A member of our Executive Management Team as Director of Operations, Rachael developed an excitement for travel to exotic places as a child on family vacations to Costa Rica and the ancient ruins in the jungles of Mexico. Fascinated by the interactions between plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, she studied biology and French at...

A member of our Executive Management Team as Director of Operations, Rachael developed an excitement for travel to exotic places as a child on family vacations to Costa Rica and the ancient ruins in the jungles of Mexico. Fascinated by the interactions between plants and animals in tropical ecosystems, she studied biology and French at university, spending a semester abroad in France. Rachael served for three years in the Peace Corps as an agro forestry volunteer in the Gambia, West Africa where she gained a love and understanding of African cultures and learned two local languages. Rachael led her own family on safari in Tanzania and had explored many countries in West Africa, Europe, Central America, as well as Mexico, Alaska, and Morocco before arriving at Wildland Adventures.

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New for Alaska for 2016!

New for Alaska for 2016!
Wait – am I talking about NEXT summer? But this one has barely started! True, but I don’t want you to miss out on an Alaska adventure . I am always amazed at how fast Alaska sells out for the summer and if you want to go on one of our summer 2015 cruises you can choose from… wait for it… THREE cabins between June and when the kids go back to school. Everything else, all nearly 100 cabins over three boats on more than 35 departures this summer are sold out! The good news is that 2016 dates, itineraries, and rates just became available last week. New for 2016: Family pricing available on all departures. Kids between 8 and 13 receive a $500 per child discount. Two new itineraries/ships available this year – Exploring the Wilderness of Muir on the Safari Endeavour featuring a day in the Glacier Bay National...
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How to Choose an Alaska Cruise

How to Choose an Alaska Cruise
Last week I spoke to somebody who was trying to figure out the best way to have his family see Alaska. He was trying to decide between a Disney Cruise and a cruise on the Wilderness Discoverer . Made me think about the difference between large ship vs. small ship cruising. In many travel circles cruising in general has a bad rap. “It’s all about the boat, not where you’re going!” and with the larger ships for the most part that’s true. But it’s not true on a small ship. Here are some differences between our Alaska cruises and a conventional cruise: Our Alaska cruise itineraries do not call on ports, but rather spend time in wilderness areas. Other than the starting and ending point, you will see no recognizable town names on one of our itineraries. There are no “days at sea”. That means that on an 8 day voyage you...
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How to handle a travel emergency in your sleep

How to handle a travel emergency in your sleep
We have guests who are sleeping in a tent on Kilimanjaro right now and we just received a call from Isaac Hilpman at  Exito Travel  that Air Uganda went out of business yesterday. So the flight they booked before they departed  from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, to Entebbe, Uganda 10 days from now no longer exists! Now it’s 12pm in Seattle, 11pm on the mountain, and they’re in the middle of  climbing Kilimanjaro --all 19,000 feet of it, to the roof of Africa. They started their climb yesterday, and will return to Arusha, Tanzania on Sunday. Although there is emergency communication by radio with park rangers, they are otherwise out of touch until then.   So, while they were asleep on the mountain our team immediately went into action. With the assistance of Exito Travel we booked a new flight for them before everyone else on that Air Uganda flight made their alternate arrangements,...
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Travel Gear for Kids: Travel Games

Travel Gear for Kids: Travel Games
Since kids are so immersed in electronics, I try to find things for them to do that are engaging but do not include electricity on our family adventures . My current favorites are made by SmartGames and the kids are excited to try out their Noah’s Ark Travel Game . Pros: It’s about the size of a CD case and folds out to lap size, which means our two kids won’t get in each other’s way.  Each game comes with about 48 levels beginning with “starter” and working up to “master”. Although these games are usually designed for ages 5 and up the master levels are really hard, I have trouble with them and I like logic puzzles! Though designed for one player, the harder levels can be solved more easily if the kids work as a team. So they can take turns for awhile, and then when they get tired...
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The First Step in Family Adventures

Since our children have been born, we’ve traveled. It’s been mostly small things – trips to visit my parents in Lake Tahoe, lots of camping, a road trip from Seattle to Yosemite last summer. We’ve taken them to Hawaii as well, but I’ve been waiting to take them on their first international vacation. I want them to experience somewhere different, but not out of their comfort zone. Somewhere not too far away, but with a good mixture of culture and wildlife.  Now that they’re 6 and 3.5 I think it’s about time. Why now? Honestly, because my youngest is potty trained. Seriously. Also, because I think they’ll remember it now. Cassie, our 6 year old, went to Puerto Rico when she was 14 months old and she remembers none of it. I want their first trip to be something that they remember with their own heads rather than through the photo...
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