About three months ago the Macalester College Alumni Association embarked on an incredible adventure to Ecuador. This twelve-day trip highlighted incredible Andean landscapes and fascinating indigenous cultures in mainland Ecuador and included a luxurious 6-day small ship cruise around Darwin’s Galapagos Islands which are full of fascinating endemic species and beautiful volcanic landscapes.
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Nothing quite captures a moment like an image, but too often my photos sit buried in my computer’s enclaves never to see the light of day. In this time of digital this and digital that, I have the hardest time sitting at my computer, sifting through the memories and actually printing anything. Not to mention matting, framing it and then actually hanging it on my wall! That was until I connected with a wonderful small company called Instantly Framed. They make preserving travel memories easy. It starts with an app, a couple clicks, and three days later a gorgeous, hand-crafted dark walnut frame shows up on your doorstep with your travel memory printed in archival inks onto professional photo luster paper.
I remember sitting in the waiting room for one of the many doctor appointments you go to when you’re pregnant and flipping through Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine. It must have been during one of the early visits that the “5 Fascinating Moms” feature caught my eye. As an expectant mother I was nervous, naturally. How was I going to do this? Was I going to be nurturing enough? Patient enough? The stories of those five women filled me with wonder. How were they pulling it off? Not only were they tackling the daily challenges of meeting every need of a little human being, but they were doing it with style and gusto! Pursuing their own dreams, juggling careers and me-time. It seemed impossible.
Hi Knowmaders! I just got back from an incredible 18-day trip to Peru. It was a phenomenal adventure filled with many of the activities you, our travelers, experience, as well as hotel inspections and meeting with our local team. I was constantly expanding my knowledge of these incredible destinations and excursions. To be honest the whole trip was a little bit of a pinch me moment and it was really difficult to choose just a few to share with you. Read on for the top six highlights from my trip to Peru.
I was delighted when Erynn at Tropic of Candycorn, a wonderful family travel blog, asked me to write a destination post. Of course, I was then faced with the hard decision of picking a place to write about. Having crisscrossed the globe in a number of ways – through study abroad programs, on a shoestring in college, and on Knowmad exploratory trips with Jordan to name a few – I felt like I was venturing into the future writing about a destination through the lens of family travel.
Rion and Shelly snorkeled, took photos with giant tortoises, spotted seabirds, made friends with sea lions and more in the Galapagos Islands this past March. Their trip was unique as they spent time exploring the Galapagos Islands by cruise and also by land, at Galapagos Safari Camp.
“I’ve done quite a bit of research on trips in Chile and Argentina and I am just getting overwhelmed; where do I start?” This is the first thing I hear from many prospective travelers trying to plan their perfect South American adventure. If you’re having similar feelings, don’t worry you’re not alone.
It doesn’t take much to recognize that Argentina is famous for their steak. We’ve heard the locals boast about it, the magazines talk about, and the travelers rave about it. One of the reasons their steak is so uniquely delicious is because often times they pair it with a very fresh and robust chimichurri sauce. Below I share the best Argentine chimichurri recipe I’ve ever had (taste-tested and approved)!
“We had the most amazing trip [to South America]; thank you! We are so appreciative of your guidance and expertise. It was so memorable and we sincerely loved every moment. Getting back to reality today is particularly challenging!” – Loren and Heath
Don’t miss Canada’s largest showcase of outdoor gear and adventure travel experiences this weekend, February 20, 21 & 22, 2015.