Difference Between a Trek and a Hike

Difference Between a Trek and a Hike: A Slovenian Example

We pride ourselves in offering a variety of hand-picked active tours that fit an array of preferences and abilities, which is why we offer a selection of both treks and hikes each year. But what is the difference between a trek and a hike? To help illustrate the difference, let’s take a… Continue reading “Difference Between a Trek and a Hike: A Slovenian Example”

Yellowstone Winter Tour Review

In The Words of Alumni: Yellowstone Winter Tour Review

This is the first post in a series we are calling “In The Words of Alumni” that will share feedback about a trip directly from the travelers who were just on it. Online reviews are becoming increasingly important for small businesses like ours (see our blog post on this topic). We are… Continue reading “In The Words of Alumni: Yellowstone Winter Tour Review”

5 Things You Should Do Every Time You Travel

5 Things You Should Do Every Time You Travel

The term tourist can sometimes have a negative connotation and can be seen as someone who visits only the most popular attractions, buys souvenirs from gimmicky trinket shops, and may or may not have any clue about the local culture. Travelers seek out authentic experiences. They want to learn more about the… Continue reading “5 Things You Should Do Every Time You Travel”

Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro: Expectations Vs. Reality

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… Continue reading “Trekking Mt. Kilimanjaro: Expectations Vs Reality”

Peru Machu Picchu

Sweeping You Away to New Locales

Last fall, Zephyr launched our first Peru: Machu Picchu & Easier Inca Trail Adventure and hosted journalist RoseAnna Schick as one of our guests. She recently published an article in the Winnipeg Free Press about her experience on the trip as well as her interview with our owner, Allan Wright. Here’s an… Continue reading “Sweeping You Away to New Locales”

Zephyr Adventures 20 years

2017: Celebrating 20 Years of Adventures

2017 was a special year for us here at Zephyr. It marked 20 incredible years of skating, hiking, biking, and adventuring. We explored several new destinations, like Cuba and Portugal, and revisited some old favorites, like the Grand Tetons and Chile & Argentina. We gathered and reminisced with a large number of… Continue reading “2017: Celebrating 20 Years of Adventures”

Julian Alps Trek

Q&A: Trekking in the Julian Alps of Slovenia

We asked Kit and Court Richards, longtime Zephyr alums and very experienced hikers, to give “real” answers to some of the most frequently-asked questions we have been getting about our Slovenia: Julian Alps Trek. Kit and Court live in Red Lodge, where Zephyr is headquartered, and did a Julian Alps trek last… Continue reading “Q&A: Trekking in the Julian Alps of Slovenia”

7 New Tours for 2018

Announcing the 2018 Zephyr Adventures Schedule!

Each year in September we roll out the new tour schedule for the following years. The 2018 schedule is live now. We are very excited to again be offering quite a few brand-new trips we hope you will find exciting: On February 25, we will test a new concept that combines adventure… Continue reading “Announcing the 2018 Zephyr Adventures Schedule!”

Inca Trail to Machu Picchu

Take it easy! Lightening the Load of the Inca Trail Trek

So often throughout life we hear the phrase, “ it’s not about the destination, but the journey to get there.” It seems the ancient civilization of the Incas were advanced not only in cosmetology, architecture, mathematics, and agriculture but also in preserving the beauty of daily existence, making sure the path to… Continue reading “Take it easy! Lightening the Load of the Inca Trail Trek”

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!”

Travel Tips

How to Make Your Next Trip Go As Smoothly As Possible

Getting your passport stolen, having your bank freeze your account, or getting injured or sick just before or during your trip can make your vacation quickly go from a relaxing experience to a stressful one.  We collaborated with our sister company, Taste Vacations, to come up with a list of travel tips… Continue reading “How to Make Your Next Trip Go As Smoothly As Possible”

Portugal

Portugal: The Living Embodiment of a Dream Come True

I will never forget the year I chased fall to the end of November while traveling through Portugal. As a Montana native, I expect snow in October, every year. Perhaps that is why my memories of my time there are so special to me. Or perhaps it is just Portugal’s beauty, Vinho… Continue reading “Portugal: The Living Embodiment of a Dream Come True”

UW Stout Alumni Program Travel Scholarship

Paying It Forward: Traveling to Support Study Abroad

Travel is essential to being a well-rounded and conscious citizen of our world. Even if you just drive a few hours away from your home, there are a limitless number benefits to getting out of your comfort zone and exploring somewhere new. Over the past few years, Zephyr has been working with the… Continue reading “Paying It Forward: Traveling to Support Study Abroad”

What you need to know about trail etiquette

What You Need to Know About Trail Etiquette

Though most major trailheads will have rules and regulations posted on a sign or message board, there are a number of unwritten rules of trail etiquette that every hiker or camper should be aware of. These etiquette rules are there to not only ensure that we stay safe and do the least… Continue reading “What You Need to Know About Trail Etiquette”