Getting After the Wild

Our Marketing Manager is a worldwide adventurer, always seeking opportunities to share the deeper experiences that define the 'Wild Style' of travel.  California grown, Jonathan got an early start exploring the world: "My Dad was always keen to take me into the wilderness and showed me not only how to protect and maintain our wildlands, but...

Our Marketing Manager is a worldwide adventurer, always seeking opportunities to share the deeper experiences that define the 'Wild Style' of travel.  California grown, Jonathan got an early start exploring the world: "My Dad was always keen to take me into the wilderness and showed me not only how to protect and maintain our wildlands, but also how to survive in them." Jonathan's passion for adventure travel has taken him far from home throughout Europe, down under, into South America, and to all the major national parks of the western states leading trips, competing in international snowboard events, searching for the best places for rock climbing, and studying Spanish. He launched his career in the adventure travel world as a professional guide and marketing specialist utilizing his field experiences with guests and his communication prowess to develop meaningful marketing geared to savvy travelers. 

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If You Really Want to Get to Know a Destination

Traveling with a guide The importance of traveling with a guide
The travel industry as a whole is always marketing "cultural" experiences but what does that really mean? Typically, and sadly enough, that usually means just visiting a cultural spot with no opportunity to connect in a meaningful way and with just a short glimpse into the lives of a handful of people. If you really want to...
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Dinner with Dina - An Egyptian Meal Fit for the Pharaohs

Egyptian cuisine at it's finest.
We're all searching for authentic cultural experiences when we travel but there's one particular type of experience that stands out amongst the rest and when you find it you've found the holy grail of travel. Food! And I'm not talking about a good restaurant, I'm talking a real home-cooked meal made from scratch, with recipes passed down ...
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Traveling to the Azores Archipelago

Traveling to the Azores Archipelago
I am currently on a train heading to Vancouver to catch my flight to the Azores. The Azores is one of the two autonomous regions of Portugal, an archipelago composed of nine volcanic islands in the North Atlantic Ocean about 850 mi west of continental Portugal. Wildland doesn't currently go to Azores but my mission to find out everything these...
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Trending in Travel - 2017 Edition

Trending in Travel - 2017 Edition
We've read many opinions as of late about the new and upcoming trends in adventure. So we queried our greatest resource, our world-class Wild Alumni! Following is a list of vacation fodder that's trending in 2017. One thing we know for sure, from remote African safaris and Baffin Island expeditions, to emerging destinations like Myanmar and Cuba, w...
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How to Train Last Minute for a Big Adventure

How to Train Last Minute for a Big Adventure
Several months ago my co-workers and I decided to climb Washington's tallest peak, Mt. Rainier, which stands at 14,416'. Our goal was to use this climb to fundraise to bring solar power to five schools in Nepal that were devastated by the 2015 earthquake. I'm a very active person and have climbed some tall peaks, but climbing Mt. Rainier was by far my biggest objective to date. On top of that, my fellow co-workers are incredible athletes with a lot more experience in mountaineering and I wanted to make sure I could compete. My goal was to keep up my normal routine, and then train hard for the last two months before the climb. Unfortunately, I just didn't have extra time to start my training in June, so when July 1st came around, I knew I had to step up my game . Here is an outline of the five steps...
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10 Patagonia Panoramas That Will Leave You Breathless

10 Patagonia Panoramas That Will Leave You Breathless

Let me start by saying Patagonia is by far the most beautiful place I have ever been and I have the photos to prove it! Here are 10 panoramas from my amazing hiking trips in Patagonia.

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Camera Gear For Adventure Photography

Camera Gear For Adventure Photography
Probably the coolest aspect of my job, aside from traveling the world, is the opportunity to document my trips with photos and video. Luckily for me, I’m really into photography. When I was in college, I got started taking photos of skiing and snowboarding. Then I began packing my DSLR on all of my trips and I’m absolutely sure that submitting photos from my adventures helped me land my current job. Now photography and videography are a large part of what I do and magazines like AFAR have featured my work. This year I've been on two work trips and I've decided to share a bit about my gear for the budding photographers out there. My first trip was 3 weeks of adventures in Southeast Asia and the most recent trip was a 3 week trip to Chile to attend the Adventure Travel World Summit. The following photo won the adventure photo contest...
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Exploring the Kuang Si Falls in Laos

Exploring the Kuang Si Falls in Laos
Let me start by saying that seeing the Kuang Si Waterfall was part of an incredible three-week custom trip to Southeast Asia with Wildland Adventures that I just returned from this week. We visited the Kuang Si Falls on our last day in Laos and it was the perfect way to wrap up our time there. The falls consist of a 200 ft cascading travertine waterfall with several small falls and pools found below. The falls are about a 35-minute drive from Luang Prabang and then just a couple minutes of walking will get you there. This is a very easy spot to get to, which means it can get a little busy... So, make sure you get there early to really be able to take in all of its beauty.  Starting from the entrance you'll walk by several pools on your way up to the falls, each one with its own variation of electric turquoise...
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10 photos and a video you won't Belize

10 photos and a video you won't Belize
Who knew that 2014 had surprises left...turns out that the highlight of my year was just last week on a last minute trip to Belize. Belize has always been on my list, but it ended up being more than I could have ever hoped for! The people, history, culture, music, wildlife, BEACHES.... How can you not be stoked when within two hours of being in a new country you are swimming with green sea turtles, spotted eagle rays and nurse sharks. Belize it! Enjoy these 10 photos and a video from my unBelizeable adventure... 1. Nightlife: I left my camera shutter open and to my amazement this is what came out, just goes to show how deep our connections in Belize are. 2. My alarm clock: The only thing better than waking up to a Mayan sunrise is waking up to howler monkeys with a Mayan sunrise as the backdrop! Not only did...
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I want to talk about my underwear

I want to talk about my underwear
This gear review has been a long time coming, for the past 4 years I've trusted ExOfficio GIVE-N-GO boxer briefs on every adventure I've been on. It honestly doesn't matter what type of adventure it is, I always make sure to pack my GIVE-N-GO boxer briefs. From camel rides in the Sahara to sleeping in snow dens in the backcountry of Montana, I know I've got a solid pair of underwear that will keep me dry and warm when it matters. More importantly, for the last half dozen international trips I have only packed 2-3 pairs of ExOfficio boxers for my entire trip. The beauty of these boxers is they are extremely quick drying, I am able to wash them at night in the shower and have a fresh pair of boxers in the morning. Plus, they are odor resistant with Aegis® Microbe Shield™ to eliminate odor-causing bacteria in fabric so I stay extra fresh on those long...
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Here here... These are hands down the best undies ever!!
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The Up For Anything Shirt

The Up For Anything Shirt
I have been meaning to write a gear review about my favorite shirt for a long time because my ExOfficio Reef Runner™ Shirt absolutely deserves a shout out. It has stood up to everything I've thrown at it; not only has it stood up to the test, but it's the only shirt that I feel like I could literally wear anywhere and in any situation. This shirt has been with me while guiding trips around the world, journeying across the Sahara, backpacking through our National Parks, downhill mountain biking in Canada, salsa dancing in Madrid's discotecas and even doing a "Man Test" in Montana. On this adventure I took only my ExOfficio shirt, a pair of pants and a furry Montana hat and headed out into the backcountry to see if I could survive with nothing else. I've even worn this shirt going out on first dates! If that doesn't show faith in a product, then...
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How to Make Local Connections in Morocco

How to Make Local Connections in Morocco
I would say the single most difficult thing about planning a trip is finding an authentic cultural experience with the locals and I'm not talking about pulling over in a small town to buy some souvenirs. I'm talking about a real sincere opportunity to get to know the locals, without artifice and without a script. By far my favorite memories have been getting the chance to get to know the locals and experience their daily life. Finding that local connection is especially arduous when planning a trip to Morocco. Morocco is undeniably a beautiful and fascinating country, but not the easiest place to find an authentic experience. It's really important if your planning to travel to Morocco that you go with a travel company that really knows Morocco well and more importantly, has amazing guides.  Having a local guide that you can trust is the true key to a successful trip in Morocco. Luckily for me when...
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Jonathan Burnham your post is amazing and worthy. Everyone keep interest in travling and to assist with such type of stuff is real... Read More
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Top 5 Reasons to Head to Costa Rica With my Padre

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 Rica;...
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Great blog JB! I hope you and your pops have fun together - traveling with a family member you don't often get to see otherwise th... Read More
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Kurt Kutay
Among the best of trips I ever did was to Costa Rica with my son especially to surf camp together for a week. Ever since then we s... Read More
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Among the best of trips I ever did was to Costa Rica with my son especially to surf camp together for a week. Ever since then we s... Read More
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Travelers Make Better Lovers

Travelers Make Better Lovers
This photo really does says it all, traveling with your love is one of the most powerful experiences you can have togehter. When I took this photo I was traveling with a girlfriend and when we stumbled upon this sign it really made us realize how lucky we were to be traveling the world together. By far my best trips and memories have been spent traveling with someone I love. No matter what level or state the relationship was in, traveling together strenghted our bond. Traveling also gives you a chance to take your relationship to new heights. It gives you all the elements you need to build a better and stronger relationship: lots of time together (which, with our busy schedules doesn't happen as oftern as we like.), unforgettable memories, new expeirences, a reason to spoil each other and most importantly... it gives you a chance to leave all you...
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The New Morocco

The New Morocco
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 most...
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10 Photos from Morocco that are sure to make you smile

10 Photos from Morocco that are sure to make you smile
I recently set out on a two week reconnaissance mission to Morocco with the objective of searching for new routes and making deeper connections with the locals. I accomplished my goal and we are excited to announce we have redesigned our trips to Morocco, including new expert local guides who are your personal connection to the people and places you visit. Also expect to see plenty more photos and incredible stories from my trip to Morocco.   This was my second trip to Morocco, but the difference this time was the accompaniment of a local guide. With his help I found some extraordinary places which gave deeper insight into the culture, traditions and history of this marvelous country. From incredible adventure activities like sandboarding in the Sahara to authentic cultural experiences such as dinner with local Berbers, it was truly a trip of a lifetime. I sincerely hope everyone gets the chance to explore...
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A wild taste from Morocco: Matbucha

A wild taste from Morocco: Matbucha
I just got back from a two week trip to Morocco and the day I returned I had to make one of my favorite dishes, matbucha. Matbucha is an appetizer which is pretty much what we would call salsa, but Moroccans call it a salad. Today at the office I ran a taste test just to make sure this was ready to suggest as a wild recipe and the staff gave it two-thumbs up! Matbucha Recipe:Ingredients 10 tomatoes (diced) 2 Bell peppers (diced) 1-2 Jalapeños (diced) 1/2 an onion, 1 onion if you love onions. (diced) 1-2 cloves of garlic - if you love garlic add two. (diced) 1 Tbsp of paprika 1 Tbsp of salt 2 Tbsp of sugar 1/3 Cup extra virgin olive oilOptional Ingredients: 1 Tbsp of turmeric 1-2 Tbsp of chili peppers - depends if you want some heat, typically you don't add chili peppers. 1 Tbsp of Ras el hanout -...
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Looks similar to the kind of delicious vegetable mezes in Turkey, but then it's all part of Mediterrean cuisine. Thanks for sharin... Read More
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Headed to Morocco

Headed to Morocco
  I love everything about traveling, including the journey to get to where I'm going. My trip to Morocco started with a flight from Seattle to Frankfurt and something I have always enjoyed about flying is looking out the window. For me it's better than tv, as I flew over the cascades and the Canadian Rockies I couldn't help but dream about climbing all the great peaks I saw. Then I was lucky enough to watch an electric sunrise over Iceland. Once I landed in Frankfurt I decided to make the most of my layover and take the train into the city to explore. But before I did anything I got myself a nice big pretzel and that hit the spot after my long flight. In Frankfurt I found some beautiful churches, nice parks and some pretty incredible architecture. Unfortunately I didn't have much time to explore more, but nonetheless spending...
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The TAP Challenge

The TAP Challenge
What is the TAP challenge? Well let me first explain what TAP is, TAP stands for Travelers Against Plastic. A non-profit that encourages travelers and tour operators to travel more sustainably by simply traveling with a reusable water bottle. Wildland Adventures is a co-founder of TAP and a strong believer in creating sustainable travel options that leave little or no impact on the destinations we visit. As travelers we have a global responsibility to protect the people, places and cultures we visit. There are thousands of ways we can all live a more sustainable lifestyle, but it all starts with the right habits. One simple way to start is by always using a reusable bottle, when you travel and while at home. It just makes sense! I think in just a couple of years people are going to look back and wonder what the heck were we thinking wasting all of...
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Costa Rica has great drinking water in most areas. I took the pledge to never again get single-use water bottles on my local trav... Read More
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
What a great challenge. I'm going to do the same on my upcoming trip to Africa, although I'm not going to the Sahara desert or the... Read More
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New Family Adventure Vacations

New Family Adventure Vacations
2013 has brought many new family adventure vacations to the Wildland collection and we couldn't be more excited to share these new experiences with adventurous families. We spent last year traveling around the globe searching for new destinations and making new connections, so that we could handcraft the adventures families were asking for. Our new trips for 2013 are the perfect blend of adventure travel mixed with our signature 'Wild style' of meaningful cultural encounters and active explorations all the while staying in boutique accommodations that encompass the local hospitality and way of life. This type of travel is perfect for families wanting to make the most of their travel time by choosing adventures that also serve as educational experiences for young travelers.  With out without further adieu here's what's new for family adventure travel in 2013.   Our Nicaragua Family Adventure offers 9 days to explore the natural beauty and colonial charm that is...
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Getting Romantic in the Galápagos

Getting Romantic in the Galápagos
Working in the adventure travel industry you come across some incredible places and hear some pretty amazing stories. Today I wanted to share an incredible place with an amazing story. The photo above is of the Galápagos Safari Camp on Santa Cruz Island and I think it might be the most romantic spot I've been to. This past spring I had the opportunity to travel to Ecuador and stay at the Galápagos Safari Camp for a few nights and it was a truly remarkable experience. I have stayed in some luxury hotels around the world and I would choose staying in a safari camp like this over a 5* luxury hotel in the middle of a city any day of the week.First off you get to be out in nature and you really can't beat that! Second the tents are awesome, it is like staying in a really nice hotel but you get to...
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It's been too long since I was in Galapagos last. I need to go meet Michael and Stephanie in their home, along with all their anim... Read More
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Far From The End

Far From The End
If you are reading this chances are the world didn't end today! But it did provide a chance to poke fun at all this end of the world junk. These are a few of my favorites I've seen. We also had some fun with this at Wildland and ran a survey asking people where they would go if the world was really going to end. And the winner goes to....... a safari in Africa was the overwhelming favorite, with trekking in Patagonia coming in second and seeing tigers in India sneaking into third place. Now with all this rubbish out of the way, it's a good time to start planning for the future. Even though all of this end of the world stuff was pretty ridiculous, it does get you thinking that life is too short and who knows... maybe a fiery asteroid might just come hurtling at earth one day. When I got...
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Hiking in Patagonia - End of the World

Hiking in Patagonia - End of the World
I got asked where would I go if the world was really coming to an end December 21, 2012.   This could possibly be the toughest question to ask someone whose passion is adventure travel. I pondered between choosing somewhere new or returning to a place that I love for a while and I have to give in to my desire for exploration and go somewhere new. If it was truly the end of the world I would go hiking in Patagonia. I’ve spent my whole life dreaming about it, so why not take advantage of my last chance to see it. I would go because I love the mountains and Patagonia has some of the most gorgeous ones you can find. To see and climb Cordillera del Paine in Torres del Paine National Park would be quite the way to go out. I would want to bring my Dad who instilled my...
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My Gorilla Trekking Dream

My Gorilla Trekking Dream
     As Wildland Adventures Marketing Manager one of the hardest parts of my job is reading amazing itineraries, listening to guests and staff share trip memories and looking at extraordinary photos from far off destinations all day. I know what you're thinking "Tuff life dude," but let me explain. After a long day at work all I ever do is dream about work every night, I think that should count as overtime if you ask me!One adventure that frequently appears in my dreams is our Ultimate Uganda Gorilla Adventure. As a photographer, wildlife junkie and adventurer I think gorilla trekking in Uganda would be a true life changing experience. It has all the ingredients for an epic adventure: an exotic destination off the beaten path, unbelievable wildlife experiences and plenty of diverse landscapes. Even the accommodations on this trip blow my mind, a mixture of 5 different lodges, camps and hotels that...
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Guest — Jonathan Burnham
I would love to not only go with Jeff, but to have him as my guide would be an epic adventure.
Wednesday, 28 November 2012 06:06
Guest — Tad
Those sound like sweet dreams! Trekking with gorillas is amazing and in many ways, life changing. You should join Jeff on his next... Read More
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Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted

Tiger Tourism Ban Lifted
  First off I wanted to share some Tiger facts before we got down to business about the Tiger tourism ban. Tigers can reach up to 11ft and are the heaviest cats in the wild weighing up to 660lbs!!! Three of the nine subspecies of the modern tiger are now extinct and the remaining six are all classified as endangered species. India is home to approximately half of the world’s tiger population, with an estimated 1,700 in the country. The current range of the tiger is only 7% of what it used to be, which brings us into our discussion about the Tiger tourism ban.On July 24, the Supreme Court banned tourists from the core areas of parks where tigers are believed to breed and hunt. They passed an interim order disallowing tourism to Tiger reserves until another direction to further question the manner in which the country protected areas are...
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Going Wild

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Hello fellow adventurers, My name is Jonathan Burnham and I am the newest member of the Wildand team. I will be the Marketing Manager here and I am ecstatic about going Wild. Trust me when I say you are going to see plenty of blogs from me covering everything from my travels with Wildland to news about what's going on in the adventure travel world. I figured since I'm the new kid on the blog I'd give you a little background about myself. I was born and raised in Southern California. Family travel was real important growing up and my Dad took me to visit National and State Parks all over the country, giving me the opportunity to learn about the diversity of natural habitats and their importance firsthand. I can say from experience that getting the opportunity to actually see how icebergs are made by calving glaciers in Alaska or how over a billion years of geologic processes formed...
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Going Wild!

Going Wild!
  Hello fellow adventurers, My name is Jonathan Burnham and I am the newest member of the Wildand team. I will be the Marketing Manager here and I am ecstatic about going Wild. Trust me when I say you are going to see plenty of blogs from me covering everything from my travels with Wildland to news about what's going on in the adventure travel world. I figured since I'm the new kid on the blog I'd give you a little background about myself. I was born and raised in Southern California. Family travel was real important growing up and my Dad took me to visit National and State Parks all over the country, giving me the opportunity to learn about the diversity of natural habitats and their importance firsthand. I can say from experience that getting the opportunity to actually see how icebergs are made by calving glaciers in Alaska or how over a billion years of...
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Congrats on the big moves Jon!! Looking forward to hearing about all your new adventures!! -Buenas Suerte Dude!
Wednesday, 10 October 2012 13:56
Guest — aldo
Guys I can tell you. You can honestly rely on this traveler for sure. Tuve el placer de conocerle en España y es el mejor! Jon go ... Read More
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