Solo Travel is Not Always Alone

Watching the sunrise over the Sahara dunes in Morocco with GeoEx.

I never thought I would be the type of person who enjoys group travel. Collecting travel experiences on my own fueled my independent nature and drive for challenge. I have had amazing experiences and terrifying ones. I’ve found myself on the wrong train heading to a bad part of town in Paris, been stuck late at night in Italy without a hotel room, and felt so deeply lonely that I was planning to cut a trip short and go home. But I’ve also been invited for home-cooked meals by strangers, had friendly locals lead me back to safety, and met kind train conductors who made sure I got off at the right stop. For me, the good experiences outweighed the bad. So there was nobody more surprised than I was when I joined a group trip and discovered I liked it! A Bali Experience My first group trip was to a yoga retreat in

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Falling in Love with Solo Travel

Solo traveler photographing Tulum ruins in Mexico | Adventure Travel with GeoEx

As someone who loves exploring, I learned early on that if I want to see the world in my own way and at my own pace, solo travel is the way to go. It's not that I dislike traveling with others, just that I know the types of activities that interest me and that I don't mind, say, sleeping in a well-kept budget hotel if it means having extra money to spend on rafting the blackwaters of New Zealand's glowworm-filled underground caves or splurging on a kaiseki meal around a sunken table in Kyoto's geisha district. There's also the reality of conflicting schedules, additional financial restraints, and finding sitters for kids and pets that can make planning a trip with others difficult. While waiting for my boyfriend to decide exactly when he could take off work, I may have missed out on learning to make laap pla duck (grilled...

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Travel that Transforms

Jennine Cohen, one of GeoEx's top-notch travel designers, is also a life coach, and she often weaves her trip planning and life coaching skills together to help travelers live out their dreams through travel. Recently she was interviewed by Michaela Trimble of Vogue for an article about transformative travel. We thought we'd share Jennine's answers. How do transformational experiences play into GeoEx's trips? Though many of our trips are on the luxury end of the spectrum, many of our travelers come to us because they want to stretch and grow. For some, this is because they are at a transitional...

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Why Explore Alaska's Inside Passage by Small Ship Cruise

Humpback whale breaches in Stephens Passage | Alaska Small Ship Cruises with GeoEx

“There’s a humpback right next to the boat!” a passenger on the view deck shouts as we traverse Frederick Sound through Alaska’s Inside Passage. The whale makes an elephant-like trumpeting sound, then slaps its tail against the surface of the sea, sending up a saline mist that drifts over the boat. The 80,000-pound leviathan turns its head, gives us a one-eyed look and slips back down into the sea. In the distance several other whales breach, including two simultaneously. Had we been on a megaship we probably wouldn’t have seen this electrifying display because small ships can get to places the big boats can’t reach. And smaller ships have more discretion about their itineraries: Rather than stick to a strict schedule, our captain chose to linger one day so we could watch a pod of Orcas slice through the sea. And that day we were in Frederick Sound, we spent extra time watching the whales, creating memories that will last a lifetime. Below...

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Places We Love: Top Destinations for 2017

Travelers picnic on an Alaskan hilltop with snowcapped peaks in the distance and their helicopter nearby | Alaska Adventure Travel with GeoEx

We at GeoEx are passionate about exploring the world and introducing others to the wonders we find. Every year the company sends virtually all of its staff to far-flung destinations around the globe with a two-fold mission: to field-test the places and activities we currently offer, and to discover amazing new places and activities for our trips. To kick off the year on an inspiring note, we asked 10 of our destination specialists to share the places to which they are especially excited about sending our travelers in 2017. Here are their picks. Japan "There has been an enthusiastic spike in travel to Japan, some people exploring the country for the first time and others...

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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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