Sherry Howland has focused her life around conservation, adventure travel and the ecotourism industry. She has traveled extensively throughout the world including numerous Wildland Adventures to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Patagonia and personal explorations to Alaska, Europe, Jordan, Egypt and living in Turkey for a year crewing...

Sherry Howland has focused her life around conservation, adventure travel and the ecotourism industry. She has traveled extensively throughout the world including numerous Wildland Adventures to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, Peru, Patagonia and personal explorations to Alaska, Europe, Jordan, Egypt and living in Turkey for a year crewing aboard a gulet on the Turquoise Coast. Sherry is a dedicated travel pro with extensive experience in customer service and ecotourism planning and development, and including event planning and management as Tourism Development Manager for the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau. Sherry contributes her professional editorial skills at Wildland, having worked several years as an online editor, writer and consultant. She has served on the Board of Directors for IGTOA (International Galapagos Tour Operators Association), advancing the cause of conservation and sustainable tourism in the archipelago. In her personal life, Sherry volunteered as a Keeper's Aid at Woodland Park Zoo’s feline unit, assists in cooking demonstrations at her local organic farmers market, and dances regularly with various Brazilian Samba and West African groups in Seattle.

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How to plan a trip to the Galapagos

If you’re like most aspiring Galapagos adventurers I encounter, you have Googled and looked at countless brochures and website after website about the iconic Galapagos Islands, only to become more confused. So many yachts, islands, itineraries! And what’s all this about naturalist guide ratings? When I initially speak with my Galapagos travelers, I try to zero in on the following: · When are you traveling? The Galapagos Islands don’t adhere to “normal” rules of weather cycles, so don’t try to fit them into our seasons. They are governed by ocean currents more than anything. · Are you motion-sensitive? PLEASE don’t allow the fear of seasickness to put you off a Galapagos voyage! There are steps we can take to alleviate the effects – from choosing a calm weather period to finding a yacht and cabin location that will lessen the effects of “sway.” The trip itinerary can make all the difference,...
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Larger than life trip to Jordan

Once in awhile, something comes along that truly fires the imagination, capturing a long-buried fantasy. For me, that idea can be found alive & well in our Bedouin Trek to Petra, and I believe this is what the good folks at National Geographic Traveler also recognized when they selected the Trek for their 2013 “50 Tours of a Lifetime.” Petra itself is every American kid’s holy grail – a fabulous, larger-than-life “lost city” hidden away behind steep, impenetrable walls. Add to that the notion of reaching this object of desire by way of trekking across rocky mountain passes, through brilliant sandstone river valleys, and camping with Bedouins –Bedouins, for petes sake! - under starry desert skies, and you have the stuff of every adventurous day dreamer’s dearest fantasy. But of course a successful trip is not made of fantasy alone, and with the Bedouin Trek to Petra’s seamless support structure, comfortable...
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Nat Geo Honors Bedouin Trek to Petra

 Excitement reigns/rains at Wildland Adventures this week! For the fifth time, National Geographic Traveler has named one of our trips among its “50 Tours of a Lifetime!” Our Bedouin Trek to Petra claimed its place on the list, and this is indeed a well-deserved honor. Our trekking guide extraordinaire, Yamaan Safady, offers Wildland Adventurers a unique and privileged exploration of his ancient country and its history. This is an exhilarating journey through a spectacular landscape rarely seen by outsiders capped by entry to the fabled Nabatean city of Petra via the breathtaking Monastery. Perhaps equally important, Yamaan introduces travelers to today’s Jordan, a dynamic kingdom of mixed cultures and inhabitants, both strikingly modern yet timeless all at once. Jordan retains its place as a vital crossroads of humanity even today. I invite you to join us and Yamaan on that path this year, and find out why National Geographic and Wildland...
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Traveling Women - International Women's Day

At Wildland Adventures, we strongly believe that travel is not a luxury so much as a human right. Maybe even an obligation to be a good, informed world citizen. And I believe, as a woman, that may be even more true for our sex. I have traveled solo the majority of my life time on the road. Sometimes that raises eyebrows, but more often than not I see it as an advantage. People open up more to a woman, you’re welcomed inside and trusted more readily. Why? While I may have ideas, I can’t definitively answer that. But I’m thankful for it!  The women I meet – especially those in very male-dominated cultures – are incredibly curious about my life and want to know how and why I came to be traveling alone, “With no husband??” Unbelievable!! I like to think it moves them to question the status quo just a...
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Who wouldn't love this job?

While it might seem obvious to most observers outside the adventure travel industry, there are myriad reasons to love what we do here at Wildland Adventures. Sure, the travel is a major part of that enjoyment – who wouldn’t love catching a yacht in the Galapagos Islands and hiking through the tropical rainforest's of South America, or trekking with Bedouins across the Jordanian canyon lands?  But that’s only the most glaring – and glamorous - advantage of what we do. It’s the smaller, daily reinforcements that keep us coming back to our desks, and working long hours into the evening and holidays to make sure reservations are made, trekking permits are secured, yacht cabins are the right fit for a family of 6 – or 30! Things like a short email from a lovely young couple finally reserving a long-awaited and hard-earned vacation, saying “I just jumped around a bunch in my...
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