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JUST IN: New Craft Beer Theme Cruises Explore Islands and Shoreline of Coastal Washington

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JUST IN: New Craft Beer Theme Cruises Explore Islands and Shoreline of Coastal Washington

The Pacific Northwest put craft beer on the map and now you can discover some of the region’s best brews on four new craft beer theme cruises with Un-Cruise Adventures.

The Seattle-based adventure cruise line has just announced new fall and spring departures in Washington’s Puget Sound and Salish Sea that bring together local micro-brew experts with adventure while cruising the scenic area from South Hood Canal to Olympic National Park and the San Juan Islands.  

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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TRAVEL WRITING SCHOLARSHIP: Enter To Win The Ultimate European Road Trip

It’s all too easy to daydream about jaunting across Europe and chronicling your adventures on the road. So, stop imagining, and get writing, because WorldNomads.com wants to send 3 aspiring travel writers on the ultimate European road trip this summer.

If selected, you will be flown from your country of residence to Berlin, Germany, where you will spend 2 days at the very first World Nomads Travel Writing workshop under the mentorship of veteran Lonely Planet author and industry mentor, Alex Leviton.

After the workshop, you will head off solo on a 10-day European road trip, travelling around thanks to GoEuro and staying in top accommodation with Hostelworld each night.

During your road trip, you will be tasked with capturing your daily adventures on your World Nomads blog and sharing your local experiences on Instagram.

The winners and shortlisted applicants will also receive enrollment into a MatadorU travel writing course.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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Snorkeling in Antarctica? Yes, Seriously.

THIS JUST IN: Aurora Expeditions Becomes First Operator to Offer Snorkeling in Antarctica.

Expedition cruise and adventure company Aurora Expeditions has just announced that they will be offering passengers the chance to snorkel in Antarctica, becoming the first tour operator to offer guests the opportunity to explore the icy waters alongside penguins, seals and whales.

Why go:

In addition to serious bragging rights, you’ll be among the first to witness Antarctica’s extraordinary wildlife and underwater world from a truly unique angle. Passengers who select this option will be provided with all of the training and equipment they need including expert polar diving guides, specially designed Waterproof© Snorkel-Drysuits, gloves, hood, fins, mask, and snorkel.

How it works:

Passengers who take part will enjoy the opportunity to snorkel daily (weather dependant) in sheltered bays, off shore islands and secluded ship wrecks which make for spectacular wildlife viewing. Polar Snorkeling Cost: US$975pp

Dates and rates:

Aurora Expeditions have a selection of voyages that include Polar Snorkeling in February 2014 and 2015

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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Experience El Camino de Santiago on Horseback

Are you looking for an alternative to the classic Camino de Santiago pilgrimage? Check out this expertly guided Camino by Horseback trip by specialist tour operator, Follow the Camino.

Why go: 

It is said the first ever pilgrim to complete the Camino de Santiago was King Alphonse II, the Chaste, who rode his horse from Oviedo in Asturias to pay respect to the Apostle Saint James the Great during the 9th century. Follow his track, but on the French Way, from the magnificent mountains of O’Cebreiro to the Holy city of Santiago de Compostela. Travelling on horseback allows you to cover a lot of ground, around 30km per day, and provides you with an elevated viewpoint from which you can admire the French Way scenery.

Trip details:

Priced at 1,995 euros (currently $2,661 USD/via Xe.com), the fully inclusive tour includes 7 days/6 nights, rustic charm B&B accommodation, lunches and dinners, transfers, guides, van support, and more.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".

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O.A.R.S. Launches “Livin’ the Dream” Contest

Become An Honorary River Guide On No-Cost Grand Canyon Rafting Trip

Veteran river outfitter and nature-based adventure travel company, O.A.R.S., has partnered up with outdoor industry leaders The Clymb, Northwest River Supply (NRS), and Teva for an online contest that gives contestants a chance to “live the dream” as a guide apprentice on an O.A.R.S. Grand Canyon rafting trip. The winner will be a bonafide member of the O.A.R.S. crew, helping load boats, spending time on the oars, helping prepare meals and mingling with clients.  
 

To enter participants must sign up via a custom app on the O.A.R.S. Facebook Page. 

The dream job:

“The winner just has to show up ready to pitch in and help and be awed by what the Canyon has to offer,” said Steve Markle, O.A.R.S. spokesperson. The 14- to 18-day trip will take the winner 280 miles through one of the Seven Wonders of the World, running legendary rapids and exploring hidden side canyons on one of the most popular adventure travel experiences on the planet. The winner will also receive a guide gear package that includes a personal flotation device, apparel and footwear provided by NRS and Teva.
 
Enter to win:

The contest runs July 15 through August 19. To enter participants must sign up via a custom app on the O.A.R.S. Facebook Page by submitting their name, email address, an adventurous photo of themselves and a short essay on why they’re the best candidate for the job. Between Aug. 25 and Sept. 8, the O.A.R.S. Facebook community will cast their vote for the winner from 10 finalists selected by O.A.R.S. staff. 
 
In addition to the grand prize, one contestant per day will be selected at random to win a copy of the book, The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Though the Heart of the Grand Canyon, by Kevin Fedarko, and a weekly winner will be selected to receive a free pair of Teva Original sandals.

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Ellen Barone has been creating words and images for travel and tourism since 1998. She co-founded and publishes the group travel blog YourLifeIsATrip.com and is currently at work on her first book "I Could Live Here".