Published 11:45 am CDT, Wednesday, June 26, 2019 (BPT) - The great American road trip has officially gone to the dogs. In a recent online Google consumer survey, three-in-four travelers said they planned to take a road trip with their pet this summer, and 12% of travelers would rather hit the open road with their dog over family or friends. It actually makes sense — your four-legged friend is unlikely to be a backseat driver, ask “Are we there yet?” or complain about your playlist. Using insights from the survey and new pet travel and booking data, Orbitz and Dollar Rent A Car have mapped out seven of the most pet-friendly road trips to plan this summer. The 2- to 5-day routes were hand-picked by travel editors and pet experts based on availability of pet-friendly hotels, bars and restaurants, outdoor attractions and gram-worthy locales. So buckle up and turn up “Who Let the Dogs Out?” for the best road trip ever. 1) Enjoy the "Paw-cific" … [Read more...] about 7 great road trips for you and your pet
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By JON MOOALLEM MARCH 20, 2019 A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue A weeklong trip in Alaska was supposed to be an adventure. In an instant it became the experience that defined us all. By JON MOOALLEM photo illustration by: DAVID BENJAMIN SHERRY The whale sighting happened right away, minutes into Day 1. Jon, Dave and I had just been dropped off on a remote Alaskan shoreline, an hour and a half by boat from the closest speck of a town. Jon was working as a sea-kayaking guide that summer in Glacier Bay National Park, and he had invited us up for a seven-day excursion during his week off. As the boat that delivered us vanished, the drone of its … [Read more...] about It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives.
By CAITY WEAVER MARCH 20, 2019 The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. The Voyages Issue Rick Steves Wants to Save the World, One Vacation at a Time It Was Just a Kayaking Trip. Until It Upended Our Lives. There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway. The Voyages Issue The particular sheen of America by Amtrak. By CAITY WEAVER photographs by: Holly Andres Tell your fellow americans that you plan to cross the United States by train, and their reactions will range from amusement at your spellbinding eccentricity to naked horror that they, through some fatal social miscalculation, have become acquainted with a person who would plan to cross the United States by train. Depending how you slice it — time or money — there are either 61 or 960 immediate reasons not to travel by Amtrak trains from New York City to Los Angeles. Those are the extra hours and dollars, respectively, that you might reasonably expect to … [Read more...] about There Is No Reason to Cross the U.S. by Train. But I Did It Anyway.
In the spirit of resolution and looking at the year ahead, I’ve come up with 19 trips across the world that will not only make you a better traveler but also push you out of your comfort zone—and make all your friends jealous of your vacation. These 19 trips of a lifetime are brand-new tours or offer something special in 2019. Africa Cruise Western Africa in Senegal and the Gambia Tour the lesser-known part of the African continent with Peregrine’s eight-day Cruising the Rivers of West Africa tour. You’ll see wildlife like dolphins, crocodiles, manatees, and more while aboard the company’s small cruise ship. Then you’ll head inland for a visit to The Gambia National Park to see chimpanzees and make a humbling stop at the island of Kunteh Kinteh, where the American slave trade began. A new airport in Dakar makes travel even more accessible this year. Related: 9 Affordable Dream Vacations to Take in 2019 Witness the Great Elephant Migration For … [Read more...] about 19 Trips of a Lifetime to Take in 2019
By: Christy Woodrow Sitting right on the equator about 1,000 kilometers off the coast of Ecuador, the Galapagos Islands are a wildlife lover’s dream. The islands were formed by a series of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, and then were made home by a diverse array of animals. Then, in the 1800’s, humans found the archipelago and began to study the ecosystems there. Due to the various landscapes, land animals, and underwater adventures, visiting the Galapagos Islands has been a long-held dream of mine. I visited these islands with Andando Tours, a company who has over 40 years of experience cruising in the Galapagos. Here’s everything you need to know about cruising in the Galapagos Islands! Cruising the Galapagos Islands with Andando Tours Best Time to Visit the Galapagos While the Galapagos Islands have a wet season and a dry season, this really is a year-round destination. Each season has its own benefits, and the time of year you visit really depends on … [Read more...] about Cruising the Galapagos Islands with Andando Tours • Ordinary Traveler