I recently had to be able to talk to Chris Ronneseth regarding Trek Holidays (notice interview preview) who gave me an excellent overview of adventure vacation, an area of travel I definitely wish to explore sooner than afterwards…
1. Tell us the method that you got into the journey travel business.
I spent my youth around travel. My daddy, Allan Ronneseth founded the business in 1972 and using a passion to see the world in another way than the norm, we had the opportunity to journey to countries that were considered exotic during those times and to some level still are today. Venturing out on my own traveling while attending University I became a growing number of passionate about the world beyond United states. With a degree inside marketing, I ventured off first to Nyc and later to Toronto in sales and marketing for technology companies through the tech boom. Having learned the skill of sales in a industry outside of travel but backed having an upbringing rooted in journey travel, I made the further advancement to heading up revenue in Eastern Canada for your family business where My partner and i now provide support to your network of travel real estate agents across Eastern Canada along with compiling our monthly publication on adventure travel styles.
2. What countries maybe you have traveled to?
Africa: Namibia, To the south Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, Egypt, Morocco
The european union: UK, Greenland, Netherlands, Belgium, Philippines, Austria
Asia: Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, Hong Kong
To the south Pacific: Australia, Cook Destinations, Tonga, Fiji
Americas: Canadian Large Arctic, USA, Mexico, Jamaica, Cayman Destinations,
Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia
3. Please give us your top three travel memories of most times.
A. Peru -The last lineage into Machu Picchu around the famed Inca Trail from your Sun Gate after seeing sunrise on the site, being the first to enter your website at daybreak and creating a feeling of peace, harmony and strong magic inside the air.
B. Vietnam – Travelling the particular countryside of Vietnam simply by motorbike and stumbling upon a hidden and seldom visited Buddhist Monastery causing a three-hour visit with a new Buddhist monk learning and also understanding each other’s techniques.
C. Namibia – Skydiving with sunset at Swakopmund around the coast where the Atlantic Ocean meets the blood-red sand dunes for in terms of the eye can notice. One of the many tranquil moments of playing.
4. What is adventure vacation and how has it evolved throughout the last few decades?
Adventure travel utilized to mean high adventure back when the company was founded inside the seventies, it was time if the ‘hippie-trail’ was hot and buses utilized to travel across Asia coming from London to Kathmandu with itineraries that have been largely invented as you go along. Today it is in regards to the small group experience and also about experiencing a destination as opposed to simply seeing it. It really is about participation and comprehension of cultures, history and customs and to be able to take that experience away as enrichment in your daily life.
5. Who continues on your adventure travel trips and why? What could be the age, gender, nationality and income amount of the people that carry on your tours?
Adventure travel is essentially about the passion to accomplish it. For this reason it crosses boundaries of age, gender and income considering that the common goal of the travelers could be the experience regardless of their life in the home. However the largest group for us and the main growth demographic is the baby-boomers that have experienced the traditional beach vacation repeatedly over and now hold the time and disposable income to journey to more exotic destinations. Nationality is generally composed of largely English-speaking nations with all the makeup in order regarding numbers being Brits, Australians, Canadians, Fresh Zealanders, Americans, some where you live now Europe, some Latin American countries as well as the odd Asian traveler.
We offer more as compared to 120 countries worldwide generally just about everywhere. However countries currently deemed being unsafe for travel (such as. Iraq, Afghanistan) are not necessarily included but we expect are going to in the years ahead as the situation stabilizes.
7. What type of accommodation exists?
We offer generally communicating anything from 2 superstar budget accommodation to 6 superstar lodge experiences in Africa and everything among. However what is common to all or any places we stay is which they must be clean, secure, centrally-located and most important have character which is reflective of the vacation spot.
8. How do these tours benefit single travellers? Do you supply a travel-mate matching service? What are the results if I prefer individual accommodation?
Our tours were created with single travellers at heart. In fact 50% of most our travellers come independently. We match people up with the same gender and like age to share with you and avoid charging these a supplement. If clients prefer their particular room, we can try this on approximately 60% with the tours, usually the a lot more upmarket ones, but at a rate that is fair and also affordable.
9. What concerning meals?
Depending on the vacation we generally include breakfasts and several dinners but almost never lunch as much people like to become out at midday making their particular discoveries. However when trekking or inside the countryside or where alternatives usually do not exist we will constantly include meals.
10. Which are the unique benefits of adventure tours in comparison with other types of vacation?
A sense of good results, quality of experience, traveling using a small group of just ten people typically, generally better value as compared to comparable bus tours, camaraderie with individuals in which share a passion for this sort of travel.
11. What form of activities are offered within your tours?
Sightseeing is a major section of every tour but beyond that we should include as many cultural experiences as you can such as homestays together with local families, village trips, etc. We also have got many optional activities accessible such rafting, sailing, vehicle safaris, day treks, and so forth.
12. Is there this kind of thing as adventure trips for families?
We will have tours built especially for families traveling with other families in which children are age six or over. There is a huge demographic of ‘late-starter’ family members who never had children until inside their 30s. Many of these individuals traveled with us inside their 20s or backpacked independently now want to give that experience with their children. They are not enthusiastic about introducing them to the particular ‘coca-cola’ culture pervasive in the present society. These have recently been met with great accomplishment.
13. Please share with us practical advice for an individual who’s never tried journey travel.
Safety is a mind-set. Most people who elect not to journey to exotic destinations do so as a result of fear for their safety within the destination. If you heed the advice of one’s tour leader and what you need almost any destination on earth can provide a risk-free, secure and memorable knowledge. Where we have had difficulties with safety it has typically been a disregard for wise practice and advice. Don’t forget of experiencing other civilizations, you will almost always realize that your curiosity could be the best guide though all of it and that same curiosity will probably be reciprocated by the people we meet as you go along. It is about studying and understanding other people up to they need to comprehend us. It really does shrink the entire world. Our second biggest problem could be dehydration, when traveling to be able to hot, dry countries or in which activity is involved for instance trekking ensure you drink a lot of water!
14. How long do you travel yourself today?
Generally 5 or 6 weeks per year. It is imperative to be able to my sales knowledge and also experience and I are obligated to repay it to my customers being the expert in that which you do! All of our employees get wonderful travel opportunities which goes directly to our company motto: Expert advice from whoever has been there!