Kirsten inherited her sense of wanderlust from her parents; her mother was in President Kennedy’s first class of Peace Corps volunteers (stationed in Lesotho) and then traveled throughout the African continent as a single woman. Having traveled to over thirty countries in less than three decades, Kirsten is particularly passionate about...

Kirsten inherited her sense of wanderlust from her parents; her mother was in President Kennedy’s first class of Peace Corps volunteers (stationed in Lesotho) and then traveled throughout the African continent as a single woman. Having traveled to over thirty countries in less than three decades, Kirsten is particularly passionate about Southeast Asia and South America, areas that share the appeal of vibrant cultures and history, genuine hospitality, savory cuisine and boundless opportunities for active adventures off the beaten path. A former program director at Wildland Adventures, Kirsten is now a professional guide.

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Los Glacieres National Park Tightens Age Restrictions for Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking

Los Glacieres National Park Tightens Age Restrictions for Perito Moreno Glacier Trekking
National Park Authorities in Argentina have recently mandated a strict adherence to the age restriction guidelines that were previously not enforced for travelers embarking on the Mini Trekking or Big Ice Expedition trek on Perito Moreno Glacier.  Of the more than 350 glaciers within Los Glacieres National Park, Perito Moreno Glacier is easily the most famous due to its massive size (more than four miles across and a height of over 180' above the water level), the high frequency at which it calves and the accessibility.  It is one of the few places in the world where individuals without previous mountain experience can don crampons and hike along the glacier's surface, exploring crevasses, ice caves and shallow pools, after just a quick catamaran ride across the lake and a short approach hike.  Previously, age restrictions were not enforced and travelers with good physical fitness could participate at the discretion of the...
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My Long Distance Love Affair With Burma

Burma (or Myanmar) and I have had a passionate, long-distance love affair since I first set foot in the country in 2005 . At the time I was a travel neophyte, but quickly getting a heady dose of the globe while sailing around the world with Semester at Sea. Ours was the first sailing to visit Yangon since the 1997 US embargo and it felt rebellious and a little dangerous to step off that boat and onto the marshy banks of the Irrawaddy River. Men on mopeds wearing long, tube skirts that I didn’t yet know were longyis and drivers of rusted WWII era freight trucks hauling enormous trunks of teak trees pulled over to gaze curiously at the large ship. Our vessel was alone and seemingly out of place at the small antiquated river jetty. Tourism wasn’t happening in Burma at the time. Unlike the ports we had embarked upon...
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The Varied Barrios of Buenos Aires

Argentina’s up-all-night capital is divided into 48 distinctive neighborhoods (known as barrios) each with a unique personality and history. Where you decide to base yourself depends on what type of traveler you are and the kind of hotel you prefer. Following is a rundown of a few of the most popular neighborhoods for travelers to stay in and our favorite hotels located within each. Use this guide to determine where you want to stay in Buenos Aires on a custom-designed trip to Argentina ! The Barrio: San Telmo  Profile: The gritty, historical heart of Buenos Aires; there’s a lot of romance beneath the grime and graffiti that decorates many a buildings. Behind every weathered door you might find a marble-tiled courtyard or secret garden dating from colonial times. San Telmo is the oldest barrio in Buenos Aires and dates back to the 17th century. It has, throughout the years, been a...
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Jonathan Burnham
Awesome blog post Kirsten, really informative!
Wednesday, 11 December 2013 11:57
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Q & A with Women's Travel Leader Sheri Goodwin

Sheri Goodwin, a women's health and wellness coach, is leading a special  women's-only trekking adventure to Machu  Picchu in July of 2014 .  Based out of Seattle's Greenlake neighborhood, Sheri provides customized personal training, energy healing and wellness therapy geared towards helping women become healthier, look and feel better, regain energy and experience increased confidence. Many of Sheri's clients contact her with a specific goal in mind, such as getting in shape to  climb Kilimanjaro , run a marathon or embark on a challenging trek in Peru. We sat down with Sheri to find out what inspires her to lead other women on life-changing adventures around the globe!   1.) What made you want to become a trip leader?  I started my travels working on a cruise ship in the Caribbean and helped engage passengers with games of shuffleboard, ping pong, & volleyball tournaments as well as leading trivia nights, karaoke and dance parties! I left...
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Guest — Hamish Healey
What a great job to have, getting to train and motivate people who want to attempt difficult adventures and improve themselves... Read More
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 07:54
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Hike the Inca Trail With Me!

Hike the Inca Trail during the peak trekking season of April-October, and your experience upon arrival at Machu Picchu may look something like this: Spiritual journey over. Welcome to tourist central, DisneyPicchu! Hike the Inca Trail in December, and you may just have one of those remember-forever moments of solitude at Machu Picchu, where the only object in the way of your perfect shot is a local resident. (Photo credit to Wildland traveler J. Lopinot) In early December, after the majority of the trekking crowd has fallen off for the year, I'll be hiking the Inca Trail and would be excited for you to join me! Our December 5-13, 2013 Inca Trail Trek to Machu Picchu. To sweeten the deal, we are offering a discount of $300 per person which means the following rates for this trip apply: Two travelers: $2995 per person Four travelers: $2650 per person Six or more...
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Guest — Kurt Kutay
This is a great opportunity, not only because of fewer people and a really favorable price. Better yet, trekking with Kirsten will... Read More
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:48
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