Founded in 1990 by social entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip, G Adventures is a small group adventure travel operator offering more than 700 tours in 100 countries, on all seven continents. G Adventures’ award-winning trips support local communities, giving travelers meaningful experiences with people, cultures, landscapes and wildlife, while offering them the freedom and flexibility to explore on their own. G Adventures’ responsible approach to travel is demonstrated through its ‘G for Good’ social impact initiatives, which include travel guidelines for children, wildlife and Indigenous people and community-based social enterprise projects that travelers can experience on trip, plus its industry-leading ‘Ripple Score’ assessment to measure what percentage of customer dollars stay in the local economy. G Adventures offers life-changing tours for individuals of all ages, interests and budgets. Because our world deserves more you. Read the rest of this entry »
In the center of the archipelago that makes up the Galápagos Islands sits the most developed of the islands, Santa Cruz. It is surrounded on all sides by picturesque beaches thriving with wildlife. The island was once home to a research station created by Charles Darwin when he was working on his theory of evolution. From watching iguanas lazing about on white sands to exploring many of the unique natural settings, Santa Cruz is a land of adventure. Thanks to G Adventures, today’s 60-Second Geography is all about Santa Cruz, Galápagos
After a 6 year stretch as director of a national host agency, Stephanie Lee started Host Agency Reviews – a resource website with host reviews and articles to help travel agents start and grow their travel agencies. She was awarded the ASTA’s Young Professional of the Year and Travel Agent Magazine’s 30 under 30 award. As time marches on, the dates of the awards have been surreptitiously left out to avoid drawing attention to the fact she’s aging. She’s not.
Host Agency Reviews is an independent website connecting home-based travel agents and host agencies. With over 140 host agencies and 2400+ reviews, it’s the largest host agency directory on the web. Founded by Steph Lee, a former host agency director, Host Agency Reviews is a resource for home-based travel agents during and after their host travel agency search. Oh, and we like to have fun. Lots of fun. Read the rest of this entry »
Pennsylvania-based Jeremy Brady is the National Sales Manager for G Adventures in the United States, a leadership position he earned after four years work in the field, educating agents and selling travel experiences through the tour operator’s large network of travel advisors in the mid-Atlantic region. Today, he applies the principles of servant leadership and noble purpose to coach G Adventures’ nationwide team of 10 Global Purpose Specialists (GPS’s) in outside sales. Together, they have achieved double-digit sales growth while changing thousands of people’s lives through responsible travel.
Prior to joining G Adventures, Brady earned his stripes as a travel agent with Liberty Travel. His youth was largely spent overseas in Europe as part of a military family, an experience he describes as a privilege that sparked his early love for travel. Read the rest of this entry »
Making up most of the east coast of Australia, with a northern tip nearly touching Papau New Guinea, Queensland’s official motto is, “Beautiful one day. Perfect the next.” The second-largest state in the Commonwealth of Australia is also the third-most populous, giving the traveler plenty of room to roam through its one-of-a-kind natural settings. Bordered only to the west, by the Northern Territory, and to the south, by New South Wales, Queensland also has plenty of coasts to lounge-out on or explore on an explorational walkabout. Today’s 60-Second Geography is brought to you by AAT Kings, providing guided vacations to Queensland and more around Australia.
Out in the wide expanse of Jordan’s terrain is a city that was once lost to time. A city cut from the stone face of a deep and winding valley, Petra is a magnificent example of human ingenuity. Journeying through the rose-colored rock that surrounds and comprises the ancient city is a walk through the history of humankind. Considered to be one of the New Seven Wonders of the World, and a UNESCO World heritage Site since 1985, Petra is for the adventurous that wish to have life-long memories of another world. Thanks to G Adventures, we’ll learn all about it in today’s 60-Second Geography.
The Limburg region is a peaceful area that spans across the borders of Germany, Netherlands, and Belgium. It is a place of calm and peaceful atmosphere, stone bridges that lead into historic cities, and rolling greens surrounding old villages. The Limburg region of Flanders has the some of the most scenic and safe rides in the world, whether it be for leisure or sport cycling. Read the rest of this entry »
JOHN FEENAGHTY was appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer in early 2018.
Feenaghty is a travel industry professional, with 25 years’ experience across a variety of industry fields. John’s most recent tenure has been with the Flight Centre Travel Group in Australia where he held a number of senior roles over his 14 years with the publicly listed company. His broad experience covers retail, wholesale, product, e-commerce, operations and marketing.
Starting out in the RAAF as a flight steward nearly 30 years ago, John moved from hospitality to travel, with a career at the Queensland Government Travel Centre in Brisbane. A few years followed with Thomas Cook retail, Sunlover Holidays, and a short stint in the USA with an Australian travel specialist. In 2003, he took over the Marketing division of Flight Centre’s emerging wholesale brand Infinity Holidays for several years. This evolved into many key roles across the company, including GM of Quickbeds.com, SVP Product & Marketing at Liberty Travel (USA based) and GM of Product & Marketing with the Infinity Group.
John has a passion for travel, the industry, customer experience, and the positive impact of travel on society. John has a double major degree in Marketing & Management from Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. He is married with two adult children and one spoilt dog. Read the rest of this entry »
Traditionally, travel-related merchants have a difficult time obtaining merchant accounts. National Transaction Corporation (NTC) is a full service merchant account provider with extensive experience in the travel arena and related markets, servicing thousands of travel-related merchant accounts by specializing in non-cash electronic transactions. Our services include processing credit card transactions, gift card transactions, and e-commerce transactions, among others. We offer a full line of products including credit card terminals, cellular devices, supplies, and accessories for each model sold. We offer aggressive rates and pricing for mail/telephone order, retail/restaurant, wireless, and online transactions while specializing in the travel and high volume sectors of merchant processing, and we are proud to be the preferred merchant provider for ASTA. Read the rest of this entry »
Australia’s only island state, Tasmania is south of mainland Australia. Over 45 percent of Tasmania is protected in national parks, harboring unique natural areas and species alike. The travelers that go to Tasmania have a full adventure ahead of them, with hiking, rafting, kayaking, and topping the active parts off with a great food and celebratory drink. One of the last stops in the world before Antarctica, Tasmania is a lively island with plenty to do. Thanks to AAT Kings, today’s article is all about the island waiting to be discovered by the traveler.
Trisha Hall is the Managing Director of THOR, Inc., an international travel services company that provides products and services to the world’s leading travel providers. Over the past 14 years Trisha has held a variety of positions at THOR including Publications Manager and Marketing & Operations Manager. Trisha began her career in marketing over 20 years ago and gained additional experience in industries including business software, human resource consulting, CAD/CAM services and medical devices.
Trisha received her master’s degree in marketing from Regis University in Denver, Colo. and her bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Mich. She has previously sat on the Business Marketing Association Board of Directors – Colorado Chapter.
Originally from Michigan, Trisha currently resides in Arvada, Colo. with her husband and two children. She enjoys the wonderful outdoor activities that Colorado has to offer including hiking and skiing. Trisha also has a love of reading and baking. Read the rest of this entry »
Anyone who has ever seen images of the Mediterranean and its shores will recognize Sardinia right away. The island sits off the west coast of Italy, just south of French-Corsica, and is the second-largest island in the Mediterranean. From the rocky shores to the sandy coasts lined with the bluest of waters, Sardinia is a bit more untouched by development than Sicily. The traveler will find mountains, plains, woods, streams, lakes, and long sandy beaches – making the island a diverse environment. Thanks to Central Holidays, today’s 60-Second Geography will focus on the island perfect for a summer vacation –Sardinia.
The Solomon Islands sit in the South Pacific east of Papua New Guinea. They are a mostly untouched and unvisited paradise with eco-adventure around every corner. The culture is welcoming and laidback, a friendly place to wander through with a rich indigenous history. The crystal-clear waters are excellent for diving, kayaking and surfing, while the grass huts and wooden boats used by the Melanesian people are for more than show. A feel of true island life permeates the everyday activity of the Solomon Islands. Read the rest of this entry »
Southeast Alaska may be part of the United States, but it sits in an icy wonderland separated from the rest of the country. It is a mostly wild place, with disconnected cities and towns that are reminiscent of the late 1800’s. Glaciers move in minuscule increments while whales play off the shores. This area of Alaska is pristine and, thanks to American Cruise Lines, today’s Outpost is all about what the traveler can find here. Read the rest of this entry »
Marco L. Evangelista is the Director for Journeys by Central Holidays. In his role, a post he has held over the past five years, he is responsible for directing the company’s initiatives in the areas of Product Development and Sales. A time-honored travel industry professional, Mr. Evangelista has almost 30 years of specialization in travel throughout Italy, the Mediterranean, and beyond. Over his career he has served in key roles for award-winning organizations such as Walt Disney World in Orlando and acclaimed companies in the United States and across Europe. With over 20 years of living experience in Italy, Mr. Evangelista’s extensive insight into the country, a cornerstone destination offering of Central Holidays, and the surrounding regions is unparalleled and further serves to achieve Journeys’ objectives of creating the ultimate in bespoke travel by presenting tailor-made travel experiences that completely redefine luxury. The company specializes in creating “designer-style” distinctive and experientially rich travel programs where every detail is meticulously planned to make dreams a reality for even the most discerning of travelers. Read the rest of this entry »
The capital and largest city of Laos, Vientiane is known for a laidback feel as the traveler wanders the streets and Buddhist temples. There is an obvious reverence for the spiritual throughout the city, as the ornate roofs of wats (meaning: a Buddhist monastery or temple) invite the traveler to take in the Laotian city that has remained mostly off the beaten path for the masses. Thanks to Lao Airlines for sponsoring today’s Outpost article. Read the rest of this entry »
Born and educated in the Netherlands, Gordon Dirker has enjoyed an extensive career in the travel industry. Prior to being appointed VP of Business Development, Americas for Celestyal Cruises in January 2018, Gordon spent nearly 18 years working for the Travel Corporation. This was followed by nearly 4 years with the Norway based expedition cruise and ferry line, Hurtigruten. He started as a BDM for Contiki Holidays based in Baltimore, MD. After 1 year, Gordon was promoted and moved to London to lead their sales and marketing efforts in the UK and Europe. Read the rest of this entry »
Off the east coast of Australia is the city of Nouméa, the capital and largest city of the French special collectivity known as New Caledonia. The city is known for its crystal-clear waters and colorful coral that is accessible just off the coastline. While beaches and relaxation will lure the traveler to Nouméa, there are plenty of other activities and sites as well. Thanks to Aircalin, the sponsor of today’s article this Pacific island city with a French feel. Read the rest of this entry »
The country of Australia wears many hats. From its picturesque beaches to the open landscapes of desert and starry skies, Australia has been on many a traveler’s bucket list. In today’s 60-Second Geography, we’ll be looking at the Northern Territory of Australia. Here travelers will find the witness the magic of untamed natural beauty. Thanks to AAT Kings, which offers up some of the best vacation tours and packages in all of Australia.
One of the most popular spots for travelers in South America, Machu Picchu is a stunning relic from time’s past. Though, Machu Picchu isn’t the only attraction in the area. Not far away, the Sacred Valley of the Incas also awaits the adventurous traveler. Today’s 60-Second Geography, about these inspiring landmarks in Peru, is brought to you by Central Holidays.
In Argentina’s south, lies the gorgeous and infamous Patagonian region. Known for its exquisite beauty and breathtaking adventures, Patagonia is a must see to those visiting Argentina.
The Patagonian region of South America also includes Chile, although most of it resides within Argentina. Patagonia was named by Magellan, referring to the Tehuelche people’s large moccasins, which made their feet appear huge. Charles Darwin’s account of the native wildlife in Patagonia is still considered as relevant today as it was back then. This gives an indication of how authentically wild Patagonia remains 170 years later. That’s why Australis wants to let you in on the beauty of this land.