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Turquoise Coast Odyssey: Impressed By Planning, Details and Wealth of Experiences Julie and Bob Reed, and Jane Kaplan, were among a small group of Wildland travelers on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey. Here's what they had to share about their guide, and deep personal experiences in Istanbul, Cappadocia, Ephesus and cruising in a gulet along the Mediterranean coast:     "It is very hard to say what we enjoyed the most, every experience was unique and offered its own insights. Istanbul was overwhelming and amazing, we enjoyed the energy. Cappadocia was so different, would have loved another day there because our time there was very busy. Sirence with Ephesus was wonderful, the history was hard to comprehend as was all the history in Turkey, but our guide Ozlem made the experience exceptional.    Ozlem was wonderful, she was very enthusiastic about everything on the trip, and especially knowledgeable on the history and ruins as well as insights into Turkey today. She took care...

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3 Reasons Why Travel to Turkey is #1 The most frequent question people ask me as the founding director of Wildland Adventures is: "What is your favorite destination?" Depending on my mood I might say Manu National Park in the Amazon of Peru, or tiger viewing in India, or the wilds of the Osa Peninsula in Costa Rica. But most of the time I declare my #1 destination is Turkey. I qualify that choice by simultaneously acknowledging that it's not just because of my Kutay family Turkish heritage. And I'm not the only one who rates Turkey #1. Among all our Wildland Adventures around the world, Turkey is the one destination we most often hear from returning travelers they didn't expect they would be so surprised, so amazed, and so delighted; that their Wildland Adventure in Turkey was one of the best trips ever. 1. Why so surprised? These days there is some initial trepidation traveling to this...

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Guest Travel Blogs Gone Wild! After returning from traveling 35 days in Africa from Cape Town to Zambia, I just read through all the Wildland blogs posted in the past month by our staff and WOW, what a gold mine of heart-felt appreciation from our guest reviews, and expert information from our destination program directors!   We've been calling on our travelers to share their experiences more and now there  are so many informative, inspiring, insightful blog entries. Especially when read all together as I just did they are a wonderful reflection of what 'The Wild Style' is all about in terms of custom itineraries, flexible schedules, exceptional guides, meaningful personal experiences, special activities, and lots of great food, wine and fun. Charlie and Muki shared why they chose Wildland among the many trips and companies they compared:   “We chose this itinerary after we looked at multiple Patagonia itineraries from different companies. This trip...
Complain, Complain, Complain: Everywhere on this trip they complained.   I've never traveled with such a bunch of complainers!     What with everywhere we went and everything we enjoyed, the amazing wildlife we encountered, the luscious wines we tasted and delicious cuisine, one would think the group wouldn't complain. But everywhere we went on our 19-day Wine and Wildlife Safari through South Africa and Zimbabwe they complained.     The complaining started after the first two days in sunny Cape Town and we moved on for a few days in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek, then four nights on safari at Tanda Tula in the Timbavati concession in Greater Kruger, then Victoria Falls and finally four more nights in Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe. At each place there were more complaints for the same reason:  Every time we were just settling in to these beautiful places, enjoying amazing meals and wine tastings, and getting to know people in the wineries,...
African Winelands to Wildlands: 35 Days from Cape Town to the Zambezi In 35 days from Cape Town to the wilds of Zambia, Anne and I explored the wines and wildlands of Southern Africa. Together with our friends and wine experts, Ruth and David Arista of Arista Wine Cellars in our hometown of Edmonds, WA, we co-led our Wine and Wildlife Safari, April 12-29.     Along with 10 fun-loving Wildland travelers, 8 of them previous alumni guests, we laughed, tasted and gasped our way through Africa, astonished at the wildlife, the incredible food and wine, stunning safari camps, and amazing Africans we met throughout.      We return full of gratitude and appreciation for all the heroic and stunningly talented and dedicated South Africans, Zimbabweans, and Zambians we met during our travels from pro-guides, chefs and winemakers, to all the smiling and hardworking drivers, pilots, and service staff who gave us their all (including song and dance not just as a...
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