Flying High in the Dominican Republic


One of only two islands in the Caribbean that are occupied by two separate countries, the Dominican Republic is probably best known for its breathtaking beach resorts. With its lush, natural beauty and a growing outdoor and eco-tourism industry, the island is the perfect destination for those seeking adventure off-the-beaten-path. Like Daedalus and Icarus, flying is the ultimate way to take your adventure to new heights. The extreme sport of paragliding is a safe and exhilarating way to experience the beauty and diversity of the region from a lofty perch. Experienced pilots will outfit and direct you from takeoff to landing. You can take the ultimate selfie while flying amongst the clouds. We really like this organization for paragliding in… Read More →

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Our Favorite Snacks for Trek and Travel


We have all been there, standing in the nutrition aisle of our local outdoor retailer staring at the plethora of choices. Over the years, we have tried almost every brand and flavor on the market and these are some of our favorites for trek and travel. Honey Stinger Energy Bars The energy bars from Honey Stinger are a great breakfast bar alternative. Each of the 4 flavors of energy bars contains over 30% honey, 5g Non-GMO Soy Protein, 23 vitamins and minerals and whole grains with a yogurt coated bottom. Our two favorite flavors are the Blueberry Buzz and the Berry Banana Buzz. $27.75 for a box of 15 (approximately $1.82 each).     Organic Waffles Available in regular and gluten free, the… Read More →

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Essential Gear for Every Adventure Traveler


Whether you are trekking to Everest Base Camp or touring the great cities of Europe, the proper gear can make all of difference. Before you depart for any destination, you will want to make sure you have the right gear to keep you safe and comfortable every step of the way. Taking the time to properly research and purchase the few essentials below will help insure that your next adventure will be a success.   Backpack Aside from the proper footwear, a good backpack may be the most important piece of gear that you will ever purchase. Your backpack will accompany you around the globe and will last for years to come. A backpack will allow you the luxury of… Read More →

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Adventure Travel Tips


Having traveled all over the world and being the consummate observer of human behavior, I have developed a list of travel tips that can make your next trip less stressful and more enjoyable with a little planning before your departure. Luggage I can’t begin to recount the times that I have watched people at the baggage carousel perusing each black rolling bag that comes of the belt only to discover it is not their luggage. When shopping for luggage, choose something that stands out and that you can spot as it comes onto the belt. It will also be easier to describe should your luggage not arrive when you do at your destination. Pack Light With the airlines charging more… Read More →

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Tips for a successful and enjoyable trek to Machu Picchu


The most convenient route to Machu Picchu includes a train ride from Cusco to Aguas Calientes and a 20 minute bus ride up the mountain. However, I am quite thankful I didn’t take the easy road. On my hike up the Inca Trail, I took in some of the most picturesque terrain in the world, including more than half a dozen historic Incan sites (some larger than Machu Picchu). It’s no wonder this unique part of the Andes has been named one of the top places in the world to visit. Add another check to my ‘bucket list’. By now, if you are planning to hike to Machu Picchu this year, you most likely have already reserved one of the… Read More →

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Raising the next generation of ADVENTURERS!


In a generation dominated by smart phones and social media users, it’s no wonder parents have trouble getting their kids to unplug and go outside. Growing up, Boy Scouts introduced me to backpacking, rock climbing and whitewater paddling. This laid the foundation for many of the activities I enjoy to this day and love to share with friends and family. I took my three nephews to Peru for their high school graduation in hopes the trip would instill a sense of adventure that they would carry throughout their lives. Their ‘adventure education’ began when they were small and would spend a few weeks with my wife and me each summer. Over the years, I introduced them to sea kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, biking,… Read More →

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A Graduation Present With An Adventure Steeped In The Past


Since my nephews could walk, I have been dragging them along on adventures whenever they visited. As a self-professed adrenaline junkie, I considered it an honor to teach all three how to ride their bikes, sea kayak, kneeboard, zip line and whatever else I could coerce them in to trying. Having no children of our own, my wife and I made a commitment years ago to give our nephews memorable and life enhancing high school graduation gifts. After much contemplation, we decided an international trip to a historically and culturally rich destination would be perfect. Machu Picchu, or the lost city of the Incas, has always been on my short list of must see places. So, I decided to share… Read More →

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Lander Cascade Powerbank


Whether you are traveling abroad or find yourself without adequate charging options daily, the Lander Cascade Powerbank is a great portable solution to stay powered up. The Cascade series contains three options ranging from $34.99-$69.99 (2600mAh-7800mAh). Review based on the 7800mAh. Features: •  Smart Charge Technology (Auto-off energy saving mode) •  LED Power Indicators •  Illumaweave reflective lanyard •  7800 mAh / 3.1 amp output / 4x Full Charge / Dual USB ports All 3 models are small enough to slip into your pocket, handbag or pack when not needed. Never miss that important call due to a dead phone and enjoy life untethered!  

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Las Vegas’ indoor skydiving: a nice way to get into the sport


The idea of skydiving is fun but not everyone is willing to take a leap of faith and experience what it’s like to free-fall from a plane. So for the curious yet not totally audacious, here’s something that you might want to try. Las Vegas has an indoor skydiving attraction that is quite similar in concept to the actual sport. The view from above is obviously different but the experience of the wind rushing against your face and the thrill of falling from a high place is similar. Here’s how it goes: after being briefed by a professional skydiving instructor, you will be given your jumpsuit and helmet for sky diving. Then, you will be trained the proper skydiving form… Read More →

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Packing for a New Zealand Backpacking Adventure


By Bev Richardson First, a couple confessions: I am an over-packer. For a typical weekend road trip, I’ll pack enough clothes for every weather condition, and extra clothes, and extra gear, just so I don’t have to think too hard about it. Second confession: I don’t like not being fresh-out-of-the-shower clean. Surprising for someone who does expedition adventure races and gets inches of grime from sweat and dirt during a race. For those reasons, packing for my upcoming New Zealand backpacking adventure was a real challenge. My goal was that everything that goes on the plane with me, goes on my back for 3 weeks. I love the independence and self-reliance of carrying everything on your back, able to go… Read More →

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