Adventure. It's in our DNA. We introduced adventure travel to North America in 1972 and never looked back. Now you can choose from over 4,000 small group trips, or have one of our experienced adventure travel specialists build one just for you. No one has the experience, depth of knowledge and range of itineraries of Adventure Center!
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What we hear most about our style of travel is "Why haven't I done this before?"
Responsible travel is rooted in respect, socially & ecologically . Since 1972 we've helped shape the meaning of traveling responsibly by introducing small groups of travellers to local people, wildlife and culture while sustaining the delicate balance that enables these communities and ecosystems to thrive.
People who makeit happen!
Guess what we do on vacation? That's right, we get out and travel. We're all passionate about new destinations and new experiences. We know adventure because we live it, and that helps us to better prepare you for yours. Let us know how we can put our knowledge and our experience to use for you.
Are you an adventurer, an explorer, or just plain curious? Do you love discovering new cultures and places? If so, we should talk. We're always looking for people who are committed to making adventure come alive for others.
A great trip, like life, will always contain surprises, some better than others. No matter how carefully you plan and research, nothing can be predicted with utmost certainty. Sometimes it rains for a week during a month when it usually doesn’t. Sometimes the restaurant that is always open on Tuesdays closes on a Tuesday. Sometimes there is a natural disaster. Sometimes revolution erupts.
Guernica has published “The Driver,” by Kate Grace Thomas. She had been preparing a new edition of the Lonely Planet guide for that country. In December 2010, she hired a driver to take her to Benghazi where resorts and ruins awaited reviews. Along with the driver’s wife, they traveled along coastal roads flanked by “juniper bushes and olive groves; lemon trees, their branches bowing under the strain of swollen fruit.” The sand was “buttered” and their faces were all “coppered.” She seemed to see everything through the tantalizing tint of amber honey produced by bees that feed upon the shmari berry.
But by early 2011, change was in the air. As Thomas writes: “The guidebook I researched last winter was never published, put on hold when the Arab Spring surged into Libya that February. I was writing a guidebook to a country that no longer exists; a country where busloads of Italian tourists gathered around hotel buffets; where billboards advertised the Qaddafi brand—forty-one years, they sang, the leader’s face peering down at the cars on the highways like that of a god who thought he created them. The guidebook I researched was a guidebook to the past.”
Because of her knowledge of Libya, however, Thomas became a war reporter. It was not something she went looking for, but it found her. Reading her piece, I was reminded of Anthony Bourdain’s now famous No Reservations in Lebanon. Having traveled there in 2006 to film an episode, his producers and handlers never could have predicted that war would break out between Hezbollah and Israel, right in Beirut. But it did.
In both instances, Thomas and Bourdain rolled with the punches. It is a good lesson, both in terms of travel and life. I’ve never found myself in a war zone, but I’ve had portions of trips defy my expectations, in the bad way. Or rather, I let it be bad, until I took a deep breath and just worked with the situation at hand. Of course, there is a big difference between war and earthquakes and bad weather and erratic hours of operation. But if we’re not careful it is all too easy to let them all impact us equally.