Self-Guided Travel in Europe: England, Spain, and Italy

For some reason, the secret of self-guided travel has not yet gotten out. We at Zephyr Adventures have been running self-guided tours in Italy for about five years. We have found them so appealing, this past summer we spent the time to add two new destinations to our list of self-guided tours:… Continue reading “Self-Guided Travel in Europe: England, Spain, and Italy”

How to Buy Pottery while Biking through Umbria

Have the pottery shipped home, of course.  But if it were that simple I would not be writing about it.  There is much more to the experience of buying something fragile that you cannot carry in your panniers.  It’s a science, in fact, and I am here to tell you how it… Continue reading “How to Buy Pottery while Biking through Umbria”

Wine Tasting 101

If you’ve never been wine tasting, or haven’t done so often, you might be under the impression that wine tasting has to be a complicated process filled with opportunities for faux pas. It doesn’t have to be this way. At Zephyr Adventures we spend a great deal of time selecting which vineyards… Continue reading “Wine Tasting 101”

Favorite Italian Moments: a Second Perspective

This post is written by Zephyr traveler and 20-something-year-old guest blogger Chris Jarrett, who went on last month’s Tuscany & Umbria Hike, Bike, Wine & Food Adventure with his family and friends.  His mom Rhonda wrote a guest blog last week, but we asked  Chris to share his thoughts about the trip for another perspective!… Continue reading “Favorite Italian Moments: a Second Perspective”

My Favorite Things While Hiking and Biking in Italy

This post is written by Zephyr traveler and guest blogger Rhonda Jarrett, who went on last month’s Tuscany & Umbria Hike, Bike, Wine & Food Adventure with her family and friends.  We asked her to write about her favorite part of each day of the trip.  Her husband and son will also… Continue reading “My Favorite Things While Hiking and Biking in Italy”

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”

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”

Choosing an Active European Vacation

There are hundreds of active European adventures you could choose to do on your vacation. At Zephyr Adventures, we have run active tours in a total of 11 different locations in Europe, although we don’t run every trip every year. If you are an active traveler, how do you decide which Zephyr… Continue reading “Choosing an Active European Vacation”

Private Group Travel

Over the years we frequently have been approached to create private tours for a group of friends, a social organization, or a business. When these work, they are super fun. 90% of the time they don’t work because they the group never gets organized. Earlier this month I ran two private group… Continue reading “Private Group Travel”

Self-Guided Vacations in Italy

I spent 17 days in Italy this past month helping to create Zephyr’s newest business division: Self-Guided Adventures in Italy. This is a totally new concept for us and a fairly new concept in the travel world, so I’ll explain. Self-guided adventures are sort of a middle ground between taking a guided… Continue reading “Self-Guided Vacations in Italy”