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  • Hike the Camino de Costa Rica!

    Part II: The Logistics

    Costa Rica has a new long distance trail that runs from the Caribbean (Atlantic) to the Pacific Ocean. This 16 day, 280 km/175 mi trail takes you through five ecosystems and more than a dozen rural villages not seen by most tourists.

    In fact, the Costa Rica Camino is helping these locals afford to stay in their beloved home towns because they are feeding and housing the thru hikers, and even starting new businesses with optional excursions and classes! It's a "Win-Win" for hikers AND locals!

    But the trail is still new and the infrastructure is just being fleshed out. On today's show (Part I of a two part series), we learn what we will see and experience. In Part I, we learn about the trail itself...what you see and do.

    You can see photos, download Part I, and get complete details on the SHOW NOTE HERE.

    Get FREE Travel Planners! Get access to ALL Active Travel Adventures Travel Planners (and each month you will get an email from Kit with links to all future Travel Planners from the show PLUS all downloads from the companion “How To’ podcast, the Adventure Travel Show. No spam promise - unsubscribe anytime. Get the monthly newsletter here.

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  • Hike the Camino de Costa Rica!

    Costa Rica has a new long distance trail that runs from the Caribbean (Atlantic) to the Pacific Ocean. This 16 day, 280 km/175 mi trail takes you through five ecosystems and more than a dozen rural villages not seen by most tourists.

    In fact, the Costa Rica Camino is helping these locals afford to stay in their beloved home towns because they are feeding and housing the thru hikers, and even starting new businesses with optional excursions and classes! It's a "Win-Win" for hikers AND locals!

    But the trail is still new and the infrastructure is just being fleshed out. On today's show (Part I of a two part series), we learn what we will see and experience, and in Part II, we will learn more of the logistics.

    You can see photos, download Part II, and get complete details on the SHOW NOTE HERE.

    Get FREE Travel Planners! Get access to ALL Active Travel Adventures Travel Planners (and each month you will get an email from Kit with links to all future Travel Planners from the show PLUS all downloads from the companion “How To’ podcast, the Adventure Travel Show. No spam promise - unsubscribe anytime. Get the monthly newsletter here.

    Subscribe to the Podcasts!

    Both shows are available for free on all podcast apps or directly from the websites.

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  • Kit interviews Wendy Lee from the popular travel blog Empty Nesters Hit The Road about her experience trekking Uganda seeking mountain gorillas, found only in the wild (there are none in captivity).

    We learn about trekking for gorillas in Uganda versus Rwanda, when to go, what to wear, how hard it is and what to expect on this engaging interview.

    COMPLETE SHOW NOTES See important links to planning your African gorilla trekking adventure, see photos and get more info.

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  • Third annual list of the 25 Best Travel Podcasts to listen to in the coming year.

    Host Kit Parks showcases the best in travel podcasts. Learn travel tips, destination and adventure ideas, travel hacks and industry trends and news. Discover new shows to add to your library.

    COMPLETE SHOW NOTES See important links to boondocking sites, photos and more cool info

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  • Kit interviews Umberto di Venosa, founder of Follow the Camino, a tour company focused entirely on assisting 'pilgrims' plan and execute their Camino journey. Umberto gives us expert insight on what you need to think about when planning your El Camino. These can also be applied to any long distance walk or pilgrimage.

    We discuss important considerations like:

    which trail best suits you and the many paths available what time of year to go and the weather which Camino 'personality' best fits you accommodations and luggage transfer getting the right mindset for a Camino community on the Camino why the journey is more important than the distance

    See photos and videos and get more information on the SHOW NOTES page.

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  • Kit brings back Arlis (Baja episode) to tell us about her hiking adventure to Big Bend AND Carlsbad Cavern National Parks.

    We'll learn what to see and do at these spectacular parks, when to go, and other helpful tips to make your adventure grand.

    See photos and the complete SHOW NOTES HERE.

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  • Kit interviews Tracy Pawelski, author of One Woman's Camino and her recently released One Woman in the Himalayas, about her Annapurna Circuit trek in Nepal.

    Not everything went as planned. We discuss her trials and tribulations, and how adventure travel in general often goes awry, but that's ok. The best travel stories come from the unexpected.

    We learn about the Annapurna Circuit, and hear Tracy's story about how she got into long distance hiking when she walked the El Camino del Santiago in Spain with her daughter, followed by Scotland's West Highland Way with her husband.

    See photos and the complete SHOW NOTES here.

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  • Explore three amazing African countries by foot and safari jeep on today's episode.

    In addition to a typical jeep safari, we hike and track game with an expert guide in Botswana, and also paddle the delta in a traditional dug out canoe. The tour even heads to Zimbabwe to see Victoria Falls!

    We explore South Africa and Cape Town and seek the Big 5, and learn that it doesn't take very long with the vast number of animals populating the Kruger National Park region!

    If you climb Kilimanjaro, be sure to allow time to tour Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, especially if you can time if for the mass migration of wildebeests, zebras and more!

    We learn what it's like to go on a hiking and traditional safari in this inspiring adventure!

    See photos and the complete Show Notes HERE.

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  • 076 Hike and Kayak Iceland!

    Kit interviews Brad about his amazing Iceland adventure where he hiked the rugged landscape to see waterfalls and cave dwellings, he glacier hiked in crampons, and kayaked among icebergs in this land of Fire and Ice. It’s a magical adventure travel destination you’re sure to add to your Bucket List!

    Here’s the link to more details and photos about today’s episode and be sure to get the FREE Travel Planner for this adventure.

    Get FREE Travel Planners for ATA adventures (and each month you will get an email from Kit with links to all future Travel Planners from the show PLUS all downloads from the companion “How To’ podcast, the Adventure Travel Show. No spam promise - unsubscribe anytime. Get the monthly newsletter here.

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    Both shows are available for free on all podcast apps or directly from the websites.

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  • Today we conclude the "Sophie Diaries" about what it was like to take a six week road trip during the pandemic this summer.

    Kit makes it out west, hikes and bikes historic trails like the Natchez Trace, the Trail of Tears, the Pony Express and Route 66 as she covers her road trip from North Carolina to Wyoming - with an unexpected and abrupt ending.

    Learn what it's like to travel now, what she's learned and some cool places she visited that you may want to add to your future travel list.

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    https://activetraveladventures.com/roadtrip/

    Kit Parks
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  • Kit continues her multi-state camper van road trip during the pandemic. Learn what it's like to travel now, what she's learned and some cool places she visited that you may want to add to your future travel list.

    SHOW NOTES:

    https://activetraveladventures.com/roadtrip/

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  • What’s it like to go on a road trip during the pandemic? In today’s show, Kit and her camper van ‘Sophie’ take to the road to find out. You’ll learn what went right and wrong on her trip, and lessons learned. You’ll hear about some amazing places to explore, especially State Park gems, as Kit works her way West from NC on her six week adventure.

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  • The 'Summer of Kit' road trip in 'Sophie', Kit's new-to-her converted Sprinter camper van concludes, but she forgot about lack of internet access to produce new episodes while she traveled. Today we discuss the new schedule.

    Be sure to check in with Kit to let her know how YOUR summer went during this crazy time!


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  • Is Contact Tracing the way to open up travel again?

    Explore the pros and cons of contact tracing and exposure notification, and how it may help us travel again in a Covid world.

    Today’s Bonus Episode brings Mary Charleson from CarryOnQueen.com and FiveMinuteMarketing.com and Barbara Cameron of BarbaraCameronPix.com.

    We define contact tracing, the differences between manual and digital tracing, the pros and cons of contact tracing versus exposure notification, we discuss privacy issues, centralized vs decentralized methods, the problems of having a hodgepodge of strategies, and Google and Apples joint ventureto offer exposure notification to the world.

    GET COMPLETE SHOW NOTES HERE

    See the complete Show Notes, get Mary and Barb’s web and social links and read the Google/Apple Exposure Notification API for yourself HERE.

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  • Roundup Interview with Adventure Travel Industry Leaders

    Bonus Episode #6

    In March 2020 at the beginning of the lockdown, Kit interviewed three industry leaders to find out what was happening on the ground, how they were dealing with the crisis, and what advice they would give us adventure travelers.

    Today’s show is a follow up three months later to see what they’ve learned, what they expect we will see for the next twelve months onward, and advice for travel in the future.

    See the key takeaways regarding Covid travel advice

    and get the complete SHOW NOTES HERE.

    Expert Guest Panel

    Wendy van Lieshout, CEO of Active Adventures from New Zealand Active Adventures offers Bucket List adventures across the globe and will be starting US tours in 2020 Dan Austin, Founder of Austin Adventures in Billings, Montana Austin Adventures offers domestic and international adventure tours geared to both ‘families’ and ‘adult only’. Jim Johnson, Founder of BikeTours.com in Chattanooga, TN BikeTours.com caters to US and Canadian bike lovers who want to explore Europe on cycle tours, both guided and self-guided. ‘Bike the South’ USA-based themed cycle tours will be on offer soon.

    Kit and her camper van, “Sophie” will be touring parts of the US. You can follow their adventures in the private Active Travel Adventures Facebook Group, which is also a great place to ask questions and to let us know what adventures you are up to this summer. Ask to join HERE.

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    Other Links mentioned in the show:

    Austin Adventures “Travel in a Covid World” webinar – Register HERE Austin Adventures “Essential Employee” Yellowstone Contest Nomination link Contact Tracing Bonus Episode (available July 16, 2020) The companion Adventure Travel Show podcast SUBSCRIBE to the ACTIVE TRAVEL ADVENTURES podcast HERE SUBSCRIBE to the ADVENTURE TRAVEL SHOW podcast HERE

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  • 072 Adventures in Morocco : Marrakesh, Chefchaouen, the Sahara & Atlas Mountains and more!

    Our visit to Morocco today focuses on the exotic culture as well as hiking in the Atlas Mountains. We take a camel trek in the Sahara Desert. We visit Marrakesh, Chefchaouen, Casablanca, and Berber villages. We take a cooking class, take a night street food tour, explore a Kasbah, watch craftsmen make their wares, such as wool rugs, tanned leather goods, mosaic tile work and pottery. We tour a massive mosque in Casablanca.

    I interview our guide, Chama, about what it’s like to be a modern Berber Muslim woman in Morocco, and as a hiking and cycling guide for her native country.

    I tell you about how I chose the wrong tour company for me and what I would recommend for you. We talk about safety and other hints on enjoying your visit. You can also check out my companion podcast episode, the Adventure Travel Show podcast, where I did a show on How To Choose a Tour Company, which covers all the research I did to make sure I don’t make the same expensive mistake in the future. Get details and listen to this show here.

    MOROCCO PICS AND DETAILS : See loads of colorful photos and get more details HERE.

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  • The best way to see Scotland’s bucolic countryside is on foot!

    Savor Scotland’s most popular long distance trail, the West Highland Way! This 96 mile trail starts in Glasgow and finishes in Scotland’s adventure capital, Fort William. Kit even walked the Kelvin Way from Glasgow to the start of the trail in Milngavie.

    Stay in medieval villages each night and walk the rambling countryside trail, often along Loch Lommond, during the day. It’s magical AND doable for any fit person! Walking holidays allow for a more immersive experience plus they are often less expensive than traditional vacations.

    Learn how to hike it, what to expect and how to plan your adventure.

    You can listen to the podcast episode, see photos and get more information about walking the West Highland Way at the website and even download a FREE Travel Planner!

    We cover:

    What is the West Highland Way Where is the West Highland Way When to walk the West Highland Way How to plan your adventure The different kinds of accommodations and why it’s so important to book in advance How to have your luggage transported each day if you want so you can just day hike the trail What to pack and what to do if the weather turns on you Who can do this type of adventure And much more!

    Get complete details and download the FREE West Highland Way Travel Planner on the Show Notespage. Check out all destinations on the Directory Page.

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  • The best way to see the highlights of Jordan is on foot!

    Hike Petra and Wadi Rum in Jordan, camp Bedouin-style in the desert away from the tourists and under a canopy of stars, ride a camel through the desert, visit Mount Nebo and Amman, and learn why Jordan is the friendliest country in the Middle East!

    We cover:

    When to visit Jordan Things to do and see in Jordan How to dress in Jordan Safety in Jordan; solo and women travel safety in Jordan Explore Petra and the Treasury and Monastery; Little Petra Hike and camp in Petra and Wadi Rum Float in the Dead Sea Visiting Amman, Mount Nebo and Jerash And much more!

    Get complete details and download the FREE Jordan Travel Planner on the Show Notespage. Check out all destinations on the Directory Page.

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  • Kit Parks interviews three top adventure travel tour industry leaders about how they are coping with the coronavirus pandemic and its effect on the travel industry, how they are handling upcoming and future travel bookings, postponements and cancellations, what silver linings they’ve discovered, their outlook for the future and what travellers can do to help their favorite tour companies get through this crisis.

    Our guests today include Paul McDonald with Active Adventures based in Queenstown, New Zealand, Dan Austin of Austin Adventures from Billings, Montana , and Jim Johnson of BikeTours.com from Chattanooga, TN.

    Check out the website for the 10 Ways YOU can safely plan your travels in this new era HERE. You'll see lots of pics, videos and links that will inspire you during these unusual times.

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    Links Mentioned on this Show:

    Part One

    Part Two

    Part Three

    Mont Blanc

    Machu Picchu

    Patagonia

    Annapurna Nepal

    Dolomites

    Italian Lakes

    Bolivia

    Cycling the Stilleto Heel of Italy (Puglia)

    Antarctica

    Costa Rica

    Tanzania safari

    Glacier National Park

    Teton National Park

    Banff National Park

    Cambodia

    Thailand

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  • Have an amazing vacation in Banff Canada! Hike, bike, and paddle in one of Canada’s most scenic destinations. Soak in a hot tub while you watch the incredible night sky!

    Learn tips from a local on this podcast episode, download the FREE Banff Travel Planner and get more information and see pics on the website.

    We cover:

    When to visit Banff How to get to Banff Things to do in Banff Guided hiking tours in Banff Where to stay in Banff Wildlife of Banff And much more!

    Get complete details and download the FREE Banff Travel Planner on the Show Notes page

    https://activetraveladventures.com
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