Are you a Ferdinand or a Heather?

On our active trips – whether it be hiking, biking, kayaking, skiing or skating – we generally like to have one guide toward the front of the pack to help steer the group, and a “sweep” guide toward the back that makes sure nobody gets left behind.   This summer on our Beartooth Hiking Adventure in Continue Reading →

How To Choose The Right Tour Operator for your Inca Trail Trek

There are many different levels of Inca Trail trips you can take and in general, “you get what you pay for.”  But what’s right for you? You can go from bare bones trips where corners can be cut (with substandard equipment, poor food, low wages for staff, no training, etc.) to luxury trips where many Continue Reading →

Would You Rather Have A T-shirt Or What’s In Box Number 2?

If you have already traveled with us, you probably realize we take your feedback seriously.  One of our guests (who has been on many, many trips with us) recently suggested we offer travelers an alternative to getting a t-shirt on a trip.  She has a great collection from the past 20 years and said she Continue Reading →

In The Words of Alumni: Portugal Hiking & Wine Adventure

This is the third post in a series we are calling “In The Words of Alumni” that shares feedback about a trip directly from the travelers who were just on it. Online ratings are becoming increasingly important for small businesses like ours (see our blog post on this topic).   We are happy to tell Continue Reading →

Why Reviews (Online and Otherwise) Are So Important To A Small Business Like Zephyr

Last year, 70% of our travelers were repeat travelers – this is an incredible statistic, and we are extremely grateful for our alumni’s continued loyalty to Zephyr. Much of our business in the past 20 years has been generated by word of mouth from our alumni, and their stamp of approval is good enough to Continue Reading →

Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro: Expectations Vs Reality

Ever thought about trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro but not sure what to expect? Last year, Kris Keys, our loveable, long-time guide and alumni ambassador, along with a great group of explorers, ventured up the bucket-list-worthy mountain. Kris shares her perspective on what she expected before the trip and what the actual reality of trekking up Mt. Continue Reading →

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