A Life in Travel

The founding President and CEO of Wildland Adventures and the director of the non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust. He has traveled and guided throughout the world since 1975. Kurt completed an M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan after conducting research in the National Parks of Costa Rica. He has also worked on...

The founding President and CEO of Wildland Adventures and the director of the non-profit Travelers Conservation Trust. He has traveled and guided throughout the world since 1975. Kurt completed an M.S. degree in Natural Resources from the University of Michigan after conducting research in the National Parks of Costa Rica. He has also worked on international programs for the U.S. National Park Service. Kurt has authored a chapter on adventure travel for Fodor's guide books and published numerous articles on ecotourism. As a recognized industry pioneer in adventure travel and ecotourism, he has served on numerous professional boards and conservation organizations including The International Ecotourism Society, the International Galapagos Tour Operators Association, the Maasai Environmental Resource Coalition of East Africa, and the Adventure Travel Trade Association.

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5 Ways to Travel Slower

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Slow Travel?Vacation...the limited time you have to leave home and experience a new locale and all of the natural and cultural wonders it brings is just that...limited time. But we understand, the initial response when planning a trip is to squeeze in as many experiences as you can within that timeframe. When the Neumann family was planning th...
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Adventure Therapy | 4 Ways to a More Soul-filling Trip

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 "The hikes in Peru were beautiful, remote, and challenging. It was refreshing to not be surrounded by other tourists, to be in nature and to be off the beaten path " - Karlis R. Wildland AlumniThe joie de vivre and rejuvenation of a well-planned trip is when travel becomes "Adventure Therapy." As travel writer Pico Ay...
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An Argentina Pena | Romina Cortez Sings Her Heart Out

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I love Argentine music and even used to play in an Argentine folk group in college, so I couldn't wait until we went to our first pena at La Casona del Molino. A pena in South America, especially in Argentina and Chile, is a cheap, popular venue where folk music is played and simple food and drink are served in a casual, friendly environ. Usually m...
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Seven Ways We Give You A Closer Look At Turkey

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‚ÄčAmong all the Wildland Adventures in the world, our trips to Turkey consistently receive rave reviews from our travelers as the most memorable trips of their lifetime. Here's what two Wildland travelers had to say about their overall experience. "I've visited perhaps 20 countries in the last 20 years, and the 3 weeks we spent with Wildland Ad...
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Welcome to Urunlu Village in Turkey

Welcome to Urunlu Village in Turkey
Welcome to Urunlu, a small Turkish village in the Taurus Mountains above the Mediterranean coast of Turkey. For the past 25 years we have been the invited guests of the Topkara family where we spend the night in their summer home en route from Cappadocia to the coast on our Turquoise Coast Odyssey. When we first made arrangements to stay with the Topkara family in their village home in 1989, Shefika and her husband made all the arrangements and their young children were delighted to have foreign guests coming to stay. On one Wildland trip, when the multigenerational Whitmore family arrived with their 10-year-old grandson the Topkara's grandson, Onur, who was also 10 at that time  took his new American friend by the hand and they disappeared down cobblestone pathways to explore and play in the village together.Today, Shefika and her husband since have passed away. Their three sons, Naim, Nazif and...
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