Cuba Hike Through Topes de Collantes

5 Fascinating Surprises from our First Cuba Adventure

I recently returned from Zephyr’s first-ever people-to-people adventure to Cuba with a group of nine remarkable alumni.  I tried to go with as little assumptions or expectations as possible so that I could really experience the Cuban landscape, food, and culture for what it is rather than what I’ve been told it is.… Continue reading “5 Fascinating Surprises from our First Cuba Adventure”

Trekking in Bhutan

Making the Return Journey to Bhutan

In 2015, Michael Keys, Zephyr guide and the husband of Zephyr’s Head of Operations, Kris Keys, journeyed with us on our maiden voyage to Bhutan as a tour guest. Afterward, he wrote a blog post called Don’t Wait – Make the Remarkable Journey and Travel to Bhutan where he provided his perspective and… Continue reading “Making the Return Journey to Bhutan”

Beach at Sicily

Discovering Sicily, the Pearl for the Mediterranean

“Sicily is the pearl of this century…Since old times, travelers from the most far away country…boast of its merits, praise its territory, rave about its extraordinary beauty, and highlight its strengths…because it brings together the best aspects from every other country.” – Al-Idrisi, Arab geographer, The Book of Roger, 1138 – 54… Continue reading “Discovering Sicily, the Pearl for the Mediterranean”

Life after Zephyr

Is There Life After Zephyr?

One of the most common questions I get from our Alumni is, “What is (insert name of former guide) doing these days?” I thought it would be interesting to pose that question to all our former guides themselves. The answer to the question in the title above in one word: Absolutely! Here… Continue reading “Is There Life After Zephyr?”

2016: another year of adventure!

2016 has been another adventurous year for the books!   We explored a wide range of terrains from mountains to valleys to oceans to jungles and more. We traveled to 12 different countries on 21 action-packed trips where we hiked, biked, skated, kayaked, snorkeled, rode horseback, rafted, and ziplined.  We shared incredible meals,… Continue reading “2016: another year of adventure!”

Horseback Riding in Chile

Nervous About Traveling with a Group as a Solo Traveler?

Many solo, first-time Zephyr folks are uncertain about joining a group tour full of people they don’t know. But we’ve seen it time and time again where people come to the trip as strangers and leave as close friends. It’s the kind of “human magic” that Zephyr thrives on! Get a group… Continue reading “Nervous About Traveling with a Group as a Solo Traveler?”

Don and Susan Larson Prioritizing Adventure

How to Prioritize Adventure Travel into Your 80s

Though Don and Susan Larson have been Zephyr alumni since 1998, I had the great fortune of meeting them when I guided last year’s Chile & Argentina Multisport & Wine Adventure. They are a lovely couple that others seem to gravitate to. Not only do they have the most captivating stories about… Continue reading “How to Prioritize Adventure Travel into Your 80s”

Don't wait - travel to Bhutan!

Don’t Wait – Make the Remarkable Journey and Travel to Bhutan

This post was written by Michael Keys, a Zephyr guide and the husband of Zephyr’s Head of Operations, Kris Keys. Michael joined Kris – who was the trip leader – in Bhutan last fall as a tour guest, and will be returning this coming fall as the Zephyr trip leader. When Kris told… Continue reading “Don’t Wait – Make the Remarkable Journey and Travel to Bhutan”

Finding a Career You Love

Finding a Career You Love: Starting Zephyr Adventures

I am lucky enough to have a graduate degree in Entrepreneurial Management, which certainly helped me in creating Zephyr Adventures. But this story is not about creating your own company. It is about finding a career you love. I learned a valuable tool from some forgotten professor in one of my entrepreneurship… Continue reading “Finding a Career You Love: Starting Zephyr Adventures”

Prioritizing Adveture

Prioritizing Adventure: A Real Life Alumni Example

We have a motto that we like to live by – life’s short…prioritize adventure! We’ve all been guilty of getting bogged down by life’s little stressors and focusing on getting through the daily grind, but we feel it is important to take a step back and think about what makes us happy.… Continue reading “Prioritizing Adventure: A Real Life Alumni Example”

Italy - Epic Fails in Adventure Travel

Epic Fails in Adventure Travel

I am known for being calm, cool and collected. That is a reputation I relish and do my best to uphold, particularly when guiding trips. However, there have been more than a handful of moments during my 17 years with Zephyr when things have gone south and I have momentarily entered panic… Continue reading “Epic Fails in Adventure Travel”

Cinque Terre Hiking

Exploring Cinque Terre – A True Historical Delight

Known for its slow pace, breathtaking sea views, and lovely and antiquated architecture perched on impossible peaks, Cinque Terre is a little slice of heaven for many a traveler. Kerry Dopler, one of our bright and friendly guides, will be co-leading (along with Giovanni) a group of adventurers on the Tuscany &… Continue reading “Exploring Cinque Terre – A True Historical Delight”

Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian’s Wall – A Traveler’s Perspective

Hadrian’s Wall is one of the most popular attractions in Northern England. It stretches for a remarkable 73 miles through rolling lush countryside (with many a lounging sheep!), past imposing abandoned forts, by impressive castles and through the vibrant cities of Newcastle and Carlisle. Rick Otis, a long-time Zephyr traveler, took this… Continue reading “Hadrian’s Wall – A Traveler’s Perspective”