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Top 5 Reasons to Head to Costa Rica With my Padre My Dad and I are traveling to Costa Rica next week for a much needed vacation. I thought it would be a neat idea for each of us to write down the top 5 reasons we want to visit Costa Rica and compare them. A little about us first:  for starters, I'm in my 20's and my Dad is in his 60's. We've both been very fortunate to travel extensively, but his list is much more extensive than mine. Needless to say, finding a destination neither of us has been to was a challenge in itself. Luckily we have similar interests and both enjoy outdoor activities like hiking, rafting, snorkeling, etc...  We decided on Costa Rica in a very technical fashion... we both wrote down a list of our top 5 places we wanted to visit next and Costa Rica was the match!  Now for the reasons we want to go to Costa...

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I was interviewing someone today for a position in Wildland Adventures and when we asked the candidate what are two of the most important elements of meaningful travel experience she replied, "One is the accommodations." Where we bedded down was not so important when we started 30 years ago; that would not have been the right answer many years ago when "the experience" was considered more about the "adventure" itself and the associated cultural encounters. Today the experience is so much more. As this prospective candidate explained her answer: "...space is a reflection of the culture we are in and has, even though at times quite subliminally, an everlasting impact on how we remember our time in a place." Samode Palace is one of India's truly great palace hotels. Picking the right accommodations is important as to how it reflects the local culture and landscape through design, architecture, cuisine and...

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Throughout the year, in virtually every place we travel, with support from our travelers, Wildland sponsors a conservation or community development project. These include building an after school community center with arts, library and computer center in a remote Andean village in Peru, supporting conservation and scientific research in Galapagos, tiger protection in India, wetlands protection in Costa Rica, and so much more. But at the end of the year we wanted to do something closer to home that still related to travel and tourism...and then it hit us! So many people in so many communities for so many years have hosted us and all our travelers, welcoming us into their communities and their homes. So, our Wild Gang decided to pay if forward by putting together a World Relief home settlement kit for a recently arrived refugee immigrant family settling into our community. We broke up into teams to...

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Let me start by saying 2014 is going to be an exciting year for Wildland and our travelers. Today, I get the honor of announcing that we have two new trips to Morocco. Yes, both our Exotic Morocco Tour and Moroccan Adventure have been totally redesigned. Luckily for me, I got to be the first one to experience our new Exotic Morocco Tour.  Here's a break down of  what to expect on our new Exotic Morocco Tour: The Wild Style:  Our 'Wild Style' of travel in Morocco is based on many years of experience designing trips throughout the Magreb. The design of our itineraries and your experience in the field is facilitated by our close-working relationships with guides, accommodations and outfitters on the ground to avoid the pitfalls of travel in Morocco. We assure you have the most comfortable, safe and authentic travel experience. Our expert driver-guides help you get the...

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What I'm most excited about in our Wild World of adventure travel for 2014 are new connections and routes throughout Eastern and Southern Africa that now make it possible to easily combine more countries and diverse habitats with the best wildlife reserves allowing us to design exceptional safari experiences befitting your style, interests and time frame. East Africa Our Best of Kenya and Tanzania is a luxury African safari that combines the vast Mara-Serengeti ecosystem straddling both countries to witness the greatest concentration and diversity of wildlife in Africa. Following the natural migratory route of millions of wildebeest and zebras, now it is possible to traverse directly across the unseen border between Kenya and Tanzania without having to travel all day back through the hubs of Arusha and Nairobi. Similarly, a new direct flight right out of the Serengeti to Kigali, Rwanda, takes you on a scenic over flight from...
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