilation of recommended reads. So, I thought I'd share a brainstorm after just finishing the Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins.
Hydration Packs - staying well-hydrated in the outdoors
We have written in previous blogs, newsletter articles and even in the notes section of our packing list about hydration packs. But I wanted to emphasize again why this piece of equipment can be superior to water bottles for outdoor adventure travel.
Outdoor tips: Adjusting your pack
Whether we're talking about a daypack or a backpack, it's important to buy one that fits. These days most pack manufacturers have guidelines about the approprite size for you, based on simple measurements. And while that's a crucial step, it's not the only one that matters.
Fitness Training Tips for Adventure Travel
So you want your hikes, bikes, and paddles to be breathtakingly beautiful not breath-taking, right? We do to! At AGC we aim to find a trip that 'fits' you. But if you don't feel that you are 'fit' enough for a trip – let's not use that as an excuse to delay signing-up; instead lets use it as motivational tool to train for a trip.
Travel tips: Dealing with airline delays or cancellations
Sometimes the biggest adventure in adventure travel is getting there! Everyone knows that airplane travel isn't as fun as it used to be and having your plane cancelled or delayed has always been an inconvenience.
If the shoe fits: tips to buying hiking boots
Buying a pair of boots for a backpacking trip or a hiking vacation should be done with careful consideration. Pick the wrong pair of boots and you could end up with feet ranging from uncomfortable to physically harmed with blisters or even tendon problems. It is a task that takes an investment of time and money
Adventure travel for women over 50
On our Facebook page we recently posted the question: "In planning for next year we're thinking about adding one adventure travel trip specifically for women over 50. The median age of our participants is probably 52 or 53. If you're over 50, is this appealing? If you're under 50, does this feel discriminatory?"
Outdoor tips - to sock liner or not to sock liner on hiking trips?
Sock liners are made of a thin polyester or lightweight wool material that help wick sweat away from your feet. You wear them under your thicker hiking sock and are mainly recommended as a preventive measure to getting blisters.
Travel tips: When should I buy airline tickets?
In preparing for an adventure trip, when to buy airplane tickets is undoubtedly the most common question we get. With airline consolidation and elimination of many flights, airline tickets have gone up substantially and will likely continue to climb.
4 tips for saving money on adventure travel gear and clothing
If you're new to adventure travel or an outdoor activity, sometimes you might wonder if you have to make a choice between getting what you need and putting your child through college or retiring before the age of 80.
What's the point of adventure travel? (a guest post)
Why? Why do it? Why go to the edges of the earth, then peak over and wonder what’s beyond? Beyond this be there dragons?
Adventure travel: What's the real price of your trip. Part 2
For the second question, how much additional will you end up spending, here are the issues to consider:
Adventure travel: What's the real price of your trip? Part 1
Some people complain that airline pricing is opaque because of fees, taxes etc. - but that is nothing compared to adventure travel.
How to choose an adventure travel company
Let's start with the premise that there are lots of good adventure travel companies out there and that the great majority of companies that survived the last 3 years are doing something right, at least for some people.
Is adventure travel the right choice for you?
I used to think adventure travel was the right kind of travel for anyone who was basically healthy and mobile. Of course in my 20s, I also assumed that everyone, given a choice, would prefer to spend their weekends hiking and camping.
Why is adventure travel so expensive?
Adventure travel is expensive. Maybe not compared to luxury cars, exclusive resorts, or fancy jewelry - but those aren't the yardsticks most of use to judge whether something costs alot.
Outdoor Adventure for Women - PFDs
What is a PFD and how should it fit? PFD stand for: personal flotation device (aka lifejacket) and is your most important piece of safety gear when paddling.
Outdoor Tips and Topics - keeping your hands warm
Winter time does not necessarily mean we need to put an end to our outdoor adventures. We can still hike, run, snowshoe, cross country ski, dogsled and even paddle (at least in places where the water isn't frozen!)
Overseas adventure travel first aid kit - Part 2
In the last post I offered a general list of things I always take on any overseas adventure travel trip. Actually I pack the same items on a trip in the United States, with one exception- Cipro, a broad spectrum antibiotic.
What's in your overseas adventure travel first aid kit
When thinking about what to put in your overseas adventure travel first aid kit, you need to answer three questions:
5 things I learned while hiking Scotland
Hiking Scotland this fall was full of learning, as hiking trips anywhere always are. Here are 5 things I learned:
Salmon salad: the perfect adventure travel lunch
Halfway through the day we pulled over on a sandbar and the guides made lunch. Lunches on a raft trip are always good and this was no exception. But that day we had salmon salad. I didn't watch the
3 Reasons Why Adventure Travel is Best in the Off Season
The off season is my favorite time for adventure travel, and last weekend reminded me why.
Travel tips: Why a plastic sandwich box is your best friend
I started using a plastic sandwich box over 30 years ago on my backpacking trips. I used it as a dinner bowl and then packed any leftovers from the meal into it for lunch the next day. And though I don't backpack very often anymore, I still find a plastic sandwich box one of my most cherished travel items.
How will the Euro Crisis affect European Travel?
How will the Euro crisis affect European travel? Good question!
3 snack suggestions for your next adventure trip
On any adventure trip, you can be sure of one thing - you're going to need some extra snacks to compensate for all that energy you're putting out.
On adventure travel trips, should you ban smokers? Or smoking?
Recently someone emailed us to ask if she would be allowed to come on one of our adventure trips since she was a smoker. Our answer back was...
Travel in Scotland and Bhutan
You wouldn't think that travel in Scotland and Bhutan has many similarities. Bhutan is land locked, Scotland is surrounded by the ocean except where it joins England.
Hiking tips: 5 steps to save your knees
On hiking trips, especially those that involve significant or steep downs, your knees often take a pounding.
Can you trust TripAdvisor when planning overseas adventure travel
The question of whether you can trust TripAdvisor for planning overseas adventure travel, or domestic travel for that matter, is an important one for anyone who regularly plans her own trips.
Handy Uses for Bandanas
We often include bandanas on our Adventures in Good Company trip packing lists and people often ask: do we really need one?
Tips for buying a daypack
On most of our hiking trips we require a daypack be carried to hold all your gear for the day's outing. Here are some other guidelines for buying a daypack.
Peanut butter and overseas adventure travel
Anytime I travel, especially overseas adventure travel, I try to think of at least one thing I learned that will be useful for other women travelers. That thing from my latest trip to the Austrian Alps is - bring peanut butter.
Death in the outdoors: Ignorance, Thoughtlessness, and Choice
Yesterday I had brunch with Laura Bly, a USAToday travel writer who wrote a very interesting blog article on several recent well-publicized National Park deaths, including the three people who were swept over Vernal Falls and two people who died in recent accidents in Hawaii.
Six tips for great National Park trips
We love National Park trips! Death Valley, Zion, Great Smokies, Grand Canyon, Acadia, Denali etc- we visit lots of them on our trips. But the great news is that you don't need to sign up for one of our trips to have an amazing time. Here are 6 tips to help you make the most of your next visit.
Training for hiking trips
I'm thinking about the topic of training for hiking trips right now because in less than 2 weeks I will be heading for Austria and our hiking trip in the Austrian Alps.
7 Weight Loss Tips (for your pack, of course)
From Jan Latham, one of our guides whose missionin life is making sure no one goes out on one of her trips with a pack that weights more than 30 pounds.
Traveling tips: Dealing with money
The best way to deal with money to some extent depends on the particular country you're visiting. But here are some general tips you may find helpful.
10 Uses for Trekking Poles
This piece on trekking poles is one of the very first things I ever wrote. The pictures are all from a backpacking trip in Mt Rainier National Park and our group was small, but lots of fun.
5 steps to becoming an outdoors woman
When I was in my late teens, I decided that one of my major goals was becoming an outdoors woman. For me, that meant being comfortable in the outdoors for an extended time, which meant being competent in outdoor skills. It took a few years but here are 5 steps that helped.
4 Ways to ship your wilderness backpacking gear
So you're flying off on a wilderness backpacking vacation and you need to get your backpack to your destination. There are 4 ways to chosse from, which we'll discuss in order of the least safe to the most safe way to get it there.
How much water should you drink a day?
The question of how much water you should drink a day is both common and important. When you're on outdoor adventure trips, staying adequately hydrated is critical not only to your enjoyment and efficiency, its also important to your safety: being dehydrated can lead to clumsiness and poor decision-making.
Outdoor Tips and Topics: Does Cotton Really Kill?
Is it true outdoors women should never wear cotton on an outdoor adventure? The answer is: yes, most of the time.
Three myths about womens travel
Womens travel has grown significantly in the last 20 years, with over two dozen companies that specialize in women only travel or offer women only trips in conjunction with their regular offerings.
Adventure travel is like investing
At the height of the financial panic, many people pulled all their money out of the stock market and have left it in a money market account ever since.
Preparing for active travel vacations
This was contributed by Katie Flanagan: One of my favorite places to prepare for active travel vacations is the local library.
Tips for Overseas Adventure Travel: Plugs and Converters
Overseas adventure travel is fun and rewarding, and takes some preparation. Women commonly ask if there will be a place they can plug in a rechargeable camera battery or recharge a cell phone or plug in a hairdryer?
Outdoor Tips and Topics: Hydration Beverages
Women on outdoor trips need to increase the amount of water they typically drink during the day to keep adequately hydrated while exercising.
Backpacking - Fit is Everything!
So---you're looking for a new backpack. You've decided on the size you need, noted any special features you would like and are open to 'sticker shock' but hoping to be surprised with a good sale.
Getting ready for overseas adventure travel
Mary Beth Bond has an excellent blog post in today's Vibrant Nation called check list: day before travel overseas. In it she lists several things that we often forget to do that can make a trip go more smoothly...
Choosing destinations for overseas adventure travel
One of our hardest tasks is picking destinations for new trips, particularly for overseas adventure travel.