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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.
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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.
The Economist's Gulliver ran an item recently about the world's best airports as ranked by Skytrax. As Gulliver notes, airports are travelers' first impression of a destination, and for that reason it behooves both federal and local authorities to do what they can to make the airport experience a positive one. In its fourteenth year, the Skytrax report, according to Gulliver, "asks airline passengers to rank airports across 39 different categories, from shopping to security. Over 12m passengers filled out the survey this year, according to the company."
North America does not fare well on this list, with the exception of Vancouver International, which sits in the top ten at #8 . For the US, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International is the first one to appear, at spot #30. Toronto's Pearson International is in the middle of the pack at #46 (and Montreal's Pierre Elliot Trudeau International comes in at #83). I've never been to any of these airports so I have to accept these numbers at face value. Ranking Newark's airport at #93 strikes me as generous, as it has always been a hassle for me whenever flying in or out of there. JFK rose in the rankings this year, climbing up to #63 from #74. This makes sense, as all the terminals have gotten some work over the past couple of years; though some fancy restaurants hardly make up for snaking security lines and long delays.
In the last two years, I've traveled in and out of four of the top eleven airports: Amsterdam's Schipol (#3), Zurich (#7), Heathrow (#10), Frankfurt (#11). I've enjoyed the bars and restaurants, watched people shop at designer boutiques, sipped boozy free samples in the duty-free shops, exchanged currency, and done some serious waiting. In both Amsterdam and Frankfurt, I've been subjected to multiple security lines, which can be hugely frustrating and time consuming. I've also found that these airports are very similar to one another in many ways, looking like fancy malls with many of the same stores. Of course, these airports are hubs and from any of them you can get pretty much anywhere in the world. So it makes sense that they have invested in creating pleasurable user experiences.
Years ago, I had a layover is Seoul and loved it. It's another one of those airports through which people move between all points on the globe and it had that feel. It's probably very different today, but I'll always remember those few hours slurping noodles and watching the flights come and go on the arrival and departure boards.
What's your favorite airport? Your least favorite?