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 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.
Popular destinations gain notoriety for an array of factors: significant historical landmarks, awe-inspiring natural beauty, hot beds of cultural importance. Whether we’re talking cities or isolated regions, these destinations attract more visitors depending on the time of year. The reasons for this are obvious. You can’t ski the Swiss Alps in the summer and you don’t want to swim in the Mediterranean in February. Unless walks in the rain are your thing, you probably want to avoid cities with mildly predictable rainy seasons, like Tokyo in July or August.
But there is a downside to visiting places when they are at their supposed peaks – everyone else is there, too. Lines are longer, reservations to restaurants are harder to get, prices for rooms skyrocket, traffic is a nightmare, the list goes on an on.
These thoughts are bouncing around my mind this week as I’m kicking around Italy’s Amalfi Coast. Have I gone swimming? No. Has the weather been near perfect? Yes? Are there crowds? No.
In the summer would I have been able to stay at the wonderful Hotel Antiche Mura? No. Have I had to wait to eat at amazing restaurants like De Gemma in Amalfi, or Inn Bufalito and the Michelin starred Il Buco in Sorrento? No! In the summer, traveling along the sinewy, stunningly beautiful coastal road that connects these towns can be a traffic-choked crawl. The beaches are crowded to the point of discomfort and if you are lucky enough to find a hotel room it comes at a premium. That said, it is more than understandable why people put up with these inconveniences. Among the crowds, those magical travel-related moments still happen, no matter if you are in Italy in the summer or New Orleans for Mardi Gras.
But there is a lot to be said for exploring places in the offseason, connecting with and appreciating their charms on a more intimate level. The sites and flavors still abound, you just get to experience them at a different pace.
What are your favorite places to visit in the offseason?