Month: May 2014

Do I Need a Walking Pole for My Trip?

One of the most frequent questions we’re asked prior to embarking on an adventure is, “Do I need a walking pole?” We like to tell people simply, “Yes, if you enjoy walking with one.” But a lot depends on personal preference. Sometimes called a trekking pole or hiking staff, walking poles are, at their most basic level, a tool to provide support and increase balance while on the trail. They…

Visit Powerful Arenal Volcano on Our Costa Rica Wildlife Walk

Don’t be fooled by the lush greenery surrounding its base and the serene lake reflecting its towering peak. Arenal Volcano is a sleeping beast that’s still very much an active part of the Costa Rican landscape. Tour the area and gaze upon this force of nature right from your hotel room when you join us on our Costa Rica Wildlife Walk. Thousands of years ago, Arenal began as layers of…

Plein Air Painters: Tips on Traveling

Plenty of travelers ask questions about details of overseas travel or of our particular trips—and we’ve pulled together answers to some of the most commonly asked questions in our FAQ section. But we recently came across a question we don’t see too often, but we thought the answers were enlightening enough we thought we’d share just in case another traveler had a similar question. Here it is: I’d like to…

Visit the 2014 Best Destination in Europe: Porto

A poll of more than 200,000 respondents has selected Porto, the Portuguese city that’s nearly synonymous with one of the most popular dessert wines in the world, as the number one travel destination in Europe. The World Heritage city, the second largest in Portugal, offers fabulous gastronomy, picture-perfect views, and unmatched culture. Make your way to Porto this year with one of our favorite cycling tours, Porto to Coimbra Cycling.…