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”

Inca Trail By Alexei Dmitriev

Retracing the Steps of the Royal Road

Last April, Zephyr hosted journalist Alexei Dmitriev on the Peru: Classic Inca Trail & Machu Picchu Trek Adventure. He has since written about his experience in frankly, one of the most eloquent travel stories we have read about the Inca Trail and Peru. Here is an excerpt of his writing: “Moss-fringed tree… Continue reading “Retracing the Steps of the Royal Road”

20th Anniversary Sale – Now Through Jan. 31st!

Join us in celebrating Zephyr’s 20th anniversary! Starting out as the world’s first inline skate tour company, we’ve expanded over the years to include hiking, biking, kayaking, horseback riding, snorkeling, and more. We’ve loved every minute of the past twenty years and are looking forward to sharing many more incredible experiences with… Continue reading “20th Anniversary Sale – Now Through Jan. 31st!”

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”

The Best Travel Gear for Your Next Trip

Since we’ve been in the adventure travel business for almost two decades, we’re asked quite frequently about what’s the best travel gear to bring on one of our adventures. We’ve pulled together a few recommendations below- though certainly not an exhaustive list, it’s a great place to start. (Please note: Zephyr Adventures has… Continue reading “The Best Travel Gear for Your Next Trip”

Inca Trail Earth Day at Machu Picchu

Inca Trail Trek – Amazing Journey, Amazing Views

Hiking the Inca Trail is on many people’s bucket lists – and for good reason! The scenery, culture, and altitude make the journey on the trail a memorable experience. This past April, Jack Witt, our friend and fitness, wellness, and life coach, led a group of adventurers across the Classic Inca Trail. “This really… Continue reading “Inca Trail Trek – Amazing Journey, Amazing Views”

The Easier Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Please note: The Royal Inca Trail is currently closed. Trail repairs have not been made after the latest round of landslides and it is unclear if/when they will reopen. Most people think there is just one Inca Trail that takes hikers from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu — the “Classic” Inca… Continue reading “The Easier Inca Trail to Machu Picchu”

Impressions From the Roof of Africa

Editor’s Note:  For the second time in two years, Zephyr’s Erika Helstrom made it to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro last week, along with seven of our Zephyr travelers.  These are some of the quick highlights she sent us prior to heading to volunteer at KYGN (Kilimanjaro Young Girls in Need) in… Continue reading “Impressions From the Roof of Africa”

How Difficult is the Inca Trail?

The Classic Inca Trail, which takes hikers from the Sacred Valley to Machu Picchu in Peru, is difficult for most people. There is no denying it. To start with, most people are simply not accustomed to hiking for four days and sleeping in a tent for three nights. While the daily hiking… Continue reading “How Difficult is the Inca Trail?”

3 Misconceptions about Group Travel

NOTE: Though this post was originally written several years ago, the most common misconceptions certainly still ring true! Zephyr Adventures has been in the group travel business for 15 years, so we understand that like most people who join us for the first time, you might feel a bit uneasy about the… Continue reading “3 Misconceptions about Group Travel”

Still Rolling After 15 Years

Today is April 4, 2012.  Fifteen years ago today, Allan Wright quit his corporate job with food company Cargill, and Zephyr Adventures (formerly called Zephyr Inline Skate Tours) was born.  “Rolling” is a great metaphor to describe Zephyr’s journey, as we have certainly done our share of rolling with the punches in… Continue reading “Still Rolling After 15 Years”

4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail

We conducted a “Two-Minute Survey” and asked potential travelers for their opinions about traveling to Peru.  Our intent was to not only find out how and where people were interested in traveling to and in Peru but also to find out if we had the information on our Inca Trail Hiking website… Continue reading “4 Misconceptions About Hiking the Inca Trail”

How to Make a Travel Blog

Gone are the days of projector slideshow recaps of your summer vacation.  Yet in a digital age, there’s even more to share with your friends and family!  I have been sharing my photos, videos and thoughts from my travels on my Facebook for years, but it doesn’t offer the organization or presentation… Continue reading “How to Make a Travel Blog”

Mount Kilimanjaro Has New Sign on the Summit

Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest point in Africa, has a new sign at the summit: That compares to the old one, which is pictured here with long-time Zephyr travelers Rick and Tony: I have to admit: I sort of like the old, battered sign! It’s weather-beaten look seems appropriate for hard climb that… Continue reading “Mount Kilimanjaro Has New Sign on the Summit”

4 Lessons Learned By Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro

In February 2011, I traveled to Africa and climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro. The climb stands as both one of the highlights of my travel experiences and one of the most fun and memorable moments of my life. Reaching the highest point on the African Continent, by foot, was not only rewarding to me… Continue reading “4 Lessons Learned By Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro”