East-West Global Traveler
Browsing Category

Adventure Travel

Excellent Source for Travel Brochures!

By December 7, 2016 Adventure Travel, Cities, Countries, Cruising, Destinations, Family Travel, Fishing, For Your Journey, Products, Solo Travel, Tours, Travel, Wild Places, Wildlife & Safari
source-for-travel-brochures

If you travel at all, you appreciate the value of good travel brochures that inspire, and educate you about great destinations .

It does get frustrating when I lose them, or want to review one while I am abroad, and don’t have access to them.

Ah, but technology can fix this! If you have internet access, I have found an online source for hundreds of up-to-date travel brochures. They update regularly, and I don’t need to re-order or carry around glossy copies. I can download those that I really like, to keep with me on my laptop, or tablet.

And look, you can even sort them by location and other parameters. I’m always discovering something new in these brochures!

You can see the entire selection by clicking the image or get your Brochures Here.

Enjoy over 100 Travel Brochures provided by East-West Global Travel

You Might Also Like

Escape to Telluride

By December 1, 2016 Adventure Travel, Cities, Destinations, Family Travel, Travel
Telluride, CO

I’m looking forward to traveling to Telluride again this winter. I have visited at least twice a year over the last 4 years. It truly is an excellent place to escape, lose yourself, or to rediscover. With plenty to attract just about any traveler, perhaps I can entice you to add Telluride to your travel plans this coming year.

Telluride is nestled in the southwest corner of Colorado. Some of its appeal is that it is effectively a remote destination, with no freeways within 200 miles, and surrounded by mountain passes, limiting the masses of people descending on this town the way they do on other towns like Jackson Hole WY, Aspen CO, and Durango CO. While state highways come through the area from Moab, UT, Cortez, Co and Grand Junction, CO, its a long, albeit breathtaking drive.

Telluride also operates the highest commercial airport in North America, yet all flights in are private or charter, and many get diverted to Montrose, CO anyway, which is serviced by United and American Airlines.  Flights to Montrose cost about $650 roundtrip from most points in the West and Midwest. Still, you’ll need to shuttle the 65 miles to Telluride at an additional cost.

To get a glimpse of what travel to Telluride may be like from Phoenix, AZ, through Cortez, CO, over Lizardhead Pass, view this video:

However challenging it may seem to get to Telluride, once you are there. its hard to leave. There is so much to do, see, and experience, that its easy to spend a week every year for many years just doing new and different things offered over the four seasons.

Now that I’ve pointed out the only downside I can think of visiting Telluride, its time to tell you all about the great things that Telluride has to offer.

Telluride Village

Originally started in 1880 as a mining camp named Columbia, the US Postal Service disallowed u

sing a name for a town post office that was already taken, so the alternate –  Telluride – was chosen. There are theories as to what that actually means, but I’ll let you take that up with the locals – its more fun that way! Telluride mining expanded throughout the valley. An investor working with Westinghouse brought alternating power from a dam powerplant up to the mines and then to Telluride, cementing the town’s place in history as the first in the nation with alternating current.

Telluride, CO

Telluride, CO

This was a boon not only for mining, but for the mining barracks, saloons, and the seedy red light district. Telluride was an interesting, lively place in those days. That boon began to end when the silver crash of 1893 dropped prices, making mining a unprofitable business. Those that stayed ended up leaving at the onset of World War I, seeking better jobs, or entering the war. Telluride, like most other mining towns of the same era, became a ghost town.

Telluride and Mountain Village were then connected with the first year round gondola of its type, to serve the needs of the communities. The resort and communities continue the innovation in recreation and leisure opportunities.

Mountain Village

Mountain Village

Mountain Village

Located in the core of the ski resort, on the high plateau over 1000 feet above Telluride, is a newer community with plenty of real estate for rent, condos to purchase, and multi-million dollar homes to impress the most discriminating wealthy buyer. The village was built with the resort guest in mind, with plenty of lodging next to trail offering ski-up access, plenty of short run lifts, and shops that provide the necessities of the resident/guest.

 

Both communities have interesting shops, world class dining, excellent recreation offerings, and awe inspiring views.

Festivals & Celebrations

A large draw to Telluride are the plethora of special events. Probably half of them were created with no other interest than a local citizen’s passion for a topic, and wanted to put on something special around that theme, for the weekend, and the event took a life of its own over time. Other events were created specifically for the sake of tourism. Either way, There is probably a handful of events that would interest you. Here is a list that occur annually:

Art Walk – Weekly, first Thursday of the month

Fire Festival – A flame induced celebration, inspired by Burning Man – Mid January

Comedy Festival – World Class comedians, and local hacks share the laughs – Mid February

Gay Ski Week – Fun on the slopes and at parties for the LGBTQ community – Last week of February

Tribute Fest – Tribute bands and events paying homage to rock bands of yester-year – Mid March

Literary Arts Fest – Poetry to books, and even a Hike to Reading event – Mid May

Mountainfilm  – Celebrating Outdoor recreation and activism through film – End of May

Balloon Festival – Hot air balloons, rides, glows and more – First week of June

Wild West Fest – The West comes alive, along with 500 visiting inner-city youth – Early June

WOW – Work Out Weekend, Health and fitness festival – Early June

Bluegrass Festival – Simply one of the finest Bluegrass Music events in the US – Mid June

Wine Festival – Tastings, and pairings – Mid June

Plein Air Festival – Artists come to paint outdoors – Late June

Rundola – Mountain run of 1800 feet of elevation gain. – July 4

Fireman’s Celebration – Fun activities and celebratory events – July 4

The Ride Festival – Music fest in the town park – Mid July

Art & Architecture Festival – Featuring unique downtown properties and exhibits – Mid July

Yoga Festival – All things yoga at this festival – Mid July

Jazz Festival – Historic Greats and up-and-coming artists  – Early August

Chamber Music Festival – Classical Chamber Music performed in the valley – Mid August

Mushroom Festival – Anything and Everything Fungal! – Mid August

Telluride Film Festival – A Prestigious Film festival featuring world class filmmakers – Late August

Blues & Brews Festival – Food, Blues Music, and microbrew to compliment – Mid September

Festival of Cars & Color – A Fall foliage car show of Classic autos – Mid September

Horror Festival – A 3 day horror film festival featuring 18 films and 20 shorts – Mid October

 

Adventure

If you are coming to experience a festival, or just to visit, there is plenty to draw you away, into the outdoors. Frankly, this is the bet reason to visit Telluride – anything else is ancillary.

Winter

With some of the best terrain in the United States, it would be easy to write about each activity. But here is a list of all you can do in the winter:

Lift Served Alpine Skiing, Heli-skiing, Backcountry trail served skiing, Telemark Skiing, Nordic Skiing, Sleigh rides, Snowmobiling, Hot Spring Stays, Ice Climbing, Sledding, Snowshoeing, Dog Sledding, Horseback riding, Fly fishing, Fat Tire Bicycling.Telluride Resort

Summer

Biking, Hiking, Mountain biking, 4×4 trails drives, Ghost Towns, ATV & Motorcycle routes, Court sports galore, Disc Golfing, Fly Fishing, Golf, Horseback riding, Hot Air Ballooning, Camping, Paragliding, Landscape Photography Tour, Mountain running, Skate parks, Paddleboarding, Swimming, spas, Whitewater Rafting.

 

Neither list is fully inclusive, and I intentionally left out shopping, movies and other more mundane activities you can do anywhere.

Trip Planning

The best way to get here is to plan your trip with a Travel Professional. Explain all that you want to do, the time you want to visit, and approximate budget. The only mistake you can make is not having a budget big enough to cover all the exciting things you want to do. Your travel professional will work magic for you in narrowing down options, costs, and can offer alternate solutions or options for your trip.

Secondly you can get on with a group excursion that will be traveling to Telluride. If Skiing is your interest, you can save a lot of money by going with an established tour group. The best person to handle this is Mike Clark of Arizona Fun and Leisure. a 4 day ski trip, with transportation from Phoenix, AZ, lodging and lift tickets can run just under $300! Its a seriously great value, and Mike has been doing this for over 30 years! You can learn more about his Telluride Ski Trips here.

Oh – and if you are interested in meeting me in Telluride, Let me know in the comments, and I’ll share when I’ll be there.

 

 

 

 

You Might Also Like

Why haven’t you visited Bimini Bahamas?

By November 29, 2016 Adventure Travel, Cheap Eats, Countries, Destinations, Fishing, Tours, Travel, Wildlife & Safari
cruise-2016_8564a

And I’m sure at this point you are asking Where? Even if you have been to the Bahamas, odds are very high that you haven’t been tobimini the “Gateway to the Caribbean.”

If you are the traveler that likes those “sleeper destinations” where amenities and decent lodging is available, yet there is plenty of space to explore (or lose yourself), Bimini should be on your list.

In fact, if you are the Ernest Hemingway type, this is the perfect island for you! Hemingway spent much time here, staying at The Compleat Angler. While the hotel has been destroyed by fire, most of Bimini retains its authentic feel that is reflected in Hemingway’s writings like “Old Man and the Sea.”

Hemingway isn’t the first famous person to live on Bimini. Ponce de Leon scoured the shores, mangroves, and highlands in search of the Fountain of Youth. While it wasn’t discovered, there a certain calmness and ease on the island that makes you feel younger, more refreshed. Perhaps that mojo rubbed off on another visitor – Jimmy Buffett.

Getting there

Bimini is just shy of 50 miles off the coast of  Florida. While you probably could hitch a ride on one of 10,000 sport travel-to-biminifishing boats that will ply the gulf stream between Miami and Bimini, I would recommend a more conventional approach.

FRS Caribbean is the primary ferry service operating daily to Bimferry-caribbean-san-gwannini. For just under $200, you can get roundtrip transportation from Miami, and arrive in about 2 hours.

If air is more appealing, Silver Airways operates regional jet service from Miami, and Tropic Ocean operates seaplane service from Miami and Ft. Lauderdale. Both range from $300 to $500 for roundtrip service.seaplane

If you are a US or Canadian citizen, just bring your passport. Other countries need to check with your consulate for details.

Staying on the Island

Unless you are looking for a dive, or intent on squatting along the beach, the best choices in my opinion are Resorts World, Hilton, Bimini Big Game Club, and Bimini Sands.

Resorts World is located on North Bimini near the apex peninsula that extends over to East Bimini. Tcruise-2016_8559ahey offer very nice condo, cottage, and villa lodging, ranging from studio to 5 bedroom properties. Free trams and shuttles take you to the marina, casino, beach, and shopping areas, as well into downtown Bailey and Alicetown. The beach area is standard fare for resorts, complete with water sports, jetskis, lounge chairs, umbrellas etc. Prices start as $250 per night.

Hilton at Resorts World was completed summer 2016. Its a fresh and inviting structure, located within Resorts World, and houses the new casino. It also functions as the main terminal for shuttles and trams. Onsite restaurants, coffee bar, nightclub, and more, offer all that you have come to expect in the Hilton line. Prices start at $275.

Bimini Big Game Club began has a supper club, and evebbgc-marinantually moved to its current location to expand to a renowned resort and marina. Dining here is still as popular as before, and the resort services have kept pace with its reputation. Its an older property, but that doesn’t reflect on the quality or service found here. Its located near the southern end  of North Bimini, in Alicetown. Not far from the haunts of Ernest Hemingway and other famous visitors. There is a pool area at the resort, and 2 blocks west is Radio Beach, so named as its location was ideal to pick up radio signals from the United States. Prices start at $189.

Bimini Sands is located on South Bimini, not far from the airport, and just north of Port Royale. Its effectively a condo structure built around a private marina, with about half also facing the open ocean. Clean and quiet, its location is perfect for those who enjoy quiet time on deserted beaches, or exploring the many paths within the adjacent nature preserve. Prices start at $280.

I viewed all four properties in November of 2016, and found them

to be of good value for your money. While many travelers are looking for low budget rates, I wouldn’t recommend any other locations at this time. If you have visited Bimini, and have input on other locations, I would love to hear from you.

Thing to Experience

First, going to Bimini and not going fishing, is akin to going to the North Pole and not visiting Santa. Except the fishing is real, and its epic! The gulf stream flows right between Florida and Bimini, and the coral reefs are teaming with life. An abundance of fish await your bait. whether you are a dock fisherman, or deep s

Ansil Saunders Master Boatbuilder and Fishing Guide

Ansil Saunders Master Boatbuilder and Fishing Guide

ea sport, you are bound to have a great time.

As for me, on my next visit, I’m going to look up Ansil Saunders, and spend a day fly fishing. Ansil is a renowned guide who has been awarded for his skill and service. Ansil first hit the world scene when he was the guide for Martin Luther King Jr, who was on respite on Bimini, just prior to receiving the Noble Peace Prize. Ansil hasn’t stopped since, and everyone gets the same world class service, no matter your station. Spending a day with Ansil would be fine enough without catching anything, but his reputation indicates I’ll catch plenty.

Second, book a guided tour with the Resorts World staff. They will spend 4 hours with you, visiting both islands,cruise-2016_8411a and showing the local haunts, historic locations, mythical places, and more. It will set the base for what to do, and where else you might want to visit over the duration of your stay. You’ll get more value if its a private tour. Plan on visiting the well allegedly investigated as the fountain of youth by Ponce de Leon.

Third, go on a diving excursion. They are less expensive here than found in other international marine areas. You can snorkel in the mangrove areas, or full on SCUBA on the edge of the reef. An international shark research center is located on Bimini, and perhaps you might find the courage to be involved with one of their studies of the Lemon Shark!

Fourth,  Find yourself a local Conch Shop. They’ll treat you right, serving up conch fritters, fried conch, and other dishes made of conch. Its a mainstay of the Bimini diet.

Fifth, arrange for a trip out to the Healing Hole. A natural subsurface well, that percolates mineral laden fresh water into the sea water above. Its well hidden among the mangroves, and missed by Ponce de Leon. Clearly its not a fountain of youth, but the mineral content is high enough to have some health benefits. Before the end of the last ice age, this natural well would have been above water. If you have ever visited Soda Springs, Idaho, or Montezuma’s Well in Arizona, this would have been quite similiar. Some even speculate that the well was used by the Antlantean people written about by Plato (Same people who presumably occupied the city of Atlantis.) Couple this with the modern spirituality movement who have declared Bimini and the Healing Hole as a energy vortex, and you have reason to at least visit the location. (Sedona Arizona is the epicenter of said vortexes.)

Sixth, Go visit Ashley Saunders and his Dolphin House. If you do the tour as mentioned in #2, you will visit this location. If you have chosen to forego the tour, at least make time to visit this iconic house. Ashley Saunders is a poetcruise-2016_8427a laureate in the Bahamas, who has written a two volume history of the Bimini islands. In 1993, he began building a home that could withstand the harshest of hurricanes. The walls are thick and the home constructed of recycled materials. These items come available when other buildings are destroyed in the storms, and then gathered by Saunders to further his expansions. His artistic side is demonstrated in the extensive murals and designs on every wall of the property. Named the Dolphin House after his love of Dolphins, and a Dolphin tile mosiac above the doors of his museum and gift shop. The second floor is full of mosiacs made of shells, tiles, and license plates from all 50 US states. Donations are appreciated.

There is much more to do and see on Bimini, and I hope you discover them as you experience the six I have listed.  Its certainly a place that draws you in, with its own unique flair and mystique.

If you are ready to visit, reach out by email, as I would be happy to discuss more about Bimini.

cruise-2016_8564a

 

 

You Might Also Like