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Champagne Kisses on Temple Tops During a recent call with a Wildland Alumni traveler we got to chatting about their past trip that I helped them plan to Belize and Guatemala. She recalled that “… and you made our 25th anniversary so special. When our guide surprised us with a bottle of sparkling wine while watching the sunset from temple top at Yaxha, it was truly incredible.” I replied “Of course, I got you covered.” Maybe that’s a bit braggadocios, but that’s just how we roll at Wildland Adventures. It’s the little things in unexpected places that can turn an already special time together into classic moment that you’ll cherish forever. Planning a romantic vacation takes a finer level of understanding about the destination you are visiting. I find that it BEST to personally try my tricks out, because you have to be absolutely sure it’s going to work. My lucky experimentee is my wife...
10 Ideas to Surprise Your Love While Traveling in the Tropics Travel planning with your partner can not only be fun, but also an opportunity to design an adventure that can help develop a deeper bond between the both of you. Each day of the trip can be a chance to add a little bit of spice to the relationship, by pulling off genuine romantic acts that create a closer connection with each other.  Here are 10 ideas to surprise your love on Valentine’s day (or any other day) while traveling in the tropics. 1. Dinner for two: Surprise your partner by making reservations at the most romantic restaurant in the area. If you travel to Costa Rica, here are 3 of my favorite romantic restaurants: Hotel Grano de Oro (garden area), Le Monastere (amazing view of the city) and Doris Metropolitan (garden area). You can’t go wrong with one of these choices, but each country has their own unique romantic setting....

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Our Family Trip to Turkey Our family trip to Turkey was the first group departure we have taken, and it turned out to be one of the best trips. The reason it was so great was because of the excellent itinerary that Wildland put together. The knowledgeable and flexible leader we had, and the inter dynamics of our small group of 4 families. Turkey turned out to be the perfect combination of sights, and experiences, learning and fun. Sleeping within site of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and hearing the muezzins wake up call to prayer was just the beginning of a cultural immersion in a fascinating country that is the cross roads of many civilizations. Our kids studies were reinforced every day, as we saw with our own eyes the remains of the Greek/Roman/Ottoman/and more rule. Our leader had a graduate degree in anthropology, and better yet, she was a mother of a teen,...
February 8, 2014 at 1 pm - The Savvy Traveler (Edmonds, WA) will be hosting a travel seminar on The Wilds of Borneo and Indonesia presented by Wildland Adventures Indonesia and Borneo Program Director Jeff Stivers.  More about the event: Join Wildland Adventures program director Jeff Stivers as he presents the wonders of traveling in the untamed wilds of Borneo and sailing among the Lesser Sunda Islands on Indonesia in search of the Komodo Dragon. Jeff will share his recent explorations into the rainforests of the Malaysian state of Sabah, uncovering the largest flower in the world, encountering herds of Asian elephants, and meeting the man of the wild (Orangutan). Voyaging in classic yachts among active volcanoes and jungle-clad mountains, the islands of Indonesia are teeming with wildlife in beautiful national parks, and native villages with colorful markets and ancient tribal rituals. The coasts of Malaysia and Indonesia present world...

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Since our children have been born, we’ve traveled. It’s been mostly small things – trips to visit my parents in Lake Tahoe, lots of camping, a road trip from Seattle to Yosemite last summer. We’ve taken them to Hawaii as well, but I’ve been waiting to take them on their first international vacation. I want them to experience somewhere different, but not out of their comfort zone. Somewhere not too far away, but with a good mixture of culture and wildlife.  Now that they’re 6 and 3.5 I think it’s about time. Why now? Honestly, because my youngest is potty trained. Seriously. Also, because I think they’ll remember it now. Cassie, our 6 year old, went to Puerto Rico when she was 14 months old and she remembers none of it. I want their first trip to be something that they remember with their own heads rather than through the...
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