Best Way to See the Galapagos Islands: Cruise or Land-Based?

Best Way to See The Galapagos Islands - Knowmad Adventures

One of the most common and important questions when planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands is whether to do an expedition-style cruise or a land-based Galapagos trip.  The answer really depends on your own personal travel style and what you most want to experience during your trip to the Galapagos. Knowmad Adventures Galapagos Trip Specialists are experts on all the possibilities, advantages and disadvantages that come with each option. Take a look at the guide we’ve created below to help you easily decide which option is the best way to see the Galapagos Islands!

Starting a Company: The Challenges + Triumphs of Starting a Travel Company

Starting a Company Travel

Big news on the Knowmad Adventures front: we’re closing on a new office this week! Remembering our baby beginnings, with Jordan and I sitting across from each other at the same table in a 400-square-foot former chicken coop, it seemed unimaginable that Knowmad would ever need a whole building to house its team. Yet the time has come and we’ll be moving to our new South Minneapolis location on 36th & Bryant (directly across from a Bogart’s Donuts – dangerous!) come September. More to come on that later…

What’s actually been pestering me all month, as I gather bank statements, tax statements, read over the inspection addendum, the closing disclosure, sign this, scan that, etc., is that something that should be so exciting gets so bogged down by plain old paperwork. Although it’s hard to escape one’s nemesis, I have to laugh at myself and my insignificant groveling when I think of the trámite we went through in purchasing a car in Chile.

How To Make The Most Out of Your Trip To Torres Del Paine, Patagonia: Including The Best Excursions For You

Torres del Paine Knowmad Adventures

A common question I hear from people planning a trip to Torres del Paine and a stay at one of the handful of excellent adventure lodges in this massive national park is, “what are the best excursions and hikes to do in Torres del Paine?” Of course the response to what would seem a straightforward question varies greatly on who you are and your preferences (Do you really like to hike? How long of a hike is too long? Do you also like to horseback ride? etc). But with that being said, there are some general suggestions that can help you make the most of your five or so days in Torres del Paine.

4 Unique Experiences + What to Pack For A Trip to Ecuador

Knowmad Adventures Travel South America

On a recent Knowmad Adventures research trip in Ecuador Tara and Renee wandered the ancient cobblestone streets of Quito, chased butterflies in the cloud forest, cantered through the pastoral grounds of a former president’s hacienda in the Andes, and danced with blue-footed boobies in the Galapagos Islands. Their adventures included stays at the regal Casa Gangotena in Quito, the modern and experiential Mashpi Lodge in the cloud forest, the historic Hacienda Zuleta in the Andes, and the tented, yet appropriately luxurious, Galapagos Safari Camp. It was definitely a challenge to know what to pack for a trip that incorporated such varied climates! Read on for stories they share from their adventures and, because we know you’re curious, what they wore…

Picture Perfect: The Photojojo Phone Lens for Travel

Knowmad Adventures + Photo Jojo Iris Lense

A photo can take an ordinary moment and make it an extraordinary piece of your personal story. It’s not that undocumented memories are any less important, but life has a way of moving from one event to another without pausing to stop, therefore just the action of standing still and taking a photo reminds us to appreciate our experiences no matter how simple they may be.

Parting Shots: Travel to Antarctica

Travel to Antarctica

Travel to Antarctica can be challenging. Known as the white continent, this incredibly vast wilderness is uninhabited by humans and only visited by a handful of the most adventurous individuals. Knowmad travelers Katy and Brady Shannon were up for both the challenge and the adventure!