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Stuck? There's Little A Good Adventure Can't Cure

Heli-hiking in the Canadian Rockies. A camel safari across the Moroccan Sahara. Treking the Inca Trail. Surf and yoga camp in Maui. If there’s one thing that gets my heart pumping and soul soaring, it’s an adventure. 

Trying something new can reenergize your life and provide the perfect antidote to the daily grind.

Learn six reasons why an active vacation can be truly transformative

 

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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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Pack Your Appetite: Private Culinary Tours for Foodies

New tours offer access to the world’s top culinary experiences

A private cooking class in the farmhouse kitchen of a renowned cookbook writer in Sicily, an early morning tour of a busy food market in Bali with a local chef, private wine tasting in the chateaux of Burgundy and Bordeaux, sake tasting in Tokyo with a world renowned expert, dining with a family of royal chefs in India, private cooking classes at Istanbul’s premier culinary academy—these are just a few of the unique activities featured in the private culinary tours offered by luxury tour operator Artisans of Leisure for 2011-2012.

The leading provider of high-end cultural tours, Artisans of Leisure offers a series of culinary tours that are customized to each traveler’s level of interest and proficiency in the kitchen, whether they are casual cooks, professional chefs or adventurous foodies.

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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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Yellowstone's "Summer Camp for Grownups" Scheduled for September

Explore the best of Yellowstone National Park this September on a Lodging and Learning Program.

 

The non-profit Yellowstone Association Institute (YAI) and lodge operator Xanterra Parks & Resorts are once again offering the popular Roosevelt Rendezvous this fall featuring exclusive use of one of the most popular lodges in the national park system. 

One of the “Lodging & Learning” programs offering daytime field excursions followed by comfortable lodging at night, Roosevelt Rendezvous takes place in September after the historic lodge is closed to the general public for the season. Up to 52 participants will stay at the lodge for four nights. During the day they split up into groups led by YAI naturalists/guides as they enjoy wildlife watching as well as forays into areas with Yellowstone’s renowned thermal and geologic features. They will then reconvene at the end of the day for dinner and the opportunity to compare notes.

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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".
Photographing Alaska: How To Capture Memorable Photos On An Alaskan Cruise

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Photographing Alaska: How To Capture Memorable Photos On An Alaskan Cruise

GIVE ALASKA YOUR BEST SHOT. 

From jagged blue glaciers and stunning wildlife to intriguing towns filled with pioneer and Native American history, the opportunities for breathtaking images on an Alaska cruise are endless. But returning home with disappointing pictures of an amazing journey can leave you frustrated. 

© Ellen Barone. Alaska’s Inside Passage

To make sure you bring back memorable photographs from your voyage, Vacations Magazine asked me, and pro shooters, Brian Adams and Wayde Caroll, to share a few tricks of the trade.

Check out our tips and learn how to capture memorable photographs on an Alaskan cruise in the article, Shooting The Last Frontier by Alexis Hilts.

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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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Is There An Adventure In Your Future?

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the most adventurous of us all?

photo by Alena_Chris via photobucket image sharingDoes the unknown freak you out? Do you see commonality where others see differences? How do you feel about taking risks? Do you leave the BlackBerry at home? What about travel planning. How much is too much?

Take this fun Adventure Travel IQ test I created for Canadian Mountain Holidays and find out.

Tell me your score and I’ll tell you mine. :)

 

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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 to Bhutan on Assignment with National Geographic and WorldNomads.com

Travel Photography Scholarship - Bhutan

WorldNomads.com is giving one exceptional individual the chance to travel with National Geographic on-assignment photographer Jason Edwards to The Kingdom of Bhutan - Land of the Thunderdragon. Apply and the winner could be you!

photo by Wonderlane via flickr (common license)

Without a doubt, mentors have played an inspiring role in my life, helping me build the skills necessary to transform passion to profession. So it is with great enthusiasm that I share this amazing Travel Scholarship program from our travel insurance partners at WorldNomads.com that gives passionate individuals the opportunity to further their skills through professional in-the-field mentorship. There’s no better way to move forward than learning on the job from some of the best in the biz. 

Apply by October 17, 2010 and you’ll qualify for the chance to travel with National Geographic on-assignment photographer Jason Edwards to The Kingdom of Bhutan - Land of the Thunderdragon! It’s that easy. 

Plus, the lucky scholarship recipient will also win AU$2000 worth of Pentax photographic equipment. NICE! 

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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".