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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Unlocking the hidden side of Melbourne after dark

Unlocking the hidden side of Melbourne after dark
Melbourne is the restaurant culinary and cocktail capital of Australia so after a guided walking tour of the lanes and arcades by day with Hidden Secret Tours, we headed back out to discover the al fresco eateries, cozy bars and music clubs nestled side-by-side in laneways that thread throughout the city. Here’s a sampling of what we found one night on the town in Melbourne. Shebeen Bar and Restaurant on Manchester Lane donates 100% of profits to the developing world so no matter how much you drink at their bar they guarantee you’ll wake up the next day feeling good! The night started with Tommy’s Jalapeno Margarita with cilantro and chile, and a Pepino Pisco sour with cucumber and fresh mint.   Dinner was just a few steps up the way on Manchester Lane at Maccaroni Trattoria, everyone’s favorite new Italian eatery with a warm, homey feel of classic family dishes served by Francesco,...
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The high side of down under: The Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia

The high side of down under: The Bridge Climb in Sydney, Australia
Sydneysiders, as they are called, see the Sydney Harbor Bridge as more than an iconic landmark. They drive it, walk it, drift under it, and we saw many of them stop to pose momentarily in its golden shadow at sunset.   For the visitor to Sydney Harbor, it’s ever present and in most pictures of the city, and with a little zoom lens you can see groups of climbers constantly ascending one side and down the other.  We scheduled our climb the last day in the city, so for two days prior we watched and photographed teams of about 10-12 persons streaming up and down starting ascents from 8 AM to 8 PM.   Every visitor is in awe of the bridge, and most are in awe of the many people who climb it. So, of course, we couldn’t resist either. Anne was nervous until she saw what an amazing operation The Bridge Climb is...
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Heres what the first 24 hours of our Endless Summer Downunder looks like

Heres what the first 24 hours of our Endless Summer Downunder looks like
What a breeze flying from LAX departing at 10 PM, in the air for 14 hours getting a solid night's rest and arriving Sydney at 7 AM, 3 movies in with just a 5 hour time difference. Flying Virgin Australia in Premium Economy (roomy seats with same Biz Class in-flight service) certainly helped make the trans-Pacific crossing easy too.  8 AM: We headed straight from the airport to a beautiful coastal trail in Royal National Park just 45 minutes from the city. 12 Noon: Our Aussie angel, Sheree Knickel, a friend and guide at Longitude 131 one of the Luxury Lodges of Australia (Ulhuru), took us to the beach for a swim by high noon.2PM: Checked into our room with a view of Syndey Harbor at the spectacular Intercontinental, centrally located in the hub of Circular Quay with views of the water, Sydney Opera House, and spectacular waterfront suburbs.4 PM:Dining harborside in the epicenter of Sydney...
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How to be a Romantic Traveler

How to be a Romantic Traveler
I am a hopeless romantic. After all, I have the whole, wild beautiful world as my stage to share my love with Anne. Together through our own 30-year traveling romance we've danced around the world sharing our adventures as newlyweds on honeymoon in Costa Rica, leading family adventures raising our son, and now as empty-nesters and grandparents.I have some sage advice on love and adventure, whether you're looking to propose, keeping your love alive as parents traveling together with the kids, or if you are empty nesters looking for renewed romance. Here are my top 9 romantic travel tips (with a special bonus at the end) for romancing on your next adventure.1. Be out in nature together.On our honeymoon in Costa Rica I took Anne to a special place where I could kiss her under a waterfall cascading out of the rainforest onto a pristine tropical beach. Unforgettable. I can still...
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Spectacled Bear Spotted in Machu Picchu Sanctuary!

Spectacled Bear Spotted in Machu Picchu Sanctuary!
We are so excited to hear that an Andean Spectacled Bear was spotted on Thursday, November 25th by a group of Italian tourists on the last day of their Inca Trail Trek. Check out the video they captured: This threatened species is the only native South American bear whose habitat extends from Panama through Argentina. It's largest population resides in the Peruvian Andes. Many of our guests traveling with Wildland Adventures to Peru have helped us make a difference for the Andean bear by supporting local research and conservation efforts.    Fun facts about the Andean Bear: • Andean bears are among the least known and most vulnerable of the eight bear species in the world.  • About the size of an American black bear, the Andean bear spends a lot of time in trees searching for fruit. • Also known as Spectacled bears, these charismatic creatures have unique markings around...
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