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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Part 1: A Closer Look at Elephants & People in Zimbabwe

A Closer Look at travel to Zimbabwe
​"They are coming here next to go after Zim's elephants," he said. "It's a mafia network of spies with connections at all levels of society. We're ramping up to do all we can to stop them." I was at the Victoria Falls airport a few years ago on a custom safari in Zimbabwe when I unknowingly struck up a conversation with an attaché of the U.S. embas...
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Kutay Family Adventure to Colombia

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In early April, Anne and I met our son Tarek in Medellin. He was headed north concluding a 3 month backpack adventure through Chile and Argentina, so we planned to meet in Colombia for a 12-day family adventure from coast to coast. Colombia borders two continents and two seas, bridging incredible biodiversity, cinematically colorful ...
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A Closer Look With Kurt Kutay | Travel To Cuba

A Closer Look at Cuba
 ​If you've not yet been to Cuba, I suggest you take a closer look! Here's why you should travel to Cuba: Since Cuba opened to American travelers, 2016 was a record year for tourist arrivals on the island. Airlines had high hopes, cruise ships added Cuban ports of call, and institutional travel like Smithsonian and National Geographic add...
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Is it Safe to Travel to Colombia?

Is it Safe to Travel to Colombia
Each month as part of my Closer Look Series I'll be answering questions from our alumni. This month Wildland Alumni S. Harrison asked: Is it safe to travel to Colombia?By all means, everywhere we travel in Colombia it is as safe as it is traveling in any other Andean country, with the exception of Venezuela. Neither do you need to be concerned...
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Digging for Gastronomic Gold in Istria, Croatia

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Commonly referred to as the "Tuscany of Croatia", the remote Istrian Peninsula (across the Adriatic from Italy) is the perfect place for a Croatian culinary adventure. Once chosen by ancient Romans as the most important territory in the empire for wine and olive oil production, Istria is now a hub of adventure activities. Cycle&...
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