Patagonia International Expeditions has long been the go-to company for nature travel. They’ve been in the forefront of environmentally responsible expeditions to places like Tikal, Brazil's Pantanal, Costa Rica, Egypt, India, Machu Picchu, Papua New Guinea and Patagonia. They offer small ship voyages to the Amazon and Galapagos Island. And

The author in the Dead Sea. Credit: Jennifer Laceda.   By Ed Wetschler     Jerusalem may pull up the sidewalks for Shabbat, but the Dead Sea, about a one-hour drive to the east, stays open seven days a week (how could you close it)? And so do several other strange

      The tag line for Austin-Lehman Adventures (ALA) is that they've been "Inspiring active bodies and minds since 1985." Quietly inspiring, it seems to me. This is a company that does what it does very well, without a lot of hoopla or bravado. Owners Dan Austin and Paul Lehman

Want to see the largest mammals on earth? Take a whale watching cruise this summer. From May through December, the West Coast is prime territory for summer sightings of blue whales, 80-foot long behemoths that can weigh up to 100 tons. You might also spot humpback whales, which can grow

(The view from The Island Inn on Monhegan Island, courtesy Island Inn)   I love islands, and I love the state of Maine, so the combination is pretty much guaranteed to satisfy. That’s why I was a happy sailor when the Elizabeth Ann pulled out of Port Clyde, Maine and

        In spring, many a young man’s fancy turns to fly fishing. The same could be said of many young women I know. Who better to ask about the appeal of flying fishing than LL Bean fishing expert Mac McKeever (above). McKeever works for Bean's department of Public Affairs

Photo by Christina Heyniger,      What's happening to the world of adventure travel during this global recession? The man to ask is Shannon Stowell (above right), president of the Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), an organization that has grown into the largest international association of adventure travel companies. There

    Intrepid Travel is not your garden variety adventure travel tour operator. Not when they can arrange for you to spend 15 days traveling through Uzbekistan for $1,360. Plan a month-long trip for you in the jungle and on the beaches of Benin, Cameroon, Ghana, Nigeria and Togo for $2,240.

  In the competitive world of adventure travel, the small adventure travel companies can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Which is a shame, because they can provide the ultimate in personalized service — you’re often dealing with owner of the company as you plan your trip. These small companies

With all of the attention on the Olympic Games in Beijing, this seems like a good time to look at some of the other aspects of the enormous country that is China. Specifically, the wilder side of China, the remote places that offer a glimpse into rural life and tribal