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India Trip Report (October 2016) – Sloth Bear Sightings

The sloth bear is a nocturnal, insect-eating bear native to the Indian subcontinent.  Americans may be familiar with this animal from Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, by its real-life Hindi name Baloo (bhalu).

We sighted this rare mammal on two separate occasions on a recent trip to Madhya Pradesh, India.  One was spotted at Satpura National Park and […]

By |November 30th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Four Reasons to Visit Canada in 2017

1.  Canada is celebrating 150 years as a country in 2017. For their sesquicentennial, Canadians are already planning some of the biggest July 1 celebrations the country has ever seen.

2.  Lonely Planet just named Canada the #1 Country to Visit in 2017.

“Bolstered by the wave of positivity unleashed by its energetic new leader Justin Trudeau, […]

By |November 17th, 2016|Uncategorized|

“100 Things To Do” – Kodiak, Alaska

Last month, I had the pleasure of spending five days exploring Kodiak, Alaska before attending the Adventure Travel World Summit in Anchorage. Most people probably think of bears when they hear the name Kodiak, but there’s much more to do than bear viewing during your visit. Although, bears are worth the trip!

Discover Kodiak’s list of […]

By |October 25th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Trip Recap – Fall Wildlife Expedition to Yellowstone

Last month, we traveled to Yellowstone National Park with a small group from Denver, a trip offered in coordination with Audubon Society of Greater Denver. Dates were chosen to correspond with several fall highlights at Yellowstone including elk rut, bird migration, bear hyperphagy (a state of overeating prior to winter hibernation), cooler temperatures, and smaller […]

By |October 15th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Isla Mujeres Mural Project

One of the highlights of our recent trip to Isla Mujeres, Mexico while exploring the island by golf cart was spotting colorful murals along the way. In 2014, Sea Walls: Murals for Oceans project opened to the public.

The mural project consists of 15 large-scale murals created by well-known contemporary street artists. […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

5 DIY Travel Hacks

1. Deodorant safe. Open your existing deodorant, twist up and remove the top portion, and place valuables like credit cards, driver’s license and cash inside.
2. Tennis ball safe. One of the most asked questions we receive is ‘will our room have a safe?’. Another place to store valuables is in a tennis ball. Cut a 2-3 inch […]

By |August 29th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Swimming with Whale Sharks 2016 Recap

In 2009, we added Isla Mujeres whale shark trips to our Mexico portfolio. Whale shark season runs from late May to September, but we recommend traveling between mid-July to mid-August if you have flexible travel dates. Those weeks tend to be the best with respect to whale shark aggregations in the Whale Shark Biosphere Reserve.

Every […]

By |August 24th, 2016|Uncategorized|

UNESCO’s Newest World Heritage Sites – 2016 Edition

Every year, UNESCO convenes to discuss whether or not proposed sites should be added to the list of World Heritage Sites. To make the list, a site must display great cultural, historical and/or natural significance. Think Machu Picchu, Galapagos Islands, and Great Barrier Reef to name a few.

The 2016 UNESCO World Heritage Committee added 21 […]

By |July 20th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Whale Sharks Move from Vulnerable to Endangered Status

Earlier this month, the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species announced that the whale shark has moved from vulnerable to endangered status. Whale shark populations throughout the world have declined more than 50% in recent years. This sharp decline places whale sharks at a higher risk of extinction and explains the endangered status listing.

Whale sharks, […]

By |July 19th, 2016|Uncategorized|

Humpback Whale Season Starts Soon in Costa Rica

Costa Rica boasts two whale watching seasons for humpback whales. From mid-December through late February/early March, northern humpback whales migrate south to Marino Ballena National Park. From July through October, southern humpback whales migrate north to Costa Rica’s Pacific Coast.

Ranked in the Top 10 by National Geographic for whale watching in the world, Marino Ballena […]

By |June 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|