Adventuring in Antarctica

Cruising in Antarctica with GeoEx.

If you've ever thought about taking a trip to Antarctica, do it! Don’t let concerns of distance or cold or sea sickness turn you off. The trip is absolutely worth it, the distance is quickly forgotten, and there are prophylactic measures for everything else. The scenery is spectacular, the wildlife is incredible, and the ice is otherworldly. Life on board is pretty nice too, with educational lectures, engaging guides, good conversation over meals with your fellow passengers, and if you’re lucky, even a Jacuzzi on deck. There are plenty of shore and Zodiac cruising excursions, and chances for kayaking, camping, and even swimming for those with an adventurous spirit. Setting Off from Ushuaia Ushuaia Antarctica with GeoEx.

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Discovering the Real Iceland on a Ring Road Trip

Road trip in super jeep along the Ring Road in Iceland with GeoEx

GeoEx’s Natalie Crow and Alysa Pakkidis recently headed to Iceland, a hot spot for adventure lovers, to scout the most interesting and authentic experiences for GeoEx travelers. To explore the Land of Fire and Ice, we opted for a road trip Iceland style: two weeks, one island country, one four-by-four super jeep. Our expectations were high going into this trip—Iceland had been on our bucket lists for years. We covered a lot of ground, and what we found was absolutely inspiring and surprising: waterfalls, hot springs, isolated villages, glacial tongues emptying alongside the highway, and never-ending sky. With the help of our Icelandic guides and contacts, we were able to explore and learn about the country in depth, seeing it from a local’s point of view—much more meaningful than shuffling around the most touristic spots. Here are some of our discoveries and...

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Condé Nast Traveler Selects Three GeoEx Travel Specialists
GeoEx named Top Travel Specialists

Myanmar pagodas at night with GeoEx

Condé Nast Traveler has just announced that it has selected three GeoEx staffers—Kate Doty, Vassi Koutsaftis, and Brent Olson—for inclusion on its list of Top Travel Specialists for 2016. GeoEx is one of only two companies to have three experts chosen. Kate Doty: Travel Specialist for Private Jet Trips About Kate, Condé Nast writes: "Doty's name is a secret passed around the private-jet crowd, and whom we can imagine working equally well in the Secretary of State's office. Her clients demand private access to...

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Unexpected Magic in Morocco

GeoEx travelers dressed in the Bedouin style stand in the desert  | Morocco Adventure Travel with GeoEx

As long as I can remember, I've always been fascinated by Morocco. To me, Morocco meant the contrasting images of bustling souks filled to capacity and barren desert landscapes dotted with camels and palm trees. My interest in Morocco has had highs and lows; it was always on my travel list but never my I-have-to-go-there-now destination. Until recently. Now that I've been, I almost feel relieved that it took me so long to get there. If I knew it was going to be even half as amazing as it was, I might not have traveled anywhere else. Throughout the three weeks I spent in Morocco, I kept wondering in awe, Is Morocco the best-kept secret in travel? Sure, everyone “knows” about Morocco. But often I hear people say that it doesn't have the history of Europe or the adventure of a safari. What I got to see for myself firsthand is that Morocco has both history and adventure, with a wild mix of cosmopolitan cities and rural desert villages. Here's what...

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Memories from the Silk Road

One of the three buildings of the Registan, called “the noblest public square in the world” by British imperialist Lord Curzon | Central Asia Adventure Travel with GeoEx

Several GeoEx staffers have recently traveled across Central Asia, following the fabled Silk Road. I asked them to share what stands out in their memories from their adventures in Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and Kyrgyzstan. The Magic of Melons Fun fact: Uzbekistan is known for its melon production, and its melons are beloved for their exceptionally sweet flavor and juiciness. I learned this while on the road to Khiva, surprised to see one roadside stand after another. Piles of enormous yellow and green melons lay on the ground, usually next to the farmer's...

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Don George, Editor

Don George is Editor in Chief of Wanderlust: Literary Journeys for the Discerning Traveler. He has been Travel Editor for Salon.com and the San Francisco Examiner and Chronicle, as well as Global Travel Editor for Lonely Planet Publications. Don is the author of "The Way of Wanderlust: The Best Travel Writing of Don George" and of "Lonely Planet's Guide to Travel Writing." He has also edited eleven anthologies, including A Moveable Feast, The Kindness of Strangers, and An Innocent Abroad. E-mail him at [email protected].

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