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Visiting Turkey to Learn

A theme I have been hearing lately from our alumni is how much they learned while traveling in Turkey and how after their adventure they understand so much more about the current social-political situation and cultural norms there. “I hope the country continues to move forward. The young people I met along the way want to see a better life with more freedom and equality. I am concerned the prime minister does not want to take the country in that direction. After my trip, I'm more interested in knowing what is happening in that part of the world.” L. O’Brien, September 2013 We all travel for many reasons and education is one of the most important of them. In Turkey you learn about Byzantine, Roman and Ottoman history while you wander in the ancient sites or the Seljuk buildings still in use in the cities. You increase your botanical knowledge from...
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My Insights From India

  Let me start by saying India never ceases to amaze me! My recent trip gave me some great insights and ideas for exploring the wonders of the vast subcontinent. I spent my trip rambling through Rajasthan, reconnecting with our guides, meandering through villages, and checking in at our favorite boutique properties. There is always some new and spectacular that reveals itself during my travels and that is what makes India such an incredible destination.   Our Tigers and Travels Adventure is an in-depth exploration of India's rich natural and cultural heritage: standing in awe at the Taj Mahal, watching the sunrise on the Ganges River in Varanasi, ambling among forts and villages of Rajasthan, and venturing deep into the jungles Kanha and Bandavgarh National Parks in search of the Bengal tiger. You just can't find anything like India anywhere else in the world. We want to fill the remaining spaces...
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We Celebrate International Day of the World's Indigenous People

Today, August 9, is the United Nations' I nternational Day of the World's Indigenous People , fi rst proclaimed by the General Assembly in December 1994, to be celebrated every year during the first International Decade of the World's Indigenous People (1995 - 2004).  Indigenous territories constitute 20% of the Earth's land mass that harbors 80% of the world's remaining biodiversity.  From: First Peoples Worldwide .     According to the United Nations, there are approximately 400 million Indigenous people worldwide, making up more than 5,000 distinct tribes. Together they are one of the largest minority groups in the world, spanning over 90 countries. While Indigenous Peoples total only about 6% of the world’s population, they represent 90% of the cultural diversity. The focus of this year's International Day is " Indigenous peoples building alliances: Honoring treaties, agreements and other constructive arrangements. "    Coincidentally, just two weeks ago I received  this...
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My Family Roots in Turkey

 My family roots in Turkey have defined to a great extent who I am and what I have accomplished in my life and profession, especially guiding others to experience our world through adventure travel. At home in Hollywood circa 1956 with my family including my Turkish grandmother, Babanne, who came to visit us in California before we started our family trips to visit them in Turkey.   Born in 1952 in Los Angeles, I've been traveling to Turkey on family trips since the 1960's . My father was born and raised in Istanbul just after the new Republic of Turkey was established by Ataturk in 1922. My father, Tevfik Kamil Kutay, hopped on a ship from Turkey headed to New York and then across the US to study architecture at Berkeley. He was 19 years old when his ship left Europe September 1939 the day of the German invasion of Poland so...
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The Sweet Smell of Travel: Can You Smell it?

"The first condition of understanding a foreign country is to smell it." - Rudyard Kipling   Floral offerings in India A destination is experienced with all senses, but we have to agree with Mr. Kipling that smell and travel have a particularly strong connection. It’s the sliver of a foreign place that you can always discern, even somewhere completely familiar and mundane; the faintest hint of jasmine in a local floral shop will suddenly conjure strong, vivid memories of balmy nights in Southern India, even if explored long ago. I like to think of it as our mind imprinting a destination by what it notices first, much like baby animals do when they open their eyes; they never forget the first thing that comes into focus. The travel experts at Wildland Adventures share some of their strongest travel/aroma associations: “Upon my first visit to Eastern Africa , I instantly picked up...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
In the rain forest it's like you can smell the oxygen. That fresh air combined with the scent of decomposition makes me relax and ... Read More
Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:30
Guest — Jonathan Burnham
Great blog post! I always enjoy when a memory from a trip is inspired by a smell.
Thursday, 11 July 2013 06:07
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