La Salle library virtually hosts Illinois travel author to share her adventures – Shaw Local


The La Salle Public Library will virtually host Illinois author and librarian, Raluca Barbu, at 6 p.m. Monday, May 23, for her unique program about her newly-published book, “American Vacation: 12,000 Miles Into the Wild West.”

Barbu’s book pays homage to the great American outdoors and reminding readers of the amazing natural wonders found in the American West. It is the first book to tell the story of a writer, from an ex-communist country, who experienced the wide-open spaces of the emblematic American West. She and her husband traveled 12,000 miles for 45 days across 19 states. They visited 35 national, state, and tribal parks and hiked 170 miles, through natural landmarks, from 260 feet below sea level to 14,000 feet of altitude.

In this virtual program, Barbu will share about her travel adventures and writing experiences, read from her book, answer questions, and present a slideshow photo presentation that captures the natural beauty and animal encounters she witnessed on her travels.

Barbu is a librarian at Fox River Grove Memorial Library and the Wauconda Area Library. She is a published author of four books in Romania, her home country.

The program will be presented via Zoom and is free and open to all. Register at https://bit.ly/371B8o3. For more information, contact the La Salle Public Library at 815-223-2341.



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Spanish degree takes Iowa State senior on global adventures • News Service • Iowa State University


College student on dairy farm


During a trip to Germany in fall 2019 for the IAAS European

Directors Meeting, Adam Bittner visited an organic dairy

farm in Cologne. Photos provided by Bittner.


AMES, Iowa — Adam Bittner’s enthusiasm for agriculture, language and travel has taken him from local farms in Iowa to a cattle ranch on the southern tip of Argentina — and so many places in between.


Bittner graduates from Iowa State University this weekend with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in U.S. Latino/a studies.


He grew up in York, Pennsylvania, a suburb in the metro area of Washington, D.C. But what started as a high school summer job in the metro area as a farmhand with black angus beef cattle turned into Bittner’s love for farming.


“It opened up a whole new world to me of agriculture,” he said. “I think that was a pivotal moment in my life, because it was the first step to get to Iowa.”


As a freshman at Iowa State, Bittner started out studying agricultural business.


“That first year changed me a lot,” he said. “I didn’t know anyone at the university. I was 1,000 miles from home, completely restarting. Some weekends I would be flying home. Then the spring of my freshman year, my dad passed. That was hard … but everything happens for a reason, and it taught me a lot. I was able to find meaning in it.”


He had an opportunity to transfer to a university closer to home but said Iowa had a hold on him — the people, in particular.


“I’m really thankful that I’m going to be able to have the title of an ISU grad,” Bittner said. “Everyone goes through a lot in college, but the community at Iowa State, in Ames, in Iowa, is what kept me there.”


Discovering the world


Through his first internship at the insurance company Nationwide, Bittner traveled about 500 miles a week visiting large- and small-scale farming operations around the D.C. region. He says this experience showed him countless examples of where our food comes from.


In spring 2019, Bittner decided to take a gap semester. He found an internship in Patagonia, Argentina, where he worked on a 100,000-acre estancia (a working cattle ranch). At this point, Bittner didn’t speak much Spanish, but it didn’t matter. He learned what it meant to live off the land, spending his days working the ranch, drinking mate and finding ways to connect with gauchos.


“It was an off-the-grid location. We were creating our own power with stream and solar panels,” he said. “There weren’t any jet trails in the sky. This place is so remote. It’s a unique way of living that you can’t replicate in many other places in the world.


“It taught me a lot about where I wanted to be in life, where I was putting my energy and what is possible for me. It was like living in a total dreamscape.”


Bittner returned to Iowa State that fall and realized that ag business wasn’t the right fit, so he looked at the world languages and cultures department. He added a minor in Spanish, and it eventually became his major. It wasn’t a random choice; he grew up surrounded by Puerto Rican and Cuban friends and appreciated the culture.


Language + agriculture


He joined the International Association of Students in Agriculture and Related Sciences (IAAS) student organization, getting involved in sustainability events and supporting local farms and food systems technologies. In November 2019, he traveled to the IAAS European Directors Meeting in Germany.


“That event made me more of a global citizen,” he said. “I was the only American who went. I was mixing with all these other Europeans.”


In February 2020, he traveled with IAAS again, this time to the Youth Assembly in New York, a leadership event centered on international education and cultural exchange. Then COVID-19 hit, and Bittner decided to try something new. Through IAAS, he taught English online for 90 students, most of whom were from Greece, Morocco, Guatemala and Mexico. He grew his global network once again.


Last year, he spent two weeks touring organic farms, agroforestry operations and an indigenous coffee co-op in Guatemala. Then, he traveled to Turkey for a month, serving as the emcee for the World Congress. Today, Bittner is the national exchange coordinator for IAAS for the U.S., facilitating agricultural exchanges for students from around the world who want to work in agriculture.


Bittner is wrapping up his final semester in Spain.


What’s next is up in the air. He ping-pongs between ideas but there’s a thread through everything: applying his language skills and global connections to advocate for small-scale farmers.


“People are starting to wake up to where their food comes from, which is good, but there’s a lot of misinformation,” he said.


Bittner may participate as an agriculture extension agent with the Peace Corps. His plans also include moving to Puerto Rico – with one of his childhood friends – to work for an agricultural consulting startup. Startups excite him because “the sky’s the limit.” Plus, it won’t be his first foray into entrepreneurship. Before the pandemic, Bittner joined a friend from Algeria to start an import-export company that would bring his family’s olive oil from Oran to U.S. markets, although the pandemic put this venture on hold.


Last fall was Bittner’s final semester physically on campus.


“It was emotional leaving,” he said. “It felt really surreal. I’m a fifth-year senior, I took a gap semester, I’ve changed majors – but it feels like it went in the blink of an eye. Already I’m looking forward to what’s next.”



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The Sustainable Travel Guide To Colorado’s Best Summer Adventures


Although Colorado is an amazing place to adventure year-round, the entire state comes to life in the summertime. Whether you’re unplugging in the wilderness, relaxing in a quaint mountain town, or soaking in vibrant urban cultures, Colorado is the perfect place for summer fun. Eco-conscious communities and businesses across the state make it easy to experience all Colorado has to offer while minimizing your impact. Read on to learn about low-impact ways to explore the Centennial State.

Adventure on the Path Less Traveled

Take a look at any outdoor-lover’s bucket list, and you’re likely to find classic Colorado stops at the top of their agenda. The most-visited parks are popular for a reason, but nothing beats practically having the whole place to yourself when you visit Colorado’s lesser-known public lands. From volcanic cliffs and rushing rivers to rust-red desert canyons and sprawling grasslands, there’s no shortage of places you probably haven’t heard of but will absolutely want to see in Colorado. Whether you explore miles of hiking trails or paddle scenic waterways, venturing off the beaten path is one of the best ways to minimize your impact on public lands.

Stay at Eco-Friendly Lodging

Whatever your style, Colorado has sustainable lodging options that range from luxury resorts and charming bed and breakfasts to backcountry huts and hands-on dude ranches and everything in between. You’ll find green amenities, such as solar-powered lighting and heat, electric transport shuttles, EV charging stations, farm-to-table or vegan-forward dining options, environmentally-friendly water usage, and plastic-free initiatives. Many properties take an active role in managing acres of protected land and are working toward rehabilitating land that was once damaged by overgrazing.

Visit Colorado’s Carbon Neutral Cities

Colorado’s outdoor recreation gets a lot of attention, but there are so many unique cities to explore here, too. Aspen and Glenwood Springs—two Colorado cities that are 100% powered by renewable energy—are great picks for eco-minded travelers. Aspen is powered by hydroelectricity, wind, and geothermal heat while Glenwood Springs uses wind and hydroelectricity. These towns are also home to green businesses and environmentally-focused community initiatives, including planting trees.

Tip: If you’re planning to hop between cities and small towns, Colorado’s system of ev-friendly scenic and historic byways makes road-tripping in an electric vehicle picturesque and easy.

Harvest & Gather Local Summer Delicacies

When the sun is out in Colorado, local produce is abundant. Roadside farm stands and farmers’ markets are stocked with fresh fruits, vegetables, and other treats—all locally grown or made from local ingredients. For a hands-on experience, head to the orchards in Palisade to pick your own famous Palisade peaches, or take a foraging class to learn about wild sources of berries, mushrooms, and other forest delicacies. Of course, you can also enjoy farm-fresh food at one of Colorado’s many farm-to-table restaurants.

Drink Sustainably (and Responsibly)

The craft distillery and brewery scene in Colorado is leveling up when it comes to sustainability. Leaders in the industry are shifting to greener practices, including wind and solar powered facilities, water-saving filtration systems, can and bottle recycling, and zero-waste production. Colorado is also home to the first nationally distributed, carbon neutral beer—New Belgium Brewing’s Fat Tire Amber Ale. Many distilleries and breweries are also partnering with local farmers to turn locally grown produce—fruits from Palisade, Pueblo-grown peppers, and a variety of local grains and hops—into unique spirits and beers that bring the flavors of Colorado to life.



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Tips for outdoor PNW adventures with your little ones


The biggest stumbling block to getting outside with little ones is making certain they are comfortable. Especially if they are of the age where they still get carried or sit in a stroller, it is essential to make the investment to ensure their happiness. How many times has a beautiful walk or morning at the park ended early due to not having the correct gear on? By following a few simple rules, if you are lucky, this should rarely (if ever) happen again.

Layers, layers, and more layers: Layers are the easiest way to be prepared for a PNW day. It can easily go from cold and rainy to surprisingly warm and sunny at a moment’s notice. First, select a good quality base layer. Merino wool is the perfect next-to-skin layer for every adventure. Merino wool is temperature regulating to keep your little one warm when it is cool and cool when it is warm. Merino wool wicks moisture away from the body and dries much quicker than synthetic fabrics.

Did you know: Merino wool is a natural fiber, so unlike polyester or other synthetics, it can be composted in six months.

Iksplor is owned by a dynamic sister duo and fellow mamas. As they began their own families, they wanted to share their love for nature and their spirit of adventure with their children. The thing I love so much about their brightly colored merino wool sets is they run long in the sleeves, legs, and torso. If you have tall children, it is often hard to find pieces that do not creep up. Particularly when you are carrying your child through harsh weather conditions having their lower backs or ankles exposed is a frustrating problem to have.

TK Clothing, based out of Canada, is interested in extending your “play outside” season with its made-to-order merino wool base layer sets. When you invest in premium pieces like merino wool for your children, you want them to last more than one season and TK Clothing are experts in getting the most bang for your buck. TK Clothing is unique in that it has no elastic; rather a contrasting yoga-style waistband and long leg cuffs for your constantly growing kids. Roll them up when the set is on the large size and roll them down for continued use next season.

Pro Tip: The great thing about a base layer is, when you are not exploring, they can be used as a cozy pair of pajamas.

Remember those feet: It might seem obvious to invest in good boots, but what about socks?!

Smartwool is our go-to brand for keeping those little feet warm. If you have a child who likes to wear boots, might I suggest the Kids Wintersport socks. A light cushion on the shin, calf and foot provides extra warmth, protection and comfort. It also allows you to buy your child’s shoes a half-size larger for getting maximum use out of them. Smartwool’s ZQ-Certified Merino wool helps regulate temperature and helps keep them stinky-feet-free during even the most active activities. Smartwool also offers great merino wool base layers in basic neutral colors. Sold in separates which makes it easy if your child is one size in tops and another in bottoms.

Don’t forget yourself! Often when you are out exploring with your little ones, they have warm socks, cozy boots, and great base layers while you are wearing ripped jeans, an old windbreaker and tennis shoes. For fun adventures for the whole family, make certain to not forget yourself. Smartwool is a great option for both stylish and warm socks and great base layers you can use for years to come.

Dress them head to toe: You have probably spotted many children wearing the easy-to-pull-on BOGS rain boots. Did you know they also make stylish and pretty solid-colored boots for adults?! The Amanda II Lace Women’s Insulated Rain boots will keep you looking stylish and comfy all spring long and for an added bonus, you can match your little ones should you be so inclined. BOGS are fully waterproof, slip-resistant, and some have plush lining with odor-resistant and wicking properties. Practical beauty at its finest!

When it rains, it pours: Living in Seattle means many of our adventures include water, whether directly from the sky, leftover in puddles on the ground or actively found at the beach. If I have learned one thing in my years of outings, it’s that soggy children are unhappy children. As a result, I always make sure to pack my Oaki Trail Rain Suit in my bag. If my daughter wants to stomp in puddles for an hour or just sit down in one I can feel confident she will be kept dry and happy during all her outdoor play. Oaki Trail Rain Suits are great because they are breathable, waterproof, come with a drawstring waist so your child can run and play without being held back by bunches of fabric. Reflective strips and velcroed cuffs make for a warm, and secure fit.

Klean Kanteen makes a Kid Sippy Cap for younger kids and an insulated twist cap for older children. Their bottles come in fun, bright colors, are easy to clean, and encourage extra water consumption when we are out. As silly as it sounds; I find my children drink more water throughout the day if they think their water bottle is fun and cool to use. In addition, to their water bottles, they also sell a Food Box set which is great for snacks, and lunch, whether at work, school, or play. The food containers are stainless steel with food-grade silicone lids and come in three sizes. As an added bonus, their food containers are leakproof. Gone are the days of squashed sandwiches or smashed berries, which means less food waste and happier bellies all around.

Bring the kitchen sink: I don’t know if it is the fresh air or because children grow like weeds, but snacks and drinks are as essential to outdoor play as good gear. It does not matter when they just finished their last meal, children are always on the hunt for snacks. All those on-the-go treats often result in lots of packaging, so I try to limit our environmental impact by only using reusable containers. Mixed nuts, dried fruit, fresh fruits, veggies, cheese and crackers are amongst our favorite snacks, but sometimes you need something with a little longer shelf life. I finally have reached the point in motherhood where I keep a stash of water and snacks in my trunk at all times. For quick on-the-go snacks, we have been enjoying the mess-free Dino Bars. Dino Bars are organic fruit bars wrapped in edible paper. My two-year-old is currently obsessed with dinosaurs, which makes her excited by their brightly colored and adorable packaging. My older son is a big fan of the This Saves Lives bars, with playful packaging and flavors like S’mores Blast and Rockin’ Straw-beary. With a full serving of fruits and veggies, 5g of sugar and only 100 calories, you can feel okay about handing them out to your kids.

The key to successfully getting outside with your little ones is more about what you put them in than where you take them. Start out small with a walk to the mailbox or a visit to your local park and before long, you will have them traversing the beach or mountains regardless of the weather.

Lisette Wolter-McKinley is a freelance writer for Seattle Refined. See more of her work here.





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Travel expert offers tips for summer adventures


Pauline Frommer, the editorial director of Frommer’s Travel Guides, joined Shannan Ferry and Rocco Vertuccio on “Mornings On 1” Saturday to offer her best advice to travelers planning their summer getaways during this phase of the pandemic.

Frommer covers the best time to reserve plane tickets and hotel rooms, the impact of rising gas and oil prices, the value of travel insurance, and her favorite, underrated destinations. 



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‘Roamies’ – A New Venture For Young Travelers Combines Hostelling And Small Group Adventures


Hostels have long attracted globetrotters on a budget who enjoy mingling with like-minded travelers, and group travel has provided benefits ranging from planned itineraries to a sense of community and camaraderie.

Now, young adult travelers from 18 to 35-year-olds can get both.

A new venture, “Roamies,” was announced in December by Hostelworld, part of the Hostelworld Group, a global Online Travel Agent (OTA) that represents hostels in 179 countries, and G Adventures, a small group adventure tour operator.

The collaboration launched with a collection of 38 trips in 15 countries. Small groups of 16 to 24 travelers will be able to join adventures from less than a week to 34 days.

More than 50 hostels are the home-base “to both hang out and kick-start adventures,” the organizers said, and all trips have the support of an expert “chief experience officer.”

“When young people travel, they want to do more than just see places – they want to make meaningful connections and have new experiences that positively change their perspective on themselves and the world,” Gary Morrison, chief executive officer of Hostelworld Group, said in a statement. “Our mission is to help hostellers meet other travelers they want to hang out with while traveling, so partnering with G Adventures to offer a combination of hostelling and adventure travel made absolute sense.”

Morrison said Hostelworld was attracted to how G Adventures created “tailored group trips that put meeting new people and supporting local communities as the focal point, something our customers are extremely passionate about.” Roamies will offer them “an entirely new type of planned backpacking adventure in 2022,” he added.

Currently, trips are planned in Albania, Austria, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Italy, Mexico, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Peru, Thailand, and Vietnam.

For example, for 17 days on the “Gotta-See Europe: Germany, Austria, Italy – Amsterdam to Rome,” adventure, participants will take in Berlin’s history and vibrant art scene, the “jaw-dropping architecture” of Prague and Vienna,” and hike around “a ridiculously scenic mountain lake on the way to Salzburg.” Hostel stays on the tour include the Czech Inn in Prague.

“The pandemic gave us the opportunity to act like a start-up again. As we learned more about Hostelworld’s business, we realized there was an opportunity to create something special by bringing our brands together to create the perfect mix of backpacking and organized travel,” Bruce Poon Tip, founder of G Adventures, said in a statement.

“Together we’re creating a new style of travel for our customers that will allow them to have a better travel experience and support our model of community tourism, which is based on investing in as many local and small businesses as possible,” Poon Tip added. “There is no better representation of that than in the hostel market, of which many are family-run businesses.”

Departures start on May 08, 2022.

For more information, click here and here.



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Bruce Poon Tip weighs in on Ukraine invasion as G Adventures cancels Russia trips – Travel Weekly


The CEO of G Adventures, Bruce Poon Tip has condemned the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and gone on to cancel all tours in Russia.

Poon Tip began his condemnation with a reflection on the struggle that people have faced during the global pandemic.

“The past two years we have been living through a global pandemic that has caused physical separation for millions around the world. For the first time in our lifetime, we faced a common enemy, which gave us the opportunity to bring humanity together in a shared mission to eradicate the virus,” Poon Tip said.

“We should have emerged shoulder to shoulder, more unified, compassionate and empathetic than ever before. And yet, here we are, on the precipice of a more dangerous chapter of our civilised history, driven purely by the need to divide.”

He goes on to announce his stance alongside people in Ukraine: “I stand with Ukraine. I stand for freedom and democracy.”

“We are living in dangerous times, where people are divided and looking for division and this just shows us we still have a long way to go. We owe it to future generations to do whatever we can to bridge these divides.”

Poon Tip said that G Adventures will no longer service Russia and those who are booked on tours in Russia will receive a refund.

“As a company, G Adventures has cancelled all tours in Russia and travellers booked on forward departures will be refunded. We will no longer accept Russian nationals residing inside Russia on our trips, nor will we take bookings from Russian agencies,” he said.

“Unfortunately, these sanctions and forced global isolation will impact everyday people who may not agree with — and who may even be brave enough to protest — their country’s politics. However, these sanctions are essential in order to apply pressure on the entire country and to invoke change.

“There are many fine people in Russia who are now forced to become part of the solution. At this advanced stage where war has already commenced, there are only three options: deposed leadership, a complete regime change, or retreat from actions already taken. All of these come back to an internal solution created by global pressure and unfortunately, good people become an important part of the story.”

He then went on to comment on how this will impact travel, both within G Adventures and the whole industry.

“I have always said travel can be the fastest path to peace, so it breaks my heart that it has come to this. If you are reading this and have the privilege to do so, please continue to be the shining light and get back out there and travel.

“It’s only by connecting with other cultures that we can foster connection and understanding between different countries and communities. This cultural exchange is the backbone of what I built this company on 32 years ago and it must continue.

“Our travellers, partners and team members continue to show extraordinary resilience in our commitment to delivering these life-changing experiences, even when faced with the most challenging of situations. Thank you to everyone who has stood by us and who continues to be passionate about changing the world through travel.”

Poon Tip concluded: “Travel is the most powerful way we can open our hearts, minds, and eyes to the beauty of the world, especially in the darkest of times.”



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G Adventures Stands With Ukraine, Cancels Russia Tours


Bruce Poon Tip, the founder of G Adventures, said he stands with Ukraine as he canceled tours to Russia and will no longer accept Russian nationals residing in Russia on trips.

“Unfortunately, these sanctions and forced global isolation will impact everyday people who may not agree with — and who may even be brave enough to protest — their country’s politics,” Poon Tip said in a statement. “However, these sanctions are essential in order to apply pressure on the entire country and to invoke change.”

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Pool Tip started his statement with the message “There are none so blind as those who will not see.”

He then pondered why, after two years of separation due to the pandemic, the world is not pulling together.

“The past two years we have been living through a global pandemic that has caused physical separation for millions around the world. For the first time in our lifetime, we faced a common enemy, which gave us the opportunity to bring humanity together in a shared mission to eradicate the virus,” Poon Tip wrote. “We should have emerged shoulder to shoulder, more unified, compassionate and empathetic than ever before. And yet, here we are, on the precipice of a more dangerous chapter of our civilized history, driven purely by the need to divide.

“For our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, the nightmare is already very real. It is unthinkable that we are faced with a scenario where a sovereign European nation has been invaded, unprovoked and without justified cause. I stand with Ukraine. I stand for freedom and democracy. We are living in dangerous times, where people are divided and looking for division and this just shows us we still have a long way to go. We owe it to future generations to do whatever we can to bridge these divides.”

Poon Tip also said G Adventures will no longer take bookings from Russian agencies. “There are many fine people in Russia who are now forced to become part of the solution. At this advanced stage where war has already commenced, there are only three options: deposed leadership, a complete regime change, or retreat from actions already taken. All of these come back to an internal solution created by global pressure and unfortunately good people become an important part of the story.

“I have always said travel can be the fastest path to peace, so it breaks my heart that it has come to this. If you are reading this and have the privilege to do so, please continue to be the shining light and get back out there and travel. It’s only by connecting with other cultures that we can foster connection and understanding between different countries and communities. This cultural exchange is the backbone of what I built this company on 32 years ago and it must continue.”

He concluded: “Travel is the most powerful way we can open our hearts, minds, and eyes to the beauty of the world, especially in the darkest of times. Let us continue to stand together, for peace.”





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A Message From G Adventures Founder Bruce Poon Tip On Ukraine


In a message titled “There are none so blind as those who will not see,” G Adventures founder and travel industry leader Bruce Poon Tip has taken a strong stance against the invasion of Ukraine.

The company has taken tangible actions too, announcing the cancellation of all tours in Russia, and G Adventures will no longer accept Russian nationals residing inside Russia on its trips or take bookings from Russian agencies.

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Here’s a transcript of Poon Tip’s message, which we believe will resonate with the members of an industry dedicated to helping people connect with other cultures and to breaking down the kind of barriers that lead to armed conflict:

“It’s as though we’ve learned nothing in the past 75 years – I would have hoped we had learned from our collective experience. The past two years we have been living through a global pandemic that has caused physical separation for millions around the world. For the first time in our lifetime, we faced a common enemy, which gave us the opportunity to bring humanity together in a shared mission to eradicate the virus.

We should have emerged shoulder to shoulder, more unified, compassionate and empathetic than ever before. And yet, here we are, on the precipice of a more dangerous chapter of our civilized history, driven purely by the need to divide.

For our Ukrainian brothers and sisters, the nightmare is already very real. It is unthinkable that we are faced with a scenario where a sovereign European nation has been invaded, unprovoked and without justified cause.


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PHOTO: Hiroshima Peace Memorial. (photo via TommL/iStock/Getty Images Plus)

I stand with Ukraine. I stand for freedom and democracy. We are living in dangerous times, where people are divided and looking for division and this just shows us we still have a long way to go. We owe it to future generations to do whatever we can to bridge these divides.

As a company, G Adventures has cancelled all tours in Russia and travellers booked on forward departures will be refunded. We will no longer accept Russian nationals residing inside Russia on our trips, nor will we take bookings from Russian agencies.

Unfortunately, these sanctions and forced global isolation will impact everyday people who may not agree with — and who may even be brave enough to protest — their country’s politics.

However, these sanctions are essential in order to apply pressure on the entire country and to invoke change. There are many fine people in Russia who are now forced to become part of the solution.

At this advanced stage where war has already commenced, there are only three options: deposed leadership, a complete regime change, or retreat from actions already taken. All of these come back to an internal solution created by global pressure and unfortunately good people become an important part of the story.

I have always said travel can be the fastest path to peace, so it breaks my heart that it has come to this. If you are reading this and have the privilege to do so, please continue to be the shining light and get back out there and travel. It’s only by connecting with other cultures that we can foster connection and understanding between different countries and communities. This cultural exchange is the backbone of what I built this company on 32 years ago and it must continue.

Our travellers, partners and team members continue to show extraordinary resilience in our commitment to delivering these life-changing experiences, even when faced with the most challenging of situations. Thank you to everyone who has stood by us and who continues to be passionate about changing the world through travel.

Travel is the most powerful way we can open our hearts, minds, and eyes to the beauty of the world, especially in the darkest of times.

Let us continue to stand together, for peace.”





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My 10 Favorite Jaw-Dropping Island Adventures on Eleuthera, the Bahamas






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