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!
There are always lots of questions when you're planning a trip. Here are answers to the questions that we get the most. If you don't find the answer you're looking for, please call or email and we will be happy to answer them for you.
What our travelers have to say
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.
How do people make decisions about where and how they travel? Obviously, personal preferences are the main factor, but it’s a big world and there’re plenty of things to see and do no matter your tastes. So how do you whittle it down? Friends? Travel agents? Websites? A little from here, a little from there?
Last week during a speech about jobs and the economy, President Obama asked a crowd in Illinois when last they had consulted a travel agent. According to the American Society of Travel Agents (ASTA), Obama was misrepresenting “how the Internet has replaced many jobs, among them travel agents.” But the ASTA set the record straight, stating that the US travel industry “is comprised of nearly 10,000 U.S.-based travel agency firms operating in 15,000 locations. We have an annual payroll of $6.3 billion. Most importantly, our businesses produce full-time employment for more than 120,000 U.S. taxpayers.”
Clearly, travel and tourism are big industries and the aforementioned numbers prove that as does the presence of new social media sites designed, in theory, to help people make decisions about their next trip based on the advice of online experts and friends. Michelle Higgins, writing for The New York Times, decided to test-drive three of these sights as she prepared for a trip to Ecuador. She writes: “It’s no surprise that travelers tend to trust the advice of people they know. Now, several new travel sites are trying to put those inclinations to use by allowing travelers to use social media sites for targeted trip advice.”
The real takeaway from the review is that all of the sites feature useful qualities but they also have drawbacks, from lack of details to having to rely too much on your Facebook friends. What happens when no one in your network has a good answer to your question? You’re out of luck at that point. And on the real pessimistic side of things, one commenter said that she never discusses where she is traveling via social media because it’s the same as announcing when your house will be empty, and presumably ripe for robbery.
Of course, plenty of online forums have been in place for travelers getting ready to hit the road seeking advice from other travelers. To this day I still always consult Lonely Planet’s Thorn Tree forum; I’m also mildly addicted to TripAdvisor (though at times it doesn’t feel helpful, but more like trying not to look at a car crash).